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The use of tin-collared poles is a simple means to detain rodents and thus avoid contamination with excretions such as faeces, urine and saliva. Moreover, preventive measures against birds, bats and cats have to be applied. One generally relevant principle is to store produce in portions, e.g. potatoes can be filled into stockpiled boxes. Air can circulate much better in between the boxes, which supports an evenly controlled climate in the storerooms.

Furthermore, measuring instruments are available to check the presence of pests. In vermin are identified, this calls for action. The level of attack defines the measure required (compare principles of integrated pest management), which could vary from removing affected parts of the produce (this is one advantage of storing in portions) to applying agents of chemical or organic treatment.

In summary, regular monitoring of storage rooms and the stored produce are essential to identify attacks at an early stage in order to take the right action at the right time and use adequate materials; this is what management is all about.

(DLG/db)

Contact: Thomas König, EZ-Scout of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) seconded to the German Agricultural Society (DLG e.V.)

More information:

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Website of AgroTech Ethiopia

EZ-Scouts of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

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