Paddy-Milling: Problems in Policy and the Choice of Technology

  • Barbara Harriss
Part of the Cambridge Commonwealth Series book series (CAMCOM)


In 1963 the Ford Foundation, in the wake of their important blueprint of a modernised agricultural production technology (Ford Foundation, 1959), moved their attention to the technologies of the foodgrains distribution system, anticipating problems of processing future surpluses. They found that marketable surpluses of food grains were of low quality, as were storage facilities, and that hulling technology was antiquated; and they advocated a comprehensive updating of the system (Faulkner et al., 1963) . In 1970 the Rice Milling Industry (Regulation and Licensing) Amendment Rules prescribed that all traditional mills should be replaced by newer technologies (NCDC, 1975, p. 12). These rules have been a notable failure: in the face of difficulties imposed by government policy the obsolescent technology continues to diffuse through the South Asian countryside.


Variable Cost Capacity Utilisation Green Revolution Command Area Effective Capacity 
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