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CTA. 1989. Adaptable ox-carts. Spore 23. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The number of working pairs of oxen in Sierra Leone has increased from 50 to around 1100 in the ten years that ODA Work Oxen Proiect has been in operation - and now animal-drawn transport is taking off in a big way, too. Oxcarts, sent to Sierra...
The number of working pairs of oxen in Sierra Leone has increased from 50 to around 1100 in the ten years that ODA Work Oxen Proiect has been in operation - and now animal-drawn transport is taking off in a big way, too. Oxcarts, sent to Sierra Leone in kit form by Farmkart Ltd of Great Britain, are capable of carrying 1.5 tonnes, and can be used for moving produce, people or firewood. Moving goods two or three miles from village to main road can double or treble their selling price. Another plus is that Farmkarts do less damage to the land than traditional sledges. The carts are easy to assemble and can be transported individually or in large numbers. Farmers are encouraged to buy the basic kit, and then let the village carpenter provide and fit boards with locally-available timber. Local adaptations are then possible: there can be steel wheels or pneumatic tyres, removable or fixed tailboard, brakes or no brakes. The long-term answer to the enormous demand for rural transport in Africa lies in local production packages, and Farmkart is involved m projects in Tanzania and the Gambia, which will use local raw materials. Owning trained oxen (or mules, donkeys, or camels) without a cart is like owning a tractor without a trailer, and no small scale farmer will work and produce to his full potential without some sort of viable transport system. Par Industry Ltd - St Andrews Industrial Estate -Bridport Dorset DTB 3DB - UK
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