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 treated with actellic. The trial concluded a ninety-five-percent seed germination rate using SGB’s that remained at that level during the twenty-week trial period. One feedback from the trial participants is the simplicity of using SGB as a liner for regular sacks and it being scalable to the needs of farmers (SGB is available in 25 to 69-kilo capacity), especially among female farmers. This makes it very adaptable to the operations of smallholder farmers. The study was released on June 22, 2016, by a consortium of agricultural agencies and non-profit organizations in Mozambique.
This prompted an alliance between Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation Mozambique and GrainPro together with the local distributor, AgriFocus. The partnership created a special delivery scheme for beneficiaries as well as training programs for extension officers. Additionally, the partners are also working towards a tax-exemption scheme for SGB to encourage the quick transition of farmers to hermetic technology.
The results were presented during the National Post Harvest Workshop on July 6, 2016, that was attended by Daniel Haileselassie, GrainPro Africa Continent Manager. Daniel presented the SGB Premium to colleagues from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the Network Analysis of Food Policy, and the Eduardo Mondlane University Faculty of Agronomy and Forestry, just to name a few.