Mekong Delta’s Postharvest Rice Losses Hit $635m

The post-harvest loss of rice in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta remains high, at 13.7 per cent, or US$635 million for the year, according to the deputy director of the Institute of Agriculture Engineering and Post Harvest Technology. Speaking at a conference in Can Tho City on Thursday on preserving rice after harvesting in the Delta, Dr Pham Van Tan said most losses occurred during the drying process, with the highest rate of 4.2 per cent. That was followed by harvesting with 3 per cent; husking with 3 per cent; storage with 2.6 per cent; and transportation with 0.9 per cent. Post-harvest losses could rise to 20.6 per cent, he said, adding that the loss rate of by-products of rice has reached 50 per cent.

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