Technologies/recommendations developed

Agricultural Mechanization Programs

Ongoing projects

Title of research project

Donor

Start

End

Achievements/output

Indexing Agricultural Mechanization in Kenya

KAFACI-RDA

2017

2018

At formulation of proposal phase

Agricultural Machinery research on imported Machinery with a Grant from India

MoALF

2017

2018

At formulation of proposal phase

Technology dissemination of Agricultural Mechanization Machines

KALRO

2017

2018

Continuous

Completed projects

Title of research project

Donor

Start

End

 

Baseline Survey on Agricultural Mechanization on selected value chains

KAFACI-RBA

2015

2016

Report on the Agricultural Mechanization levels, constraints, interventions and research agenda

Validation Amaranth Thresher

ASAL APRP

2016

2017

Identified areas for improvement

Design and fabrication of small scale tools and implements

EAAPP

2011

2014

Wheat thresher, Rice thresher Seed dresser, Boom sprayer. Cattle cake compactorand cassava chipper

 KALRO has generated the following mechanization innovations:

Technology

Problem

 

Intervention

 

Attributes

 

Benefits

 

Amaranthus thresher

Seed acquisition

Design and fabrication of Amaranthus thresher

·       Affordable to small scale farmers

·        Only basic skills required to operate

·       Spare parts are locally available.

·       Can be manufactured by local artisans

Increased availability of seed

Cassava chipper

Drying

Chipping and Solar dryer

·       Affordable to small scale farmers

·        Only basic skills required to operate

·       Hastens drying.

·       Can be manufactured by local artisans

Easy drying

Wheat -thresher

Harvesting

Design and fabrication of thresher

·       Affordable to small scale farmers

·        Only basic skills required to operate

·       Allows for timely harvesting

·        Reduce field losesdue to sprouting  and shuttering

·       Spare parts are locally available.

·       Can be manufactured by local artisans

Increased acreage under wheat

Boom sprayer

Uniform spraying

Design and fabrication of Boom sprayer

·       Affordable to small scale farmers

·       Only basic skills required to operate.

·        Allows for timely spraying

·       Spare parts are locally available.

·       Locally manufactured by local artisans

Increased acreage under wheat

 Rice thresher

Harvesting

Design and fabrication of thresher

·       Affordable to small scale farmers

·       Only basic skills required to operate.

·       Allows for timely harvesting

·        Reduce field losesdue to sprouting  and shuttering

·       Has low energy requirement

·       Can be manufactured by local artisans

Increased acreage under Rice

Seed dresser

Seed storage and micronutrients

Design and fabrication of seed dresser

·       Power requirements: 2.0 hp

·       Drum rotating speed:37rpm

·       Max. Load:30kg

·       Dressing time: 30sec

·       Motor spec: 1ph, 2hp, 1450rpm

·       Gearbox spec: 1:40

·       Drum size: Ø60cm Height 89cm

·       Shutter type: Sliding

·       Pulley size: 2B-3”

·       Belt type V-B47

Increased acreage under Rice and wheat

Cattle cake compactor

Feed Storage

Design and fabrication of cattle cake compacting machine

·       Affordable to small scale farmers

·       Only basic skills required to operate.

·       Has low energy requirement

·       Can be manufactured by local artisans

Reduced famine effects during the dry season