Agroprocessing pilot facility
The agroprocessing pilot facility houses many different types of post-harvesting equipment such as washers, centrifuges, cutters, slicers, pulpers, pressers, driers, blenders, mills, sieves and extruding processing equipment. This speciality equipment is used to process selected plant and food raw materials, followed by drying and particle-size reduction. Products are either packaged as final products, or if required, can be further extracted in the agroprocessing extractions facility. These materials typically find commercial applications in various nutraceutical or cosmeceutical formulations and incorporate various forms of indigenous knowledge throughout the product development cycle. The maximum pilot-scale material batch size for this area is 1 000 kg per day. It is also used to train small, medium and micro enterprises and indigenous knowledge holders in agroprocessing production methods.