February 6th, 2017 by GrainProMarketing
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GALMUDUG, SOMALIA – Two Ultra Hermetic™ GrainPro® Self-Verifying Cocoons™ are preserving a blend of corn and soya flour in Somalia. The Cocoons are part of a development program that aims to alleviate the growing food problem in the war-torn country.
GrainPro’s Priscilla Mosigisi, Sales Manager, and Alinaitwe Justus, Customer Support Engineer, carried out a training of local staff on December 2, 2016. The training program included the installation of the 100MT and 150MT Cocoons. Logistical issues and exchanges of gunfire between government and rebel troops near the compound caused delays.
The ongoing civil war has an adverse effect on local food production. Despite efforts to improve food security in the country, the situation forces many to rely on food donations from international relief organizations. To preserve the quality of foreign aid, Cocoons are a cost-effective solution that prevents the exchange of air and moisture to safely control pests and inhibit the growth of aflatoxin-producing molds without using any harmful chemicals.
GrainPro is working actively with international organizations and the local community in Somalia to help reduce food losses and prevent aflatoxin poisoning. Its Cocoon™ is well-known among development organizations in the country as a viable solution to storage-related problems. Last year, GrainPro visited the capital city of Mogadishu where the team trained local officials and food producers how to use the SuperGrainbag® and GrainSafe Bag in the framework of a FAO funded project.
January 24th, 2017 by GrainProMarketing
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JAKARTA, INDONESIA – The Indonesian Bureau of Logistics (BULOG) increased its storage capacity with the installation of six 150MT GrainPro Cocoons™ on December 2016 in the province of Lampung, and the cities of Yogyarta and Jakarta.
The installation is part of a nationwide initiative by BULOG — a government-owned company that deals in food distribution and price control – designed to increase its rice storage capabilities and further enhance an already efficient warehousing practice. Despite the agency’s stern sanitary procedures and effective handling of rice in its facilities, pests and fungal growth continue to be a problem.
Training also plays a crucial role in the success of this project. Engr. Alnor Limbo, GrainPro Customer Support Engineer, delivered technical seminars to BULOG managers, technical staff and high-ranking officials. The seminar included instructions on correct operation procedures, proper maintenance and addressed the concerns of the technical staff about hermetic storage.
The Cocoon uses an environment-friendly technology to safely preserve a wide variety of dry agricultural commodities for human and animal consumption. It’s an airtight and watertight solution that stops infestation and inhibits fungal contamination without using harmful chemicals.
Since the first Cocoons were tested in 2014, the agency has steadily increased its units to meet the rising demands for quality preservation that reflect their high standards. In total, 10 units are currently installed in BULOG facilities throughout Indonesia. They are also planning to add more in coming years for the storage of other food commodities.
December 21st, 2016 by GrainProMarketing
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Hellen Irungu, Farm Concern International (FCI) staff giving a Super Grain Bag (GrainPro Hermetic Bag) to Mr. Willy Bett, the Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries.
NAIROBI, KENYA – Farmers were urged to use hermetic storage bags during the National Campaign on Hermetic Storage Technology Road Show. The event, a collaboration between the Ministry of Agriculture, USAID’s Kenya Agricultural Value Chain Enterprises (KAVES), and the Kenya Agricultural Livestock and Research Organization (KALRO), promoted hermetic technology use on November 16, 2016. The GrainPro® SuperGrainbag® (SGB) was one of the five hermetic innovations featured at the event.
The SGB is an Ultra Hermetic™ bag liner with extremely low permeability to air and moisture to stop infestation and inhibit the growth of aflatoxin-producing molds. It can safely preserve the quality of grains and seeds for more than a year without using harmful chemicals. The partners claimed that around three million bags could be saved from going to waste once farmers adopt the technology.
In 2014, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimated that about 30 percent of all food produced in Kenya goes to waste due to poor post harvest handling. “Reduction of post-harvest loss is an important strategy to ensure food and nutritional security and improve farmers’ incomes in a sustainable manner,” said Willy Bett, Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture.
Besides preservation, hermetic bags can also help inhibit the growth of aflatoxins which can lead to debilitating diseases when consumed in large quantities, thus benefiting both farmers and consumers. To encourage its wide use, the partners are asking the Kenyan government to remove the 16 percent VAT charged on hermetic bags.
