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India Prepares to Guarantee Right to Food for 800 Million People

The National Food Security Act is heavily criticized by policymakers and academics who disagree with the decision to expand a grain program already riddled with fraud and waste. In India, it is widely known that about 40% of grain in the supply chain doesn’t reach its intended end, instead rotting in storage, eaten by rodents, […]

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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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Standards Need to Remain Voluntary, Industry Reps Caution

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.betterfarming.com/online-news/standards-need-remain-voluntary-industry-reps-caution-11775

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India’s Grain Mountain Grows Despite Push for Exports

India grain supplies are larger than ever with harvest about to begin for the sixth consecutive wheat crop to exceed demand. Wheat and rice bumper crops are competing for storage space, and the Indian government will face challenges in safely storing grain even despite efforts to export large amounts of grain. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/25/us-india-grains-glut-idUSBRE91O17U20130225

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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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Kenyan Farmers Turn to New Weapons Again ‘Osama’

Kenyan farmers are benefitting from metal silo technology that protect grains against pests. Kenyan experts seek to scale-up the project after two years of successful pilot implementation. Pests are thought to cause up to 30% loss of Kenyan maize, the equivalent of about 162 million tonnes per year.  http://allafrica.com/stories/201212180907.html

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Exosect Initiates First Full Scale Trial of Leading-Edge Biopesticide to Control Grain Store Insects

Exosect, a UK pest management agency, is conducting trials on a sustainable pest control product. Entostat is made of food-grade wax and an isolate of an enthomopathogenic fungus to eliminate grain beetles, weevils, and other kinds of insects found in storage. The CEO of Exosect, Martin Brown, emphasized the importance of this product as world-wide […]

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Hisara Agriculture University Organized Training

Hisara Agriculture University in Chandigarh, India, will organize training camps through the state to provide the most recent information about agriculture to farmers and rural women, including topics on commercial vegetable production, safe grain storage, and the preparation of compost. Special training to control insects in paddy nurseries will also be featured.

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Storage Insect Pests of Maize and Methodologies for Mininmizing Postharvest Losses

Slides on the topic of “Storage Insect Pests of Maize and Methodologies for Minimizing Postharvest Losses” (PDF) by Stephen Mugo at a recent conference have been published online. http://conferences.cimmyt.org/downloads/crp2012/03-CRP-Wednesday-Jan-18/Session-M3(Caza%20A)/09-Mugo-SI6-Storage-insect-pests-of-maize.pdf

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