Wednesday, July 22, 2015

22nd July (Wednesday),2015 Daily Exclusive ORYZA Rice E-Newsletter by Riceplus Magazine

Global Rice Quotes
July 22nd, 2015
Long grain white rice - high quality
Thailand 100% B grade   390-400                ↓
Vietnam 5% broken        345-355                ↔
India 5% broken               385-395                ↔
Pakistan 5% broken        370-380                ↔
Myanmar 5% broken      400-410                ↔
Cambodia 5% broken     425-435                ↔
U.S. 4% broken                 470-480                ↔
Uruguay 5% broken        535-545                ↔
Argentina 5% broken     530-540                ↔
Long grain white rice - low quality
Thailand 25% broken      360-370                ↔
Vietnam 25% broken      325-335                ↔
Pakistan 25% broken      330-340                ↔
Cambodia 25% broken   410-420                ↔
India 25% broken             350-360                ↔
U.S. 15% broken               445-455                ↔
Long grain parboiled rice
Thailand parboiled 100% stxd     390-400                ↓
Pakistan parboiled 5% broken stxd          415-425                ↔
India parboiled 5% broken stxd                 380-390                ↔
U.S. parboiled 4% broken             555-565                ↔
Brazil parboiled 5% broken          545-555                ↔
Uruguay parboiled 5% broken    NQ         ↔
Long grain fragrant rice
Thailand Hommali 92%   855-865                ↔
Vietnam Jasmine             485-495                ↔
India basmati 2% broken              NQ         ↔
Pakistan basmati 2% broken       NQ         ↔
Cambodia Phka Mails     835-845                ↔
Thailand A1 Super            320-320                ↔
Vietnam 100% broken   315-325                ↔
Pakistan 100% broken stxd          285-295                ↔
Cambodia A1 Super        350-360                ↔
India 100% broken stxd                 305-315                ↔
Egypt medium grain brokens      NQ         ↔
U.S. pet food     325-335                ↔
Brazil half grain NQ         ↔
All prices USD per ton, FOB vessel,

Drought, Sluggish World Economy Threatening Thai Rice Exports, Say Exporters

Jul 21, 2015
The Thai Rice Exporters Association (TREA) is expecting this year's rice exports to be lower than their target of 10 million tons due to extending drought conditions and sluggish world economy, according to local sources.
The President of the TREA told local sources that they are expecting Thailand to export around 9.5 million tons of rice this year, including 4.8 million tons of white rice, 2.2 million tons of Hom Mali fragrant rice, 200,000 tons of glutinous rice and 100,000 tons of Pathum Thani fragrant rice.
The 5% cut in expected export is due to a prolonged drought that curtailed 2015 second crop production and delayed main crop planting, he said. Lack of demand from most of the importing nations is also understood to be impacting Thai rice exports.
The TREA President also noted that drought conditions may continue for next one year and a decline in global economy would further impact Thai rice exports. He suggested that the government should focus more on quickly releasing the government rice stocks to meet the market demand.
The TREA President also noted that the paddy output from the 2015 main crop would decline by about 10% or by about 3 million tons to around 24 million tons due to drought. However, he expressed optimism that a decline in supplies would push up Thai rice prices, which have reached their lowest levels since seven years due to excess stocks, lack of demand and stiff competition from India and Vietnam. Currently, Thai 5% broken rice is quoting at around $390 per ton.
Earlier this month, the Agriculture Ministry has estimated that about 1.4 million rai (around 560,000 hectares) of rice fields are affected by drought. The Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE) has estimated that the output from 2015 main rice crop, which contributes to around 70% of the country's total rice output, to decline about 14% to around 23.3 million tons from around 27.1 million tons last year.  
Meanwhile, the National Disaster Warning Center noted that drought conditions in most parts of the country are over and the wet season in underway, but the country still faces water shirt-supplies. "The drought situation is over as we saw rainfall consecutively over the past week. However, there are seven provinces, mostly in the north, that are experiencing no rainfall still," Reuters quoted the Deputy Director-General of Thailand's Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation. He noted that an emergency fund in these provinces would help address the water shortages as well as support for the implementation of short-term relief measures.
Seperately, the Agriculture Minister also announced that the government would release some water from dams to help farmers who have already planted their crops

High Input Costs, Low Crop Prices Reducing Export Competitiveness of Pakistan Rice, Say Experts

Jul 21, 2015
Pakistan rice sector is currently facing excess stocks problem as its exports have been impacted by a stiff competition from other rice exporting nations such as Thailand, India and Vietnam; falling global rice prices and low demand from rice importing countries.
Experts say Pakistan's rice stocks have been increasing for the last couple of years as the country has not been able to increase exports significantly. Meanwhile, increased production is adding to the surplus rice stocks. Currently, Pakistan is said to have around 600,000 tons of basmati stocks and traders are expecting to add another 400,000 tons this year taking the stock level to about one million tons by the end of this year. The situation is leading to unnecessary increase in stock maintenance costs as well.
The inherent reason for Pakistan's failure in increasing exports is that input costs borne by rice farmers is much high compared to the prices they get. For instance, farmers spend about Rs.67,200 per acre (around $1,650 per hectare) but get only Rs.36,000 per acre (around $880 per hectare), according to local sources. Farmers' incomes are severely impacted due to this huge gap, according to an article in
According to the article, experts are urging the government to urgently address the issue as it has also been making Pakistani rice uncompetitive in the international market. Falling global rice prices are adding to the troubles of Pakistan rice sector, they say. They also stressed that if the situation continues for long, farmers may lose interest in cultivating the crop leading to food security in the country.
They noted that the government could help farmers reduce their production input costs by cutting down billions of subsidies, which have not been benefiting small farmers. It should help them to increase competitiveness of Pakistani rice in the global market by modifying its monetary and fiscal policies accordingly.

