Stories tagged: post-harvest losses

Uganda Puts Technology To Work For Agriculture Sector

The Ugandan Government has launched a technology adaptation and transfer scheme where local welders are to be employed to make technology to be used in agriculture, says this recent article on AllAfrica.com. This scheme is said to have started attracting youths already.

This move, coupled with the recent independence for South Sudan and the increasingly unpredictable weather, is seen as an opportunity to guide the Government’s efforts to improve the countries agricultural sector.

The new technologies included fresh cassava shredders and maize cob sorters.

The Minister of State for Industry Dr. James Mutende said that he wants the youth to begin appreciating the role of agriculture in job creation – that technologies can be hired out commercially, and may improve agriculture and the quality of produce, meaning it can be sold for higher prices.

These technologies can also go to prevent post-harvest losses, which have traditionally been high in Uganda.

Post-harvest Losses Demonstrate the Need for Better Storage Techniques

A study by the Inter-American Development Bank (ADB) in Vietnam and Cambodia recognized that farmers in the two countries could require two or three times as much rice grain as they consume to meet their food needs because of spoilage from poor storage techniques.

The full article is available here.