SHARE (Sustainable, Hygenic, and Resource Efficiency for Cambodians) held its first Multi-stakeholder Discussion in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap in Cambodiana Hotel and Somadevi Angkor, respectively last June 28 and 29, 2012.
Through the activity, project partners Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) Mekong and BAYER Material Science (Thailand, Cambodia), aimed to comprehensively review the current scenarios in agro- and seafood drying industries.
Bayer presented an overview of the advanced solar greenhouse dryer concept. From these initial discussions, gaps, needs, challenges and opportunities were brought forward to guide project implementation.
SHARE is an 18-month initiative that seeks to promote a dramatic improvement on the practice of drying agricultural produce and seafood by installing pilot solar dryers. This project will also increase the local technical know-how and attract and motivate other relevant stakeholders to engage in the venture.
Bayer Thai Company Ltd Managing Director Celina Chew welcomed the participants, while Dr. Meas Pyseth from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries presented the importance of solar dryer in Cambodia. Bayer Thai General Manager Veeralakshmanan Bagavathi then introduced the project mechanics. Finally, Silpakorn University Associate Professor presented the history of solar dryer technology and how it reduced the post-harvest loss in Thailand.
Following the activity, the project implementers will select four interest cooperatives and communities to install the solar dryers. One will be installed in Royal University of Agriculture. #