Wednesday, June 24, 2015

24th June (Wednesday),2015 Daily Exclusive ORYZA Rice E-Newsletter by Riceplus Magazine

Oryza Overnight Recap – Chicago Rough Rice Futures Little Changed while Wheat and Corn Continue to Show Strength

Jun 23, 2015
Chicago rough rice futures for Jul delivery are currently seen trading 1 cent per cwt (about $0.22 per ton) higher at $9.855 per cwt (about $217 per ton) during early floor trading in Chicago. The other grains are seen trading with mixed results; soybeans are currently seen trading about 0.3% lower, wheat is listed about 1.5% higher and corn is currently noted about 1.3% higher.U.S. stocks traded mixed on Tuesday as investors watched domestic data reports for further signs of economic improvement and remained optimistic on a Greece deal.
The Nasdaq Composite touched a fresh intraday high after a record close on Monday. However, the index struggled to hold slight gains. The Russell 2000 extended gains to hit a new high after also closing at a record on Monday. The morning's economic data was mixed, with durable goods falling more than expected and the initial read on U.S. PMI the lowest since October 2013. Anticipation of resolution in the Greece debt crisis helped Japan's blue-chip Nikkei index hit a 15-year high and supported broad gains in European stocks.
The European Central Bank on Tuesday lifted the ceiling on emergency liquidity to Greek banks for a second time in two days, Reuters cited a banking source as saying. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded up 42 points, or 0.24 percent, at 18,162.32. The S&P 500 traded up 4 points, or 0.18%, at 2,126, with telecommunications leading seven sectors higher and utilities the greatest laggard. The Nasdaq traded up 2 points, or 0.04%, at 5,156. Gold is currently trading about 0.5% lower, crude oil is seen trading about 1% lower,  and the U.S. dollar is currently trading about 1.2% higher at 9:00am Chicago time.

Thai Agriculture Minister Plans Anti-Drought Measures for Rice Farmers

Jun 23, 2015
Thailand's Agriculture Minister again requested the rice farmers to suspend the main crop rice planting in two million rai (around 320,000 hectares) land in the Chao Phraya River Basin of the Central Region until normal rainfall resumes as water in the reservoirs has reached exceptionally low levels, according to local sources.The Minister noted that the government cannot honour the farmers' demands to pay a compensation of about 1,000 baht per rai (around $185 per hectare) to suspend rice planting. He noted that the government is requesting the farmers to delay rice planting only by two months, and the two-month delay in income would not entitle them for a compensation.
He however said that he would propose a package of measures to assist farmers in the economic cabinet meeting next week.The measures reportedly include providing farming costs to famers delaying rice planting; suspending interest collection until new crops produce yield and generate revenues for farmers; providing water to about 4 million rai (around 640,000 hectares), including 3.4 million rai (about 544,000 hectares) in which rice is already planted and 600,000 rai (around 96,000 hectares) in which alternative crops are being planned; and encourage and support farmers to grow crops that require less water in the 2 million rai (about 322,000 hectares) land. 

Brazil Paddy Rice Index Declines Slightly from Last Week

Jun 23, 2015
The Brazilian paddy rice index maintained by CEPEA reached around 33.69 real per 50 kilograms as of June 22, 2015, down about 0.06% from around 33.71 real per 50 kilograms recorded on June 15, 2015.
In terms of USD per ton, the index reached around $219 per ton on June 22, 2015, up about 1% from around $217 per ton recorded on June 15, 2015.
Global Rice Quotes
June 23rd, 2015

Long grain white rice - high quality
Thailand 100% B grade   375-385                ↔
Vietnam 5% broken        345-355                ↓
India 5% broken               385-395                ↔
Pakistan 5% broken        385-395                ↔
Myanmar 5% broken      415-425                ↔
Cambodia 5% broken     430-440                ↔
U.S. 4% broken                 450-460                ↔
Uruguay 5% broken        565-575                ↔
Argentina 5% broken     555-565                ↔

