Whether you are an agricultural producer, a rural produce transporter, or a produce packager, you need to ensure that the products you are handling are delivered safely to the final destinations. Agricultural produce is known to be sensitive and highly perishable. Without proper transportation, you risk to encounter loses and low quality produce on delivery. However, to maintain the agricultural product’s nature, you need to develop excellent strategies, including using a tarp system on your transportation trucks to protect your agricultural produce and avoid any product damages that will result in inconveniences in markets.
1. Maintain Transportation Vehicles
You should ensure that your vehicles are well maintained by cleaning them regularly and servicing them before picking up the produce. Keeping vehicles ready for transportation will avoid any encounters of inconveniences along the way during the delivery process.
2. Control Temperature
Because agricultural produce is highly perishable, you should be keen when the temperatures are higher than the recommended storage. You should ensure that the temperatures are set according to the product’s storage requirements.
3. Maintain High Standards of Hygiene
Before the product inspector touches the produce, hands should be washed thoroughly to prevent any bacteria from getting on the product. Additionally, the loading and unloading team should practice hand sanitization before handling products.
4. Avoid Mixing Products
Products survive at different temperatures. To ensure that your products stay fresh during transportation, don’t mix other products with varying storage temperatures. For example, you cannot transport ice cream and yogurt in the same vehicle because ice cream needs to stay frozen while yogurt can be stored under average temperatures. However, you can transport different products with the exact storage requirements like butter with cheese and carrots with cucumbers.
5. Proper Packaging
To achieve the successful transportation of agricultural products, ensure that the products are packed well to avoid damages. A proper way of storing products for the vehicle is by placing them into packaging cartons. If you are transporting milk, lay the packets in the cartons safely and leave an air circulation allowance to prevent any temperature changes. The temperature in the storage cartons and the transporting vehicle’s environment should remain the same to preserve the product.
6. Proper Inspection
Even if your transporting vehicle was cleaned before leaving to pick the product, it’s a great idea to inspect the car before loading products. There could be some dirt or a terrible smell. It would also be best if you checked storage containers to prevent any leakages and maintain the product’s taste. Inspecting storage containers is essential because some storage containers could have been used for other purposes or not well cleaned. Additionally, storage cartons should be reviewed to ensure that they are not torn, dirty, or weak. Low-quality storage cartons can lead to accidents leading to damages during the loading and unloading processes.
7. Fumigate Your Transportation Vehicles Frequently
Because you may be tempted to multi-use your vehicles, you need to fumigate the place to prevent contamination during transportation. Alternatively, you can choose to use your car to transport one kind of agricultural produce, limiting contamination chances. For instance, you can choose to use your vehicle to transport only vegetables (tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, etc.).
8. Inform Transporters
Because product transporters are also part of the production chain, you should ensure that they stay updated with maintaining proper hygiene. Additionally, keep them informed about how to check and control temperatures during product transportation to maintain the product’s nature.
When it comes to agricultural produce, you don’t want to miss your delivery because people depend on agriculture every day. Having an excellent production method will double your crop leading to success. By delivering agricultural products with high quality, you are expanding your business to boundaries with no limits. Your work will receive praise in the market, leading to more sales that require a higher production rate.