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Neater nut processing

Drying cashew nuts

The price of cashews depends on their quality. The best nuts have to be whole and ivory coloured. Broken, scorched kernels mean less income.

In the past, women dried the kernels in a metal pan over an open fire. This process often resulted in burnt, broken nuts that had to be sold to traders at a low price. Women working in Gampaha realised that they needed a more efficient dryer and asked Practical Action to help.

Practical Action's first design was powered by kerosene. However, the women were worried that the kerosene would affect the nuts' flavour and asked if the dryer could be fuelled by paddy husks available locally. The design was modified in line with their views and the result was the Anagi dryer.

The women liked the new design because it:

Mili Nona's story: the effect of the Anagi dryer

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