Oryza Afternoon Recap - Chicago Rough Rice Futures Bounce Back Above $11.000 per cwt on Outside Support

Jul 21, 2015
Chicago rough rice futures for Sep delivery settled 11.5 cents per cwt (about $3 per ton) higher at $11.005 per cwt (about $243 per ton). The other grains finished the day mostly higher; Soybeans closed about 0.5% higher at $10.0475 per bushel; wheat finished about 1.5% lower at $5.2475 per bushel, and corn finished the day about 0.4% higher at $4.1725 per bushel.
U.S. stocks traded mostly lower on Tuesday as investors reacted to lackluster earnings reports in some Dow components. Earnings so far have mostly beat expectations. Google surged more than 16% on Friday to push the Nasdaq to a record high. The tech and biotech-heavy index ended at another record on Monday. No economic data is due Tuesday. The only reports expected for the week are in the housing market, with the FHFA home prices and existing home sales scheduled for Wednesday. Commodities remained in focus, with gold struggling to hold above $1,100 an ounce after falling below that psychologically key level to a five-year low on Monday. European stocks closed lower, with the DAX off more than 1 percent, as investors focused on earnings. Greece's stock exchange remained closed, while the local banks reopened on Monday for the first time in three weeks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded down 196 points, or 1.09%, at 17,903. The S&P 500 traded down 8 points, or 0.39%, at 2,120, with telecommunications leading nine sectors lower and energy the only advancer. The Nasdaq traded down 9 points, or 0.19%, at 5,209. Gold is trading about 0.4% lower, crude oil is seen trading about 0.4% higher, and the U.S. dollar is seen trading at about 0.8% lower at about  1:00pm Chicago time.
Monday, there were 474 contracts traded, down from 701 contracts traded on Friday. Open interest – the number of contracts outstanding – on Monday increased by 69 contracts to 8,690.

Oryza Overnight Recap – Chicago Rough Rice Futures Silent Overnight as Traders Look for Change in Fundamental Demand

Jul 21, 2015
Chicago rough rice futures for Sep delivery are currently seen paused 2 cents per cwt (about $0.44 per ton) higher at $10.910 per cwt (about $241 per ton) ahead of floor trading in Chicago. The other grains are seen trading mixed this morning; soybeans are currently seen trading about 0.2% higher, wheat is listed about 0.8% lower and corn is currently noted about 0.5% lower.
U.S. stock index futures indicated a flat to lower open on Tuesday, as the second-quarter earnings season gets into full swing with the likes of Apple, Microsoft and Yahoo reporting this session. Volatility in commodity markets is also likely to get some attention, with U.S. oil prices slipping back below the $50-a-barrel mark on the back of a stronger dollar and worries about a supply glut. U.S. stocks closed mildly higher on Monday, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq hitting another record high. In Europe, regional stock markets gave up early gains and moved into negative territory and Asian shares ended the day higher. Gold is currently trading about 0.4% lower, crude oil is seen trading about 0.6% higher,  and the U.S. dollar is currently trading about 0.2% lower at 8:15am Chicago time.

Ecuador Winter Rice Output Expected to Increase on Higher Acreage, Says BCE

Jul 21, 2015
Ecuador's winter rice crop (December - June) output is expected to increase about 3% y/y due to an increase in the acreage by about 3% y/y, local sources quoted a report by the Central Bank of Ecuador (BCE).
The Bank based its analysis on a survey of rice farmers in the provinces of Manabi, Guayas, Los Ríos, Loja, El Oro and Cañar. While 15% of surveyed farmers said the rice acreage was higher from last year, 76% said it was same as last year and 9% of said it was lower from last year's.
When asked about investment in this year's winter crop, about 54% of surveyed farmers said they invested more compared to last year, 19% said they maintained last year's level of investment and 27% said they made no investment this year.
The Bank expects an increase in the winter rice crop harvest, which declined for three consecutive years. The South American nation's 2014 winter rice output declined by about 8% y/y while the area sown to the crop declined about 2% y/y.
Ecuador has been self-sufficient in rice production for the last two years, according to USDA. 
The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates 2015 paddy rice production at around 1.23 million tons (around 774,900 tons, basis milled), up about 5% from 1.17 million tons (around 737,100 tons, basis milled) last year due to an expected increase in plantings.
USDA estimates Ecuador's MY 2015-16 (April - March) paddy production at around 1.26 million tons (around 794,000 tons, basis milled), up about 3% from an estimated 1.225 million tons (around 772,000 tons, basis milled) in MY 2014-15. 

Philippines Traders May Not Import All 805,200 Tons of Rice Under WTO MAV Quota, Says NFA Official

Jul 21, 2015
Private rice traders in the Philippines are reportedly showing interest to import rice from only Thailand and Vietnam, while they are also permitted to imports from China, Australia, India and Pakistan, according to Reuters.
The Philippines' National Food Authority (NFA) has allowed private traders to import around 805,200 tons of 25% broken rice at 35% tariff under the WTO Minimum Access Volume (MAV) country specific quota (CSQ) before November 30, 2015.
Under the quota, Philippines traders can import up to 293,100 tons each from Thailand and Vietnam; up to 50,000 tons each from China, India and Pakistan; 15,000 tons from El Salvador and the rest from other countries.
However, so far the private traders have applied to import only 300,000 tons of rice from Thailand and Vietnam, Reuters quoted a NFA official. A Manager at NFA's Grains Marketing Operations Department added that considering the pace and trend of import applications so far, it is likely that the entire volume may not be imported. Traders can apply till July 30, 2015.
The NFA has decided to import 750,000 tons of rice (200,000 tons from Thailand and 550,000 tons from Vietnam) under government-to-government deals in 2015 to ensure adequate stocks in the lean season (June – September). It is authorized to import another 250,000 tons if need arises.
But, local sources quoted officials from the Department of Agriculture that the Food Security Committee (FSC) may not approve the additional importation of the 250,000 tons as there is an oversupply of stocks currently in the country. "the market is “flooded” with rice despite the prevailing lean season for paddy production," a DA official told Reuters.
The country's Food Security Chief, however, said a decision on additional imports may be taken after receiving projections on the last quarter harvests. The NFA Administrator said there is no oversupply of rice, but sales of NFA rice slowed down due to a decline in commercial prices. He noted that the present stocks are in accordance with the mandate to maintain 15 days buffer stocks in normal months and 30 days buffer stocks during lean months. 

