CTI Grain Thresher
Compatible technology international (CTI)
CTI Grain Thresher is a thresher developed for processing millet faster than traditional methods.
Compatible Technology International (CTI) has developed a thresher that strips, threshes, and winnows grain. According to CTI, this hand operated tool processes pearl millet faster than traditional methods and reduces food waste. Currently the product has been deployed through a USAID pilot program and through Senegal’s agricultural extension agency ANCAR. Next steps include establishing local production in Senegal and distribution through farmers’ networks and extension agencies.
Traditional manual methods for processing pearl millet.
Goal 2: achieve food security and improve production of high-quality, nutritious food.
Smallholder farmers, particularly women. The thresher can be owned collectively by cooperatives, by individual households, or by businesses.
CTI is working with a manufacturer in Senegal to establish local production of high-quality threshers. In addition, local artisans across Senegal are being trained to provide troubleshooting support to clients in their regions.
To order in Senegal, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In early 2015, CTI partnered with Senegal’s agricultural extension agency ANCAR on a World Bank-funded program to distribute the thresher to 100 farmer organizations across the country over the next 2 years.
Donations can be made through the website.
Repairs and spare parts available with fabricator in Senegal.
The thresher is said to: produce high-quality, clean grain free of dirt and debris, produce grain 5 times faster than traditional methods, and capture more than 90% of farmers’ grain.
Through the CTI’s evaluations in Senegal it was found that the stripper output is 43 kg/hr, the thresher is 60kg/hour, and the winnower is 44 kg/hr, with the optional grain grinder, which produces 20 kg/hour, all operated by hand. With traditional methods, a group of women can produce six kilograms of grain. With CTI’s pearl millet tools, they can produce 45 to 60 kilograms.
Compatible Technology International (CTI)
Risk to get items caught in rotatory components
In the pilot product launch, CTI proposed the selling of threshing services to neighbors, letting each entrepreneur select an appropriate service for their community. Upon returning to the communities, CTI discovered that the fee-for-service model was effective among most of the communities.
Appropriate Technology, 2013, Pearl millet processing made easier. 40(4): 65-67
Field tests in Senegal
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