Nut wonder!

Published: Sunday 15 December 1996

It crushes, grinds, shreds, saws, drills, welds, pumps water and also generates power. Interestingly, it runs on nuts. This 'multipurpose platform of equipment and machinery' is being heralded as a wonder-mill. Costing US $6,000, the machine's main application is food processing. However, it generates enough electricity to light an entire village and can also pump water with an attached electric pump. Though its engine was originally designed to run on diesel, it has since been modified to use oil from indigenous Jatropha curcas nuts. The wonder-mill was developed by a Swiss, Roman Imboden, in association with International Fund for Agricultural Development and United Nations Industrial Development Organisation.

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