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Edwin Mshila

Published on June 06, 2017

Edwin_Mshila.jpgEdwin Mshila was among the top 25 innovators in the East Africa Postharvest Technology Competition 2017.

Technology : Milk Quality Based Payment

This is a software that tests the quality of milk cost-effectively to increase the incentive to provide quality milk.

Impact : In 2013, after almost ten years of continuous development, the software was piloted and tested in various sectors in Kenya. In 2014 it was integrated with the lactoscan, a device that ultrasonically tests a number of parameters (e.g. Butter fat, lactose, Protein, Density, Temperature, PH, etc) and generates info such as bonus, commission, fines, warnings, etc. The combination of a lactoscan and the software form a Milk Quality Based Payment. Eldoville Limited observed that the adulteration of milk by water stopped as soon as farmers realized that they could measure milk density and correct payment for it. In 2015 a company, named eProd Solutions Limited was registered to commercialize the software. Currently 65 companies in Kenya and Uganda are using the software and about 250,000 smallholders are benefiting. The company recently entered Tanzania and will expand to Rwanda and Burundi.

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