Anthurium cut flowers are very vulnerable flowers. Although, maximum care is taken during harvesting, handling and transport, the number of wasted/spent flowers is significant. There is also a very strong desire to change the way of packaging. The present labour-intensive manual packing process causes repetitive strain injuries (RSI) and is a major organisational burden for the Anthurium cut flower producers. The main research objectives are:
1) to develop an environmentally friendly packaging concept that ensure safe and efficient handling through the chain: harvesting, packaging, transportation and unpacking;
2) to develop a sorting, processing and packaging process that is able to automatically and efficiently pack the flowers in transport boxes;
3 ) to develop a new method of organising flower production, service and logistics reduce cost by 30 %;
4) o improve the image of Anthurium, cut flowers by ensuring ease of handling and 100% protection against premature deterioration .
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards