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close this bookBetter Farming Series 07 - Crop Farming (FAO - INADES, 1976, 29 p.)
close this folderHarvesting
close this folderHow to get a better price for the harvest
View the documentGrade your crops.
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View the documentFarmers get together to sell.

Store your harvest well.

Cassava can be kept in the earth. You can harvest it all through the year. Maize and groundnuts cannot be kept in the ground.

Harvests are kept in houses, in granaries. Sometimes they are hung on trees.

But rats and birds eat part of the harvest. Another part may rot. Farmers lose part of their harvest.

To store your harvest well, build granaries (see Booklet No. 3, page 27) where rats can't get in, where the rain doesn't get in.

Clean and disinfect the granary to kill insects (see Booklet No. 3, page 28).

· Store your harvest to earn more money.

For example:

Just after the harvest the price of millet is low. Ten months after harvest the price of millet is higher.

Mamadou sells 700 kilogrammes of millet just after the harvest at 12 francs the kilogramme. Mamadou earns 700 x 12 = 8 400 francs.

Moussa sells 700 kilogrammes of ml/let ten months after the harvest at 25 francs the kilogramme. Moussa earns 700 x 25 = 17 500 francs.

Because Moussa stored his millet, he earned 9 100 francs (17 500 less 8 400) more than Mamadou.

By keeping his harvest, Moussa made a lot of money.