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Kisa technology attracts Markham rice farmers

Travelling long distances to mill rice by Markham rice farmers in the Morobe province will be minimised, thanks to the EU Farm Mechanisation project for introducing Kisar, a manual rice mill.

Rice farmer Doris Awian said a kisar training at Garam village came at a crucial time when rice farmers in Markham have struggled over the years to get their rice to the nearest mill which has been a costly exercise.

Following the close of the weeklong training on making kisar mill, winnower basket and peanut sheller, Doris said the mechanized farm training will translate into positive outcomes and enable farmers to reap the full benefits from their rice farms.

“Thank you NARI and your partners for supporting such training programs and now we can grow and mill our own rice using the kisar rice mill,” Doris said. Sung Baiya, a farmer who attended as a trainer-of-trainer was also involved in farming rice, peanuts, vegetables and other food crops and recently ventured into cocoa on a commercial scale.

Baiya, from Mamaringan village in Wantoat, said he learnt about the Kisar technology in 2008 during one of NARI’s Agricultural Innovation Shows. He said Kisar is an ideal mechanized tool for rice farmers in rural communities who struggle to find avenues to mill their rice. He added that attending the training will see so much difference in terms of food security for families who live on rice as another staple food.

The training participants were members of the model farmers’ coorporative that operate under the Garam Model Farm network and have worked closely with the Department of Agriculture Livestock, Taiwan International Cooperation Development Fund and PNG Women in Agriculture.

NARI's Agriculture Systems Programme Director Dr Sim Sar said this EUACP Farming Mechanisation project also facilitated the making of a peanut sheller, a concept transferred from the Kisar rice mill and remodified for milling peanuts.

Dr Sim said mechanized machines for rural farmers are designed in a way where building materials are readily available in their own communities with less cost involved. He said similar trainings run in Madang and Easter Highlands provinces were good but training participants at Takom Model Farm had exceeded expectations when trainees themselves brought their own tools and materials to work with during the training.

Participants were able to make their own kisar rice mills; and winnower baskets to separate rice mills from their shells by shifting and tossing using the wind as a dispenser and even building a modified Kisar rice mill which uses a manual handle to wind mill rice with an internal fan to separate rice shells from rice grains.

The kisar rice mill training was conducted on December 18 2015. Garam is a model farm for the production and distribution of improved cocoa and planting materials in Morobe.

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