Influence of postharvest storage management strategies on postharvest cereal loss in Wikililye location of Kitui County

Show simple item record Wanjiku, A. Njoki Maithya, Harrison M. K. Kioli, Felix N. 2018-10-11T06:57:34Z 2018-10-11T06:57:34Z 2018
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Food Security, Vol. 6, No. 1, 26-30 en_US
dc.description DOI:10.12691/jfs-6-1-3 en_US
dc.description.abstract The study determined the storage management strategies influence on postharvest cereal loss in Wikililye Location of Kitui County. Quantitative data were collected using a structured questionnaire on343 households selected through systematic sampling method using population proportionate to size approach to select the actual number of respondents for each village. Focus Group Discussions and Key Informants purposively sampled were used to obtain qualitative data. The data were subjected to descriptive statistics and presented using tables and verbatim narratives. The findings revealed that majority (62%) of the respondents experienced postharvest cereal loss while a significant number (34%) did not. The study sought to determine the mode of storage currently utilized by the respondents and the findings indicated the majority (72%) utilized gunny bags. Knowledge of any form of improved storage facilities showed that majority (77%) of the respondents were aware of improved storage methods but only 35% did not experience loss. On the use of improved storage system to reduce postharvest cereal loss the study revealed that an overwhelming majority (92%) of the households utilize traditional mode of storage and experienced cereal loss. Only (8%) of the respondents had adopted improved methods and majority (76%) of those who had adopted did not experience cereal loss. Awareness of improved storage facilities did not result in reduced postharvest cereal loss. However, a significant reduction of postharvest loss was reported by the respondents who utilized improved storage facilities. Storage facilities are thus significant determinants of household postharvest cereal loss. The study recommends that in addition to increasing awareness of the existence of improved storage facilities, they should be made available and affordable or economically attainable to small scale farmers and households. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Science and Education Publishing en_US
dc.subject postharvest cereal loss en_US
dc.subject households en_US
dc.subject Wikililye location en_US
dc.subject storage en_US
dc.subject awareness en_US
dc.subject attainability en_US
dc.title Influence of postharvest storage management strategies on postharvest cereal loss in Wikililye location of Kitui County en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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