Sustainable Organic Food Production and Postharvest Handling

Enhancing Food Safety, Quality, and Market Access for Farmers and Traders”

Our Values

  • Promote organic farming methods and soil management practices to build soil health and crop fertility without using artificial fertilizers or chemicals
  • We believe local farmers and traders will benefit from our services due to increased interest in fresh organic food
  • Create an enabling environment to link farmers and traders to new markets for high value organic commodities
  • Adopt modern agriculture technologies as a means of mitigating the climate impacts while creating economic security for farmers and protecting the environment
  • Growing crops without the use of toxic pesticides, and synthetic nitrogen fertilizers
  • To control disease, pests, and weeds, we rely on hand weeding, mulching cover crops, and crop rotation as a safer alternative to chemicals
  • This means our cattle, goats, chickens are raised without the use of antibiotics.
  • Committed to the natural process of feeding our livestock with 100% organic grass feed and free movement
  • There is a growing demand for organic grains, dairy, vegetables, fruits, and meat products, Biridi is investing in organic food production and postharvest handling services as a response to market needs

Our Services

Postharvest Handling

Biridi Storage System

Natural Air Drying:

Our Values

Our Story

Biridi’s goal is to help the Bamasaba farmers improve their harvesting and processing of their coffee, so it can be traded as a specialty high grade. Arabica and Robusta coffee are premium beans that produce a distinct taste, aroma, body and acidity
characteristics. To unlock these existing opportunities Biridi was established to organize the rural Bugisu Coffee farmers to build the capacity to produce specialty high value crops and help them to get more money for their sweat.

Biridi Organic Arabica
  • Harvested from the slops of Mt Elgon at altitudes between 4,265 and 8,202 ft
  • Our specialty organic green beans are ideal for gourmet’s or coffee shops
  • Handpicked fresh and our red berries can be traced from the garden to the cup
  • Two coffee brands are graded for export and highly rated

Organic Food Benefits to You

  • Eating organic grain products reduces your exposure to elevated levels of harmful pesticides and other chemicals.
  • Organic food and organic meat products are shown to contain significantly less pesticides, antibiotics, and other chemicals
  • Avoiding pesticide exposure reduces health risks associated with cancer, neurodegenerative disorders, and poor reproductive health

Benefits of Postharvest Handling (PHH)

There are many benefits of postharvest handling. Here are the main ones you can expect to be implemented when you contact our specialist team:

  • We will extend the shelf and storage life of your produce by limiting early food ripening or rotting, which has been a huge problem to farmers and market traders.
  • Our services add value to the food market by preserving food that is presently being wasted in local markets every day.
  • We improve food delivery systems, track produce while in transit from the farm, warehouses to the plate.

Mycotoxins

Mycotoxins are toxic substances produced by mold sometimes found in cereal grains such as maize, rice, beans, and wheat. Activated by relative humidity of 67-70 % air surrounding the grain, and at 75 % fungal spores begins to activate and moisture develops. This is the expertise Biridi Company Limited can offer to grain dealers and farmers by monitoring produce to ensure the food is safe for human consumption. Additionally, aflatoxin, deoxynivalenol, fumonisin, T-2 toxin, and zearalenone are the main molds that impacts grain that is poorly handled. Biridi has been conducting awareness campaigns to inform small scale farmers and grain dealers to know that grain is required to be assessed for aflatoxin before it can be sold and consumed, thus, detecting aflatoxins is Biridi’s core business.

Aflatoxin

Aflatoxin is a chemical toxin produced by Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus. The two mold species grow and produce aflatoxins at temperatures over 68 degrees Fahrenheit and relative humidity conditions between 85-99%. Biridi is equipped to rapidly assess cereal grains for aflatoxins before they are sold, grinded, and consumed. 

It’s not a secret that aflatoxins are carcinogens and exposure might cause liver cancer, birth defects, stunting, and large doses of aflatoxins can lead to acute poisoning (aflatoxicosis) which can turn into a life-threatening situation for individuals who consume infected grain.

Biridi’s core valve is to address food production and postharvest handling challenges caused by moisture infiltration, pest penetration, and condensation which cause biological respiration from germs, fungi, and insects. Thus, elevated levels of CO2 indicate biological activity ( mold growth) above normal this means early detection of spoilage is essential to keep them at levels where they do not cause spoilage and impact grain quality and price
Biridi’s Intervention

Sensitizing local farmers and grain traders about the effect of mycotoxins in the staple food systems.
Promoting effective food production, processing, and postharvest handling to reduce aflatoxin contamination.
Offering grain monitoring services as key to successfully preserving grain quality and quantity.

Made available high tech grain handling tools for rental such as temperature monitors, humidity sensors, moisture content, and portable handheld carbon dioxide meters (CO2) sensors.

Postharvest losses in Uganda before the produce reaches the consumer. Between 15 16.4 & of crop production may be lost along the postharvest stages.

Harvesting & Drying in the field

  • Birds
  • Wildlife
  • Insects
  • Fungi
  • Rain
  • Sprouting
  • Shattering
  • Timing
  • Left behind
  • Theft

Transporting from the field

  • Breakage
  •  Spillage
  • Contamination
  • Theft

Drying

  • Livestock
  • Rain
  • Fungi / bacteria
  • Rodents
  • Sprouting / rotting
  • Soil contamination
  • Theft

Threshing and Shelling

  • Breakage
  • Spillage

Winnowing

  • Breakage
  • Spillage

Household Storage

  • Insects
  • Rodents
  • Fungi / bacteria
  • Sprouting / rotting
  • Contamination
  • Theft

Transporting

  • Spillage
  • Fungi / bacteria
  • Poor planning

Storage

  • Damages
  • Contamination
  • Poor market info
  • Poor transport networks
  • Theft

Consequences of postharvest loss (PHL)

  • Decreases the amount of food available for consumption, raising prices and reducing consumer access
  • Reduces food quality through the loss of caloric and nutritional value, contamination, and teste
  • Wasted the resources used to produce the lost food (organic seeds, fertilizers, water and labor)
  • Reduces incomes of farmers and traders

Postharvest loss Cost

  • Maize losses are highest in Eastern Uganda, estimated at 16.4 % or 382,418 tons, enough to feed 1 million hungry families
  • Rice losses are estimated at 13.3% or 43,524 tons)and highest in rice growing districts of Eastern Uganda
  • Sorghum losses are highest in Northern Uganda, estimated at 12.6 % or 38,485 tons. specialty crop for breweries and can feed 160 thousand people
  • Millet losses are estimated at 12.3 % or 44,143 tons, enough to 195 thousand people annually
  • Wheat-losses are estimated at 13.3 % or (3,071 tons)

Why You should Invest in Biridi

  • Uganda is blessed with the best fertile soils, low temperatures variability, fertile soil and two rainy seasons for food production and postharvest handling
    services and 68% of Ugandans are employed in agriculture sector.
  • Biridi food production and post-harvest handling services, input supply, value addition processing
  • Support farmers to grow specialty high value organic commodities such as coffee, cocoa, and vanilla

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