The University of Eldoret Pioneers ‘Instant Ugali’ in the Market

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You can now prepare ugali using the same amount of time it takes to prepare ‘indomie.’

This is thanks to the University of Eldoret, where professor Violet Mugalavai and her students came up with instant flour which comes already pre cooked and only needs the addition of hot water to turn it into uji or ugali.

Professor Violet Mugalavai from the University of Eldoret at Purdue University

To create the unique flour, the raw materials are taken through an intensive process that not only cooks them but also fortifies them with vegetables and fruits.

The group came up with the initiative to prevent post harvest losses that are a major problem for small holder farmers.

The flour is manufactured  using an extruder worth Sh2.7m which was given to them by an American university, Purdue University. The extruder cooks sorghum and maize flour at 140 degrees Celsius.

The processing takes place at the newly established Food Processing Training and Incubation Centre. Here, agriculture students learn all about different value chain process. They test their ideas practically.

They have produced a brand of flour called Instant Ugali Pap and Instant Porridge Pap. The product retails at Sh200 a kilo.

According to Professor Violet Mugalavai, the products are certified by KEBS, and the students are licensed to sell the finished products.

Mugalavai welcomes Kenyans to enjoy a plate of instant ugali.

Professor Violet Mugalavai

To produce the flour, the students use maize, pumpkin, mangoes, amaranth, oranges, rice, baobab, cowpeas, sorghum, bananas, cassava, millet, sweet potato, carrot, and chickpeas.

The students use special bags that protect cereals from any kind of damage. They then mill the flour and process it using the extruder.

Mugalavai hopes that the innovation will reduce post harvest losses and empower small scale farmers.

Post harvest losses in Kenya account for billions of shillings. Small scale farmers are not always able to safely store their produce and take it to the market undamaged.

Tonnes of maize is damaged by aflatoxin.



Joyce Sambu
Author: Joyce Sambu


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