Post harvest losses reduce the production in maize particularly due to
manual shelling Previously, the farmers used to shell maize ears by manual beating which resulted in breakage. Then large shellers operated by tractors were imported and used by some farmers on rental basis. The rent of these shellers was very high and its availability to the farmers renamed low.
The NARC Maize Programme, in collaboration with CIMMYT and Farm Machinery Institute of NARC, designed a maize sheller, which can be operated by electricity as well as manually. These shellers are cheaper, easy to handle.
These shellers are now very common in use and private sector is involved in the manufacture of these units.
Key Reference : parc.gov.pk