Improved Rice Parboiling System

Bangladesh produces over 40 million tonnes of rice a year, making it the fourth largest rice producer in the world. Bangladeshis prefer their rice parboiled or, precooked in the husk, making it firmer, less sticky, and more nutritious. About 90 percent of the rice harvested in Bangladesh is cooked in small or medium sized rice parboiling systems right at the mills. The traditional parboiling process causes a number of problems. Bangladesh is an energy-starved country that relies on biomass for more than 50 percent of its total energy supply; rice husk constitutes nearly 25 percent of the country’s total biomass sources. More than half the rice husk is burnt off in inefficient rice parboiling systems. To solve this problem, an ‘Improved Rice Parboiling System’ has been locally devised.

This safe and environment friendly parboiling system saves fuel and thermal efficiency up to 50% compared to the conventional one. As of now, demo units have been installed in 17 out of 50 rice mill clusters available in the country. 84 IRPS are now in operation in different rice mill clusters, of which 34 are installed with REEEP support. More than 55 technicians have been trained and local service providers are available in 17 districts, so that interested mill-owners can readily find technical support.

To know more about this activity:

  • Al Mudabbir Bin Anam
  • Programme Coordinator, REEEP
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