Written by Charisma Love B Gado
Grain drying technologies are important for many agriculture sub-sectors. The renewed emphasis to sustainability, eco-friendliness and integration in grain farming has led towards considerable progress in the development of these technologies to help farmers and stakeholders enhance product quality and reduce costs. Regional Manager Jeffrey Tu of Taiwan-based Suncue International Marketing said, “By recognizing the significance of integrating this technology to the production chain, grain farmers can generate more income while improving their competitiveness in the market.”
With more than 40 years of experience, Suncue has become the leading brand for grain dryers. Over the past years, the company has been continuously innovating in pursuit of creating grain dryers with the lowest cost while producing high-quality grains. These efforts have gained Suncue markets in over 30 countries around the world, including Japan, Korea, India, Indonesia and other Asian, European and Latin American countries. Suncue’s grain dryers hold more than 70% of market shares in Taiwan alone.
Tu furthered, “Suncue’s technologies produce export and high-quality products even when using the lowest available resources that can be obtained locally. Our low-temperature grain dryer, for instance, strictly controls the moisture rate of rice to promote high seed germination rate and healthy seeding. Ultimately, it reduces the breakage rate and improves the selling rate of the grain products.”
Suncue’s product line includes ventilating and circulating-type grain dryers, far-infrared type dryers, peripheral equipments such as pre-cleaner, corn sheller, chain conveyor, bucket elevator and moisture meter. In order to help farmers and rice millers lessen fuel costs, Suncue also manufactures patented SB-series husk furnaces that can use rise husk to produce thermal energy for the dryers. SB-series husk furnace uses an indirect hot air system, which means clean hot air is being used to dry the grains to avoid contamination. It has a fully automatic design which allows the furnace to automatically feed husk, discharge ash and control the hot air temperature and volume in every dryer. Suncue’s rice husk furnaces have been proven to reduce fuel costs by up to 75% and have passed strict air pollution standards in both Taiwan and Japan. Moreover, Suncue’s SB-series is also manufactured to use resources such as husk, wood chips, coconut shells and corn cobs to produce thermal energy for the dryers.
Certified with SGS ISO 9001:2000, Suncue uses high-tech CAD/CAM to develop its agricultural products, along with a special Research and Development technical department, which won them the “National Inventor” award in Taiwan, while its HB-120 Husk Furnace Grain Dryer won the “Innovation Research Award.”
From October 6 to 8, Suncue will be one of the international suppliers and exhibitors at AgriLink 2011, the country’s largest trade fair on agribusiness, food and aquaculture. The event’s theme, “Integration: Key to Sustainable Agriculture,” reflects Suncue’s core values as an agricultural company. “We are supporting AgriLink as it provides a good opportunity for Suncue to showcase its products to the Philippine market. By providing products with superior design and high durability, easy operation and management, and least drying and maintenance costs, Suncue hopes to help improve the businesses of Filipino farmers and rice millers.”
AgriLink 2011 will also feature a variety of agricultural products, as well as facilities on post harvest, feed ingredients, feed milling, fertilizers and pest management, transport and logistics, waste management, food ingredient and additives, food packaging, food processing, equipment and machinery, dairy products, horticulture inputs, meat products, animal health and nutrition, aquaculture equipments and inputs, breeding and spawning technologies, aquatic feeds and other industrial marine products.
With many international companies participating, the three-day event will include seminars, live animal and plant display and other special activities that will promote and enhance the potential of these underdeveloped markets to further sustain the continuous agricultural growth of the country.