Thursday, November 17, 2016

سترہ ۱۷،نومبر ۲۰۱۶ ڈیلی رائس نیوز اپ ڈیٹس فرام رائس پلس میگزین

Pak exporters to join FoodEx Saudi
ISLAMABAD: Pakistani exporters will be participating in FoodEx Saudi 2016 being held from November 21 to 24 in Jeddah.Several Pakistani companies through the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) will be participating in the exhibition being arranged by the Saudi Exhibition Company a statement said Wednesday.Pakistan is famous for the exquisite and aromatic basmati rice, and seven established rice export companies, including Reem Rice Mills, Elahi Rice Mills, Khalid Rice Mills, Bismillah Sehla Processing Plant, and Tooba Rice Mills, are participating in the exhibition.
In the category of bakery and confectionery items, ready to eat products, and frozen food, Pakistan is introducing Golden Harvest Foods and their brand DAWN. Pakistan hopes that the relationships forged and partnerships established at FoodEx Saudi will go a long way in benefiting both the countries.
Pakistani exporters to participate in FoodEx Saudi exhibition
ISLAMABAD (APP): Pakistani exporters will be participating in FoodEx Saudi 2016 exhibition, being held from November 21 to 24 in Jeddah. Several Pakistani companies, through the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), will be participating in the exhibition, being arranged by Saudi Exhibition Company, said a message received here Wednesday from Jeddah. Pakistan is the original home of "Basmati Rice", famed around the world for its exquisite taste and aroma. The Government of Pakistan, through TDAP, is bringing 7 established companies that have proven themselves over the years as exporters of genuine, high-quality exporters to the rest of the world. These companies included Reem Rice Mills, Lahore; Elahi Rice Mills, Lahore; Khalid Rice Mills, Lahore; Bismillah Sehla Processing Plant, Nankana; N.Y. Company, Karachi; Tooba Rice Mills, Karachi; and Khan Rice Mills, Karachi.
In the category of Bakery and Confectionery Items, Ready-to-Eat Products and Frozen Food, Pakistan is introducing a company which has been singularly successful in establishing a Food-Items brand with international recognition.
The company is GOLDEN HARVEST FOODS from Karachi, and their brand is DAWN. By facilitating the participation of these excellent companies in the prestigious exhibition, FoodEx Saudi 2016, the Government of Pakistan is not only sending traders and marketers to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, but ambassadors of our land and our people. Pakistan hopes that the relationships forged and partnerships established at FoodEx Saudi will go a long way in benefiting both the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and will only serve to reinforce the already monumental relations of brotherly and spiritual love that both peoples hold for each other



