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Building a rice drying hut
, the rice crop in Vietnamis harvestedduring the rainy season. The humidity at that time
is very high, and the rice grains will germinate veryeasily if they are not dried quickly.A rice drying hut helps farmers reduces yieldlosses and preserves the quality of the rice. It is a low-cost technology which is easy to apply, and well suitedto small-scale farmers.
Building the hut
To build the hut, you will need some strong bamboos orsmall logs, some large transparent plastic sheets, anylon net, some wire and some rice husk.
The size of the hut depends on the available landsurface, but usually it will cover an area of 100 -300 square meters, and be 5 to 10 meters long.Prepare the floor so it is flat and smooth.
Dig a drainage gutter around the floor. It shouldbe 20 - 30 cm wide, and 20 - 30 cm deep.
Erect a row of bamboos or logs as supportcolumns in the middle of floor, connected at thetop by a log or bamboo as a roof beam.The columns should be about 2 - 3 meter high,with an extra 50 cm buried in the soil.
Small rafters are fastened to the roof beam at oneend, with the other end of each rafter resting onthe ground. This makes a V-shaped structure.
Fig. 1.Building the rice drying hut
Cooperating agency for this topic:
FFTC: An international information center for small-scale farmers in Asia
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