Tuesday, October 27, 2015

26th October,2015 Daily Global Rice E-Newsletter by Riceplus Magazine


·         Vilsack Says Rice PLC Payments Begin in November    
·         USA Rice Congratulates New Rice Farming Editor Vicky Boyd 
·         CME Group/Closing Rough Rice Futures  
·         Mars Food Announces First Global Rice Sustainability Standard in Partnership with the Sustainable Rice PlatformMars
·         Thailand to sell 2 million tonnes of rotten rice from stockpiles
·         The end of Cambodia’s rice industry?
·         Gov't to buy 590,000 tons of rice to help stabilize prices
·         NFA: Rice supply, price ‘stable’ after Lando
·         Lando forces govt to review 2016 rice import, El Niño plan
·         Nagpur Foodgrain Prices Open-Oct 26
·         UPDATE 1-Thailand to sell 2 mln tonnes of rotten rice from stockpiles
·         Agri losses reach P8.45B due to ‘Lando’
·         PhilRice shares strategies on harvest of damaged crops
·         Thailand donates US$100,000 to IRRI for rice research


Vilsack Says Rice PLC Payments Begin in November    

 Ward and Vilsack 
Betsy Ward and Secretary Vilsack earlier this year
WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that nearly 1 million farmers will receive safety-net payments from the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs beginning next month. stablished as part of the 2014 Farm Bill, this new program ensures producers are protected from marketplace events resulting in unexpected drops in crop prices and revenues.After marketing year average prices are published by USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, payments will be made to producers of a variety of crops including rice. If triggered, any disbursements to participants in ARC-County or PLC for long and medium grain rice will occur in November, as will ARC-individual payments.

"This new safety-net payment program made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill will benefit rice farmers who have been impacted by unpredicted market forces," said USA Rice Chairman Dow Brantley. "While the need for these payments is unfortunate, the timely manner in which USDA is dealing with them is welcome."The ARC/PLC programs allow producers to continue production for the market by making payments on a percentage of historical base production. Ninety-nine percent of long grain rice farms and 94 percent of medium grain rice farms elected the PLC option. For more payment data and other program information visit www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc.

Contact: Ben Mosely (703) 236-1471

USA Rice Congratulates New Rice Farming Editor Vicky Boyd 
Vicky Boyd
MEMPHIS, TN -- One Grower Publishing has announced the hiring of Vicky Boyd as editor of Rice Farming and Soybean South publications.  She also will be the managing editor of Cotton Farming magazine.  Boyd is based in Modesto, California.    "On behalf of USA Rice, I want to congratulate Vicky on taking the reins at Rice Farming," said USA Rice President and CEO Betsy Ward.  "Vicky knows rice and she is well known in the rice industry.  In fact, she's a graduate of the Rice Leadership Development Program.  We look forward to seeing Vicky at the USA Rice Outlook Conference in December and to working with her in the future."

Ward also expressed appreciation to Carroll Smith, former Rice Farming and Soybean South editor, who is now editor of Cotton Farming magazine as well as associate publisher of One Grower Publishing and special projects manager."We join Carroll's many friends from throughout the rice industry in thanking her for the outstanding job she has done covering rice issues," Ward said.

One Grower Publishing is a privately owned company that produces Cotton Farming, Rice Farming, The Peanut Grower, Soybean South and Corn South magazines with the editorial focus of profitable production strategies.

Contact:  Trish Alderson (703) 236-1472

CME Group/Closing Rough Rice Futures   

CME Group (Prelim):  Closing Rough Rice Futures for October 26  
Net Change

November 2015
- $0.200
January 2016
- $0.195
March 2016
- $0.195
May 2016
- $0.185
July 2016
- $0.210
September 2016
- $0.040
November 2016
- $0.040


Mars Food Announces First Global Rice Sustainability Standard in Partnership with the Sustainable Rice PlatformMars


MANILA, Philippines, Oct. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mars Food, in partnership with the Sustainable Rice Platform, (SRP), a global alliance of agricultural research institutions, agri-food businesses, public sector and civil society organizations convened by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), today announced the first global standard for sustainable rice at the 5th Annual Plenary Meeting and Assembly here.As the leading corporation with the SRP and owner of the world's largest rice brand, UNCLE BEN'S®, Mars Food played a pivotal role in developing the standard. Mars Food also announced today its commitment to sustainably source 100 percent of its rice by 2020 using the SRP standard."Caring for our environment as well as our entire supply chain from end-to-end is more than usual corporate responsibility. It's an imperative for Mars Food," said Fiona Dawson, President of Mars Food.

