Post-harvest losses impact food security.
- According to the World Bank, a 1% reduction in post-harvest losses corresponds to a gain of USD 40 million, with farmers as key beneficiaries. The value of post-harvest losses in Sub-Saharan Africa alone is nearly USD 4 billion a year out of an annual grain value of USD 27 billion.
- An estimated 10 to 30 percent of worldwide annual food production is lost during post-harvest processes. This impacts the farmer with loss of profitability and has a detrimental effect on global food security.
- Significant volumes of grain in developing countries are lost after harvest, aggravating hunger and resulting in expensive inputs, such as fertilizer, irrigation water, and human labor, being wasted.
Storage is the most critical post-harvest operation.
- Deterioration of the grain quality during storage can be due to improper storing conditions, which leads to contamination with fungi or insect infestation.
- Using the same bins or bags year after year without proper hygiene, provides a continuous chain of infestation. Insects can hibernate or even continue to feed on wooden structures of the store or hide between holes and cracks in the walls. They can then reinfest the new crop in the same store and resume feeding.
- Storage of uncovered, previously harvested crops next to those newly harvested, can also result in insects spoiling the newly-harvested crops. A primary source of infestation of the stored crop is the field where the crop has grown.
ZeroFly® Storage Bag reduces post-harvest losses.
- ZeroFly® Storage Bag is novel and innovative insecticide-incorporated polypropylene bag designed to protect commodities (grains and seeds) against destructive insect pest infestation during storage.