Centre government has set a new guidelines for the rice miller in Odisha to fix the moisture content  in the rice. The revised acceptance of the moisture content in paddy has decreased by 1% from 15%-14%.

The Odisha rice miller’s are hit by this new guideline and opposed the new moisture norm for paddy procurement.The same guideline has also hit the Haryana rice millers.

Members of ll Odisha Rice Millers Association (AORMA) said that this new moisture norms will hit the most Odisha rice miller who generally produce boiled rice

 AORMA secretary Santosh Agrawal told IANS Thursday that in the last month notification by the centre government,the maximum limit of moisture content in fair average quality (FAQ) rice unchanged at 14 percent for procurement but the rice procurement with moisture content upto a maximum limit of 15% was found missing in the notification. 

He said that if this is accepted than after the starting of Khariff season from Oct 1, 2014, if the moisture content is found to be beyond 14% will not be accepted and the consignment will be rejected and have to be taken back by the millers causing loss of lakhs or millions.

In order to fix the moisture content at 14%, the miller while milling the paddy have to maintain an average of 13-13.5% so as the rice can accommodate in the climatic variations.

The main problem which the rice miller will face after the moisture content in the paddy is decrease will be that the paddy will loose its elasticity which is essential to withstand the pressure of rice polishing and the percentage of broken rice will increase resulting in loss of overall full grain rice recovery.Along this it will also affect the rice out-turn ratio (paddy to rice).

Already Odisha rice millers are suffering a problem of lack of labours and depot in-charge. This new norm may also enhance their problem as after finding the moisture content above 14%, loaded trucks will be sent back cancelling the consignment.

“Our association demands immediate restoration of the procedure of accepting rice with moisture beyond 14 percent against a rebate up to maximum 15 percent as was prevailing during earlier years, for the ensuing Kharif marketing season to ensure smooth procurement operation. said Santosh Agrawal