The SIL Multi-Crop Thresher: Scaling and Success in the Field
Manual threshing of crops is a very labor and time intensive process that results in high human energy expenditure and high labor costs. On many smallholder farms, mechanical threshers can replace manual threshing by hand beating, a practice that often results in grain spillage, grain breakage and incomplete separation of the grain from the chaff. The Soybean Innovation Lab’s low-cost, locally produced and serviced multi-crop thresher can reduce post-harvest loss by 35%. The thresher is 40 times faster than manual threshing and requires only two operators, saving farmers time and money.
SIL’s September Webinar will give viewers an overview on the challenges of manual threshing from actual voices from the field. The designer of SIL’s Multi-Crop Thresher, young entrepreneur and agricultural engineer, Jeffery Appiagyei will discuss the specifications and functionality of the thresher.
The Soybean Innovation Lab offers customized training workshops in multi-crop thresher fabrication and service. Workshops include training on business development, maintaining manufacturing quality and training and educating end-users of machines on operation and maintenance. Dr. Kerry Clark, SIL’s mechanization team lead and assistant research professor with the University of Missouri, will give an overview of the training workshops and what goes into hosting them.
We’ll also hear from Henry Kizito Musoke, Chairman and CEO of Soya Solutions, who hosted a SIL training in 2018 to boost local fabrication of threshers and provide support for his soy processing facility and contracted growers.