SAA promotes the use of advanced technologies for smallholder farmers across the entire agricultural value chain. However, specifically on the post harvesting segment, it has been a challenge utilizing technologies for farmers across the country. So SAA has been building the capacity of local artisans and fabricators to develop and maintain these technologies so that they can sustainably be utilized by the farmers.
Dennis Okello makes motorized maize shellers and other types of machines to ease the life of farmers in Kole district, Uganda. He also services and repairs these machine, with a training he got from SAA's Post-Harvesting pillar.
Today, he makes a decent living from this trade and is now mentoring youth in his village to do the same. He also employs a couple of them most of whom are school drop outs just like him. He gets pride in seeing them enroll into school or start the same trade.