Kathleen LuppiContact Reporter
Stormy Waldeck eats lunch five days a week at Darya, an acclaimed Persian restaurant in South Coast Plaza Village.
The sales manger for a Tustin-based insurance company will head to the restaurant's bar, order the boneless chicken kebob and talk with the waitstaff, cooks and clientele he sees on a near-daily basis.
It's been his routine for 20 years.
"Getting to share a meal with the other regulars is part of the attraction," Waldeck said. "Many are soccer fans, and the European professional soccer leagues play their matches during our lunch hour, so it's good food, good company and enjoying a soccer match featuring the best players in the world."
"Darya has an exceptional staff that have become like family over the years," he said.
It's been a family for some time as the fine dining, Persian cuisine and good times for Darya's owners, staff and patrons will celebrate the restaurant's 30th anniversary this month.
Back in 1986, Sam Salout and a partner opened the restaurant's original location in Orange. With the kitchen's authentic Persian recipes — boneless lamb kebab, borani and Basmati rice mixed with raisins, lentils, dates and saffron — Darya, meaning "sea" in Farsi, grew a following of Orange County residents and professionals.
So big of a following that loyal customer Henry Segerstrom, a philanthropist, entrepreneur, patron of the arts and leader of retail center South Coast Plaza, invited Darya's owners to relocate to the South Coast Plaza Village in 1996.
Today, Salout's former partner continues to operate Darya in Orange.
The Santa Ana location, which features a formal stairway, grand piano, wall-to-wall French doors, beveled windows and an upstairs private mezzanine room, seats about 200 guests and about 50 people on a patio that's equipped with a large outdoor fountain.
"It's about the quality of food, service and friendliness," said partner Ray Esfahanian, who co-owns Darya with Salout, Ali Abedi and Mahmoud Parvari. "Our name was always good because we are dedicated to the customer."
Customers, he said, range from out-of-state guests, traveling businessmen and women and residents of Los Angeles and Orange counties.To further its success and community outreach, Darya added marketing director and event coordinator Arezou Hooshiarnejad to take care of delivery and catering, the website and social media.Since Hooshiarnejad joined the staff in 2013, the restaurant has almost doubled the catering department, providing gourmet meals at off-site weddings, anniversaries and celebrations.
Darya, Hooshiarnejad said, has also become known to diners as a place to celebrate Persian New Year in March, as well as Western observances like Halloween and New Year's Day.Esfahanian, who immigrated from Iran in 1979 at age 18 and moved to Long Beach, where he found work as a dishwasher at Jack in the Box,always wanted to work in the food industry.
After moving to Irvine, he formed friendships with Darya's co-owners, and together he and the team, including the restaurant's chef for the past three decades, envisioned a family-run restaurant that offered spiced Persian foods.
To celebrate the restaurant's milestone, Darya will close Sunday for a private party to thank neighbors, loyal customers and vendors for their 30 years of support.It will reopen Monday and roll back prices for two of its most popular lunch and dinner items, the chelo beef kebab and boneless chicken kebab.The restaurant will undergo a facelift with new carpet, new entree listings and a catering department expansion, Esfahanian said, but before implementing the touch-ups, the staff and patrons have one thing in mind:
A celebratory pomegranate martini.
Darya is located at 3800 South Plaza Drive, Santa Ana. For more information, call (714) 557-6600 or visit
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Thai government pledges to help rice farmers battle low prices

BANGKOK — Thailand’s junta government has vowed to help farmers sell their rice at better prices and directly to consumers by cutting out the middlemen, as efforts intensified to soften the impact of falling prices on farming communities.Over the past week, military units in all regions have bought both unmilled and milled rice from farmers totalling 18,991 tonnes, said the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) deputy spokeswoman Colonel Sirichan Ngathong. The junta is formally known as the NCPO. Col Sirichan said the military cooperatives’ five millers have also milled 69 tonnes of rice for farmers in the north-east.
Soldiers were also deployed to 44 provinces to help farmers harvest rice, collect data and survey rice purchases by the 1,068 privately-run rice millers. They also organised markets where 1,085 stalls were provided space to sell rice to more than 20,000 consumers, Bangkok Post quoted her as saying earlier this week.
She added the NCPO found most farmers were satisfied with the assistance provided so far.
Rice prices in Thailand have been tumbling to record lows, hurting farmers in the world’s second-largest rice exporter and prompting the junta to roll out rescue packages to head off potential unrest. Rice exports account for about 10 per cent of Thailand’s gross domestic product.
Earlier this month, the country’s rice committee announced new loan schemes worth US$514 million (S$728 million) to help rice growers, as the junta looked to gain support in rural areas ahead of an election next year. The Thai navy had also pledged to buy rice directly from farmers and assign naval ratings to help them harvest their grain.
Army chief General Chalermchai Sitthisart, who is also the NCPO secretary-general, said the government is quickly implementing measures designed to combat the problem of low rice prices. He also said the NCPO’s Peace and Order Maintaining Council is exploring other ways to resolve the problem of low rice prices and those of other crops in a more sustainable manner.
The previous government headed by former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra won an election in 2011 in part by appealing to rice farmers with a scheme to buy their grain at above-market rates. It cemented her popularity among many farmers but led to huge stockpiles of unsold rice and galvanised protests that led to her administration removal by the military following the May 2014 coup.
In her latest gambit to connect with the party faithful, Yingluck bought several truckloads of rice from struggling farmers and insisted on Tuesday she had never taken advantage of the farmers by buying and re-selling their rice.
Writing on Facebook, she said she bought the milled rice from farmers in north-eastern provinces at a price of 20 baht (S$0.80) per kg, a profitable price for farmers, and sold the rice at 20 baht per kg without taking a profit.
“If I wanted to make a profit or pass the burden to the end buyers, I would have had to sell the rice at 25 baht/kg,” she wrote. “Regrettably, my intention as a citizen to help farmers during this hard time was interpreted in other ways.” AGENCIES

