Mechanization: Essential for Rice Production and Processing

AfricaRice, a leading pan-African rice research organization, released an impact assessment estimating 0.9 million tonnes of milled rice was saved by halving on-farm post-harvest losses through the use of appropriate technologies. This would save almost 17% of current rice imports, with a value of US$ 410 million in 2011 prices—in turn raising about 2.8 million rice farming households out of ¬†poverty. ¬†AfricaRice is adapting a prototype harvester to address inadequate local rice supply, slow harvest and poor quality that hamper production and marketing.

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