FUNCTIONAL AND INSTRUMENTAL ASPECTS OF STORAGE FOR VEGETABLE MARKETING

H.D. Ostendorf
This paper contributes the results of qualitative investigations into the market aspects of vegetable storage, and is mainly concerned with the sphere of producers and producer associations. System analysis methods are used.

Disregarding all technological conditions and leaving out empirical data and figures, an attempt is made to set out the principles and effects of storage relating to vegetable marketing. The main findings of the present study can be summarized into the following items:

  1. The primary aim of storage is to increase production incentive. Deferment of marketing as an interim measure is expected to bring about an improved balance between supply and potential demand.
  2. Short-term storage in the case of perishables serves to level out irregular and erratic fluctuations of the supplies. Long-term storage of produce with better natural keeping properties makes it possible to absorb supplies at harvest time and to spread them over an extended seasonal period.
  3. Produce storage means wider planning latitude, but does not provide any unconditional safeguard against risks. On the contrary, it can be regarded as an acceptance of risks for the chance of making larger profits.
Ostendorf, H.D. (1974). FUNCTIONAL AND INSTRUMENTAL ASPECTS OF STORAGE FOR VEGETABLE MARKETING. Acta Hortic. 38, 561-582
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.1974.38.41
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.1974.38.41
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