PIA Press Release
Friday, January 20, 2012
DA inaugurate flat bed dryer in IfugaoLAMUT, Ifugao,Jan 20 (PIA) --The Department of Agriculture (DA) inaugurated recently a flat bed dryer that will benefit farmers in Barangay Lawig here.
Avelino Lunag, the Assistant Provincial Agriculturist said that the recipients of the project called “Maligaya Flat Bed Dryer,” are the farmers here who are members of the Gunglu ti Mannalon association.
The Agriculture department believes that this facility which was completed last December 2011 with a total cost of P600,000,will reduce losses and quality deterioration resulting from high moisture content of freshly harvested grain. “The situation becomes more difficult during rainy season when sun drying cannot be relied upon, thus the use of said facility is an option,” Lunag said.
The flat bed dryer is of very simple design and operational features. Grains are loaded and laid out on a performed screen flooring and dried by forcing hot air from the plenum below the grain bed. An axial fan powered by a diesel engine provides the drying air. The rice hull fed furnace provides the heat for drying. Grains are loaded and unloaded from the drying bin manually.
The dryer is found to have lower drying cost compared to existing mechanical dryers which is mainly due to the use of rice hull as fuel low labor requirement and low repair/maintenance cost.(JDP/VDB- PIA CAR, Ifugao)