Indonesia sees rice stocks soar, no imports planned until year-end

Ina Parlina
The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Thu, November 17, 2016 | 10:17 am
Food court: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (right) talks with Agriculture Minister Amran Sulaiman (center) and Village, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Minister Eko Putro Sandjojo in a rice field in Boyolali, during a visit to the Central Java regency on Oct. 29. (Antara/Aloysius Jarot)

After struggling to survive the impact of the El Niño weather phenomenon last year, Indonesia has finally seen domestic supply of the country’s most important staple food return to adequate levels, putting aside the need to import by year-end.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said Wednesday that the country’s national rice stock stood at 1.98 million tons in October, soaring from 1.03 million tons in the same month last year, an achievement he attributed to friendly weather throughout this year.
“I can assure you that there will be no [rice] imports until the end of the year,” he said on the sidelines of his visit to the Army Strategic Reserves Command (Kostrad) headquarters in Cilodong, on the outskirts of Jakarta.The El Niño weather pattern, known to trigger a prolonged dry season, impacted rice production in the country in the final months of last year.Soon after his inauguration in late 2014, Jokowi announced that he was targeting achieving rice self-sufficiency by 2017 and his government would give more incentives to farmers to meet this objective.
In 2014, the government, through the State Logistics Agency (Bulog), imported at least 425,000 tons of rice from Thailand and Vietnam

Dollar Exchange Rate Climbs, Shakes Up Burma’s Business Community


By KYAW HSU MON 17 November 2016

RANGOON — The US dollar exchange rate—at its highest since the new government came to power in April—has Burma’s business community looking for better trade policy.“In the black market, the exchange rate is currently 1306 kyats [US$1] per dollar; it’s too high for importers. If the import demand increases, it could impact the prices of daily commodities, making them increase, too,” said U Zaw Min, a rice trader in Rangoon.
The Central Bank of Myanmar places the official exchange rate at 1287 kyats per dollar. Observers say that a major cause for the spike in the exchange rate is less foreign direct investment to Burma, while local demand for imported items has increased.
“It’s good for [foreign] exporters, since the value of their dollar is strong,” he said.U Ye Min Aung, the newly elected vice president of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers and Commerce Industry, told the Irrawaddy that Burma’s business could be facing trade troubles if the government is unable to get a handle on the situation soon.“This is the time when the government must act decisively, must create a better trade policy—one that actually works,” U Ye Min Aung said. “For example, exporting rice to China is legal in Burma, but in China, it’s illegal to import rice from Burma, so earnings from rice exports don’t come into the local banking industry,” he said, adding that rice is Burma’s major export item.

“Rice exports amount to 1 million tons per year and could yield US$400 million per year, but not all of that money comes here,” he said.China officially banned rice imports from Burma in 2014, but in lieu of assurances that most rice be milled and meet certain quality standards, the trading rice across the Sino-Burmese border accounts for a majority of Burma’s total rice exports.U Ye Min Aung also stressed that Burma’s foreign direct investment between April and September has also declined and might be playing a role in the high dollar exchange rate.“A long-term solution would be to reassess trade policy,” U Ye Min Aung said.U Khin Maung Nyo, an economist, echoed that the Central Bank must step up and address Burma’s trade woes.“It seems like the Central Bank isn’t taking any responsibility, but it must,” U Khin Maung Nyo said. “Everything is related. Demand for imported items is increasing, and consumers will be the ones who are harmed by the impact.

