Turkish engineers developed; harvest losses to be reduced…
Within the scope of the project prepared by the Atatürk Horticultural Central Research Institute and a private company, a new system was developed that can instantly monitor the status of the products kept in cold storage after harvest.
Atatürk Horticultural Central Research Institute is able to instantly monitor the status of the products kept in cold storage with the sensor system they have manufactured within the scope of a project carried out with a private company.
Post-Harvest Physiology and Mechanization Department Engineer Dr. Mehmet Cengiz Arslanoğlu explained the details of the new system developed by the General Directorate of Agricultural Research and Policies (TAGEM) with a company within the scope of the private sector R&D programme.
Dr. Arslanoğlu said that in the “Controlled Atmosphere Boxes Monitoring Environment Variables Project”, it is aimed to store the products in the controlled atmosphere boxes used in cold storage rooms for a longer time.
Underlining that today the oxygen and carbon dioxide amounts of these boxes are checked daily, Arslanoğlu noted, “We have to measure the oxygen and carbon dioxide level in the box with the help of an injector needle from the places on both sides of these boxes. This becomes a problem especially in cold storage depots where tens, hundreds of boxes are stacked. It is not possible to measure oxygen and carbon dioxide values from all of these boxes.”