Saturday, December 17, 2016

17th December,2016 daily global,regional and local rice e-newsletter by riceplus magazine

2017/19 Leadership Development Program Class Announced

MEMPHIS, TN -- Members of the 2017/19 Rice Leadership Development Program class were announced last week during the annual Rice Awards Luncheon at the 2016 USA Rice Outlook Conference. The class is comprised of five rice producers and two industry-related professionals selected by a committee of agribusiness leaders.

"The rice industry enjoys strong leadership, and the Rice Leadership Development Program continues to select and develop young leaders to keep that tradition going strong. This program plays a critical role thanks to the intensive training and the high caliber participants," said Rice Foundation Chairman Charley Mathews. Mathews went on to thank everyone who applied to the program and encouraged those not selected this time to apply again to the program next year.  In addition to numerous alumni serving on various local, state and national boards and committees, the USA Rice Federation, USA Rice Farmers, USA Rice Council and The Rice Foundation are chaired by Rice Leadership Program alumni.

The new rice-producer class members are Scott Franklin, Monroe, LA; Kim Gallagher, Davis, CA; Alan Lawson, Crowley, LA; David Martin, Bernie, MO; and Ross Thibodeaux, Midland, LA. The new industry-related class members are Brian Greathouse, Sutter, CA with Bunge Milling, Inc., and Dr. Jarrod Hardke, Hazen, AR with University of Arkansas Extension Service.

The Rice Leadership Development Program gives young men and women a comprehensive understanding of the U.S. rice industry, with an emphasis on personal development and communication training. During a two-year period, class members attend four one-week sessions that are designed to strengthen their leadership skills.

You can follow this and other Rice Leadership Classes on Twitter by looking for, and using, #RiceLeads.

John Deere Company, RiceTec, Inc., and American Commodity Company are sponsors of the Rice Leadership Development Program through a grant to The Rice Foundation, and USA Rice manages the program.

She told you so
National Indicators Report: U.S. Rice Bolsters Sustainability Claims 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Last week, Field to Market published their highly anticipated 2016 National Indicators Report outlining improvements made to on-farm sustainability metrics made from 1980 through this year. 
The Report evaluates ten crops using eight environmental indicators: biodiversity, energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, irrigation water use, land use, soil carbon, soil conservation, and water quality. Rice has been one of the original crops analyzed since the Report was first published ten years ago and has seen vast improvements over the 35-year period of the study.
During the last ten years of the study, the largest accomplishment has been increased soil conservation with substantially less soil erosion taking place on rice farming operations.
The Report states, "On a per-acre basis, rice consistently demonstrates the lowest per-acre soil erosion of all six crops examined." The claim is backed by the highly adopted use of flood irrigation and land-leveling practices employed by the industry. Energy reduction and greenhouse gas emissions seen on rice farms are also credited to productivity gains by the industry according to the Report.
Jennifer James, Arkansas rice farmer, chairwoman of the USA Rice Sustainability Committee, and USA Rice Board Member for Field to Market shared her thoughts on the Report. "While the scores for rice within the various metrics has fluctuated over the years, we have not stopped improving overall from where we were in 1980. We can't look at a snapshot of our records to determine where we are for the long-haul, it's important to look at the big picture to see just how far we've come," she said.

James added, "This Report is great for us to show to our buyers and export markets but it's nothing we didn't already know. U.S. rice farmers are sustainable and we know that, this is just another tool in our toolbox to help us tell our story and prove our point."
The full report and rice's specific analysis is located on the Field to Market website.

Illegal Food Import in Border Areas Reaches 2,500 Tons

FRIDAY, 16 DECEMBER, 2016 | 17:24 WIB
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta -The Agriculture Ministry's Quarantine Agency recorded that the volume of illegally imported food in border areas reached approximately 2.5 million kilograms or 2,500 tons in 2016.The agency's chief, Banun Harpini, said that food items that were imported illegally include 1.66 million kilograms of shallots, 723,700 kilograms of rice, 160,269 kilograms of beef, 3,100 kilograms duck meat, and other crops; with an economic value of Rp96 billion. The agency also recorded 102 attempts of illegal shallot imports, 9 attempts of illegal rice imports, and 14 attempts for illegal beef imports."What needs attention is illegal import of shallots, as the goods entered via a number of Sumatra's east coasts, such as Tanjung Balai Asahan, Belawan, Medan, Tanjung Balai Karimun, and Banda Aceh," Banun said in a press conference held at the Agriculture Ministry's complex in Jakarta, Friday, December 16.  
Plenty of the goods from these illegal import activities, he said, entered Jakarta's markets as well through some 200 small ports that are not thoroughly monitored by quarantine officers or the security forces.The Quarantine Agency recorded that 5,068 times of their quarantine measures in 2016 were done in cooperation with the TNI, Polri, and customs institution. This is an increase of 56.86 percent compared to 2015's 3,231 collaborations.From the 5,068 quarantine acts, the agencies recorded 2,374 confiscations, 1,214 rejections, and 1,480 destructions.
Banun said that joint-supervisions are being improved in various places along the east coast of Sumatra and border areas in Kalimantan, Papua, and East Nusa Tenggara."This indicates that Indonesia is still a market, and a place to smuggle agricultural products that don’t meet the terms and conditions of our animals and plants quarantine system," Banun said

Indonesia has opportunity to export rice to Malaysia: Minister

Jumat, 16 Desember 2016 18:58 WIB

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Agriculture Minister Amran Sulaiman said the opportunity is open for Indonesia to export rice to Malaysia especially regions closer to Malaysia such as Central Kalimantan. 
The minister, who was on a visit to Central Kalimantan on Friday said Malaysia imports around 1.2 million tons of rice every year.

"Indonesia should grab the market opportunity," he said when attending the symbolic planting of hybrid rice seeds over a 250 hectares of rice fields in the village of Terusan Karya, regency of Kapuas in the province.

