Increasing Farmer Incomes: Solar Drying Solutions Phase 1

May 2016 to Dec 2016
Increasing Farmer Incomes: Solar Drying Solutions Phase 1

By Abdul Rachman
Senior Analyst (Engineer)

The project:
Increasing Farmer Incomes: Solar Drying Solutions Phase One
Technologies used:
K-Dryer Solar Dryer
Local partner:
Kopernik Solo

In Pajinian village, Adonara Island, East Flores, Indonesia, Kopernik tested the efficiency of a simple solar dryer built from locally available materials. The dryer was used to dry copra (coconut) and cashews, two of the largest commodities in this region.

Our hypothesis was that a solar dryer would create a more effective drying process when compared to the traditional drying process, drying larger quantities of agricultural produce more quickly, using less space and adding value by increasing the quality and sales price.

Our experiment concluded that this solar dryer can help smallholder farmers to increase their income by:

  • Reducing the number of days required to complete the drying process;
  • Making the drying process possible during the rainy season;
  • Producing a higher quality product with a more optimal moisture level;
  • Gaining a higher price at the market.
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