Expanding TRACE-RICE Initiatives Among Egyptian Stakeholders

The mission of the TRACE-RICE coordinator to Egypt was multifaceted, with a primary objective of both visiting and replicating project results for stakeholders within the rice value chain. Including a pivotal visit to the Alexandria University Agricultural Experimental Station, spanning 200 ha and situated 11 km east of the faculty campus in Abbes, facilitated by the vice Dean Dr. Heba Salama, this visit provided invaluable insights into the infrastructures of rice fields, which boasts a pilot rice husking unit alongside a technological laboratory.

Furthermore, the itinerary encompassed a tour of one of the units belonging to the Arabian Milling and Food Industries Company https://arabian-milling.com/, a prominent Egyptian shared holding Co. (S.A.E) located in Borg El-Arab. Specializing in cereal processing, particularly wheat, this facility exemplifies cutting-edge automation and technology, boasting a milling capacity of 500 tons of wheat per day and pasta production stands at 22 tons per hour.

Additionally, the mission extended to include visits to three smallholders in the Idkū Beheira Governorate region, where rice husking units are ingeniously installed within the city center, nestled within residential buildings. Here, paddy rice is received in 50 kg bags, undergoing artisanal milling and bagging processes, emblematic of a sustainable economy.