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Solar Dryers Increase Efficiency & Improve Quality

Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador. “During the harvest time, we usually don’t have good climate conditions for drying cacao.  Before the use of solar dryers, we had to spend the whole day waiting for some sun to dry our cacao, sometimes without success.  Because of this, we had to sell our un-dried or poorly dried cacao at very low prices.” – Mr. Carlos Sanchez

The solar dryers allow farmers to properly dry their cocoa despite adverse weather conditions.  The solar dryer method is less time consuming for the farmers, freeing time to work on other aspects of their farms. It is now possible for farmers to complete drying their cocoa beans in three days.

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