China’s space station now has insects, weeds and rice on board

INSECTS, weeds and rice are growing on the Chinese space station, and could pave the way for future food sources for astronauts.
China’s Tiangong-2 space station launched on 15 September, and two astronauts have been living there since mid-October. The station includes experiments growing thale cress – an edible weed – and rice in microgravity. Chinese news sources are reporting that the cress has flowered and some of the rice plants are 10 centimetres tall.
The station also hosts an experiment designed by Hong Kong middle school students involving six silkworms, which previous studies have suggested could be protein sources for long space journeys. Five of the silkworms have spun cocoons.When the astronauts return to Earth, which is expected around 18 November, they will bring cress samples back with them. The rice experiment will continue for several months.
This is not the first time we’ve grown food in space – astronauts on the International Space Station ate lettuce grown in orbit. But the Tiangong-2 experiment lets scientists on Earth control the incubator environment remotely.
This article appeared in print under the headline “Chinese space food”

Conservation and Sustainability - Beyond the Buzz 

ARLINGTON, VA - Marketers and trend watchers constantly tell us that today's customers are demanding more information about what they are eating and also how their food is being produced, and they use buzzwords like conservation and sustainability to push this agenda.  At next month's USA Rice Outlook Conference in Memphis, attendees will be able to take a deep dive into this conversation with a two-part panel that will examine both practical, on-farm conservation practices and in-market sustainability trends.  No matter where in the rice supply chain attendees are, they will not want to miss this valuable session that immediately follows the Annual Rice Awards Luncheon.The sessions will be moderated by USDA'S Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Jason Weller, whose leadership and vision of partner-driven conservation on private working lands has enabled the USA Rice-Ducks Unlimited Stewardship Partnership program to flourish.  Part one is all about water conservation.  Expert panelists, including Dr. Michele Reba, research hydrologist, and Dr. Joe Massey, research agronomist, both with USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS); Trey Cooke, executive director of Delta F.A.R.M.; and Michael Sullivan, NRCS State Conservationist for Arkansas, tackle important topics such as field design and resulting water quantity, irrigation methods, and existing technology all designed to help the rice farmer use water as efficiently as possible.  They'll also talk about programs that offer farmers assistance for making land and technology improvements. 

Part two is a discussion on sustainability.  It means different things to different people, but no matter what it means to you, if you are in the rice business, you won't want to miss this session.  Panelists Mary Grady, director of business development with Winrock International's American Carbon Registry; Amy Braun, sustainability director with Kellogg Company; Rod Snyder, president of Field to Market; and Jennifer James, Arkansas rice farmer and chair of the USA Rice Sustainability Committee will talk about the United Nations Paris Agreement and its impact on the average U.S. rice farmer.  The panel also will cover sustainable food sourcing, Field to Market's Field Print Calculator that seeks to quantify the environmental benefits of rice farming, and the USA Rice Sustainability Plan, and what this industry-wide, multi-sector plan means for your company or operation.

It's not too late to get in on the conversation, although the original hotel block at the Sheraton is sold out.  Rooms are available at the Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown Hotel across the street and you can make a reservation by calling 1-866-310-1173and asking for the special USA Rice rate of $140.  If you have any questions or issues, contact Jeanette Davis at or 703-236-1447. The USA Rice Outlook Conference is the largest conference in North America dedicated specifically to rice.  This year's conference will be held in Memphis, December 7-9

Prospects for unrest in Thailand’s rice bowl

Collapsing agricultural prices have forced the junta to offer loans to rice farmers. Rice subsidisation in Thailand has historically proven ill-fated; should this policy fail, what is the likelihood of rural unrest?
Thailand’s rice industry is in crisis, at a time of great uncertainty generated from King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s passing. The junta has resorted to providing loans to jasmine rice farmers. Jasmine rice accounts for approximately half of rice export incomes in Thailand – an important source of foreign currency reserves. The market value of jasmine rice has fallen over a third since 2013, and is at a nine-year low.
Past rice subsidy schemes have proven ill-fated and attracted the ire of the junta. After they ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in May 2014, they immediately halted her flagship rice subsidy scheme which had allegedly squandered billions of dollars.
This article will not review that scheme; suffice to say, despite ultimately failing it had provided farmers with immediate economic security. Regions which thrived under that scheme have been hit by economic strife. One such region is Isan, the northeast region where jasmine rice production is concentrated. 21 million people live here, one third of Thailand’s population.

