Tomato Value-Addition in Pakistan in Webinar

The aim of todays webinar was the sensitization of relevant stakeholders on tomato production and prospects of tomato value-addition in Pakistan. Value-added products of tomato include pulp, juice, paste, puree, ketchup and soups. Postharvest loss is a major challenge hampering tomato production in most developing countries. Tomato being a perishable crop as a result of its high moisture content has a short shelf life of about 48 hours under tropical conditions. The speaker educated the participants on techniques to enhance the shelf-life of tomatoes which include pre-cooling, cleaning or disinfection, sorting & grading, and packaging.