BABBAN GONA INCREASES STORAGE CAPACITY WITH NEW GRAINPRO® COCOONS™

May 16th, 2016 by GrainProMarketing Leave a reply »
Babban Gona members show off their maize which will be stored inside a GrainPro Cocoon for three to six months before selling to established buyers in the lean months for much higher profits.

Babban Gona members show off their maize which will be stored inside a GrainPro Cocoon for three to six months before selling to established buyers in the lean months for much higher profits.

Kaduna, Nigeria –  The Babban Gona Program – an innovative farm-to-market scheme in Northern Nigeria – is adding new units of Ultra Hermetic™ GrainPro® 150MT Self-Verifying Cocoons™ this June to increase its grain storage capacity by 7,800 metric tons for its more than fifteen thousand members.

Doreo Partners started the Babban Gona project in 2012 to provide a wide range of financial and marketing assistance to smallholder farmers in the region. Doreo Partners began using GrainPro Cocoons in 2014 as storage for its member farmers. The farmers bring their maize to Babban Gona collection centers for storage in the Cocoon for three to six months. Doreo Partners market and sell the maize to established buyers at a much higher price during the lean season.

The Cocoon is able to prevent the exchange of gases and moisture to eliminate insects of all life stages and inhibit fungal contamination. Its gastight and watertight feature preserves the quality of maize longer. On average, Babban Gona farmers make an additional 20 percent in profits when they sell their harvest in the lean season. This gives them much better incentives to store their crops organically.

The maize is re-packaged and sold as premium low aflatoxin products.

The maize is re-packaged and sold as premium low aflatoxin products.

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