Thursday, July 02, 2015

1st July (Wednesday),2015 Daily Global Rice E-Newsletter by Riceplus Magazine

July 1 ,2015

USA Rice Chair Appointed to Critical Trade Advisory Committee
Dow Brantley
WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and United States Trade Representative Michael Froman today announced appointments to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC).  USA Rice Chairman Dow Brantley was tapped to join the APAC, a select group of trade experts that provides advice and information to the government on the administration of trade policy, including enforcement of existing trade agreements and negotiating objectives for new trade agreements."This is great news for USA Rice to be back on the advisory committee, and I want to thank Dow for his willingness to serve," said USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward.Brantley, a rice producer from England, Arkansas, said, "I feel like my appointment to APAC will ensure that the U.S. rice industry is at the forefront on trade policy.  Trade is a top priority and I am happy to provide advice or guidance that will benefit U.S. rice."
SA Rice COO Bob Cummings was also reappointed to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) for Trade in Grains, Feed, Oilseeds and Planting Seeds.  The six different ATACs offer technical advice and information about specific commodities and products."The individuals we are appointing today represent one of the most important sectors to America's export economy and will provide critical advice as we negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, and work to expand export opportunities for American agriculture," said Froman. This group of committee members will serve until June 15, 2019.
Contact:  Deborah Willenborg (703) 236-1444
CCC Announces Prevailing World Market Prices 
WASHINGTON, DC --The Department of Agriculture's Commodity Credit Corporationtoday announced the following prevailing world market prices of milled and rough rice, adjusted for U.S. milling yields and location, and the resulting marketing loan gain (MLG) and loan deficiency payment (LDP) rates applicable to the 2014 crop, which will become effective today at 7:00 a.m., Eastern Time (ET).  Prices are unchanged from the previous announcement.

World Price

Milled Value ($/cwt)
Rough ($/cwt)
Rough ($/cwt)
Long Grain
Medium/Short Grain

This week's prevailing world market prices and MLG/LDP rates are based on the following U.S. milling yields and the corresponding loan rates:

U.S. Milling Yields
Loan Rate
Long Grain
Medium/Short Grain

The next program announcement is scheduled for
 July 8, 2015.   

CME Group/Closing Rough Rice Futures   
CME Group (Prelim):  Closing Rough Rice Futures for July 1
Net Change

July 2015
 + $0.190
September 2015
+ $0.170
November 2015
+ $0.175
January 2016
+ $0.175
March 2016
+ $0.175
May 2016
+ $0.175
July 2016
+ $0.175

Price on: 30-06-2015
Benchmark Indicators Name
Turkish No. 2 whole pitted, CIF UK (USD/t)
Turkish No. 4 whole pitted, CIF UK (USD/t)
Turkish size 8, CIF UK (USD/t)
Californian Thompson seedless raisins, CIF UK (USD/t)
South African Thompson seedless raisins, CIF UK (USD/t)
Australian 5 Crown, CIF UK (USD/t)
Iranian natural sultanas (Gouchan), CIF UK (USD/t)
Turkish No 9 standard, FOB Izmir (USD/t)
For more info
Market Watch
Commodity-wise, Market-wise Daily Price on 30-06-2015
Domestic Prices
Unit Price : Rs per Qty
Market Center
Min Price
Max Price
Cachar (Assam)
Kheda (Gujarat)
Chala (Kerala)
Amirgadh (Gujarat)
Dhing (Assam)
Saharsa (Bihar)
Pine Apple
Chala (Kerala)
Shillong (Meghalaya)
Sirhind (Punjab)
Banki (Orissa)
Satara (Maharashtra)
Chala (Kerala)
For more info
Rs per 100 No
Price on 30-06-2015
Market Center
Other International Prices
Unit Price : US$ per package
Price on 30-06-2015
Market Center
Onions Dry
Package: 50 lb sacks
Package: 50 lb cartons
Round Green Type
Round Green Type
Round Green Type
Package: 7/10 bushel cartons

Philippines to import 50,000 tons of rice from Pakistan

July 01, 2015

The Philippines has announced a rice import quota for Pakistan, offering Islamabad to export up to 50,000 metric tons of rice- a positive omen for rice sector which is constantly facing decline in export for the last couple of years. The government of Philippines has offered to import 50,000 tonnes of rice from Pakistan to help it meet its goal of importing an aggregate volume of 805,200 tonnes of rice under its minimum access volume (MAV) for this year.The total import volume comprises 755,200 tonnes of country-specific quota (CSQ) and 50,000 tonnes of omnibus origin volume.

