A simple and effective separator for soybeans was developed for small-scale farmers in Uganda, to clean the seeds from foreign material, chaff, broken beans etc. as demanded by local and world markets. It will help to avoid losses during post-harvest time and to reduce human drudgery of cleaning the seeds manually. The principle is a jute belt conveyor of a simple construction that can be fabricated locally. For soybeans the capacity is up to 360 kg/h and separation is very good if the angle of the conveyor is about 20 degrees and the conveyor speed is about 0.5 m/s. The separator could be used for other seeds.
|Journal||AMA: Agricultural Mechanization in Asia, Africa and Latin America|
|Publication status||Published - 1997|