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Posted by jamieh in Technologies on Aug 18, 2014 5:24:00 PM

Posted by jamieh in Technologies on Aug 18, 2014 5:24:00 PM
Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation has invested almost $1 million in grain storage technologies that are appropriate for both on-farm and market trader storage use. One of our grants includes The Purdue Improved Crop Storage bags (PICS), a triple-lined 80 kilogram plastic bag that permits users to adjust the bag size to meet their volume while still allowing the bag to be hermetically sealed, thereby preventing pest and insect damage.
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Under the aegis of Partnering for Innovation’s market-entry grant, Purdue University introduced its PICS bag to the Kenyan market in partnership with local distributor Bell Industry Ltd. The program recently celebrated a successful milestone in holding 800 bag-opening ceremonies in local villages and markets that demonstrated the bags’ effectiveness. The open bag ceremonies serve as both a public training and marketing opportunity.

In a region where up to a third of the grain that is harvested is lost before it goes to market due to poor storage practices, Purdue works with Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation to provide a storage solution to smallholder farmers that is affordable and scalable. Harvested products stored in these hermetically-sealed triple-layer bags remain unharmed by pests, allowing the farmer to successfully retain the harvested product for sale or family consumption.

To demonstrate the bags’ value to the community, farmers who had purchased and used the PICS bags immediately post-harvest held bag-opening ceremonies in markets or village centers months later, showing people the pests that had died as a result of the bag’s unique structure, leaving the product inside unharmed.
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To date, Purdue has sold over 46,699 PICS bags in Kenya, providing thousands of smallholder farmers across the country access to technology to reduce their postharvest losses by as much as 40 percent.

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Book Review: Rice Pests of Bangladesh- Their Ecology and Management
Authors: Zahirul Islam and David Catling

The University Press Limited
Red Crescent House, 6th Floor
61 Montijheel C/A
GPO Box 2611, Dhaka 1000
Bangladesh
Website: http://www.uplbooks.com.bdo
e-mail: upl@bangla.net

2012, 422 pages
ISBN: 978 984 506 048 6
2003, 512 pages
Price: Tk. 1600.00
Hard cover

Rice Pests of Bangladesh provides a comprehensive coverage of all of the abiotic constraints to rice production in the field and of pests in storage. The quality of this publication is enhanced by the fact that it brings together the accumulated data and experience of the two authors over the last 30 years. The 14 chapters and 422 pages cover all aspects of rice pest management including pests, yield loss, major control strategies and rice IPM.

Chapter 1 is entitled “Bangladesh and Rice.” Chapter 2 discusses the concepts of rice growth and pest status. Chapters 3-7 cover the early vegetative insect pests, general defoliators, stem borers, sap feeders and minor invertebrate pests. Chapter 8 discusses the vertebrate pests; rodents and birds. Chapter 9 provides a comprehensive coverage of the rice diseases; fungal, viral, bacterial and nematodes. The major weed species, their ecology severity and management are covered in Chapter 10. Chapter 11 explains the concepts of yield loss including mechanisms, plant compensation and yield loss assessment methods. Pests of rice in storage including insects, fungi and rodents are explained in Chaptger 12. Provides a detailed coverage of the major control strategies including cultural control, plant resistance, biological control and chemical control and pesticides. Chapter 14 covers the IPM of rice pests; concepts, principles, current management systems and new concepts for IPM in Bangladesh rice production.

This profusely illustrated book with an underlying IPM and ecological approach takes a fresh look at yield losses from insects and diseases and contains a wealth of information for rice plant protection specialists. It is specifically targeted to students, teachers, researchers, extension officers and agricultural development workers. The value of this book is enhanced as the information therein is not only relevant to Bangladesh but also applies to the Indian states of West Bengal, Assam and Bihar.

Prof. E. A. “Short” Heinrichs
Associate Director Emeritus
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE 68583-0748 USA

Research Professor, UNL Department of Entomology
Secretary General, International Association for the Plant Protection Sciences (IAPPS)
Email: eheinrichs2@unl.edu

 

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