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Do diatomaceous earths have potential as grain protectants for small-holder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa? The case of Tanzania

Do diatomaceous earths have potential as grain protectants for small-holder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa? The case of Tanzania

Stathers, T.E., Riwa, W., Mvumi, B.M., Mosha, R., Kitandu, L., Mngara, K., Kaoneka, B. and Morris, M. (2008) Do diatomaceous earths have potential as grain protectants for small-holder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa? The case of Tanzania. Crop Protection, 27 (1). pp. 44-70. ISSN 0261-2194 (doi:10.1016/j.cropro.2007.04.020)

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Abstract

Participatory on-farm field trials were set up over three storage seasons, from 2002 to 2005, in different agroecological zones of Tanzania to compare the efficacy of the enhanced diatomaceous earths (DEs) Protect-Its and Dryacides alone or combined with the pyrethroid permethrin. Other treatments included three commercially available synthetic chemical dilute dusts, containing 1.6% pirimiphos-methyl and 0.3% permethrin (Actellic Super and Stocal Super from different manufacturers) and 1% fenitrothion and 0.13% deltamethrin (Shumba Super); traditional protectants; and a locally available DE collected from Kagera in north-west Tanzania. Treatments were applied to maize and sorghum grain and dried beans. Insect pests are the main threat during storage, which in Tanzania includes the devastating larger grain borer, Prostephanus truncatus. All the grain protectants, except the traditional ones, kept damage incidence well below that of the untreated controls, and usually below 10% for periods of 40 weeks of storage. Exceptions occurred when grain was badly infested prior to treatment, in which case Actellic Super dust was more effective than the DEs. Very little difference in damage was observed between the DE treatments until 40 weeks of storage. In addition to the commercially available synthetic grain protectants, Protect-Its 0.25% w/w or Protect-Its 0.1% w/w plus permethrin at 2 mg/kg can be recommended to protect dry un-infested, winnowed maize and sorghum grain that is to be stored on-farm in sacks or woven granary baskets for periods of 4 months or more in Tanzania. Beans can be protected with lower application rates of Protect-Its 0.05% w/w or Dryacides 0.1% w/w. The study also demonstrated that Actellic Super dust obtained from an approved source and applied according to the manufacturer’s recommendations is effective in protecting stored maize, sorghum and beans for periods of at least 40 weeks—contrary to many of the suggestions that this product is no longer effective in Tanzania.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Article published: January 2008. [2] Published as: Crop Protection, (2008), Volume 27, Issue 1, pp. 44–70.
Uncontrolled Keywords: diatomaceous earths, food security, pest management, post-harvest, rural livelihoods, maize, sorghum, beans, prostephanus truncatus, African diatomaceous earths, combinations
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: 09 Dec 2013 10:58
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/2159

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