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Supporting apricot production with a new solar fruit dryer

Investor
Fruit farmer
Location
Kanibadam District, Northern Tajikistan
Investment
Solar fruit dryer
Investment Size
US$ 450
Energy savings
18,553 kWh/year
CO2 savings
55 kgs/year
Donor
UK, CIF, EBRD ETC fund

The farmer will recoup the investment 4 years

A Tajik farmer invests in an energy-efficient solar dryer in order to improve the quality of his apricot production and boost his earning potential.

Mr Nishonov grows apricots on his small land plot in the Kanibadam district of Tajikistan. Until now one of the biggest challenges has been to sun-dry his harvest in time without losses of product due to contamination or reduced quality owing to sun drying.

With the support of CLIMADAPT financing, Mr Nishonov invested in a modern and efficient solar dryer that enables him to dry up to 300kg of apricots at a time. This innovative method of drying will result in a better quality of dried products and higher income for the farmer. With an investment size of only US$ 450, he can benefit from annual savings of US$ 110.

Mr Nishonov’s neighbours are also taking an interest in his newly adopted drying methods. With an increasing demand for healthy foods such as dried fruit, more farmers are becoming interested in such production.

This project is supported by the UK,  Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the EBRD’s Early Transition Countries (ETC) Fund. The donors to the ETC Fund are: Canada, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taipei China and the United Kingdom.

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