COST EFFECTIVE FOOD PRESERVATION

Grekkon offers solar dryers in Kenya for agriculture to meet food drying needs by growers, processors, and consumers. Our solar dryers are available in the eat African region to commercial farmers who sell dried foods to international markets and local retail outlets. These low cost solar dryers are constructed from food grade material- from the structural system to the cover. They are environmental friendly, enhance energy conservation and dry four to five times faster than open air draining. Our solar dryers for agricultural products are an effective means of food preservation, and add value to highly perishable foods.

Natural solar dryers in Kenya for agriculture utilize sunshine to heat up air that dries the food product in it. It is an easy way to add value to food crops and meat which is beneficial in reducing wastage of excess agriculture production. Open air drying faces many challenges such as;

  • degradation of food value by ultra violet rays (UV)
  • susceptibility to insect pests and rodents
  • dirt contamination

 

 

Grekkon Limited’s solar dryers are constructed on location for large fixed and portable sizes, or inpur store and later transported to site for small portable units

There are no standard sizes because each dryer is constructed on site according to the food material and volume to be dried per drying session. However, we do have common sizes by growers as per the tabulation below

Solar Dryer Prices In Kenya

Solar Dryer Size Drying Capacity Price of Solar Dryer
1.5m x 1.5m x 1.5m 40-50kgs KES 70,000
2m x 2m x 2m 50-90kgs KES 80,000
2m x 3m x 2m 80-100kgs KES 90,000
2m x 4m x 2m 90-110kgs KES 110,000
2m x 5m x 2m 100-130kgs

KES 130,000

L X W x H

These solar dryer prices in Kenya are inclusive of all material and installation cost

How A Solar Dryer Works

Heat diffuses into the dryer from all sides heating up the air within. This air is allowed in through an inlet vent and once heated, it escapes with the collected moisture from an outlet vent and the cycle continues till all moisture is dried off from the food. Grekkon dryers are designed to preserve the original food color, taste, scent and full nutritional value. This is achieved by use of UV treated cover and floor material, and food grade zinc or aluminum galvanized structure

 

How To Use Solar Dryers For Fruits And Vegetables

i. Chop or slice the produce into smaller pieces. This increases the surface area for drying

ii. Place these pieces on the drying trays

iii. Keep the door closed always to avoid food contamination

iv. Every drying 3 hours, monitor the moisture content using a moisture meter

 

Commercial solar dryer by Grekkon Limited

A hybrid commercial mango solar dryer in Taita Taveta county by Grekkon Limited

Solar Dryers in Kenya For Agriculture

FAQs

1. What are the 2 types of solar dryers?

1.1. Passive solar dryers. They only utilise the sun’s warmth

1.2. Active solar dryers. These ar hybrid solar dryers that utilise both passive drying and biomass generated heat

2. How do you make a solar dryer?

Grekkon limited’s low cost solar dryers in Kenya are made from the following materials

2.1. A zinc or aluminum galvanised steel structure. It is rust free and easy to clean with plain water

2.2. UV treated greenhouse polythene with anti-drip properties. The UV treatment prevents food degradation by the sun’s UV rays. It ensures that the color, taste, scent, and nutritional value remains after the moisture is removed. The anti-drip treatment prevents moisture droplets from condensing on the paper and forming drop that will fall on the food. Such drops cause moulding

2.3. A heat absorbent floor. his one absorbs heat during the day, and releases it at night reducing tea variance between day and night temperatures. Dew formation and mould development is aggravated by a huge difference between day and night temperatures

2.4. A UV treated heavy gauge insect net to protect the produce from insect pests. This insect net covers the air vents

3. What is the size of a solar dryer?

Your solar dryer size will be determined by the weight and volume of product dried per session. The larger it is, the larger will be your solar dryer

4. How do I choose a solar dryer size?

Grekkon Limited guides on the solar dryer size a client will need based on the produce type and drying quantity per session

5. What is the mot popular use of a solar dryer?

To cleanly extract moisture (dehydrate) from farm produce, yet retain all other qualities

6. What type of solar dryer is best?

A hybrid solar dryer is the best because it allows for continuous drying; both day and night, and on cloudy or cold days

 

 

Comments (24)

  • Good afternoon I would like to know the price of Light UV treated translucent polythene paper per meter and net per meter. For drying pyrethrum. Thanks

    Paul njenga
    Reply
  • Am looking for a commercial fish drier with a capacity of 3-5 tons per day. Are you able to provide a machine with this capacity?

