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.
Mechanization: Essential for Rice Production and Processing
on February 10, 2012