Storing potatoes

Charcoal cooler

Storage of potatoes is also key to getting a bumper harvest. Storing your potatoes has a lot of good benefits.

Not only can you stop losing an amount of your harvest every year to disease, you can also hold them until a time when the markets are better.

Form a group with your neighbours to sell to large potato buyers. It is easier to sell 1000 bags than 100 bags. You will get a bigger profit.

Store potatoes in a Charcoal store

A good way to store your potatoes is using a charcoal cooler store.

Build a big charcoal store with your neighbours. Store your potato crop for up to 3-4 months.

The open walls are made of mesh wire packed with charcoal.

The charcoal is always kept wet by water from a tank. Water evaporates from the charcoal which takes heat from inside the store. The store is therefore kept very cold. It is also dark – perfect for potatoes!

Make sure the bags do not touch the walls.  

potatoes in charcoal store

Benefits of charcoal store  

  • No electricity needed, just water.
  • Can be used to store many different fruits and vegetables.
  • They stop fruits and vegetables from drying out.
  • Easy to build.
  • If many farmers join together to build the store, it is not expensive.
  • Cheap to maintain.