    Regards

    Reply
    • Good morning Peter,

      Yes we have commercial solar dryers for sale in Kenya that dry any quantity of fish per day. Please share your contact number for us to reach you

      Best regards,
      Customer Service

      Reply
  • Is the 100kilo capacity based on raw material(wet) or finished project(dry)?

    George Kidenda
    Reply
    • Good afternoon George,

      Our solar dryers in Kenya weight per unit is based on the wet weight

      Best regards,
      Customer Service

      Reply
  • my cumulative grain cereals & pulses capacity is an average of 1,000 bags. I also do aggregation

    Mutwiwa Mbithi
    Reply
  • Can this dryer be used to dry corn? –
    From 25% – 13,5% mc
    Region: Uasin Gishu County
    Status: Urgent

    Mutwiwa Mbithi
    Reply
    • Good morning Multiwa,

      Our solar dryers for sale in Kenya dry maize and all other crops. We’ll serve you from our Eldoret office. Share your contact or reach us in Eldoret on 0711 895 635

      Best regards,
      Wamae M.

      Reply
  • Do you have a hybrid solar drier for 100kg of Mushrooms per session? How much for it ? Do you charge to put it up/install?

    Cleophas
    Reply
    • Good evening Cleophas,

      Our hybrid mushroom solar dryer price in Kenya is Kes 180,000. This model incorporates both natural solar drying by day, and biomass heating at night.

      Bet regards,
      Customer Service

      Reply
  • I wish to get a quote on 500kg solar dryer.

    Mac Denis Kanja
    Reply
    • Good morning Dennis,

      Your 500kgs solar dryer cost in Kenya is from Kes 550,000 depending on the target crop.

      When and where do you need this installed?

      Best regards,
      Customer Service

      Reply
      • What about a 100kg capacity solar dryer, the non-hybrid one.

        Kanja
        Reply
        • Good afternoon Kanja,

          Your 100kg solar dryer price in Kenya is Kes 120,000. This is the the passive dryer.

          Best regards,
          Customer Service

          Reply
  • I need a solar dryer to dry 100 Kg of bananas in Tanzania. Kilimanjaro region

    Frederick Julius Msangi
    Reply
    • Good evening Frederick,

      This banana solar dryer cost is Kes 220,000 or $1,850 for all material, labor, customs and transport.

      Please advise us on when you need it sir.

      Best regards,
      Customer Service

      Reply
  • I am a Ghanaian farmer interested in your product and I want to know if the product can be shipped to me in Ghana.
    A few inquiries, please.
    -what are various models
    -cost/price per unit – quote in USD.
    -preferred payment methods
    -catalog available/installation manuals.
    Thank you.

    • Good morning Naatuka,

      We do not ship solar dryer units, but rather build them on site. For a quote, advise us on the size you need in meters square, or the wet weight you plan to dry per session.

      Best regards,
      Customer Service

      Reply
  • I wish to get a quote for the 1000 kg solar dryer

    Murad Lucky
    Reply
    • Good afternoon Murad,

      The solar dryer cost in Kenya to dry 1 ton per session is Kes 850,000.
      When and where do you need it?

      Best regards,
      Customer Service

      Reply
      • Good afternoon I would like to know the price of Light UV treated translucent polythene paper per meter and net per meter. For drying pyrethrum. Thanks

        Paul njenga
        Reply

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