Purdue Improved Cowpea Storage (PICS) Bags

Larry Murdock at Purdue University

Product description Brand name and product description

The Purdue Improved Cowpea Storage (PICS) bags are high density, hermetic polyethylene bags, with ultra-thick walls of 80 microns, intended to maintain the viability of cowpeas for planting, minimize mold growth and accumulation of mycotoxins and control storage insect pests, thereby enabling farmers to store their grains without the use of insecticides.

The PCIS projects (PCIS2 and PCIS3) carried out research to explore the usefulness and value of PICS bags of crops including maize, sorghum, wheat, rice, peanut, common bean, hibiscus seed, mung bean, pigeon pea and bambara groundnut.

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

West and Central African countries (Chad, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sénégal), Afghanistan

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

Purdue University in partnership with manufacturers private entrepreneurs and vendors.

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

PCIS bags are produced in 50kg and 100kg capacity sizes and cost between $2 and $4 USD depending on the region. Purdue gets funding for commercializingPICS bags in Africa

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

Grain storage systems

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 2: improve food security and nutrition by preventing of gastrointestinal issues due to poorly preserved food and maintaining storage of staple food. Storage is a key challenge due to insect damage after harvest. In some cases farmers turn to insecticides, which are often ineffective, expensive or dangerous when misused.

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

Common bean farmers/ producers in Africa for cowpea and other grain storage in the off-harvest season.

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