After searching high and low and after many discussions with several electronics manufacturers in the Philippines, Cambodia, and India, scientists at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI; http://irri.org ) finally found an industry partner to produce and commercialize a low-cost moisture tester.
With the new IRRI moisture tester, farmers can benefit by making more-informed decisions on safely storing their harvest. And, they will have more negotiating power when they sell the paddy to traders.
In this video clip, Martin Gummert - http://www.irri.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=8597:martin-gum... - a mechanization and postharvest expert at IRRI, demonstrates how to use the device.
Around 350 units are being distributed strategically to further develop the market for a larger order. Some will be sold through IRRI at a subsidized price of US$55. Once orders reach 10,000 units, the price per unit may comedown to $35. Further streamlining and improvements, such as investing in a mold for a custom housing, could lead to even lower prices.
Small orders of the moisture tester can be placed at the IRRI Riceworld Bookshop (riceworld email@example.com). For larger quantity orders, please contact Nanodevice Technologies, Inc., at tel. no. (63) 2 477-1379, telefax (63) 2-470-6485, or visit http://nanodeviceonline.com - For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.