According to details, Philippines' National Food Authority (NFA) has invited its private sector to participate in import of an aggregate volume of 805,200 metric tons of rice under the minimum access volume (MAV) for this year. The total import volume comprises 755,200 Mt of country-specific quota (CSQ) and 50,000 MT of omnibus origin volume. The CSQ is broken down as following : China 50,000 Mt,India 50,000 Mt, Pakistan 50,000 Mt, Australia 15,000 Mt, El Salvador 4,000 Mt,Thailand 293,100 Mt and Vietnam 293,100 Mt, said a statement issued by Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) here. All rice imported under the 2015 MAV rice import program shall be levied with a tariff of 35 percent to be paid in advance to the Land Bank of Philippines, with the bureau of customs making the final assessment and valuation. Importers are allowed to import well-milled rice with quality not lower than 25 percent brokens or other special rice varieties. 
The NFA shall accept applications for the import under the 2015 MAV 15 days after publication of the notice. Interested parties should submit pertinent documents to the grains marketing operations department at the NFA central office and pay a non-refundable processing fee of Peso 50,000.Corporations, partnerships, sole proprietorship, farmers' cooperatives and joint ventures can apply under the program.Importers should be able to deliver the imported rice on or before November 30, 2015. Chairman, Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) Rafique Suleman appreciated the efforts of Ambassador of Pakistan to Philippine Safder Hayat and his team.A high profile REAP's trade delegation visited Philippine in the month of April 2015 and with the support of Ambassador of Pakistan had meetings with officials of various government departments of Philippine.

Farmers asked not to sow Basmati 1509 till July 15

The Punjab and Haryana governments have advised paddy farmers not to undertake sowing of a high-yielding variety ‘PUSA Basmati 1509’ before July 15 after exporters complained of breakage due to early plantation. An awareness campaign has been launched in both Punjab and Haryana -- the two major basmati rice producing States. The farmers have been asked to “shun” the practice of sowing 1509 variety before July 15.
Description:“We are asking farmers under the campaign to transplant Basmati 1509 variety after July 15 otherwise there will be high incidence of broken content and moisture content in the crop will be higher,” Haryana Additional Chief Secretary (Agriculture), Dhanpat Singh said here on Monday.If the crop is planted pre-maturely, then there will be high breakage while milling and will have no acceptability in export market, according to basmati rice exporters. “What farmers do is they plant this crop before July and as a result of which the grain remains immature and weak. When we mill or process it, the grain breaks up,” Punjab Rice Millers and Exporters Association director Ashok Sethi said. - PTI

