Most agriculture storage problems can be easily met with pre-engineered buildings. Here is how,
Ever wondered how much of the crop that is harvested rots or is damaged every year? On the average, it is estimated that more than 13-18 million tones (MT) of the crop was wasted in India between 2019-20. And, according to a study by the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS) storage is the major cause of post-harvest losses for all kinds of food grains in India. The calculated storage loss in FCI owned and hired godowns alone is huge with more than 0.2 lakh tones of grains procured being wasted. The situation is made worse by severe regional imbalances in terms of the distribution of storage facilities with Central and Eastern India having merely 9% and 7% respectively.
Storage occurs at various stages of the farm to market journey of food grains. From temporary traditional straw storage huts at the farm to wholesale and FCI warehouses, grains may take many months before they are cooked. In this period they are subject to a variety of attacks from both the weather and pests that can make them inedible
Image: Traditional Straw Storage Huts
Image: Grain Silos
Problems of food storage
The food storage sector is faced by a number of problems. Let us take a look at some of the major one
PEBs – A quick solution
Experts and governments have long recognized that two things need to be done to prevent wastage.
1) Replacing/Renovating the existing agricultural warehouses
2) Installation of new storehouse spaces
Prefabricated or pre-engineered steel buildings (PEBs) have been identified globally as ideal for quickly solving the problem of agri storage. Not only can they be put up quickly as compared to concrete structures, they are also less prone to seepages and leaks, and provide a less hospitable environment for pests than concrete or mud. PEB structures can also be used for livestock shelters.
Benefits of PEBs
Image: Agricultural Warehouse
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