Tuesday, July 07, 2015

7th July (Tuesday),2015 Daily Exclusive ORYZA Rice E-Newsletter by Riceplus Magazine

Cambodia Rice Exports Increase Sharply in First Half of 2015 Driven by Chinese, European Demand
Jul 06, 2015

Cambodia has exported around 283,825 tons of milled rice in the first six months of 2015, up about 60% from around 177,928 tons exported during the same period last year, Phnom Penh Post quoted data from the Secretariat of One Window Service for Rice Export Formality.While white rice accounted for around 47% of total rice exports in the six month period, fragrant rice accounted from 44.5% and parboiled rice accounted for the remaining 8%. About 72 companies have exported rice to 51 countries so far this year according to official data.
Increased demand from China and the European  Union are said to be driving this year's rice exports. Cambodia exported around 72,000 tons of rice to China so far this year, about 9 times more than 7,731 tons exported during the same period last year. It exported around 175,959 tons and around 177,928 tons of rice to China in 2013 and 2014 respectively. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to export around 100,000 tons of rice to China expired in May this year and Cambodia hopes to strike a new deal to export around 200,000 tons of rice to China this year.
Meanwhile, the EU nations France, Poland and the Netherlands remained the top three importers of Cambodian rice in 2015 with 36,233 tons, 32,268 tons and 18,179 tons respectively. The government of Cambodia aimed to increase rice exports to one million tons in 2015 but noted that that it is unlikely to achieve the target due to inadequate milling facilities and infrastructure as well as lack of access to funding.
USDA estimates Cambodia to export 1.1 million tons of rice (including official and unofficial exports to Vietnam and Thailand through borders) in 2015, up about 10% from an estimated 1 million tons in 2014.
OECD-FAO Report Estimates Global Rice Trade to Increase 9% in 2015-2024
Jul 06, 2015
A report titled 'Agricultural Outlook 2015-2024' by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations forecasts the global rice trade to increase about 9% during 2015-2024.
The report expects the global players on international rice markets to remain the same. It expects Thailand to retain the world's number one exporter status by 2024 and except for India, it expects rice exports from all of the traditional exporters, namely Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam and the U.S. to increase.
The report estimates global rice production to increase about 70 million tons to around 564 million tons from the current 494 million tons (in 2014). The increase is mainly driven by yield improvements while area expansion is expected to be limited. The global increase of 70 million tons in rice production is expected to be dominated by Asian countries (61 million tons) mainly India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Thailand, Vietnam and China.
 The FAO expects total production of cereals, including rice, to increase about 14% over the next decade.
The report estimates global rice consumption to increase by 57 million tons to around 562 million tons over the next decade, marginally less than the previous decade. The growth is expected to be higher in developing countries than in developed countries with Asian countries accounting for almost 80% of global consumption increase.
The OECD-FAO report generally projects a steady decline in prices of food grains, including rice due to an increase in overall agricultural production and diversification of dietary choices towards other food items like meat and dairy products. A possible slowdown of fast growing economies like China, and growing competition among exporters could also lead to a decline in prices, it says. On the other hand, supply shortages caused by any severe droughts may result in surging international prices.
India Reconsiders Rice Imports from Myanmar
Jul 06, 2015

