University of Malawi student invents poultry incubator

A third year student at University of Malawi’s Chancellor College in the eastern city of Zomba, Paul Macheso thinks Malawi has the potential of developing economically  through the use of locally available resources  as he invents an incubator aimed at improving poultry farming.

Paul showing off the circuit board of the incubator

Paul showing off the circuit board of the incubator

incubation process

incubation process

Macheso has set a record in his career path as a Bachelors of Education Science majoring in Physics and Electronic with a minor in Mathematics by innovating a working poultry incubator with materials he acquired locally and his knowledge.

While testing his incubator, the youthful and calm Chancellor College intellectual noted that his innovation has a 92% hatch rate.

Macheso who hails from Kanyambwe Village, Traditional Authority Kalolo in Lilongwe believes that this innovation can help the country’s farmers who have a liking of poultry  to improve on their production rate at an affordable cost without drying their coffers with exported incubators  which are costly to purchase and maintain when the country has the expertise .

So far, Macheso is using his incubator to hatch some quills as an appreciation of his own work .

However, Macheso lamented that the young people of his caliber in the country are frustrated when they see their dreams dying a natural death by lack of support by the government and other stakeholders to capitalize on their innovations to reach more people who could benefit from such inventions.

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89 thoughts on “University of Malawi student invents poultry incubator”

  1. Ganda says:

    That is what we need from a person from university. We can’t keep on people who comes from university but have empty head to to help develop their own country through thinking.
    Are you still waiting somebody from China to develop something for us???????. Paul, you are the guy to be sponsored by the government, we can see the difference from your fellow students, go ahead!!!!!!!

  2. Apoche says:

    This is not new alipo ambiri akupanga ma incubators

  3. Legendario says:

    Learn to give credit yall people.Or if you cant do that chabwino osatukwana.Atleast Paul has done his own thing,what have you accomplished ourselves??Big up Paul,be inspired and motivated through these negative comments and most importantly move on with ya life

  4. Optic Computer says:

    Good improvisation, though for electronics students with the taste for practising, there are loads of electronic circuits on the internet such as temperature regulators, temperature sensors. radio transmitters, cellphone blockers, etc. All what is required is for one is to build one. Perhaps I can reserve the word’ invent’ to guys who do it from scratch.

    What he has done is what the country needs, engineers who do, not who just talk.

  5. dochima says:

    When a Chewa can stand up, so many boos!!!!! Wait for more please. We only lack a platform and podium. Nyalugwe mchepsa za nzake iye akapha chiwala achita chokoka.

  6. Bryan O'Bryan says:

    One step at a time, you will get there. However, that is not an invention. But with the basic skills you have, you can improve your work and produce something new with appealing results. Instead of taking 21days, it should be taking less than that, and that’s what we call innovation. Big up dude.

  7. neba says:

    Bola neba CHANCO ukuyetsetsa otsati mbuzi za hybrid zili kuno ku Poly. ntchito kudya basi ndi bibida. Sangapangeko ndi zingano yemwe. Mbuzi zenizeni. Yet Poly ndi mkulutu pakubadwa 1964, yet palibe chimene akuchita. Ntchito kuchita ma invent a m’mene angalimbanilane ndi azipani. Ntchito kulimbana ndi traffic basi. Ntchito kukhala akaswiri pa kukonza social weekend yaya.

  8. aurora says:

    he has invented yes,but zithera pomwepo..we are Malawians we dont support each other.continue investing and no one takes the credit for it.we will forget within a blink of an eye

  9. ankolo says:

    what exactly is the innovation/ is it temperature change or a biological mechanism that causes the eggs to hatch in 2 days instead of 21 days? or how does it increase the hatch rate as compared to existing ones? or does it perform the same hatch rate as the existing ones at a cheaper cost? what makes it cheaper- local amterials or what? are the resultant hatchlings of similiar quality? some statistics please before we consider investing in this product please chonde!

  10. namchuchule says:

    Because it is Macheso, then you are saying he has not invented. When a certain munganya weaves a basket bridge across Rukuru, then he has invented. Zanu izo!! Genious Macheso has gone away with it.