Attending the symbolic planting of the hybrid rice seed variety include Central Kalimantan Governor Sugianto Sabra, lawmaker Hamdani of the Commission IV of the Haouse of Representatives, Kapuas Regent Ben Brahim, Special staff of the Army Chief of Staff Brig.Gen. M. Afifuddin, and chief of staff of the regional military command of Tanjung Pura, Brig.Gen.Ahmad Sukryadi.

The minister encouraged the local farmers to continue to contribute to the national food security program by increasing production of rice, corn and chili.

"We want Central Kalimantan self sufficient in food as the province has more than sufficient land for farming," he said.

Central Kalimantan is even expected to have surplus to be exported such as to Malaysia, he added.

The agriculture ministry allocate Rp380 billion for agricultural development in Central Kalimantan for 2016 , up from Rp200 billion in 2015.

Central Kalimantan Governor Sugianto Sabran said the province has a surplus of 196,500 tons of unmilled rice in 2016.

"We support the government program for food self sufficiency. With advanced farming we could control the world," he said.

Lawmaker Hamdani said the Commission IV of the House of Representatives supports the government decision to stop rice imports.(*

Trade officials on the alert for fake rice

December 15, 2016 Theresa Gordon

Trade Minister EP Chet Greene has said officials tasked with monitoring food imports to the country are on high alert to ensure that the infamous fake or plastic rice, which is mass produced in China, does not infiltrate the local market.Greene also wants members of the public to be equally vigilant.
“The Prices and Consumer Affairs Division, our officers there have been asked to be on the lookout as they do their daily inspections. My permanent secretary has been instructed to alert Customs  of those developments and to start the conversation to ensure that they, too, are on the lookout,” Greene said.Trade officers in the Ministry of Trade were also briefed on the development, which is being widely reported in the international press.
Reports are that the rice is produced with potatoes, sweet potatoes and poisonous plastic.It is shaped like regular rice grains, but remains hard after cooking and can cause serious health issues.The rice in question is China’s Wuchang rice. The rice is very popular because the real Wuchang rice is famous for its smell, and it costs more for its quality (almost double the price), according to Blue Ocean Network (BON) TV report, a popular English Channel in China

Sowing of winter crops complete in 81% area so far

Sowing of wheat , the main winter or rabi crop, 0.9% lower than the normal area of 25.8 million hectares; rice sowing lagging by 33%

As per the latest data released by agriculture ministry, farmers have sown wheat in 256.19 lakh hectare so far this rabi season against 239.45 lakh hectare in the year-ago period. Photo: Burhan Kinu/HT
New Delhi: Sowing of winter crops is 81% complete and overall planting is close to the normal acreage for this time of the year, shows data released by the farm ministry on Friday. Sowing of rice has been affected due to a deficit in the north-east monsoon in southern states, the data shows. Rice sowing is lagging by 33% compared to the normal or five-year average area. Last week, the difference was 20%. The area sown under rice is 29% less than in the previous year.
So far, only 0.8 million hectares have been sown with rice, which is just 18% of the normal area. In the southern states, even rainfall as a consequence of cyclone Vardah has not made a big difference.The area sown under coarse cereals is 4.9 million hectares, which is 3% lower than the normal area of 5 million hectares. Barring rice and coarse cereals, all other crops show normal sowing.
In the case of wheat, the main winter or rabi crop, so far around 25.6 million hectares has been sown. This is only 0.9% lower than the normal area of 25.8 million hectares. A week ago, the gap was 2%.
Pulses like gram and lentils have been planted in 13.2 million hectares, 9% more than the normal area and 13% higher than the area planted by this time last year. The seasonal area under winter pulses is 14 million hectares.
Overall, winter crops have been planted in 52 million hectares, marginally higher than the five-year average area of 51.7 million hectares planted by this time of the year.
Normally, rabi crops are planted in about 63.8 million hectares, sowing for which begins in October and the harvest from March onwards.
The progress in planting of crops this year is nearly 6% more than last year, when a crippling drought had delayed sowing.
Although there were fears of a cash crunch in rural areas affecting the plantation of winter crops after demonetization, sowing has picked up pace over the past few weeks.