Long grain white rice - low quality
Thailand 25% broken      345-355                ↔
Vietnam 25% broken      325-335                ↓
Pakistan 25% broken      340-350                ↔
Cambodia 25% broken   410-420                ↔
India 25% broken             350-360                ↔
U.S. 15% broken               440-450                ↔

Long grain parboiled rice
Thailand parboiled 100% stxd     365-375                ↔
Pakistan parboiled 5% broken stxd          395-405                ↔
India parboiled 5% broken stxd                 365-375                ↔
U.S. parboiled 4% broken             555-565                ↔
Brazil parboiled 5% broken          570-580                ↔
Uruguay parboiled 5% broken    NQ         ↔

Long grain fragrant rice
Thailand Hommali 92%   815-825                ↔
Vietnam Jasmine             480-490                ↑
India basmati 2% broken              NQ         ↔
Pakistan basmati 2% broken       NQ         ↔
Cambodia Phka Mails     820-830                ↔

Thailand A1 Super            315-325                ↔
Vietnam 100% broken   310-320                ↔
Pakistan 100% broken stxd          285-305                ↔
Cambodia A1 Super        350-360                ↔
India 100% broken stxd                 280-290                ↔
Egypt medium grain brokens      NQ         ↔
U.S. pet food     350-360                ↔
Brazil half grain NQ         ↔
All prices USD per ton, FOB vessel,

Mauritius Buys 6,000 Tons of Long-Grain White Rice from India

Jun 23, 2015
The state purchasing agency in Mauritius has purchased 6,000 tons of long-grain white rice from India in a tender (for same amount of rice) that closed on June 3. 2015, Reuters quoted European traders.
The agency reportedly purchased 4,500 tons of rice at $389.90 per ton (c&f) and 1,500 tons at $397.00 per ton (c&f), and seeks delivery between July 1 and September 30, 2015.

Oryza U.S. Rough Rice Recap – Prices Unchanged ahead of Iraqi Grain Board Tender

Jun 23, 2015
The U.S. cash market was unchanged with farmers' price ideas holding firm well above buyers' interest and as a result things were quiet today.Analysts note that many in the industry are hopeful that the U.S. will be awarded a piece of the latest Iraqi Grain Board tender; however, there are others who have their doubts.There is growing concern that if the U.S. does not generate additional export business prices may have to come off even further to get some moving before new crop is available.

EU Farmers’ Association Hails Council Suggestions Regarding Organic Legislation

Jun 23, 2015
The EU farm Ministers Council has reached an understanding over the EU organic legislation, according to a news release on the Copa-Cogeca (Association of European farmers and Agri-cooperatives) website.The Copa-Cogeca President hailed the EU farm Minister for striking a compromising solution, especially the maintenance of mixed farms in the region's rice sector. He noted that the suggestions would improve the European Commission's original proposal in many ways. “This will allow farmers to gradually develop outlets for all their products and thus safeguard their farm's viability without being exposed to serious risks. Moreover, a ban could have deterred farmers from converting to organic farming or maintaining this specific production method”, he said.
The Chairman of Copa-Cogeca’s Working Party on Organic Farming added that the decision if implemented would also ensure that imports will comply with the EU production standards. “This will help to ensure fairer competition between EU farmers and farmers in non EU countries whose products can bear the same EU organic logo, and will maintain consumer confidence," he said."We also invite European Parliament to work on the basis of the EU Council’s compromise agreement and on the way to harmonise the approaches taken by the control bodies and control authorities in case of adventitious contamination”, he added.The Copa-Cogeca Secretary-General urged the Members of European Parliament (MEPs) to act quickly as a proper decision would help them make necessary investments and develop their businesses. 