  11. Wellington Chatepa says:

    Congratulations to Chance the young genius. Such brains deserve proper support from government and the corporate world. The innovations also need rigid IP protection.

  12. Mirella K says:

    Malawi has stagnated for so long because we have always praised mediocrity, probably emanating from our gross ignorance. just what is to invent? Do we invent on things that are alraedy in use? Rubbish!!! The article should instead ‘praise’ the boy for ‘…devising a locally used materials incubator’ not the other way round!

  13. SKUTCH says:

    Uli bhooo mfana!!! Keep it up umatiimilira a LUBANI

  14. Kanyimbi says:

    May we be updated with his contacts details. Some have also commented details of people who are selling incubators please supply their contact details.

  15. Phodogoma says:

    Paul Macheso I like your interest in innovative ideas. Malawi need people like you. However there is a point of correction for you and the rest who do not know the difference between invention and a mare mechanic of electronic items.It appears that most people do not understand what invention means.Paul, you are not exceptional at all.Go through the dictionary for the meaning of inventing and compare that with what you have claimed then come to Malawians yourself for them to take you serious.

    I am holding an Oxford Dictionary (oxford university press 2005 p.818)which defines invent as ” to produce or design something that has not existed BEFORE ” However if your incubator hatches chickens in 2 days instead of 21 days, then there is a sense to claim that you have discovered a ”quick hatching incubator” or something else. But you cant claim to be an inventor of incubator. Otherwise the copy right society can arrest you, because of PLAGIARISM in terms copyrights and patents acts. Universities should have proper channels for such claims.Otherwise we Malawians we will look stupid.

    Why not calling yourself a mechanic or technician of incubators in Malawi? Mind you, I am a primary 8 drop out but I understand things through research of something before opening my mouth over the same. Are you sure you are bringing the word incubator to the world for the first time? You are a hybrid type of a FOOL at university level.Peruse many books and tell us who are you but not an inventor. Over my dead body.

  16. Kavuluvulu says:

    It is not an invention.

  17. Nasimba Novirhikana says:

    A point of correction on English: ” …..drying coffers on imported incubators” not …..on exported incubators……”. Anyway I have seen an improvement in your English.

  18. Award Winner says:

    Clearly, the author does not know the meaning of the word “invention”

  19. Ganizani Phiri says:

    I know four guys who are making these home made incubators and selling them …i just dont know how special his incubator is than these home made ones

  20. Lenadi bonke says:

    Why reinvent the wheel?

  21. Beany Man says:

    we want it,where can we buy it

  22. Israel says:

    Ok! What happened to the Nsima cooker that was recently invented by a LL young man. We need inventions that will make a difference or shall some positive impact on our lives.

  23. Big Up Youngman you are a genius. Indeed our country need the youth like you. This is incredible BUT you must register your invention so that nobody can abuse your hard work & intelligence . You have got a bright future. Congratulations.

  24. Baba wa boy says:

    When are Malawians going to stop being idiotic?

    This chap will even put in his CV “Invented incubator” really?

    This is the problem, when papers specialise in political lies, when it comes to other news they have no idea what makes news and how to report it.

  25. Gas Machine Head says:

    Am sorry Mr Nyasatimes editor, could you please as Chance Chimngwalungwalu to elaborate on this invention? This story is incomplete to say the least. We want to know how it works. The author just says “Macheso has invented an incubator that’s all”.
    Ask the author to re-write the article by answering the following:
    Is it a battery, solar powered, or electric incubator?
    How different is it from other incubators used by say Charles Stewart Chicken farm in Chigumula or Central Poultry? In responding to the preceding question, the author of the story will obviously tell us of the size or type of eggs to be used? That is, can I just buy Guinea Fowl eggs (nkhanga) by the road market at Mbulumbuzi in Zomba and use that incubator to hatch off-spring?

    All in all, please be very clear and elaborate.

    You can go back to stories related to the Malawian who invented the windmill to electrify his home village (William Kamkwamba) or one chap in Lilongwe who invented a nsima cooker and then see how the stories are so clear in terms of the readers to understand the machine and its overall implications.