CPEC to make Pakistan pivot of regional prosperity: expert

December 15, 2016
ISLAMABAD: The World Bank’s presentation during 32nd annual general meeting of PIDE on Tuesday displayed Azad Jammu & Kashmir as well as Gilgit Baltistan (GB) as part of India in map. When a journalist raised this point during the PIDE conference, the WB official said that there was no official map from the World Bank. Later on, the Chief Economist Planning Commission Nadeem Javed made disclaimer and said that Pakistan would launch formal protest with World Bank’s office here in Islamabad for making this map as part of presentation for this conference. The IMF’s Resident Chief in Pakistan Tokhir Mizroev said that Pakistan would have to increase its exports by 15 percent every year till 2020-21 in order to pay back CPEC related obligations. He said that Pakistan remained unable to boost regional trade as empirical evidence showed that Carec countries were trading more with US and EU but their trade with themselves was negligible. The main challenge for Pakistan will be increasing its exports under CPEC initiative, he added.
Earlier, Vincent Palmade, Lead Economist, PFSG, African Region, the World Bank, made a presentation on the World Bank’s book titled, “South Asia’s Turn: Policies to Boost Competitiveness and Create the Next Export Powerhouse”. Presenting the salient features of the book, Palmade said that it discusses what the South Asian region needs to gain from competitiveness. He said that South Asia has the potential to change and Pakistan can play a pivotal role in boosting growth as it has a large market and have immense potential. However, he said that the productivity of Pakistani firms is quite low, especially of the SMEs. 
The skill intensity of Pakistani exports is low and although the ICT and tourism sectors are doing well, much more needs to be done. Similarly, productivity of the Chinese firms is quite high as compared to that of the Pakistani firms.  At the same time, he stressed, there is a great potential in Pakistan and the conditions are favourable. For example, Pakistan has excellence in the production of Basmati rice but market regulations are restrictive. Similarly, Pakistan’s sporting goods, surgical instruments, and leather apparel industries have the potential but the business environment is not conducive. He said that there are four policy levers that should be taken into account. These are improvement in business environment, connecting global value chain, leveraging agglomeration economies, and strengthening firm capabilities. Palmade said that the services sector is expected to grow and boost productivity. He said that the World Bank is also trying to help Pakistan to boost trade and regional integration.
According to press statement issued by PIDE stating that the presentation by Vincent Palmade of the World Bank showed an erroneous map of Pakistan. It must be reiterated that the map, however, was not part of the report that was submitted to the organisers by the World Bank. The map was strongly repudiated by the Conference organisers, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Pakistan Society of Development Economists, and the Ministry of Planning, Development, and Reform.
Earlier, while delivering the Allama Iqbal lectureon “Role of Productivity, Quality, and Innovations in Making CPEC Work for Pakistan”, Mark Goh of the National University of Singapore, said that to make CPEC successful, every province must have an industrial park for manufacturing and exporting products. He reiterated the fact that politics must be left behind to focus on the wellbeing of everyone. Discussing the role of connectivity, Prof Goh said that connectivity is of two kinds, which are hard connectivity and soft connectivity. Hard connectivity is infrastructure development, including roads, ports and ICT structures, whereas soft connectivity is knowledge sharing and institution building. He highlighted that CPEC aims to improve infrastructure as 46 billion dollars have been dedicated to build 2,442 kilometer long road to link Kashgar to Gwadar.
Prof. Goh stressed the need to keep five factors in consideration while selecting the corridors. These factors are current traffic volume of people and cargo; prospects of economic and traffic growth; capacity to increase connectivity between countries and people; potential to mitigate delays and other hindrances; and economic and financial sustainability. The speaker stressed the need to create new processes that are time and cost effective and for that Pakistan need to create business houses that can deal directly with the already established Chinese business houses as this would reduce both cost and time. Thus, there is a need to develop business-to-business trade instead of business-to-consumer trade. 
Another aim of CPEC is to transport oil and gas from the Persian Gulf to Xinjiang. The emphasis is on infrastructure to reduce the cost incurred by transportation. CPEC would ensure that there is no congestion from Shanghai to Gwadar and the vehicles move at a minimum speed of 60 kilometer-per-hour. 
This would mean completing the distance in 41 hours, which is a reduction by 82 percent in the total time consumed. Prof Goh emphasised that by 2020 CPEC will reduce the trade cost to Central Asia by 11.5 percent and to Indonesia by 25.3 percent. A one-day loss in transportation decreases the value of exports by one percent. Similarly, trade-improving transparency can result in 7.5 percent increase in trade

University researchers: Rice farmers can get same yield with one-third less water

By The Associated Press
This article was published December 16, 2016 at 7:37 a.m.
STARKVILLE, Miss. — Mississippi State University researchers say that some rice farmers can use much less water and get the same yield by flooding their fields at the start and end of the season, and letting them dry out a bit in between.
Irrigation specialist Jason Krutz said that's a radical change from recommendations across the Rice Belt to keep 2 to 4 inches of water in the fields. Instead, he recommends letting fields dry until water is 4 inches below the soil surface, then re-flooding them.
He said that can cut water use 30 percent without hurting yield.
Krutz said MSU's tests were on high-clay soils, which probably make up about half of Mississippi rice fields.
He said he believes Arkansas researchers will study its use in silt-loam soils like those in Arkansas and south Louisiana

