For generations, farmers in Myanmar have used traditionalsun-drying to dry their wet rice after harvest. Although commercial dryers areavailable in Myanmar, it would take them up to 30 years of income to buy one. Sun-drying is inefficient and it’s responsible for up to 40% of waste occurringin the supply chain.
When drying rice under the sun on roads or pavements, farmers face a laborious process: They have to constantly flip the rice every couple of hours, keep it away from rain, insects, pests and animals for a total of 6 days.
Furthermore, sun-drying causes uneven drying (where the top is too dry and bottom is too wet) this will cause the rice to shatter during the storage, transportation or milling stage resulting in more losses.