Youtube Videos in Plant Science and Crop Protection
Youtube Videos in Plant Science and Crop Protection
Cold storage is one of the technologies critical for post harvest handling perishable foods

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Cold storage is one of the technologies critical for post harvest handling perishable foods. However, conventional cold rooms are unaffordable for majority of the smallholder farmers. That is why Dr Ambuko and her project partners are piloting the Coolbot Technology as a low-cost cold-storage option for smallholder horticultural farmers in Africa.

Coolbot is an electronic gadget which when attached to an insulated room that is fitted with a standard air conditioner, turns it a cold room. With cold storage the quality of perishable fruits and vegetables can be preserved for a longer period thereby extending their shelf life/marketing period, ultimately reducing post harvest losses.

Dr Jane Ambuko is a don at University of Nairobi who using her expertise in Postharvest Science and Technology to help smallholder farmers reduce post harvest losses in perishable horticultural crops (mainly fruits and vegetables).

The adage “waste not, want not” is her vision for her own country and for Africa, where the equivalent of four billion dollars’ worth of food is lost annually due to poor post harvest handling practices, lack of affordable technologies and inefficiencies across the agricultural value chain after crops are harvested. In Kenya, post harvest losses in fruits and vegetables which range from 10-50% can be reduced to increase profits for smallholder horticultural farmers.

Community Outreach at Chavakali in Vihiga County

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Community Outreach at Chavakali in Vihiga County held in July 2013. This was feedback on the research findings of a project on indigenous leafy vegetables supported by RUFORUM. The project at the University of Nairobi is led by Prof. Levi Akundabweni. The project Principal Investigator is Dr. Namutebi from Makerere University. The project is training two masters students one each from University of Nairobi and Makerere University.

Cutting down on post harvest losses

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Cutting down on post harvest losses

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Cold storage is one of the technologies critical for post harvest handling of fruits . However, conventional cold rooms are unaffordable many farmers. That is why Dr Ambuko and her project partners are piloting the Coolbot Technology as a low-cost cold-storage option for smallholder horticultural farmers in Africa.

Coolbot is an electronic gadget which when attached to an insulated room that is fitted with a standard air conditioner, turns it to a cold room. With cold storage,the quality of perishable fruits and vegetables can be preserved for a longer period thereby extending their shelf life, ultimately reducing post harvest losses.

Dr Jane Ambuko is a don at University of Nairobi, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, Depatartment of Plant Science and Crop Protection who using her expertise in Postharvest Science and Technology to help smallholder farmers reduce post harvest losses in perishable horticultural crops (mainly fruits and vegetables).


 

SEMIs Processing plant test 1

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The new Seed Enterprise Management Institute's (University of Nairobi) Processing Plant recently installed being tested

SEMIs Processing plant test 2

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The new Seed Enterprise Management Institute's (University of Nairobi) Processing Plant recently installed being tested