Sri Lanka rice crop to shrivel in record drought

Dec 17, 2016 11:05 AM

ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka is heading for a sharp drop in rice production in the main cultivation season with only a third of the area sown so far amid the worst drought in at least 5 years, with import restrictions already pushing rice prices up.By early December only 30 percent of the 830,000 hectares of paddy that can potentially be grown during main Maha main rice cultivation season has been sown, B V R Punyawardena, agro-climatologist at Sri Lanka's Department of Agriculture said.
Bad Season
"During my career of 20 years, I have not experienced this kind of bad season," Punyawardena said.
"There was a drought in 2012 also. It was not so bad."
He was speaking at a forum organized by the United Nations Development Program which has started a program to improve the ability of over 700,000 people living in the Malwatu Oya, Yan Oya and Mi Oya river basins to overcome weather changes.
At 73 larger reservoirs operated by Sri Lanka's irrigation department there was only enough water to maintain crops in about 30 percent of the usual extent.
At a network of about 14,500 minor tanks, water was enough for about 10 percent of the cultivation, Punyawardena said.
Sri Lanka's Yala, minor irrigation season which has just ended, where about 500,000 hectares of crop can be grown, only around 394,000 hectares were sown this year, according to official data.
Due to a weak crop, carry over stores of rice had also diminished, Punyawardena said. After March there rice stocks will tighten.
Market Signals
Growing less rice - a water intensive crop grown in inundation conditions - is the correct market response to a drought by farmers, economists say.
Already rice prices have moved up, with the market responding quickly to tighter supply conditions and the expected future outlook.
In a country where citizens are free, are markets are allowed to work, spiking rice prices can conserve domestic stocks, prompt imports and also move more people into alternative cereals like wheat or potatoes, automatically nipping in the bud any 'food crisis'.
In Sri Lanka, due to economic nationalism there is no free trade in rice.
Imports of close substitutes like wheat are also taxed to force people to eat rice in a vicious nationalist policy, undermining the food freedoms of the poorest, and making the hungry subservient to the farming and rice milling lobby, liberty advocates have pointed out.
Maize is also protected with taxes to increase profits of vested interests, pushing up chicken prices and worsening protein malnutrition among kids of poor families, critics say. Milk prices are also high due to a self-sufficiency drive. Cheese is a super luxury good.
There is also a land-owner lobby who rent land to growers, who are constantly pushing for higher potato import taxes.
Weather Signals
Punyawardena said agricultural officers warned farmers early in the season to sow short maturing varieties and to switch to alternative crops that require less water.
But farmers do not always listen. Farmers some rice to keep in their houses as 'food security'. Due to long standing attitudes they do not trust modern weather warnings.
Punyawardena said farmers continue to believe that rains will come.
However at the moment authorities were grappling with supplying sufficient drinking water which was a priority, and there were even doubts whether water could be supplied to crops that were already sown.
Ravi Chandrapala, head of Sri Lanka's Meteorological Department said, unless there was a cyclone near Sri Lanka in the next two weeks, dry weather would continue.
Statistically, about 85 percent of the time, rains came for the Maha season, Chandrapala said, showing why farmers may also have faith in the rains based on probability.
Weather conditions related to a weak 'La Nina' conditions have also hit rice production in Vietnam, where exports are down 26 percent in the first 11 months of the year.
Rainfall had become more erratic in recent years in Sri Lanka with large volumes coming in a short time leaving longer periods with little or no rain creating droughts through annual total rainfall has not diminished, Chandrapala said.
This has been linked to man-made 'climate change' earlier known as 'global warming' which has been linked to emission of carbon dioxide, a gas that makes plants grow and sustains life on earth. The label changed over the years an apparent 'hiatus' in global warming over the last decade or so.
Self-Sufficiency and Food Crisis
A crop failure which should only create a financial crisis for farmers in a free country. But in a country like Sri Lanka it can lead to a 'food crisis' unless rulers relax economic nationalism and allow the hungry to import food at reasonable prices.
"We have a serious problem in the agriculture," Punyawardena said. "We will have a food crisis, unless we import."
Sri Lanka's government has said it will import some rice as domestic prices spiked. International prices could also move up, with variable La Nina conditions.
In a free country, the decision on whether to import a particular food is not made by the state and rulers but by citizens who signal to importers through higher prices.
In Sri Lanka with restrictions on rice imports, state agencies which are hit by regular corruption scandals like Lanka Sathosa (previously the Co-operative Wholesale Establishment) import rice with special privileges in some case, leaving room for irregularities.
Sri Lanka's rice crop is failing after a bumper harvest in the 2015/2016 cropping season when some farmers found it difficult to sell rice at a good profit.
Due to long-running autarkic polices aimed at self-sufficiency, prices collapse in Sri Lanka when there is a bumper harvest leaving farmers in trouble, whereas in a country that had an internationalist outward looking farming community, it would boost foreign exchange earnings.
In countries like Vietnam, Pakistan or Thailand, export go up when there are bumper harvests giving extra or stable income for farmers, but in Sri Lanka farmers get into financial difficulties even when there is favourable or unfavourable weather, as a result of economic nationalism.
Years of autarky has resulted in farmers growing rice varieties which cannot be traded internationally and processing by millers is below par, and leaving a bad odour when cooked.
Due to years of protectionism, cost of rice production in many areas is also higher than in some rice producing countries where yields are higher. In the East of Sri Lanka, rice production is more efficient.
Similar problems exist with potato and large onion cultivation in Sri Lanka, which also cannot be exported during harvests due to high-cost coming from years of protection and pursuit of self-sufficiency. (Colombo/Dec17/2016

China says will deal with U.S. WTO grain dispute 'appropriately'

A farmer drives a combine harvester in fields to collect wheat in Zaozhuang, Shandong Province, China, June 2, 2016. China Daily/via REUTERS

China's Ministry of Commerce said on Friday it will deal with a dispute over its rice, wheat and corn import quotas through official channels at the World Trade Organization.In a statement, it said it regretted the U.S. decision to challenge the nation's quotas at the World Trade Organization and it would deal with the move "appropriately".(Reporting by Beijing newsroom and Josephine Mason; Editing by Richard Pullin)

U.S. challenges China's grain import quotas at WTO

FILE PHOTO - A man loads rice onto a cart for a rice-buying agent in Tay Mo village, outside Hanoi November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Kham
The United States on Thursday launched a challenge to China's use of tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) for rice, wheat and corn at the World Trade Organization, charging that Beijing's administration of the program breached its WTO commitments and hurt U.S. farm exports.The USTR said global prices for the three commodities were lower than China's domestic prices, yet the country did not maximize its use of TRQs, which offer lower duties on a certain volume of imported grains every year. The USTR said that limited market access for shipments from the United States, the world's largest grain exporter, and other countries.The TRQs for the three commodities were worth more than $7 billion in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. China would have imported up to $3.5 billion more of the crops last year if the quotas had been fully used, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said on Thursday."The United States will aggressively pursue this challenge on behalf of American rice, wheat, and corn farmers," U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said in a statement.It was the second challenge to China's agricultural policies by the U.S. Trade Representative since September and the latest in a series of trade disputes between the world's largest economies.China on Monday launched a complaint at the WTO against the United States and Europe after they failed to treat China as a market economy and ease their calculations of anti-dumping duties on Chinese goods.The United States in September charged that China's domestic grain price supports exceeded agreed upon limits when Beijing joined the WTO in 2001. The USTR has since requested that the WTO launch a dispute settlement panel to investigate the matter.Industry groups said Thursday's action would benefit all global grain exporters that have struggled recently with low prices and historically large supplies."This troublesome administration of China's wheat TRQ is restraining export opportunities for U.S. wheat farmers and farmers from Canada, Australia and other wheat exporting countries to the detriment of Chinese consumers," said Alan Tracy, president of the trade promoting group U.S. Wheat Associates.

