5 POST-HARVEST CHALLENGES OF SPECIALTY COFFEE ROASTERS

The coffee business faces certain challenges requiring a technology driven approach to solve them. While the industry is still dominated by age-old practices of smallholder farmers in remote parts of the world, new solutions are now being integrated through the efforts of progressively minded traders and roasters, who will do …

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REMOTE SENSING IN POSTHARVEST AGRICULTURE

For years, food producers have always wondered about the conditions of their crops during storage. In many cases, food producers are unable to physically make contact to check on the status of their crops. Fortunately, satellite and internet communications have made it possible to remotely monitor everything through remote sensing …

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South Sudan Farmers Experience Innovative Solar Dryer

The World Food Programme (WFP) gave farmers in South Sudan the first look at the GrainPro® Solar Bubble Dryer® 50 (SBD 50) last October 4 and 5, 2017.  The GrainPro® SBD 50 is an innovative tunnel-shaped grain dryer with a built-in heated blower that does not only dry but also protects …

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Reducing Environmental Risks Through Postharvest Systems

Scientists are worried that the worsening climate change, extreme droughts and floods, will further increase the number of people who are already suffering from hunger and malnutrition from 10 to 20 percent by 2050. Experts agreed that there is enough food to meet global demands. However, we manage, distribute and …

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Farmers Adopt Chemical-Free Storage Solutions In Tanzania

Nairobi, Kenya – Food security groups in Africa called for innovative cost-reduction schemes and make postharvest storage solutions more affordable for smallholder farmers. The partners lobbied for government levied tax exemptions and subsidized prices on hermetic storage solutions such as the GrainPro® Cocoons™ during the African Green Revolution Forum on September …

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Latest Study Reveals Effect Of Hermetic Storage On Soybean Seeds

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 …

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In Memory Of August “Gus” Schumacher (1940-2017)

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 …

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Hermetic Storage Trial Kicks-Off 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 …

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Field Report: Success In Malawi

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 …

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In Guatemala, Small Farmers Safely Storing Beans Hermetically

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 …

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India To Support Hermetic Storage

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. …

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Using Hermetic Storage To Preserve Paddy Seeds In Panama

Fincas Azuero in Panama found a way to properly store paddy seeds and retain seed germination thanks to GrainPro and its distributor Potuga. Five 100MT GrainPro® Self-Verifying Cocoons™ (SVC) are preserving 82 tons (180,000 pounds) of certified paddy seeds at their facility in Panama. Research and field trials show that …

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Villers To Speak At Coffee Congress In Guatemala

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 …

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Wfp Malawi Signs Partnership To Pilot Hermetic Grain Storage

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 …

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New Scientific Paper Discusses Aflatoxin Control With Safer Postharvest Practices

In human beings, high aflatoxin levels depress the immune system, thereby contributing to many health problems ranging from cancer and susceptibility to HIV, to stunted growth among children. This led governments in Africa to band together to stop the spread of Aflatoxins in the continent. At an October 2016 meeting …

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School Kids In Honduras Are Benefitting From Hermetic Storage

Children in the village of Krausirpi in Honduras are benefitting from rice that was not treated with any harmful chemicals thanks to Ultra Hermetic™ and patented GrainPro® Cocoons™. The Cocoons were delivered on March 2017 and are currently protecting food crops against insects and fungal growth. The United Nations’ World Food …

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Pacific Island Explores Sun Drying And Ultra Hermetic™ Storage

New Caledonia is getting much needed help to safely dry and store locally produced food crops as it attempts to invigorate the agricultural sector. Tom de Bruin, President of GrainPro® Philippines, recently visited the area to train government personnel in the use of innovative sun dryers and Ultra Hermetic™ storage solutions. The …

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Commitment To Quality Inspires Grainpro® Tqm Strategy

Quality is extremely crucial in delivering satisfaction to customers and retaining their loyalty. This understanding is GrainPro’s® driving force in constantly improving its processes to ensure the delivery of top quality postharvest solutions, which led to the official implementation of its Total Quality Management (TQM) program on May 2, 2017 at …

