The Developmental Association for Renewable Energy in Nigeria (DARE) has launched the first solar-powered Dryer Panel at Sabon Garin Ba’awa in Makarfi local government of Kaduna state.
The aim is to teach the local farmers new scientific techniques and how to apply the technological approaches in reducing waste of farm crops, due to lack of processing machines in rural areas.
In an interview with press men shortly after introducing the Dryer Panel to the villagers, director of the NGO in Nigeria, Mallam Yahaya Ahmed, said, “We introduce the solar-powered Dryer to the rural farmers through ‘Revolving Fund’ so as to find means of reducing the large number of food crops from damages, and also to reduce the loss of money by the rural farmer as a result of damages to crops.”
The director further said the solar dryer panel is designed to last for 25 years, and that this will enable many rural farmers to benefit from it; and they can use it to dry all their farm produce in both raining and dry seasons, among which include tomatoes, pepper, ginger, mangoes, etc., and “it’s just for some hours – everything will dry in the panel.”
Yahaya also added that this panel helps the farmers in so many ways from preventing food crops from contacting all sorts of diseases and dust, which could be harmful to human beings, and the taste of the food crops remains as it is, because the solar panel enables the crop to dry easily and without changing its natural taste.
Yahaya concluded by saying that, “We have studied yearly, the large number of damages to food crops, and how it keeps on affecting the farmers, and then we decided to come up with something new that could attract the farmers and save them from the yearly loss that they usually encountered, so as to open new doors to the process of overcoming the challenges of post-harvest being lost in Nigeria.”
Responding on behalf of the farmers, district head of Sabon Garin Ba’awa, in Makarfi local government, Mallam Mohammed Isa (also a farmer himself), said “This comes to us as a magic and big surprise, because we‘ve never seen it and heard about such a drying machine in our lives.”
In an excited tone, Mallam Isa said “We are really happy with this technology, and we are going to do our best in making sure that we maintain it and provide all the security that is involved in making sure that we protect it.”