What problem did it address, where?
Production is not an end per se, as harvested crops must be preserved in order to be used during the entire year within a defined geographical area. Processing of agricultural products into food products responds to this necessity, while at the same time allowing for value addition and generating employment. Furthermore, within the agro-industrial sector the role played by the entity composed of SMEs from the farm processing units and those from the medium agro-enterprises is a key factor for the development and growth of wealth at national level.
The AGS division has developed a web-site during recent years dedicated to post harvest operations, and including processing . This set of documentation is available on the Internet as well as on CD-ROMS. On this site a module groups all the elements needed for project formulation related to agro-processing (flow-sheets, raw materials, layout and specifications, directory of suppliers of equipment, rules and regulations, bibliography). It can also be used for measuring the efficiency and the soundness of an investment. In addition the module comprises two elements which allow for the realization of feasibility studies based on technical coefficients. This module was developed in association with UNIDO.
The existing module named “toolkit” is composed of 20 different products (viz., cereals, fruit and vegetables, and roots and tubers) and will be completed shortly with about ten new processing descriptions for honey, meat and milk production, as well as new products like banana and sugar cane. Other new elements will be introduced progressively. In addition, a component “shared experience” will be added and will allow users to have direct contact with each other. Dynamic links with the other INPhO modules as well as with relevant sources of information will be created.