March 24, 2016
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Agri-business and Marketing Department (ABM) of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) have been implementing the Rice Post-Harvest Processing and Marketing Pilot Project (RIPMAPP) in Nasarawa and Niger states. The project started in September, 2011, and to be completed in March 2016. This project has focused on improving the quality of domestically produced rice through improvements in post-harvest processing such as parboiling, milling and marketing. The project has recorded a number of successes specifically the introduction of technologies for small-scale parboilers, millers and traders. The milled rice that has been produced by users of these technologies has shown a marked improvement in terms of quality and profit.
Since small rice processors in other states can upgrade quality of their rice through technologies and know-how introduced/developed under this project, under RIPMAPP, a Guideline for RIPMAPP Technology Dissemination – for High quality Parboiled Milled Rice by Small-scale Processor, was newly developed. This guidebook, which was developed based on the experience of this project, includes information on technologies, methods of technology dissemination and beneficiary support. Prospective readers of this guidebook include federal and state government officials and development partners who are interested in intervening in the activities of small scale processors.