There's always time for good food

By Myra Starkey
June 30, 2015 at midnight
Updated July 1, 2015 at 6 a.m.
Hannah is our only married child. She is 26 years old, so I guess she is not technically an actual child. Anyway, she and her husband, Ben, live in Houston and have very busy lives.Hannah is a second-year resident in the UTHealth general surgery program, and Ben is a corporate lawyer in a fairly large firm. They live in a small house near Rice University and the medical center.
Instead of children, which neither of them feels like they have time for yet, they have two very large Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs. Eleanor and Quimby are the size of baby elephants and share this hectic life. I call them my granddogs.About a month ago, Hannah called to let me know she was having a wedding shower at her house for her childhood friend, Stephanie. Her friend, Kim, was a co-hostess for the party. She asked if I could attend, and even better, if I could arrive early and help her cook and decorate. I was thrilled to assist in the kitchen and asked her to prepare a menu with Kim and tell me what she wanted me to make. She said they were having a brunch and the menu would be strata (egg dish), fruit bowl, coffeecake and Berliners. I had to Google the latter because I had never heard of them.
I arrived the evening before with Taylor, and we unloaded all the party necessities, such as folding chairs, burlap table coverings, platters, silverware and goblets. When we were younger my friend, Janet, and I could throw a party in a number of hours. We have quite a stash from those entertaining days and so my "party in a box" was coming in handy one more time.I should mention that Hannah is at the hospital at least 80 hours per week, and prior to the party, she had worked a 32-hour shift, in which she was awake the entire time.
Description: By Janet Russell..Berliner DonutsHer schedule called for a six-hour nap and then straight to the kitchen to cook. She changed the schedule when she heard Spencer's girlfriend, Rachel, was in town visiting and wanted us all to go to dinner together. There was a new gourmet taco place called Velvet Taco. It is named that because they sell red velvet cake for dessert.With a party at her house in less than 24 hours, we all went for a new restaurant experience. I was hesitant for sure, but she looked at me and said, "We've got this, Mom, no problem." I guess they teach you that attitude in a surgery residency.The food at Velvet Taco is delicious. Hannah and I shared different variations of tacos including cornmeal crusted crawfish with red pickled cabbage slaw, chicken tikka with spicy pepper sauce and basmati rice, Israeli couscous vegetarian, and tuna with ginger-soy vinaigrette and seaweed salad. They were all delicious with interesting flavors.
We also sampled a Tater Tot appetizer with a fried egg on top. The food is fairly similar to another restaurant we enjoy called Torchy's Tacos. You can't go wrong at either place.Once finished and back at her house, we made a food list and went to H-E-B. We spent the next several hours in her kitchen preparing for the next morning.The egg strata was filled with thinly sliced and toasted French bread, red potato hash with shallots, fresh rosemary and smoky fontina cheese. This dish can be refrigerated overnight and then baked in the morning.We also made a blueberry coffeecake, bacon and the Berliners. Berliners are donuts that are traditionally filled with jelly or custard. Hannah glazed them and decorated them with a raspberry and a blackberry on top. They are light and airy, made with egg yolks, and they puff up when fried.
They are small enough to forget you are counting calories so you think that it takes four to make a full donut. They literally disappear off the platter.Stephanie and all her friends arrived about noon. I knew many of the girls from Hannah's days at Trinity Episcopal School and later at St. Joseph High School. Now, they are grown up college graduates with big city careers.Wedding bells were ringing for many of the girls in the group. They arrived dressed in the latest fashions and looking glamorous.
Kim and Hannah greeted guests while I finished up the final cooking duties. Taylor babysat the granddogs in the back bedroom.The shower was a great success. It was a joy to team up with Hannah again to feed the ones we love.I am looking forward to Stephanie's wedding. I know she will make a beautiful bride.
Myra Starkey lives in Victoria. Write her in care of the Advocate, P.O. Box 1518, Victoria, TX 77901, or
Celebrate summer with Samba!
It’s summertime and we’re in the Samba spirit! So grab your maracas and celebrate the sunshine and all that comes along with it. We’re thinking lazy barbecues in the garden, picnics in the park and long al fresco meals as the sun sets…all served up with a side order of our delicious and wholesome Basmati rice!

Three Feel Good Tips for Summer
We believe in being healthy, staying active and feeling good – all year round. That’s because eating well and keeping fit doesn’t just help you to look good on the outside; it also helps you to feel great on the inside. And that’s something we don’t want to save just for summer!
Using Tilda Basmati as a base for your meals is the perfect place to start this healthy and positive lifestyle. Basmati rice is naturally Gluten Free, low in fat and has a low to medium GI, which means it keeps you fuller longer. This can help you to stick to three healthy meals a day, instead of reaching for a potentially unhealthy snack when hunger strikes.To celebrate the warm weather finally arriving we wanted to share our top three tips for feeling great this summer (and the rest of the year!).
Eat the right foods to fuel your active lifestyle
Description: feel-good-this-summer-BLOGAs Wholegrain Basmati is a slow-release energy source, this means you’ll feel energetic for longer. If you’re preparing for extended activity power up first with our delicious Blueberry Brown Rice Porridge recipe, which you’ll find in our Mood Food Manual. The Wholegrain Basmati will provide you with enough fuel to stay active for longer and the blueberries are packed full of vitamins and antioxidants to increase energy and promote a healthier mood. So not only will you be active and full of energy, you’ll also feel really upbeat!
Be Active

