GrainPro Introduces New “SuperGrainBag Farm”
November 12, 2014
Jordan Dey & Victor Dela Casa, GrainPro
Concord, MA – GrainPro continues to strengthen its focus on providing safe storage and drying solutions for the poorest farmers around the world.
Last month, GrainPro introduced the new “SuperGrainBagFarm,” a low-cost, reusable hermetic storage bag developed primarily for subsistence farmers.
“Smallholder farmers need a safe and effective storage solution,” said Phil Villers, GrainPro’s President. “The new SGB Farm is designed specifically to help the 500 million subsistence farmers who struggle to safely store their harvests every year. ”
The SGB Farm reduces post-harvest losses and can help preserve the freshness and quality of commodities such as maize, cassava, rice paddy, wheat and soybean. Global food security is increasingly dependent on smallholder farmers not only improving their yields, but also safely storing those harvests so that pests, insects and mould do not reduce the amount of available food for the family to eat or sell.
The SGB Farm can stop aflatoxin growth and eliminate infestation embedded with the commodities without the use of harmful chemicals. The hermetic bag, which is available in sizes ranging from 50 lbs to 200 lbs, will be piloted initially in Guatemala, helping smallholder farmers safely store their legumes.
GrainPro will distribute the SGB Farm through its global network of national distributors, making it available in Central America, South America, West Africa, East Africa and in South Asia and Southeast Asia.
In addition to the SGB Farm, GrainPro also recently unveiled a Solar Bubble Dryer that was developed in cooperation with Hohenheim University (Germany) and the non-profit International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), based in the Philippines. The SBD uses pure solar energy to dry grains and because of the bubble enclosure quickly dries commodities while protecting them from impurities.
Sun-drying is the most common method used in the tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. The process is simple and relies on free solar energy. However, solar drying is dependent on weather conditions. Climate change makes weather unpredictable and unexpected rainfall can result in delayed drying, re-wetted grains and quality deterioration. This leads to damages that reduces the market value of the commodity.
The SBD is designed to safely dry agricultural commodities against unexpected rain and other common contaminants. Its transparent polyethylene cover is UV and water-resistant to safeguard the commodities as they dry. The SBD acts like a bubble that traps solar radiation to heat the commodities. Moisture is then vaporized and pushed out by ventilators (which also maintain the shape of the bubble).
“We envision the Solar Bubble Dryer to be the future of solar-drying,” said Villers. “This solution, along with our storage innovations, will address the issues that challenge farmers’ production and incomes. Our goal here is not just to provide an efficient solar-drying product, but to help farmers maximize their earnings by having the ability to sell high-quality commodities that always fetch better prices in the market.”
GrainPro, a member of the Alliance to End Hunger, is headquartered in Concord, Massachusetts with sales offices in India, Kenya, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Brazil and Mexico. GrainPro partners with a vast network of international distributors to distribute its drying and storage solutions. GrainPro works closely with governments, development organizations, NGOs and the private sector to train smallholder farmers and develop new innovations to improve global food security.