Centurion Noorbai Ismailsha Sultansha Shamdar Fakir in Jamnagar district continues with an age-old grain storage practice. First, a pit about eight to ten feet deep is made. Ear heads of pearl millet are placed at the bottom of the pit in a layer of about half a feet. The grains that need to be stored are then placed in a layer of one feet. The ear heads, in another layer of half a feet height, are kept on top of the grains. This sequence is repeated several times. The final layer is made of one foot of earheads. This is covered with clay/soil. Finally, cow dung mixed with clay is smeared on top of the pit. Grains stored in this manner remain intact for a year. However, the grains should not come in touch with the soil. Noorbai has been using this practice, which is widely prevalent in this region, for the last 50 years.
Ingredients: Ear heads of pearl millet
"Traditional farm/village storage methods."
"The Hapur silo in Uttar Pradesh is about 6.7 m in diameter and 23 m in height having a capacity of 500 tonnes. There is a head house having a diameter of 8.5 m and height of 47.3 m. Head houses contain grain elevators, auxilIary tanks, grain cleaning and disinfecting equipment, grain drier and weighing machines. A drying arrangement for reduction of moisture content is also provided. There are provisions for recording temperature fluctuations in the silos aeration and fumigation. It is the only modern storage structure with the government."