"Through the global standard, we hope to create benefits for all involved from the farmers to our consumers.  The benefit for us is that is that we are ensuring premium quality rice, whilst also ensuring a higher income for farmers, and a better environment for current and future generations. It is a truly mutual solution."The SRP standard consists of a set of criteria for sustainable rice cultivation that can be used across the globe to reduce the environmental footprint of rice production and improve the lives of rice farmers. The standard consists of 46 requirements organized under eight broad topics, including productivity, food safety, worker health, labor rights, and biodiversity. Rice plays a critical role in global food security, providing livelihoods for over 140 million smallholder farmers in developing countries and is a staple food for nearly half of the world's seven billion people.Mars Food will use the standard as a benchmark against which to assess its rice supply chains – identifying where there are gaps and developing strategies to improve sustainability.

Mars Food has already begun piloting implementation of the standard with rice farmers in two countries – Pakistan and India. A controlled farming program in Pakistan, in partnership with Rice Partners, LTD, IRRI and Bayer CropScience, has grown from 31 smallholder farmers in 2011 to 400 farmers in 2015 who produce Basmati rice grown with the correct application of chemicals and harvested with practices to improve food safety and water quality. In India, Mars is embedding new learnings while also piloting the SRP standard.The standard complements and builds upon the company's Purpose – Better Food Today. A Better World Tomorrow – and the Mars Mutuality Principle, which demonstrate the company's commitment to helping rice farmers improve yields while reducing water use and greenhouse gas emissions and improving socioeconomic conditions in the communities where high-quality rice is grown. 

About Mars Food
Mars Food is a fast-growing food business, making tastier, healthier, easier meals for all consumers to enjoy.
Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, Mars Food is a leader in producing great tasting products.  Our portfolio includes the following brands: UNCLE BEN'S®, DOLMIO®, SEEDS OF CHANGE®, MasterFoods®, SUZI WAN®, EBLY®, ROYCO®, KAN TONG® and RARIS®.  In 2013, global sales were approximately $2 billion. Our ambition is to become a model business in the areas of health and nutrition and sustainability, as expressed by our purpose: Better Food Today.  A Better World Tomorrow.
Mars Food is a segment of Mars, Incorporated.

About Mars, Incorporated
Mars, Incorporated is a private, family-owned business with more than a century of history and some of the best-loved brands in the world including M&M'S®, PEDIGREE®, DOUBLEMINT® and UNCLE BEN'S®. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars has more than$33 billion in sales from six diverse business segments: Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks and Symbioscience. More than 75,000 Associates across 73 countries are united by the company's Five Principles: Quality, Efficiency, Responsibility, Mutuality and Freedom and strive every day to create relationships with stakeholders that deliver growth we are proud of as a company.
For more information about Mars, Incorporated, please visit www.mars.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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Thailand to sell 2 million tonnes of rotten rice from stockpiles

An employee shows milled rice at a mill in Suphan Buri province, about 105 km north of Bangkok, in this March 11, 2013 file photo. Photo: Reuters

PUBLISHED: 7:45 PM, OCTOBER 26, 2015
BANGKOK — Thailand’s military government today (Oct 26) approved the sale for the first time of rotten rice from huge stockpiles built up under a support scheme for farmers, looking to offload 2 million tonnes for industrial use.Thailand, the world’s second biggest rice exporter after India, has stocks of about 13.3 million tonnes following the scheme under the previous government that cost the state billions of dollars and ended last year.About 2 million tonnes of the total has rotted in storage and sales would start in November, commerce ministry permanent secretary Chutima Bunyapraphasara told reporters.

 “This rice is 2 million tonnes of rotten rice which humans and animals cannot consume and it must be sold to the industrial sector only,” said Ms Chutima, who has previously said such rice would be used to produce ethanol.“We will not let this rotten rice come back onto the market for sale,” she said.Ms Chutima did not say how much she expected the rice would fetch, but analysts have said rotten rice would be sold for far less than edible stocks.Thailand, which accounts for about a quarter of global rice trade, has exported 7.3 million tonnes of rice to date this year and may regain the crown of top exporter this year.India was the top rice exporter last year, eclipsing Thailand after the multi-billion dollar subsidy scheme led to a massive build-up of rice in storage. REUTERS


The end of Cambodia’s rice industry?


