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.
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.
Goal 2: Aims to improve crop production by providing marginalized farmers with an affordable means of processing agricultural produce.
Production through skilled, local artisan fabricators.
The amount of produce that can be dried
Time to dry product, measured in hours
Hold volume, measured in cubic meter
Temperature range for drying the produce, measured in degrees Celsius
Is there a mechanism to control temperature?
The number of trays in the system
The materials used in construction
- Lowers moisture level from approximately 19% to 13.5% in 3 hours.
- Can dry upto 1500 kgs of maize per day (in 3 batches of 500kg).
Replacement components can be sourced from local artisans and hardware stores since it is made of locally available materials. Interview with representative.
- Allow drying even when raining.
- Maize is drier therefore has a longer storage life.
- Drying is faster than traditional methods.
- Easy to watch over and prevent losses by rodents.
- Easier to operate.
- Less labour required.
The EasyDry M500 is a dangerous piece of agricultural equipment that consists of moving components and hot surfaces, posing possible injury risks. Extreme caution is required around the furnace area, the engine and v-belt assemblies. Children should be kept away from the aforementioned components at all times with bystanders minimized around these areas where possible. Children should be kept away at all times while the dryer is in operation. Do not use indoors unless well ventilated.
AflaSTOP has come up with other projects geared towards combating aflatoxin in Kenya.
None found. However, AflaSTOP has a library of publications focusing on the testing, use , fabrication and commercialization of their grain dryer technologies.
Field tests are performed by farmers in order to generate data, discuss and redesign as early as possible.
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