Service Communautaire d'Information sur la Recherche et le Développement - CORDIS

Addition of an economic section to the KB of the DSS in relation to the allocation of resources to carry out storage actions proposed by the planification function of the DSS

A survey of quality requirements for malting barley was achieved in order to collect information on current commercial practices in selected European countries (England, Belgium, France, Spain, Denmark, and Portugal). This information was related to the allocation of resources to carry out storage actions proposed by the planification function of the DSS in order to take into account the specificity of quality requirements from different countries.

The economic benefits of storing malting barley arise from the change in price of grain during the storage period. This potential gain has to be offset against the risk of losing quality and the cost of the management actions required to maintain the quality. The activities associated with maintaining quality such as cleaning, drying and pest control each have their own cost and resulting benefit. To evaluate the benefit of any such action the farmer requires reliable information on the likely cos of each activity.

This result consists in the description of the costs and benefits of these different actions. These specific costs may be taken into account in the planning of the storage strategies delivered by the Decision Support System of global management of Quality of stored malting barley. They include the specific requirements of the different EU countries major producing and processing malting barley.

Reported by

University College London - Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medecine
Silwood Park, Imperial College
SL5 7PY Ascot
United Kingdom

Thèmes

Agriculture - Policies