Intelligent Cherry Pathogen Monitoring and Testing
Thanks to funding from the Canada-British Columbia Agri-Innovation Program and the cooperation of several fruit growers in Okanagan Valley, Flex Alert started a long term project in monitoring and tracking the quality of sweet cherries and grapes associated with pathogens during pre-harvest and post-harvest. Other fruits will be added as capacity becomes available.
Fruit quality is a critical issue for over 500 growers in the Okanagan, who are usually located on small acreages with small crops and so are very sensitive to the cost of pathogen mitigation efforts. New web-based initiatives – including extensive use of smart phones, mapping, and low cost wireless technologies create a big opportunity for the large scale use of digital information in agriculture “from farm to table”. Several elements of the project include monitoring micro-climate conditions, soil moisture, water quality and management, monitoring of powdery mildew and botrytis, and using predictive software. Results of the project will potentially reduce the costs of food production, transportation as well as labour, and improve the quality of products.
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Wireless-based biosensor network to detect mycotoxins in maize harvesting, in Tanzania
This ongoing technology demonstration project is to develop and test an easily deployable, solar powered network solution that will allow small farmers in Tanzania to reduce the contamination and spread of mycotoxin producing molds by monitoring conditions during harvesting, storage and transportation of maize. As water quality and its management there are very challenging, part of the demonstration include its monitoring and open source GIS tracking of various trends.
The participants of this pilot project are Grand Challenges Canada, NeoVentures Biotechnology and The Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology.
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Spreading The Word
Jointly with SAWBO Animations Without the Borders we are developing a series of short cellphone movies in English and Swahili to educate farmers and their children on a number of issues related to food safety and prevention of crop losses in transportation and storage, drinking water quality and management.
By now, SAWBO published several videos explaining best practices helping minimize Post Harvest losses. These videos are available in multiple languages, like English, French, Amharic (Ethiopia), Bengali (India), Chinese, Lingala (DR Congo), Portuguese (Brazil), Bahasa (Indonesia),
Urdu (Pakistan), Yoruba (Nigeria).
- Postharvest Loss: Bag Stacking
- Postharvest Loss: Bag Transportation
- Postharvest Loss: Bulk Transportation
- Postharvest Loss: Storage
- Postharvest Loss: Salt Testing for Grain Moisture Levels:
- The above video is also available in other languages.
Check SAWBO Video Library in the near future for new releases.