THE RICE VALUE CHAIN

If you give me rice, I’ll eat today; if you teach me how to grow rice, I’ll eat every day.
-Mahatma Gandi-

Rice business in Nigeria has gone beyond the subsistence traditional method and has become one of the most consumed staple foods, with nearly every family including rice in their daily meal. Rice is served at almost every event. This shows that the rice business is very viable as the demand for rice is high and constant.

The world has advanced technology-wise, and so has the rice farming system. The rice business has grown, and the value chain has widely spread. 

In this article, we will explain the different businesses in the rice value chain.

THE RICE VALUE CHAIN 

Rice Farmers/Farmland

A rice farmer is the owner or caretaker of a farmland. He tills the ground, employs workers, and harvests the crops. He is practically in charge of all the farming processes. A rice farmland is a land that has been checked and tested to be suitable for rice farming. It is not necessarily owned by the farmer.

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PADDY

Paddy consists of husk and bran. It is rice in its unprocessed form. Selling and buying paddy is a very profitable business. You can pick this aspect in the rice value chain and specialize in it. You can buy paddy from farmers and sell it to rice millers or you can buy the processed paddy from rice millers and bag it.

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RICE MILLING

Rice milling is very pertinent in the post-production of rice. It is the process of removing the husk and bran to obtain the consumable portion. Now, mechanized mills are used to remove the husk and bran and this process is done with the utmost care, unlike centuries past. 

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PACKAGING MATERIALS 

Rice packaging material is the material used in packaging the rice. This is another viable business to go into in the rice value chain. You can choose to provide packaging services to wholesalers.

Truck 

There is a need to transport the rice being produced at every point., from the farm to the milling site to the warehouse, etc. Transportation is a very important aspect of the rice value chain

WAREHOUSE

Warehousing is the act of storing goods for later use. A warehouse could be a large building or space where processed and packed rice is stored before their distribution for sales. If you have a large warehouse you can choose to lease or rent the space out or you can startup a warehousing business.

All these are part of the rice value chain and one can specialize in one or more aspects. 

You may be thinking; how do I go about any of these? Well, the good news is, RiceAfrika.com is an African agrictech brand that can assist you through any of the processes. RiceAfrika.com uses its platform to serve as the middleman through all the value chain. All you need to do is visit the website www.riceafrika.com and register your interest and the customer representative will get in touch with you.

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