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Kenya bets on ancient form of preservation to cut food losses

Published on February 08, 2018

Kenya is placing a big bet on hermetic storage bags, one of the oldest forms of food preservation in the world, to reduce post-harvest losses which claim up to 30 per cent of annual maize production. Hermetic bags are designed to insulate cereals from heat, air and moisture. The airtight bags deplete oxygen, thereby getting rid of insects without use of pesticides.

Data produced by the United States International Agency (USAID) shows about 1.5 million hermetic bags had been sold in Kenya by end of 2017 following a nationwide campaign by agriculture ministry to popularize the bags among small scale farmers. Read more. Source | Daily Nation