MSU: Rice farmers can get same yield with 1/3 less water

Friday, December 16th 2016
Mississippi State University researchers say that some rice farmers can use much less water and get the same yield by flooding their fields at the start and end of the season, and letting them dry out a bit in between. (KATV photo)

Irrigation specialist Jason Krutz says that's a radical change from recommendations across the Rice Belt to keep two to four inches of water in the fields. Instead, he recommends letting fields dry until water is 4 inches below the soil surface, then re-flooding them.
He says that can cut water use 30 percent without hurting yield.
Krutz says MSU's tests were on high-clay soils, which probably make up about half of Mississippi rice fields.
He says he believes Arkansas researchers will study its use in silt-loam soils like those in Arkansas and south Louisiana

SunRice profit dips to $20.8m after lean harvest and price drop

 A shortage of locally-grown rice to supply SunRice’s regular buyers overseas has compounded export revenue problems caused by poor global markets, but the company's domestic rice foods business posted a 351 per cent lift in pre-tax profit.This year’s small Australian rice harvest and tumbling international prices have hit

SunRice’s half-year after-tax profits, down 13 per cent on last year to $20.8 million.The farmer-owned marketer and processing group lost $15.6m after buying the 2016 crop at $415 a tonne for medium grain (Reiziq), having locked in price guarantees to encourage production through last summer’s hot, water-scarce growing season.
Unusually good seasonal conditions since have also been problematic, hurting the company’s stockfeed division sales.
The six month trading period to October 13 saw the southern NSW-based SunRice report an 11.5pc drop in consolidated revenue to $568.3m.SunRice said its profit was still in line with projections given challenging global and domestic conditions.Globally rice markets had been oversupplied and under significant price pressure, while weaker economies in several key markets, particularly Papua New Guinea, (PNG) have hurt export earnings, too.Hearteningly however, the company’s international rice segment traded greater volumes in the past six months and posted a 4pc lift in pre-tax profit as US division, SunFoods, returned to profitability on the back of a recovery in the Californian crop’s size.Impressive pre-tax profit growth of 351pc was also achieved by the rice foods business after 9pc revenue growth and manufacturing efficiencies, particularly in rice cake production.A shortage of locally-grown rice to supply SunRice’s regular buyers overseas has compounded export revenue problems caused by poor global markets.
The autumn harvest in the NSW Riverina delivered just 244,000 tonnes because of last summer’s irrigation water shortages.That compared to the region’s more typical harvests of around 800,000 to 1 million tonnes.Sunrice’s balance sheet has, however, been helped by “one-off” items related to provision and impairment reversals which were deducted from the after tax net profit result.Chief executive officer, Rob Gordon, said global medium grain rice prices fell almost 50pc in the past year.“We disclosed to the market at the AGM in August that this financial year was going to be challenging for SunRice,” he said.“It’s primarily a case of global rice oversupply continuing to negatively impact on prices.“Additionally, deteriorating economic conditions in some of SunRice’s key export markets across the Middle East and the Pacific have been a challenge.
“A steep volume decline in the Riverina harvest from 690,000t in the prior year resulted in a 28pc reduction in rice pool business revenue during the first half of 2016-17.”Headwinds were also faced by some complementary businesses, notably CopRice, which was hurt by faltering stockfeed demand due to depressed dairy industry earnings and good pasture conditions.However, Mr Gordon said despite some exceptional trading circumstances, there were “persistent signals our strategy to build a resilient and diversified business is succeeding”.
He forecast a full-year after-tax net profit of about $40m, but warned the next six months would depend on global rice market trends, with “many of our markets remaining volatile”.PNG was one of those uncertain and volatile factors.A weak economy and devalued PNG currency (down almost 10pc against the Australian dollar since October 2015) has undermined SunRice’s traditional pricing power and attracted competition from Asian long grain rice exports.“We continue to maintain a close watch on PNG issues, including the risk of sudden further kina devaluations which would considerably reduce trading margins,” Mr Gordon said.SunRice is also worried about the possible implementation of an import quota by the PNG government and political pressure for local rice production self-sufficiency.

Smuggled rice worth $28 million seized in China

 By staff
Chinese authorities have seized an unprecedented 29,000 tonnes of black market rice being smuggled into the country.
Customs officials in southwest China have confiscated 29,000 tonnes of smuggled rice which has a staggering street value of $28 million.Black market rice is a burgeoning industry in China due to government policies which allow farmers to sell their rice at pre-fixed rates if market prices fall.
It is unlikely the policy will be rolled back any time soon due to political sensitivity for rural communities, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Authorities have not released where the seized rice originated from, but customs authorities have seized more than 218,500 tonnes so far this year. It is believed the lion's share has been smuggled from Vietnam and the Philippines.
China is by far the largest importer of rice in the world and are the eleventh largest rice exporter, behind Australia who come in at tenth.
China is also the second-largest rice producer, but are unable to produce enough to meet demand.
In August and October this year, customs police in central China seized 28,700 tonnes of smuggled rice worth close to $33 million and detained 18 people.
In November, southwest Chinese customs authorities seized 32,500 tonnes of rice worth $26 million and detained 19 people

Rice exports rise to Africa and EU

Writer: Nilar
Helped by the weak kyat, Myanmar is increasingly exporting rice to the EU and Africa, where around 60,000 tonnes is sold every month, according to the Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF)."Under current market prices in the EU and Africa, we can export rice and make sales contracts," said a rice merchant. Lu Maw Myint, joint secretary of MRF, said this year's rice exports to Africa far exceeded those of the previous year. 
"We didn't sell to African markets for many years and Pakistan and India were the main suppliers. But this year, the exchange rate is good for exporters, so they can sell rice at reduced prices. We can compete with other countries. Prices between our country and others are similar. In the past, we had high production costs so we could not compete," said Lu Min MyintFrom April 1 to November 25 this financial year, more than 670,000 tonnes of rice and broken rice were exported, earning over US$230 million, according to the Ministry of Commerce

