Archive for June, 2016

GRAINPRO® PHILIPPINES MARKS SUCCESSFUL ASIA DISTRIBUTORS’ CONFERENCE

June 17th, 2016

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Subic Bay, Philippines – GrainPro® distributors across Asia met from May 12 to 13, 2016 for the Asia Distributors’ Conference. The conference is a yearly event that brings together GrainPro distributors to discuss Ultra Hermetic™ solutions, strategies to spread wide use, and the positive impact to food producers across Asia.

The eighteen participants had the opportunity to present successes in their respective countries and get hands-on training on GrainPro’s line of storage, drying and transport solutions. It also gave them the chance to address areas of improvement.

Sam Say of Bolaven Farms talked about how his innovative food production scheme is working favorably to smallholder farmers in Laos. Le Minh Duc of BHL Agrosmart presented his success with the TranSafeliner™ in Vietnam. Captain Zakaria Kamantasha talked about their experience using the Solar Bubble Dryer™ within the Sustainable Resource Intensification system of Malaysia. Finally, Sandeep Nijasure of Pest Control India discussed recent activities and new initiatives in India, including how GrainPro is working with India’s organic sector.

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IRRI PARTICIPANTS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT ULTRA HERMETIC™ TECHNOLOGY

June 3rd, 2016

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GrainPro® held a Rice Post Production and Marketing seminar at its Subic Bay facility on May 24, 2016 for the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). A total of eighteen trainees from countries such as Nigeria, Solomon Islands, Haiti, Taiwan, Brunei, Indonesia, South Korea, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines participated in the training.

IRRI regularly brings over trainees to GrainPro Philippines from the private and public sectors of rice producing countries. The program is part of IRRI’s wider mission to spread knowledge and innovations in rice production, including postharvest technologies.

The trainees learned about Ultra Hermetic™ storage solutions that are designed to preserve the quality of dry agricultural commodities for more than a year after harvest without using any harmful chemicals. They also had the opportunity to try the innovative Solar Bubble Dryer™ 50 (SBD50), which was developed in partnership with IRRI and the Hohenheim University. The SBD50 is a tunnel shaped solar dryer that can protect commodities against sudden rains while drying.

After the training, Jonathan Dabir, Chief Agricultural Officer from Nigeria, felt that UHS can definitely help in the preservation of organic food crops in his country without using chemicals. Meanwhile, Richard Ngahan, Rice Machinery Technician from the Agriculture Department of Papua New Guinea, intends to recommend the technology to the PNG government for further exploration.

Photos: The trainees learned about UHS through the classroom presentation and field demonstrations held at GrainPro Philippines. Copyright 2016 GrainPro, Inc.

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LEYTE COOP FUMIGATES CASSAVA USING GRAINPRO® COCOON™

June 1st, 2016

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Calubian, Leyte – Cassava farmers of the Fatima Multi-Purpose Cooperative (FMPC) are using the Ultra Hermetic™ GrainPro® Self-Verifying Cocoon™ to easily and quickly fumigate their cubed cassavas using phosphine. Cassava, also known as tapioca, is used as raw material for animal feeds.

Cassava is the cooperative’s main source of income and their weekly turnaround translates to a quick return of investment. According to Margarito Costello, FMPC President, the price for cassava, unlike corn, is very stable so it makes sense for the farmers to sell immediately. However, their buyer demands that the crops must be free from infestation.

FMPC has been using two 10MT Cocoons since last year. In April 2016, FMPC commissioned the installation of a 20MT Cocoon to double their operational capability. The Cocoon is a gastight storage solution that eliminates all insects and inhibits growth of aflatoxin-producing molds. Prior to using Cocoons, the FMPC used regular polyethylene plastic that allow phosphine to leak out leaving some insects to survive.

For more information about the GrainPro Cocoon, check out www.grainpro.com.

Photos: The FMPC has been using two 10MT Self-Verifying Cocoons as a fumigation chamber for their dried cassavas since last year.

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