The study aimed to design a device that can dry newly harvested rice within a short period. The study sought to address the following issues: (a) the functionality of the machine in drying rice (b) the ability of the machine to consume less amount of power without compromising its effectiveness and practicality and (c) the quality of the rice using the machine compared to sun- drying.
To establish the functionality of the machine, experimental development and descriptive methods were used through the assessment of six purposively chosen evaluators composed primarily of farmers.
The results revealed that the device was functional. Further, they showed that the system could facilitate the drying process with the quality of the rice still the same with that which underwent sun drying.