LATEST STUDY REVEALS EFFECT OF HERMETIC STORAGE ON SOYBEAN SEEDS

October 20th, 2017 by GrainProMarketing No comments »

A post-graduate paper from the Universidade Federal de Pelotas in Brazil recently revealed that hermetic storage is better at slowing down the deterioration of soybean seeds. The study, prepared by André Capilheira, a Ph.D. candidate in the Science and Seed Technology program, also concluded that air and watertight storage allows greater physiologic quality of soybean seeds, when compared to permeable packages for a storage period of up to 180 days under non-controlled environments.

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IN MEMORY OF AUGUST “GUS” SCHUMACHER (1940-2017)

September 28th, 2017 by GrainProMarketing No comments »

It is with deep sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Gus Schumacher, a long-standing member of GrainPro’s Board of Directors, on Sunday, 24 September 2017 due to heart failure.

From 1997 to 2001, Gus served the US Department of Agriculture during the Clinton administration as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services. But for Gus, his many accomplishments don’t compare to the brilliance of his life’s work.

Gus was a food activist by heart. His down-to-earth approach and willingness to reach out made him a major driving force in American agriculture and food access. He pioneered federal programs to make fresh and affordable food more accessible to those who can’t afford them.

This led to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women and Infants and Children (WIC), a program that makes it possible for low-income consumers to buy fresh fruits and vegetables directly from farmers at a highly subsidized price.

Gus’ influence extends far and wide into farming communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America, where most of the world’s food is produced and most losses on food occur.

His concerns over the future of global food security led to his joining as a member of GrainPro’s Board of Directors in 2001. As a GrainPro Board Member, Gus worked to promote the use of hermetic technology as a viable and affordable storage solution for smallholder farmers, especially in the developing world.

“He was very much a sparkplug – Gus pushed us and brought ideas to the table,” says Phil Villers, GrainPro President and CEO, on reminiscing about Gus’ time in the company. “We definitely lost an ally who cares genuinely for low-income families and smallholder farmers around the world.”

Source: http://www.wholesomewave.org/news/honoring-gus-schumacher-food-farming-hero-1939-2017

KEEPING IT REAL – SUMINTER INDIA ORGANICS

September 25th, 2017 by GrainProMarketing No comments »

GrainPro Cocoons at Suminter’s facility.

The organic food industry is a multibillion-economy with an increasing demand. A major challenge for companies that supply certified organic products is preserving the quality of products organically after harvest. Many companies that grow organic crops are forced to take refuge to chemicals to stop infestation and inhibit fungal growth during storage and transport. These chemicals may leave residues on food that could have adverse health effects to consumers, especially among children.

Doesn’t sound too organic, right?

Suminter India Organic is serious about their products. They realized that their postharvest process plays a huge role in ensuring that their products – herbs and spices, fibers, oil seeds, cereals and nuts – stay organic throughout the value chain. They wanted to make sure that their products reach their customers in optimal and pure condition without the need for chemical fumigation.

This attitude inspired them to employ innovative measures in 2010. They partnered with hermetic storage flag-bearer GrainPro, Inc., whose line of certified-for-organic-use and Ultra-Hermetic™ solutions are leading the way in drying, storing and shipping dried organic produce. They regularly use the Cocoons as a non-toxic fumigated, storage solution; the Collapsible Dryer Cases for drying; and the TranSafeliner for trans-shipment of organic spices and oil seeds.

“We were skeptical at first, but GrainPro’s hermetic solutions impressed us when results of the trial in 2010 came back,” explains Mr. Vivekanand, Director Technical at Suminter. “The visual and aromatic quality of the stored crops were surprisingly good, insects were controlled and no traces of aflatoxin-producing molds were detected.”

Loyalty is important to Suminter. The use of Ultra-Hermetic technology is another way that Suminter shows their loyalty to their customers and farmers. Since 2003, their focus

has been to retain the loyalties of both. They work closely with local agricultural communities across India to share the economic rewards of a thriving organic market to smallholder farmers. Additionally, they make sure that their customers in 19 countries across five continents are 100 percent satisfied with their products and services.