Saline-Tolerant Rice Varieties Offer Promising Future to Bangladesh Rice Farmers

Jun 23, 2015

Description: Description: Bangladesh, the negative impact of climate change has resulted in farmland in turning saline, more so in southern coastal region—considered as nation's rice bowl. Large acres of land are left fallow across the country and rice cultivation has decreased substantially because of salinity.Aid agencies, however, are optimistic about rice varieties that can naturally tackle salty soil. Bangladesh is a low-lying delta and is vulnerable to violent storms and floods and protecting agriculture from natural calamities is critical for agriculture. At the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute scientists have developed new varieties by crossbreeding rice varieties that can naturally withstand salty soil.
Though seeds are free for farmers, many of them were hesitant to adopt. The scientists from Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) have been demonstrating to the farmers at the field the cultivation techniques for the rice varieties in poor soil. Extension education has been critical in disseminating how to grow rice varieties and in the past 4 years around 180,000 farmers participated in training programs.
Salinity can be different from adjoining fields, or even within, due to rainfall, elevation and exposure to salt water from nearby rivers. Based on degrees of salinity, different types of salt-resistant rice varieties can be cultivated. The saline-resistant rice varieties have been found effective and have higher yields and the potential to mitigate salinity’s adverse impacts.
 Agricultural Experts Call for Modern Rice Farming Technologies in Vietnam
Jun 23, 2015
Agricultural experts in Vietnam have noted that various rice farming technologies in the country are outdated and urged the government to facilitate restructuring of the rice as well as total agricultural mechanization in the country, according to local sources.Speaking at a Ministry conference last week, they noted that though mechanization happened at various stages of rice production, most of the machinery used is outdated. An official from the  Agriculture Ministry's Department for Agro-Forestry-Fisheries and Salt Processing noted that tillers used in Vietnam are of only 1.6 horsepower (HP) per hectares, and are much lower to 4 HP/ha, 10 Hp/ha and 8 Hp/ha in Thailand, Korea and China respectively.
They also noted that there were many shortcomings in the application of agricultural engineering in the country, and may projects in this area were ""impractical, inadequate and uncreative." For instance they said government involvement in the manufacturing of heavy farm machinery has been meagre and private players have been restricting to smaller machinery.The Deputy chairman of the Vietnam Agricultural Engineering Society (VSAE) noted that government policies in this area are commendable but their implementation is not to a desirable extent. He added that farmers and enterprises are finding difficult to access financial assistance to modernize their operations.
The Principal of the Vietnam National University of Agriculture added that if policies are nit implemented properly, they will have to continue importing machinery from China and other countries.

The Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development instructed relevant agencies to review and highlight shortcomings in the mechanization sector to enable the government to be able to double the level of agricultural mechanization from the current 1.6 Hp/ha to 3.2 HP/ha.

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NFA to carry out aggressive palay procurement

 June 23, 2015  Pilar mabaquiao
SAN JOSE, Antique  (PIA) - -  While the  the farmers are on planting season, the National Food Authority  is readying  its warehouses and dryers for aggressive palay procurement come harvest time. Provincial Manager Marianito Benjemino said NFA Antique will double its efforts in palay procurement to ensure that the rice buffer stock of the province will remain sufficient especially during lean months.He said NFA will establish palay buying stations in rice producing municipalities and continue with mobile procurement to reach out to more farmers aside from the regular procurement at NFA warehouses in the  towns of San Jose and Culasi.
He also assured the farmers that requirements to avail of the farmer’s passbook has been  simplified and payment of their palay will be on cash basis either during the mobile procurement or at designated buying stations.Antique, Bejemino said has two big warehouses in San Jose and Culasi that could accommodate 100,000 bags of rice once procurement will go on full swing.“We are also ready to rent warehouse of any Irrigators / Farmers Association or private individual once the supply exceeds the capacity of our warehouse. We have done this is the previous years,” he said.
Bejemino also mentioned  the mechanical dryers with bigger capacity stationed at the warehouses to dry the palay during rainy months while drying pavements are ready when sunlight is available.He encouraged farmers to sell their palay to NFA because during the lean months farmers have the option to buy back and mill for their consumption or sell to other markets for a much higher price. This is contained in the NFA’s FOBB or Farmers Option to Buy Back program.Meanwhile, Bejemino assured the Antiquenos that NFA rice is sufficient and available in 56 accredited outlets provincewide. (JCM/PSM/PIA6 Antique)