  26. drogba says:

    I’m not trying to discourage this “invention” but its just that my friend in Ndirande has been building poultry incubators since last year. he incubates zinziri (quails), chicken, ducks etc. may be the machines are different

  27. johnM says:

    Its good that this chap is innovative however he is not an inventor of poultry incubators as they have long existed before this chap’s device came to fruition. An invention is described as such when it has never existed before thus you cannot call this an invention because incubators have been in existence for many years.

  28. Nganya says:

    An incubator was already invented. Did u mean that he has made? How can one for example invent a car?

  29. Gunduzani says:

    Give us contact numbers of this young he needs to be supported by giving him orders. Fwendenge

  30. CHIWENGO says:

    Can someone tell me what the word ‘invent’ means? The guy has invented nothing! Re-engineering? Yes

  31. Mabasa says:

    Please this is not invention.Incubators were there long before our boy was born.All that the young man has done is to use resources found in his locality to develop a local version of an incubator.I applaud the young man for putting to use the concepts imparted to him by his Physics lecturer at college.In countries which emphasize the teaching of Science subjects,these are projects that are done by pupils at secondary school level.

  32. Atonga says:

    Ko ndiku kuza ko mwana wa ambuya

  33. davison chale says:

    Congratulations are in order if this invention is his and not just copied from somewhere

  34. rof says:

    zabwino zonse

  35. vyakuchitika says:

    Johntembo, I hope you wanted to say “some stupid” students of Poly. Thumbs up Paul, you will definitely get support to reach a lot of people with your innovation, be positive.

  36. lot chiweta says:

    Thus gud development

  37. Mwana Mulanje says:

    Kudos. This is what education should lead to: inventions and innovations. I am interested in the machine. Nyasa Times, please provide the inventor’s contacts.

  38. Tili Chenene says:

    Wonderful

  39. S Malamba says:

    This is a very welcome development. May the ministry of education link with this guy and Teveta so that he could be engaged immediately after school to teach at one of the technical colleges in the country to make sure that our youths benefit from this innovation.

  40. Phwado says:

    It was already invented.We just copy.I also make them after learning from Ngomwa.

  41. mwana mulopwana says:

    very nice indeed young Man , keep it up

  42. Concerned citizen says:

    This is very welcome. Please keep up the innovations. Let us hope such talent is not stolen by already developed nations.

  43. Ziko lantha says:

    gud idea keep it up

  44. Chitopa says:

    If not patented and copyright protected he loses his intellectual property right now at the blink of an eye.As far as I know it, there is hardly any enforcement of any Laws in this country except in related MRA and selected quarters and by the unwarranted pleothra of venal Traffic Police Officers on roads.

  45. watson sulu says:

    that’s a good development. Government should support him.

  46. joji mwakihana says:

    nzeru koma zimenezo. Not graduating as engineer bt failing to design a canal.Kkkk.Ma engineer aku malawi amenewo.

  47. CHEWA FEDERAL FRONT says:

    Where do these real geniuses come from? Does it matter, really? Hell, no!!
    We know that the other award-winning physics/maths BSc(Ed.) student is from the Centre. We also know that the Poly genius software developer is from the South.
    It goes to show that human intelligence/ability/wisdom, bambo wanga, is usually a gift from God: it will be given to anyone whom God chooses. The Yao, Sena, Lomwe, Ngoni, Mang’anja, Tonga, Lambya, Nkhonde, Tumbuka, Senga and the Chewa are all equally endowed with intelligence according to God’s plan.
    Now, if in your sick mind, you believe the Yao are only useful for fishing or tailoring, or the Chewa for farming and the Lomwe for vending, because they are “not intelligent”, your downfall is guaranteed to be precipitous.

  48. Zanga Phee! says:

    Good luck buddy, keep the fire burning,if government gives you cold shoulder don’t hesitate to consult private sector.The problem in government they illuminate you to Politics,so no stress do what i told you.See my name.