Thailand, Vietnam, India Rice Sellers Increase Some of Their Quotes Today

Jul 21, 2015
Thailand rice sellers increased their quotes for Hommali rice by about $25 per ton to around $855-$865 per ton today. Vietnam rice sellers increased their quotes for 5% broken rice and $100 broken rice by about $5 per ton each to around $345-$355 and $315-$325 per ton respectively. India rice sellers increased their quotes for 100% broken rice by about $10 per ton to around $305-$315 per ton. Pakistan rice sellers are out today due to a national holiday.                                                                                                                       
5% Broken Rice
Thailand 5% rice is indicated at around $385 - $395 per ton, about $40 per ton premium on Vietnam 5% rice  shown at around $345 - $355 per ton, up about $5 per ton from yesterday. India 5% rice is indicated at around $385 - $395 per ton, about $15 per ton premium on Pakistan 5% rice was last shown at around $370 - $380 per ton.
25% Broken Rice
Thailand 25% rice is shown at around $360 - $370 per ton, about $35 per ton premium on Vietnam 25% rice shown at around $325- $335 per ton. India 25% rice is indicated at around $350 - $360, about $20 per ton premium on Pakistan 25% rice was last shown at around $330 - $340 per ton.
Parboiled Rice
Thailand parboiled rice is indicated at around $395 - $405 per ton. India parboiled rice is indicated at around $380- $390 per ton, about $35 per ton discount to Pakistan parboiled rice was last shown at around $415 - $425 per ton.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
100% Broken Rice
Thailand broken rice, A1 Super, is indicated at around $320 - $330 per ton, about $5 per ton from premium on Vietnam 100% broken rice shown at around $315 - $325 per ton, up about $5 per ton from yesterday. India's 100% broken rice is shown at around $305 - $315 per ton, up about $10 per ton from yesterday and about $20 per ton premium on Pakistan broken sortexed rice last shown at around $285 - $295 per ton

Thailand Prepares to Auction 1.29 Million Tons of Spoilt Rice by End of July

Jul 21, 2015
The Thai Commerce Ministry is planning to auction about 1.29 million tons of spoilt rice for industrial sectors by the end of July, according to Reuters.
The Commerce Minister told reporters that as on June 30, 2015, the government stocks consisted of a total of 15.11 million tons of rice and the rice is divided into three groups.
The first group comprises 9.15 million tons of edible rice, including 1.82 million tons of grade A and B rice, and 7.33 million tons of grade A and B rice mixed with grade C rice. The second group consists of 5.89 million tons of grade C rice, including 4.6 million tons of degradable rice and 1.29 million tons of inedible rice which is now crumbling to powder. The third group consists if about 70,000 tons of rice, which is yet to categorized.
The Minister noted that the 1.29 million tons of powdery rice will be sold in two or three auctions for bio-fuel as well as ethanol producers. The price of the spoilt rice will be reportedly set by a working group later, according to the Commerce Permanent Secretary.
She also noted that 4.6 million tons of C grade rice will be checked whether it is contaminated with fungus or not. The contaminated rice would be sold to ethanol producers or biomass power plants. If there is no contamination, the Ministry would improve the quality and sell it the stock feed industry.
She also added that the Ministry would monitor the delivery of the rice to the designated destinations and ensure that the rice is being used for the said purpose.

The Thai government is estimating losses from selling the stockpiled rice at around 100 billion baht (around $2.93 billion), said the Minster

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Boosting trade ties with Pakistan is important to our growth

BY JULIUS BITOK Updated Tuesday, July 21st 2015 at 05:57 GMT +3 Share this story: Kenya and Pakistan have long enjoyed strong diplomatic ties, underpinned by robust commercial activities. Currently, trade between the two countries is worth about Sh81.8 billion ($800 million) annually, with Pakistan being a leading importer of Kenya’s tea, and more than 80 per cent of the rice imported into Kenya coming from Pakistan. Data from the Kenya Bureau of Statistics shows that in 2014, tea accounted for more than 95 per cent of total exports from Kenya to the South Asian nation. Pakistan is the fourth-leading destination for Kenya’s goods after Uganda, Tanzania and Britain. In 2013, we exported goods worth Sh37.8 billion to Pakistan. And in 2014, the country was the leading importer of our products in Asia, buying goods worth Sh47.7 billion, an increase of Sh9.9 billion over 2013.

Strategic deals Aside from tea, other high-potential export commodities from Kenya to Pakistan include coconuts, dry nuts, mangoes, fresh flowers and powdered milk. Pakistan can, through strategic deals, sell to Kenya pharmaceuticals, surgical equipment, textiles, farm machinery and sports goods at favourable terms. Several factors underpin trade between the two countries, including a strong commitment from the two nations to grow their ties. This is driven mainly by the fact that bilateral relations have become a key cog in transforming the two economies. These bilateral relations have been sustained by a raft of agreements. For instance, rice from Pakistan attracts 35 per cent duty, while commodities from other markets face higher levies. On its part, Pakistan imposes 5 per cent import duty on Kenyan tea.

