Posts Tagged ‘protect stored dry agricultural commodities’

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.

GRAINPRO® LEVELS UP EFFORT TO STOP AFLATOXINS IN NIGERIA

February 9th, 2016
One of the GrainPro Cocoons being used by Babban Gona farmers to store their maize crops in Kaduna, Nigeria. The Nigerian Federal Government is promoting the use of such solutions to reduce food losses and prevent the proliferation of aflatoxin

One of the GrainPro Cocoons being used by Babban Gona farmers to store their maize crops in Kaduna, Nigeria. The Nigerian Federal Government is promoting the use of such solutions to reduce food losses and prevent the proliferation of aflatoxin

Abuja, Nigeria – In February, Chief Audu Ogbeh, Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, met with Tom De Bruin, President of GrainPro® Philippines, and Daniel Haileselassie, GrainPro Continent Manager for Africa, to discuss appropriate measures to ensure food security in the country. The GrainPro delegation presented modern drying and Ultra Hermetic™ grain storage innovations to the minister and his team.

As a result, the minister is advising stakeholders in the country’s agricultural sector to ensure hygiene in the production and storage of agricultural commodities. The minister stressed the need to use modern grain storage solutions that don’t require toxic chemicals to prevent the proliferation of aflatoxin on all types of dry agricultural commodities.

The ministry is looking to introduce Ultra Hermetic solutions to local farmers as part of its efforts to prevent the threat of fungal contamination. According to Minister Ogbeh, units of GrainPro Cocoons™ are being tested by the agency for the storage of maize in four key states. The tests are conducted in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) Strategic Grain Reserve. The trials proved very successful and Ultra Hermetic technology is expected to be integrated into Nigeria’s agricultural sector where statewide adoption by farmers of products such as the Cocoon will help protect local commodities and increase their incomes.

The Cocoon is an innovative and affordable storage facility for dry agricultural commodities. It is a proven solution that has prolonged the quality and freshness of staple crops It is both gastight and watertight to stop insect infestation and inhibit fungal contamination in stored food without using harmful chemicals. Most importantly, it is able to prevent the proliferation of aflatoxin, which is a major concern among health officials.

In Nigeria, Cocoons are being used by the Babban Gona project in the state of Kaduna to protect the maize of small local farmers. The Cocoons are instrumental in enabling the farmers to sell premium low aflatoxin maize crops at a higher profit margin. Cocoons are also widely used in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Kenya.

PCI and GrainPro® Push for Organic Storage at BIOFACH India 2015

December 18th, 2015
The PCI team poses for a quick photo during opening day of BIOFACH 2015.

The PCI team poses for a quick photo during opening day of BIOFACH 2015.

Kerala, India – Organic agriculture is expected to play a very crucial role in meeting future food demands. With that in mind, GrainPro® and Pest Control (India) Pvt. Ltd. (PCI) pushed for the use of organic grain storage and pest control during BIOFACH India at the ADLUX International Convention Centre from November 5 to 7, 2015.

Despite heavy rains in the region, the PCI and GrainPro booth received over 2,000 visitors during the three-day event, including some fifty major inquiries for GrainPro® products and services. The SuperGrainbag® and Cocoon™ gained the most attention from guests according to Sandeep Nikumbe of PCI.

The event calls upon the use of organic farming methods and expand the market for organically-grown commodities to ensure more profit, especially for smallholder farmers. Participants agreed that organic agriculture could be promoted by stopping the usage of toxic chemicals.

GrainPro’s line of Ultra Hermetic™ storage is certified for organic use. The SuperGrainbag and Cocoon are gastight and watertight storage solutions that prevent the exchange of air and moisture to protect stored dry agricultural commodities against infestation and fungal contamination without using toxic chemicals.

BIOFACH is India’s largest organic agriculture exhibit. This year, 173 exhibitors and more than 80 international delegates from Italy, Singapore and Germany took part in the exhibit. A key presentation by PCI formally introduced GrainPro products as a solution that can be integrated into the organic food production chain at the conference organized by the International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture (ICCOA), Nürnberg Messe, Ecoland and Lacon India.

Guests inquiring about GrainPro’s line of Ultra Hermetic solutions.

Guests inquiring about GrainPro’s line of Ultra Hermetic solutions.

GrainPro products were presented during the conference.

GrainPro products were presented during the conference.