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Title: Indigenous grain structures and methods of storage
Authors: Nagnur, Shobha
Channal, Geeta
Channamma, N
Keywords: Indigenous grain storage structures
Indigenous grain storage
Traditional grain storage methods
Issue Date: Jan-2006
Publisher: CSIR
IPC CodeInt. Cl.7: A01F25/00
Abstract: The present study was undertaken to identify the various indigenous grain storage structures and the methods of storing grains in these structures in Dharwad district of Karnataka state. The storage structures were found to vary depending upon the climatic conditions and rainfall. The study revealed the use of Kanaja / Galagi, a bamboo structure very common in paddy growing areas. Sandaka is a wooden structure used to store smaller quantities of grains especially pulses for household consumption. Kothi is a proper room for storing large quantities of grains. Utranis are mud pots for storing small quantity of grains. Hagevu is an underground storage structure used to store large quantity of grains, common in the dry agro climatic zone where moisture level is low. Of the storage methods used, the study revealed the use of natural products like neem leaves, ash, smearing of cooking oil, salt, Bengal gram leaves, turmeric, garlic, chilly seeds and castor seeds for effective storage. Rural folk have designed their own structures and methods for storing grains with locally available materials. These eco-friendly and safe storage structures in use since a very long period have withstood the test of time.
Page(s): 114-117
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Source:IJTK Vol.05(1) [January 2006]

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