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Company License Storage System That Deters Insects

Farmers in West and Central African nations could benefit economically, socially and nutritionally using a crop storage system developed by researchers at Purdue University and licensed to Kano-based Lela Agro Industries Nigeria Ltd. The PICS system uses special triple-bagging technology to protect cowpeas in storage against weevils, an invasive insect. http://agrinews-pubs.com/Content/News/Markets/Article/Nigerian-company-licenses-Purdue-crop-storage-system-that-deters-insects/8/26/8295

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TNAU Scientists Inspect FCI Godown in Coimbatore

Scientists from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University responded to pest problems at a Food Corporation of India site in Peelamedu. While not cause of direct harm to human beings, the pests feed and multiply on stored grains and cause damage to harvests. The scientists recommended storage methods to keep the insect population from increasing. http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/tnau-scientists-inspect-fci-godown-in-coimbatore/article5002854.ece

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Rwanda: MINAGRI Launches A New Grain Storage System

The Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) system is being piloted in 448 cooperatives across Rwanda in efforts to reduce losses and the use of chemicals in storage. http://allafrica.com/stories/201306170039.html  

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National Grains Biosecurity Standard Launched

Canada launched national standards for grain biodiversity that are meant to manage the risk of plant pests and disease. The voluntary standards include guidelines for safe handling, transport, and use of equipment. Opinions on voluntary status of standards vary. http://www.grainews.ca/news/national-grains-biosecurity-standard-launched/1002112717/

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Device to Remove Insect Pests from Stored Grains

Researchers at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in Coimbatore, India, have developed a device that will mechanically remove adult insects from stored grain as well as crush any remaining eggs, making the process of protecting grain from pest damage more efficient. http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/agriculture/device-to-remove-insect-pests-from-stored-grains/article4313248.ece

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Increasing Food Production to Feed Nine Billion People in 2050

At a conference hosted by the Israel Vulkani Agricultural Research Center, discussions on the challenge of sustainably feeding 9 billion people included postharvest crop management. Postharvest disesases and consumer waste were cited as two main factors of loss, and one expert argued for more attention on social, political, and economic barriers to loss reduction over […]

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Encyclopedia of Pest Management

Pests pose serious risks to crops after harvest. Rodents, mites, insects, microbes and other pests ingest food products and reduce yield sizes. They also significantly damage yield quality by leaving behind contaminating fragments such as hair, pellets, and toxins. Some estimates attribute pests as the cause of 10% of loss worldwide and from 10%-30% of […]

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Gadgets for Stored Grain Insect Pest Management & Their Impact in India

Pests pose serious risks to crops after harvest. Rodents, mites, insects, microbes and other pests ingest food products and reduce yield sizes. They also significantly damange yield quality by leaving behind contaminating fragments such as hair, pellets, and toxins. Some estimates attribute pests as the cause of 10% of loss worldwide and from 10%-30% of […]

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Malawi Loses K16 bn in Post Harvest Waste

Managing Director of Business Consult Africa reports that Malawi loses K16 billion worth of maize annually, the equivalent of over $50 million USD, in postharvest losses estimated as high as 40% of the maize crop. Malawi’s Minister of Agriculture is unsure of the precise amount of loss, though admits it is very high. Smallholder farmers […]

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Grain Storage Technologies to Reduce Post-Harvest Losses

Grain banks in Malawi are helping to reduce PHL. Effectively helping to store harvested grain before being taken to the market, this particular grain bank is helping over 4,000 farmers to avoid the losses caused by pests and rodents that had before destroyed much of the harvested crops. The FAO has helped to set up […]

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