December 9th, 2016 by GrainProMarketing
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KAMPALA, UGANDA – Ugandan coffee farmers called for tougher laws and punitive measures against improper drying methods and poor crop handling at the 2nd Uganda Coffee Festival on November 4, 2016 according to a Bloomberg Markets story.
The National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises (NUCAFE), the nation’s largest coffee farmer representative group, believes that poor post-harvest practices are contributing to the country’s declining reputation in the global coffee trade. The group is asking lawmakers to enact laws that discourage improper drying methods and the practice of picking immature beans among others.
The Uganda Coffee Development Authority reported that coffee sector earnings are down to $327 million this year compared to $411 million last year a midst the low shipment volumes and weak global prices for the third year in a row. Despite the decline in revenues and exports, coffee is still Uganda’s top exported commodity and remains the second biggest coffee exporter in Africa.
Such laws should encourage producers to improve their existing practices, explore new post-harvest techniques, and create opportunities for innovation. Being able to dry coffee properly to the correct moisture content can help inhibit the growth of aflatoxins during storage. Modern coffee drying solutions such as the Solar Bubble Dryer (SBD) are a much better choice over traditional methods.
The SBD is a sun drying solution that was designed to dry coffee and other agricultural commodities at a more consistent drying rate, while providing protection against rewetting in case of sudden rains. Combined with patio drying, the SBD can gradually lower the moisture content of coffee beans to the equilibrium moisture content to safely preserve flavor and aromatic qualities.
At 2nd Uganda National Coffee Festival, Stakeholders Push for Laws to Protect Quality
November 22nd, 2016 by GrainProMarketing
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A Cocoon being installed in Tanzania in 2015.
Nairobi, Kenya – Food security groups in Africa called for innovative cost-reduction schemes and make postharvest storage solutions more affordable for smallholder farmers. The partners lobbied for government levied tax exemptions and subsidized prices on hermetic storage solutions such as the GrainPro® Cocoons™ during the African Green Revolution Forum on September 9.
Betty Kibaara, Rockefeller Foundation Associate Director, told reporters that farmers are abandoning the application of harmful chemical treatments on stored crops. “Demonstration projects have contributed immensely in raising the awareness of farmers about existing technologies and are now adopting these solutions to reduce food losses,” she added.
In 2014, the Alliance for A Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) tested Cocoons in Tanzania and found it to be very effective against pests and dangerous aflatoxins. Waiving the 18 per cent value added tax and including the Cocoon in a lineup of postharvest solutions that receive subsidized pricing from government would accelerate and widen adoptions.
Betty Kibaara, Rockefeller Foundation Associate Director, supports schemes to make hermetic solutions more affordable to farmers in Africa. (Photo by Futures Agriculture)
November 9th, 2016 by GrainProMarketing
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OR YEHUDA, ISRAEL – More than a hundred licensed fumigators came together on October 27, 2016 to learn about new and innovative non-toxic fumigation practices. Dr. Shlomo and Hagit Navarro of Green Storage, Ltd., GrainPro® distributor, talked to the fumigators about controlled atmosphere and carbon dioxide fumigation.
Strict Jewish dietary laws known as “Kashrut” require that food commodities are free of insects. Such religious laws are stricter than their governmental phytosanitary counterpart. Additionally, rising cases of bedbugs in homes and hotels that are increasingly developing resistance to insecticides are major causes of concern. Tough regulations prohibiting the use of conventional toxic fumigation methods require the use of safer alternatives to solve the problems.
Green Storage’s presentation on controlled atmosphere and carbon dioxide fumigation using the GrainPro Cocoon™ Indoor stirred a great deal of interest from the participants who were eager to learn more about organic storage and pest-control technologies. The positive feedback means that Green Storage will be introducing the Cocoon Indoor into the Israeli market at a large scale soon.
The patented Cocoon Indoor is an innovative solution that addresses both food pests and bed bugs. Made from lightweight multi-layered materials, the Cocoon Indoor has all the gastight and watertight advantages that make it an effective pest control solution.
Since 2002, GrainPro has been very active in Israel and a plethora of clients have witnessed its effectiveness. A longtime client of Green Storage, a trading house of kosher spices, found huge success in using GrainPro SuperGrainbags® to safely preserve the quality of their spices and keep them free from insects.