Comparative study on hermetic and non-hermetic storage of Pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum)
Author(s): Gagan Dip and Nikita Sharma
Abstract: Millets are one of the major cereal grains consumed worldwide, especially in arid and semi-arid areas of Africa and Asia (India and China). Storage is one of the vital post-harvest operations, where the country stores the food commodities in huge capacities for maintaining the buffer stock for future purpose. During long-term storage, Pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum) storage is essential to maintain its quality and prevent spoilage. A comparative study of hermetic and non-hermetic bags on Pearl millet was conducted in four different storage bags viz. gunny bags (control), polypropylene bags, Grainpro hermetic storage bags, Proharvest hermetic storage bags. Hermetic storage of Pearl millet shows that GrainPro hermetic bags & Proharvest hermetic bags were superior with respect to nutrient retention, no visible mold or pest infestation. It is desirable to use hermetic bags for the storage of millets when it is intended for small scale storage.