Production of Czech Innovative Solar Dryer to Support the Export of Cambodian Agricultural Products to the EU
Cambodia is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the Southeast Asia region, where the majority of population subsists on agriculture. Although mango was rated as the most important Cambodian fruit crop based on its export potential, the export possibility is not well used – production is mostly not licensed and farmers suffer from huge post-harvest losses, as the mango season is short and intensive. Producers sell the fruit at a low price or they just let it rot.
The proposed project aims to contribute to sustainable farming by expanding economic opportunities in rural Cambodian communities via the transfer of Czech technical know-how related to the conservation of tropical fruit using solar energy. The goal is to improve the sustainable fruit production, processing, and commercialization by education of rural communities, while using renewable energy for the conservation of fruit and other food products.
The project is led by Mendel University Brno, an educational institution specialising in the fields of agriculture and forestry.