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# Explain** Storage and packing** in terms of Agriculture.

**Proper storage and packing of grains is important to protect them against moisture, micro-organisms, and insects**. Moisture facilitates the growth of bacteria which may cause spoilage. Therefore food grains must be dried well before storage. The attack by microbes or insects may lead to loss of germination capacity in food grains. Hence they should be stored in metallic containers or jute bags. Neem leaves can be added as it prevents growth of microbes and insects because of alkaloids present in them repel pathogens.

The containers and bags are placed in properly ventilated cemented halls such as godowns. silos and granaries are used for large scale storage of grains and specific chemical treatments are used to protect them from pests and microorganisms.

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