PhilMech’s new tech may bring down price of brown rice
The Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) has developed a new technology that could bring down the price of brown rice in the market.
In a statement, the agriculture department said PhilMech developed the technology in response to a growing demand from consumers for brown rice. The demand may have been partly brought about by the National Food Authority and the Philippine Rice Research Institute which have both been advocating the consumption of more brown rice.
In theory, cooking the same amount of brown rice as white rice should yield more as it uses three times more water. Cooking brown rice, however, takes longer than white rice because the rice needs to be soaked in water for at least 15 minutes, and since it uses more water, it takes more time for the water to cook off.
Brown rice is any whole grain rice with the outer hull removed. It can be made from the same grain as white rice except that white rice requires more milling and polishing to remove the bran and the germ. Most health buffs prefer brown rice over white rice because it has more fiber and it makes them full faster and for a longer period.
PhilMech’s new equipment can hull 150-kilograms of rice per hour at a husking ratio of 98 percent and a whole grain ratio of 78 percent. The brown rice huller uses a single-phase electric motor and uses 373 watts of power, less than the power consumption of a conventional rubber-roll huller.
The brown rice huller is a product of PhilMech’s Agrinnovation program, a research and development approach that modifies existing technologies to increase its acceptance among farmers and stakeholders while addressing their needs. Under the Agrinnovation program, PhilMech develops prototypes in collaboration with domestic fabricators and manufacturers. (Eileen A. Mencias)