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An assessment of losses during handling and storage of millet in Mali

An assessment of losses during handling and storage of millet in Mali

Rowley, J.Q. (1984) An assessment of losses during handling and storage of millet in Mali. Tropical Stored Products Information, 47. pp. 21-33. ISSN 0564-3325

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Abstract

This paper outlines the design and implementation of a study of the quality of bulrush millet purchased stored and distributed by a government cereal marketing board and of an assessment of the losses of grain that occurred in the marketing system. The selection of appropriate techniques and methods for sampling bagged millet in central storage and for the analysis of samples is described. Problems encountered in the assessment of weight losses in millet are discussed and the choice of particular methods explained. Spillage from damaged sacks was found to be an important problem and high levels of fine impurities were found to be the most serious form of low quality. It is concluded that losses of grain to biological causes during the study were very low and it is argued that the measurement of weight losses in itself is of limited value. 1t is suggested that a thorough understanding of the attitudes to loss of those responsible for the grain is essential to the successful introduction of loss reduction measures.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: crop storage, millet, Mali, postharvest loss, loss assessment
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
S Agriculture > SB Plant culture
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Food & Markets Department
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Last Modified: 27 Apr 2016 16:52
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/10773

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