A cut-and-dried model to reduce farm wastage
Solar dryers by S4S Technologies are helping farmers add shelf life to fresh produce, slash costs and gain extra income
S4S solar dryers give the produce a year’s shelf life without adding chemicals, preserving over 90% of the nutrients
Sunita Muthe lives on a three-acre farm with her two young children, husband and his parents in Kamkheda village in the drought-prone Dhule district of Maharashtra. They were eking out a living from the maize, corn and cotton they grew on the arid land that had no irrigation. The 28-year-old had to supplement the farm income by finding work as a labourer. Then, last year, even as covid-19 exacerbated the distress of farmers in the region, her life took a sudden turn for the better. She started using a solar dryer on her farm to dehydrate turmeric, onion and ginger, doubling the family income in the midst of the pandemic.