There are lots of ways to stay active and not all of them have to be strenuous.Getting off the bus a couple of stops early or taking the stairs wherever possible can contribute to a healthy and active lifestyle.You could also try to take part in regular exercise a couple of times a week. Yoga is a low intensity exercise, which means you only use between 40-50% of your maximum heart rate. Practicing yoga regularly can help to improve strength and flexibility, improve posture and increase blood flow.
If you’re already in good shape then a higher intensity exercise like running can be beneficial. Higher intensity exercises push your heart rate to 75% of its maximum or more, increasing metabolism and burning more calories. Running also reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure as well as boosting brain performance and mood.To work out your maximum heart rate, simply subtract your age from 220. And remember to always consult a physician before starting any new exercise regime.
Stay Motivated
If we don’t see or feel results immediately it can be easy to be disheartened, but it’s important to carry on and know that you’ll get there in the end! We’ve recommended a few apps that can help you maintain a healthy and active lifestyle in our Mood Food Manual including MyFitnessPal, an app that allows you to track your meals and exercise routine and Pocket Yoga, which helps to improve your existing yoga routine.You’ll find plenty of healthy recipes on our website as well as our free Mood Food Manual, which is full of tips and recipes to help you eat your way healthy and happy.
Download your FREE Mood Food Manual right here.
Rice experts, Vitter to speak at Field Day
CROWLEY – The LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station Annual Field Day will be held July 1, with a host of rice experts and speakers discussing the latest in rice farming technology. 

Science community ideal ‘lakbay-aral

By: Anselmo Roque
01:09 AM July 1st, 2015
Description: THE PHILIPPINE Carabao Center in the Science City of Muñoz in Nueva Ecija keeps a herd of dairy carabaos to maintain a gene pool and help preserve the country’s carabao population.  WILLIE LOMIBAO

THE PHILIPPINE Carabao Center in the Science City of Muñoz in Nueva Ecija keeps a herd of dairy carabaos to maintain a gene pool and help preserve the country’s carabao population.  THE PHILIPPINE Carabao Center in the Science City of Muñoz in Nueva Ecija keeps a herd of dairy carabaos to maintain a gene pool and help preserve the country’s carabao population. LOMETERS 143 and 151 along the Maharlika Highway in the Science City of Muñoz are important markers for visitors on an educational trip to Nueva Ecija.
On whichever point they alight, those joining any “lakbay-aral” (educational trip) will learn new things from the member-agencies of the science community here.This section of Muñoz was declared a “science community” by the Department of Science and Technology in 1993. In 2001, it was proclaimed as the “agrotourism site for Luzon” by the Department of Tourism and the Department of Agriculture, in coordination with the University of the Philippines’ Asian Institute of Tourism.Although the place is without beaches, a major attraction for most tourists, visitors have said the five-hour tour here is worth the trip.
Among the institutions and agencies commonly visited are the Central Luzon State University (CLSU), Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), Philippine Center for Postharvest and Mechanization (PhilMech), and the Tilapia Science Center and the Regional Crop Protection Center.Also in the itinerary are the Philippine-Sino Center for Agricultural Technology, Philippine–Israel Center for Agricultural Training, the office of the Casecnan Multipurpose Irrigation and Power Project, two district offices of the Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems, the provincial office of the Department of Science and Technology, and the South Nueva Ecija office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
‘Science city’
The City Hall is also a place of interest as visitors are briefed about how the only science city in the country operates. Muñoz was officially declared a “science city” in 2000.“Our community here boasts of having centers of excellence in science and technology. That’s why visitors come, particularly those seeking more knowledge in these fields,” said Mayor Nestor Alvarez.
Most visited
The CLSU campus, which was set up as the government’s agricultural school in 1907, has become a “must-see” in the city.The university has an office that guides tourists on places to visit in the 658–hectare campus.Among the important spot for agritours at the CLSU campus are:
Agricultural Museum showcases rice and vegetable planting implements, household/indigenous utensils, personal apparel and hunting and fishing implements. They are meant to promote the cultural heritage of Filipinos, particularly those in Central Luzon, in agriculture.Biodiversity Museum features terrestrial, freshwater, agroecosytem and forest ecosystem exhibits. It has vast collections of insects, preserved specimens of macrofungi, invertebrates, lichens and others, earthresources and an “earth watch” nook.Living Fish Museum houses indigenous and tropical freshwater fish collected from different provinces in Luzon. It has collections of indigenous fish, ornamental freshwater fish, reptiles, mollusks and aquatic plants.Concrete Tank Culture of Tilapia demonstrates intensive culture of tilapia in concrete circular tanks, with provisions for continuous water exchange and aeration. Each tank is stocked with 6,000 tilapia fingerlings.
CLSU Ramon Magsaysay Center for Agricultural Resources and Environment Studies Training Center promotes organic farming culture and has services for waste assessment and ecological and solid waste planning, land crop suitability training on organic rice and vegetable production, training on organic inputs, and training on trichoderma production and utilization.Small Ruminant Center is the lead agency in small ruminant research, development and extension under the DA-Bureau of Agricultural Research. It develops and promotes the goat and sheep industry in Luzon.Science and Technology Centrum is a one-stop information shop on research