The government of India, which planned to import 100,000 tons of rice from Myanmar to fill the supply gaps that are likely to arise in the north-eastern states of Manipur and Mizoram due to the ongoing construction of railway line connecting the two states to the rest of the country, has issued a directive to the Manipur state government to abandon all processes related with the rice import activity, local sources reported.
Manipur government planned to import 10,000 tons of rice every month to meet the public distribution (PDS) needs of the state. It also reportedly developed the requisite infrastructure facilities such as food testing laboratory, godowns, etc in the border towns to accommodate the imports.
According to local sources, the government of India issued the directive in the light of some scams that were unearthed in the PDS implementation in some north-eastern states, including Manipur. The FCI officials in Manipur also reportedly received the directive.
The government has decided to import rice despite having sufficient stocks with the FCI as moving rice locally from other states such as Punjab or Andhra Pradesh by road is costlier than importing it. Moreover the journey has to pass through hilly terrains and land-slide prone areas, said local sources.
India’s rice stocks in the central pool as of June 1, 2015 stood at around 22.485 million tons (including a milled equivalent of about 9.234 million tons of paddy), down about 20% from around 28.03 million tons recorded during the same period last year, according to data from the Food Corporation of India (FCI).
Oryza Overnight Recap – Chicago Rough Rice Futures Come Under Pressure as Lower Crude Weighs on US Grain Prices
Jul 06, 2015
Chicago rough rice futures for Sep delivery are currently seen trading 4 cents per cwt (about $1 per ton) lower at $10.595 per cwt (about $234 per ton) during early floor trading in Chicago. The other grains are seen trading lower this morning; soybeans are currently seen trading about 1.6% lower, wheat is listed about 1.1% lower and corn is currently noted about 1.5% lower.
U.S. stocks traded lower on Monday, following declines overseas, as uncertainty over the Greece debt crisis weighed on investor sentiment. The Dow Jones industrial average traded about 70 points lower after falling more than 150 points soon after the market open, Chevron leading most blue chips lower. The Nasdaq also recovered from a near 1% plunge in the open as biotechs recovered to trade higher. Energy fell more than 1% as the worst decliner in the S&P 500. WTI crude plunged 4.2% $54.50 a barrel, its lowest level since April 15, amid the Greece debt drama and volatility in Chinese markets. In a Sunday referendum, nearly two-thirds of Greeks voted "no," rejecting a proposal from international creditors that would have required more austerity reforms for debt relief. The European Central Bank is scheduled to hold a conference call later in the day on the level of emergency liquidity assistance to Greek banks. Euro zone leaders will meet at an emergency summit on Greece Tuesday. Gold is currently trading about 0.2% lower, crude oil is seen trading about 2.2% lower,  and the U.S. dollar is currently trading about 0.3% higher at 8:15am Chicago time.
Oryza Afternoon Recap - Chicago Rough Rice Futures Continue to Strengthen on Rumors of Fresh Round of Export Business
Jul 06, 2015
Chicago rough rice futures for Sep delivery settled 18 cents per cwt (about $4 per ton) higher at $10.815 per cwt (about $238 per ton). The other grains traded mostly lower today; Soybeans closed about 1.6% lower at $10.1475 per bushel; wheat finished about 0.8% higher at $5.9550 per bushel, and corn finished the day about 0.5% lower at $4.3500 per bushel.
U.S. stocks held lower in choppy trade Monday, recovering sharp opening losses but failing to hold slight gains amid continued uncertainty over the Greece debt crisis. Energy traded about 1% lower as the worst decliner in the S&P 500. WTI crude plunged more than 5.5% to its lowest level in several months, amid the Greece debt drama and volatility in Chinese markets. The major averages fell back into negative territory after briefly trading in the black. In a Sunday referendum, nearly two-thirds of Greeks voted "no," rejecting a proposal from international creditors that would have required more austerity reforms for debt relief. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after a meeting with French President Francois Hollande that they respect the vote of the Greeks and the door for talks with the country remains open, Reuters reported. Last week, Greece became the first developed nation to default on a major loan from the International Monetary Fund. U.S. economic data out Monday included the Institute for Supply Management's June service sector survey, which hit 56.0 in June, versus the 56.2 estimate. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded down 75 points, or 0.43%, at 17,653. The S&P 500 traded down 11 points, or 0.52%, at 2,065, with energy leading all 10 sectors lower. The Nasdaq traded down 27 points, or 0.53%, at 4,982. Gold is trading about 0.4% higher, crude oil is seen trading about 4.2% lower, and the U.S. dollar is seen trading at about 0.1% higher at about  1:00pm Chicago time.
Thursday, there were 1,082 contracts traded, down from 1,285 contracts traded on Wednesday. Open interest – the number of contracts outstanding – on Thursday decreased by 354 contracts to 9,250.
Global Rice Quotes
July 6th, 2015
Long grain white rice - high quality
Thailand 100% B grade 380-390
Vietnam 5% broken 345-355
India 5% broken 380-390
Pakistan 5% broken 380-390
Myanmar 5% broken 415-425
Cambodia 5% broken 425-435
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 350-360
Vietnam 25% broken 325-335
Pakistan 25% broken 335-345
Cambodia 25% broken 410-420
India 25% broken 350-360
U.S. 15% broken 440-450

Long grain parboiled rice
Thailand parboiled 100% stxd 375-385
Pakistan parboiled 5% broken stxd NQ
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% 825-835
Vietnam Jasmine 475-485
India basmati 2% broken NQ
Pakistan basmati 2% broken NQ
Cambodia Phka Mails 835-845

Thailand A1 Super 315-325
Vietnam 100% broken 310-320
Pakistan 100% broken stxd 290-300
Cambodia A1 Super 350-360
India 100% broken stxd 275-285
Egypt medium grain brokens NQ
U.S. pet food 350-360
Brazil half grain NQ
All prices USD per ton, FOB vessel, oryza.com
South Korea Buys 15,000 Tons of Non-Glutinous Brown Rice from China in Tender
Jul 06, 2015
South Korea's state run Agro Fisheries & Food Trade Corporation (KAFTC) has purchased 15,000 tons of non-glutinous short-grain brown rice of the Chinese origin for delivery by November 30, 2015 at $893 per ton, according to a statement on its website.
KAFTC originally sought to purchase about 59,104 tons of non-glutinous rice via six tenders for which the bidding took place on July 3, 2015. It announced results for 15,000 tons of non-glutinous brown rice via one tender on the same day. It will announce the results for the remaining 49,104 tons after sample tests are complete, according to the website.
Bee Keepers Beware of Rice Paddies!
Jul 06, 2015

Pesticides used in rice fields are posing threat to the existence of honey bees in Japan, the Japan Times quoted a study by the Agriculture Minsitry.
Officials told local sources that large-scale honey bee deaths had occurred due to pesticides sprayed on paddies near apiaries. They noted that Japan has nearly 9,300 bee keepers. They noted that the number of reported cases of mass deaths of honey bees reached around 79 in FY 2014 rom around 69 in the previous year and just few cases in years before that.
They also told that nearly 1,000 to 3,000 honey bees were found to have died per hive, and pesticides were detected on many of the dead bees. They noted that honey bees get victims to pesticides while collecting rice pollen. These tainted honey bees are understood to have caused deaths of bees inside the hive boxes.
The Ministry has instructed prefectural governments to set up consultative bodies of rice farmers and bee keepers to allow each of the members to share information on pesticide programs and discuss ways to reduce damage to bees. It suggested solutions such as temporary relocation of hive boxes to safer places and the use of granulated insecticides instead of powder fertilizers and pesticides.
USDA Post Estimates Thailand 2015 Rice Exports to Decline to 10 Million Tons Due to Competition from Vietnam
Jul 06, 2015

