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HERMETIC STORAGE TRIAL KICKS-OFF IN NEPAL

September 1st, 2017

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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ADVANCES IN ULTRA HERMETIC STORAGE TECHNOLOGY BY DR. SHLOMO NAVARRO

August 25th, 2017

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

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 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

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.

IN GUATEMALA, SMALL FARMERS SAFELY STORING BEANS HERMETICALLY

August 22nd, 2017

Great training video here from Guatemala of smallholder farmers hermetically storing their bean harvest. Outstanding work by Michigan State University, with the support of USAID, on improving the nutritional intake of poor farmers in the Western Highlands of Guatemala (“MasFrijol”). The video is in Spanish, but easy to follow.

Why focus on improving the production and consumption of beans, especially for poor farmers? MSU explains below:

Although beans and maize were domesticated in the Americas and are traditional staples of the indigenous Mayan peoples in Guatemala’s western highlands, undernutrition plagues the people living in this region, with more than half the children suffering from chronic malnutrition and stunting.

Globally, the Mayan populations in the western highlands persist as the most undernourished population in the Americas and the sixth most undernourished in the world. Although beans and maize provide a quality protein when eaten together, access to sufficient beans for household consumption is inadequate to meet the nutritional needs of the populations living in Guatemala’s western highlands.

Low bean production from limited access to farm land and low productivity from the inability of most bean varieties to grow well at elevations 2,500 meters above sea level—an altitude well exceeded in the western highlands—has made beans scarce and expensive. These high prices, along with little understanding of beans’ nutritional value, have, in the past, led smallholder farmers to sell them.

Pairing the seed distribution and first planting of improved bean varieties with nutrition education multiplies the program’s effectiveness. Because the educational programs focus on the nutritional value of beans along with how to prepare them, households that suddenly find themselves with a large bean harvest know how to use them most advantageously.

Instead of educators telling the people that they should eat more beans before they even possess them, educators are preparing the local people to use the improved bean harvests to their best advantage. Cross-trained and working together, agronomists and nutritionists present integrated and improved farming and nutrition messages to maximum effect, ensuring that the improved agriculture practices and technologies that lead to improved crop yields also lead to increased bean consumption and, ultimately, improved nutrition throughout the region.

GrainPro, and our distributor EGS, is proud to be collaborating with the team at MSU on improving and protecting the yields of bean harvests by small farmers in Guatemala.

INDIA TO SUPPORT HERMETIC STORAGE

August 17th, 2017

The Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT) is strongly pushing the use of hermetic technology as a permanent solution against food losses in India. IIFPT is studying multilayered bags, Cocoon storage, and on-bulk grain silos.

Improper storage and infestation are threats that cause postharvest losses in quantity and quality. In India, 12 to 16 million metric tons of foods produced are lost each year. Chemicals are used to fight off infestation. However, the use of chemical pesticides is affecting the environment and the health of consumers.

Hermetic technology is very appealing in many developing parts of the world as a solution because it provides a sustainable and affordable alternative. GrainPro Cocoons and SuperGrainbags, for example, do not require the use of chemicals to stop infestation and inhibit the growth of aflatoxin producing molds.

These solutions present a long-term solution for the storage of locally produced grains and seeds such as wheat, rice, maize and high-value spices. For more information about GrainPro and its line of hermetic solutions, visit www.grainpro.com.

VILLERS TO SPEAK AT COFFEE CONGRESS IN GUATEMALA

August 3rd, 2017

 

Phil Villers, GrainPro® President, will be at the 28th Guatemala National Coffee Congress organized by Anacafé on August 11 at 11:45 am at the Anacafé Building in Guatemala City. Phil will talk about the benefits of using solar drying and Ultra Hermetic™ storage during the event’s Master Conference. His presentation will include many interesting data and success stories gathered from users around the world. Everyone is cordially invited. See you there!

 

 

GRAINPRO LAUNCHES A NEW ICON FOR ITS BRAND AND LOGO

July 28th, 2017

Concord, Mass., USA, July 28, 2017

GrainPro®, the leader in Ultra Hermetic™ technology, today introduces its iconic corporate brand and logo. The new branding strategy reflects GrainPro’s increasing role in leading the way in innovating Ultra Hermetic™ postharvest solutions that are helping create a more food secure future.

