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Mandalay Farmers Use Solar Technology to Improve Harvest

Around 17,000 chili and tea farmers and their families from Mandalay villages will benefit from the efficient greenhouse dryers that Covestro together with DEG (a member of KfW banking group) , Bayer CropScience and ASSIST handed over. Under the “We Care” project, the greenhouse dryers will help minimize post-harvest losses that the farmers incur when drying farm produce in the traditional way. “We Care” is a Public Private Partnership project co-financed by Covestro Thailand Ltd. and DEG.

The project aims to provide innovative energy-efficient technology such as greenhouse dryer and cold storage that will benefit farmers in the agriculture and aquaculture sectors. The greenhouse dryers use polycarbonate sheets, a product of Covestro, which keep the farm produce from getting in direct contact with UV radiation in order to maintain its natural color and minerals. The greenhouse dryer shortens the drying time and reduces labor cost while producing higher quality dried products. The low impurity rate in dried pepper or tea is a major factor in setting the output price of the products. The enclosed dome shaped greenhouse dryers also protect the chilies or green tea from dust, other elements or wandering animals and livestock during the drying period. Even during rainy days, the farmers can still dry their products inside the dome. The greenhouse dryers are situated at NgabeKan Village , Wuntwin township and Ponnya Village, MyitThar Township for drying of chilies. Another one is in SeeKyaInn Village, Pindaya Township, Shan State for drying of green tea.

“The project aims to create a socio-economic model to promote sustainable economic transformation through food security,” explains Veeralaksmanan Bagavathi, Head of Inclusive Business of Covestro for Asean. The installed solar drier solutions is seen to benefit more than 16,000 people economically and improve their livelihood thereby essentially over the next years. “This project will help the selected farming communities manage their crop-drying process cost-efficiently and generate quality-driven revenue, and it matches Bayer CropScience’s dedication to supporting farming communities for building sustainable business,” said Jo Kuriki, General Manager, CropScience Division, Bayer Thai Co., Ltd. Myanmar Branch.

WeCare – Economic Transformation through Food Security project targets to provide opportunities for disadvantaged ASEAN communities in Myanmar, Indonesia and Vietnam, allowing them to gain access to appropriate knowledge and affordable technologies. Using the resources and technology of Covestro, the project aims to establish 12 integrated Social Economic Models (SEM) with Vietnam as a pilot. The SEMs will build capacity, create sustainable growth and ultimately, help eliminate the threat of hunger and poverty by providing communities with know-how on improved productivity, quality of products and food security. The project strives to provide a full circular model, which is adaptable and scalable to other countries.