Raskin program needs serious overhaul: Jokowi

Satria Sambijantoro, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Business | Tue, June 23 2015, 9:02 AM
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has instructed his ministers to thoroughly evaluate the subsidized rice-for-the-poor (raskin) program after he claimed to have found serious problems with it.Recounting his experience during field visits, the President claimed to have found that some of the rice was inedible. Some of the rice is sold two or three years after its expiration date, with some of it having turned murky and even containing fungus by the time it was received by the poor, Jokowi noted.“The raskin is an integral part of our people’s social protection program,” the President told his ministers as he opened a limited Cabinet meeting on the issue on Monday. “I want the rice to be distributed in really, really good quality.
Raskin, formerly known as a special market operation (OPK), is a cross-sector national program that has been implemented every year since 1998.The program was introduced to improve the poor’s access to rice, the main staple food of Indonesia’s 250 million people, with its distribution involving the State Logistics Agency (Bulog) and other ministries.From 2005 to 2009, the government distributed between 1.6 and 3.2 million tons of rice every year under the raskin program, with its price set at Rp 1,000 (7 US cents) to Rp 1,600 per kilogram, according to Bulog data.During the meeting at the State Palace, Jokowi also called for an overhaul in the distribution of raskin, as some of the cheap rice apparently failed to reach the targeted poor households.“Our findings show that the raskin recipient list includes affluent households.

[The raskin recipient data] needs to be verified and re-evaluated,” said the President.Commenting on the issue, Social Affairs Minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa said Monday that her ministry would reassess the quality of the raskin program, as well as the data on recipients. Based on the ministry’s findings, the poor quality raskin — expired rice that had turned murky and contained fungus — was found in rice warehouses in Java, while that distributed outside the island was usually of good quality, she said.“Java is the hub of rice production, and so much of the rice there was stockpiled for a very long time instead of being distributed in a timely manner. So we need to address this issue in the warehouses in Java by ensuring that they comply to the first-in-first out rice distribution policy,” Khofifah told reporters.
Another issue in the raskin program was the fact that local regional leaders failed to distribute the rice on time to the targeted households, said Coordinating Economic Minister Sofyan Djalil.The government will coordinate with local leaders to resolve the issue and ease distribution of rice for the poor as demanded by the President, Sofyan said. Jokowi has won local support for his firm stance against imports of crucial food commodities, but his anti-import policy has been blamed for the recent acceleration in inflation, notably food inflation, with rice prices soaring by more than 30 percent year-on-year only several months after he took office.
In February, Jokowi directly spearheaded the market operation to stabilize rice prices at Bulog rice warehouses in Jakarta, where the government began distributing raskin at Rp 1,600 per kilogram to stabilize rice prices, which at that time rose to as high as Rp 12,000 per kilogram. At that time, some of the supposedly high-quality rice sold in the market was found to have been mixed with low-quality raskin. Earlier this month, Jokowi fired then Bulog chairwoman Lenny Sugihat as the agency was deemed unsuccessful in the absorption of rice stocks and the distribution of raskin.

No cash compensation for Thai farmers in delaying rice cultivation

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BANGKOK: — Farmers who were asked to put off their rice cultivation this year will not get cash compensation but will be assisted by the government in the form of farming cost and promotion to cultivate other low water use plants.
Deputy prime minister MR Pridiyathorn Devakula said he would propose the cabinet tomorrow to assist farmers in farming cost instead of the 1,000 baht per rai as cash compensation, as well as in promoting them to grow low water use plants.This would not cost the government much in term of budgets as the government still have budget inn the emergency fund to support this scheme, he said.Meanwhile Agriculture Minister Pitipong Phuengboon na Ayudhaya said latest aerial survey by the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency showed rice cultivation areas rise to 4 million rai from 3.4 million rai after the government issued announcement urging farmers to delay rice cultivation.
He said the increase in cultivation areas by 600,000 rai carries high risk of total damage due to water shortage from drought.He warned farmers not to cultivate the remaining over two million rai otherwise they will face total damage from drought.He also said he would propose the cabinet to promote farmers to cultivate other crops that use low water, and also to suspend interest collection temporarily until new crops produces yields and generate revenues for farmers.
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Ministry of Commerce denies rumors of bad rice to be sold in markets

Tuesday, 23 June 2015By  NNT
BANGKOK, 22 June 2015 - The Ministry of Commerce has denied rumors that it will sell low quality rice for domestic consumption.Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) Director General Duangporn Rodphaya responded to rumors that the government was considering supplying low quality grains to the animal feed industry and ethanol manufacturers. She said the government will only release good quality rice for human and animal consumption.The DITP Director General added that only low quality grains will be sold to industries that do not produce human or animal food.The amount of rice released will also be determined by the rice supply expected to be produced during the rainy season. The Ministry of Commerce has assured rice farmers that the release of government stock will not affect the market price.

