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 NSPRI COMMENCES THE USE OF HERMETIC STEEL DRUMS FOR THE STORAGE OF DRIED DURABLE PRODUCTS

Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute introduces a technology to reduce postharvest losses and improve the quality of food across the country, the Nigeria Stored Products Research Institute (NSPRI) has commenced the use of hermetic steel drums for the storage of dried durable products. The Institute which aims to reduce postharvest losses by ensuring quality, safety, and availability of agricultural produce rolled out the first batch of steel drums to farmers across Nigeria recently.

Hermetic Storage is a method of using sealed, airtight units to control moisture and insects in the storage of dried agricultural commodities. The hermetic storage restricts gas exchanges between the internal and external environments and the stored commodity, maintaining the initial levels of moisture and controlling pests by the lack of oxygen. The available oxygen in the internal ecosystem is reduced to lethal or limiting the respiration of any living organism within the system.

Hermetic steel drum is one of the technologies developed and popularized by NSPRI for non-chemical preservation and safe handling of durable products. With the use of hermetic steel drums, dried agricultural commodities such as grains, pulses, fruits, vegetables, fisheries, and livestock can be effectively stored while reducing the impact of pesticides and aflatoxin contaminations.