Christmas: Lagos to sell N13,000 rice next week

By Daily Post Staff on December 16, 2016
The Lagos State Government on Friday said it could not commence the sale of its Lake Rice on December 15 as earlier planned to ensure that plots to hijack the project was averted.The Special Adviser on Food Security to Governor Akinwumi Ambode, Mr. Sanni Okanlawan, said that the rice would now be on sale as from next week.The government had planned to sell the rice at N13,000 per 50kg bag at the 57 Local Government and Local Council Development area headquarters from Dec. 15.
Okanlawon said the government was installing mechanisms for Lagosians to celebrate the best Yuletide without hiccups posed by money bags.
He said, “We are working out the modalities to make sure that what the government intends to sell at N13,000 was not hijacked and sold to Lagosians at N15,000, that is what we do not want. “From all indications, hopefully, by next week Lake Rice will be out, so, we want everything to be in place before it is out.”
LASG had on December 8 promised that it was ready to roll out Lake Rice on December 15 to Lagosians at N13,000 per 50 kg towards the Yuletide celebrations.The Special Adviser made the disclosure during the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry National Agriculture Stakeholders Summit.
He said, “Lake Rice is the acronym of both Lagos and Kebbi States joint product which will be out to the public on Dec. 15 at a cost of N13,000 per 50kg bag as it is already subsidised by the government.“To make it more available, the rice will be sold at the 57 LGA’s and LCDA’s for easy accessibility and to guard against unwanted persons diverting the product, the state has put in place a committee.”Lagos State had in March signed an MoU with the Kebbi State Government to produce rice paddy to be milled and packaged in Lagos State

Thai farmers can now sell rice directly to consumers online

Adrian M. Reodique | Dec. 15, 2016

Thai farmers who are experiencing an oversupply of rice and strong export competition can now expand their product deliveries, with a little help from online.The DHL eCommerce, a division of Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL Group), has partnered Thailand Ministry of Commerce's Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) to offer e-commerce expertise and logistics services to local farmers, at no cost for four months. DHL eCommerce will work with local farmer co-operatives (farmer co-ops) to enable a streamline process to manage their online inventory and ship to consumers domestically. Farmers' sales processes are then integrated with e-commerce portals on BentoWeb, a local e-commerce services provider which has been pre-integrated with the DHL eCommerce Customer Web Portal.In particular, the Ministry of Commerce works on promoting and registering farmers on the programme, while BentoWeb provides the online ordering process and inventory management for the farmers. DHL eCommerce will then pick up the products from the farms and deliver them to the consumers directly.
"The Ministry of Commerce has been rolling out a series of programmes aimed at helping the local farmers and one such initiative is this collaboration with DHL eCommerce Thailand to help farmers sell their produce online," said Apiradi Tantraporn, Minister of Commerce at the Royal Thai Government, in a press release.
"We have been working together in the past three weeks to onboard these farmers onto the e-commerce platform so that domestic consumers can place orders and have DHL eCommerce deliver to their doorsteps," she added.  
Addressing the oversupply of rice
Meanwhile, for farmer co-ops like Ban Um-sang Rice Community, the partnership allowed them to manage the oversupply of their rice, and at the same time tap onto the opportunities of e-commerce."The internet has opened up more possibilities for us farmers to do business. We can communicate and connect with customers directly, which is impossible with traditional methods. We don't have to worry about organising our deliveries too, as they are taken care of by experienced logistics specialists. By giving us more options, e-commerce makes us less affected by existing market forces and gives us the freedom to improve our sales in new ways," said the Community

How Ebonyi is fighting recession through rice production
Senator Onwe

ON DECEMBER 17, 201612:40 AMIN NEWS, POLITICSCOMMENTS •With profound planning we can have rice glut in Nigeria By Clifford Ndujihe and Elizabeth Uwandu Senator Emmanuel Onwe, a lawyer, human rights activist and former newspaper columnist is the Ebonyi State Commissioner for Information. He had an engaging interaction with Vanguard’s editors during a visit to the Lagos headquarters of Vanguard Newspapers, recently. He spoke on the emergence of the home grown Ebonyi Rice as a better alternative to foreign brand and how to ensure food sufficiency in the country and wriggle out of recession among others. Ebonyi rice game plan: *Funding 171 co-operative societies *Gave N214,000 each to 4275 farmers to cultivate 1hectare each *Cultivated 30,000 hectares of rice farms this year (wet season) *Budgeted N4 billion to expand to 60,000 hectares *Supported 15,000 small scale farmers with FADAMA and IFAD’s help *Has 3 mega 1000 metric tons a day processing mills *Mega processing mills to have parboiling equipment by January, 2017 *Sets aside N250,000 billion for any Ebonyi Diaspora street trader willing to farm On why he visited Vanguard I want to talk about something tangible and something that Ebonyi State is proud to expose to other Nigerians.

The idea that we have an economy that is not just stagnant but also in one of the worst recessions since the eighties is a cause for serious concern. Ebonyi has taken the rigorous way knowing that we do not have a means of survival as a state. The allocation coming to Ebonyi from the Federal Government is one of the least in the country. Our Internally Generated Revenue, IGR last September was only about N7m to N8 m and allocation to the state was just N1.750billion. So, it is a dire situation.

 That was why in June when the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN was initiating the Anchor Borrowers’ programme, we keyed in very seriously and borrowed about N2b from that and bought tractors, machines, pesticides and insecticides, etc. We funded cooperative societies in every ward of the state and each cooperative society has about 25 farmers. We gave them N214,000 which is the CBN estimated cost of production per a hectare of land. So, when the Minister of Agriculture came recently, alone side the governor of the CBN, and Chairman of the presidential task force for rice production, who is also the governor of Kebbi state and visited some of the farms in Ebonyi, suddenly the news exploded that a bag of rice in the state now sells for N8,000. This is one of the reasons I am here. What really is going for Ebonyi rice is, it is not as chemicalised as rice coming from elsewhere. I have had the experience of visiting farms in India and Thailand where they use about 10 bags of NPK fertiliser and four bags of urea, etc per hectare. That is terrible.

