Af­ford­able grain stor­age unit pro­duced for African farm­ers

Daily Trust - - GOLDEN HARVEST -

Anthony Brown, a prod­uct de­sign stu­dent from the Univer­sity of Not­ting­ham has fab­ri­cated a low-cost grain stor­age unit to help small­holder African farm­ers deal with post-har­vest losses.

The de­sign is in re­sponse to the “Waste Not, Want Not” chal­lenge, spon­sored by a cor­po­ra­tion called Fazer, which called for de­sign that helped min­imise food waste.

The stor­age, named Si-low fol­lows a prin­ci­ple known as her­metic seal which im­plies air and mois­ture can­not en­ter or leave the sys­tem. Thus, grains stored in this way lasts longer be­cause they are pro­tected from the at­mos­phere.

The Si-Low is com­pletely power free and so does not have any run­ning costs and can be used any­where. It was es­ti­mated at un­der $40, but it could cost $20 or lower.

The Si-Low is made from HDPE plas­tic which could be stacked whilst be­ing trans­ported.

(www.biz­com­mu­nity.com)

A stor­age unit called si-low built for African farm­ers

Com­piled by Sa­fina Buhari

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