Europe rice standards still a challenge for millers

By Ko Ko Aung,Htin Linn Aung   |   Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Myanmar has duty-free access to the European Union for nearly all its exports. This has been a particular boon to garments, but has also opened the door to the rice trade.
Only Cambodia and Myanmar enjoy this duty free access among regional rice exporters. Although this market access gives local production a leg up, it is still tough to gain European buyers, as the domestic industry has trouble meeting its high standards.“For the time being, Myanmar has been exporting broken rice to the European Union,” said Damien Plan, an official with the European Commission’s Agriculture and Rural Development directorate-general. Europe is assisting Myanmar develop its rice sector. In the future, ideally it will be exporting more fragrant rice, such as jasmine rice, to Europe.“We want quality rice from Myanmar,” said Mr Plan.Rice exports have been growing significantly in recent years, and along with beans and pulses are a major national export.
About 70 percent of rice exports go to China, with most of the rest going to African markets and the Middle East.In May, the EU’s committee for the common organisation of agricultural markets said 144,552 tonnes of rice were shipped from Myanmar to the EU in September to April period in 2014-15, compared 79,942 tonnes a year earlier.More exports to Europe will require improvements to domestic infrastructure. A World Bank report last year highlighted the need for Myanmar to improve the quality of its rice production by expanding and upgrading domestic mills.Exports have been rising rapidly since 2011, particularly due to a rapid increase in Chinese demand. Europe Union also extended its everything-but-arms duty-free access to Myanmar in 2013, backdating it to 2012.
Different statistics exist for rice exports. Myanmar’s statistics show exports will reach 2 million tonnes this fiscal year, though other assessments are about half as high. Still, the trend toward increase exports is evident.Myanmar Rice Federation secretary general U Ye Min Aung said rice still lacks quality compared with some neighbouring countries.“We need to think about quantity and quality to promote exports. But quantity is tough to increase, so we should look at improving quality and exporting Europe to receive a good price,” he said.
Experts say that while the aspirations exist to improve the quality of exports, there are serious practical challenges. Rice mills urgently need upgrades, quality checks must be improved and greater understanding of what constitutes international-quality rice is essential.“If there is market interest, we will grow fragrant rice and export it to Europe,” said U Myo Aung Kyaw, vice chair of the Myanmar Rice Federation.Figures from the Ministry of Commerce put rice exports at more than 1.7 million tonnes for the 2014-15 fiscal year, worth a total of $645 million.

FPCCI for forming rice board

June 23, 2015
Description: - Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI), in a letter to Federal Commerce Minister Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan and Federal Minister for Food Security & Research Sikander Hayat Khan Bosan, has urged them to constitute a Rice Development Board (RDB) for providing a single platform to effectively and forcefully deal with the issues - related to development and promotion of all varieties of rice grown in the country, especially the unique Basmati rice as well as regular paddy-of all the stakeholders on Board. 

Vice President/Regional Chairman FPCCI Kh Zarar Kaleem argued that rice exports on an average was stuck-up at around $ 2 billion per annum mainly due to the lack of knowledge about latest research & development in the field of new rice varieties that yield more at lower cost and are acceptable to the global market. 