development breakthroughs and technologies generated and promoted by CLSU. It features exhibit displays of models and live specimens organized into crop, aquaculture, agritechnology, environment and development galleries.Also of interest to visitors are the mushroom center and the showcase of hydroponics, which also features urban and vertical gardening using soil-less culture.
‘Beast of fortune’
About a kilometer north of the CLSU main gate is the PCC national headquarters and gene pool. On its 20-ha compound are dairy carabaos used for breeding and dairying purposes, its biotech laboratories, and showcases of carabao-based enterprises.The improved breed of carabaos has become the new wave for changing the lives of farmers and improving rural communities. It is a source of draft animal power, meat, milk and hide.Also a major agency hosted by Muñoz is PhilRice, which develops high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies for rice production. It implements a natural rice research and development program, sustains the gains made in rice production and solves location-specific problems of the rice industry.After the tour, visitors can rest at the Rizal Park, in which national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, is depicted as wearing a “barong Tagalog.” They may take lunch at the Lingap-Kalikasan Park and stroll along the tree-lined roads on campus.

Keeping the Faith! Skymet says July rainfall will be above normal

India Infoline News Service | Mumbai | July 01, 2015 08:32 IST

The Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) is presently neutral and is on track to becoming positive in August. This is favorable for the Monsoon.We think July is going to be normal, albeit it is going to start on a weak note. But before I deep dive into July, I would like to talk a little about June. The Southwest Monsoon covered the entire country a little ahead of its schedule. The month of June is surplus at 16%. (This is the best June performance of all time in any persisting El Nino year). It reached the last post of West Rajasthan on June 26, while the onset over the region usually happens around July 15.

 We had gone for normal to above normal at 107% in April for the month of June, but it has surpassed our expectations. If memory serves me right, this is the best rainfall distribution for June at least in the last decade. All four regions are normal (95% of India is between normal to excess). Sowing across the country has been bang on time. And has been completed in 16.56 million hectares which is 3.14 million hectares or almost quarter more than last year. Paddy stands at 2.33 million hectares, below by 6%, (this has been on account of late arrival of the Monsoon in UP and Bihar, I expect it to catch up); pulses- 1.1 million hectares (almost 100% of last year); oil seeds- 2.79 million hectares (almost 400% increase over last year); coarse cereals- 1.93 million hectares (16% increase over last year); cotton- 3.48 million hectares (20 % increase Description: skymetover last year).Coming back to July.


Our initial April forecast was 104% of normal for the month. And we are sticking to that. July has a standard rainfall deviation of ± 16%, and we see the cumulative rainfall for the month remaining in the same limit (84% to 116% of the July LPA of 289mm is normal). In July, I think the winners will be north, east, west and central India. South/Peninsular India could be at a loss. More specifically there is a risk of prolonged dry weather in North interior Karnataka and South interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Marathwada.

A long break is being feared in July. We disagree. We don’t think there is going to be a “typical” break, but we think Monsoon will take a breather between the 2nd and 6th of July. We think there are three spells in July (6th-8th, 14th-17th, 23rd-26th) and a fourth around 30th July & August 2nd which might spill into August. The first spell between 6-8 July will be concentrated in North, Central and East India.The Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) helped rainfall in June.


We think it will be back in the second half of July and enhance rain over India.El Nino is strong and we have factored this into our forecast. But this is a peculiar El Nino event. In that, it set in September-October-November (SON) 2014, then weakened in February and subsequently increased again. The years 1986-87 that were back-to-back drought and El Nino years, had seen a consistent rise in the Nino index, which is not the case this year.The Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) is presently neutral and is on track to becoming positive in August.


