- Posted October 16, 2013 by
Airtight storage could’ve saved Thailand’s noble rice pledging effort
This lack of information can have serious consequences. In most rice producing Asian countries, threats of flood and exposure of post harvest rice to severe weather conditions can ultimately lead to food spoilage.
Latest data is showing that food losses as a result of massive rice production in Thailand has reached over hundreds of billions of dollars since the government began instituting a ‘rice pledge program’ in 2008. Without the right storage, rice in warehouses was left to be flooded and rot away, while the rest have been stored so long that that rice have lost its desirable qualities.
The program, which aims to boost rural farmers’ incomes, had government procure rice at a much higher cost in hopes that the government will be able to sell them at a premium. As it turns out, stronger competition in the international market resulted in poor performance and incalculable losses. According to latest estimates, government lost Bt410 billion and could be facing more.
Such food spoilage could’ve been avoided with the right storage solution.
In the Philippines, a company called GrainPro, Inc. uses Ultra Hermetic™ technology to cut that country’s rice losses by 15 percent. Airtight storage containers that prevent the oxidation process could’ve helped Thailand store their rice safely from damaging floods and prolong its quality for up to three years.
This is why finding the right storage solution for precious agricultural food crops like corn, coffee and rice is important especially among developing nations in Southeast Asia that are prone to floods caused by monsoon and tropical hurricanes.
Those facing similar storage issues may rely on the knowledge and experience of global experts in agricultural storage solutions. They may be able to provide knowledgeable advice as well as technological alternatives designed to safely store various food crops while retaining its quality.
Photo: Rotten Thailand rice in a warehouse (Bangkok Post, Sontanaporn Inchan)