Suminter’ s customers are in a long-term relationship as they consistently receive high-quality products year after year.

“GrainPro’s technology has contributed to our growth and has enabled us to uphold our core mission of staying organic,” adds Vivek. This growth led Suminter to move into a larger, more modern facility to keep up with the incessantly growing demands for their products. They also branched out to form Bergwerff Organic India Pvt., Ltd., supplying customers in the United States, Europe and Australia.

That’s keeping it real!

SUPERGRAINBAG® PREMIUM 15RZ FOR COFFEE OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED

September 8th, 2017 by GrainProMarketing No comments »

GrainPro is pleased to introduce the newest member of its SuperGrainbag family.

The SUPERGRAINBAG® (SGB) PREMIUM-15RZ is an Ultra-Hermetic liner bag that features the same reliability and superb food preservation expected of all SGBs. With a capacity of 15-kilograms (based on coffee), the SGB Premium-15RZ is designed to safely preserve the quality of specialty coffee by preventing moisture ingress and preserving taste and aroma. This solution is perfect for small batch specialty coffee roasters with 15-kilo roasting machines.

Features and Benefits:

  • Farm-to-market solution that fits the needs of small batch specialty coffee roasters
  • Made from co-extruded materials with extremely low permeability to oxygen and moisture
  • Equipped with a slip-and-go hermetic zipper and slider that locks-in freshness after sealing
  • Designed to fit standard-sized boxes for shipping coffee

For more information about this new solution, click here to visit the product page.

HERMETIC STORAGE TRIAL KICKS-OFF IN NEPAL

September 1st, 2017 by GrainProMarketing No comments »

Mero Agro, Pvt., Ltd., introduces the GrainPro GrainSafe Bag 1.0 to local farmers in Nepal.GrainPro distributor in Nepal, Mero Agro, Pvt. Ltd., facilitated a hermetic storage trial of a GrainPro GrainSafe Bag-1.0 (GS Bag 1.0) on June 3, 2017 in Dhangadhi, Nepal. The trial is part of a 10-year Prime Ministerial Agricultural Modernization Project that aims to improve the country’s food security through the integration of modern postharvest solutions.

Nepal’s economy is dominated by agriculture with 90 percent of the population working in the industry. With help from the Seed Science and Technology Division of the Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC), Mero Agro collected more than 10 quintals of maize seeds from Unique Seed Company, Pvt. Ltd.

The goal is to maintain the high germination scores of the seeds until the next season. With a capacity of up to one ton, the GS Bag 1.0 is the perfect storage solution. Made from lightweight and durable materials, the GS Bag 1.0 can extend the shelf life of stored commodities for more than a year without using harmful chemicals. Because of its hermetic qualities, it can prevent the exchange of air and moisture, enabling it to stop infestation and inhibit the growth of aflatoxin-producing molds.

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GrainPro Announces The Launch of An Interactive Website Feature – The GrainPro Cocoon Interactive World Map

August 25th, 2017 by Victor Dela Casa No comments »

Since its founding in 1994, GrainPro® has made it its mission to help food producers, farming communities and development organizations around the world break the cycle of hunger and poverty. By developing solutions to reduce postharvest losses, such as the patented and Ultra Hermetic™ Cocoon™, GrainPro is making a huge difference.

To showcase how it’s turning its mission into reality, GrainPro is launching a new Interactive World Map feature targeted to visitors of its official website. This new web feature will allow visitors to easily find the Cocoon installation nearest to them, and explain GrainPro’s significant contribution in improving the well-being and quality of life in developing parts of the world.

As a company that cares about global food security, GrainPro has established itself as a worldwide leader in reducing postharvest losses and increasing the availability of clean and pesticide free agricultural commodities. The GrainPro Interactive World Map is another amazing tool and resource to introduce Ultra Hermetic storage solutions.

It combines interactivity, functionality and ease-of-use, bringing to light select installation projects around the world and the success stories behind them. As an ongoing service to our visitors and partners, the interactive world map will be updated regularly to include more recent installations. Currently, a total of 20 sites are featured and the list is expected to grow.

