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    It is important to package seed in dry containers for proper storage. For small quantities of seed, these containers may be tin cans, jars, or pots that are glazed on the inside; even reinforced boxes or bags can be suitable. Metal or plastic jerricans, or drums are often used to package large quantities of seed. Regardless of the type of container employed, it should be of standard size and shape, if possible, so that when one is filled with seed of a known purity percentage, the approximate number of seeds it contains can be estimated. Also, containers of standard sizes and shapes are easier to handle.

    For subsequent identification, each package of seed, or each aggregation of packages representing a given seed collection, should be labelled. The information recorded for the collection of Prosopis fruit from which the seed was extracted should be repeated(see p.15), plus the following:

    Quantity: Number of seeds (estimated)
    Extraction: Date
    Technique of extraction
    Fumigation: Date (if undertaken)
    Method of fumigation, including chemicals
    Drying: Date
    Method
    Moisture content
    Quality: Purity percentage
    Number of seeds per unit weight (estimated)
    Germination test

    Once again, this information should be recorded in a notebook or ledger, with duplicate labels attached outside and placed inside the packaging container.

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