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Efficient Milling reduces foreign dependence for rice

04 March 20142 min reading
Philippines seeks the ways of decreasing dependency on import for rice. As one of the agricultural groups in the country, Sinag says that approximately 2 million tons of rice can be saved with better milling applications.  As an agriculture group in the Philippines, the Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) states that better milling facilities could help reduce milling losses significantly and make the country self-sufficient in rice. According to a Sinag representative; poor milling facilities in most parts of the Philippines cause milling losses which lead to high prices. The group claims that the country could save around 1.5 – 2 million tons of rice annually with efficient milling processes, which is more than the around 1.2 million tons the country imports annually, according to USDA data. The Sinag representative told local sources that most of the rice mills in the Philippines run at efficiency levels of 60%, which means such mills can recover only 600 kilograms of milled rice from a ton of paddy rice. According to the Philippine Center for Post-Harvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech), best milling facilities can recover 68% to 72% of rice from paddy rice. However, according to PhilMech 2008 data on post-harvest inventory, there are 25,372 mills in the country, of which around 24,420 (about 96% of total mills) are single-pass mills that have a recovery rate of 50%-55%, around 48 are compact rice mills that have a milling recovery of 60%, while the remaining 904 are multi-pass mills with a recovery rate of 65%-70%.
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