See Also: The paradox of foreign investment in Kenya A second reason our relations are bound to improve is the ongoing integration of East African economies, which is shaping the region into a huge market for goods and services. With a population of more than 100 million, the five-nation East African Community is attracting investors from all corners of the globe. Pakistani traders and investors have the opportunity to expand their engagement with Kenya to gain a foothold in the region and cash in on its potential. Kenya is East Africa’s financial and technology hub, and a gateway to the region, with most imports and exports going through the busy Mombasa port. The country’s position in East Africa, and its stature in Africa, was further boosted by last year’s rebasing, which saw Kenya leap into middle-income status and become the continent’s ninth largest economy, up from 12th.
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UCCE Rice Production Workshop, July 24, Yuba City

Friday, July 24, 2015 • Yuba City, CA
The UCCE Rice Production Workshop covering the principles and practices of rice production will be held July 24 in Yuba City, Calif.
The workshop location is The Refuge Restaurant, 1501 Butte House Rd.
8:30 - Sign in, pick-up class material
9:00 - Introduction, workshop overview
9:10 - Rice growth and development
9:30 - Land formation, water management
9:50 - Tillage, planting, stand establishment
10:10 – Break
10:30 - Variety selection
11:00 – Invertebrates
11:30 – Diseases
12:00 – Lunch
1:00 – Fertility
2:00 - Weeds
3:00 – Adjourn
A $100 prepaid enrollment is required, and is limited to 75 people.
Enroll by July 21. Seats will be filled on a first-come basis.
DPR and CCA continuing education credits requested.
For more information, contact UCCE Farm Advisor Cass Mutters at (530) 538-7201 and

All private companies allowed for C-Grade Thai rice auctions

All private companies allowed for C-Grade rice auctions
BANGKOK, 22 July 2015 (NNT) – The Minister of Commerce announced that all companies are allowed to bid in the C-Grade in-stock rice auction, and has appointed the Permanent-Secretary to inspect the government’s rice warehouses on Wednesday.

The Minister of Commerce Gen Chatchai Sarikulya has revealed that the government’s auction on C-Grade in-stock rice will be open to all private companies, including traders and millers. He added that the regulation and agreements for private participation have already been clarified.

He mentioned that the in stock rice must be inspected for fungi, and added that contaminated rice will also be supplied to the industrial sector for energy production of ethanol or biomass, due to the fact that contaminated rice cannot be consumed or used to feed animals. Meanwhile, the Permanent-Secretary of Commerce Ministry is set to lead the media to inspect the C-Grade rice warehouses on Wednesday.C-Grade is a category that the rice grain quality has deteriorated.The Minister of Commerce has added that the price of unmilled rice is poised to rise from the current 10,000 baht, while the Department of Foreign Trade has been ordered to discuss with rice exporters and millers to help push the price of rice and to expanding rice exports during the later half of this year.Rice exporters of Thailand are set to visit Africa during 25-30 July 2015, to discuss more trade negotiations and cooperations with African rice importers.


PDS Scam: SC Asks Ex-MLA to Move Chhattisgarh HC or Lodge FIR

Published: 20th July 2015 08:26 PM
Last Updated: 20th July 2015 08:28 PM
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today asked a former legislator and others, who have sought a court- monitored CBI probe in alleged scam to the tune of Rs 36,000 crore in the public distribution system in Chhattisgarh, to either move the High Court or lodge an FIR in the case.A bench headed by Justice T S Thakur, however, kept the petitions for hearing on July 27 and asked the petitioners to provide more information in support of their claims.Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the state of Chhattisgarh, vehemently opposed the pleas by terming them as the part of "political vendetta".The bench, during brief hearing, also asked senior lawyer and former Minister Kapil Sibal as to whether he was appearing in the case to settle political score, saying "are you fighting political battle through this?"

"I will leave the case if that is the impression. In fact, two Congress people are also involved," Sibal responded.The bench, also comprising Justices V Gopala Gowda and R Banumathi, asked about the petitioners and directed them to go to the Chhattisgarh High Court or lodge an FIR and then come to it, if nothing happens there.Referring to the Vyapam scam, Sibal said that influential persons in the states were involved and the state police cannot do justice to the investigation.He also referred to the alleged recovery of a diary during the probe and said the names of various recipients of illegal monies are mentioned.The bench then said "You (Sibal) know the fate of the Jain Hawala diary.""This is a serious scam," Sibal said adding that several persons have been made accused in it.The Attorney General alleged that Sibal was not stating the complete facts of the case.One of the petitions was filed by former MLA Virendra Pandey from Chhattisgarh seeking a court-monitored probe into the alleged PDS scam.The Chhattisgarh anti-corruption bureau (ACB) is probing the alleged irregularities in supply of rice through the PDS in the state.
Pandey, in his plea, has sought transfer of the probe in Chhattisgarh's PDS scam to the CBI, claiming that the PDS scam has "engulfed Chhattisgarh casting a long and dark shadow over credibility and integrity" of the government itself.The plea also claimed the recent developments have shown that the investigation agency ACB has been carrying out the probe "just in order to safeguard the main perpetrators of the crime who happen to be high dignitaries of Chhattisgarh.""In the present case, all the officials of Civil Supplies Corporation Raipur, Chhattisgarh from field level to senior officers are involved in the illegal act of procuring, transporting and storing of rice."These officers are misusing their authority to illegally recover money from the rice millers during procurement and transportation of rice and other food grains as well," it said.Under PDS, essential commodities such as rice, wheat, sugar, kerosene and salt and other commodities notified by the State Government are sold to ration cardholders through the Fair Price Shops at concessional rates.

Rice prices to rise' amid lower supply, high demand

Petchanet Pratruangkrai
The Nation July 22, 2015 1:00 am

The price of Thai rice is expected to climb steadily into next year, mainly because of the impact of drought on the world market as well as production in Thailand.However, there are still some factors that could suppress the price including the world economy, the financial problems in some countries, and the oil price, as it affects the purchasing power of some rice-importing nations.The Thai Rice Exporters Association (TREA) announced yesterday that Thailand should be able to export between 9.5 million and 10 million tonnes of rice this year, as drought has increased demand in many countries, while Thailand has plenty of rice stocks.
TREA president Charoen Laothamatas said Thailand should be able to export at least 9.5 million tonnes of rice worth not less than US$4.77 billion (Bt165 billion)."The drought will encourage higher rice prices in the world market and domestically amid higher demand amid lower production in Thailand and many countries. In Thailand alone, rice output is expected drop by 15-20 per cent or about 2 million to 3 million tonnes from the drought," he said.He said the price of rice had bottomed out and should increase in the future after lower production, while higher demand by many importers such as the Philippines and Indonesia. Thailand shipped 4.5 million tonnes of rice in the first half, down by 1.1 per cent year on year. During the same period, India shipped 4.24 million tonnes, while Vietnam exported 2.42 million tonnes.

