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Tools Trialed to Curb Postharvest Millet Losses

Compatible Technology International, a non-profit engineering organization, will be testing new hand-held devices for sorghum and millet in Senegal with support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Farmers are reported to lose up to 1/5 after harvest, and the group hopes to reduce these losses, along with the drudgery of labor usually befallen upon […]

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Tk2.3bn Lost Annually in Traditional Harvesting

A government study in Bangladesh finds that farmers lose up to 7% of paddy each year, valued at $30 million, due to traditional harvesting techniques, which are often delayed. http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2013/jun/03/tk23bn-lost-annually-traditional-harvesting  

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Early Harvest Causing Grain Storage Shortage

Grain elevators in the central United States are experiencing shortages after this year’s unusual weather patterns. Early harvests are causing demand for storage to occur in ways elevator managers do not normally plan for. Temporary storage capacities are being utilized but numbers of grain piles on the ground continue to increase. Each pile loses an […]

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Kazakhstan: Grain Storage Facilities Ready for New Yield

Kazakhstan has announced that it has enough elevator facilities for the reception of the new harvest, with 221 companies providing grain storage services in addition to those owned by agricultural producers. The country has the capacity to store 23 million tonnes of grain. The government is offering food producers the option to build new or […]

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UCORIBU: A Success Story of Strengthening Food Security by Reducing Post Harvest Losses

UCORIBU: A Success Story of Strengthening Food Security by Reducing Post Harvest Losses discusses the impact of the USAID joint Post Harvest Handling and Storage Project on smallholder farmers. http://youtu.be/TumFF1CRmMQ

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Mechanization: Essential for Rice Production and Processing

AfricaRice, a leading pan-African rice research organization, released an impact assessment estimating 0.9 million tonnes of milled rice was saved by halving on-farm post-harvest losses through the use of appropriate technologies. This would save almost 17% of current rice imports, with a value of US$ 410 million in 2011 prices—in turn raising about 2.8 million […]

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Lack of Proper Storage System Causing Inflation in KP: Survey

A survey reviewing the region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has found that lack of proper storage facilities is directly related to food price increases, particularly for that of wheat. “The current post-harvest wastage of wheat can be minimised through improved harvesting practices, solicited and farmer-friendly procurement processes, including timely provision of jute bags and outreach and transparent […]

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Managing Deoxynivalenol (DON) Contamination in Fusarium Head Blight Affected Wheat

This article provides on overview of the different results of two papers dealing with wheat contamination, as well as their suggested solutions and practices. Two papers addressing deoxynivalenol contamination in Fusarium head blight affected wheat were covered, the report from Ohio having been recently published and the other from Japan (PDF) published in 2010. blog.plantwise.org/2011/12/05/managing-deoxynivalenol-don-contamination-in-fusarium-head-blight-affected-wheat/ […]

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Post-Harvest Management for Food Security tops FAO-Agriculture Dept meeting

A workshop was organized by the UN FAO in partnership with the Dept of Agriculture in The Gambia to discuss PHL. Particular focus was on grain cereals, pulses and oilseeds, “as these sectors constitute the predominant staples in many African communities in Africa.” The FAO and the Dept of Agriculture’s relationship has also recently led to the […]

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Experts Call for Improved Technologies to Reduce Loss in Rice Harvesting

Pointing out that post-harvest loss in rice occurred to the extent of 15 per cent, K. Alagusundaram, Director, Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology, Thanjavur, suggested strategies for minimizing them. “Though paddy harvest is completely mechanized, there is still a need for developing mechanical harvesters that will not cause damage to either the grains or straw. […]

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