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Leyte Coop Fumigates Cassava Using Grainpro® Cocoon™

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 …

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Winning The War Against Stale, Moldy Flavored Specialty Coffee

When it comes to coffee, flavor is king. Roasters around the world pay huge sums to purchase single-origin varieties that yield distinct flavor and aromatic characters. Their customers also pay a premium for a sip. Often, however, the subtle differences and undertones are lost by the time the coffee arrives …

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Cocoons As An Alternative To Cold Stores In Peanut Storage

A recently concluded trial in Indonesia comparing GrainPro® Gas-Hermetic Fumigation (G-HF) Cocoon™ to cold storage and ordinary warehouse storage to preserve peanuts came back in March with positive results. The client, a highly-regarded name in the peanut processing industry, concluded that the Cocoons performed extremely well in preserving the freshness of …

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Grainpro Distributor Leads The Way In Safe Storage In Ghana

In 2010, Nana Yaw Obeng immediately saw the potential of hermetic technology to safely store grains and seeds. His vision is paving the way to safer postharvest storage and organic preservation, not only in Ghana, but throughout the continent. A Postharvest Technology graduate of the Natural Resource Institute in the …

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Babban Gona Among Recepients Of 2017 Skoll Awards

Kola Masha, Managing Director of the Babban Gona program in Nigeria, is among this year’s recipients of the prestigious Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship. Masha, a supporter of hermetic storage and social enterprise, was recognized for his role in creating a model that attracts smallholder farmers and the nation’s unemployed …

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Rural Distribution Plays An Important Role In Safely Preserving Grain

“This is the first year I’m not buying chemicals to store my grain,” Baraka Nurie, the mother of three small children, revealed to Jordan Dey, GrainPro® VP for Food Security, during a visit on February in Ethiopia’s Gurage Region. What gives? A new rural distribution strategy initiated in January 2017 by …

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New Scientific Paper Discusses How To Control Aflatoxin Growth With Safe Post Harvest Practices

In human beings, high aflatoxin levels depress the immune system, thereby contributing to many health problems ranging from cancer and susceptibility to HIV, to stunted growth among children. This led governments in Africa to band together to stop the spread of Aflatoxins in the continent. At an October 2016 meeting …

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Hermetic Storage Provides Value Opportunity For Maize In Indonesia

JAKARTA, INDONESIA – Indonesia intends to scale up the use of Ultra Hermetic™ technology to solve its storage problems. This was made apparent at a meeting last December 15, 2016 in Jakarta when officials of Indonesia’s Bureau of Logistics (BULOG), a major local food agency, expressed their plan to store …

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Food Security Remains A Priority In War-Torn Somalia

GALMUDUG, SOMALIA – Two Ultra Hermetic™ GrainPro® Self-Verifying Cocoons™ are preserving a blend of corn and soya flour in Somalia. The Cocoons are part of a development program that aims to alleviate the growing food problem in the war-torn country. GrainPro’s Priscilla Mosigisi, Sales Manager, and Alinaitwe Justus, Customer Support Engineer, …

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Indonesia Continues To Step Up Rice Storage With Hermetic Cocoons™

JAKARTA, INDONESIA – The Indonesian Bureau of Logistics (BULOG) increased its storage capacity with the installation of six 150MT GrainPro Cocoons™ on December 2016 in the province of Lampung, and the cities of Yogyarta and Jakarta. The installation is part of a nationwide initiative by BULOG — a government-owned company …

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Solar Bubble Dryer Arrives In East Africa

NAIROBI, KENYA – A new project in East Africa introduced smallholder farmers to the GrainPro®Solar Bubble Dryer™ (SBD) — a state-of-the-art drying solution that protects commodities against sudden rains while it dries. The project – Making Value Chains Work for Food and Nutrition Security of Vulnerable Populations in East Africa – aims …

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Kenya Farmers Set To Benefit From Use Of Hermetic Storage Bags

