All over the world stored crops suffer losses from fungi, insects and rats and mice. This booklet suggests methods for prevention and treatment of this problem for grains and pulses, the most important storage products for small scale farmers in the tropics. Safety measures begin on the field, by using seed varieties that are pest resistant. Harvesting as quickly as possible also avoids infestation of crops. A good storage place prevents much damage. The crops should be dry and undamaged before storing them in dry and cool places. To get rid of insects, fungi and rodents, the use of chemicals is still widespread, even though they are dangerous. The booklet shows adequate and less damaging alternatives, like rodent proof buildings, natural additives, oil or smoke. In two appendices one finds an overview of traditional storage methods for cereals and pulses from all over the world, and a method for testing the suitability of grain for storage. Finally there is a list of recommended literature, and useful addresses.
Sample pages: Protection storage grains
No. of pages: 78