By Ibrahima Yakubu
A Non Governmental Organisation called Developmental Association for Renewable Energies (D.A.R.E.) has introduced the first solar-bubble-dryer for Nigerian farmers with the aim of reducing the huge loss of farm produce the usually encounter.
The director of the NGO, Engineer Yahaya Ahmed explained to our correspondent who visited the center that the reason for introducing this machine was to help the farmers to reduce the loss of food crops and other cash crops they usually produce
”The Solar Bubble Dryer (SBD)”, according to Engr. Ahmed, ”is the latest low-cost drying technology developed which can help rural and urban farmers tackle the problems of post harvest and loss in Nigeria. He said that the machine would be useful for drying tomato, mango, apple and all crops, and the test would remain as fresh as farm crops, adding also that The SBD was mobile and completely independent from fuel or the power grid, and therefore had very low operating cost.”
He disclosed that the equipment could last for over 20 years if probably used and maintained in a good manner
Engr. Ahmed also pointed that the model came in different sizes, with current models having 0.5 and it’s batch capacity which could help local farmers generate money and save them from annually loss and damages of their farm crops. The machine could be used for drying grains and crops and other farm produce.
“It is the cheapest and the best way to preserve all farm products in Nigeria,” he explained while appealing 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 thank the Renewable Energy NGO for bringing such an initiative to Nigeria which was capable of enhancing agricultural activities in the entire 36 states of Nigeria.
He then called on both federal and state governments to support the initiative and encourage local farmers to acquire the needed skills on maintenance of the machine.