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Citrus Harvesting

Citrus Production: Harvesting


Harvesting citrus fruit is the critical step between producing good volumes of quality fruit, and packing those fruit in the packhouse. Picking teams have a big responsibility to maintain the quality of the fruit that has been produced and send it off to the packhouses in the best possible condition, with no injuries or bruises, as clean as possible, and with short, neatly clipped stems.

Citrus Production Packhouse Process Flow

Citrus Production: Packhouse Process Flow


Citrus packhouses are vital to producing citrus fruit that is marketable, healthy, and ready for transport. The packing process involves many different activities, from washing, de-greening, and treating fruit, to sorting, grading, labelling, wrapping, and packing. This means that there are a lot of people and machinery involved in the process, and there are many places where things can go wrong. Understanding the components, personnel, equipment, and machinery involved throughout the packing process is the first and most important step to owning, supervising, managing, or working in a packhouse efficiently and effectively.