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Purdue crop storage system may control storage insect pests


In Africa, a farmer’s ability to feed a community
means everything. That’s why Hannah Nsia’s crops grow so does
a town of 70,000 in Ghana. Hannah’s main focus is safely drying cow peas. A protein rich staple of the region. So she can both sell them at higher prices
after harvest and build a food surplus for her community. The main challenge I have always faced in
the business is the insects, the weevils spoiling my crops. The insects reproduce, they feed on the grain,
they eat it up, and they render it inedible and destroy its value. For more than 30,000 village like this one,
there is now a solution. Developed at Purdue University and licensed
in Central Africa, the PICS bag ensures that weevils dry up and die before they can damage
crops. Instead of potentially harmful insecticides,
PICS bags use inexpensive everyday materials and provide months of affordable storage. The beans looked and smelled fresh as if they
had just been brought from the farm. Hannah also serves more than 600 people a
day at a local school. Because her cow peas now taste better, children
are happier to eat them and gain the protein they need to be healthy. The children have been commending Madame Nsia
for their taste. It’s marvelous. PICS bags preserve a half a million dollars
of crops each year. They also help farmers like Hannah conserve
food, improve health, strengthen economies, and bring food security to those who need
it most. They are very effective, they keep your beans
in good shape, even after long storage they are really good.

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