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Evolution of the IRRI moisture tester for rice

Evolution of the IRRI moisture tester for rice

by IRRI RKB

7144 views - Submitted on Tue, 17/11/2015


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Also see: http://www.scribd.com/doc/106220093/Rice-Today-Vol-11-No-4-Dried-to-Perf... and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIV1b8qWfRE&feature=share&list=UUxs-9zQb5...


After searching high and low and after many discussions with several electronics manufacturers in the Philippines, Cambodia, and India, scientists at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI; http://irri.org ) finally found an industry partner to produce and commercialize a low-cost moisture tester.


With the new IRRI moisture tester, farmers can benefit by making more-informed decisions on safely storing their harvest. And, they will have more negotiating power when they sell the paddy to traders.


In this video clip, Pat Borlagdan, a mechanization and postharvest expert at IRRI, discusses the evolution of the device.


Around 350 units are being distributed strategically to further develop the market for a larger order. Some will be sold through IRRI at a subsidized price of US$55. Once orders reach 10,000 units, the price per unit may comedown to $35. Further streamlining and improvements, such as investing in a mold for a custom housing, could lead to even lower prices.


Small orders of the moisture tester can be placed at the IRRI Riceworld Bookshop (riceworld bookstore@irri.org). For larger quantity orders, please contact Nanodevice Technologies, Inc., at tel. no. (63) 2 477-1379, telefax (63) 2-470-6485, or visit http://nanodeviceonline.com - For more information, email postharvest@irri.org.


 
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