This is favorable for the Monsoon.I would also like to mention that 2015 could now only be a drought if both July and August end up with an average deficiency for the two months of 20% or more. This is highly unlikely. If July, August and September are down by 8,10, & 20% respectively, even then the season as whole will not be a drought.I must mention that we are sticking to our April forecast of 102% of the LPA, without changes or qualifications. At Skymet we think 2015 is going to be a normal Monsoon.

Source: Skymet

Nagpur Foodgrain Prices Open- July 01

Nagpur, July 1 Gram and tuar firmed up again in Nagpur Agriculture Produce and
Marketing Committee (APMC) here on increased buying support from local millers amid tight supplyfrom producing regions. Fresh rise in Madhya Pradesh pulses and reported demand from South-basedmillers also jacked up prices, according to sources. 
               *            *              *              *
   * Desi gram recovered in open market on good buying support from local traders amid 
     thin supply from millers. 
   * Tuar varieties ruled steady in open market here matching the demand and supply 
   * Batri dal and Lakhodi dal showed upward tendency on good buying support from local 
     traders amid weak arrival from producing belts.   
   * Watana varieties moved down in open market in absence of buyers amid release of 
     stock from stockists.                                                                      
   * 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 weak 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         3,500-4,440
     Gram Pink Auction            n.a.           2,100-2,600
     Tuar Auction                6,000-7,200         6,000-7,300
     Moong Auction                n.a.                6,000-6,400
     Udid Auction                n.a.           4,300-4,500
     Masoor Auction                n.a.              2,600-2,800
     Gram Super Best Bold            5,800-6,000        5,800-6,000
     Gram Super Best            n.a.                
     Gram Medium Best            5,600-5,700        5,600-5,700
     Gram Dal Medium            n.a.            n.a.
     Gram Mill Quality            5,200-5,400        5,200-5,400
     Desi gram Raw                4,300-4,400         4,250-4,350
     Gram Filter new            5,700-5,900        5,700-5,900
     Gram Kabuli                5,500-7,000        5,500-5,700
     Gram Pink                6,400-6,600        6,400-6,600
     Tuar Fataka Best             10,000-10,300        10,000-10,300
     Tuar Fataka Medium             9,700-10,000        9,700-10,000
     Tuar Dal Best Phod            9,400-9,700        9,500-9,700
     Tuar Dal Medium phod            8,800-9,300        8,800-9,500
     Tuar Gavarani New             7,400-7,500        7,400-7,500
     Tuar Karnataka             7,900-8,000        7,900-8,000
     Tuar Black                 10,900-11,200           10,900-11,200 
     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               10,000-10,500       10,000-10,500
     Moong Mogar Medium best        9,500-9,900        9,500-9,900
     Moong dal Chilka            8,700-9,500        8,700-9,500
     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)    11,200-11,800       11,200-11,800
     Udid Mogar Medium (100 INR/KG)    10,300-10,800        10,300-10,800
     Udid Dal Black (100 INR/KG)        8,900-9,400        8,900-9,400
     Batri dal (100 INR/KG)        4,400-4,800        4,000-4,600
     Lakhodi dal (100 INR/kg)           3,300-3,400         3,200-3,350
     Watana Dal (100 INR/KG)        3,100-3,350        3,200-3,400
     Watana White (100 INR/KG)        3,100-3,200         3,200-3,300
     Watana Green Best (100 INR/KG)    3,700-4,500        3,800-4,500
     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)        2,600-2,800        2,600-2,800
     Rice BPT (100 INR/KG)               3,000-3,300        3,000-3,300
     Rice Parmal (100 INR/KG)        1,500-1,750        1,500-1,750
     Rice Swarna new (100 INR/KG)      2,200-2,450        2,200-2,450
     Rice Swarna old (100 INR/KG)      2,500-2,700        2,500-2,700
     Rice HMT new(100 INR/KG)        3,100-3,600        3,100-3,600
     Rice HMT (100 INR/KG)               3,800-4,200        3,800-4,200
     Rice HMT Shriram New(100 INR/KG)    4,300-4,600        4,200-4,500
     Rice HMT Shriram old (100 INR/KG)    4,500-5,100        4,500-5,000     
     Rice Basmati best (100 INR/KG)    8,000-10,000        8,000-10,000
     Rice Basmati Medium (100 INR/KG)    7,000-7,500        7,000-7,500
     Rice Chinnor new (100 INR/KG)    4,500-4,800        4,500-4,800
     Rice Chinnor (100 INR/KG)        5,200-5,600        5,200-5,600
     Jowar Gavarani (100 INR/KG)        2,100-2,350        2,100-2,350
     Jowar CH-5 (100 INR/KG)        2,400-2,500        2,400-2,500
Maximum temp. 36.2 degree Celsius (97.2 degree Fahrenheit), minimum temp.
24.2 degree Celsius (75.6 degree Fahrenheit)
Humidity: Highest - n.a., lowest - n.a.
Rainfall : 2.3 mm
FORECAST: Generally cloudy sky. Rains or thunder-showers likely towards evening or night.
Maximum and minimum temperature would be around and 35 and 24 degree Celsius respectively.
Note: n.a.--not available
(For oils, transport costs are excluded from plant delivery prices, butincluded in market prices.)

