Friday, December 23, 2016

23rd December,2016 daily global,regional and loca rice e-newsletter by riceplus magazine

Pakistan ranked 7th among countries vulnerable to vagaries of climate change

Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid said that Pakistan is ranked 7th among the countries which are most vulnerable to the vagaries of climate, due to its geographic location and poor resource base.In a written reply in National Assembly during the question hour, the minister said that climate change is the biggest challenge being faced by the world today and no country including Pakistan is an exception to it.
He said that the ministry has established Global Change Impact Studies Centre (GCISC), which serves as the research arm of the Ministry of Climate Change and is conducting research to assess the impacts of projected climatic changes on agriculture sector.
He said that for the impact assessment studies, various crop simulation and water management models are being employed. Climate change projections made at GCISC indicate that average temperature over Pakistan will increase in the coming decades at a pace faster than that of the average global temperature and may exceed by about 2°C by the end of this century.“Studies carried out at GCISC point towards yield losses and reduced growing cycles in the various climatic zones of the country under the influence of increasing temperatures,” he maintained.
The water security of the country is also threatened by the climate change which further accentuates the food insecurity concerns.
Comprehensive studies have been carried out at the centre to assess the impact of climate change on various crops in different climatic zones of the country using crop simulation models. It was revealed that wheat crop yield will be reduced by 3.4-12.5 per cent in semi-arid irrigated areas (like Faisalabad and Sheikhupura), 3.8-14.5 per cent in arid areas (like Hyderabad, Badin, Bahawalpur, Multan) and more than 16 per cent in rain-fed (Chakwal) areas under different climate change scenarios towards the end of the century.
Similarly, rice yields are expected to decline by 12- 22 per cent under different climate change scenario by end of the century, the minister added.
The growing season length of these crops will also be shortened resulting in significant decline in yields.
Research studies also reflect an increase in net crop water requirements owing to the increase in temperatures and likely yield reductions call for adaptation measures to protect/ increase the yield.
Some adaptation measures like increased rate of fertilizer application, use of higher seed rate, 3-split application of fertilizer, change in sowing window, improved scheduling of irrigation and dry sowing of rice have been evaluated and have shown promise to maintain yield to a certain extent.
Studies to assess the impact of climate change on wheat, rice and maize crops in 30 districts of the country using other crop simulation models; and on evaluating the impact of climate change on livestock sector are underway.
Agriculture is also a contributor to greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and GCISC has prepared the national GHG inventory for the year 2014-15. This inventory describes agriculture as the 2nd largest GHG emitting sector with 174.56 MT CO2 Eq. (Total 405 MT CO2 Eq.) with larger share from the livestock sub-sector.
This inventory, besides estimating that sectoral and sub-sectoral share in the total national GHG emissions will help identify the prospects and aligning national strategies for moving towards climate-smart agriculture, he added.
http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/blog/2016/12/21/pakistan-ranked-7th-among-countries-vulnerable-to-vagaries-of-climate-change/



How you can buy rice at N12,000 per bag, Ambode tells Lagosians

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State and his Kebbi State counterpart, Atiku Bagudu, on Wednesday officially launched the long awaited Lake Rice to be sold to the public at N12,000 per 50kg bag.Mr. Ambode told a news conference in Alausa, Lagos, that the public would from Thursday, December 22, have access to the rice in 10 designated areas in Lagos State as would be advertised by the government.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 50kg rice will sell for N12,000, while the 25kg and 10kg will sell for N6,000 and N2,500 respectively.

The Lagos State governor described the launch of the rice as historic, saying the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Lagos and Kebbi in March 2016 had started yielding fruitful results.He added that “we signed an MoU in March 2016 with an understanding that being proudly Nigerians, we want to come out with what will be made in Nigeria and what is good for Nigerians.“We took all that President Muhammadu Buhari said on the need for us to grow our food and we decided that we would prove a point and that is what today is all about.”
He explained that Lake Rice was grown and milled in Nigeria, with extreme high quality.

He noted that “we also have Ofada rice and imported rice in the country and we want to show our people that Lake Rice is the way to go.

