Cooking oil sales boost incomes
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CTA. 1994. Cooking oil sales boost incomes. Spore 50. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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In several countries in Africa, small-scale entrepreneurs are boosting their incomes by producing cooking oil. Utilizing an innovative seed press called the ram press, some village women in Tanzania have been able to earn more than a typical...
In several countries in Africa, small-scale entrepreneurs are boosting their incomes by producing cooking oil. Utilizing an innovative seed press called the ram press, some village women in Tanzania have been able to earn more than a typical salaried urban worker by processing sunflower or sesame oil. The ram press is capable of producing 20 to 30 litres of oil in 10 hours from 100 kilogrammes of sunflower seeds. Initially developed in Tanzania as a project of the Washington, DC-based Appropriate Technology International (ATI), the manual press can be bought on credit for less than $100 and operated by one person. The operators have been able to produce sufficient oil or provide milling services locally so that they have mostly been able to pay back any start-up loans within a few months. Uganda, Eritrea, Mozambique and Zambia have initiated trials and schemes for using the ram press. In Zimbabwe another oil mill, the Intermediate Technology Tinytech, is allowing small-scale oil millers to break the monopoly of the four large-scale processors in the country. They are supplying some urban supermarket chains as well as a number of rural outlets. The oil mills, which were introduced from India in 1988, have brought benefits to their surrounding rural areas. Farmers now have a ready market for their sunflower seed and the mills have stimulated work for other small businesses, in, for example, the informal engineering sector. The Ram Press Appropriate Technology International 1331 H Street, NW Washington DC 20005, USA The Tinytech Technical Enquiry Unit Intermediate Technology Myson House Rugby. CV21 3HT UK