For the farmers who are growing vegetables and fruits, to earn more profit from their products it should be value added. Solar drying is one of the methods that could make farmers to earn more.
When they make dried fruits and vegetables from solar dryer value will be added. The life of the products will be up to a year. Their nutrient content remains same. This will reduce the wastage of the product and increase profits.
The dried fruits and vegetables always have a demand throughout the world. Recent days, many young entrepreneurs get into the field of value added products including the solar dried products.
In Tamilnadu a new entrepreneur emerged in the villages near Chennai. Mr. Mukilan who has completed Marine engineering is roped to agriculture by his parent. His has marketed so far dried brinjal, chilles, lady's finger, garlic, bitter guard.
Demand is high in Malaysia, Australia and the Middle East countries. As the demand is increasing he planned to expand his project by setting another solar dryer and powdering machine.
Government is also giving subsidy for about 50% for setting up the solar dryer to the farmers. The cost of the drier is 3.68 lakh, the subsidy will be 1.84 lakh.
Solar energy motor in farm cultivation
The farmers near Pollachi are using solar electric motor for irrigating their land. Government is giving 80% subsidy for solar power pumping motors.
It helps the farmers a lot in irrigating the land without any disturbance even in the failure of electricity in the day time. It turns along with the sun position is a good technology.
Due to the rainfall in recent days, it was not operated. It is highly beneficial during the power failure and in drought situations. The farmers in Anaimalai, udumalai, Kinathukadavu and Thondamuthur places around pollachi have received this solar energy motor.
Solar energy has a key role in every part of our life. This solar energy resource should be developed in a large extend to fulfill our needs of electricity. Not only in agricultural land, every home must have the solar energy source to create energy needed.
As our country has the sunlight for a long time and throughout the year we can utilize this to get more solar energy.
Government should take steps to reduce the cost of the solar panel as every common man in the country should install the project.