He disclosed, “Our competitors have come up with such products due to market oriented or demand driven research in consultation with all the stakeholders (rice growers, millers, exporters, traders etc.) on one platform, whereas, on the contrary, our research has been exclusive and in isolation, either in public or private sectors”

Nagpur Foodgrain Prices Open- Jun 23

Tue Jun 23, 2015 3:29pm IST
Nagpur, June 23 Gram and tuar prices showed weak tendency in Nagpur Agriculture
Produce and Marketing Committee (APMC) here on lack of demand from local millers amid highmoisture content arrival. Fresh fall on NCDEX in gram, easy condition in Madhya Pradesh pulsesand release of stock from stockists also pulled down prices, according to sources. 
               *            *              *              *
   * Major gram varieties reported higher in open market on increased seasonal demand 
     from local traders amid tight supply from millers because of rains. 
   * Tuar varieties ruled steady here on subdued demand from local traders amid good 
     supply from millers.      
   * Moong varieties suffered heavily in open market here on poor demand from local 
     traders amid profit-taking selling by stockists at higher level.
   * In Akola, Tuar - 7,300-7,700, Tuar dal - 10,100-10,500, Udid at 9,500-9,900, 
     Udid Mogar (clean) - 11,000-11,400, Moong - 7,000-8,000, Moong Mogar 
    (clean) 9,800-10,100, Gram - 3,900-4,100, Gram Super best bold - 5,900-6,000 
     for 100 kg.
   * Wheat, rice and other commodities remained steady in open market 
     in poor trading activity, according to sources.
 Nagpur foodgrains APMC auction/open-market prices in rupees for 100 kg
     FOODGRAINS                 Available prices     Previous close   
     Gram Auction                   3,500-4,340         3,500-4,400
     Gram Pink Auction            n.a.           2,100-2,600
     Tuar Auction                6,500-7,150         6,500-7,190
     Moong Auction                n.a.                6,000-6,300
     Udid Auction                n.a.           4,300-4,500
     Masoor Auction                n.a.              2,600-2,800
     Gram Super Best Bold            6,000-6,100        5,800-6,000
     Gram Super Best            n.a.                
     Gram Medium Best            5,600-5,700        5,500-5,600
     Gram Dal Medium            n.a.            n.a.
     Gram Mill Quality            5,200-5,400        5,100-5,300
     Desi gram Raw                4,300-4,400         4,300-4,400
     Gram Filter new            5,700-5,900        5,600-5,800
     Gram Kabuli                5,500-7,000        5,500-5,700
     Gram Pink                6,400-6,600        6,400-6,600
     Tuar Fataka Best             10,500-10,800        10,500-10,800
     Tuar Fataka Medium             9,900-10,300        9,900-10,300
     Tuar Dal Best Phod            9,500-9,700        9,500-9,700
     Tuar Dal Medium phod            8,800-9,300        8,800-9,300
     Tuar Gavarani New             7,300-7,400        7,300-7,400
     Tuar Karnataka             7,900-8,000        7,900-8,000
     Tuar Black                 11,000-11,300           11,000-11,300 
     Masoor dal best            8,000-8,200        8,000-8,200
     Masoor dal medium            7,500-7,900        7,500-7,900
     Masoor                    n.a.            n.a.
     Moong Mogar bold               10,000-10,300       10,200-10,500
     Moong Mogar Medium best        9,500-9,800        9,700-9,900
     Moong dal Chilka            8,600-9,200        8,900-9,400
     Moong Mill quality            n.a.            n.a.
     Moong Chamki best            9,600-9,900        9,600-9,900
     Udid Mogar Super best (100 INR/KG)    11,500-11,750       11,500-11,750
     Udid Mogar Medium (100 INR/KG)    10,600-10,800        10,600-10,800
     Udid Dal Black (100 INR/KG)        8,900-9,200        8,900-9,200
     Batri dal (100 INR/KG)        4,100-4,300        4,100-4,300
     Lakhodi dal (100 INR/kg)           3,200-3,350         3,200-3,350
     Watana Dal (100 INR/KG)        3,300-3,400        3,300-3,400
     Watana White (100 INR/KG)        3,000-3,100         3,000-3,100
     Watana Green Best (100 INR/KG)    3,600-4,500        3,600-4,500
     Wheat 308 (100 INR/KG)        1,400-1,600        1,400-1,600
     Wheat Mill quality(100 INR/KG)    1,500-1,650        1,500-1,650
     Wheat Filter (100 INR/KG)        1,400-1,600           1,400-1,600
     Wheat Lokwan best (100 INR/KG)    2,200-2,400        2,200-2,400
     Wheat Lokwan medium (100 INR/KG)    1,900-2,100        1,900-2,100
     Lokwan Hath Binar (100 INR/KG)    n.a.            n.a.
     MP Sharbati Best (100 INR/KG)    3,100-3,650        3,100-3,650
     MP Sharbati Medium (100 INR/KG)    2,500-2,850        2,500-2,850
     Wheat 147 (100 INR/KG)        1,400-1,500        1,400-1,500
     Wheat Best (100 INR/KG)        1,900-2,100        1,900-2,100     
     Rice BPT New(100 INR/KG)        2,600-3,000        2,600-3,000
     Rice BPT (100 INR/KG)               3,200-3,400        3,200-3,400
     Rice Parmal (100 INR/KG)        1,500-1,750        1,500-1,750
     Rice Swarna new (100 INR/KG)      2,150-2,450        2,150-2,450
     Rice Swarna old (100 INR/KG)      2,600-2,800        2,600-2,800
     Rice HMT new(100 INR/KG)        3,100-3,600        3,100-3,600
     Rice HMT (100 INR/KG)               3,600-4,000        3,600-3,900
     Rice HMT Shriram New(100 INR/KG)    4,000-4,500        4,000-4,500
     Rice HMT Shriram old (100 INR/KG)    4,500-5,200        4,500-5,200     
     Rice Basmati best (100 INR/KG)    8,200-10,200        8,200-10,200
     Rice Basmati Medium (100 INR/KG)    6,000-7,200        6,000-7,200
     Rice Chinnor new (100 INR/KG)    4,700-4,900        4,700-4,900
     Rice Chinnor (100 INR/KG)        5,200-5,600        5,200-5,600
     Jowar Gavarani (100 INR/KG)        2,200-2,450        2,200-2,450
     Jowar CH-5 (100 INR/KG)        2,500-2,600        2,500-2,600
Maximum temp. 26.0 degree Celsius (78.8 degree Fahrenheit), minimum temp.
23.7 degree Celsius (74.7 degree Fahrenheit)
Humidity: Highest - n.a., lowest - n.a.
Rainfall : 54.1 mm
FORECAST: Generally cloudy sky. Rains or thunder-showers likely towards evening or night.
Maximum and minimum temperature would be around and 32 and 24 degree Celsius respectively.
Note: n.a.--not available
(For oils, transport costs are excluded from plant delivery prices, but included in market prices.)

