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Integrated solutions for untreated grain in Uganda

Untreated grain after harvest in large parts of Africa is a common problem since there are no drying and storage capacity in the rural areas. Farmers receive low prices from selling untreated grain, which also have a health risk as they are not dried. This increases the risk of developing mycotoxins, and especially aflatoxins which can result in cancer. Transporting grain to big companies, where there is stable supply of power and back to the farmers after processing is, of course, not climate friendly.

The purpose of this project is to develop integrated solution for untreated grain by establishing small and flexible “grain centers” that are adapted to the needs of farmers in the village, and are economically sustainable.

Solution for untreated grain

During the integration, there will be 5 different controlling plants that will cover the entire value chain.

  1. Cleaning of grain
  2. Drying
  3. Storage of grain – perhaps for sale
  4. Grinding of grain to flour
  5. Purification and treatment of grain that can be used as seed for next season.

Based on a study a trip to Uganda, BM Silo and Engsko concludes that there is a potential market if one adapts the existing solutions and offers complete integrated solution. For this to succeed, the following development needs to take place:

  • Downscaling of the technology into an integrated, economically viable size that suits the local production needs.
  • Adaption of the technology to the African context – both in terms of culture, logistic and climate

This is a PIVØ-project (Partnershipdriven innovation for emerging markets in East Africa”), supported by The European Regional Development Fund.

Read more about PIVØ-projects here.

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