Post harvest losses are still high with recent statistics indicating that the country is losing more than 30 percent of its maize crop to post-harvest loses annually.
A Researcher and Epistemologist, Trust Dunga, says the nation, therefore, needs to adopt modern grain storage and treatment measures to minimize the losses.
According to Dunga, most of the crop is lost during harvesting, drying, handling and transportation stages.
“Farmers continue to cry foul almost every year as output from production does not tally investment.
“Mostly, the farmers lose produce after harvest and there is a need to explore alternative means of safeguarding the grain after harvest,” Dunga said.
And Civil Society Agriculture Network (Cisanet) said post-harvest losses have substantially increased in the past five years.
According to Cisanet Executive Director, Tamani Nkhono-Mvula, the problem has become rampant in the past three years.
“This is a very big problem and has always been there. The loss is bigger than what is lost in the field, “he said.
Nkhono-Mvula then said there was need for the nation to find a lasting solution to the problem.
He called on stakeholders, including researchers, to further explore alternative produce storage systems.