The project to prevent 26 million tons of loss per year in agriculture
University (SBU) Rector Prof. Dr. Cevdet Erdöl and Dr. from SBU Hamidiye Health Sciences Institute Biotechnology Department. Özge Dinç explained the project to DHA.
With the support of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, a new project is being developed by the University of Health Sciences in order to prevent the loss of fresh fruits and vegetables from the field to the shelf. Large-scale agricultural use of the new chemical-free product will be tested. When the project is completed, it is stated that the loss of approximately 26 million tons of fresh fruits and vegetables will be prevented annually.
The project, carried out by the University of Health Sciences with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture, is planned to be completed in 2 years.
A new chemical-free product, used as a hand and skin disinfectant, will be tested for use in agriculture, so that fresh fruit and vegetables can be transported from the field to the shelves in rotten, spoiled or unsuitable conditions.
When the project is completed, there will be no need for the use of chemicals used to eliminate the harmful effects of bacteria, viruses and pests called pesticides. Thus, the shelf life of fresh fruit and vegetables will be prevented from rotting, and approximately 26 million tons of loss per year will be prevented.
THE SUBSTANCE IN HAND DISINFECTANT WILL BE USED IN AGRICULTURE
In this important project that will bring a new breath to Turkish agriculture, Maltepe University, Food Safety Association, Adana Biological Control Research Institute, Alata Horticultural Research Institute cooperate with Turkey’s largest chain market group and fruit juice companies. In the project, the large-scale use of ‘hypochlorous acid’ in agriculture, which is widely used as a disinfectant during the pandemic period and preferred because it does not harm human health, will be tested.
The hypochlorous acid obtained by electrolysis of salt water will be applied to fresh fruits and vegetables in the field or greenhouses by spraying or dipping method. Thus, agricultural products will be tried to be prevented from rotting due to many reasons such as mold, dirt, dust and fungus from harvest to consumer. The benefit of the method in the conditions of Turkey will be measured, and the obtained data will be used to popularize the use of hypochlorous acid in good agricultural practices. The same method is widely used in agriculture in some countries such as the Netherlands, Russia, and Japan. The product is preferred by the world as it does not leave chemical waste in fruits and vegetables. The coordinator of the project, Rector of the University of Health Sciences (SBU), Prof. Dr. Cevdet Erdöl and Dr. from SBU Hamidiye Health Sciences Institute Biotechnology Department. Özge Dinç explained the project to DHA.
SBU Rector Prof. Dr. Cevdet Erdöl emphasized that according to UN data, approximately 1 billion people in the world have difficulty in reaching food and 35 thousand people died of hunger, and drew attention to the vital importance of food safety. prof. Dr. Erdöl said, “In addition to this, in our country, approximately 26 million tons of food deteriorates, rots, is damaged until it reaches the end consumer, and is thrown away. In chain markets, especially about 10 percent of fruit and vegetables have to be thrown away before they reach the consumer. 50 percent of fresh fruits and vegetables are damaged in the adventure from the beginning to the consumer. A project was initiated under the leadership of our university to extend the shelf life of fresh vegetables and fruits, to prevent them from rotting and being thrown away. The most important output of this project, which will last 2 years, is this We will probably save most of the million tons of it from being thrown away. Maybe this will prevent the prices of fruits and vegetables from increasing at some point. This substance is not a pesticide. It is also important in this respect, since it is not a substance that harms people or living things. will allow them to be transported in a healthier way in the adventure that will go ” said.
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