A combination of erratic weather, poor infrastructure and an inefficient government has experts predicting that Cambodia’s rice industry could collapse within a decade   

Rice has been the lifeline of villagers in northern Cambodia for thousands of years and, in all this time, little has changed in the way that the staple is planted. It is arduous, mechanical work for farmers such as Kim Laysim, who lives in Preah Vihear province’s Ta Tong village.Piles to be made: workers sort unmilled rice ata warehouse in Kandal province on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Photo: Samrang Pring/Reuters
From the roosters’ early wakeup calls until the sun sets upon their fields, almost everyone in Laysim’s town dibbles seeds into the ground before the monsoon rains flush nutrients into the soil. But not this year. The rains, Laysim says, have come too little, too late.“I just finished growing rice in late August. There’s no rain this year, so cultivation was very late. Now I’m very worried because we are facing drought, so the yield we’ll be able to get will be low,” she says. Some areas are expected to lose 50% of yield.If Laysim lived in Thailand or Vietnam, she wouldn’t be as worried. Wide-ranging government subsidies, low-interest government loans and improvements in rice-related infrastructure have created stable rice industries in these neighbouring countries. But not so in Cambodia.Although the Kingdom is proud of its rice industry and even wins international awards for high-quality grains, the government has done little to help the sector. Song Saran, chairman of Amru Rice, the country’s biggest exporter, says that if this attitude doesn’t change, the outlook is bleak.
“We are in danger. It’s a business with very small margins, and it’s a high-risk commodity,” he says. Most experts are in agreement.The effects of the government remaining ineffectual would be crushing: about half of the Cambodian population’s livelihoods are said to depend on the rice sector.Rice is the world’s most important food staple – it accounts for a staggering one-fifth of humanity’s calorie intake – and Cambodia is among the world’s top ten rice exporters. ccording to the Asian Development Bank’s Chanthou Hem, a senior project officer, this is an astonishing achievement. Cambodia, he says, lacks the “necessary practical production systems, infrastructure and post-harvest mechanism… and [has a] weak link between seed producers, paddy growers and processors [millers] that will promote a secure and profitable system”.
Both the aid industry and the private sector have invested millions of dollars to get the industry up to speed. Kann Kunthy, CEO of Brico, a group of investors trying to improve the rice sector in Battambang province, Cambodia’s main rice-producing region, says that it is the government that has neglected the industry.“They always say they are working on better infrastructure, but they have said that for five or ten years already. It’s not news that we need better irrigation systems. But what have the ministries done?” he says.Rice is a high-risk business, even when the weather plays along. Laysim’s story is just one example. Last year her family harvested 15 tonnes of rice but sold only 11. Like most farmers, she grows grains of her own choosing or simply buys the ones she can afford – market demands are widely ignored. Meanwhile, Europe is aiming to import only high-quality rice – an area in which Cambodia could have a natural advantage due to its limited use of fertilisers.

Yet Cambodia’s small-scale farmers are unaware of this and frequently bet on the wrong grains.With sales well below Laysim’s expectations, she had to take on a $3,000 loan to buy enough seeds for this year’s season, despite her gut telling her not to. Laysim has seen farmers struggle to pay back loans after droughts, floods and other all-too-common disasters have ruined their yield.“It will be difficult to pay back the loan because the interest rate is so high. But what other choices do I have?” Laysim says.Rather than the government providing loans at low- or zero-interest rates such as those offered in Thailand and Vietnam,a network of loan sharks caters to Cambodia’s small-scale farmers, preying on their dead-end situations following natural disasters. Some loans come with interest rates as high as 100%. If the farmers can’t pay they have one solution: migration. Earlier this year, more than 700,000 Cambodians lived on temporary work visas in Thailand.

Hundreds of thousands more are estimated to live there illegally.Kheang Kimlean, the owner of a rice mill that supplies the local market in northwestern Cambodia, says that she struggles both to get a sufficient amount of rice to keep her mill running at capacity of 15 tonnes per day, and to sell it after milling.“Half of my clients have moved to Thailand,” Kimlean says.As farmers leave their paddy fields to work in Thailand, the total area on which rice is cultivated has dropped dramatically – by more than 12% in less than ten years, according to the World Bank. This is far from what the government has planned. By the end of this year, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has said he hopes to export one million tonnes of rice – a target that was met with ridicule and scepticism when he announced it in 2010.

