A simple storage solution, NO CHEMICALS NEEDED- The Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) bags!
PICS bags are triple-layer hermetic bags designed to store grains without using chemical. PICS is a simple, fully commercialized technology that benefit smallholder farmers the world over. PICS are effective at stopping insect damages after harvest on several grains including cowpea, common bean, chickpea, pigeon pea, mung bean, maize, rice, sorghum, millet, bambara groundnut, peanut, hibiscus seed, and sesame.
PICS is composed of three distinct plastic bags, one placed in the other, and hand-tied to create a hermetic seal. PICS transfers its licensing for manufacture and distribution to a local company, increasing distribution and availability, for smallholder farmers at the very low price of under $3.00 for a 90 kg bag in Rwanda or Kenya, for example. All of these qualities set PICS a part for commercial potential when Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation first partners with Purdue University to take the technology from the research lab to the market. The commercialization started in 2013 and now in 2017 PICS bags are widely available: click the link above or here for finding where and how to purchase the bags.