  49. Kingsley Jika says:

    When one improves an already existing technical or mechanical means of solving or easing a problem, the term is ‘utility model’ or ‘petty invention’ or merely ‘innovation’; not ‘invention’. That aside, what this young man has done has reminded me of the need for the country to put in place a powerful (yet balanced) formal or lawful channel to reward, protect and promote creativity, innovation and invention, and entrepreneurship innovation. Musicians (creativity) blame it on piracy and counterfeit; innovators on lack of support (incentives and reward), etc. I blame it on our failure to learn from others and from the times, our failure to revisit intellectual property legislation (copyright, Trademark, Geographical Indications, Industrial Design, etc) and have a special reward-protection- incentive regime for those (like this young man) who invent, innovate or improve on existing inventions. Where is the National IP Policy signed by late Bingu in 2011?

  50. jack Somba says:

    PLEASE MALAWI INVENTORS… DO NOT SHOW CIRCUIT BOARD. YOU SHOULD PATENT THE INVENTION FIRST.

  51. Professor Kamangadazi Chambalo says:

    Who said only northeners are intelligent?

  52. Kanthu Ako!! says:

    Those are hardly local materials.

    If you mean scrap yes, but how can you maintain something put together using scrap, working for a long time?

    You do not even mention what local materials that have been used. In the end there will be need to import what you call local materials.

    What happened to the “Nsima cooking” invention?

    These are gimmick projects by a university student, not an invention. Egg incubators were invented long time ago.

  53. myao says:

    Its like finding means of using bubblegum as rubber for manufacturing tyres and claim thatve invented the wheel.The positive aspect of this article is the economical impact it will bring. Congrats Macheso.

  54. TRUTH says:

    Good news for the development of our country . But the big BUT is that he is likely to be oppressed by the government. Instead of givng him full surpot, amukhomelera ndi kumupondaponda ndi dzimapazi

  55. Aub says:

    At least some Malawian scholars are responding to the needs of the country

  56. Souja says:

    This what the country needs,but unfortunately you are in a wrong country buddy noone will help you and you will end up in teaching just like other guys, RIGHT BRAIN WRONG COUNTRY,sorry dude this country only thieves thrive.

  57. Kwataine says:

    You see the achewafe tili nditsogolo koma gule ndiamene amatibwenzeretsa mmbuyo.

  58. IMPRESSED says:

    THERE IS NO INVENTION HERE.AND NO NEWS AT ALL.THE PROBLEM IS WE HAVE JOURNALISTS WHO SEEM TO HAVE VERY LITTLE KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT IS ALREADY THERE IN THE WORLD AT LARGE.WHEN U INVENT SOMETHING,U BECOME LIKE THE FIRST IN THE WORLD.SO MY JOUNALIST HERE MUST NOT COIN THIS “INVENTION”.AM NOT DISCREDITING THE YOUNG MAN SCIENTIST BUT THE JOURNALIST.THE SCIENCE INVOLVED HERE IS VERY BASIC AND THIS PROJECT CAN BE DONE BY JUNIOR SECONDARY KIDS. THERE WAS AN EARLIER REPORT THAT A CHANCO STUDENT HAD INVENTED A TELEVISION STATION AT CAMPUS.TO SOME PPLE THAT WAS NEWSWORTHY TO OTHERS IT WAS NOT.IN SHORT THESE PPLE ARE SIMPLY MAKING USE OF EXISTING TECHNOLOGY. LOOK HERE NOW AM GOING TO THE ELECTRICAL SUPLY SHOP TO GET PARTS. I GET HOT PLATE COILS SWITCHES THERMOSTARTS AND THEN ASK TINSMITH TO MAKE HOOD FOR ME.QUESTION IS HAVE I INVENTED STOVE???

  59. Wakukaya says:

    This guyz z really stupit wangopanga download zinthu pa net basi akuti wapanga invent kikikikkik amalawi kusalila kwambili shupit

  60. straight outta blantyre says:

    well done chewa boy.

  61. drakes says:

    This boy needs to be protected and the Government need to step in and patent his innovation before some foreigners can steal from him. This is thegood news we need to hear from colleges not only strikes

  62. Musazafulu Dums. says:

    These machines will require electricity, now will the smallholder farmers benefit from it?

