Volume 6, Issue 4, July 2020, Page: 80-83
Postharvest Storage Techniques for Cassava Roots in Ghana- A Review
Evans Ntim Amedor, Department of Science, Bia Lamplighter College of Education, Sefwi Debiso, Ghana
John Yao Afetsu, Department of Science, St. Teresa’s College of Education, Hohoe, Ghana
Robert Akayim Awasina, Department of Science, Gambaga College of Education, Gambaga, Ghana
Wisdom Korang Obeng, Department of Science, Berekum College of Education, Berekum, Ghana
Maurice Tibiru Apaliya, Department of Agriculture for Social Change Regentropfen College of Applied Sciences, PMB Bongo, Ghana
Received: Jul. 20, 2020;       Accepted: Jul. 30, 2020;       Published: Aug. 10, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijaas.20200604.15      View  153      Downloads  54
Abstract
Cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz.) a staple food assumes a significant role in solving food security issues in Africa. The various uses of the root include the production of starch, cassava chips, gari, flour, and ethanol. A few days after harvest, the roots begin to decay as a result of wounds or microbial contaminations. Because of the high perishability nature of the crop, a few techniques have been employed over the ages to prolong the crop shelf life. This paper surveys the postharvest storage of fresh cassava roots by delving into techniques such as In–field storage, Heap storage, Clamp storage, and Box storage. In present-day time peeled cassava can likewise be cold stored in a deep freezer. The in-field storage technique stores the root for an extra one year yet anyway diminishes the profitability of the land as it cannot be utilized for new harvests. Heap storage under shade trees normally balances the temperature happening during the day and along these lines shielding the tubers from overheating. Notwithstanding, stacking of the produce brings about poor ventilation thereby resulting in a fast spread of decays among the roots. For effective clamp storage, thicker soil cover might be utilized to decrease the temperature in the clamp during hot - dry conditions while care ought to be taken from keeping the roots from getting wet inside the clamp during the wet seasons. For successful box storage, the packing material ought to be moist to maintain high humidity yet not wet as this could produce microbial and mold development.
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Postharvest Storage Techniques for Cassava Roots in Ghana- A Review
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Evans Ntim Amedor, John Yao Afetsu, Robert Akayim Awasina, Wisdom Korang Obeng, Maurice Tibiru Apaliya, Postharvest Storage Techniques for Cassava Roots in Ghana- A Review, International Journal of Applied Agricultural Sciences. Vol. 6, No. 4, 2020, pp. 80-83. doi: 10.11648/j.ijaas.20200604.15
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