Hermetic Storage Systems for Maize
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Without proper management, losses of maize stored by subsistence farmers can be 100% of the crop. Local experts estimated that 22.4% of the 2008 maize crop in the countries of Southern and Eastern Africa was lost during storage. Losses in the Kamuli district of Uganda are estimated at 40%.The value of postharvest losses of grain in Sub-Saharan Africa could be as much as US$ 4 billion out of a grain production value of US$ 27 billion for 2005-07. These losses represent a huge mass of grain that could be made available for food without use of additional land, seed, labor, water, and other inputs.
This article is published as Bern, Carl J., A. Yakubu, Kurt A. Rosentrater, and Thomas J. Brumm. "Hermetic storage systems for maize." Miller Magazine (Değirmenci Dergisi) 68 (2015): 74-81. Posted with permission.