Raw Paddy Drying Solutions by Nextech

By “drying” is meant the phase of the post-harvest system during which the product is rapidly dehydrated to a so-called “backup” moisture. This desiccation is intended to sufficiently reduce the moisture content of the grain to ensure favorable conditions for storage or subsequent processing of the product.

It is possible to obtain the drying of the products by circulating more or less hot air in a mass of grains. In its movement, the air gives heat to the grains, absorbing moisture from the most superficial layers.

The water present in the surface layers of the grains evaporates much more efficiently and more rapidly than that of the inner layers.

It is therefore much more difficult to lower the water content of a product from 25% to 15% than from 35% to 25%. It would be wrong to think that this difficulty can be overcome by carrying out a rapid drying at a high temperature. Indeed, such drying conditions generate internal tensions, producing small cracks that can lead to breakage of grains during subsequent treatments.

For the drying of grains, the methods employed are, in essence, two in number:
– Natural drying
– Artificial drying

Both have advantages and disadvantages, and there is no ideal way to meet all needs.

Natural Drying

The method of natural paddy dryer, to which the techniques illustrated in the section on pre-drying operations also relate, consists essentially in exposing the beaten products to the air (in the sun or the shade). To obtain the desired moisture content, the grains are spread in thin layers over a drying area, where they are exposed to air (in the sun or the shade) for a maximum of 10-15 days. To promote uniform drying, the seeds should frequently be stirred, especially if they are exposed to direct sunlight. In addition, for the drying to be sufficient, the relative humidity of the ambient air must not exceed 70%.

Artificial Drying

The introduction of high-yielding crop varieties and the gradual mechanization of agriculture now make it possible to harvest large quantities of grain in a short period. In the tropical and subtropical humid zones, given the unfavorable weather conditions at the time of harvest, it is often difficult to safeguard the quality of the products.

To meet the need to increase agricultural production, it is, therefore, necessary to dry the products in a relatively short time, and whatever the ambient conditions. Thus, paddy dryer plant must be used. This method consists essentially in subjecting the grains to a forced ventilation of more or less heated air. It requires the use of individual devices called “dryers.”

Artificial Raw Paddy Dryer

From the point of view of construction, the essential elements of a rice dryer machine are:

– the dryer body, which contains the grains to be dried;
– The hot air generator, which allows heating the air drying;
– The fan, which allows the circulation of drying air in the grain mass.

For the artificial drying of the grains, two types of dryers are used:

– Static or batch dryers;
– Continuous dryers.

The former is inexpensive and only treat small quantities of grain; they are therefore more suited to the needs of small and medium-sized collection and processing centers.

As for the latter, they are high flow paddy drying technology that requires more complex infrastructure, additional equipment and especially a particular planning and organization. They are therefore more suitable for large centers, silos or shops, where very large quantities of product are processed. Nextech Agri Solutions is a reliable brand if you want to purchase agricultural solutions.

Why Rice Mill Plant need a Consultant?

While ignoring the barriers of the income as well as the living standards of the people living in the state, country or city, rice is one of the grains that are affordable by the large population in any country. Besides, rice is stable food in most of the Asian countries. This is clear by now that a huge amount of quantity of this food item is traded to other countries, where the production is low.

Now the question arises that with the right rice milling machine, we can easily produce a picture where the high output, productivity and market efficiency of the mills are required. This credit for mass production definitely goes to the rice mill consultants. These professionals are hired in large number by various mill merchants who aim for better output and working.

With the presence of milling consultants, the production and quality of the crops levels get higher. Their presence makes a big difference in the working procedures and environment. Here is how the rice mill plant consultants are a necessity these days:

Being a rice industry specialist, they help the customers with the right choice of business. This implies that irrespective of customer needs to begin the cultivation business, discount, dealership, and retail rice offering business.

Obviously, the beginning of rice plant is productive and various organization take attainable study and stage as the initial step in order to guarantee the benefits to the business. Rice mill consultants facilitate the clients with the fundamental components. For instance, prerequisite arrival, outlining and development, assets and other factors that influence the day to day working of rice machine and mills.

The need of perfect land piece and its determination is fundamental as most of the plant proprietors require highly stable capacity zone for this purpose that by now, has been processed and will be processed without much ado. Expert rice consultants have a vision to this, they make deals and perform various troublesome exercise and choose right rice processing machine. They are held responsible to consider the land zone where the production will take place.

Furthermore, the design and development are vital to accomplishing the gigantic benefits from the rice processing business. Factories and mills, under their guidance, out to produce in such a way that they permit smooth and fulfilling operations along within the arranged space. Stores and Godowns are outlined and create so as to store crude paddies and arranging the rice securely.

The consultants also take care of cleaning units, parboiling domains and various fragments reserved suitably.

Keeping up with the high rice milling equipment alongside the desired amount of production is an errand for the proprietors. These two variables add advantage to the era ability of the business. The rice mill consultants set their attention in the right direction while fitting into the interests in the rice processing hardware. They generally prescribe another rice milling process machine. In the present day, the interests, machinery, and technology offer vital protection, simple upkeep process, the higher efficiency with decreased generation cost and improved productivity of the rice mill plants.

