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Store type:

Gorongosa mud silos


Store category:

Improved traditional

Means of quality preservation:

If storage >3months then admix dilute dust insecticide

Construction and manufacture:

Iron rods, mud bricks, a cement base and cover, all under thatch shelter.  Made by trained artisans

Extent of adoption:

Commonly quite adopted in some parts of Mozambique


Typical ranges: Min   Max Units
 Storage period*: 0 - 6 months
 Store capacity: 0.5   1.6  t
 Store life span: 5 - 10 years
 Initial outlay on storage capacity:    
   Cost for 200kg: **     US$
   Cost for 1 tonne: 88 - 140 US$
 Cost per tonne per
 year of store life:
12 - 19*** US$


* Storage periods for well dried cereals and pulses (≤ 14% moisture content)

** Not suitable for only 200kg

*** Not including pest control for storage periods exceeding 3 months