Resentment growing in rural Thailand

This latest pledge will do little to ease growing resentment for the junta in the rural heartlands. Here, support for the Shinawatra family is well-documented.
Thaksin Shinawatra, who ruled between 2001 and 2006, was reputed for his populist policies that appeased the poor and marginalised rice-growing areas of Northern Thailand.
Thaksin was ousted in 2006 because of his perception among members of the establishment as a corrupt figure who squandered taxes to buy rural votes. The same fate befell Yingluck in 2014. Both times, the military ousted governments which the northern regions were responsible for putting in power.
This was effectively a message that the rural vote did not matter. It was an insult to 15.5 million farmers (or 40% of Thailand’s total labour force).
Voting data showing support for the junta’s new constitution reveals an overwhelming rejection of the junta in the north and northeast – on top of the insurgency plagued southern regions.
In contrast, Thaksin, responsible for the modernisation and development of those regions, remains a ‘saintly figure’ in rural Thailand. He is still widely seen as Thailand’s most powerful politician, in part due to the influential pro-Shinawatra ‘Red Shirts’ movement that is willing to do his bidding.
The ‘Red Shirts’ have provided much of rural Thailand with an important political outlet

Broader oppositional forces

The Shinawatras were responsible for bringing a forgotten section of society back into political play. But beyond party politics there are broader forces adding to rice growers’ resentment.
Despite the importance of rice cultivation, the production which yields the highest incomes is mainly under the control of the larger conglomerates. Farmers also lose out on profits to powerful and influential middlemen.
Farmers have little control over their land. The junta’s article 44 can be used by the government agency overseeing land redistribution, the Agricultural Land Reform Office (ALRO), to force farmers off land.
Many farmers have a mortgage with local businessmen, and are mired in debt. Research shows that the percentage of farmers owning land in Thailand has dropped dramatically – from 44% in 2004 to 15% in 2011. Analysts see the land sales as a symptom of an expanding household debt crisis that could plunge Isan into social instability.
Land rights problems have been exasperated by political turbulence over the past fifteen years. Because of the opposition between the Shinawatra clan and the establishment, rice farmers are used as a political football. Very often, new governments fail to honour the land rights commitments to farmers agreed under past regimes.

Eroding support for Yingluck

With the general election scheduled for late in 2017, the junta hopes its pledge will prevent renewed political support for Yingluck. Should it fail, how realistic is that renewed support?
Yingluck currently faces charges from the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) for corruption and a perceived dereliction of duty relating to her rice scheme.
If found guilty, Yingluck faces up to 10 years in prison, which could prove politically volatile. It may rally her supporters while Yingluck sits in prison, as a martyr, akin to a Thai ‘Aung San Suu Kyi’. The military likely do not want to push too far, and instead want to limit her current influence (despite her recent publicity stunt).
Yingluck’s imprisonment would also cause Thailand unwelcome publicity and international scrutiny, which the junta will not want. They may prefer to pile on the criminal charges to smear her political reputation and reduce the likelihood of her governing again.
However, one key aspect of Yingluck’s ouster was that she had lost the support of the farmers. In December 2013, her government failed to approve a renewed budget for rice subsidisation, and in January 2014 it defaulted on existing payments to farmers.
Yingluck Shinawatra has proven a very divisive figure in Thai politics
These failures provoked the 2014 movement, and those protesting were mostly voters who had originally elected Yingluck. Thus compared to her brother, who remains in self-imposed exile, she is hardly a galvanising figure in Thai politics.
Whether or not support for either Shinawatra is revived, today the opposition has been cowed by the military. After the coup the military significantly cracked down on dissent, making the ‘Red Shirts’ once again politically weak (although there is a risk of radicalisation if they are oppressed too much). Overall, the 2014 coup reinforced the reality that anytime provincial and rural interests threaten to control the system, the junta have the capacity to intervene and reinforce the status quo.
Since the 2014 coup, the economy has hit crisis and struggled to regain momentum. Thailand’s history of rural exclusion, combined with a growing debt crisis for the farmers, suggests that the conditions are ripe for protests. This is especially since the new Crown Prince may face difficulties in legitimising the junta’s regime. However, in contrast to Thaksin, Yingluck has lost the confidence of her key constituency. Moreover, the junta’s absolute power has limited the capacity for organised dissent. The junta will certainly be confident in this knowledge. Nevertheless, we can expect them to throw more money at the rice farmers to ensure they remain onside during this politically sensitive period.