USDA Post estimates Thailand's 2015 rice exports at around 10 million tons against the earlier estimated 11 million tons due to a competition from Vietnam especially for 5% broken white rice.
The Post revised its estimates based n the pace of Thai rice exports during the first five months of 2015. Thailand exported 3.8 million tons of rice during January - May 2015, down about 1.4% from the same period last year. It reports that white rice exports declined about 10% y/y during the five-month period as the prices of Vietnamese rice are lower than Thai rice. Currently, the price difference between Thai and Vietnamese rice prices (5% grade white rice, FOB) is $30 per ton, compared to around $20 per ton in May.
The government is also very cautious in selling the rice stocks, which accumulated from the rice pledging scheme introduced by the previous government, in order to avert price falls. It sold around 2.1 million tons of government stocks in the first six months of 2015, compared to around 3 million metric tons in the same period last year.
The Post estimates Thai MY 2015-16 (January - December 2015) paddy rice production at around 27.3 million tons (around 18 million tons, basis milled), down 7% from last year due to drought. Around 1 million rai (0.16 million hectares) of main-crop rice in irrigated area in the central plains is expected to be adversely affected by drought. The government has reduced water supplies in the central region due to lower water levels in the Chao Phraya river basin. The country's second crop is also likely to be affected as water levels in reservoirs are expected to be low due to lower-than-expected precipitation between May and June.
Thailand's rice consumption in MY 2015-16 is expected to increase to around 12 million tons from an estimated 11.7 million tons last year as the government is planning to sell about 500,000 tons of rice to the industrial sector for ethanol manufacturers.

Brunei Stepping Up Efforts to Increase Quality of Rice Production, Says Minister
Jul 02, 2015

The government of Brunei is stepping up efforts to increase the quality of rice production rather than focusing on just increasing the volume, Brunei Times quoted the Minister of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR).
The Minister who attended the forth planting of Padi Laila at the Kampung Limau Manis Agricultural Development Area (Kawasan Kemajuan Pertanian, KKP), which was organized by the Department of Agriculture and Agrifood (DAA), told reporters that the government is also planning to provide farming entrepreneurs with a quality planting system in order to support them to achieve quality yields by avoiding threats like birds, rodents, insects and pests. He noted that more research is needed to identify potential threats accompanying rice production.
Rice production is being carried out in KKP since 2013 by 21 entrepreneurs who completed a basic padi planting management course through the Brunei Rice Farmers Field School organised by the DAA and each entrepreneur manages two to three lots. The DAA had supported the KKP project with a concrete drainage and irrigation technology. The project yielded a total of 100,800 kilograms in the 2013-14 prime season, 42,000 kilograms in the off-season and 79,700 kilograms in 2014-15 prime season. The project sells its output to the government under a buy-back agreement.
In March this year, the MIPR Minister apprised the Parliament that the country produced around 1,380 tons of milled rice in 2014, up about 12% from 1,230 tons in 2013 and was far from achieving the 60% rice-sufficiency target by 2015. He noted that the Ministry has identified certain problem areas, which have to addressed to achieve a significant increase in rice production.
Brunei’s milled rice production has remained at around 1,000 tons since 2002, and the country imports most of rice required for domestic consumption. In 2008, the Sultan of Brunei said that Brunei Darussalam should not be dependent on other countries for its rice supply and should have their own strategic plan to ensure food security.
The USDA estimates Brunei's milled rice production to remain at 1,000 tons in the MY 2014-15 (January - December 2015), and estimates the country to import around 40,000 tons in MY 2014-15 to meet an annual consumption demand of around 41,000 tons.
Vietnam Rice Exports Decline Sharply in First Six Months of 2015
Jul 06, 2015

Vietnam exported around 2.713 million tons of rice in first half of calendar year 2015 (January – June), down about 10% from around 3.015 million tons of rice exported in first half of 2014, according to data from the Vietnam Food Association (VFA). Average rice export price so far in this year stands at around $417 per ton (FOB), down about 3% per ton from around $431 per ton recorded during same last year.

 In June 2015, Vietnam exported around 632,010 tons of rice, up about 20% from around 525,742 tons rice exported in May 2015, and down about 6% from around 671,174 tons rice exported in June 2014. Average export prices  in June 2015 stands at about $406 per ton, almost down about 4% from a year ago, and down about 5% per ton from a month ago.
Vietnam Decides to Retain VAT on Domestic Rice
Jul 06, 2015
The government of Vietnam has decided not to slash the value added tax (VAT) on rice consumed in the domestic market at the current 5%, according to local sources.
The Vietnam Food Association (VFA) reportedly recommended that the government slash the VAT on rice consumed in the domestic market to 0.5% in order to develop a rice brand in the domestic markets.
However, the Finance Ministry opined that the VAT cannot lowered as there was no 0.5% tax rate in the existing VAT Law. The Ministry stated that if a new rate is added, it would not be in line with the VAT reform strategy for the 2011-2020 period. The Law basically aims at narrowing down the number of subjects for VAT imposition. It also noted that international law allow zero VAT only for exports and not for domestic consumption.
 The Prime Minister reportedly approved the Finance Ministry's proposal.
According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), during the 2010-15 period, less than 15% of the country's total rice output of about 22 million tons, was only subject to 5% VAT as the remaining was being used for exports and self-consumption.
Rice used for animal feed and fertilizers will continue to be exempted from VAT, according to local sources.
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July 6 ,2015

Vietnam urged to work with Thailand to control rice prices
VietNamNet Bridge - If Vietnam decided to cooperate with Thailand instead of competing fiercely, both of the countries would be able to sell rice at good prices instead of prices the Philippines wants.