NAIROBI, KENYA – Farmers were urged to use hermetic storage bags during the National Campaign on Hermetic Storage Technology Road Show. The event, a collaboration between the Ministry of Agriculture, USAID’s Kenya Agricultural Value Chain Enterprises (KAVES), and the Kenya Agricultural Livestock and Research Organization (KALRO), promoted hermetic technology use …

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Coffee Farmers Call For Tougher Laws Against Improper Drying Methods

KAMPALA, UGANDA – Ugandan coffee farmers called for tougher laws and punitive measures against improper drying methods and poor crop handling at the 2nd Uganda Coffee Festival on November 4, 2016 according to a Bloomberg Markets story. The National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises (NUCAFE), the nation’s largest …

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Coffee Seed Producer Fights Off Coffee Pests Without Using Pesticides

MATAGALPA, NICARAGUA – A trial in October found that the GrainPro® SuperGrainbag® (SGB) Premium RT can stop insects without adverse effects on coffee seed germination. This came after the trial commissioned by a national coffee seed producer provided positive results against Coffee Borer Beetles (Hypothenemus hampei). During the trial, two SuperGrainbags – …

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International Seed Company To Employ Proper Seed Drying In Its Operation

Davao, Philippines – One of the world largest seed companies commissioned the installation of its first batch of Solar Bubble Dryer™ 50 (SBD 50) on October 8, 2016. The company is looking for proper seed drying solutions on its hybrid rice. Developed in partnership with the International Rice Research Institute …

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Fumigators In Israel Exposed To Grainpro’S Non-Toxic Fumigation Solution

OR YEHUDA, ISRAEL – More than a hundred licensed fumigators came together on October 27, 2016 to learn about new and innovative non-toxic fumigation practices. Dr. Shlomo and Hagit Navarro of Green Storage, Ltd., GrainPro® distributor, talked to the fumigators about controlled atmosphere and carbon dioxide fumigation. Strict Jewish dietary laws …

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One Coffee’S Sojourn Measured In Human Hands And Daily Temperatures

Could GrainPro be holding the key to safely preserve coffee quality during shipment? Per this article from dailycoffeenews.com, GrainPro prevented moisture loss of coffee beans, and preserved the flavor and aromatic qualities of coffee better than jute bags Read more: http://dailycoffeenews.com/2016/09/05/one-coffees-sojourn-measured-in-human-hands-and-daily-temperatures/

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Crucial Development Congress Features Solar Bubble Dryer™ In The Drying Industry

MUNICH, GERMANY – A scaled-down model of the state-of-the-art Solar Bubble Dryer™ (SBD) – an innovative grain and seed drying solution that protects commodities from rewetting as they dry – was featured at the Our World 2030 sustainable development congress at September 15, 2016. The SBD is designed to address …

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Supergrainbags Prove High Potential To Minimize Postharvest Losses According To Trial In Mozambique

MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE – The study headed by the Agricultural Research Institute of Mozambique (IIAM) found that the GrainPro® SuperGrainbag® (SGB) is very efficient in controlling storage pests (Sitotroga cerealella) and fungal contaminants without the use of chemicals on the stored grains and seeds compared to metal silos, improved barns, and regular sacks …

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Reducing Aflatoxins In Groundnuts Could Lead To Higher Profits

Preliminary results of a new study from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Peanut and Mycotoxin Innovation Lab reveals that better drying and hermetic storage can reduce aflatoxin growth on groundnuts, making the legume safer for human consumption. The study was led by William Appaw, a master’s student in …

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Conference Stresses Impact Of Storage Innovations In Improving Africa’S Food Security

NAIROBI, KENYA – Food security experts from 15 countries openly discussed challenges and solutions during the first Africa Strategic Grain Reserve Conference on June 14-15, 2016 in Nairobi. The Conference, sponsored by the African Union’s Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA), GrainPro, the Schooner Africa Fund, ABT Associates and …

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Grainpro® Philippines Marks Successful Asia Distributors’ Conference

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 …

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