Rice-based food products exhibition

Cathy Rich Memorial Food Processing Centre, Yodagama, Embilipitiya

A new exhibition will highlight the results of the research carried out by Cathy Rich Memorial Food Processing Centre, and will demonstrate the technology and processes that we have employed to develop our line of rice-based products.

In Sri Lanka rice being the staple food constitutes the single most important crop occupying nearly 29% of the total agricultural land. The rice sector employs about half of the total agricultural labour force (about 16% of the total labour force). Rice accounts for approximately 25% of the consumer goods basket, about 75% of total grain consumption and 45% of caloric intake in the country. About 1.8 million farm families are engaged in rice cultivation. As a result improving the rice production and improving the income of paddy farmers have continued to be a top priority in the development agendas of all governments since Independence.

There has been a steady increase in rice production in Sri Lanka from 1940 to 1990 leading to near self-sufficiency in feeding the population of 19 million. This rise has been attributed to increased area under cultivation, increased irrigation, improved seed varieties, increased fertilizer application and higher purchase prices for rice. The research and development on this sector plays a major role by introducing improved rice production and protection technologies to help farmers realize the yield potentials of the varieties that they grow

The product is therefore a major component of the agricultural sector in particular and the overall economy in general. Increasingly the rice sector is facing severe competition from grain imports such as wheat flour and this coupled with the fact that the majority of the rice is sold in the primary form without much processing makes the sector severely vulnerable.

In order to address this gap many research and development institutes are testing the viability of developing rice based products. The work carried out by Cathy Rich Memorial Food Processing Training Centre that has been testing the ability to value add to rice based food production for the first time is launching 40 rice based food products in an exhibition that will be held on 15th June 2007 at the Cathy Rich Memorial Food Processing Centre. This exhibition will highlight the results of the research carried out by Cathy Rich Memorial Food Processing Centre and we will demonstrate the technology and processes that we have employed to develop our line of rice-based products.

This exhibition will also be an opportunity of exchanging of knowledge and collaboration with the government, farmers, the corporate sector, researchers, marketing institutions and the NGO/INGO sector for the optimal benefit of new innovation in value addition in rice based products.

For further information on the launch event, please contact Dhanushi Senanayake on 94 11 2829412.

Download further information about the exhibition:
Rice Based Products Exhibition 2007 (PDF, 147k)

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