Decorticating hungry rice
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CTA. 1995. Decorticating hungry rice. Spore 56. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Decorticating hungry rice is an arduous task which is usually done with a pestle after the grain has been mixed with sand.
In fact the major obstacle to promoting the cereal has been the absence of suitable decorticators because those which have been adapted for millet and sorghum are inappropriate for hungry rice. This drawback could soon be overcome, thanks to a number of parallel research projects in different countries. A Senegalese expert, Sanousai Diakité, has already introduced a prototype decorticator specially designed for hungry rice. The cereal grains are gently scraped between abrasive pads. The suppleness and flexibility of the pads prevent excessive pressure from damaging the grains. Elsewhere, scientists at the Centre de cooperation internationale en recherche agronomique pour le developpement (CIRAD) are currently testing a multi-purpose decorticator which will be able to process either millet, sorghum or hungry rice. Similar research is being undertaken in Guinea and Mali. FAO is also about to support a programme of research on this cereal which shows much promise. CIRAD-SAR Halle de la technologie 73 rue Jean-Francois Breton BP 5035 Montpelliér Cedex 1 FRANCE