Technological Approaches to Rice Production

Sylvester Achio, Felix Kutsanedzie, Edmund Ameko  © by the authors

ISBN: 978-1-940366-21-0
Published Date: December, 2014
Pages: 166
Paperback: $96
E-book: $39
Publisher: Science Publishing Group
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Book Description

This work captures the entire process of rice production, from pre-germination through germination to harvesting and post-harvest activities; as well as potential related hazards, which could occur to the workers on the rice field or to the environment and appropriate control measures to prevent these hazards. The authors explain how, when, where and why certain activities, methods and measures need to be taken. The rice rotation system and the various stages of the production line are comprehensively and correlatively dealt with. The authors see the need for researchers and rice producers to collaborate and have a long term focus and plan of production, to enable the desired product to be attained. For example, if a good quality milling, high yielding rice type is needed, the various factors leading to achieving such a product must be holistically research into and applied in a multidisciplinary manner. Addressing each parameter, in isolation, may end up with the yield being good but the milling quality very poor, or the other way round.

With great experience in both field and research works in rice production, together with the knowledge acquired from seminars, symposia, talks, and from literature on rice production, the authors deem it necessary to compile this material for the general public. This work gives a pragmatic and holistic approach to rice production, guided by a well planned production scheme, and backed with various research findings from renowned personalities in the field of rice production. The literature includes works as far back as 1950s up to 2011.

It is the authors’ hope that this work will be found useful, especially by rice producers, processors, researchers, and beneficial to the education institutions, the agricultural sector and all lovers of knowledge acquisition.

Author Introduction

Professor Sylvester Achio, the lead author of this book, is currently the Rector of Accra Polytechnic and a Professor at the Department of Science Laboratory Technology of Accra Polytechnic holding MSc. Hons. (Research) Agric (Agronomy), PGC Ed. (Russian Language), PhD. Bio. Sci. (Microbiology). He has authored several technical books and presented papers at many national and international conferences, workshops, seminars as well as several peer-reviewed journal publications to his credit.
Mr. Felix Kutsanedzie is a Senior Research Fellow/Lecturer and currently the Head of the Accra Polytechnic Research and Innovations Centre. He holds a MSc. degree in Bio-Engineering; a BSc. (Agric-Mech); and an Adv. Dip. (Project Management). He is a prolific writer and has several peer-reviewed publications to his credit.
Mr. Edmund Ameko is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Science Laboratory Technology of Accra Polytechnic. He holds a BSc. degree in Biochemistry and a MSc. degree in Food Science and Technology and he is currently the Dean, School of Applied Sciences at Accra Polytechnic. He is a prolific publisher with several peer-reviewed publications.

Table of Contents
  • Front Matter

  • Chapter 1 Introduction

    1. 1.1 Origin and Species
    2. 1.2 Characteristics
    3. 1.3 Nutritional Values of Rice
    4. 1.4 Forms of Rice
    5. 1.5 Types of Rice Grains
    6. 1.6 Types / Systems of Cultivation
    7. 1.7 Some Challenges in Rice Production
  • Chapter 2 Factors Affecting Germination of Rice Seed

    1. 2.1 Technological and Physiological Factors
    2. 2.2 Biochemical Factors
    3. 2.2.1 Micro-Elements
    4. 2.2.2 Oxygen Needs
    5. 2.2.3 Storage
    6. 2.3 Biological Factors
    7. 2.3.1 Microbiological
    8. 2.3.2 Seed Quality
    9. 2.3.3 Seed Treatment
  • Chapter 3 Land Preparation

    1. 3.1 Land Clearing
    2. 3.2 Soil Preparation
    3. 3.2.1 Ploughing
    4. 3.2.2 Harrowing / Levelling
  • Chapter 4 Seed Quality and Sowing

    1. 4.1 Biological Infestation
    2. 4.2 Seed Viability
    3. 4.3 Seed Treatment
    4. 4.4 Planting Method and Seed Rate
  • Chapter 5 Soil Requirement

    1. 5.1 Fertilizer Application
    2. 5.1.1 Mineral Fertilizer
    3. 5.1.2 Nitrogen-Fixation
    4. 5.2 Iron Toxicity
    5. 5.3 Soil Types
    6. 5.4 Ameliorants
  • Chapter 6 Weeds and Weeds Management

    1. 6.1 Weeds
    2. 6.2 Weed Control
    3. 6.2.1 Mechanical Weed Control
    4. 6.2.2 Cultural Weed Control
    5. 6.2.3 Chemical Weed Control
    6. 6.2.4 Technological Weed Control
  • Chapter 7 Pests and Pests Management

    1. 7.1 Pests
    2. 7.2 Pests Control
    3. 7.2.1 Chemical
    4. 7.2.2 Agro-Chemical
    5. 7.2.3 Biological
    6. 7.2.4 Integrated Pests Management1
    7. 7.2.5 Mechanical Pest Control
  • Chapter 8 Diseases and Disease Management

    1. 8.1 Types of Diseases
    2. 8.1.1 Fungal Diseases
    3. 8.1.2 Bacterial Disease
    4. 8.1.3 Viral Disease
    5. 8.1.4 Other Diseases
  • Chapter 9 Harvesting and Processing

    1. 9.1 Harvesting
    2. 9.1.1 Method of Harvesting
    3. 9.1.2 Harvesting Systems
    4. 9.2 Processing
    5. 9.2.1 Pre-Milling Process
    6. 9.2.2 Milling Process
    7. 9.3 Nutritional Composition of Milled Rice and Fortification Measures
    8. 9.4 Factors Affecting Milling Quality of Rice
  • Chapter 10 Technology of Feed Production from Rice Straw

    1. 10.1 Properties of the Rice Straw
    2. 10.2 Treatment
  • Chapter 11 Hazards and Protective Measures

    1. 11.1 Protective Measures on the Environment
    2. 11.2 Protective Measures on the Workers
    3. 11.3 Regulatory Laws
  • Back Matter