The association expects the domestic rice price to be above Bt9,000 per tonne of white paddy in the second half, up from the current level of about Bt8,500, while the export price for white rice should be above $400 a tonne, up from $390 now. According to an updated "World Markets and Trade" report released this month by the US Department of Agriculture, global rice trading is expected to decrease slightly from 43.42 million tonnes last year to 43.72 million tonnes this year. World production will drop from 478.18 million tonnes to 476.28 million tonnes, consumption will rise from 481.47 million tonnes to 484.69 million tonnes, and global ending stocks will be lowered from 107.36 million tonnes in 2014 to 98.95 million tonnes this year.

Charoen said that with more demand but less supply of rice, it was a good opportunity for Thailand to release rice from its stocks. The country holds huge stockpiles of up to 15 million tonnes of rice, and releasing it now should not drive down the price too much.However, there are still some worrying factors that could hit the rice price. The European Union is still recovering slowly from the last financial crisis, while declining oil prices in the world market have lowered purchasing power in some rice-importing countries, mainly Nigeria but also elsewhere in Africa and the Middle East.

Chookiat Ophaswongse, honorary president of the association, said the baht's depreciation had stabilised the export price of rice. However, the domestic price of paddy should increase soon as it has already bottomed out and the drought should help drive it back up.To promote sustainable development of the rice industry, the association urged the government to manage rice stocks with high efficiency to ensure minimum impact on the market price of the grain.

The government should accelerate negotiations with its counterparts in rice-importing countries for rice-sale contracts. It should promote Thai rice overseas, especially Hom Mali rice (jasmine rice), and stabilise the baht, as well as reduce obstacles or trade regulations and conditions on rice trading to many markets.


Jute department seeks DoE’s help to stop polythene bag production 

Abu Bakar Siddique

The Department of Jute has sought the Department of Environment’s help in stopping the production of polyethene or poly bags and sacks in the country as it prepares to implement the Mandatory Jute Packaging Act 2010.“We have sent a letter at the Department of Environment authorities asking for their cooperation in stopping poly bag production, and we are going to sit in a meeting in this regard soon,” said Mohammad Kefaetulla, director at the Department of Jute.The environment authorities can help by not permitting poly bag producers to produce the plastic bags and sacks which are used to package rice, sugar, fertiliser and many other products, sources said.The government enacted the jute packaging act in January last year aiming to revive the jute industry, making it mandatory for the country’s agriculture sector to make all kinds of packaging with jute material.The law says that paddy, rice, wheat, maize, fertiliser and sugar must be packaged in jute bags. Violation of the law will result in a maximum sentence of one year in jail or a fine of Tk50,000 or both for using non-degradable synthetics to package commodities.

However, the government’s move to implement the Mandatory Jute Packaging Act 2010 has stumbled due to lack of cooperation from rice mill owners, the major instruments in implementing the act.Most of the rice mills in the country are still using contraband plastic sacks that are also detrimental to the environment.“Implementation of the act has been slow just because rice mill owners, who are not interested in packing their products in jute sacks, have been blocking the initiative,” Kefaetulla said last month.Asked about the Department of Jute’s letter, Department of Environment Director General Raisul Islam Mondal told the Dhaka Tribune that his department would lend all its support to the jute sector.

The Department of Environment is the authority responsible to issue environmental clearance to any kind of industry which produces industrial goods, including poly bags.According to the Department of Jute, around 750 million jute bags are to be used annually and 50% of the jute production will be consumed locally once the packaging act is implemented.Sources from Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) claimed that the sector would regain strengths overnight if only 20% of the businesses started using bags made of “the Golden Fibre of Bengal.”Kefaetulla said rice millers use around 1.4 million synthetic sacks annually for packaging their products; if these sacks could be replaced with jute sacks, it could make a significant difference.

AP rice mills to stop supplies to Consumer fed, Supply


Decision follows dues of over Rs.100 crore

With dues from the State government crossing Rs.100 crore, rice mills based in Andhra Pradesh have decided to stop supplies to the Kerala State Cooperative Consumer Federation (Consumerfed) and the Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation (Supplyco) with immediate effect.At a press conference here on Monday, general secretary of the Quilon Rice Brokers Association G. Satheesh said the decision was taken by the East Godavari District Rice Millers Association (EGDRMA).

No payment in 3 years

Payments had not been made for the past three years and the arrears came to more than Rs.100 crore.Mr. Satheesh said that Kollam-based rice brokers were the prime stockists of the AP-based rice mills in south Kerala and that the press conference was called under directions from the EGDRMA. Supplies for south Kerala reach Kollam by rail freight.Mr. Satheesh said the EGDRMA representatives had met Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and other Ministers in the past six months with requests for clearing of dues. But no payments were made.The decision was not to supply rice to any State government organisation.However, the EGDRMA had said that the situation would not lead to shortage or price rise of rice in the open market.Rice would be supplied at the existing rate to the open market. The AP rice millers had said that they had ample buffer stock of rice and that if there was demand more rakes would be despatched for the open market next month to meet the Onam-related demands.

PH rice sufficiency is desirable, attainable

By Rudy Romero | Jul. 21, 2015 at 12:01am

In articles written in another newspaper, a friend of mine who has worked for both the government and the private sector has written about the issue of whether a policy of self-sufficiency in rice makes economic sense for this country.My friend’s position is that such a policy, which has been a fixture in successive Philippine development plans, does not make economic sense. By all means government plans should make generous provision for the agricultural sector’s needs, he argued, but Filipino farmers should just do the best thing they can and accept the idea of other countries supplying this country’s annual rice supply shortfall. This country should not be despondent over the fact that Filipino farmers are unable to supply all of the nation’s rice needs and should simply strive to support the most efficient farmers. Rice self-sufficiency, he concluded, should not be regarded as an inviolable goal.

