The Iketsetse single stroke maize sheller is a device used to separate the kernels from the cob quickly. 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.
In the shop in Lesotho the costs to produce an Iketsetse Single Stroke Maize Sheller are: – Costs of Materials: $19 USD – Labor costs: $12 USD – Consumables estimated: $4 USD – Overhead estimated: $6 USD The total cost of unit production is approximately $41 USD. Adding a cost of sales of 15% and profit of $10 USD results in a sell price of $65 USD
DIY corn shellers
Goal 2: improve food security by improving family incomes in both food and money.
Subsistence farmers. In the target region of Lesotho 80% of the population is engaged in subsistence agriculture.
Individually manufactured by skilled local metalworkers and adapted for production with available materials. Iketsetse Micro Enterprise Development Company has a workshop with the jigs and fixtures necessary to manufacture the shellers and conducts training.
Iketsetse Micro Enterprise Development Company sells shellers directly to end users.
A video showing operation of the sheller is available here
Iketsetse Micro Enterprise Development Company provides training on local manufacturing of farm tools to ensure that users are able to maintain equipment independently.
The sheller is manufactured with locally available materials and repairs are possible via trained staff.
Shells corn cobs at least 16 times faster than than traditional manual methods and 6 times faster than crank type shellers. The machine can yield 20 liters of shelled kernels in 18-20 minutes.
Iketsetse Micro Enterprise Development Company
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