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Delta farmer builds mobile rice dryer

Update: January, 07/2012 - 10:07

 

Farmers in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang Province usually rely on the sun to dry their rice. An innovative farmer invented a 30-tonne mobile machine that helps dry rice directly in the field shortly after harvest. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Hue
AN GIANG — A farmer in the Mekong province of An Giang has built a mobile dryer that preserves rice quality by drying paddy directly at the rice fields shortly after harvest.

The 4.5-metre wide, 15-metre long floating dryer, which was built by Cao Xuan Qua, a resident of Long Xuyen City's Binh Duc Ward, can dry up to 15 tonnes of paddy per three-hour batch.

The dryer helps farmers reduce post-harvest losses and production costs.

Qua said he had built 20 mobile dryers that sell for VND80 million (US$3,800) each.

In the past six years, he has also built 1,300 fixed dryers, including 30 that he built for buyers in Cambodia.

In the near future, a larger floating dryer that can dry up to 50 tonnes of paddy per batch will be available, he added. — VNS

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