Solar Dryers

Kenya lies along the equator and receives enough sunshine during the year. There is potential for applying solar dryers to dry cereals such as maize, wheat and rice after harvesting. These cereals are widely grown in the country both by small households and in large farms.

Status of technology in country

In Kenya, GIZ has played a key role in introducing the technology. Most of the work was with simple direct, lowest cost type solar dryers. Such "simple" designs use frames made of wood, inside which screen trays are laid. A UV resistant plastic film is used as a cover.

KIRDI is actively working with institutions and women's groups in developing improved dryers for processing of fruits, vegetables and cereals on a commercial basis.

Type of National plan