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Ssekanyo Stephen

Published on June 06, 2017

Ssekanyo_Stephen.jpgSsekanyo Stephen was among the top 25 innovators in the East Africa Postharvest Technology Competition 2017.

Technology : Kungula

Kungula is a post-harvest machine for threshing and winnowing maize. It replaces traditional threshing methods like hand threshing and pilling of maize in sacks and hitting with sticks while adding the additional component of winnowing the grain to give clean grain ready for packaging. Kungula reduces postharvest losses of maize, reduces labor requirements for postharvest handling of maize while maintaining the highest possible quality of produce. The technology provides a mobile solution for motorized threshing and winnowing of maize. It threshes while winnowing 1000kgs of grain in one hour using one litre of fuel to give whole maize grain free of chaff, dust and broken cobs.

Impact : Kungula has been in operation since 2015 and has been field tested in two districts in central Uganda for one year now, with 4 machines in Kiryandongo and 2 in Nakasongola districts reaching to a collective 624 maize farmers within the period. Kungula offers cleaner grain outputs due to the presence of a winnowing fan. The Kungula machine threshes while winnowing 1000 kilograms of maize grain in one hour on one litre of petrol fuel (1000kg/hr/litre). It has a 99.2% threshing efficiency and a 98% winnowing efficiency.