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Dryers used to reduce fungus content from chillies in Yamethin

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Sixty acres of chillies are cultivated under the Food Safety Project in Yamethin Township, Mandalay Region, and they will be dried using dryers to reduce the content of the fungus, said U Than Win, Deputy Head of the Township Agriculture Department.
Chillies are grown as per the GAP (Good Agricultural Practice) system in the areas under the Food Safety Project to ensure safe food for consumers, and the chillies grown from these areas will be dried with one Solar Dryer and two Mobile Gas Dryers to dry in a short period.
“Yamethin Township is a climatic chillies growing area where chillies are grown every year. As this year’s rainy season started late, the chillies will be in full bloom by the end of October. The chillies will be dried with dryers to reduce the fungus in them,” he said.
“If farmers dry them in sun, the fungus can be produced if it rains, reducing the quality of the chillies,” he added.  The use of dryers will be able to reduce labour and produce good quality chillies with bright colours without damaging the stalks which gain a good price in the markets. — Min Htet Aung (Mandalay Sub-Printing House)/GNLM

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