Description: Description: Vietnam, rice export turnover, Thailand, inventories
Under the current mechanism, the Filipino National Food Authority (NFA) chooses rice suppliers through bidding. The suppliers selected have to offer the lowest prices, which must be under the ceiling prices set by NFA.If exporters all offer prices higher than ceiling prices, they will lose the bids. NFA then will organize the bids again, or discuss separately with each exporter, and will choose suppliers who accept to sell rice at prices lower than the ceiling prices.The mechanism, say Vietnamese analysts, allows the Philippines to gain the initiative, while exporters, including Vietnam and Thailand, stay passive. However, if Vietnam and Thailand cooperate with each other, they will be able to change the situation.The Philippines buys 1.8 million tons of rice every year, which is equal to 10 percent of both countries’ total annual rice export volume. 
If Vietnam and Thailand cannot sell rice to the Philippines, each of the countries will have one million tons of rice more in stock. Meanwhile, if Vietnam and Thailand insist on selling rice to the Philippines under the current mechanism, they will have to sell rice cheaply. The low prices will be referred to by other importers when negotiating contracts. This means that Vietnam and Thailand not only have to sell rice cheaply to the Philippines, but also have to apply the same low prices for all 18 million tons of exports.If Vietnam cannot gain the initiative in exporting rice, all of its efforts to develop rice production and ensure better profits for farmers will be in vain.
An analyst noted that Vietnam and Thailand together provide 50 percent of the total rice supply in the world market, and if they cooperate, they will not only gain the initiative in selling rice to the Philippines, but also will be able to control the world market price.In fact, the government has many times advised joining forces with Thailand and other countries to form a rice exporters’ association.Cooperation proves to be the best solution to help develop Vietnam’s and Thailand’s rice production and the only solution to protect Vietnamese and Thai farmers’ benefits.
According to the Vietnam Food Association (VFA), Vietnam had exported 2.1 million tons of rice by the end of May, earning $870 million, a decrease of 10 percent in export volume and 13 percent price decrease in comparison with the same period in 2014.To date, Vietnam has signed contracts on exporting 3.5 million tons of rice, or 8 percent lower than the same period of last year. Thailand and India, the Vietnam’s biggest rivals, all have big inventories. Thailand is reported to have 15-16 million tons in stock, while India has 23 million tons.



Rice basmati firms up on fresh buying

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi  
July 3, 2015 Last Updated at 14:42 IST
Rice basmati prices rose by Rs 100 per quintal at the wholesale grains market today on increased offtake by stockists. Traders said besides fresh buying by stockists, restricted arrivals from producing belts led to rise in rice basmati prices.In the national capital, rice basmati common and Pusa-1121 variety moved up by Rs 100 each to Rs 5,700-5,900 and Rs 4,600-5,800 per quintal, respectively. 

Following are today's quotations (in Rs per quintal):

Wheat MP (desi) 2,350-2,700, Wheat dara (for mills) 1,515-1,520, Chakki atta (delivery) 1,530-1,535, Atta Rajdhani 10 kg) 220, Shakti Bhog (10 kg) 220, Roller flour mill 840-850 (50 kg), Maida 890-900 (50 kg) and Sooji 1,020-1,030 (50 kg).

Basmati rice (Lal Quila) 10,400, Shri Lal Mahal 10,000, Super Basmati Rice 9,500, Basmati common new 5,700-5,900, Rice Pusa (1121) 4,600-5,800, Permal raw 1,700-1,750, Permal wand 1,900-1,925, Sela 2,300-2,400 and Rice IR-8 1,600-1,625, Bajra 1,220-1,225, Jowar yellow 1,490-1,500, white 2,550-2,650, Maize 1,215-1,220, Barley 1,260-1,270.


Rice prices poised to climb as drought deepens

A boy catches fish in a dried-up pond near the banks of the Ganges River in Allahabad, India, on June 4. The government says the country is headed for its first drought in six years
Photo: Reuters
BANGKOK - It is baking hot in the mid-afternoon just outside Laos' capital, Vientiane. Won, a local rice farmer, looks up at the cloudless sky. It should be humid and raining, but so far in June, this area close to the Mekong River, which separates Laos from Thailand, has only seen desultory showers every few days. Won has already planted rice on her 6 hectares of paddies, but just down the road other fields lay fallow, waiting for regular downpours that the rice crops need."We have some irrigation water but the water levels are much lower than last year, when the rain started earlier," she told the Nikkei Asian Review. "If rain doesn't come in July, I will let the rice die." Won said that the irrigation water will only last for a few weeks.
It is the same story in Fang, hundreds of kilometers away in Thailand's far north, near the border with Myanmar. Farmer Panbunta Kantapan said the situation is already desperate. "If the rain does not come soon there will be no point planting at all," he said, adding that he was considering planting a less water-intensive crop, such as corn.
El Nino is back
Heat waves and drought have gripped nations across South and Southeast Asia as El Nino has taken hold for the first time since 2009. It has brought heavier rainfall to the Americas and a hotter and drier summer to Asia.That is bleak news for rice production and exports as the three nations suffering the effects of the drought -- India, Vietnam and Thailand -- are also the world's leading exporters. The grain is the world's third-biggest crop after sugar cane and corn, according to the United Nations.
USA Rice Participates in LSU Rice Field Day; Reports to LA Rice Promotion Board  