  63. General Nkhuku says:

    What is invention? I want to believe that the incubator was invented years ago. What this genius has done is simply to recreate one using locally available resources.

    The author ought to have realised these simple truths of fact.

  64. THIS IS SOME GOOD NEWS COMING FROM CHANCO! HOWEVER, THE ONLY INNOVATION I HAVE RECENTLY HEARD FROM POLYTECHNIC IN BLANTYRE IS THE MACHINERY OF BLOCKING CHIPEMBERE HIGHWAY.

  65. Afanaze says:

    We need more of this kind of news. And reporters when u write such stories please include contact info so we could likn such fellas. Kudos young man following the footsteps of Kamkwamba, a Kasungu youngman, a scholar in the US who invented a windmill in his home village and he is a global sensesation.

  66. neba says:

    Yes your parents sent you there to do exactly what you have done. Not these stupid engineering poly students

  67. Takalala Chisale says:

    Where are students from Luanar’ Bunda College. This is their turf! Why did it take a student from Chanco to invent this technology? There are students at Bunda who study, dream and breathe livestock, poultry, agribusiness and incubators…
    I should have started by congratulating this innovative student from Chanco for this feat. The corporate and banking sectors should support this student mass-produce the incubators. And some of such incubators should be exported! We can create jobs and generate forex here!

  68. Spider says:

    This is what our country needs if we are to eradicate poverty, to have locally manufactured incubators, which will be going at a relatively low cost. All the best.

  69. wakhutamoyodi says:

    How is it an invention? Poultry incubators exist and people, Malawians, have already been using them, in Chirimba there is a dude who is reproducing Black Australops, in Biwi there is a dude raising Quails…please write something else.

  70. choncho says:

    i am impressed with this young man. These are the people we need to support. Keep it up young man. I will see what i can do for u as an individual

  71. Derrick Yekha says:

    Brilliant! Ambwiye che Macheso koma takataka imeneyi mukuphomulisa zingati? Ndikuifuna zedi!

  72. Good initiative check with national commission for science and technology for further improvements of your innovation

  73. ... says:

    Already locally made in chirimba.
    And what do you mean “invent”. It is already there, he did not invent it, he just reproduce something that is already there.
    To invent is to create something that is not there.

  74. Done Already says:

    Nice work. Though there is Harold Njewa did this already. The Mikolongwe man at Chirimba. He has the of different sizes which he himself is making

  75. Howard Kachipanda says:

    Mwana ngwa kwathu ko Kanyambwe uyu. Timsapota olo boma litakanika, watichotsa manyazi

  76. Man Malawi says:

    Way to go bro. Malawi, this is when investors would be rushing to Chanco to make money with this kid

  77. Swagger says:

    Make sure he graduates with a distinction, jealous should be avoided. Students should also emulates such talents don’t jst memorizing intellectual staff.

  78. chawanangwa says:

    This young man is brilliant. His work can transform Malawi if supported

  79. lover of malawi says:

    Nyasatimes please recruit editors to check the language before publishing. Its becoming too much and embarrassing. otherwise this is a very welcome development.

  80. Hello! says:

    Good job!!!

  81. anadimba says:

    congrants.nanga wansima cooker uja zilipati????boma linyadire po sonyeza chidwi.

  82. Boyd says:

    That’s a good development but i wonder alot if his invention is a thing to market to the local mass or else it is just for his personal use. Why have you failed to give his contact details? I hope you will do so accordingly and the market price must be indicted.

  83. gwede says:

    Great stuff to the national

  84. James Phiri says:

    Good use of medulla oblongata. Bravo!

  85. Nyasosera says:

    Good development. But young boy Malawi can frustrate you big time

  86. Eddie Kumwenda says:

    How can I meet the guy because I to give him an order.please

  87. johntembo Kuffor says:

    This is what we call intelligence!!!!! not stupid students of Poly who go there to learn how to smash peoples’ cars on the Chipembere Highway.

    1. Amastek says:

      iwenso ndi chidzete wamva!! panya pakonso ndipo!! ife kupanga ma demo chisakhale chifukwa choti uzititukwanila

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