In-store losses of rice and ways of reducing such losses at farmers’ level: An assessment in selected regions of Bangladesh

Authors

  • M Z Abedin Department of Farm Structure and Environmental Engineering, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh-2202
  • M Z Rahman Department of Farm Structure and Environmental Engineering, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh-2202
  • M I A Mia Department of Agribusiness and Marketing, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh-2202
  • K M M Rahman Department of Agricultural Statistics, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh-2202

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/jbau.v10i1.12105

Keywords:

In-store losses of rice, Farmers’ level assessment, Ways of reducing in-store losses

Abstract

The study aimed at assessing the in-store losses of rice caused by biotic and abiotic factors in the storage  structures/containers at farmers level. The farmers suggested ways of reducing in-store losses of rice are also    discussed. A total of 96 villages covering 26 Upazilas under 14 civil districts across all the divisions of the country  were selected for present investigation. The districts were put under five different regions to capture the dimensions of study. In all, 1360 samples of Aus, Aman and Boro rice farmers were selected randomly and purposively from the study areas and put into marginal, small, medium and large farm category based on their land ownerships. Data were  collected through pre-tested questionnaires. Different traditional rice storage structures/containers like Dole, Berh,  Inside-house Gola, Outside-house Gola, Steel/Plastic drums, Motka, Gunny bag and Plastic/Polythene bags were  commonly used by farmers in the study areas. The storage time of rice varied from 3.05 to 7.24 months irrespective  of rice, farm and region with the overall average being 5.5 months. Significant losses in stored rice occurred through the activities of both biotic and abiotic factors. The average in-store losses occurred for Aus, Aman and Boro rice  were respectively 3.68, 3.80 and 4.12% with the aggregated average being 3.92%. The average in-store losses of     rice in large, medium, small and marginal farmers were 4.48, 3.92, 4.0 and 3.59% respectively. The in-store losses occurred in regions 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 were 3.31, 5.23, 3.62, 4.44 and 3.25% respectively. The farmers suggested a  number of ways for reducing in-store losses of rice including training on capacity building and awareness for safe storage, credit for constructing durable storage structure, construction of common storage structures at village/union  level, preventive measures against biotic and abiotic factors, supplying farmers with durable storage containers and,  keeping them well ahead informed about the natural calamities.

 

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3329/jbau.v10i1.12105

 

J. Bangladesh Agril. Univ. 10(1): 133144, 2012

 

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Published

2012-10-08

How to Cite

Abedin, M. Z., Rahman, M. Z., Mia, M. I. A., & Rahman, K. M. M. (2012). In-store losses of rice and ways of reducing such losses at farmers’ level: An assessment in selected regions of Bangladesh. Journal of the Bangladesh Agricultural University, 10(1), 133–144. https://doi.org/10.3329/jbau.v10i1.12105

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Agricultural Engineering