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Reducing losses postharvest rice

  • Kadir Ruslan

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Jakarta   /   Thu, April 11, 2019   /  10:37 am
Reducing losses postharvest rice A resident carrying buckets of water passes through a dry paddy field in Cibarusah, Bekasi, West Java. (The Jakarta Post/P.J. Leo)

In a visit to Sragen, Central Java, as part of his campaign for reelection, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo stressed the importance of improving the quality of paddy drying and milling processes. Preventing or minimizing the loss of postharvest rice is crucial to increasing supply. According to the World Food Program (WFP), around 30 percent of the total food produced globally for human consumption is lost or wasted, which is equivalent to 1.3 billion tons. Losses of rice could happen at every stage of the supply chain, mainly when the paddy is harvested, dried and milled. In this regard, modernizing our rice milling practices, particularly during the paddy drying process, can significantly reduce losses. Statistics Indonesia (BPS), in collaboration with the Agriculture Ministry, has conducted the Paddy to Rice Conversion Rate Survey (SKGB) several times. As reflected...

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