USA Rice's Bob Cummings
CROWLEY, LA -- More than 400 rice farmers and industry stakeholders gathered here last week for the 106th Annual Louisiana State University AgCenter Rice Research Field Day. USA Rice is an annual sponsor of the field day where growers receive the latest rice research findings and crop production recommendations from AgCenter scientists and extension personnel. USA Rice's Bob Cummings reviewed the comprehensive report by the U.S. International Trade Commission on the global position of the U.S. rice industry.  The report, Rice: Global Competitiveness of the U.S. Rice Industry, is positive on the competitiveness of the industry, while also highlighting foreign government rice policies that could threaten U.S. ompetitiveness.  Cummings also talked about efforts to preserve our competitiveness in Mexico, the number one rice export market, and China, where USA Rice has been seeking access for nine years.Following the field day activities, USA Rice staff presented the annual USA Rice Council report to the Louisiana Rice Promotion Board, the governor-appointed producer board responsible for allocating funds from the state's rice promotion check-off.Cummings reviewed USA Rice's ongoing mechanisms for reporting activities to members and presented the financial report.  He also discussed domestic promotion activities, highlighting efforts to leverage food policy, educate registered retail dieticians, engage influential food and nutrition bloggers, educate school students, and continue outreach to foodservice.  Cummings also provided a look ahead at rice promotion plans during the 25thanniversary of September National Rice Month.  He stressed the value of having Louisiana producers involved in developing and guiding promotion programs.Jim Guinn, vice president of international promotion, reviewed market challenges and opportunities in top U.S. export markets focusing on Mexico, Central America, European Union, United Kingdom, Colombia, and Iraq, and outlined efforts to increase rice sales in each.
 Contact:  Randy Jemison (337) 738-7009
IARC Classifies 2,4-D as Possible Carcinogen                  
Description: Description: IARCLYON, FRANCE -- Last week the World Health Organization's (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) listed the pesticide 2,4-D as a "2B-possible" carcinogen.  The 2,4-D Research Task Force responded to the ranking, saying the IARC calssification of 2,4-D as a possible carcinogen is at odds with comprehensive cancer reviews completed by health and safety regulators worldwide. 

"No regulatory agency in the world considers 2,4-D to be a carcinogen," said Dr. Julie Goodman, an epidemiologist, board certified toxicologist, and consultant to the 2,4-D Research Task Force.  Dr. Goodman was an observer throughout the IARC meeting, which took place here June 2-9. 
Pesticide 2,4-D has been the subject of hundreds of scientific studies and regulatory reviews.  Government regulatory agencies charged with protection of public health in more than 100 countries have evaluated the science and concluded that 2,4-D does not increase health risks when used as directed.  In fact, no government in the world considers it a carcinogen, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the European Food Safety Authority, Health Canada, and the WHO (which oversees IARC).
USA Rice is a member of the 2,4-D Task Force and has filed comments supporting the continued use of the product in rice.

Crop Progress:   2015 Crop 25 Percent Headed   
WASHINGTON, DC -- Twenty-five percent of the nation's 2015 rice acreage is headed, according to today's U.S. Department of Agriculture's Crop Progress Report. 

Rice Headed, Selected States 
Week Ending
 July 5, 2014  
June 28, 2015  
July 5, 2015
2010-2014 average
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CME Group/Closing Rough Rice Futures   
CME Group (Preliminary):  Closing Rough Rice Futures for July 6
Net Change

July 2015
+ $0.185
September 2015
+ $0.180
November 2015
+ $0.190
January 2016
+ $0.190
March 2016
+ $0.190
May 2016
+ $0.190
July 2016
+ $0.190

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Stagnant food exports

Description: Description: http://i.dawn.com/large/2015/07/55996d2969dfd.jpg?r=1366466170ISSUES ranging from geographical identification of basmati to lack of standardised processing of seafood to low value-adddition keep taking a toll on Pakistan’s food exports. Limited foreign markets as in case of meat, inability to create sustainable large export surpluses and delayed decisions on whether to allow exports of wheat and sugar also undermine our food export earnings.It is broadly for these factors that food exports have remained almost stagnant for last five years, with FY15 being no exception (see table).According to the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, food exports fell 1pc to $4.251bn in 11 months of FY15 from $4.293bn in a year-ago period.

Penetrating into a larger number of export markets is very much required to enhance forex earnings from meat and meat products

