From broad scale dryland cropping systems to intensive irrigated production the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) works with industry and business to ensure market access locally, interstate and internationally for Western Australian produce.

Handling and storage postharvest is vital to maintaining quality of produce. DAFWA provides information on optimal conditions for storage, including chilling and pest management as well as information on biosecurity in relation to export commodities.


  • 18 January 2017

    The Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS) provides advisory and identification services on animal and plant pests, weeds and diseases that impact Western Australia's agriculture and food ind

  • 16 September 2016

    Summer weeds can rob subsequent crops of soil nitrogen and stored soil water. They can also reduce crop emergence by causing physical and/or chemical interfence at seeding time.

  • 13 January 2015

    Dried flowers are a popular longer-lasting alternative to fresh flowers. A number of methods can be used to dry flowers but some basic principles apply generally such as drying as fast as possible

  • 22 December 2014

    Glycerining is the term used in the ornamental cutflower and foliage processing industry to describe treating fresh plant material with a hygroscopic (water-attracting) chemical. The objective is t

  • 5 January 2015

    Cut flowers and foliage are highly perishable items. Field heat should be removed as soon as possible after picking.

  • 10 August 2016

    When different fruits and vegetables are stored together, one foodstuff may be tainted by odours given off by another.

  • 10 August 2016

    Respiration and transpiration are the most important postharvest processes affecting storage life and quality of vegetables.

  • 10 August 2016

    The storage life of fresh fruit and vegetables varies with type, variety and pre-harvest conditions.

  • 29 July 2016

    Good postharvest cooling and storage allow product to be stored and shipped to distant markets and meet consumer requirements.

  • 4 November 2016

    Exhibiting fruit and vegetables at shows is a popular activity.

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