11th November 2015The group, "lovely sister Bifang"-Widikum,(Dinku village precisely) on Saturday 7th November 2015 were inaugurating and testing the efficiency of their replaced oil press.
The group delegate, Madame Bukum Elisabeth invited Nowepifac project coordinator to come and witness the event in order to send a report to Hans Blanket Foundation of Pum the Netherland who were the sponsors of the oil press, telling them that at last they are back on their feet with the oil press which is now functioning and serving their members and other villagers as well.
Arrival in the palm nut forest of Dinku -Widikum,
1hour 15minutes drive from Bamenda town.
(Team of 4 ;- Titus,Charles,Bernard and Josephine)
It should be noted that in 2012 the funders of this project were quite disappointed to hear that their attempt to support a pig cooperative two years back with a tool that will ease oil production and furnish the cooperative with palm kernel needed for their feed mill have failed to achieve the intended objective.
The cooperative management last Saturday 7th November 2015 were very happy to be part of the inaugural ceremony.
During the inauguration, the following points were noted;-
The replaced diesel engine driven oil press is very new and up to the task.
It can process 15 drums (1000liters) of nuts using 5 liters of diesel but you need much water to wash out the oil from the pressing chamber to the collecting chambers.
The pressing chamber has a volume of 1000 cubic centimeters and has the capacity of crushing nuts full in that chamber for 8 to maximum 10 minutes, producing between 25 to 35litres of palm oil depending on the variety of nuts processed.
The group members made a financial contribution that led to the success story.
Three oil collecting chambers is constructed below the existing building as a continuation of group member support and more of such chambers are still needed such that many people at a time can be served.
The group members through their delegate began to see the future need of a palm kernel cracker and another press for extracting oil from the kernel seed which is used for soap manufacturing with the by-product, palm kernel cake that would be used by the pig cooperative for the making of animal feed as it was in the original objective of the oil press project since lovely sister is a member group of Nowepifac.
You can see oil droping into the collecting chamber.
Center : The press in action.
Right : The empty press with its 3 hammers.
Center,Right : The manufacturer trains the operator
Right : A small dinner was saved at the home of Madame Elisabeth to crown the inauguration and members send words of greetings and appreciation to all Dutch development partners of the cooperative especially Mr. Arie Wingelaar of Pum the Netherlands.
They promised to work relentlessly to see that the primary objective of the project is attend.
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