With all due respect I disagree with my friend and colleague. My inability to agree with him stems not from any obsession with the idea of rice self-sufficiency but from a firm belief that this country has the capability to produce all the rice it needs. It has approximately 3,000,000 hectares devoted to rice and corn cultivation, around 50 significant rivers capable of providing irrigation water, abundant technology—the world’s leading rice research facility, the International Rice Research Institute, is located in this country—a government agricultural extension structure and adequate supplies of basic farm inputs. With all of these availabilities, it is extremely difficult to comprehend the Philippine rice industry’s inability to produce grain sufficient to meet this country’s requirement.

My economist colleague was correct in pointing out that the rice-growing areas of the Philippines are not of equal productive capability and that the same amount of investment will yield a higher output in some rice-growing areas than in others. An agricultural policy that invests resources in--and expects high outputs from--both premier and marginal rice-growing areas is thus bound, in his view, to result in failure.Self-sufficiency is attainable, but the rational path to that result is not the unselective expenditure of resources but the concentration of spending on rice-growing areas with the highest yields per unit of investment. These areas have already been identified by government agricultural experts.They include the Cagayan River valley (especially Isabela), the Bicol River basin, Quezon, Mindoro, Iloilo, Negros Occidental and Central Mindanao. These areas still have fertile soil and are well drained by rivers. They are the best rice-growing areas in the nation.

The concept of the government agricultural planners was that these high-productivity areas would supply the rice needs of the surrounding provinces, viz., Iloilo would take care not only of that province’s needs but also of the needs of all the Panay Island provinces and the Bicol River basin would answer for the needs of the Bicol provinces.The administration of Ferdinand Marcos has the right approach to maximizing the benefits from foreign assistance to Philippine agriculture. It agreed with the foreign donors that each of them would answer for the investment requirement of a specific rice-growing area.

Thus, it was agreed that USAID (the United States Agency for International Development) would answer for the investment requirement of the Bicol River basin, JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) would take care of the financial needs of Central Mindanao, and so on. The Department of Agriculture, with the full support of Neda (National Economic and Development Authority) made certain that the concept would be successfully implemented.Rice-sufficiency in this country is not pie in the sky. It is achievable. But the way to get there is not by constantly deriding the notion--citing other nations’ thriving rice industries--but by more judicious use of national resources available for Filipino rice farmers.


PH says private traders apply to import 300,000 T rice

Posted at 07/21/2015 11:35 AM

MANILA - Private rice traders in the Philippines are seeking to import around 300,000 tonnes of the staple food, mostly from Vietnam and Thailand, an official of the state grains procurement agency told Reuters on Tuesday.The volume is a little more than a third of the maximum 805,200 tonnes that traders can import with 35 percent tariff before the Nov. 30 deadline, but will nonetheless help boost domestic supply at a time local harvest is seasonally weak.The Philippines, a major rice importer, has been boosting buffer stocks to keep retail prices stable especially during the traditional lean harvest season starting this month."Maybe the entire volume will not be taken considering that importers are not interested to buy from other countries like China, Australia, India, Pakistan (and) El Salvador," said Piolito Santos, manager at NFA's Grains Marketing Operations department.

Traders have until July 30 to apply to import rice with quality not lower than 25 percent broken.Rice export prices in Thailand, the world's second-biggest supplier after India, extended gains last week on concerns that a drought may cut domestic output, while demand from private Philippine firms has also pushed up prices in No. 3 exporter Vietnam.Under the guidelines, traders can import up to 293,100 tonnes each from Thailand and Vietnam, up to 50,000 tonnes each from China, India and Pakistan, 15,000 tonnes from El Salvador and the rest from any other countries.The NFA has so far bought a total of 550,000 tonnes from Vietnam and 200,000 tonnes from Thailand in government-to-government deals this year.The agency also has permission from President Benigno Aquino to import an additional 250,000 tonnes if a drought brought on by the El Nino weather phenomenon intensifies and hurts local rice production.Latest government data show local rice prices have fallen around 5 percent from a year earlier, when the retail costs shot up dramatically due to damage to supply chains from Super Typhoon Haiyan in late 2014 and the government's failure to import additional volumes on time.

SunRice tests farmer shareholder support for listing

·         JULY 21, 2015 8:30AM

SunRice has had ‘very positive response’ to the potential capital structure. Picture: Andy Rogers
Description: SunRice has had ‘very positive response’ to the potential capital structure. Picture: AndSUNRICE, one of Australia’s last remaining export monopolies, has begun a poll of its farmer shareholder base as it gauges support for plans to list its shares on the stock exchange and invite new investors to its register.
If the SunRice board gains ­approval from A-class and B-class shareholders for a capital ­restructure, the company could list on the ASX by the end of the year.The business handles about 700,000-800,000 tonnes of rice a year on behalf of farmers, as well as selling other snack foods under the Always Fresh label.The move follows a string of agricultural businesses floating on the market including Murray Goulburn, Australia’s largest dairy company, which raised $500 million in fresh equity in a partial ASX float. The Australian recently reported that cooking legend Maggie Beer planned to list her food business.A shift from the illiquid National Stock Exchange to the ASX would create a sizeable new company for the main board.
Last financial year, SunRice posted sales of $1.25 billion and an after-tax profit of $43.42m, up 46 per cent. As part of its journey to the ASX, SunRice has conducted rounds of briefings with its farmer and investor shareholders and will now conduct a phone poll to test the level of support for a capital restructure and listing.SunRice chairman Laurie ­Arthur said the group had received a “very positive response” to the potential capital structure, which would preserve grower shareholder control.

“This new structure represents a significant opportunity to change the way we fund Sun­Rice’s growth and build an Australian-controlled food company of scale that can compete in global markets to benefit all growers and shareholders,” Mr Arthur said. “As we approach the final stages of the capital structure ­review, feedback from our shareholders will be crucial in informing whether or not we move forward with the new structure and bring it back to shareholders to vote on.”
Under a proposal before investors, existing B-class shares would become B preference shares held by a new SunRice fund, which would be listed on the ASX.The fund would then issue B securities that could be traded on the ASX and give holders economic rights including dividends. Shareholder growers with A-class shares would preserve their control of the company.

