Elipokea Asery was among the top 25 innovators in the East Africa Postharvest Technology Competition 2017.
Technology : Indirect Solar Drier for Fruits and Vegetables
The Indirect Solar Drier for Fruits and Vegetables consists of two major parts. The first part is the solar air heater whose upper part is covered by glass to allow the sun rays to penetrate and the bottom part is covered with a black painted stainless steel to absorb the sun’s rays and generate heat. At the base of the solar air heater there is a meshed air inlet vent. The second part of the solar drier is the drying cabinet with a meshed air outlet vent at the top. Inside the drying chamber, there are three plastic trays on which sliced fresh fruits and vegetables to be dried are placed. It reduces the moisture content of fruits and vegetables hence drying them and increasing their shelf life.
Impact : It dries fruits within 24 hours and increases their shelf life without compromising their colour, flavour, taste and nutritional contents. During cloudy days the produce dry slowly, approximately 4 days. Developed in 2015, the technology has been pilot tested amongst 43 farmers at Irindi and Ikuti villages.