Users will have a fun time discovering the many Cocoon installations highlighted on the map. By clicking the location marker pins, more information, such as a photo and exact location, appears in a pop-up window. An additional link opens up a page with more details. From there, users can change locations using the drop-down menu. Other map features include zooming in and out, and satellite views that are familiar to Google Map users.

To see this new web feature and to learn more about GrainPro’s postharvest solutions, please check out our official website at www.grainpro.com.

 

ADVANCES IN ULTRA HERMETIC STORAGE TECHNOLOGY BY DR. SHLOMO NAVARRO

August 25th, 2017 by Victor Dela Casa No comments »

Dr. Shlomo Navarro delivered an important technology lecture on July 27, 2015 in GrainPro® Philippines, Inc., in Subic Bay. In his presentation, Navarro emphasized that Ultra Hermetic™ technology is playing a crucial role in providing a long-term solution to global post-harvest losses and food security concerns.

The event themed “Advances in Ultra Hermetic Storage Technology for Quality Preservation of Agricultural Commodities” was organized by GrainPro Philippines, and attended by post-harvest experts from the major food research institutions in the country, such as the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech), and the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB).

A former principal scientist for the Agricultural Research Organization (ARO) in Israel, widely known as the Volcani Center, Dr. Navarro is a foremost expert in the post-harvest protection of durable commodities with specific emphasis on quality preservation and storage engineering. He is currently the Director and CEO of Green Storage Limited, a food quality and post-harvest preservation consultancy and research firm based in Israel.

hermetic storage are more effective compared to rigid structures in depleting oxygen to control insects and inhibit fungal development

According to Navarro, he became deeply involved in the development of the Volcani Cube, now known as the GrainPro Cocoon™, after observing that crop insects were able to develop resistance against synthetic pesticides. Working with scientists from the Philippines Department of Agriculture – PhilMech in the early 90’s to test the Volcani Cube’s effectiveness in hot and humid tropics, Navarro was able to adapt biological and physical features that controlled insects more effectively using green technology.

According to Navarro, flexible liners such as hermetic storage are more effective compared to rigid structures in depleting oxygen to control insects and inhibit fungal development. Navarro still believes that more has to be done to ensure the success of ultra hermetic systems, including the continued development of better hermetic sealing features. He praised GrainPro for taking a leadership role in introducing and promoting the wider use of hermetic storage systems particularly to farming communities around the world.

Meanwhile, Tom de Bruin, President and CEO of GrainPro Philippines,Inc, believes that the collaboration between GrainPro, Navarro, and institutional partners, is an important factor in the development of hermetic solutions. “Through science and technology, industrial enterprise and global partnerships, we are making a difference in quality long term storage and in growing the food supply,” he commented.

For more about GrainPro and our line of Ultra Hermetic products, please check out our website at www.grainpro.com.

USAID’s John Bowman Takes A Closer Look at GrainPro

August 25th, 2017 by Victor Dela Casa No comments »

Subic Bay, Philippines – United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Senior Agriculture Advisor of the Bureau for Food Security, Dr. John Bowman, visited GrainPro on August 7, 2015 to get a first-hand look at Ultra Hermetic™ solutions.

During his visit, Dr. Bowman was able to get a better understanding of GrainPro’s innovative solutions and how it’s helping reduce post-harvest losses especially in developing nations. Dr. Bowman manages international agricultural research projects for USAID’s Feed the Future program. He is involved in horticulture, integrated pest management, food safety, and post-harvest loss management. The Feed the Future initiative was launched by the US Government and the Obama Administration to address global hunger and food security. Its main objectives are to advance global agricultural development, increased food production and food security, and improve nutrition, particularly for vulnerable populations such as women and children. (Source: Wikipedia)

“It’s great to see GrainPro products up close like this. Next time I visit, I’d like to see actual field installations in use with private sector clients.”

John Bowman

GrainPro, recognized as a leader in patented post-harvest solutions that are certified for organic-use, is committed to provide short term and long term solutions for quality preservation of dry agricultural commodities without the use of pesticides by providing products in drying, transport and most importantly, storage, in its mission to contribute to the reduction of post-harvest losses.