Net grains: a rice vendor checks her wares at a shop in central Phnom Penh. Photo: Denise Hruby
About 379,000 tonnes were exported in 2013. Last year, this number grew to about 387,000 tonnes, up by only 2.2%. If the government had provided loans and built irrigation systems, Hun Sen’s target wouldn’t have been unrealistic, Saran says.But these aren’t the sector’s only issues. The whole production chain, Saran says, is simply too expensive. “High production costs are our main issue,” he says.Saran joined his family’s business in 2010. Back then, Amru exported two shipping containers of rice per week to the EU. Today, the company employs more than 250 people and exports between 1,500 and 2,000 tonnes per week. Amru, like other private companies, has invested millions of dollars in mills and rice-drying equipment. While progress such as this is encouraging, the private sector cannot be solely responsible for carrying the industry.

In Vietnam and Thailand, millers pay no more than ten cents per kilowatt of electricity. In Cambodia, it’s roughly twice as much. Transportation is also a headache. Using trucks that navigate potholed roads means that getting a tonne of rice from a Cambodian farm to a mill typically costs about $10. In Vietnam, where infrastructure such as railway lines is in place, it costs about $3.To continue the rice’s journey, it costs on average another $25 to get the Cambodian tonne of rice to the port in Sihanoukville, from where it goes on to be shipped to larger ports such as Ho Chi Minh City, before being exported to Europe and beyond.

“Every other country supports their own rice industry and gives incentives. We only have papers; no action,” Saran says.And then there are the outside pressures. As one of the world’s least-developed countries, Cambodia has been able to export rice tariff-free through the EU’s Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme. The EBA allowed Cambodia to access a consumer market of 500 million, lifted exports off the ground and now accounts for the majority of Cambodian rice shipped abroad.For the EU, that’s no more than 300,000 tonnes, or about 22% of its overall rice imports. Experts, however, fear that this number will drop once a free trade agreement with Vietnam is in place that will see tariff-free imports of 76,000 tonnes of rice per year. Myanmar, now about five years behind the Cambodian rice sector, is also expected to catch up.New markets such as China and Malaysia could be the solution. Country-to-country deals, however, demand the government’s action. Last year, Cambodian exporters rejoiced when a 100,000-tonne rice export deal was signed with China. Now, however, China is asking to buy rice at lower rates. This again demands that the industry become more competitive.

To some extent, the Cambodian government has acknowledged its shortcomings. In May last year it established the Cambodian Rice Federation (CRF), a group of experts tasked with improving productivity and exports. But experts and the federation’s own members say that the CRF hasn’t had any tangible impact. In January the CRF told theCambodia Daily that the federation was still struggling to overcome “current internal and external challenges”. WhenSoutheast Asia Globe asked what the body had achieved since its inception 17 months ago, acting secretary general Moul Sarith said: “But… but we’ve only been working for a short time,” before declining to answer any further questions.If things continue at the current pace, Saran says the future of Cambodia’s rice industry looks bleak: “In seven years”, when other countries have amped up production and Vietnam’s agreement with the EU is fully in effect, “the industry will collapse”. 
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Gov't to buy 590,000 tons of rice to help stabilize prices

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SEOUL, Oct. 26 (Yonhap) -- The government will buy 590,000 tons of locally produced rice this year to help stabilize the market price of the staple grain, the farm ministry said Monday.The amount represents an increase of 200,000 tons from the original plan announced in early September that called for 360,000 tons to be set aside as part of the country's strategic reserves, and 30,000 tons to be pledged to the ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said.The extra 200,000 tons of rice that will be purchased starting in November will be isolated from the market that should help prop up domestic rice prices that have direct impact on the income of farmers.

"Isolating the rice will be given top priority," the ministry said. "Unless there is an unexpected shortage of rice or a spike in prices, the government will do its utmost not to release its reserves."   The government predicted earlier this month that rice production could top 4.26 million tons, up 0.4 percent from 4.24 million tons last year. The increase comes despite 2 percent less land being used to grow rice.Reflecting the rise in output, the average prices for a 80 kilogram sack of rice stood at 156,880 won as of Oct. 15, down 7.5 percent from a year earlier.In addition, the farm ministry said it will release some 200 billion won (US$176.4 million) in extra funds to make it possible for the private sector to buy up rice.

Other incentives like raising the payment guarantee coverage of rice processing plants from the current 3 billion won to 5 billion won will be pursued that can further allow the private sector to buy 2.13 million tons of rice this year, up 85,000 tons from 2014, it said.The government said that depending on the movement of rice prices and overall production, more rice can be purchased."A long term rice price stabilization plan will be announced later in the year," it said.