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Rice Production: Pre-Planting Activities

This post by Nextech Agri Solutions aims to provide practical knowledge necessary for small-scale farmers entering the rice production business. Beginning with the pre-planting activities, this post will cover the rice varieties to choose from, information on seed quality, crop calendar and land preparation.

These are 4 of the most important activities before the rice planting, and needs to be taken care of if one anticipates a high, prosperous yield.

1. Selecting the rice variety

It’s fairly important to begin with healthy seeds of a locally adapted rice variety. This ensures that the crop has a high yield and attracts good market price, and is also cheaper than importing high-potential varieties from other countries.

Mentioned below are the characteristic features a good rice variety must possess:
– Appreciable cooking characteristics, colour, aroma, taste and shape
– High selling price
– Stability
– Optimum yield over multiple seasons
– High tillering capability for competing against weed
– Tolerance against crop diseases and pests
– Resistance to droughts and floods
– Exact maturity length that matches the growing season

2. Seed quality

The crop quality entirely depends on the seeds sown. Since seeds are the foundation of any crop, it becomes pivotal that one ensures that the seeds utilized are of optimal quality.

Good quality seeds ensure the following benefits:
– Increased uniformity
– Less replanting
– Lower seed rate
– Better emergence (greater than 70%)
– High initial growth
– Increased resistance against pests, insects and diseases
– Decreased weed
– Increased yield

The following factors are used to determine the quality of rice:
– Varietal purity: It involves the percentage of germination, moisture content, weed, other crop seeds, stones and red rice seeds.
– Viability: Germination potential, moisture level and vigour are used to determine the seed viability.

The germination rate is indicative of seed vigor. A swift rate of germination shows that the seed will establish itself well in the field stage. Weaker seeds are easily affected by environmental stress and are known to produce weaker seedlings.
– Moisture Content: As such, moisture content should be less than 14%

3. Crop Calendar

Crop calendar provides for a reliable framework for all the subsequent farming activities.
It provides a clear schedule from seed sowing to storage and allows the farmers to:
– Decide the input purchase
– Prepare a budget for all the activities
– Determine labour, capital and credit requirement
– Prepare land and harvest

Based on local experience and with the help of agricultural promoters, determine the best date to plant. Determine the time it takes for your chosen variety to harvest. Establish the labour and finance requirements at each of the subsequent steps, i.e. plowing, weeding, fertilizing, etc.

4. Land Preparation

This is the final step before we begin with the planting. It is an important step which helps control weeds, recycles plant nutrients and provides for a sustainable surface and soil mass for direct seeding.

As such, land preparation either begins during fallow, i.e. the period wherein a field is left uncultivated so it regains its fertility, or immediately after the previous harvest. Moreover, it usually takes around a month for complete land preparation.

It typically involves 3 different stages which are:
– Clearing the field
– Creating compost from rice residues
– Planting cover crops to enrich soil and suppress weeds

How KRBL turned out to be India’s Biggest Basmati Exporter?

‘I wish we had retained our full name, Khushi Ram and Behari Lal, instead of the acronym KRBL, since it speaks volumes about our legacy,’ reminisces Anil K Mittal. ‘After all, there’s a lot in a name.”

The famous Shakespearean phrase, ‘what’s in a name?’ has little to no importance in Anil K Mittal’s life. Anil is the chairman and managing director of India’s largest Basmati rice firm, KRBL – the manufacturers of the immensely popular India Gate Basmati Rice brand, among many others.

KRBL, since its inception in 1889, has come a long way. Currently headquartered in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, it was not the company actualized. It was founded in Lyallpur, the modern day Faisalabad situated in Pakistan. Back then, rice mills were simply a tiny chunk of their overall business plan and the company had interests in cotton spinning, textiles and banking.

Now, KRBL prides itself on being the world’s largest rice exporter and miller. It has over 30% share of domestic and 25% share of the branded basmati rice export market, with 2 functioning plants in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh with a combined milling capacity of 195 metric tons per hour.

For the financial year that ended on 31st March 2016, KRBL reported a total income of 3,594 crore, with a net profit of 334 crore. Over the last years, its capitalization has grown at a CAGR of 86%, touching 9,699 crore on March this year. Given the company’s brand value, lower cost of raw inputs and higher price realization, the statistics are not at all surprising.

The company managed it through various developments in its distribution channel, which further helped them penetrate and deepen their roots in the domestic market. They also successfully increased their presence across international markets and that helped them reduce financial vulnerabilities.

Delving back in time, Anil remembers how he formally joined the company in 1968 with the sole aim to leave an indelible mark in the family of businessmen. Once he had garnered enough experience, Anil set off on his own journey with a tender to supply barley to the army. That, he recalls, was the turning point in his life. And by the 90s, KRBL had transitioned into a fully-fledged rice business.

In 2003, after numerous successful decisions and eventful years, Anil decided to take over a sick unit in Punjab by the name of Oswal Agro Furane. The decision seems to have worked in their favour, and today, it is the largest rice plant in the world, processing about a million ton of paddy in a year. With a capacity of 140 metric tons per hour, it processes about 7% of Punjab’s paddy cultivation.

Now run by Anil, his brothers and his daughter, KRBL firmly believes that strength of a firm comes from its own people. And the employees should be given a fair chance at functioning like entrepreneurs within their realms, if a business wants to grow.

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