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Ugandan entrepreneurs cook up eco-friendly dryer to cut food waste
by John Okot

Thomson Reuters Foundation    Translate This Article
28 July 2019

On 28 July 2019 Thomson Reuters Foundation reported: At their workshop in a Kampala suburb, Lawrence Okettayot and his business partner, both in their mid-20s, drilled holes and screws into a steel-lined, green wooden box designed to dry food in an eco-friendly way. Their invention, a low-tech thermal dehydrator, can be used to process fruits like mango, banana, and pineapple, as well as vegetables such as okra and eggplant, to stop them spoiling. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the fields of business and environment, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

Okettayot had a light-bulb moment in 2016 when his uncle decided to quit farming out of frustration over his produce going to waste because he could not find a ready market. ...

After completing their studies in mechanical engineering, he and his childhood friend, Morris Opiyo, embarked on making their first dryer to preserve food. It worked well and was 'a good inspiration', Okettayot said.

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