NFA: Rice supply, price ‘stable’ after Lando

by Mary Grace Padin - October 26, 2015

THE National Food Authority (NFA) on Monday assured the public that the supply and price of rice in the country remain stable even after the devastation of Typhoon Lando (international code name Koppu) in Northern Luzon.NFA Administrator Renan B. Dalisay told the BusinessMirror in a text message that the inventory of rice in NFA depositories is currently at 716,914 metric tons (MT), good for 23 days. Due to the sufficient supply, he said, there is no movement in the price of rice in the domestic market.“Since we have enough supply amid Lando, price of rice in the market is stable. Kahit sa affected areas,” Dalisay said.Based on the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) report titled “Price Situationer of Selected Agricultural Commodities,” the price of regular milled rice and well-milled rice from the NFA for the week ending on October 23 remained at P27 per kilo and P32 per kilo, respectively.

Dalisay also said the NFA has released 31,189 bags of rice to local government units (LGUs) and relief agencies in Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and Metro Manila for distribution to families in the typhoon-stricken areas.He said the food agency is still awaiting the approval of the P350-million supplemental budget it requested from the Department of Budget and Management to procure damaged crops from affected farmers.Meanwhile, prices of other commodities, especially vegetables, surged due to the damage caused by Lando.The same PSA report showed that as of October 23, prices of cabbage in different parts of the country increased by P5 per kilogram to P40 per kilogram; eggplant by P2 per kilo to P70 per kilo; and sitaw by P2 per kilo to as much as P110 per kilo, among others.According to the updated data from the Department of Agriculture (DA), farm damage brought by Lando as of October 26 reached 511,691 MT, valued at P8.45 billion.

This was lower than the previously reported agriculture damage of P8.62 billion as a result of the field validation conducted by the DA in Region 1.“Losses in high-value crops decreased by P578 million in the province of La Union. The previously reported damaged area of 576 hectares by the LGU of La Union on fruit trees, particularly mango, banana and papaya, was in hectarage instead of number of trees. The reported number of trees is now converted into hectarage based on standard number of trees planted per hectare, hence the value and volume of losses decreased,” the DA said.About 369,199 hectares of farmlands in Regions 1, 2, 3, 4A and the Cordillera Administrative Region were affected by the typhoon, with 92.46 percent, or 341,364 hectares, having chance of recovery.

The report showed that the rice sector took the brunt of the damage, registering P7.21 billion worth of damaged crops. This was followed by high-value crops, which suffered P780.27 million in terms of production loss.Damage suffered by the fisheries sector reached P276.82 million, while the corn and livestock sector lost P146.50 million and P8.74 million, respectively.The DA also reported P26.21 million worth of facilities, infrastructure and equipments damaged in the fisheries and livestock sector.“A field validation in Regions 1 and 3 will be conducted from October 26 to 30 and November 3 to 7 in Region 2. The validation team will be composed of representatives from DA Field Operations Service, regional field offices [RFOs] and the Philippine Rice Research Institute. The result of the validation will be considered as the final report of the RFOs affected by Lando,” the DA said.


Lando forces govt to review 2016 rice import, El Niño plan


 Cai Ordinario und Mary Grace Padin October 26, 2015
THE National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) will review the El Niño road map it recently submitted to the President in light of the devastation caused by Typhoon Lando (inter-national code name Koppu).Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan told the BusinessMirror the rains brought by Lando in many places in Luzon filled many of the dams that supplied water, including those needed for irrigation.

This is a key part of the road map since the Neda recommended the importation of an additional 1 million metric tons of rice in the first semester of 2016 due to the ill
effects of El Niño on rice farms.“Baka may mga
 areas na nabawasan ’yung probability ’yung pag-drought baka [in some areas it’s] not as bad as initially expected, [so] we are revising our road map for [El Niño] mitigation,” Balisacan said. “We [first] have to do a more intensive examination or assessment.”Balisacan said there is also a need to assess the impact of the rains on farms in Central Luzon, the country’s rice bowl. He said there is a possibility that the rich top soil of the rice farms in the area may have been washed out by the typhoon.He said this kind of data, as well as the planting intentions of farmers in the last two months of 2015 and the first quarter next year will be critical in making a decision on how much rice the Philippines needs to import next year.
“Gaano kadami ’yung land na hindi agad na-replantan [such as those farms where] the top soil has been washed out and to what extent made—delay ’yung replanting. But that kind of information will be made available in the next couple of weeks when we assess the situation,” Balisacan said.  In terms of impact on the country’s overall economic growth, Balisacan said the damage caused by the typhoon would not put a dent in the P13-trillion Philippine economy.However, Balisacan said there is a need to obtain additional data on the damage, as well as the performance of the various sectors of the economy to assess how much impact the typhoon will have on the country’s GDP.Recently, Balisacan said the government completed a road map to address the impact of the El Niño particularly on farmer’s incomes, power and health.Balisacan said interventions to mitigate the impact of El Niño on 66 provinces will require P19.2 billion.
Of this amount, some P7.5 billion is required for the remainder of this year and P11.7 billion is needed next year.The road map interventions include cash-for-work programs; water-management interventions, particularly for irrigation; and  other interventions.The latest data from the Department of Agriculture (DA) showed that the damage caused by Lando in the agriculture sector as of October 23 has reached 510,438 metric tons (MT) valued at P8.62 billion.The volume of crops damaged by Lando has reached 510,438 MT, valued at P8.62 billion as of October 23, according to the latest report from the DA.The DA said a total of 356,598 hectares of farmlands in Regions 1, 2, 3, 4A and the Cordillera Administrative Region were affected by the typhoon, with 93.48 percent, or 333,357 hectares, having a chance of recovery.The rice sector suffered the most damage, registering a total production loss of 463,692 MT pegged at P7.09 billion. Rice farms in Region 3 were severely devastated, losing 393,440 MT of crops valued at almost P6 billion in terms of production loss.


