Costs and Benefits of Fresh Handling Practices: 4 Worksheets

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These worksheets are designed to assist you in making direct comparisons of estimated costs and expected benefits related to adopting any type of postharvest technology for fresh handling and marketing.
If you need more facts to fill out any worksheet, it is recommended that you select one specific commodity that you produce, and actually use the new practice on one or two rows of vegetables or on a small group of trees for one season or any suitable period of time. During this time collect information on yields, losses, grades of produce harvested, costs of labor, materials and equipment, and power requirements for using the new practice in your own operation in comparison to your current practice. Some of your expenses will not be affected at all, while others will be added or no longer be necessary when you change practices.

Lisa Kitinoja
Perishables Handling Quarterly