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New mill will increase rice production


The new K8 million rice mill equipment for Rigo Rice will be arriving mid this month (August) with installation to start at the end of the month.

Currently, Rigo Rice is using a small rice mill (1 tonne per hour mill) to mill its rice produce.
Rigo Rice owner Jeffrey Kennedy told this paper that the new mill will bring Rigo Rice milling capacity to 6 tonne per hour and daily milling capacity of 120 tonne (20 hours milling).

The new mill brand is Buhler, the world leader rice mill brand. Its inclusion will give Rigo Rice a world class milling capacity with colour sorter and rice polishers. The mill will also be dust free.

The new mill which will cost K8 million and installation costs, including consumables and power generation to power the mill, will be a further K3m.

Total cost is K11m.

The new mill will be installed on site at the Rigo Rice farm in Rigo District.

The new mill will take 3 months to install and commission.

Mr Kennedy said the new mill marks a new milestone in the Rigo Rice success story and is testament to the fact that Papua New Guineans can provide their own solution, including addressing food security and wealth generation.

“Commercialisation of rice farming in Papua New Guinea has the ability to domestically generate well over K1.3 billion in jobs and sustainable wealth generation and further generate well over K5 billion in potential export revenue to global markets, particularly Asian and African markets.

“The global demand for rice presently exceeds supply and this trend is not likely to change in the near future. PNG is well placed in terms of climate and land availability to take advantage of the global rice demand,” Mr Kennedy said.