Nagpur Foodgrain Prices Open-Oct 26

Nagpur, Oct 26 Gram prices today firmed up in Nagpur Agriculture Produce and
Marketing Committee (APMC) here good demand from local traders amid thin arrival from producing regions. Fresh rise on NCDEX, upward trend in Madhya Pradesh gram prices and enquiries from South-based millers also jacked up prices, according to sources. 
               *            *              *              *
   * Gram varieties ruled steady here on lack of demand from local traders.
   * Tuar fataka best and medium varieties reported down in open market on poor demand 
     from local traders amid good supply from producing belts. Increased overseas arrival
     also pushed down prices.  
   * Moong varieties reported down in open market in absence of buyers amid good 
     supply from producing regions.
   * In Akola, Tuar - 11,700-12,000, Tuar dal - 18,400-19,000, Udid - 
     12,900-13,300, Udid Mogar (clean) - 15,900-16,500, Moong - 
     11,000-11,200, Moong Mogar (clean) 12,100-12,400, Gram - 4,700-4,900, 
     Gram Super best bold - 6,500-6,900 for 100 kg.
   * Wheat, rice and other commodities remained steady in open market 
     in weak trading activity. 
 Nagpur foodgrains APMC auction/open-market prices in rupees for 100 kg
     FOODGRAINS                 Available prices     Previous close   
     Gram Auction                4,125-4,550         4,040-4,410
     Gram Pink Auction            n.a.           2,100-2,600
     Tuar Auction                n.a.                9,000-10,500
     Moong Auction                n.a.                6,000-6,400
     Udid Auction                n.a.           4,300-4,500
     Masoor Auction                n.a.              2,600-2,800
     Gram Super Best Bold            6,600-7,100        6,600-7,100
     Gram Super Best            n.a.            n.a.
     Gram Medium Best            6,400-6,700        6,400-6,700
     Gram Dal Medium            n.a.            n.a
     Gram Mill Quality            5,200-5,300        5,200-5,300
     Desi gram Raw                4,850-4,950         4,850-4,950
     Gram Filter new            5,700-6,000        5,700-6,000
     Gram Kabuli                6,000-7,000        6,000-7,000
     Gram Pink                        6,500-7,200        6,500-7,200
     Tuar Fataka Best             18,100-18,600        18,300-18,800
     Tuar Fataka Medium             17,100-17,400        17,300-17,600
     Tuar Dal Best Phod            16,600-17,100        16,600-17,100
     Tuar Dal Medium phod            15,600-16,000        15,600-16,000
     Tuar Gavarani New             11,900-12,500        11,900-12,500
     Tuar Karnataka             13,000-13,400        13,000-13,400
     Tuar Black                 18,800-19,300        18,800-19,300 
     Masoor dal best            8,600-8,800        8,600-8,800
     Masoor dal medium            8,300-8,500        8,300-8,500
     Masoor                    n.a.            n.a.
     Moong Mogar bold            12,400-12,900       12,500-13,000
