FARMERS ADOPT CHEMICAL-FREE STORAGE SOLUTIONS IN TANZANIA
A Cocoon being installed in Tanzania in 2015.
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 9.
Betty Kibaara, Rockefeller Foundation Associate Director, told reporters that farmers are abandoning the application of harmful chemical treatments on stored crops. “Demonstration projects have contributed immensely in raising the awareness of farmers about existing technologies and are now adopting these solutions to reduce food losses,” she added.
In 2014, the Alliance for A Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) tested Cocoons in Tanzania and found it to be very effective against pests and dangerous aflatoxins. Waiving the 18 per cent value added tax and including the Cocoon in a lineup of postharvest solutions that receive subsidized pricing from government would accelerate and widen adoptions.
Betty Kibaara, Rockefeller Foundation Associate Director, supports schemes to make hermetic solutions more affordable to farmers in Africa. (Photo by Futures Agriculture)