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Dried Apricot Postharvest in Tajikistan

Amanda: hi my name is Amanda Deering and I’m
assistant professor in the Department of Food Science at Purdue University Ariana: my name is Ariana Torres I’m also an assistant professor in the Department of
Agricultural Economics and horticulture and landscape architecture Purdue University
Amanda: and today we’re here to talk about our project that were working on in Tajikistan for improving apricot quality and marketability
Ariana: and we travel last year over the summer to visit the north of the South region and compared
the value chain of apricots
Amanda: so our last trip was mostly a fact-finding mission
where we got to go and visit all these farms and visit many of the women who
work in the fields are involved in the daily aspects of the growing harvesting
and marketing of the apricots so one of the things that surprised me when I was in
Tajikistan as we visited the north where they are more advanced and they have
better processing skills for the apricot what we saw were basically kids probably
five six years old that were really involved with the processing and so that
was kind of the moment I realized that even though they are more advanced than north there’s still opportunities and challenges
Ariana: one of my passions is entrepreneurship one of the things that was the most impressive to me was
commented to Tajikistan and finding all these willingness to learn and a lot of
farmers that we visited were very willing to share their experiences and
try to acknowledge what are the weaknesses or challenges in the market so the willingness and the kindness of people in Tajikistan was that was very
impressive for me

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