Prolonged Thailand drought threatens global rice shortage

SciDev Net Monday 20 July 2015
Prolonged drought in Thailand may lead to a shortage in world rice supply if adaptation methods to raise rice production are not taken, scientists warn. The drought is putting pressure on Thailand’s economy, the word’s largest rice exporter. Although the nation’s Royal Irrigation Department has estimated rainfall in late July, farmers have been advised to delay planting until August to meet water demands for public consumption. 

Shaobing Peng of Huazhong Agriculture University in China believesclimate change is now affecting the seasonal weather in Thailand. “Global mean surface air temperature has increased by 0.5 degree Celsius in the twentieth century and will continue to increase by 1.5 to 4.5 degrees Celsius this century. We need to think of more holistic and adaptive measures aside from drought management such as heat-resistant seeds,” adds Peng, a former senior crop physiologist at the International Rice Research Institute. 
He says, as an added pressure, world rice production will have to increase by one per cent annually to meet the increasing demand for the commodity. To adapt to climate change, the Thai government has initiated plans to introduce drought-resistant seeds. But these seeds are not reusable and can be costly to poor farmers who are not receiving direct financial aid. Government-supplied seeds are also limited, forcing farmers to obtain their seeds from private suppliers. 

With 60 million rai (960,000 hectares) of land reserved for paddy still barren, many farmers are resorting to secondary crops to make sufficient income. “Farmers are aware of climate change and they have been complementing their crop production with sugarcane, cucumber, long beans and tilapia. Their main source of income still comes from rice yields, and with only 10 per cent of farmers receiving government-funded seeds, it still leaves the majority saving their seeds from the previous year,” says Jintana Kawasaki from the United Nations University. Thailand’s rice production problems also have economic and political ramifications. Although agriculture production only accounts for nine per cent of the country’s GDP (gross domestic product), majority of the population rely on agriculture for food and income. In 2014, rice exports accounted for 1.3 per cent of GDP. Rice exports declined drastically in 2011 when then prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s administration introduced a price support programme. 

The policy managed to boost rural income in the short term as the government bought grains from farmers, boosting domestic prices. This resulted in a decline in the value of rice exports, from 200 billion Thai baht in 2011 (US$6 billion) to less than US$4.4 billion in 2012. “The situation for Thailand’s rice export industry is improving but they are facing competitors from neighbouring countries which offer cheaper prices,” says Luxmon Attapich, senior country economist at the Asian Development Bank’s Thailand resident mission. 
The Economic Intelligence Center, the research centre for Siam Commercial Bank, predicts that Thailand’s economic growth forecast might be 0.4 per cent lower this year due to the drought.

Jigawa communities welcome Dangote's proposed rice project

By Innocent Senyo
July 20, 2015 18:27:35pm GMT |

WorldStage Newsonline-- Jigawa State Government and host communities have expressed support for the  Dangote Rice project expected to be the largest in Africa. They gave their backing for the take off of the project during a series of town hall sensitization meetings with management of the Dangote Rice Farming Limited.According to the farming plan released during a sensitization town hall meetings with some host communities by the Dangote Rice farming Limited, the rice project at Kaffin Hausa has a five year plan to achieve between 175,000 and 200, 000, hectares of rice grown twice a year.The communities specially expressed satisfaction and delight at the choice of their area for the project just preparations commenced  in the state which is one of the states, where the company, for a start, is cultivating 600 hectares of land for commercial rice farming by November.

Jigawa state government was particularly excited at the Out-Grower part of the plan that would see Dangote Rice helping farmers with implements to cultivate and grow rice which would also be bought from them by Dangote rice, a project, the state government would compliments its agenda of job creation and poverty reduction at the grassroots in the state.Already, multi million dollars worth state of the arts equipment for the commencement of the rice project is expected in a location in Kaffin Hausa local government area of Jigawa state for the project with potentials of thousands of direct and indirect job opportunities.The rice project has a plan to follow a due process for the development of the 20,000 hectares of land for rice farming in order to produce and sell high quality parboiled rice in the Nigerian market

Management of the Company, led by Alhaji Mohammed Bello said the Dangote Rice project has the objective of becoming the leaders in rice farming in the world and also boost the Nigerian economy, encourage self sustainability and import substitution in rice.He said the that company was set to reduce importation of rice into Nigeria by investing to become the largest farming operations in the world by 2020 with excess of 150,000 hectares of land spread around three to five states.According to him, Dangote Rice Company will produce and sell one million tons of high quality parboiled rice within the next five years and at the same time supporting and developing Nigerian rice farmers through the out-grower plan that will generate employments.
The management of the Company expressed appreciation to the government of the state for its willingness to come to the aid of the company to ensure a smooth the off of the project.While meeting with the communities and some of those whose settlements fall within the government reserved area earmarked for the project, Bello pleaded for maximum co operation of the people to realize the project, describing the decision by Alhaji Dangote to delve into the project as laudable.He promised that the people would experience a new dawn in all areas of their life as a people as the Company would be ready to give them a new lease of life better than they are currently experiencing.

 The sensitisation meeting has taken the Company and state government officials to some 15 communities including, Ciyayi, Gafaya, Wiwi and Auno villages in Kaffin Hausa local government area of the state. Community leaders, described the rice project as a transformation project that they could not but support.They urged Dangote Rice company to put machinery in motion and commence cultivation as the project would provide thousands of jobs for their youths who usually abandon the communities for big cities like Lagos, Port-Harcourt and Kano in search of better living.

They assured that the Project would be safe and that Dangote could go and sleep because they would do all within their power to protect and make it flourish.In his remark, Alhaji Hamisu Sabo, the Director of Jigawa Investment, an investment agency of the state government, said the state government “has been encouraging and supporting Dangote Rice project because it is a project that will make a difference in the lives of the people of the state.”He stated that the decision to establish the rice project in Jigawa was a boost to the development agenda of the new government in the state, pointing out that job creation and poverty reduction are a cardinal objectives of the state government agenda.



