January 25, 2017
JICA trained rice processors from 21 states in Nigeria on improved rice parboiling technology, during the training of trainers from 23rd to 25th January, 2017, implemented by the World Bank's Third National Fadama Development Project (FADAMA III) Additional Financing.
The collaboration began when JICA decided to disseminate the improved parboiling technology to other states than JICA pilot states, which drew the attention and interest of FADAMA III.
The improved parboiling technology has been developed through the ‘Rice Post Harvest Processing and Marketing Pilot Project (RIPMAPP)' in Niger and Nasarawa States from 2011 to 2016. The project was implemented in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) for the purpose of improving the capacity of small-scale rice processors to produce quality milled rice. Under this project, improved parboiling technology using a false bottom was developed. The rice produced by the beneficiaries with this improved technology showed remarkable improvement in quality and thus obtained added value.
After the completion of the project in March 2016, JICA started dissemination of the technology to other areas, and the technology drew attention and interest of the World Bank's FADAMA III in disseminating the technology to rice processors under their project areas.
This resulted in collaboration between JICA and World Bank's FADAMA III on carrying out a special training of trainers on the improved parboiling technology. The training was held from 23rd – 25th January, 2017 in Gwagwalada, Abuja, with the participation of project staff, small-scale parboilers and local fabricators from 21 states namely Anambra, Bauchi, Enugu, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kebbi, Kano, Kwara, Lagos, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Oyo, Osun, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba, and FCT. Agribusiness and Market Development Department of FMARD and FCT Agricultural Development Program provided support to this training.
The training started with a lecture on the concept of improved parboiling technology, and milling and destoning machines, followed by practical demonstration of improved parboiling technology using the false bottom and other alternative such as chaff system. After milling the parboiled rice, participants graded the milled rice using the grading colour chart. The lecture included the economics of parboiling and destoning.
The participants were then lectured on how to identify appropriate false bottom sizes for various pot types and on advantages and disadvantages of materials used for the false bottom. They further paid a visit to a fabricator's workshop. Participating fabricators successfully produced a false bottom. Another outcome of the training was the translation of the parboiling poster into various local languages such as Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba and Nupe by the participants.
For better milled rice, in addition to the improved processing practices, better quality paddy is critical. From this point, the participants learned paddy quality checking methods. During the lecture, one of the questions was on the ways to maintain the quality of rice seeds. Responding to the question, ways of multiplying better quality seeds were answered.
Finally, the trainees developed their action plans for step down training in their various states and received a small amount of milled rice samples to show their colleagues as evidence of the efficacy of the improved parboiling technology developed by JICA and FMARD.
List of materials used or developed during the training;
1. ‘A Guideline for RIPMAPP Technology Dissemination' can be downloaded from the topic
2. Posters on Improved Parboiling Method
3. ‘Manual on Simple Paddy Quality Checking in the Fields/Storages of Farmers/Traders Ver.1' can be downloaded from the topic
4. Poster on Seed Multiplication