AgroZ® Bag is multi-layered hermetic bag recommended for the storage of grains and pulses for six to nine months and sometimes longer period of time to protect against insects and pests without using pesticide dusts
- AgroZ® Bag is recommended for the storage of maize, sorghum, rice, millet, dried beans and other pulses
- AgroZ® Bag comes in standard size of 80 cm x 130 cm which can store 100 kg of maize and can be reused for three seasons or more
Background: AgroZ® Bag is a multi-layer hermetic storage bag developed by A to Z Textile Mills Ltd. through its R&D wing, the Africa Technical Research Centre (ATRC). It helps to reduce the postharvest losses in maize and pulses. It is a simple, convenient, affordable and organic response to the grains damage by insect pests.
Specifications: AgroZ® Bag is composed of two distinct bags. One polypropylene (PP) outer bag and a multi-layer inner liner. The multi-layer liner is co-extruded combining HDPE, MLLDPE and low permeability barrier layers preventing the passage of gases such as oxygen, carbon dioxide and water vapor
Mode of action: AgroZ® Bag is a hermetic storage bag. Once filled with maize and closed, it acts as a strong barrier to oxygen. The oxygen already inside the bag is depleted by both the stored grains & pulses and the insects through their normal respiration. AgroZ® Bag is a fully organic solution for grain and pulses preservation and storage. It controls insect pests without any pesticide.
What kills insects is the oxygen depletion hence the importance of having a good barrier to oxygen.
Condition of use: Hermetic storage bags should be used with grain which has been dried to the recommended moisture content. It is usually recommended to dry to 13% – 14 % moisture content. If grain is stored in hermetic storage bags without being properly dried, the risk is to turn the produce into silage and would result in a deterioration of the produce quality.
Target pests and crops: AgroZ® Bag is used for the storage of grains and pulses against damage from insect pests. In the case of maize and dried cassava with serious infestation of the Larger Grain Borer (LGB), we recommend not to use, as LGB are well adapted to boring through both wood & plastic and damage the hermetic property.
Benefits: Farmers who can afford to store the grains and not sell hurriedly during the harvest season at a lower price, have opportunity to earn better price and make better profits from their harvest after storing for a few months in AgroZ® Bag. There is no loss of moisture and hence no loss of weight of the stored grains. Grains are pesticide dust free and ready to consume any time
|Benefits of using AgroZ® Bag|
|Insects control except Larger Grain Borer (LGB)||Yes|
|Prevention of mold development||Yes|
|Reduction of alfatoxin risk||Yes|
|Grain quality preservation||Yes|
|Protection against ambient humidity (water drops…)||Yes|
|Protection against household animals (cats and others…)||Yes|
|Protection against rodent||No|
|No need for pesticide treatment of the grain||Yes|
|Prevention of weight loss||Yes
|Preserve seed viability||Yes|