We are set to launch two new products for farmers and grain aggregators on Friday, 11th December 2020 at 4pm GMT.
The first product, the GrainMate GM-102 Moisture Meter is a grain moisture meter that will make it easy for farmers and grain traders to measure the moisture content in their grains before storage. The GM-102 is a massive upgrade over our current GrainMate GM-101 Moisture Meter and adds many improvements including better power management, longer battery life, faster testing speeds, 3rd party calibration among other features.
The meter which is manufactured locally in Ghana will help commodity traders and farmers reduce post-harvest losses and make it easier for them to meet the moisture requirements of food processing companies.
The second product, the GrainMate app, is a mobile application, that will make it possible for farmers and commodity traders to list and sell their produce online and find buyers for their commodities. The mobile application, currently available for download on Android will also make it possible for farmers to access post-harvest training content, track their moisture readings and manage their GrainMate devices.
Sesi Technologies customers will also be able to access quick and efficient customer service through the app.
Post-harvest losses in Ghana
About 30% of grains produced in Africa is lost as a result of post-harvest losses. Post-harvest losses in cereals reportedly cost Ghana $141m in 2018 with drying and storage problems accounting for the majority of losses.
Aside from speeding the rate at which grains deteriorate, high moisture content also increases the aflatoxin content in grains which could lead to serious health consequences for consumers.
One major challenge that farmers face in dealing with these losses is the unavailability of affordable post-harvest management technologies. The GrainMate Moisture Meter, which is manufactured by Sesi Technologies, is an affordable solution to moisture testing problems faced by farmers.
The moisture meter was originally developed under the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss based in Kansas State University, by Dr. Paul Armstrong at USDA ARS and in collaboration with Oklahoma State University with funding from the USAID.
Creating market linkages for smallholder farmers
With the COVID-19 pandemic having disrupted agricultural supply chains, many rural farmers have struggled to find buyers for their produce, which has also resulted in increased post-harvest losses and loss of income for farmers.
Online marketplaces that let farmers list their produce and find buyers have gained popularity in recent months and are promising to help farmers reach new potential buyers that they hitherto would have been unable to reach.
By providing an online platform that lets farmers sell their produce, the GrainMate app promises to help farmers earn more from their produce and reduce food that would otherwise have gone waste.
About Sesi Technologies
Sesi Technologies was founded in 2018 with the goal of empowering farmers with affordable technologies to help them reduce losses and increase productivity. Our products are currently being used by over 1000 farmers and agribusinesses across Ghana and our work has received worldwide recognition including from the MIT Technology Review.