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A practical appraisal of on-farm storage losses and loss assessment methods in Malawi. 1: The Shire Valley agricultural development area

A practical appraisal of on-farm storage losses and loss assessment methods in Malawi. 1: The Shire Valley agricultural development area

Golob, P. (1981) A practical appraisal of on-farm storage losses and loss assessment methods in Malawi. 1: The Shire Valley agricultural development area. Tropical Stored Products Information, 40. pp. 5-13. ISSN 0564-3325

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Abstract

This paper describes a survey of farm-level grain storage losses in Southern Malawi and the practical problems of such surveys. The limitations of two different loss-assessment methods are discussed with regard to observed discrepancies but it is concluded that losses in up to 10 months storage were 3% or less for maize and less than 2% for sorghum. Such losses demonstrate the suitability of the grain varieties stored in the area to conservation during the characteristic dry season. The considerable likelihood of greater losses with high-yielding but more susceptible varieties, if these were introduced to the area, is indicated.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: farm storage, storage loss, loss assessment, weight loss, Malawi, postharvest loss, grain storage
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
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: 21 May 2016 17:27
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Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/10790

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