“It’s great to see GrainPro products up close,” said Bowman after actual product demonstrations. He added that he is looking forward to seeing actual field installations on his next visit. He is also very interested in learning more about GrainPro’s partnerships with like minded organizations. Bowman’s passion for fieldwork and building strong partnerships are evident in his work. With about 30 years of experience in international development, Bowman has helped more than 30 countries in designing, implementing and managing agricultural projects.

GrainPro’s collaboration with development organizations like USAID, the US Government agency responsible for administering civilian foreign aid, has been instrumental in the widespread use of hermetic solutions and in reducing potential food losses in critical development regions.

For more about GrainPro and our line of Ultra Hermetic products, please check out our website at www.grainpro.com.

John Bowman, USAID Senior Agricultural Advisor, has heard about GrainPro's SuperGrainbag as a low-cost hermetic storage solution. He is very pleased to finally see it up close.
John Bowman, USAID Senior Agricultural Advisor, has heard about GrainPro’s SuperGrainbag as a low-cost hermetic storage solution. He is very pleased to finally see it up close.

John Bowman was very impressed with GrainPro's line of drying and transport solutions.
John Bowman was very impressed with GrainPro’s line of drying and transport solutions.

Improved Crop Drying for Small Farmers

August 25th, 2017 by Victor Dela Casa No comments »

by Jordan Dey, VP for Food Security

In Asia, most crops grown by small farmers are dried on roads and rooftops, using the sun’s heat to do the job.  Unfortunately, this “open-air” drying can lead to problems in quality – especially during the rainy season – reducing the farmers’ opportunity to sell the crop at a fair price in the market.

Over the past five years, GrainPro has worked with Hohenheim University (Germany) and the non-profit International Rice Research Institute (Philippines) to develop a dryer that speeds drying time and improves the quality of the crop for small farmers – while still relying on the sun’s abundant, free and natural energy.

As GrainPro continues to test the Solar Bubble Dryer in India, Bangladesh, Guatemala, Ethiopia, and Ghana with university and research partners, the objective is to drive down the cost and make this green technology accessible to all.  In addition to spices, the Solar Bubble Dryer is effective for drying coffee, rice, wheat, corn and other dried grains.

Pictured below is the first Solar Bubble Dryer in action in India – drying organic turmeric.

The first SBD in India

Spreading turmeric on the 25 meter base of the Solar Bubble Dryer, before inflating it

The Solar Bubble Dryer has a capacity of 1 metric ton. Fully inflated

The photovoltaic solar panels that power the fan

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FIELD REPORT: SUCCESS IN MALAWI

August 24th, 2017 by GrainProMarketing No comments »

Farmers responded positively to the recently concluded World Food Programme-led P4P postharvest workshops in Malawi according to an official field report by Alex Chigovera, Technical Support Engineer of GrainPro. The report was collected from the post-training surveys that the participants completed.

More than 70 percent of the 114 participants indicated that they gained important knowledge that would be very useful in reducing food deterioration during storage. Facilitation quality was evaluated by participants with more than 75 percent of them giving it excellent ratings across the three locations. The participants are expected to share their training at their respective communities.

The workshops were organized in partnership with GrainPro and its partner in Malawi, Chemicals and Marketing. The 114 participants, 33 of which were women farmers, represented 54 farming groups from the regions of Blantyre, Lilongwe, and Mzuzu. In Malawi, women smallholder farmers play an important in food production.

The farmers were taught postharvest management principles and practices, knowledge of seed preservation using hermetic storage, and recommended methods for safe long-term grain preservation without using harmful chemicals. To better demonstrate the principles of hermetic storage, the farmers had hands-on training using the SuperGrainbag – a lightweight hermetic liner bag for dry agricultural commodities such as food grains.

Due to its significance to the safe preservation of locally produced dry agricultural commodities, future workshops to include more women farmers are being proposed. There is also a need for refresher workshops to facilitate the continuous sharing of new technologies to farmers. This ensures that smallholder farmers are kept abreast with best practices in food preservation and pest control.