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Panicle drying

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1. Drying of paddy grains that are still attached

to the panicles is a traditional method for drying small amounts of paddy.

2. The panicles are harvested with a small knife, bound together and carried to the drying location.

3. The dried panicles are then stored in farmers’ houses, for example by hanging them under the roof for protection from rodents.

4.For drying, the tied bundles are placed on pavements or mats or hung from frames.

5. The grains inside the panicle dry slower than the grains that are exposed directly to the sun. 

6.Turning of the panicles improves the drying process but “mixing” of the grains is not possible.

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http://www.knowledgebank.irri.org/rkb/index.php/paddy-drying-m ethods/sun-drying
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