…Say’s it reduces post-harvest, loss
By Gabrie Udehl, Kaduna
A Nigerian renewable NGO has introduce the first Solar-Bubble-dryer to farmers to reduce post-harvest & loss.
A non-Government organization, Developmental Association for Renewable Energies (D.A.R.E), has introduce the first Solar-Bubble-dryer for Nigerian farmers with the aims of reducing the huge loss of farm product they usually encountered.
The director of the Ngo Engineer Yahaya Ahmed told journalist that visit the centre that the reason for introducing this machine is to help the farmer to reduce the loss of food crops and other cash crops they usually produce.
According to him, the Solar Bubble Dryer (SBD) is the latest low-cost drying technology developed which can help rural and urban farmers tackle the problems of post-harvest and lost in Nigeria
He said, the machine will be useful for drying Tomato, Mango, apple and all crops, and the test would remain as it is like fresh farm crops.
He added also that The SBD is mobile and is completely independent from fuel or the power grid, and therefore has very low operating cost.
He note that the equipment can last for over 20 years if properly used and maintain in a good manner
Yahaya also pointed that the model comes in different sizes, with current models having 0.5 and 1t batch capacity which can help local farmers generate money and save them from annually lost and damages of their farm crops
He said “it can be used for drying grains and crops and other farm produce
“it is the cheapest and the best way to preserve all farm product in Nigeria”
He then appealed to all Nigerian farmers to embrace the initiative
Similarly, a science climatologist Dr Piman Hoffman from African Climate reporters applauded the effort of the Ngo for dedicating her time toward making life better for Nigerian farmers
Hoffman thanked the renewable energy Ngo for bringing such an initiative to Nigeria which is capable of enhancing agricultural activities in the entire 36 states of Nigeria
He equally called on both federal and state government to support the initiative and encourage local farmers to acquire skills on maintenance of the machine.