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DOST provides small brown rice mills to Tarlac farmer groups.

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In an ongoing attempt to increase the production and consumption of brown rice, the Department of Science and Technology-Central Luzon (DOST-3) has given compact impeller brown rice mills (CIBRM) to farmer groups in Tarlac.

The action is part of the organization’s CEST (Community Empowerment through Science and Technology) initiative.

The awardees were the Lawin Farmers Agriculture Cooperative in Moncada, the Ventinilla Farmers Marketing Cooperative in Paniqui, the Maungib Farmers Association in Pura, and the Mayantoc Organic Farmers Association in Mayantoc town.

Through this project, farmer groups will have simple access to specialized rice mills where they may convert their palay yield into brown rice, according to DOST-Region 3 Director Julius Caesar Sicat on Thursday.

Sicat claimed that in addition to facilitating easier access to brown rice, the CIBRM will allow farmers to increase the value of their rice harvest.

In comparison to the majority of common rice mills, such as the stone disk or so-called “kiskisan,” which has a lower milling recovery of 50–55 percent, the compact brown rice mill, according to the DOST, has a milling recovery of about 70 percent.

Sicat stated in a statement that “the higher recovery and more effective milling will greatly boost the agricultural output and revenue of our local rice farmers.”

Additionally, he claimed that the impeller-type rice mills enable the farmer-beneficiaries to mill their crop, potentially saving them money on transportation costs since they no longer need to transfer their products to industrial rice mills.

“This will also raise people’s understanding of the health advantages of eating brown rice,” he stated.

By making brown rice more widely available to more people in neighborhood communities where malnutrition, particularly among children, may be an issue, the DOST hopes to promote the intake of grain.

When the hull of the rice grain is the only part that is removed, a larger quantity of nutritionally significant fibers, minerals, and natural oils are left behind, making brown rice more nutrient-dense than polished white rice.

Vacuum packaging equipment was also given to each farmer group in order to enhance product packing, boost marketability, and lengthen shelf life.

Vice-chairman Armando Ildefonso of Ventinilla Farmers Marketing Cooperative expressed gratitude to the DOST for providing them with the CIBRM.

“The project that you’re working on is amazing because you’re promoting the health benefits of brown rice,” you say. It is a wonderful thing that this project is promoting the health advantages of brown rice since it will help farmers understand the importance of their work in the production of both brown and colored rice. Therefore, this initiative will serve as a sign that the production of brown rice and colored rice will improve the farmers’ standard of living.

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