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8 PAU students get research scholarship

Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, November 16
Eight students from Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) are among the 24 Indians who have received the Monsanto Beachell – Borlaug International Scholars Program (MBBISP) Research Scholarship.The students are Bhanu Kalia whose research is focused on the methodology for efficient mapping of alien introgression for adult plant resistance to leaf rust and other agronomic traits in wheat Aegilops Tauschii Hybrids; Amandeep Sandhu whose research is focused on mapping and characterizing Leaf Rust Resistance Gene transferred from Triticum Monococcum L to wheat (Triticum Aestivum L); Dharminder Bhatia who is researching on the Molecular Characterisation of Inter-Specific Backcross Inbred Lines of Rice for mapping of Yield Related QTLs; Amandeep Kaur who is doing the research on evaluating wild species germplasm for variation in activity of bran lipase (RBL); Mitaly Bansal whose research is focused on fine mapping and identifying candidate genes for stripe and leaf rust resistance transferred from Aegilopsumbellulata to bread wheat (Triticumaestivum); Palvi Malik whose research topic is Genome wide selection for rapid introgression of desirable alleles for productivity traits from OryzaRufipogon into Oryza Sativa; Gurcharn Singh Brar working on improving genetic resistance to Fusarium Head Blight in durum; and Karminderbir Kaur who is working on the development of an in vivo haploid induction system in rice through distant hybridisation and manipulation of CenH3 gene.
MBBISP is a global programme that receives applications from researchers in the field of agriculture. The programme encourages young scientists and university students to develop new plant breeding research for rice and wheat production. Arnab Das, Director (Corporate Engagement), Monsanto, said: “Through the scholars programme, we are encouraging the students to undertake research and find solutions to tackle the challenges of hunger and food security. Indian students have great potential which has been showcased by these researchers.”
MBBISP was launched in India in 2009 by scientist Dr MS Swaminathan

Tanzania rice production to increase two fold by 2018

Tanzania has launched a rice production project that seeks to double the rice produced in its borders by 2018
The project that seeks to support small holders’ efforts to improve rice production and seek markets for them through a partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) according to the Citizen
“This project will provide small scale farmers with an opportunity to acquire new agricultural practices and benefit more from the crop,” said FAO country representative, Mr. Fred Kafeero
Tanzania’s third staple food from Maize and Cassava is rice which has a local production of about 1.35 million tonnes a year with small holder farmers producing 75 percent of the rice.Rice plays a major role in the East African’s nation economy since it is a major source of food, employment and income generating business for many locals. However, Tanzania still relies heavily on rice imports.“It is good to see that of late Tanzania has made major strides in rice farming, whereby measures taken by the government have enabled the country to increase its production to the extent that it meets the local demand” said Kefeero

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Rice futures were unchanged to fractionally lower today after posting sharp losses to open the week Monday. The market set new contract lows in early dealing before closing near the middle of the day's relatively narrow trading range. USDA's November production estimate was 234.8 million cwt, down 1.2 million cwt from the October report, due to a decrease in the yield forecast of 39 pounds per acre. The production decrease carried over into the ending stocks column as well, as usage remained steady. However, exports have been slow to materialize, and there is currently a lot of rice to move.


GCAP beneficiaries harvest 1.733 tonnes of rice

World Bank would continue to support initiatives to increase agricultural production in the country
The Ghana Commercial Agriculture Project (GCAP) has started yielding results as beneficiaries have begun harvesting about 1.733 metric tonnes of paddy rice valued at GH¢2.2 million from the Nasia-Nabogo Inland Valley (NNIV).This quantity of rice, which is being harvested from a 385 hectare field in the NNIV, formed the first phase of the project which was planted in July 2016 by six beneficiary companies including Libga Farms, Banse Farms, M-galant Farms, Emtrade Farms, Ask/Dramani Farms and Satco Farms.The rice will be processed by AVNASH Limited, a local rice processing plant located at Nyankpala near Tamale.