Sowing gathers pace as monsoon delivers ample rainfall

By Reuters | 22 Jun, 2015, 05.57PM IST
Better-than-expected monsoon rains in the past two weeks have helped farmers in several parts of India sow cotton, pulses and oilseeds on time.ET SPECIAL:Love visual aspect of news? Enjoy this exclusive slideshows treat!
HIVRA: Better-than-expected monsoon rains in the past two weeks have helped farmers in several parts of India sow cotton, pulses and oilseeds on time, but the country's weather office is still sticking to its forecast of a likely drought. Although a delayed arrival of the monsoon had worried farmers, more than two-thirds of the country has now received normal or above-normal levels of rainfall so far this monsoon season, which starts on June 1. Overall, rainfall was 16 per cent above normal as of Monday, helping fill up some reservoirs in a country where over half the farmland lacks irrigation systems.
"We were worried since everyone was talking about a drought," said Shivaji Pophale, busy planting cotton in his three-acre plot in the village of Hivra. "Fortunately we have got enough rains to start sowing." But Pophale is not celebrating yet, as the June-September rainy season has only started and things could change quickly. Agriculture accounts for just about 15 per cent of India's $2 trillion economy, but three-fifths of its 1.25 billion people depend on it for their livelihood. Officials at the India Meteorological Department (IMD) say the northern states will receive heavier monsoon rains this week but that current weather patterns still point to total rains of just 88 per cent of the long-term average, as predicted in early June, due to an El Nino weather pattern. India received a similar level of rains last year but the government did not declare a drought as the monsoon picked up in the latter part of the season, underscoring its highly unpredictable nature, which keeps farmers on edge.
 Skymet has rejected the IMD's prediction for 2015 and has forecast bountiful rains. The recent downpour has helped rice farmers accelerate preparations for planting, which will lead to a greater area of rice cultivation this year, said B V Krishna Rao, managing director at Pattabhi Agro Foods, India's top non-basmati rice exporter. Soybean cultivation has also been proceeding at full speed in key producing states Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, which could drive up national output by 10 percent to over 10 million tonnes this year, said Pravin Lunkad, president of industry body the Solvent Extractors' Association of India. Reflecting the sowing progress, soybean, cotton and chickpea futures inched down on Monday. Higher output of soybean and pulses is good news for India, which spends billions of dollars importing the pulses and edible oil widely used in the country's cooking