     Moong Mogar Med            11,600-11,800        11,700-11,900
     Moong dal Chilka            10,000-10,300        10,200-10,500
     Moong Mill quality            n.a.            n.a.
     Moong Chamki best            12,300-12,700        12,400-12,800
     Udid Mogar Super best (100 INR/KG)    16,500-17,000       16,500-17,000     
     Udid Mogar Medium (100 INR/KG)    15,700-15,900        15,700-15,900    
     Udid Dal Black (100 INR/KG)        11,000-12,400        11,000-12,400     
     Batri dal (100 INR/KG)        5,600-5,900        5,600-5,900
     Lakhodi dal (100 INR/kg)          4,300-4,500         4,300-4,500
     Watana Dal (100 INR/KG)            3,600-3,700        3,600-3,700
     Watana White (100 INR/KG)              3,400-3,600           3,400-3,600
     Watana Green Best (100 INR/KG)    3,500-3,700        3,500-3,700   
     Wheat 308 (100 INR/KG)        1,500-1,600        1,500-1,600
     Wheat Mill quality (100 INR/KG)    1,650-1,750        1,650-1,670   
     Wheat Filter (100 INR/KG)         1,450-1,650        1,450-1,650
     Wheat Lokwan best (100 INR/KG)    2,400-2,550        2,400-2,550    
     Wheat Lokwan medium (100 INR/KG)   2,200-2,230        2,200-2,300
     Lokwan Hath Binar (100 INR/KG)    n.a.            n.a.
     MP Sharbati Best (100 INR/KG)    3,300-3,700        3,300-3,700    
     MP Sharbati Medium (100 INR/KG)    2,600-3,000        2,600-3,000           
     Rice BPT best (100 INR/KG)        3,000-3,400        3,000-3,400    
     Rice BPT medium (100 INR/KG)        2,600-2,800        2,600-2,800    
     Rice Parmal (100 INR/KG)         1,600-1,800        1,600-1,800
     Rice Swarna best (100 INR/KG)      2,100-2,200        2,100-2,200   
     Rice Swarna medium (100 INR/KG)      1,800-1,900        1,800-1,900   
     Rice HMT best (100 INR/KG)        3,400-3,800        3,400-3,800    
     Rice HMT medium (100 INR/KG)        3,100-3,300        3,100-3,300    
     Rice HMT Shriram best(100 INR/KG)    4,200-4,600        4,200-4,600    
     Rice HMT Shriram med.(100 INR/KG)    3,600-4,100        3,600-4,100    
     Rice Basmati best (100 INR/KG)    8,000-10,000        8,000-10,000     
     Rice Basmati Medium (100 INR/KG)    7,000-7,500        7,000-7,500    
     Rice Chinnor best(100 INR/KG)    5,200-5,400        5,200-5,500    
     Rice Chinnor medium (100 INR/KG)    4,600-5,000        4,700-5,000    
     Jowar Gavarani (100 INR/KG)        1,900-2,200        1,900-2,200    
     Jowar CH-5 (100 INR/KG)         1,700-1,900        1,700-1,900
Maximum temp. 33.7 degree Celsius (92.2 degree Fahrenheit), minimum temp.
21.9 degree Celsius (71.4 degree Fahrenheit)
Humidity: Highest - n.a., lowest - n.a.
Rainfall : nil
FORECAST: Partly cloudy sky. Maximum and minimum temperature would be around and 33 and 21
degree Celsius respectively.
Note: n.a.--not available
(For oils, transport costs are excluded from plant delivery prices, but
included in market prices.)


