Author(s): Adu E. A, Isiaka A. A, Awagu E. F, Aminu M. D, Olayemi F. F
Published in: International Journal of Engineering Research & Technology
License: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Volume/Issue: Vol.1 - Issue 10 (December - 2012)
Research into the level of mechanization of post harvest activities of rice in some rice production/processing areas of Kano State was conducted; with interest on studying the level of mechanization for each of the various processing stages involve in rice processing from harvesting to storage before the produce is taken to the market place. The Investigative Survey Research Approach (ISRA) was used, thus structured questionnaire was administered to rice processors in 4 major rice processing centres in Kano state through personal interview. The result of this study shows low level of mechanization of post harvest activities for all of the processing stages except de-husking which has 100% level of mechanization while other processing stages like harvesting, parboiling, and drying were seen to be at 0%, and threshing, winnowing and bagging at 8.14% level of mechanization with a stage like polishing being skip by majority. The result of the study can be utilize to conceptualize appropriate approach to improving post harvest activities of rice processors by focusing on the processing stages with low level of mechanization.
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