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300 small farmers in Cabo Delgado incorporate solar tunnel dryers of food

25-02-2013

Humana and ADPP-Mozambique have joined the program six clubs Farmers' Club of the province of Cabo Delgado an innovative project involving the implementation of tunnels for food processing by the action of sunlight.

This will promote the conservation of fruits and vegetables harvested and extends the period in which they can engage in the consumption and marketing in local markets. One of the problems of surplus is not consumed or sold immediately, spoil due to the high temperatures in this area of northern Mozambique.

The action is co-financed from the Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie GmbH, through Wisions of Sustainability initiative, supported by the Swiss Foundation ProEvolution.

The project includes the implementation of six tunnels of this type, the first of which was built last October.

The tunnel is formed by a sun simple gases like structure with a concrete floor on which is placed a plastic cover, sustained bamboo. An inlet port and an output allows to generate a stream of hot air inside and function as if it were an oven. Food trays are placed in space at different heights and once dried may then be stored for a long time. In the moment in which want to consume dried foods, simply rehydrated.

Sales Training
A total of 300 small farmers from six clubs involved in this project. Along with the construction of solar tunnels, the action also includes the training of participants, both drying and food preservation as marketing and sale of agricultural and small business management.

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