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PH says private traders apply to import 300,000 T rice

Posted at 07/21/2015 11:35 AM

MANILA - Private rice traders in the Philippines are seeking to import around 300,000 tonnes of the staple food, mostly from Vietnam and Thailand, an official of the state grains procurement agency told Reuters on Tuesday.The volume is a little more than a third of the maximum 805,200 tonnes that traders can import with 35 percent tariff before the Nov. 30 deadline, but will nonetheless help boost domestic supply at a time local harvest is seasonally weak.The Philippines, a major rice importer, has been boosting buffer stocks to keep retail prices stable especially during the traditional lean harvest season starting this month."Maybe the entire volume will not be taken considering that importers are not interested to buy from other countries like China, Australia, India, Pakistan (and) El Salvador," said Piolito Santos, manager at NFA's Grains Marketing Operations department.Traders have until July 30 to apply to import rice with quality not lower than 25 percent broken.
Rice export prices in Thailand, the world's second-biggest supplier after India, extended gains last week on concerns that a drought may cut domestic output, while demand from private Philippine firms has also pushed up prices in No. 3 exporter Vietnam.

Under the guidelines, traders can import up to 293,100 tonnes each from Thailand and Vietnam, up to 50,000 tonnes each from China, India and Pakistan, 15,000 tonnes from El Salvador and the rest from any other countries.The NFA has so far bought a total of 550,000 tonnes from Vietnam and 200,000 tonnes from Thailand in government-to-government deals this year.
The agency also has permission from President Benigno Aquino to import an additional 250,000 tonnes if a drought brought on by the El Nino weather phenomenon intensifies and hurts local rice production.Latest government data show local rice prices have fallen around 5 percent from a year earlier, when the retail costs shot up dramatically due to damage to supply chains from Super Typhoon Haiyan in late 2014 and the government's failure to import additional volumes on time

Rice Wednesday is Back in Mexico      

If it's Wednesday,
it's U.S.-grown rice!
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO -- The popular USA Rice "Rice Wednesday" promotion is underway here at La Chilanguita, a chain with 11 restaurants in high traffic areas in Mexico City and Mexico State, including its most popular location, Masaryk, the most exclusive area in Mexico City.  The promotion began last month and runs through December. Patrons of La Chilanguita can choose between four rice entrees: Arroz a La Tumbada (a dish from Veracruz combining rice and seafood), Arroz Frito (fried rice), Morisqueta (a spicy rice dish from Michoacán) and paella.  The restaurant reports the most popular rice dish, generating many repeat visits, is the USA Rice paella.  So popular, in fact, the managers of several locations have chosen to serve the paellas with U.S.-grown rice on Sundays as well.
Angel Donovan, Executive Chef of La Chilanguita, enjoys working with U.S.-grown rice. He included a popular rice ceviche from his restaurant in the USA Rice "Great Chefs" cookbook in 2014 and has appeared on the Arroz Gourmet TV Shows.
"Since the promotion started, it has inspired me to create new rice dishes to include in the daily suggestions, and the most popular options will become a staple on the menu," Donovan said.

La Chilanguita purchases nearly 1,500 pounds a month of U.S. long grain and parboiled rice from Schettino, one of the largest millers/packers in Mexico.

Contact:  Sarah Moran (703) 236-1457

CME Group/Closing Rough Rice Futures   
CME Group (Prelim):  Closing Rough Rice Futures for July 21
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Riceland Class Visits USA Rice Headquarters 

Riceland Getting In-Depth at USA Rice ARLINGTON, VA-- Rice farmers from Arkansas taking part in the Riceland In-Depth program visited USA Rice headquarters yesterday for a briefing on the structure and work of the U.S. rice industry's national association. The class met with USA Rice staff for a briefing on government affairs, trade, promotion and communications activities.

In welcoming the group, USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward stressed the importance of education and engagement for young rice farmers through programs like Riceland In-Depth.  "I commend you for taking part in this program and being proactively informed on the issues that affect you as rice farmers," Ward said. "Those are the issues USA Rice is here to work on every day, and we appreciate the opportunity to meet with you in person."   

The group's study session in Washington, D.C. also included meetings with administration officials and congressional offices.

Contact: Trish Alderson (703) 236-1472



Government allows bulk exports of rice bran oil, removes quantitative restrictions

By PTI | 21 Jul, 2015, 11.30PM IST
The government allowed bulk exports of rice bran oil and removed quantitative restrictions on out-bound shipments of organic edible oils.NEW DELHI: The government today allowed bulk exports of rice bran oil and removed quantitative restrictions on out-bound shipments of organic edible oils. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the Commerce Ministry's proposal to "allow unrestricted exports of rice bran oil in bulk", sources said. It removed the "quantitative restrictions of 10,000 tonnes per annum on exports of organic edible oils", they added. Although India is a major importer of edible oils, the Centre has allowed bulk exports of rice bran oil to help small rice millers realise better price as demand of this cooking oil remains limited in the domestic market. India imports over 10 million tonnes of vegetable oil -- largely edible -- annually, which is some 60 per cent of the country's total demand. Edible oil exports have been prohibited since March 17, 2008. Certain exemptions have been allowed from time to time.

The government has now decided to allow bulk exports of rice bran oil, considered as premium edible oil with limited consumption in India, without any restrictions of minimum
export price or consumer packs, sources said, adding that this would not increase the cost of rice. Industry body Solvent Extractors Association Executive Director B V Mehta welcomed the move. He said, "This would help rice farmers as well as the country in realising full potential in this segment. India produces one million tonne (mt) of rice barn oil, but we have capacity to reach 1.6 mt." On organic edible oils, the quantitative restrictions have been lifted to send a clear message to investors and the growers to invest in organic exports. The exports will be subject to export contracts being registered and certified as 'organic' by the Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA).

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