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The evaluation of losses in maize stored on a selection of small farms in Zambia, with particular reference to methodology

The evaluation of losses in maize stored on a selection of small farms in Zambia, with particular reference to methodology

Adams, J.M. (1977) The evaluation of losses in maize stored on a selection of small farms in Zambia, with particular reference to methodology. Tropical Stored Products Information, 33. pp. 19-24. ISSN 0564-3325

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Abstract

A report on research into quantitative and qualitative losses incurred during maize storage on selected small farms is summarised. Various methods of analysing samples for loss were tested. The best estimate of loss within a sample was obtained by comparing the weight of a standard volume of grain from the sample with that of a reference sample obtained at the time of storage. Estimates of loss over a storage season were obtained by integrating losses within samples with the pattern of consumption over the storage period. Monetary values were placed on these losses. Methods for evaluating changes in storage practices are described and the costs and benefits of a simple improved storage technique are calculated.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: maize, Zambia, loss evaluation, postharvest loss, storage loss, loss estimation
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Food & Markets Department
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Last Modified: 29 Apr 2016 06:41
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/10782

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