Design and Development of Mix and Match Logistics System for Maintainability of Freshness in Agriculture Produces Incorporating Natural Thermal Aids

Manivannan Chandrasekaran, Sivakumar G., Rajesh Ranganathan

Abstract


As the agriculture produces are enormous in category, focusing on all being out of scope, a certain set of produces are identified and grouped. The identified fresh produces are categorized based on varieties and compatibility in that categories some have similar primary and secondary processes like; cleaning, precooling, curing, coating, and packaging, and likewise properties like optimum storage temperature, optimum shelf life, humidity, ethylene, odour, and water content. The identified produces are banana, beans, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, cucumber, eggplant, garlic, ginger, grape, lemon, okra, onion, oranges, papaya, potato, tomato, and water melon. These identified produces are grouped from six to ten combinations according to processes, properties, and compatibility of mixed loads. Each group contains more than one produce, for example beetroot, carrot, and potato are called root vegetables and can be grouped into one set, and in addition, these can be loaded with each other at single vehicle or storage. Through this research work, a logistics methodology with creating of groups on agriculture produces is undergone to transport fresh agriculture produces in a single container or vehicle.

Keywords:

Agriculture Supply Chain, Food Processing, Mixed Commodity, Ethylene, Odour

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