Help needed for a pest issue - 'warehouse moth'
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Thanks, Sebastian. You're right, the challenges in cocoa-producing countries are enormous. Agreed. I took issue with your characterization that dried cocoa beans in a hermetic environment need to be exposed to "airflow" - if this is what you were suggesting? The reason hermetic bags work so well in a damp, wet, hot container that is in port/at sea for 2-12 weeks is precisely because the hermetic environment protects the beans from air and moisture ingress.
Technology only works when it's accessible and properly used. For hermetic storage to work properly, the bean needs to be dried to the correct moisture content, the hermetic bag needs to be closed (sealed) properly, and the bag cannot be damaged by a loading hook. Agreed. These are real issues in producing countries. But as buyers demand better quality beans and the producers hope to link to these markets - they are seeking to improve their practices. And they are. Once they do - hermetic is outstanding for controlling infestation and preserving quality. No "airflow" needed!