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Paddy Rice Handling – A Major Challenge in Nigeria

Paddy Rice Handling – A Major Challenge in Nigeria

Paddy rice is the seed of certain variety of grass of Gramineae family, botanically called Oryza sativa L. Today, rice has become one of the most important food and major food grains of the world. For this agricultural produce to become a finished product for consumption, it must undergo certain processing treatments prior to its conversion into edible form. The various unit operations are: threshing, cleaning, drying, storage, parboiling (optional), milling and packaging.
In Nigeria, threshing and drying has posted major challenge which lead to the dislike and rejection of rice locally produced, generally called “local rice.” This observation was brought to a close view by Koksbiks Food Processing Company Limited, after running a research with a company called “RICE-FREE FROM STONE

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About The Author

Rasaq Oke

Rasaq Oke hold a Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) Honours degree in Food Science & Technology from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife. He is a seasoned Food Technologist and Agribusiness expert with wide and rich industry experience that cut across reputable organization like Guinness Plc, Crown Cork and Seal, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals (now Neimeth Pharmaceuticals), Livestock Feeds Plc. and Tantalizers Plc. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of FOODDOTCOMACADEMY SERVICES, Managing Consultant with RESPITALITY CARE COMPANY (RCC), and Publisher/ CEO of FOODPRENEURS PUBLISHING COMPANY, the publisher of FOODPRENEURNEWS, a print and online food magazine ( Mr. Oke is an accomplished food entrepreneur, consultant, administrator, instructor, and facilitator. He is a member of the Governing Council of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST) and the Head,-Editorial Board of the NIFST Food Forum Magazine; An Executive Member of the Nigeria Association of Agricultural Journalist (NAAJ). He is an Full Member and Secretary of the Membership, Certification and Education Committee of the Governing Council of the Nigerian Institute of Training and Development (NITAD). He a a Media and Communication Consultant to the Lagos State Fadama Coordination Office (SFCO) and the Lagos State Coconut Development Authority (LASCODA) in addition to being a Technical Partner to the Lagos State Consumer Protection Authority (LASCOPA). He is married with children and loves playing table tennis as well as travelling.

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