UPDATE 1-Thailand to sell 2 mln tonnes of rotten rice from stockpiles

Mon Oct 26, 2015 4:13pm IST

(Adds details, background)
By Pracha Hariraksapitak

Oct 26 (Reuters) - Thailand's military government on Monday approved the sale for the first time of rotten rice from huge stockpiles built up under a support scheme for farmers, looking to offload 2 million tonnes for industrial use.Thailand, the world's second biggest rice exporter after India, has stocks of about 13.3 million tonnes following the scheme under the previous government that cost the state billions of dollars and ended in 2014.About 2 million tonnes of the total has rotted in storage and sales would start in November, commerce ministry permanent secretary Chutima Bunyapraphasara told reporters."This rice is 2 million tonnes of rotten rice which humans and animals cannot consume and it must be sold to the industrial sector only," said Chutima, who has previously said such rice would be used to produce ethanol.

"We will not let this rotten rice come back onto the market for sale," she said.Chutima did not say how much she expected the rice would fetch, but analysts have said rotten rice would be sold for far less than edible stocks.Thailand, which accounts for about a quarter of global rice trade, has exported 7.3 million tonnes of rice to date in 2015 and may regain the crown of top exporter this year.India was the top rice exporter in 2014, eclipsing Thailand after the multi-billion dollar subsidy scheme led to a massive build-up of rice in storage. (Additional reporting by Pairat Temphairojana; Writing by Patpicha Tanakasempipat; Editing by Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Richard Pullin)

Agri losses reach P8.45B due to ‘Lando’

by Philippine News Agency
October 26, 2015 (updated)
Farmers in Pulilan, Bulacan, one of the towns hardest hit by floods caused by Typhoon ‘Lando,’ pick up the pace of work , drying sacks of dampened ‘palay’ under the sun to avoid rot and wastage. (Ali Vicoy)

MANILA — The Department of Agriculture reported Monday that to date, the estimated cost of damages and losses to agriculture and fisheries due to Typhoon Lando have reached Php 8.451 billion in Regions I, II, III, IV-A and the Cordillera Administrative Region or CAR.According to the DA, a total of 369,199 hectares (has.) of production areas were affected,resulting in 511,691 metric tons (MT) of production losses.Most of the damages were in the rice sector with a total of 344,102 has. of rice lands affected, with production losses reaching 471,198 MT having an estimated value of Php 7.213 billion.

Meanwhile, damages to high value crops were placed at Php 780,273,408; fisheries at Php 276,818,517; and corn losses at Php 146,498,170.Region III incurred most of the damages in rice, with 225,946 has. of rice lands affected and with production losses reaching 393,440 MT having an estimated value of Php 5.991 billion.In the meantime, the DA said that field validations in Regions I and III will be conducted from October 26-30 and November 3-7 in Region II.The validation team will be composed of representatives from DA field offices, regional field offices (RFOs) and the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice).The DA said the result of the validation will be considered as the final report of the RFOs affected by Typhoon Lando.

Read more at http://www.mb.com.ph/agri-losses-reach-p8-45b-due-to-lando/#aPcr0fZbhsW724Om.99

PhilRice shares strategies on harvest of damaged crops

by Ellalyn De Vera
October 26, 2015
To help farmers recover from the damages caused by typhoon “Lando”, experts at the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) have recommended strategies  to manage typhoon-damaged crops.Damage to agriculture has already breached the R8 billion mark, with three rice-producing provinces, namely Aurora, Nueva Ecija, and Isabela among the worst hit.COMBINE

PhilRice suggested that in harvesting crops submerged in water or mud, farmers could use the combine harvester provided that the field is already dry.
A combine harvester is a machine used to reap, thresh, winnow and harvest crops.
“If the crop submerged in water is easy to drain, combine harvester can be used provided that no or minimum moisture is present in the panicles to minimize grain losses during operation,” PhilRice agricultural engineer Arnold Juliano explained.

“For submerged crops with drainage problems, manual harvesting is advisable to save the grains from deterioration,” he added.
Using mechanical dryers is also recommended as it allows drying during unfavorable weather conditions, Juliano said.
“Drying of harvested grains for seeds must have drying temperature not higher than 43 degrees Celsius,” he pointed out.
PhilRice said a publication on how to use the mechanical dryer can be downloaded from the Institute’s website.
To know more about the practical recommendations on how to manage typhoon-damaged crops, farmers were urged to call or text the PhilRice Text Center at 0920.911.1398.

In a related development, PhilRice has provided science and technology updates for 109 farmers, municipal legislators, agriculturists, and extension workers in Nagtipunan and Cabbaroguis in Quirino province, to promote the latest farming technologies.


Thailand donates US$100,000 to IRRI for rice research
Created: Monday, 26 October 2015 07:14
The Thai government and the Thai Rice Department have approved a donation of US$100,000 to the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to implement research in rice development
 Thailand faces stiff competition from India, Myanmar and Vietnam in rice production. (Image source: Punch-Ra/Pixabay)
IRRI director general Robert Zeigler said, “We once again take this time to convey our deep gratitude to the Royal Thai Government for its support of IRRI and its mission.” The donation will greatly support the collaboration between IRRI and the Thai Rice Department toward achieving the goals set forth in the country's research agenda.According to the IRRI deputy director for communication and partnerships Bruce Tolentino, Thailand is facing complex and serious challenges, and policymakers have to adjust their rice-growing methods especially in the wake of competition from India, Myanmar and Vietnam.
“Thailand must raise its farm yields, which requires rapid strengthening of the national agriculture research and development to ensure availability of technology adapted to Thailand and readily accepted by Thai farmers.”From 1960, Thailand has been a staunch supporter of IRRI’s research initiatives, and key achievements in this partnership include deepwater rice culture and development of flood-resistant rice varieties.