New USA Rice Research Shows Rice Messages Will Resonate with Consumers     
"Yes sir, of course the rice is U.S.-grown!"
ARLINGTON, VA -- New USA Rice consumer research into attitudes towards rice, sustainability, and eating local indicate that rice's ability to address all of these growing trends position the grain well.When asked how important it is that the food they eat in restaurants be prepared with ingredients grown in the United States, 81 percent say "somewhat" or "very."  But ask them if they'd be willing to pay more for it and only 54 percent say they probably or definitely would, and 12 percent say they definitely would not."We also asked respondents which they would choose as a side dish between rice, pasta, and potatoes," said Michael Klein, USA Rice's vice president of communications.  "It was no surprise that potatoes won with 50 percent, but then we asked if they knew the rice was grown in the United States, would that make a difference?"
 Klein thinks the 32 percent who said they would change their minds as a result is encouraging. "We won't dethrone potatoes as the king of the side with that, but we make good inroads - and it shows our good story is worth telling.  Consumers care about these things."The research also showed strong support for groceries that are grown sustainably (78 percent), although consumers reacted even more strongly when the word "sustainable" was replaced with "environmentally responsible" (84 percent).Klein said more details of the study will be shared in the upcoming issue of the Whole Grain, due out in July, and that USA Rice would continue to track these attitudes now that they had established a benchmark.

Contact:  Deborah Willenborg (703) 236-1444

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Delegation from the Philippines visits Stuttgart research centers Monday


The Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center and the University of Arkansas Rice Research and Extension Center were visited Monday by a delegation of rice program managers from the Philippines.

Description: Lucrecio Alviar Jr., Edilberto Deluna, Dr.
Dawn Teer/Stuttgart Daily LeaderLucrecio Alviar Jr., Edilberto Deluna, Dr. David Gealy and Cipriano Santiago listen as Dr. Yulin Jia speaks during a visit to the Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center.
By Dawn Teer

Posted Jun. 23, 2015 at 12:17 PM ,STUTTGART
The Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center and the University of Arkansas Rice Research and Extension Center were visited Monday by a delegation of rice program managers from the Philippines.Lucrecio Alviar Jr., regional executive director, and wife, Noemi; Lorenzo Caranguian, regional technical director, and wife, Leona; Cipriano Santiago, regional executive director; and Edilberto Deluna, assistant secretary for operations and national rice and corn program coordinator are in the United States on an educational trip. The group toured the DBNRRC to learn if they can utilize what the center has learned regarding diseases and weed resistance in rice. Members of the group work with the International Rice Research Institute, and are counterparts to the Extension Service in the U.S.Dr. David Gealy and Dr. Yulin Jia discussed the latest in their research on finding genetic markers in rice varieties that make it disease and weed resistant.
 Dr. Melissa Jia talked with them regarding the use of robotics in their research. Dr. Lori Berhardt discussed the GOSR facility here and in Idaho and answered questions regarding seed varieties that are available to the public. Chuck Wilson of USA Rice Federation and RREC worked with USDA to bring the delegation to the DBNRRC and Extension facilities.The delegation first visited Louisiana State University prior to coming to the DBNRRC. They plan to visit Mississippi before returning to the Philippines to utilize the information they have gained on this trip.

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