Store grain in plastic bags

Technology to store grain in giant, sealed plastic bags, a popular concept in the US and Argentina, is now available to African farmers.
Storing grain in Silobags is cheaper than conventional storage, it eliminates transport cost to and from communal silos for farmers who use their own harvest, and allows farmers to sell when the grain price {mosimage}Technology to store grain in giant, sealed plastic bags, a popular concept in the US and Argentina, is now available to African farmers.
Storing grain in Silobags is cheaper than conventional storage, it eliminates transport cost to and from communal silos for farmers who use their own harvest, and allows farmers to sell when the grain price is advantageous rather than being forced to sell by escalating storage costs.
Silobags are made in Argentina, from durable plastic of a thickness of 225 micron and measure 60m long and 2,7m wide. Each bag can store 180t of grain for 18 months to 2 years, depending on the moisture contents of the grain.
The bags cost about $725 and filling equipment about $9,500. An off-loading machine is an optional extra, at about $15,600.
Silobags Africa, importers of the bags and machinery, estimates that grain storage in Silobags costs the farmers about $5,60/ton for the first year. Once the cost off the loading equipment has been discounted, storage is at about $4/ton. The bags are not re-usable.
Plans are afoot to produce the loading machinery in South Africa, which should bring costs down considerably for African buyers.
Silobags: Tel + 27-12-482-6600; fax +27 12-482-6630; wilhelm@silobags.co.za