An airtight paddy storage system for small-scale farmers in Sri Lanka

T.B. Adhikarinayake, J. Müller, J.W.M. Oostdam, W. Huisman, P. Richards

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The farmers in Sri Lanka's dry zone are the main contributors to the paddy production in the country. However, due to various reasons, they face difficulties in obtaining a reasonable income for their produce at harvesting time. According to the survey carried out in the paddy producing regions, it was found that one possible solution to reduce this problem is to enable the farmers to sell their produce at a time when prices are higher than at harvest time. To enable the farmers to keep their paddy on-farm for some time with a minimum loss of quality and quantity, some reliable and affordable storage facility has to be developed. To achieve this, an airtight storage system of 2.5 tons was developed by a four-step approach, which consists of: preliminary study to investigate the actual need, definition of the core problem, definition of the main function to be fulfilled by the designed system and finally, assessment of applicable working principles, to achieve a viable solution of the problem. This paper describes in detail the steps in the approach to achieve an efficient and inexpensive system acceptable to the farmers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-55
JournalAMA: Agricultural Mechanization in Asia, Africa and Latin America
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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