Reversing Grain Post-Harvest Loss (PHL) using Hand held Moisture meters and Mobile Utility Stores

Published on July 1, 2016 um 21:26

Explain your idea in details:

Development testifies about increasing grain yields, but youth continue to migrate away from grain growing towards cities. Development experts discuss how the new 'golden age' of agronomy and production packages will increase Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) cereal, legume and oilseed (grain) harvest. However, the experts are yet to see post-harvest as an integral part of the whole system (Boa, 2016) or how stopping Postharvest and related input Loss (PHL) "increases food availability without further use of land, water and other agricultural inputs". And production packages that merely increase grain harvest lack meaning because inputs like SMS based information, micro-finance, mechanization, seed, fertilizer, pest management are wasted when improper drying and storage allows rats, birds, insects and fungi to cause significant postharvest loss. Mobile utility works by scaling where and when effective storage is needed. - Breathable storage mitigates condensation and protects many types of grain including paddy rice, inputs like seed or fertilizer with high utility metal roofs, walls and cone shaped floors that are raised above rats and ground water. Engineered to be robust, raised utility lets gravity to ease access, processing and cleaning. - Combining breath-ability, utility and integral wheels means Grain Distribution Logistics Infrastructure (GDLI) will scale to the amount and location of multiple harvests a year by parking cost-effectively so trucks can go to haul heavy loads. - Properly dried and stored in Mobile utility, grain is easy to monitor, handle and fumigate when needed, so grower investment is secure. - Mobile utility awards the rights to park cost-effectively and leave stationary GDLI behind to enhance grower operations when and where they need to scale production of safe surplus food grain.

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

Dr. Cardwell (2015) presents, growers "whose scale of operation is too small to produce SAFE FOOD, are too small to farm maize (or any aflatoxin sensitive staples [grain])" or market surplus to pay for health care, school fees, retirement and ultimately support National food security or exports (peace-of-mind). Long lasting and low maintenance metal roofs breathe to mitigate condensation, walls and raised cone shaped floors stop rats and ground water and lets gravity enhance processing at markets and cleaning (utility). Combining optimal, utility and integral wheels means GDLI is suitably mobile and parks cost-effectively so trucks, trailers and wagons [transport] can go to haul heavy loads. Mobile utility is appropriate because it supports Scientific and cost-effective pest monitoring procedures that permit judicious adjustments to the timing, choice and intensity of control actions; timely chemical pest control measures, in grain storage, are often not only the cheapest but also the most reliably efficacious of the possible options. Even before Internal Regulatory enforcement creates demand for grading, mobile utility GDLI will scale to deliver safe surplus food to markets. The World Bank estimates that Every 1 percent reduction in postharvest loss leads to $40 million in output gains, with farmers as key beneficiaries (Mendoza, 2016). Most PHL estimates suggest it is appropriate to for example, invest ½ (value of PHL plus the value of missed marketing) in Mobile utility GDLI so the other ½ net benefit continues long after AID support ends. For tenure-insecure agriculture, mobility is step one to Rights that create incentives for technology adoption when and where growers need utility GDLI to bridge gaps to peace-of-mind. And natural resources benefit the people in the countries that possess them in an inclusive manner, and create value addition in sustainably managing natural resources including ensuring protection of ecosystems and minimizing environmental degradation.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

The implementation plan will involve grouping farmers into Field Farmer Schools (FFSs) and then attaching the Farmer School to proxy Food Hub that will be set up in Prime Market Area (PMA). Farmers apparently are engaged in producing beans and maize in a safe and environmentally friendly way.
At the Hub, every item shall receive the NAMPYA FARMERS MARKET stamp, which is recognized and trusted. The depositor shall also be given a delivery coupon to acknowledge receipt of the delivered item and quantity. The food shall be stored in the Mobility Utility which shall be stationed at the hub, and eventually shall marketed and distributed.
Receiving: Every Tuesdays and Fridays, shall drop off their produce to the designated collection centres. Farmers shall also have the option of delivering their produce to the hub.
Working as a Cooperative, providing aggregation, storage, marketing and distribution services to smallholder farmers, connecting them to better markets, farmers shall reward NAMPYA FARMERSs MARKET with a 6% commission off every sold volume of products. This shall be, in addition to the membership and subscription fees of each directly benefiting farmer.
We shall seek for local government grants to empower our sustainability efforts.
To reach the scale, we shall have continue to seeking for collaborators, networks and partnerships at the National and International level.

Your profile

Born, bred and educated in Uganda is Matovu, a technology and research fan, social, outgoing, cooperative and social entrepreneur passionate about living a life that is meaningfully beneficial to others. Living in an agro-based economy, am very driven and committed to running an agro-based enterprise that contributes to a more vibrant and job creating agricultural economy. I yearn to use my academic, professional and innate knowledge, skills, and experience to serve as an individual and in a team, in order to positively impact the society around me. Am seeking collaboration and partnership for capital injection and capacity development towards establishing agriculture as a lucrative natural resource-based enterprise.

Stage of Idea

conceptual stage, planning stage

Storage to Reverse Grain Postharvest Loss

Hand held moisture testing meters

Mobile Utility Store at the hub

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August 23, 2017 17:13

After going through your idea, I firmly believe that you can successfully convert it to an executable project and help the society grow in a sustainable manner. I wish you the best for the same.

I would really appreciate if you could go through my idea as well(follow this link Our idea deals with covering an otherwise unused rooftop of a building with green plants, and using that space for a multitude of activities. This would have various positive effects on the environment and also the society in general.

Thank you
Team GreenSpace

August 31, 2016 16:20

This is indeed a promising project; we should support it.

August 30, 2016 22:04

This very promising innovation

Medadi Ssentanda

August 30, 2016 08:37

Best wishes to you, Mark!

August 29, 2016 17:30

This is an innovative idea

August 29, 2016 17:04

great idea. keep it up.

August 27, 2016 22:08

This is a good idea & should be supported

August 25, 2016 17:29

This a wonderful initiative, it should be supported.

August 21, 2016 21:00

You conceived a great idea. Sure it's great, when it comes to social problems, your idea is the real solution. I support it by votes and comments. Just don't give up if want to implement it!

Fulgence Niyonkuru

August 20, 2016 23:51

I think any innovation in agric is a salutary idea and something like this is good

Fulgence Niyonkuru

August 20, 2016 23:47

It is workable and may need support

james kyewalabye

August 19, 2016 22:18

Good way to incorporate ICT n agriculture.

August 17, 2016 19:28

Remember agriculture can be three to six times more effective at fighting poverty than growth in other sectors like manufacturing, so it's worthy to support agricultural growth in Africa than any other sector. This is because agriculture employs the biggest population (often above 75%) contributing to incomes and foreign exchange. So I believe in my idea to contribute to a more vibrant and job creating agricultural economy.