Iketsetse Single Stroke Maize Sheller

Terry Ellard and Elliot Litsebe Tsiame

The Iketsetse single stroke maize sheller is a device used for fast separation of the kernels from the cob in maize.

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The Iketsetse single stroke maize sheller is a device used to separate the kernels from the cob faster than traditional methods and other crank type shellers. It consists of a leveraged plunger that pushes the ear of maize through a ring of spring teeth arranged so as to remove all the kernels from the cob with one motion.

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In shops in Lesotho the production cost of the Iketsetse Single Stroke Maize Sheller includes:

Costs of Materials: $19 USD, Labor costs: $12 USD, Consumables estimated: $4 USD, Overhead estimated: $6 USD. Therefore making total cost of unit production approximately $41 USD.

Adding a cost of sales of 15% and profit of $10 USD results in a sell price of $65 USD

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Traditional and other locally made maize shellers such as: D-Lab corn sheller, Bici Desgranadora de Maíz.

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Goal 2: Aims to improve food security and promote sustainable agriculture.

Goal 8: Aims to promote sustainable economic growth and productive employment by earning the family extra income.

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