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May 25, 2017

In collaboration with partners, JICA has disseminated improved parboiling technology to 29 states in Nigeria

In collaboration with partners such as states and donors, JICA has disseminated improved parboiling technology for small scale parboilers to 29 states (Please see attachment B). JICA compiled the information on dissemination activities of its partners, and found that, as of March 2017, in 14 states, 17,519 people have been trained on this technology and 10,605 parboilers have adopted the technology, since September, 2015.

Improved Parboiling Technology

The improved parboiling technology was developed under JICA technical cooperation project, namely ‘Rice Post Harvest Processing and Marketing Pilot Project (RIPMAPP)' in Niger and Nasarawa States from year 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. Improved parboiling technology developed under this project introduced a false bottom as a part of parboiling equipment such as a pot or a drum. Since a parboiler can start this technology only through procurement of the false bottom to his/her own parboiling equipment (small initial investment cost needed), and false bottoms can be produced by local fabricators (accessible), the rice produced by the parboilers of this improved technology showed remarkable improvement in quality and thus obtained added value (For details of the technology, please see attachment C).

Dissemination Activities

Since the improved parboiling technology has become very popular among parboilers in Nasarawa and Niger States, in consultation with FMARD, and in collaboration with its partners, in 2015, JICA started dissemination activities of this technology to other states. With other donors, namely GIZ, IFAD, and World Bank, training for their representatives from their intervening states were conducted. After these trainings, partners convened step down trainings in their intervening states and JICA dispatched trainers to some of these trainings. JICA also partnered with governmental agencies such as state government of Edo, Katsina, and Kebbi States and Lower Benue River Basin Development Authority. These partners convened trainings in their intervention areas and JICA dispatched the trainer to these trainings. In the trainings, many parboilers showed interest in the improved parboiling technology and procurement of false bottoms. Through these activities, improved parboiling technology has been disseminated into 29 states.

Adopters of Improved Parboiling Technology

Recently, JICA collected information from its partners on the number of people who have been trained through their trainings, and the number of parboilers who have adopted this technology. JICA found that, as of March 2017, in 14 states, 17,519 people have been trained on this technology and 10,605 parboilers adopted the technology. (For details, please see the attachment A) According to the interview with adopters of this technology in two states, they are satisfied with the whiteness of milled rice, and they obtain 20 % higher price of milled rice than the price of prevailing milled rice.

Way Forward

JICA wants to deliver this technology to as much small scale parboilers as possible. We will continue collaborative activities with partners, and with new partners with whom we are currently planning dissemination activities. We are open to other donors and states/governmental agencies. If you are interested in this technology, please send an e-mail to ng_oso_rep@jica.go.jp

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