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UKAID Department for International Development (R4D) 1997

Grain storage pest management using inert dusts (Zimbabwe)

Grain Storage Pest Zimbabwe

UKAID Department for International Development (R4D)

Titre : Grain storage pest management using inert dusts (Zimbabwe)

Pays : Zimbabwe

Projet de recherche pour le Développement : R7034

DFID Programme : Crop Post Harvest

Organismes de mise en œuvre

Lead Institutes : Natural Resources Institute (NRI)
Managing Institutes : Natural Resources International Limited (NRIL)
Collaborating Institutes : AGRITEX Institute of Agricultural Engineering ; AGRITEX, Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Water ; Department of Crop Science, University of Zimbabwe ; Plant Protection Research Institute, Department of Research and Specialist Services, Zimbabwe

Durée : 01-10-1997 à 30-07-2000

Objectif  : To develop environmentally sustainable and safe post-harvest pest control methods, by working towards the replacement of conventional synthetic organophosphate insecticides with inert dusts for use in small and medium scale storage.

Currently, the best method for protecting grain during storage against insect attack is to apply synthetic organophosphate insecticides. Most developing countries have to import the active ingredient needed to formulate the chemicals, using valuable foreign exchange. Nevertheless, these insecticides are frequently unavailable or too expensive for farmers, and their misuse can be a health hazard. Inert dusts will provide a much safer alternative to conventional chemicals, allowing farmers more choice. Furthermore, if deposits of diatomite (the basic material of inert dusts) occur in country, they could be exploited to provide a cheap source of grain protectant. Grain market liberalisation has resulted in a burgeoning private trader sector in many sub-Saharan countries. Traders, often small-scale, are taking over storage functions previously the responsibility of government marketing boards. These traders are poorly equipped to deal with pest problems, frequently lacking both training and resources. They, like farmers, also suffer from insect pests. The project will provide a simple, cheap solution for traders

Total Cost to DFID : £151,930

Présentation : UKAID

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