25 January 2010
By Manu Aiyappa
The government, in association with the Union food processing ministry, proposes to establish a Rice Technology Park (RTP), a first under public–private–partnership mode. The project will come up on 300–acre land near Karatagi in Gangavati taluk of Koppal district at an estimated cost of Rs 100 crore.
“At the rice tech park, we can take up major experiments, including processing rice with lower Glycemic Index number. Such rice cannot be grown. The demand for such rice will surge over the next two decades, with diabetes cases on the rise,” said an agro–scientist at University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore.
- Sugar–free white rice is highly nutritious, contains many vitamins, proteins
- Derived from regular paddy by postharvest processing technology, by obtaining rice rich in nutrients and low in GI
- GI value tells how rapidly a particular carbohydrate turns
By–products of rice, such as husk and bran, have the potential to generate revenue. Husk, the outer shell of the paddy, can be used to extract furfural, generate power and produce pharmaceutical grade silica. Bran can be used to extract edible oil. “All these command a premium price in the market,” Chengappa said.