Past ACIAR research on the transport and storage of fresh fruit and vegetables in Papua New Guinea identified the viability of moving fresh produce from the Papua New Guinea highlands to the main domestic markets in Port Moresby.
In particular, this project demonstrated that transport of commercial quantities of produce is possible through the use of containerised transport systems. A Technical Report, Transport of Vegetables in Papua New Guinea, was subsequently published.
The project leader, Dr Kevin Scott, developed a method using simple modified atmosphere treatments, utilising polyethylene bags and an ethylene absorbent, to extend the shelf life of bananas, allowing for storage and transport, continuing work arising from the project, available here for download. Dr Scott can be contacted at email@example.com.
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