Abakaliki rice is noted for having much stones. Have you done anything to address that? Yes, we have. If it had remained the same quality, I wouldn’t have been here. I would have been too embarrassed to be here. The days of Ebonyi rice being filled with stones are gone. There is de-stoning machinery in place now. We polish the rice but not to the extent of imported rice. We polish to make sure that the film that attaches the husk of the rice to the grain is removed to some degree but of course, the nutrients and value of the rice remains. We know we are coming from a very negative background in terms of reputation of the rice, we have done a huge amount to remove that. I have not eaten anything other than Ebonyi rice in the last five years. Talking about value chain, how many rice processing firms do you have now? Ebonyi has put 30,000 hectares of rice farms under cultivation this year, wet season. And in every ward, we have a cooperative society.
Each cooperative society has 25 members. There are 171 wards in the state. We built up individual small scale farmers up to 15,000 with help from FADAMA and IFAD and in each of the three senatorial districts we have massive large scale processing mills installed by the previous administration. What this administration is doing is to incorporate parboiling equipment into them. Beyond that, in most communities, we have small rice clusters with small milling machines that probably will mill only about 100 kilogrammes of rice per day.

Are you able to supply enough paddy for the mills? No yet Where do you get supplements from? We don’t get paddy from any where except Ebonyi How many people have you taken off the streets with this programme? Ebonyi has a negative reputation in terms of the number of street hawkers in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and other places. There is now a cooperative process going on between Ebonyi state government and Lagos state government. The secretary to Ebonyi government came to Lagos in March this year and again in August to see his counterpart. What was done was to hold a summit where all these people were invited and a data base was created. In all the cities we have done that. Going back home, all the Government technical colleges have spaces reserved for them and at the same time, there is available N250,000 for each of them who wants to cultivate a hectare of land. Based on the CBN estimate, you need N214,000 to cultivate a hectare but of course, the maintenance of the hectare will take between N30,000 to N40,000. That is in terms of Diaspora hawkers.

Those at home, the unemployed youths and women have a much larger programme. In this budget year, Ebonyi provided N4 billion specifically to expand from 30,000 hectares to 60,000 and to target women and unemployed people. The data base is being compiled as we speak because we recognise that there is no escape. The augmenting element of the economy we would have had from NIGERCEM is taking time. There was this lock jam between the previous administration and Ibeto. But that has been resolved, the cases have been taken out of court, a new MoU has been signed so that Ibeto will properly take over NIGERCEM but before that is done Ebonyi rice is the only escape route. On neglect of agriculture The neglect of agriculture in the past is criminal. In each of the six geo-political zones, the federal government built strategic grain reserves, silos that would contain 100 metric tons of grains of whatever variety – rice, beans, maize, etc.

 The one that was built in Ezeilo, Ebonyi was built in 1979. Not one single grain has gone into those silos till today. Now, the capacity of the one in Abakaliki could meet any food emergency for at least 18 months in the whole of the South- East and South-South geo-political zones. Nobody cared about it. The previous administration in Ebonyi spent N3.3 billion rehabilitating it but the facility is unused. When the minister of Agriculture visited the state in September, the governor passionately appealed for those silos to be handed over to state governments, we know what to do with them. The food emergency that has hit the internally displaced people in North-Eastern part of Nigeria would have been addressed by these facilities without anybody going cap in hand to beg for food

Global Organic Rice Market Share,Supply And Consumption 2016 To 2021 Market Research Report

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Organic farming is defined as a production system which largely excludes or avoids the use of fertilizers, pesticides, growth regulators, preservatives and livestock feed additives and totally rely on crop residues, animal manures, legumes, green manures, off-farm wastes, mechanical cultivation, mineral nutrient bearing rocks and biological pest control to maintain soil health, supply plant nutrients and minimize insects, weeds and other pests.
Scope of the Report: 
This report focuses on the Organic Rice in Global market, especially in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, South America, Middle East and Africa. This report categorizes the market based on manufacturers, regions, type and application.
Market Segment by Manufacturers, this report covers 
Doguet’s Rice
Sanjeevani Organics
Kahang Organic Rice
Texas Best Organics
Vien Phu
SUNRISE foodstuff JSC
Heilongjiang Taifeng
Heilongjiang Julong

Market Segment by Regions, regional analysis covers 
North America (USA, Canada and Mexico)
Europe (Germany, France, UK, Russia and Italy)
Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, Korea, India and Southeast Asia)
South America, Middle East and Africa
Market Segment by Type, covers 
Polished glutinous rice(sticky rice)
Indica(long-shaped rice)
Polished round-grained rice
Market Segment by Applications, can be divided into 
Direct edible
Deep processing

