Ludhiana, Apr 26: Over hundred rice manufacturing companies from different parts of the country, along with Korea and China exhibited their latest rice processing technologies at the three day exhibition on rice processing technology 'Rice Pro Tech 2008' which opened here today.
The President of All India Rice Millers Association, Tarsem Saini inaugurated the event along with Azad Singh Rathe, President, Haryana Pradesh Rice Millers Association.
The milling technologies exhibited will be useful in increasing the rice production as well as reducing the post paddy processing losses. Latest paddy parboiling, dryer plants, rubber rollers, packing machinery, abrasives, polishing units and other rice based product machinery drew the attention of the rice millers.
All these technologies are engineered to maximise the yield of head rice at every stage of rice processing.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Tarsem Saini said the Punjab rice industry needed a technological revolution and events like this will play a pivot role in shaping its industry towards much needed technological revolution. As this expo is bringing latest technology from around the world, it will give a big nudge to the rice industry in the region, he said.
Mr Saini said for meeting the food demand of the country, there is a need to revamp the post harvesting stage so as to minimise transit losses. In this context, he referred to the losses that are suffered right from the shelling of paddy to the rice polishing stage due to inferior processing techniques.
The event saw an enthusiastic ambiance as various rice millers were seen exchanging details of the latest technologies. Machinery manufacturers are eyeing Punjab and Haryana, the two agricultural states for the sale of their machinery.
Prominent companies like Buhler from Switzerland, Ideal from South Korea, Dandekar from Mumbai, Milltech from Bangalore and various prominent companies from northern India are participating in the event.