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Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) has developed a Solar-cum-Gas Fired Date Dryer for the dehydration of dates .

The system can reduce post-harvest losses and improve quality of dates .     

Five solar drying systems have been installed in Khairpur and Sukkur  region of Sindh at Pano Aquil, Pryalo, Pir Jo Goth, Therhi and Hayyat Solangi.      

Farmers can also use the system to dry other fruits.   

The project is part of the SAARC-funded programme titled Postharvest Management and Value Addition of Fruits in Production Catchments in SAARC Countries.


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