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RICE QUALITY AND VALUE ADDITION

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Concurrent Session IV : RICE QUALITY AND VALUE ADDITION

Chairman    :    Dr. K. Alagusundaram
Co-Chairman     :    Dr. P. Banumathi
Rapporteurs    :     Dr. N. Varadharaju

Dr. K. Alagusundaram in his opening remarks emphasized that the Government of India has to concentrate on Value addition of Rice and the scientists have to give more attention to improve the quality of rice. The Co-Chairperson suggested that scientists should concentrate on developing low glycemic index rice.

Lecture 1    :    Rice Quality Breeding" by Dr. N. Shoba Rani, DRR

She emphasized that the grain quality in rice should be increased in terms of colour, head rice recovery, texture and aroma. She also suggested to concentrate in developing “specialty rice” with reference to aroma and application of biotechnology in improving grain quality and enhancing the functional properties of grain. She stressed the need for participation of farmers and client groups in research oriented works.

Lecture 2    :    "Future Research Needs for effective Post harvest management of
Rice" by Dr. K. Alagusundaram

He emphasized on the future research needs for effective Post Harvest Management of Rice. His talk outlined on the post harvest management and inclusion of more human resources for the Post harvest Management. According to the data given by CIPHWET, the post harvest loss of grain ranged from 5 to 16% and when the household losses are also included, the level of loss rises upto 25 to 30%. He emphasised that scientists should work to innovate ideas to manage the post harvest losses. More studies on developing dryers, developing improved methods for bulk storage of grains and increasing the by product utilization were suggested by him.

Recommendations

X     Suggestions were made to concentrate in developing “specialty rice” with reference to aroma and application of biotechnology in improving grain quality and enhancing the functional properties of grain.

X     Need for participation of farmers and client groups in research oriented activities were emphasised.

X     Scientists should work to innovate ideas to manage the post harvest losses and to enhance product utilisation.

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