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Title: EVALUATION OF A LOCALLY MANUFACTURED MAIZE THRESHER IN SUNYANI WEST MUNICIPALITY OF GHANA
Authors: Akolgo, G.A.
Essandoh, E.O.
Atta-Darkwa, T.
Uba, F.
Kemausuor, Francis
Akimsah, J.
Keywords: Maize Threshing
Evaluation
Shelling Efficiency
Grain Damage
Shelling Shaft Speed
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: African Journal of Applied Research
Abstract: Processing Maize to improve its quality does not only prolong its useful life but also increases the net profit farmers make and the goodwill derived from consumers. In this study, the emphasis was placed on field evaluation of a locally manufactured motorized maize thresher in Sunyani West Municipality of Ghana. The main objective of the project is to analyze and evaluate a motorized maize thresher for farmers in Sunyani West Municipality of Ghana. The methods used involved the collection and collation of threshing parameters such as threshing speed, maize moisture content for good threshing as well as taking appropriate measures such as reduction of quantitative (Un-threshed Grains and Scatter) and qualitative (mechanical grain damage) losses, and utilizing theories and mechanisms in threshing to determine various threshing parameters. The evaluation of the thresher involved the varying of the shelling shaft speed from 700 rpm to 900 rpm at different maize moisture contents ranging from 13% to 20%. The results showed that the maximum shelling efficiency and throughput capacities were 98.7% and 1737 kg/h respectively at 13% moisture content of maize and a shelling speed of 900 rpm.
Description: This article is published in African Journal of Applied Research and also available at http://doi.org/10.26437/ajar.01.04.2020.05
URI: 10.26437/ajar.01.04.2020.05
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