Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Mills construction for parboiled rice near completion

The construction of mills is 90 per cent complete for the production of nearly 300,000 tons of parboiled rice per year, said Ye Min Aung, board director of Myanmar Agribusiness Public Corporation.

“The mill construction is complete for 90 per cent and will house ten imported steam-rice machines. They have the production capacity ranging from 200,000 to 300,000 tons of parboiled rice. The production at full capacity can reach 300,000 tons. In order to ensure full capacity production, investment and markets will be arranged for operators,” Ye Min Aung said.

The mills locate in Wakema, Kyonpyaw, Pyay, Zigon and Pyapon. One mill in Mawgyun has started its operation, said Thaung Win of Myanmar Rice Millers Association.

“Steam rice machines are still being installed. The one in Mawgyun is done while those in Wakema, Kyonpyaw, Pyay, Zigon and Pyapon are nearly done. There are 10 machines imported from MAPCO including six whose installations are nearly done, but the others remain untouched. The 50-ton and 100 ton rice mills are going to be constructed in Nay Pyi Taw too. The mills under construction can start running before monsoon harvest. If they can be supplied with electricity required, a machine can produce 1,800 tons,” Thaung Win said.

Japanese company Mitsui and MAPCO are cooperating to establish four Integrated Rice Complex Projects (IRCP) including mills for parboiled rice, white rice husking, rice bran oil and rice noodle located in industrial estates for processing rice and rice products for value-added exports.

The mills will be in Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon Region, Bago Region and Ayeyawady Region.

The volume of parboiled rice export for the fiscal year 2013-2014 amounted 5,000 tons.

source: Eleven Myanmar
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