Solar Mills To Power Rice Production
August 16, 2017
Source: Post Courier
BY ZEBEDEE GIAME
The solar-powered mill stands to address one of the major growing constraints of commercial and domestic rice production and that is milling.
The solar rice mill project aims to set the benchmark for small-scale sustainable rice production in rural areas.
The entire mill package is operated by power from solar panels.
According to the National Agriculture Research Institute (NARI), the project is designed to boost food security and improve rural livelihoods with solar-powered rice processing technologies and commercial market linkages in the province.
Funded by the PNG-Australia Incentive Fund, the collaborative project involves NARI, Trukai, Project Support Services (suppliers of the solar mills) and the PNG Women in Agriculture Development Foundation including the Morobe provincial and district agriculture officers, NGOs and farmer groups as implementers.
This project is a pilot project that will be implemented in 30 communities in Morobe, benefiting around 1500 households in its initial stage.
As part of the project commencement activities, NARI and project partners will be staging the stakeholder inception meeting this Thursday in Lae.
NARI said the meeting is intended to collectively understand the project goals and output and redefine partner roles, straighten partnership, and create awareness to get the ball rolling on this major initiative.
The solar mill can accommodate up to 1000 solar panels to increase the production quantity, and rice produced from the mills would be of commercial grade quality.
Australian foreign minister Julies Bishop, said the project is an exaple of the strong partnership in Agriculture between Australia and Papua New Guinea during the launch of the project earlier in the year.