Post Harvest Loss Solutions in Fruits and Vegetables
01 / Easy to Use
02 / Affordable
03 / Reliable
Sparky Dryer is designed to favor both skilled and unskilled people to operate it easily without any complications as it has only 5 steps to operate it, easy to maintain and trouble shoot.
It costs only $218 and $320
and gives out a dried output of
1-2kg and 3-5kg in a day respectively
It dehydrates 5 times faster than solar dryers and 10 times faster than the open sun drying method while maintaining the nutrients in the food. This makes it reliable as it works irrespective of whether its raining or shining.
Agriculture is the main source of livelihood in Uganda and across Africa yet 40% of harvested produce (mainly fruits and vegetables) are lost before consumption, according to FAO (2013). The post-harvest losses are due to poor handling and preservation means. The post-harvest losses are due to poor handling and preservation means among small scale farmers. The loses not only means less food available for consumption, increasing food insecurity but also less profitability for the farmers, reducing their earnings and keeping them in the cycle of poverty. This challenge is affecting over 15 million households in Uganda, according to the Uganda Bureau of statistics (2015)
Growing up in the northern part of Uganda that experienced a two-decade civil war, we experienced firsthand the realities of food insecurity. Local communities struggle to grow food, but half of the little they harvest is lost due to poor handling and preservation means. These experiences inspired us to create Sparky Dryer, a multi-disciplinary team of young innovators, engineers, entrepreneurs to not only solve the problem for the Uganda community, but also for Africa and other regions like Asia and South America also in the same dilemma.
To be the leading manufacturer and distributor of affordable food waste solutions and smart climate Agriculture in Africa
Sparky is a low-tech food dryer that reduces the current 40% post-harvest losses in fruits and vegetables to less than 20%, by extending the shelf-life of the produce from just 2 days to more than 6 months through dehydration. It is powered by harvest waste from the gardens as clean biofuel (briquettes) with the help of solar-powered energy to dehydrate food in typically 5 hours.
It dehydrates 5 times faster than solar dryers and 10 times faster than the open sun drying method while maintaining all the nutrients in the food. With sparky, a farmer can dry up to 50kg of produce within a day with only 5kg of biofuel through the gasification process with zero CO2 emission despite whether it is raining or shining. This makes sparky not only reliable but also very convenient for use and environmentally friendly.
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Kyebando Central, Bhosa Road
P.O Box 28640, Kampala (U)