Pic bag, a technology serving rural world for healthy and security conservation of cowpea and best valorization of agricultural production


Problem that technology is supposed to solve :

- Reduce post harvest losses estimated between 30 at 40 %

- Using pic bags involve a cowpea conservation in good conditions (loss = 0). For Niger, « the game is worth the candle »

- At Niger, cowpea production is estimated at 1.500.000 tons last few years. Keeping only 10 % of losses on only half of harvest, or 10 % of 750.000 tons, its give total losses estimated at 75.000 tons. At 200 F/kg of cowpea, then losses would amount to… F.CFA



Technical characteristics of the technology :

- Best investment for producer extended conservation duration for sale at best price

- Another advantage of pic bags : possible reuse during at least 3 years

- So that the technology of triple bagging can have significant economy effect across the country

Economic characteristics of the technology

- Acquisition cost :

- 10.000 tons cowpea conservation by triple bagging request 200.000 bags investment, or 1.000 F per bag a amount of 200.000.000 FCFA (200. million FCFA) what would give potential added value of 1.500.000.000 FCFA

- 50.000 tons cowpea conservation would request 1.000.000 bags investment, or 1.000F/bag a amount of FCFA (1 billion FCFA) what would give potential added value of 7.500.000.000

- Economic profitability :

- An investment of FCFA 200,000,000 would generate a capital gain of FCFA 1,500,000,000. 

- An investment of 1,000,000,000 FCFA would generate a capital gain of 7,500,000,000

- Comparative advantage :

Limits of the technology :


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