GrainPro's launches new logo

Since its humble beginnings in 1992, GrainPro has been recognized as a leader in hermetic storage and postharvest solutions. The company has been helping food producers of all sizes reduce their food losses and increase overall profits. its technology has continued to evolve to fit the needs of farmers as the world becomes more connected.

Today, GrainPro’s products are being used in more than 110 countries worldwide. Its name has become synonymous in solar drying, and the safe and chemical-free storage of a wide range of dry agricultural commodities. Its impact and positive contributions are felt especially in developing parts of the world where 25 to 40 percent of staple food crops are lost due to infestation and fungal growth because of improper handling and management.

GrainPro’s rebranding reflects its successful and ongoing growth in the food security sector. Today, the company is also leading the way in innovative solar drying and transport solutions – providing a full suite of products designed to protect food from farm to market to tables.

“We’ve been working on a brand that captures our leading role in the industry,” says Tommy Ng, Vice President for International Sales and Marketing at GrainPro. “Its implementation is a step in the right direction as we continue to position our company as more than a product or service, but as an inspiration in the marketplace, in the industry and within the communities we live in.”

The new logo – the first in 10 years – echoes a contemporary look and feel that appeals to this generation’s food producers. It evokes the radical evolution of the symbolic stem and leaves that used to stand out alone into what appears to be embraced and connected to the rest of the image. This signifies GrainPro’s link to its focus on sustainability and growth, and in earning the lifetime loyalty and trust of customers. The green tint mirrors its mission of developing solutions that are safe for consumers and the environment, while raising the quality of life of food producers and smallholder farmers, especially in developing parts of the world. The new typeface lends an elegant, modern, and cleaner appearance.

“Storing the Future” will stay as GrainPro’s tagline. Timeless and on-point, this reminds customers about the company’s ultimate mission, suggesting an optimistic and brighter tomorrow – without hunger –through innovation.

GrainPro’s web presence, marketing collateral, and official documents will begin carrying the new iconic brand. In fact, a team is currently working hard at redesigning the “new” GrainPro’s official website into a more visually-appealing and user-friendly experience, while carrying the new visual themes.

Please watch this video to see how GrainPro’s logo has evolved.

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WFP MALAWI SIGNS PARTNERSHIP TO PILOT HERMETIC GRAIN STORAGE

July 13th, 2017

GrainPro is among technology developers working closely with WFP to help achieve its global food security goals.

The World Food Program (WFP) is working with GrainPro® to pilot the use of Ultra Hermetic grain storage solutions in Malawi, according to the latest WFP Country Brief released on May 31, 2017. This pilot is in line with ongoing WFP efforts to break the cycle of food insecurity and poverty in the African country.

Malawi, a small and land-locked country in the sub-Saharan region of Africa, is facing critical food and nutrition security issues. The country’s population explosion – expanding by 3 percent each year – and recent drops in agricultural production leave most Malawians in poverty and without food.

GrainPro and its local representative, Chemicals and Marketing, will train at least 60 WFP-beneficiary farmer organizations in 15 districts in the use of hermetic bags as part of the Purchase for Progress (P4P) program. Additionally, GrainPro will also study the perceptions and demands of the farmers to the effectiveness of hermetic technology.

The training program will include the use of the GrainPro’s Ultra Hermetic™ SuperGrainBag® (SGB), a low-cost and reusable liner bag developed primarily for smallholder farmers. Made from multilayered and recyclable polyethylene with a proprietary barrier layer, the SGB ‘s has sufficiently low permeability to air and water to stop infestation and inhibit the growth of aflatoxin-producing molds.

P4P is an innovative food security initiative launched in 2008 by WFP that seeks to help smallholder farmers better cope with fluctuations in harvests and household food security by adapting technologies that will reduce postharvest losses. The program is funded with the help of the Flanders International Cooperation Agency, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

One of the goals of the program is to introduce new technologies to smallholder farmers. GrainPro is among technology developers working closely with WFP to help achieve its global food security goals. The training has commenced with series of workshops in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu with farmers organization leaders, lead farmers extension officers and farmers stakeholders.

Women play a major role in food production and farming in Malawi.

 

A female farmer gets first-hand experience in using the GrainPro SuperGrainbag.