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USeP Davao develops mango picker prototype that lowers mechanical damage

In the 2015 annual report of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) Manila Bulletin said that there have been developments in mango picker prototypes in the country.

The University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) in Davao City has come up with two mechanical mango picker prototypes. One model features a triggering device while the other without. Both designs can be linked to a bamboo pole or collapsible pole made from stainless steel. Both have been proven to decrease latex stain and mechanical damage from 30% down to 20%, the report said.

USeP also came up with a postharvest facility that utilizes automated hot water treatment (AHWT) tank for soaking freshly harvested mango fruits in crates to the tank with water at 52-55 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes, or at 59 degrees Celsius for a minute, controlled automatically. This kind of hot water treatment is broadly used to control stem-end rot and anthracnose, Manila Bulletin said.


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