Imara Tech Multi-Crop Thresher

Elliot Avila

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Imara Tech has developed an engine-powered Multi-crop thresher (MCT), a machine that can thresh the crops most common in the developing world (rice, maize, wheat, sorghum, barley). Their MCT improves upon traditional methods by eliminating the need for toilsome labor and greatly decreasing the time required to thresh from three hours to just ten minutes per sack of rice. The MCT is designed as an axial flow thresher. Un-threshed grains are tossed into the entry chute and enter a chamber where a rotating drum beats, squeezes, tumbles, and pushes the grain to separate it from the stalk. Large pieces of chaff are propelled through the machine and expelled at the end, while threshed grain and smaller pieces of chaff fall into the lower section of the machine. These smaller pieces of chaff are removed by a blower, leaving clean grain to be collected by the user.

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MCT is to be sold at approx. 700 USD. The designers propose a rental model for the unit as a shared resource, whereby farmers buy and then offer the product as an affordable service to the rest of their community. The company further wishes to offer product loans.

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Goal 2: improve food security by improving the yield users can get from threshing grain, while decreasing the time and strenuous labor.

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Smallholder farmers

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