In East Africa, maize accounts for 75 per cent of the area’s total annual harvest of 64 million tonnes. Off-grid smallholder farmers in the region produce most of the maize. According to the Efficiency for Access Coalition and E4I report, many rural off-grid communities rely on diesel-powered milling equipment to process important staple crops.
“Solar-powered maize mills provide a suitable alternative to grid power in areas that are harder to reach by the traditional power utilities or areas that private power companies do not consider to be economically viable in the short to medium terms due to low effective demand for power,” Brian Kawuma, the coordinator of Power for All, Powering Agriculture for Uganda, says.
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