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.
|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
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