Authors: Alaa Hinai, Hemanatha Jayasuriya
Published in: CSBE-SCGAB Technical Conferences » 5th CIGR and AGM Quebec City 2021 » Regular Sessions
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Description: The objective of value addition in agricultural products is to produce a new commodity outside the traditional frame to achieve higher returns with improved shelf-life and minimizing the postharvest losses. This improvement is vital under arid conditions where good lands, water and skilled labor resources are limited. Different productivity resources related to agricultural production such as land, water and labor can be significantly improved through the value addition process. The aim of this study it to evaluate and quantify the improvements in land, water and labor productivities through value addition in selected agricultural products cultivated under arid conditions in Oman. The primary data was collected through questionnaire surveys from farmers, sellers, and ministry extensions of agriculture and fisheries and commerce. The commodities taken for the evaluation were date, tomato, and cucumber, which are having seasonal harvesting, marketing and encounter postharvest losses and market price fluctuations. The comparisons were done between marketing of raw products against value added, which were produced using the same quantity of resources; land, water and labor. The productivity estimations of each resource land, water and labor were done by dividing the agricultural benefits in kg by the productivity use for land in ha, water in m3 and labor in kWh respectively. The financial productivity improvement in each resource was evaluated by gross margins of raw against value added product sales. It is expected that the benefit of value addition on resources productivities will enhance the agricultural sustainability goals under arid agriculture.
Conference name: 5th CIGR International Conference and CSBE-SCGAB AGM 2021, Quebec City,QC, 11-14 May 2021.
Session name: Agriculture and Society 2
Publication type: Presentation
Language 1: en
Rights: Canadian Society for Bioengineering