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1. Moisture is the critical factor in the safe storage of food grains.
2. The high moisture in food grains is responsible for insect and micro-organisms. It leads to development of hot spots and also makes them unfit for safe consumption as food or feed.
3. Insect infestation tends to increase with an increase of moisture content above 10% upto certain limit.
4. At high levels of moisture varying from 16-20% the growth of mites and micro organisms is encouraged.
STORE GRAIN PESTS AND THEIR MANAGEMENT, IGSMARI – HYDERABAD