IRRI aims to help farmers in SEA reduce their post-harvest losses
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) said it aims to improve the lives of smallholder farmers in Southeast Asia by delivering comprehensive and market-oriented solutions to reduce post-harvest losses, boost farmer income, and increase rice production sustainability.
During the 13th International Rice Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean, IRRI joined fellow global experts in a forum where they shared solutions and approaches to sustainable rice production, such as recent developments in post-harvest technologies and learning alliances.
Martin Gummert, IRRI’s expert on post-harvest and mechanization, said farmers experience rice physical losses ranging from 7 percent to 30 percent from harvesting to milling. Due to quality control, it can further reduce its value by 20 to 30 percent.
In order to improve farmers’ income, he said there is a need to learn and adopt post-harvest technologies like mechanical threshers, combine harvesters, dryers, and storage systems which can reduce losses by 5 percent to 10 percent.
While effective, these technologies are not easily accessible to resource-poor farmers due to its cost. In order to address this concern, IRRI developed and demonstrated business models that provide contract services that can make post-harvest technologies available and profitable.