Mr Henry Kerali, World Bank Country Director, who visited one of the project sites ahead of the harvesting at Tamaligu, described it as “the start of a dream come true” by boosting local production and increasing incomes for rural households.The GCAP, which is been implemented by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), with funding from the World Bank and United States Agency for International Development, seeks to amongst others ensure increased agricultural production to improve incomes of farmers.Mr Kerali said the World Bank would continue to support initiatives to increase agricultural production in the country to accelerate progress for all.Engineer Joseph Boamah, Chief Director of MoFA, said the government was committed to increasing local rice production, adding that the country has currently achieved a 60 per cent increase on local rice production up from 30 per cent in 2008.

Engineer Boamah said the government would establish an agricultural mechanisation centre at the NNIV to address among other things machinery needs of rice farmers to improve productivity.Dr Sumani Alhassan, Director of Libga Farms, thanked all stakeholders for their support which ensured the success of the project.
Meanwhile, the GCAP will roll out the second phase of the project next year where a total of 3,000 hectares of rice will be cultivated.

Growers learn what they can do with precision ag technology

Capital Press
Published on November 16, 2016 9:12AM
Jim Bell of Willows, Calif.-based AgVision cues up a display of an aerial photograph of a rice field during a trade show Nov. 15 at the inaugural North State Precision Ag Expo and Farm Business Forum in Orland, Calif. AgVision provides aerial photography of farm fields.
Steve Vance (left) of PBM Supply and Manufacturing in Chico, Calif., shows a herbicide sprayer to a trade show customer at the inaugural North State Precision Ag Expo and Farm Business Forum at the fairgrounds in Orland, Calif. The conference was held Nov. 15-16.
Joe Richter of Willows, Calif.-based AgVision stands outside a meeting hall at the fairgrounds in Orland, Calif. Richter spoke of how to use aierial photography to a farm’s advantage Nov. 15 during the inaugural North State Precision Ag Expo and Farm Business Forum.

ORLAND, Calif. — Rice growers Joe Richter and Jim Bell wanted to get a bird’s eye view of their own fields to gain a better understanding of how well their crops grow.
So they took aerial photographs of their fields using a program from AgPixel, an Iowa-based firm that uses sensing technology to detect plant stresses before they are visible to the naked eye.
Now the two have their own company, Willows, Calif.-based AgVision, and provide aerial surveying of rice fields, nut orchards and row crops for growers throughout the Sacramento Valley.
“The most critical thing is, data has to be usable” to help growers cut costs or increase revenue, Richter told a gathering Nov. 15 at the Glenn County fairgrounds in Orland. “We wanted something that would be high-quality and flexible when people needed it.”
Richter and Bell use a fixed-wing, manned aircraft to capture their images, while some other growers and businesses use drones. Aerial imagery can help a rice grower spot inconsistencies in aerial applications of fertilizer or seed and help a nut grower see troubled areas in orchards that would otherwise take days or weeks to survey from the ground, Richter said.
“The most important thing is not just the information you collect but what you can do with it,” he said, noting that the data could help a grower know where to take soil samples or do weed control.
Richter spoke during the opening session of the inaugural North State Precision Ag Expo and Farm Business Forum, a two-day conference that was to feature more than 30 presenters on precision technology and farm management as well as about 40 trade show vendors.
Fair director Ryann Newman created the event after hearing from growers that they’d like to learn more about all the new ag-related technology available. Other discussion topics were to include precision nutrient management, irrigation and soil moisture testing and mobile device applications that can change how a grower does business.
Among the trade show booths was one operated by Bob Myre of Myre Distributing in Willows, who was demonstrating a computerized tractor steering system used for planting crops.
“I think it’s a good thing,” Myre said of the conference, adding it would teach growers about the technology that’s available. “We have the tools to obtain precision when farming, when doing fertilization.”
Butte City, Calif., alfalfa and walnut grower Cameron Jantz, a beginning farmer, wanted to learn what tools are available to make the job easier.
“I’m actually here looking at precision irrigation stuff, like drip tape,” he said.
The conference and trade show come as a recent USDA study found that many growers aren’t using the precision technology with which their farm machinery is equipped.
Richter said he became interested in the subject two years ago at a conference in Oregon, but he said much of the emphasis then was on drones.
“Everyone is interested in the hardware but not what you can do with the pictures,” he said.
“For precision ag to work,” he said, “you’ve got to be able to take the information and turn it into action.”