The GEM parboiling technology is being out-scaled as a rice parboiling plant (complex)*. The main components of the complex are the parboilers (steaming tank and baskets), soaking vessels, stoves, laborsaving device, hot water siphoning system, drying surfaces and a shade that accomodates the equipment.
* External view of the rice parboiling complex showing innovative sun-drying surfaces (Installations in Malanville, Benin) (AfricaRice, 2015; Ndindeng et al. 2015)
* Internal view of the rice parboiling complex (Installations in Glazoue, Benin) (AfricaRice, 2015; Ndindeng et al. 2015)
Out-scaling will target both small producer (< 50 kg/batch; 600—800 kg/week) and medium producer (> 50—100 kg/batch; > 800 kg/week).
For small-scale producers, the 20—50 kg GEM parboilers, one single 300—400 kg soaking vessel, a manual water pump and a rotational hoist will be used.
For medium-scale producers, the 60—100 kg GEM parboilers, several 300—400 kg soaking vessels, a manual water pump and a rail chain hoist will be used.
The system is always customized to meet the needs of the beneficiary. However, to do so, the requester needs to respond to some basic questions found in this questionnaire.