EasyDry M500 Maize Dryer

Marius Rossouw design engineer Aflastop.

The EasyDry M500 is a portable drying device that is used to help achieve the proper moisture content for storage of maize.

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The EasyDry M500 is an open source portable maize dryer that has the capacity of drying up to 1500 kgs of maize per day. It is designed and locally manufactured by the AflaSTOP project which aims to incorporate it into the smallholder farmer’s normal post-harvest routine as a fee-based service.

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The AflaSTOP project is implemented by ACDI/VOCA and Agribusiness Systems International, under the direction of Meridian Institute and in support of the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA).

Distribution is done through retailing by the local artisan fabricators.

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The EasyDry M500 is designed for local fabrication. It has been manufactured at a cost of $850 USD in Kenya, $1,660 in Rwanda, and $1,100 in Tanzania and Uganda. This is inclusive of expected profit margins.

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Goal 2: Aims to improve crop production by providing marginalized farmers with an affordable means of processing agricultural produce.

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