Exports of basmati rice dropped about 23pc in terms of value reflecting primarily a volumetric decline of 26pc. Rice exporters say domestic prices of paddy remained so high and domestic demand for packed basmati rice was so strong that they could not dare competing with Indian exporters. “Besides, non-resolution of the issue of geographical identification also continued haunting us which was another factor that discouraged basmati exporters,” says an official of Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan.
“Paddy production in the country was sufficiently large and a little bit of planning could have averted a price-hike in local market,” he says “but larger than required procurement (by Passco) in the name of reserve stocks and smuggling of basmati to Afghanistan also made a dent in exports.”Export of non-basmati varieties of rice rose both in volume and value in FY15, which somewhat compensated the decline in exports of basmati. Exporters say this was in continuation of a trend that set in some years ago, adding that with faltering basmati exports, many rely on non-basmati varieties to keep their business running. Unlike basmati, local demand for other varieties does not rise dramatically for two reasons. First, urbanisation and change in life style is replacing demand of coarse rice with that of basmati and secondly production of non-basmati varieties has been growing steadily for last few years.
In 11 months of FY15, fruit exports, the biggest in food category after rice, remained unchanged at the year-ago level as shipments saw a 10pc decline. That happened as mangoes’ shipments were returned from some European destinations due to presence of fruit fly. Wooden crates in which mangoes and other fruits were shipped out were also found infested with bacteria in some cases. Though these two issues have now been taken care of, fall in fruit exports in FY15 keeps the challenge of creating enough exportable fruit surplus alive.
Official stats show a modest increase in fruit production in recent years. So, the decline in export volumes can be explained by higher domestic demand of fruits and rising local cost of exportable fruits. The entire fruit market is dominated by investors, contractors and commission agents who seek higher returns on investment and charge fatter fee for their services every year, exporters maintain.
This is elbowing out small and medium exporters from the scene leaving the export business exclusively in the hands of big players.
Exports of vegetables grew 8.4pc in value in 11 months of FY15 over the same period of FY14. But here again, additional forex earning was far lesser than what it should have been because it came on the back of a huge 24.3pc increase in export volumes. This is indicative of two things, exporters say. First, per-unit price of the exported veggies either remained stagnant or declined and second, export volumes of pricier vegetables didn’t rise as much as that of low-price veggies.
And, it is common knowledge that vegetable export earnings in the last year rose mainly due to one-time high volume export of potatoes whose production at home was high. High-price veggies like cabbages and cauliflower and lady-finger and turnip made little contribution to growth in exports.
Seafood and meat, two other major food export items, generally suffer from the lack of standardised processing and limited foreign markets, respectively. This is reflected in their inconsistent export growth, sometime witnessing a low-level increase and at other times in outright decline. In FY15, seafood exports fell both in terms of volume (4.7pc) and value (3.4pc).
Though the European Union has re-allowed two Pakistani firms to export fish and fish preparations to EU countries a majority of companies are still struggling to meet the EU standards. Recently a EU delegation visited and re-evaluated the fish processing conditions of five companies. According to official sources these companies, too, would be permitted shortly to restart exports to EU. If that happens, seafood exports may recover. But in a broader term, perennial issues like obsolete fishing boats and nets, over-reliance on traditional ways of fishing and least-scientific fish processing would have to be better tackled to push seafood exports.
Meat and meat products are mainly exported to the Gulf countries or Malaysia, though lately some exporters have started exploring such non-traditional markets like China, Bangladesh and Central Asian countries. Penetrating into a larger number of export markets is, thus, very much required to enhance forex earnings from meat and meat products. Besides, issues of proper packaging and development of more value-added meat products also need attention.
Published in Dawn, Economic & Business, July 6th, 2015

Rice Research Station Field Day attracts large crowd to see new varieties, technology

Jul 4, 2015Forrest Laws  | Delta Farm Press

Whoever was in charge of the weather for the 2015 Rice Research Station Field Day should have their contracted extended for 2016. Rain, which has been a constant companion for rice producers in the region, held off until all of the crowd was inside the rice dryer/auditorium at the station to hear presentations and enjoy lunch. Dr. Steve Linscombe talked about the field day and the impact weather has had in 2015 in this interview following the field day.
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Wild rice making comeback on St. Louis River

