Introduction Of Hermetic Storage: Innovative Sustainable Technology For Prevention Of Post Harvest Grain Losses In Smallholder

Project Summary

 Investigation of domestic Cat (Felissivestris catus) urine odour as a potential rodent management strategy in crop fields in Tanzania was a five years project funded by Tanzanian Commission for Science and Technology, COSTECH (2012–2017, Tshs 217,000,000), which was led by SUA and involved 4 institutions in Tanzania. The broad objective of this project was to develop cat urine based rodent repellent(s) in order to minimize crop production and storage losses in Tanzania and elsewhere in the region. Laboratory and small-scale field trials have demonstrated very promising findings. Therefore efforts are underway to develop a synthetic product ‘artificial cat urine’ and evaluate it under large scale in Tanzania and elsewhere across the region.

Project Duration

2015 – 2019

Prof. LS Mulungu

SUA (Tanzania)

Prof. Apia W. Massawe

SUA (Tanzania)

Prof. S Belmain

United Kingdom

Prof. A Monadjen


Dr. T Mahlaba


Dr. S Goodman


Dr. S Eisb


Prof. P Taylor

South Africa

Mr. E Maltitz

South Africa

Mr. P Mabani

South Africa

Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH)

Amount: TZS89,315,895.90