Rice exports to Nigeria may take a hit on currency woes


Non-basmati rice exporters fear that the currency crisis in Nigeria could pull down shipments of the grain by up to a tenth this year. Nigeria, one of the big importers of Indian non-basmati rice in Africa, recently stopped dollar sales to importers of rice and other commodities in the country, to protect its dwindling forex reserves and boost domestic cereal production.“There are confusing signals from Nigeria and shipments have slowed down. In fact, the Nigerian move on forex sale to exporters will affect rice shipments of all origin.
We expect it could impact our overall shipments by about 10 per cent this year,” said BV Krishna Rao, Managing Director of Pattabhi Agro Foods, a large exporter.Nigeria is one of the largest buyers of par-boiled rice and it is estimated that Indian exporters account for close to half of the 2.5 million tonnes that it imports. The bulk of the Indian rice sold to Nigeria is through global traders such as Platinum Corp and Louis Dreyfus. Some shipments are routed to Nigeria through countries such as Benin.
A fall in the local currency, niara against the dollar, along with the sharp decline in crude oil prices and the change in Government have impacted rice imports. However, payments have not been hit as Indian exporters route their shipments through global traders.The new government in Nigeria is yet to approve rice imports. “It is [only] a matter of time before they open up. The stocks are down and they’ll have to import. Ultimately the demand will come up,” an official at a trading house said. Back home, the drop in demand from countries such as Nigeria has not impacted paddy prices as the Government has procured more crop this year.
(This article was published on July 1, 2015)

Thailand lowers 2015 rice output forecast by over 2 mln tonnes


Wed Jul 1, 2015 6:23am EDT

The Thai government lowered its forecast for this year's main-crop rice output by over 2 million tonnes, according to the latest report from the Office of Agricultural Economics, as the major rice-producing nation battles with a severe drought.A drop in output in Thailand, one of the world's top rice exporters, could underpin benchmark Thai prices of the grain. Prices are near their lowest since January 2008 amid a massive overhang of rice stocks built up under the previous government's buying program.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperative's Office of Agricultural Economics said that Thailand will produce 24,135,450 tonnes of main-crop rice this year, lower than its previous forecast of 26,576,150 tonnes.The estimate comes after Thailand asked rice farmers last week to delay planting their main crop in the fertile Chao Phraya River Basin area as the country battles drought in 16 out of 76 provinces.Although the wet or monsoon season has begun, dozens of provinces are still contending with drought conditions. Last week, Thailand's finance minister said drought was threatening Thailand's already sputtering economy and could cut economic growth by 0.5 percentage points this year.
Thailand has around 15.4 million tonnes of rice in storage, accumulated under the previous government's rice-buying programme that left the grains hanging over markets.The government plans to sell around 5.89 million tonnes of deteriorated rice held in stockpiles to the industrial sector starting in July, Duangporn Rodphaya, director general of the Commerce Ministry's Department of Foreign Trade, told reporters on Wednesday.Price of Thailand's benchmark five-percent rice fell to its lowest level in over seven years last month, when quoted at $365-$368 a tonne, FOB, on June 17.The U.S.
Department of Agriculture's (USDA) latest estimate expects Thailand to produce around 19.8 million tonnes of milled rice in the 2015/16 crop year, up from 18.8 million in 2014/15, as yields improve.The USDA will revise its figures for Thailand's rice output by around mid-July, the USDA's agricultural specialist in Bangkok told Reuters. (Additional reporting by Pracha Hariraksapitak; Editing by Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Gopakumar Warrier)

Download/View On-Line the above News in pdf format,just click the following link