Rewriting the production of Pacific High value crops

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The Kava store has embarked and completed a research on how the use of solar food dryer rewrite Tamarind production in Lelepa and Havana area and Nangae nut on Nguna, much to the surprise of many Pacific scientists.

The realization and utilisation of the solar food dryer could now provide for thousands farmers, under the trees to maximize profit and taking control to semi value product.

It was developed and modified by Charles Longwah and engineers Miss Telia Curtic, Dr Richard Corkish, head of the school of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering.

The project which was co supervised by professor Robert Fuller, renowned solar dryer expert from Deakin University and Charles Longwah completed value addition and preservation on every Agriculture crop in Vanuatu on how to preserve the produce in two years.

Last month with Miss Electra, a scientist at the Sunshine Coast University of, research work on all analytic, national, humidity of Vanuatu Tamarind. The findings will be release soon this year.

Nangae nut is one most dedicate nuts in the world, when cracked for three it cannot be value added.

The Kava store technique in 2013, “results in a perfect Nangae nut without oxidation and rancid,” says Kava Store entrepreneur Longwah.

But he pointed out farmers need extensive training and on transporting a solar food dryer under the trees a plantation on during the season, instead moving high heavy value Nuts in shell. Very soon the Nangae nuts will make many millionaires in Vanuatu and Melanesian.

The last workshop funded by Pacific Agri Business research for Development (AUSAID) and Government Food Industry Department Initiative was held at Havannah Eco Lodge and Epau Centre North Efate last December.

A solar food dryer was distributed to all Associations of mothers in Lelepa and the Havannah already produce annually over Vt1million vatu Tamarind sales.

On Mosso apart from Sandal wood people have now diversified other crops for food security,” says Longwah.

“Stephen of the Utlanlang Nguna association have over 500 nangae trees in production. The Epau center now implements forest conservation now to add value forest product. Over 100 North Efate participants attended the workshop”.

The main goal to achieve is to provide a better income generation source to low income earners and food security and the type of value adding. Business activity is a concrete example of a safer food product; any small holders could produce and sell by operating and managing his or her Micro and small business with a solar food dryer.

Also work had verified the ideal temperature, interior and exterior of solar food dryer dehydration, depreciation, humidity and preserving a finished product.

The solar food dryer can revolutionise Nangae and Tamarind product, already great saving on energy.

Otherwise farmers will not be able to make any profit but a solar food dryer enabled the saving over Vt200, 000 per ton for Tamarind and Vt300, 000 per ton on electricity cost saving for nangae and reducing massive weight nuts, shells and humidity.

Contributing to less than 80% of total weight, 75% reducing electricity costs to the factory of both products.80% less cost of Air, Sea, Land Transport on freight and farmers end up with a super semi production both products could reach Vt1000 to Vt3000 kilo in domestic market with maximise profit.

This year the programs kicks off, targeting small holder farmers in the Agriculture sector to help them to develop and become more productive and efficient business language in sustainable and commercial activities.

There over 60,000 farmers in the outer islands of Vanuatu who are potential entrepreneurs in very high value s crops in the bottom up approach

Rewriting the production of Pacific High value crops | Vanuatu Daily Post

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