Solar cabinet dryer, India

With the development of commercial technology in cabinet dryers, a new economic social activity emerged out in the rural areas in the field of agri-horticulture through processing of fruits, vegetables, spices, medicinal plants on micro level. Fifty food products of fruit and vegetables are processed in SEED commercial dryer on pilot scale by the application of food science and technology techniques for long shelf life and preservation.

The technology is successfully commercialized through establishing the rural micro-enterprises in 13 states in the country, starting from Ladak in North to Trivandrum in South. These enterprises not only generate the income and job opportunities to rural women and unemployed youth but also process the products with zero energy costs and with clean green energy. This obtained recognition from Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Government of India and obtained a sanction of 50% subsidy on the cost of dryers. The importance, strategies and the promotional methods of solar food processing products in the domestic and export markets are discussed in this paper. -text taken from paper


M. Ramakrishna Rao
D.J. Rao
S.L. Kumar


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