Table of Contents
Global Organic Rice Market by Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2021 
1 Market Overview 
1.1 Organic Rice Introduction
1.2 Market Analysis by Type
1.2.1 Polished glutinous rice(sticky rice)
1.2.2 Indica(long-shaped rice)
1.2.3 Polished round-grained rice
1.3 Market Analysis by Applications
1.3.1 Direct edible
1.3.2 Deep processing
1.4 Market Analysis by Regions
1.4.1 North America (USA, Canada and Mexico) USA Canada Mexico
1.4.2 Europe (Germany, France, UK, Russia and Italy) Germany France UK Russia Italy
1.4.3 Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, Korea, India and Southeast Asia) China Japan Korea India Southeast Asia
1.4.4 South America, Middle East and Africa Brazil Egypt Saudi Arabia South Africa Nigeria
1.5 Market Dynamics
1.5.1 Market Opportunities
1.5.2 Market Risk
1.5.3 Market Driving Force 
2 Manufacturers Profiles 
2.1 Doguet’s Rice
2.1.1 Business Overview
2.1.2 Organic Rice Type and Applications Type 1 Type 2
2.1.3 Doguet’s Rice Organic Rice Sales, Price, Revenue, Gross Margin and Market Share
2.2 Randallorganic
2.2.1 Business Overview
2.2.2 Organic Rice Type and Applications Type 1 Type 2
2.2.3 Randallorganic Organic Rice Sales, Price, Revenue, Gross Margin and Market Share
2.3 Sanjeevani Organics
2.3.1 Business Overview
2.3.2 Organic Rice Type and Applications Type 1 Type 2
2.3.3 Sanjeevani Organics Organic Rice Sales, Price, Revenue, Gross Margin and Market Share
2.4 Kahang Organic Rice
2.4.1 Business Overview
2.4.2 Organic Rice Type and Applications Type 1 Type 2
2.4.3 Kahang Organic Rice Organic Rice Sales, Price, Revenue, Gross Margin and Market Share
2.5 RiceSelect
2.5.1 Business Overview
2.5.2 Organic Rice Type and Applications Type 1 Type 2 
3 Global Organic Rice Market Competition, by Manufacturer 
3.1 Global Organic Rice Sales and Market Share by Manufacturer
3.2 Global Organic Rice Revenue and Market Share by Manufacturer
3.3 Market Concentration Rate
3.3.1 Top 3 Organic Rice Manufacturer Market Share
3.3.2 Top 6 Organic Rice Manufacturer Market Share
3.4 Market Competition Trend 
4 Global Organic Rice Market Analysis by Regions 
4.1 Global Organic Rice Sales, Revenue and Market Share by Regions
4.1.1 Global Organic Rice Sales by Regions (2011-2016)
4.1.2 Global Organic Rice Revenue by Regions (2011-2016)
4.2 North America Organic Rice Sales and Growth (2011-2016)
4.3 Europe Organic Rice Sales and Growth (2011-2016)
4.4 Asia-Pacific Organic Rice Sales and Growth (2011-2016)
4.5 South America Organic Rice Sales and Growth (2011-2016)
4.6 Middle East and Africa Organic Rice Sales and Growth (2011-2016) 
5 North America Organic Rice by Countries 
5.1 North America Organic Rice Sales, Revenue and Market Share by Countries
5.1.1 North America Organic Rice Sales by Countries (2011-2016)
5.1.2 North America Organic Rice Revenue by Countries (2011-2016)
5.2 USA Organic Rice Sales and Growth (2011-2016)
5.3 Canada Organic Rice Sales and Growth (2011-2016)
5.4 Mexico Organic Rice Sales and Growth (2011-2016) 
6 Europe Organic Rice by Countries 
6.1 Europe Organic Rice Sales, Revenue and Market Share by Countries
6.1.1 Europe Organic Rice Sales by Countries (2011-2016)
6.1.2 Europe Organic Rice Revenue by Countries (2011-2016)
6.2 Germany Organic Rice Sales and Growth (2011-2016)
6.3 UK Organic Rice Sales and Growth (2011-2016)
6.4 France Organic Rice Sales and Growth (2011-2016)
6.5 Russia Organic Rice Sales and Growth (2011-2016)
6.6 Italy Organic Rice Sales and Growth (2011-2016) 

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Global Organic Rice Market by Application, Type, Manufacturers, and Regions, Forecast up to 2021
Organic Rice Market Report Details:
This report covers Organic Rice in global market, mainly report includes North America Organic Rice market, Europe Organic Rice market, Asia-Pacific Organic Rice market, Latin America Organic Rice market, also covers Middle as well as Africa Organic Rice market. This report divide Organic Rice market based on manufacturers, type, application and Organic Rice market regions.
Market Segment by Manufacturers, this report covers
3 Dingxiang
4 Doguet?s Rice
5 Heilongjiang Julong
6 Heilongjiang Taifeng
8 Jinjian
9 Kahang Organic Rice
11 Randallorganic
12 RiceSelect
13 Sanjeevani Organics
14 SUNRISE foodstuff JSC
15 Texas Best Organics
17 Vien Phu
18 Yanbiangaoli
Market Segment by Type, covers
1. Polished glutinous rice(sticky rice)
2. Indica(long-shaped rice)
3. Polished round-grained rice
Market Segment by Applications, can be divided into
1. Direct edible
2. Deep processing
Market Segment by Regions, regional analysis covers
1. (USA, Mexico and Canada) Organic Rice Market in North America .
2. (Germany, Italy, UK, Russia and France) Europe Organic Rice Market.
3. (China, South-east Asia, Japan, India and Korea) Organic Rice Market in Asia-Pacific .
4. (Middle and Africa) Latin America Organic Rice Market.
Report also includes Organic Rice market growth rate XXXX % during forecast period. Worldwide Organic Rice industry report covers competitors/Manufacturers Profiles in Organic Rice market with their Business Overview. Organic Rice Market report also includes Organic Rice market by Type and Applications, Organic Rice Sales, Revenue, Price and Organic Rice Industry Share. This research (Organic Rice Market Research) study also includes worldwide Organic Rice Market Competition, by Manufacturer, by Manufacturer. Worldwide Organic Rice Sales and Organic Rice Revenue by Regions (2011-2016)
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Section 1, to analyse the Organic Rice industry’s top manufacturers, with sales, Organic Rice market revenue, and price of Organic Rice in 2015 and 2016;
Section 2, to display the Organic Rice market’s competitive situation among the top manufacturers, with Organic Rice market sales, revenue and Organic Rice market share in 2015 and 2016;
Section 3, to show the global Organic Rice market by regions, with sales, Organic Rice revenue and market share of Organic Rice , for each region, from 2011 to 2016;
Section 4, 5, 6 and 7, to covers the key regions, with Organic Rice market sales, revenue and share by key countries in these regions Organic Rice industry scenario;
Section 8 and 9, to show the Organic Rice industry by type and application, with sales Organic Rice market growth rate and share by type, Organic Rice market application, from 2011 to 2016.
Section 10, Global Organic Rice market forecast, by application, type, and regions, with Organic Rice market revenue and sales, from 2016 to 2021.
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