Purdue Improved Crop Storage and EcoPlastics

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The Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) is a triple-lined 90-kilogram plastic grain storage bag that users can adjust to hold smaller amounts while still allowing the bag to be hermetically sealed. Purdue is working with Rwandan plastics recycler EcoPlastics to manufacture, distribute, and market PICS bags to smallholder farmers.

Outcomes: During the award period, more than 24,000 bags were sold commercially to more than 12,000 smallholder farmers. EcoPlastics plans to expand production and sales to reach more than 250,000 farmers in Rwanda, Burundi, and eastern DRC in five years.

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