Error message

Deprecated function: The each() function is deprecated. This message will be suppressed on further calls in menu_set_active_trail() (line 2396 of /home/readionl/public_html/includes/


Title: Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) Project

Geographical Scope: Ashanti Region and Brong Ahafo Region

Region Ashanti Brong Ahafo
District Ejura Sekyere Dumase Nkoranza North
  Asante Akyem South Nkoranza South
  Asante Akyem North Sunyani Municipal
  Bekwai Municipal Sunyani West
  Offinso North Dormaa East
  Sekyere East Dormaa Central
  Mampong Municipal Kintampo Municipal
    Techiman Municipal

Target villages: 700 (300 in Ashanti and 400 in Brong Ahafo regions)

Commissioned by: International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – IITA, Nigeria

Funding Agency:  Purdue University

Executing Agency in Ghana: Rural Education and Agricultural Development International (READI)

Time Frame: 1 September 2015 to May 2016

Overview of Project

In Africa, maize is the most important cereal crop both in terms of production and usage. In past decades, the growing of improved varieties, mineral fertilizer use, rotations, and intercrops, have all boosted cereal production considerably. Nevertheless, the gains of technological advancement are threatened by poor post production techniques to handle and store the increased production. Significant volumes of cereals in developing countries especially in Ghana are lost after harvest, aggravating hunger and resulting in expensive inputs; such as fertilizer, irrigation water, and human labour being wasted. Quantity and quality postharvest losses can lead to loss in market opportunity and nutritional value; under certain conditions, these may pose a serious health hazard if linked to consumption of afflatoxin-contaminated grain. The use of chemicals in food crop storage is very harmful to the health of both the farmer and the consumers.

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is facilitating the Purdue Improved Crops Storage Project (PICS3) in Ghana in collaboration with selected NGOs. The Purdue Improved Crops Storage Project (PICS3) is a project aimed at demonstrating to farmers how they can safely store their crops without any chemical, using locally produced polythene bags. The PICS3 project adds value to crop production and empowers farmers to store and sell their crops when the price are high, thereby making more money and eliminating the risk to human health. The project would like to conduct demonstrations in 1000 villages in 4 regions of Ghana in 2015 harvest season.


  • Organize and conduct village sensitization in 700 villages
  • Conduct village demonstrations in 700 villages (300 in Ashanti and 400 in Brong Ahafo regions)
  • Conduct follow up activities in all villages
  • Organize Open the Bag Ceremonies (OBC) in all villages and  support IITA in organizing mega OBC in Ashanti and Brong Ahafo
  • Collect and submit to IITA PICS3 M&E forms for each village
  • Collaborate with MoFA officials, PICS 3 Baseline survey team, PICS3 business and Media consultants and represent PICS3 in that region whenever need arise.


Incredible points. Sound arguments. Keep up the good effort.

Someone necessarily lend a hand to make significantly articles I might state. This is the very first time I frequented your website page and so far? I amazed with the analysis you made to create this actual publish incredible. Wonderful task!

Nero linguistic programming or NLP could the most
certified organic means mainly because it mainly concerns regarding the
habits of the person instead of the need to take any supplements.
Including snacks and even only one bit of food, because at the end of the week whenever
you review of your food diary, you may well be shocked at how much food you consumed.
In these fasts you won't consume any calories, and after these periods
are no longer you can eat everything else you like.

Also visit my webpage :: help with weight loss and menopause

This is the right website for anyone who hopes
to find out about this topic. You know so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I personally will need to…HaHa).
You certainly put a brand new spin on a topic which has been discussed for ages.
Wonderful stuff, just wonderful!

Feel free to surf to my blog: delete google plus android

I am genuinely grateful to the holder of this website who
has shared this fantastic paragraph at here.

Here is my website; google trends