CRUCIAL DEVELOPMENT CONGRESS FEATURES SOLAR BUBBLE DRYER™ IN THE DRYING INDUSTRY
Roadside sun drying is still very common among developing nation in many parts of Asia and Africa. (Photo by IRRI Knowledge Bank)
MUNICH, GERMANY – A scaled-down model of the state-of-the-art Solar Bubble Dryer™ (SBD) – an innovative grain and seed drying solution that protects commodities from rewetting as they dry – was featured at the Our World 2030 sustainable development congress at September 15, 2016.
The SBD is designed to address the erratic weather conditions experienced during sun drying operations especially in developing parts of the world. Sudden rains are attributed to delays and re-wetting that result in delays and poor grain quality.
Since 2014, GrainPro has been actively introducing the SBD to smallholder farmers around the world; educating them about the importance of proper drying and storage. Developed in partnership with the International Rice Research Institute and Germany’s University of Hohenheim (UoH), the SBD dries at a rate of one percent MC (moisture content) per two hours and is operated using solar energy.
The SBD was exhibited as part of a technology showcase by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) for Our World in 2030, which brought together influencers in the sustainable development field to discuss climate change, renewable energies and food sufficiency to stimulate action heading into the year 2030. With food security still a lingering problem, innovations in postharvest will have a huge impact in meeting future food goals.
The SBD being introduced to partner farmers of the German Corporation for International Cooperation’s (GIZ) Green Innovation Center initiative in Togo and Ghana with plans to extend the partnership in Burkina Faso, Mali and Ethiopia.
GrainPro postharvest solutions fit sustainable development objectives in agriculture and food security intended to increase food supplies, raise incomes and improve public health especially in developing parts of the world. (Photo by GIZ Monica Grossmann)