 Tom Howes explained in Anishinaabe, then in English, why restoring wild rice to the St. Louis River is so important to the Fond du Lac people.
It’s here, along the 26-mile estuary upstream of Lake Superior, that his ancestors settled after a long journey from the east. They chose the river because of the plentiful food — especially manoomin, wild rice, which they believe is a gift from the creator who led them here.“We’re taking care of the gifts that were given to us,” Howes said on a sunny afternoon at Boy Scout Landing in western Duluth.Fond du Lac, he noted, is the French phrase for his people’s location at the end of waters, or end of Lake Superior.
Description: Description: http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/sites/default/files/styles/16x9_860/public/field/image/RICE0704c1.jpg?itok=Up1ZsOQj “This is a very important place to us as Fond du Lac people. And this rice is a very important resource,” said Howes, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa’s natural resources program manager. “That’s why we’re doing this.”The band is playing a key role in the first major wild rice restoration project now underway on the St. Louis River estuary.For the past 125 years, the river’s rice wasn’t well taken care of. In the late 1800s the St. Louis was used as a log flume, with floating trees that trashed many wild rice beds. Then harborside industry — sawmills, steel mills and factories — did their part to destroy habitat, as did docks and dredged slips for grain elevators and iron ore loading facilities. Upstream paper mills fouled the water to the point rice couldn’t thrive.
Now, only a few pockets of wild rice are found in the 12,000-acre estuary.“This was at one time the single largest wild rice area in the region,” said Daryl Peterson of the Minnesota Land Trust, which is coordinating a wild rice restoration project on the river. “Nobody really knows, but we think there were probably about 3,000 acres of wild rice in the estuary before it was degraded. … We think we can bring back maybe a third of that. Maybe 1,000 acres is realistic.”Howes and Peterson are helping oversee the $200,000 effort. Work began in recent weeks to clear the way for wild rice to make a comeback on the estuary, with a giant weed-harvesting machine chewing away at lily pads, coontail, reeds, sedges and other plants that have filled in where rice once thrived.“We do it twice. We’ll come back at it after they (weeds) try to come up again,” said Terry Perrault, a Fond du Lac Natural Resources Program technician.Perrault was driving the clumsy-looking weed harvester that was cutting and gobbling up the weeds where the band will sow wild rice seeds this fall.
The band will try to use rice harvested in September from nearby beds or “definitely rice from within the watershed,” Perrault said as he piloted the harvester in Duck Hunter Bay, a 40-acre shallow backwater on the Wisconsin side of the river.“It’s a lot of work. It might take three or four seedings to get it going,” Perrault added, noting the tribe has done similar rice restoration efforts on several lakes within the Fond du Lac Reservation.A bald eagle soared overhead as Perrault guided the harvester. A great blue heron fished near shore. Now and then a fish would scurry to get away from the commotion.“This is perfect habitat. It’s the right depth … two to three feet, maybe four. This is a place there was probably rice before,” Perrault said.If he finds any stands of wild rice he avoids cutting that area.“There’s still some around, here and there,” Perrault said.In addition to the nonprofit Land Trust and the Fond du Lac band, the rice effort is joined by the Wisconsin and Minnesota Departments of Natural Resources, the 1854 Treaty Authority and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission. Funding comes from the Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Fund, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Sustain Our Great Lakes and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
Both for its cultural importance and its value as a food for humans and wildlife, restoring rice beds is a key element of the larger St. Louis River estuary restoration effort.The lower St. Louis River is one of 43 so-called Areas of Concern along the Great Lakes, places severely degraded by development and pollution. It’s hoped that expensive efforts to remove that pollution, restore habitat and rehabilitate the river estuary could eventually get the St. Louis delisted as an Area of Concern, Peterson said.The rice effort is just one of 60 restoration projects either underway or planned for the estuary.“We can’t recover all of what the estuary was (before development). The lower estuary is always going to be a working harbor, and that’s good,” Peterson said at the boat landing. “But, up here, we can make a difference.”

Image: Terry Perrault, a natural resources technician with the Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe, operates a weed harvesting machine on the St. Louis River recently. The weeds are being removed so wild rice can be restored. (John Myers / jmyers@duluthnews.com)

Let’s consume rice to ease high mealie meal price’

THE Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) has urged the public to consume locally grown rice to help cushion the high prices of mealie meal.To this effect, JCTR has called on Government to speed up the implementation of the National Rice Strategy (NRS) policy to support rice farming across the country.This is according to a statement issued by JCTR media and information officer Mwiinga Shimilimo on Friday.
Ms Shimilimo said despite the agro-ecological zone being favourable for growing crops such as Irish and sweet potatoes, cassava and  rice, maize has continued to have a dominant effect on the agriculture system, consumption pattern and the economy.“Despite Government’s calls for diversification in the agriculture sector, the reality on the ground and in particular, in the rice sub-sector, bears little resemblance to the actual strategies of what works in terms of implementing and sustaining increased wealth creation and employment generation in the rice sub-sector,” she said.
Ms Shimilimo called on Government to improve infrastructure in the rice sub- sector such as rice shelling machinery and access to markets where rice can be sold.The JCTR’s rice advocacy and scoping studies reveal that most Zambian households prefer to eat local rice varieties such as Description: Description: rice potMongu, Nakonde or Chama rice as compared to imported ones as the local varieties have an aromatic flavour and are highly nutritious.Ms Shimilimo also said even though crops such as rice are readily available and have increased in production volumes, consumption still remains low among most households in the country.

PhilRice, IRRI test 766 rice varieties

 (The Philippine Star) | 

MUÑOZ, Nueva Ecija, Philippines  – The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) have pilot-tested 766 rice varieties for planting in several locations in the country.The rice varieties are climate-resilient, higher yielding, resistant to major pests and diseases, and resistant to hostile environments.The collaborative project, titled “Accelerating the development and adoption of next-generation rice varieties for major ecosystems in the Philippines,” is an initiative under the Food Staples Sufficiency Program (FSSP) of the Department of Agriculture (DA), PhilRice and IRRI in partnership with the University of the Philippines-Los Baños, state colleges and universities, local government units (LGUs) and farmers. Description: Description: http://media.philstar.com/images/the-philippine-star/business/agriculture/20150412/green-super-rice-1.jpg
It involved the fielding of 206 PhilRice-bred lines, 488 IRRI lines and 72 other lines and was unveiled during an assessment and planning workshop in Subic, Zambales last month.Georgina Vergara, IRRI scientist, said the 766 rice varieties have been nominated for multi-location environment testing (MET).
She added that the project is intended to mitigate the impacts of climate change on rice production and food security with the development of varieties that could withstand multiple biotic and abiotic stresses. Headlines ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1
In 2014, more than 2,000 lines were screened for submergence, 12,000 for salinity, and 80 for drought, she also said.Thelma Padolina, PhilRice senior research fellow, said it usually takes six years of breeding work, three years of testing, and two years of commercial seed production before farmers can plant a new variety.The project, she added, would shorten that process and make the new varieties accessible to farmers.

