a symposium on “Advances in Hermetic Storage for Smallholder Farms” during the International Congress of Entomology (ICE) in Orlando, Florida, September 25-30, 2015. The symposium highlighted research findings, extension efforts and private sector engagement in reducing postharvest losses in developing countries with a focus on smallholder farms.
- Hermetic storage for food and seed Dieudonne Baributsa
- Farmers’ incentives to adopt hermetic storage Jacob Ricker-Gilbert and Stacy Prieto
- Hermetic storage: An important strategy for pest management in Portugal and Mozambique Rafael Guenha1 and Maria Carvalho
- Improving the availability of hermetic technologies among farmers: The experience of PICS bags Jean Njiru and Dieudonne Baributsa
- Panel Discussion: The future of hermetic storage
- Comparative effects of hypoxia on four grain storage insect pest species
- Promoting PICS technology to smallholder farmers in Burkina Faso, the experience of Catholic Relief Service Adama Sienou, Amidou Traore and Louise Sperling
- Hermetic storage for controlling postharvest losses and aflatoxin poisoning James Ng'ang'a, Christopher Mutungi, Samuel Imathiu and Hippolyte Affognon
This paper investigated the ability of triple layer-hermetic bag storage to protect stored maize against insect attack, mold infection and aflatoxin contamination under farmer storage conditions.
- Seed viability and oxygen depletion rate of hermetically stored maize infested by P. truncatus (Horn) and S. zeamais (Mot)
- Lessons mitigating post harvest losses in Tanzania John Macharia, and Mellyne Ongango
- Reproductive behavior and egg development of cowpea bruchids (Callosobruchus maculatus) under hypoxiaYan Yan, Scott Williams, Dieudonne Baributsa and Larry Murdock
- Effectiveness and economics of hermetic bags for maize storage: Results of a randomized controlled trial in Kenya
- Bioacoustics of some post-harvest insect pests Anastasia Njoroge, Hippolyte Affognon, Christopher Mutungi, Uwe Richter, Oliver Henseland Richard W. Mankin
- Implementing climate-smart dry chain technology for improving livelihoods of the maize farming community in Pakistan Irfan Afzal, Amir Bakhtavar, Muhammad Sagheer and Ishfaq Muhammad,
- An improved hermetic storage bag for the control of boring insects that break the hermetic seal of current bags Pierre Guillet, Hubert Coffi and Johnson Odera
Existing hermetic storage bags can control insect populations but are eventually perforated by insect borers such as Larger Grain Borer and cannot be reused, making them unaffordable to farmers in the longer term. In contrast AgroZ® Bag Plus can control all insect pests while remaining intact and reusable by farmers.
- Evaluation of maize quality and aflatoxin contamination in some markets of Benin and Niger
The study involved 112 wholesalers, retailers and maize producers. Insect pest frequency was 16 times higher among wholesalers compared to the other industry players. Aflatoxin levels exceeding the accepted standard of 20 ppb were noted in markets in both countries.
- Triple bagging for safe storage of chickpea and pigeonpea seeds at the farmers' level Hari Sudini
- Assessment of hermetic storage of maize under different environmental conditions Brett Lane and Charles Woloshuk
- Evaluation of sealed storage for the control of stored-grain insect pests Sam Cook and Dirk Maier
- Controlling weevils in stored maize by means of physical disturbance
- Hermetic control of Sitophilus zeamaisin in stored maize in Ghana: Evidence from Purdue Improved Crops Storage (PICS) bags Isaac Nunoo, Abigail Agyeiwaa Darkwa1, Anyebe Onu, Abdoulaye Tahirou and Dieudonne Baributsa
- Poster Session: Efforts to mitigate postharvest losses in developing countries