Manansala murals of Irri declared National Cultural Treasures
 By: Carla T. Gamalinda (Contributor)
Philippine Daily Inquirer
12:05 AM July 6th, 2015
TWO LARGE-SCALE Vicente Manansala paintings that have delighted employees of the International Rice Research Institute (Irri) are now shared with a wider audience at the National Museum as they land on the list of our National Cultural Treasures.Manansala was commissioned to do the paintings in 1962. They were put on display on the walls of the dining hall and cafeteria of the Irri headquarters in Los Baños, Laguna.RAMON del Rosario and Dr. Emerlinda Roman unveiling the marker.
Through a partnership between Irri and the National Museum, and to protect and preserve the masterpieces, the paintings were transferred to the Irri Hall in the historic Legislative Building which houses the art exhibition galleries of the National Museum. The Irri Hall opened for public viewing last May 14.On the same day, the two artworks were elevated by the museum from being Important Cultural Properties to the status of National Cultural Treasures. This is the highest recognition in the Philippines for works of art that play a significant role in defining the identity of the Filipino people.An official heritage marker announcing the recognition has been installed by the National Museum.
As stated in Section 7 of the National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009, the two paintings will receive priority government funding for its protection, conservation and restoration; incentives will be provided for private support of its conservation and restoration through the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ Conservation Incentive Program; and will be given priority protection by the government in case of armed conflict, natural disasters, and other events that may put them in danger.
‘Rice is life’
Robert Zeigler, director general of Irri, agreed to lend the two paintings to the National Museum for five years with the hope of introducing them to a broader audience.

DR. ROBERT Ziegler
Zeigler believes Irri is working for cultural heritage by empowering indigenous communities that produce traditional rice varieties. Irri preserves the nation’s heirloom that way, he says.“Rice is culturally intertwined with the lives of the Filipinos, and Vicente Manansala captured it perfectly in these national treasures.”The twin Manansala murals are a lighthearted narration of Filipino rural life. One is a joyful, pastel-colored medley of labor; scenes of fishing and rice-planting flank the two sides, while at the center, as focal point, is a woman bathing a child.The second painting is a spectacle of small-town festivities: on the left is a game of sipa, the national sport; on the right are two men competing in a carabao race. The stretch of canvas is lined with a crowd of people watching two roosters in midair cockfight .

Description: Description: GUESTS view the painting of Manansala. LESTER G. BABIERADescription: Description: MITA Rufino from Friends of Manansala. LESTER G. BABIERAThe figures are rendered in trademark Manansala—with overlapping transparent polygonal cells that play up the two-dimensionality of the painting.Manansala, born in 1910, took up Fine Arts at University of the Philippines. He worked for several publications in the 1930s.He was awarded study grants abroad. He taught at University of Santo Tomas School of Fine Arts from 1951 to 1958.He was proclaimed National Artist in 1982, a year after he passed away.Manansala produced a significant number of murals, several of which are declared Important Cultural Properties. The Irri series is the first to be declared National Cultural Treasure
Description: Description: RAMON del Rosario and Dr. Emerlinda Roman unveiling the marker. LESTER G. BABIERA 

Drought to cut Thai rice output to 11-year low
Lingering drought has left the world's biggest rice exporter, Thailand, on course for its weakest harvest in more than a decade, with a second year of below-average rains meaning moisture shortages even in irrigated areas.The US Department of Agriculture bureau in Bangkok slashed its estimate for Thai rice production in 2015-16 by nearly 2.0m tonnes to 18.0m tonnes, on a milled basis.The downgrade put Thailand on course for its smallest harvest since 2004-05, and showing a second successive year of production for the first time since the early 1990s.The declining trend reflects "unusual weather conditions", with Thai rainfall again coming in well below average levels in the first half of the calendar year.Rainfall up to the end of June was, at an average of 366mm nationwide, down 27% below the average for the 30 years to 2010, after coming in 23% below the mean in the first half of 2014.The globe is amid an El Nino weather pattern, which has a history of causing drought in South East Asia, and with many indicators leaning towards El Nino last year too.
'Struggling with drought'
The lack of rainfall is now affecting in particular growers in the central plain, which are reliant on irrigation to grow rice, but are seeing water allocations squeezed."Farmers are struggling with drought as the government is limiting water supplies for agriculture due to critical reservoir levels and almost six weeks of no rain," the bureau said.Besides meaning lower sowings in the main crop planting season, which started in the central plain in May, the shortage of water will likely limit production too from the second crop, which is seeded early in the calendar year.
"Despite anticipated normal precipitation in the remaining months of monsoon season, cumulative rainfall in 2015 will likely be even lower than the previous year's record low.
"Most double crops are impossible in the central plains in anticipation of low reservoirs in the beginning of 2016 due to lower-than-expected precipitation" in the past two months.
Export prospects
The bureau cut its forecast for Thai exports for 2015-16 too, by 1.0m tonnes to 10.0m tonnes, citing rather than the fall in production heightened competition from Vietnam, the second-ranked producing country, where prices have been some 10% cheaper.Thai rice exports eased by 1.4% to 3.8m tonnes in the first five months of 2015."Presently, the price difference between Thai and Vietnamese rice prices, 5% grade white rice, FOB, is $30 a tonne," the bureau said.However, it also flagged an increased reluctance by the government to sell down inventories - which soared to 12.8m tonnes at the close of 2012-13, lifted by a generous state purchasing programme which has now be scrapped.
"The government is cautious in selling its stocks," the bureau said, noting the potential for upward pressure on domestic prices, with some 2.1m tonnes sold in the first half of the year, compared with some 3m tonnes over the same period of 2014.Nonetheless, inventories will fall by 1.7m tonnes to a five-year low of 6.0m tonnes over 2015-16, the bureau forecast.

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