“The major difference between Lake Rice and imported rice is that imported rice has a minimum storage capacity of five and six years but Lake Rice is fresh.”The governor said that the state would expand its rice mill as it had the largest consumption market in Nigeria.Mr. Ambode said interested buyers would need to get ticket to pay for a bag of rice in the bank before going to any of the locations for collection, adding that this was done to allow the rice to go round and for everyone to have access to it.
“We want to ensure that this rice goes to everybody. You cannot buy twice,” he said.Earlier, Mr. Bagudu said 16 months ago during the National Executive Council meeting in Abuja, he entered into a discussion with Mr. Ambode for a joint partnership for the production of rice in view of what was happening in the country.
“Since then, we have been working assiduously on this after we signed the MoU.”Mr. Bagudu said the product could stand any integrity test in Nigeria as it was of high quality.He added that “Lake Rice is of high quality. I am proud of this joint venture but we can do more, we are glad that we are launching this commodity today.

http://www.premiumtimesng.com/regional/ssouth-west/218626-can-buy-rice-n12000-per-bag-ambode-tells-lagosians.html



Pakistan Iran negotiating enhanced connectivity and banking channels, says Asif Khan Durrani

FAISALABAD – Enhanced connectivity and banking channels between Pakistan and Iran are imperative to fully exploit the post-sanction opportunities and in this connection negotiation are in advance stage and positive news is expected within a month, said Asif Khan Durrani Pakistani Ambassador in Tehran.

Addressing the business community of Faisalabad in Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) here today, he said that Pakistan and Iran are brotherly neighboring countries. Both are enjoying good diplomatic relations but due to different reasons we could not fully exploit the economic potential, he said and added that Iran has surplus energy while Pakistan is an energy starved country. Similarly, Iran is facing food shortage while Pakistan can export rice and other eatable commodities to it. He also commented on the non-availability of banking channels and said it is a major obstacle in the promotion of bilateral trade between the two countries. He said that being neighbor countries, we are always involved in cross border trade but it was through informal channels.

He said that now the both countries are focusing on the promotion of formal trade and hopefully a positive breakthrough is expected very soon. He said that State Bank of Pakistan has issued SRO allowing commercial banks to open their branches in Iran but they are reluctant to do business in dollars with Iran. He said that Pakistan and Iran trade could transact their business deals in Euro or Chinese Yuan as an alternate currency of dollar.

He further told that Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) is organizing “Aali Shaan” Pakistan Exhibition in Tehran from March 4 to7, 2017. It will play a major role in opening new avenues of trade between the two countries. He urged upon the textile exporters of Faisalabad to actively participate in this exhibition to enhance their share in textile export of Pakistan. He told that Pakistani denim is very popular in Iran and is being imported via Turkey. He said that Iran has a tilt towards west and hence Pakistani exporters should make special value added products for Iran in according to their needs and fashion trends. He also stressed the need for enhancing connectivity and said that the because of the UN sanctions the air links between two countries are still very poor. Similarly the cargo train could not be managed via Tuftan border only because of the non-availability of sufficient cargo load.

Earlier in his address of welcome, acting president Rana Sikandar Azam said that Iran is our neighbor and brotherly Islamic country. He said that after lifting sanctions Iran is making serious efforts to promote its trade and Pakistan being its neighbor will definitely be its first choice. He said that Pakistan and Iran have agreed to increase their bilateral trade up to 5 billion dollars during next five years and in this connection commerce minister Mr. Khuram Dastaghir is going to visit Tehran on December 28, 29. During this visit, he will negotiate within concerned Iranian minister to decide the measures to increase our bilateral trade. He said that Pakistan and Iran are already signatories of PTA (Preferential Trade Agreement) while negotiations in progress on FTA (Free Trade Agreement).

Rana Sikandar Azam said that the major hurdle in the promotion of bilateral trade between Pakistan and Iran is non-existence of banking channels. He said that government of Pakistan has allowed State Bank of Pakistan to negotiate on the important points which will ultimately help both countries to establish their banks in each other’s countries. He also expressed concern on tariff barriers and said that economic strength of Pakistan is textile but unluckily Iran has imposed high tariff rates on textile products due to which our textile exporters are unable to increase their exports to Iran.

Continuing, he said that Iran is already providing electricity to Pakistan while negotiations to purchase gas from Iran are underway. He said that Pakistan needs professional competency to negotiate the price of gas as Iran is our neighboring country and hence the price of Iranian gas should be comparatively cheaper than the gas imported from Qatar and other countries.He thanked the Pakistani ambassador in Tehran and said that he is fully discharging his diplomatic responsibilities in addition to making additional efforts to promote trade between the two countries.

During question answer session former president Zahid Aslam, Mian Farhan Latif, Muhammad Shafiq, Abid Hussain Malhi, and Secretary General FCCI Mr. Abid Masood raised interesting questions.
Rana Ikram Ullah decorated executive members of LCCI Ali Hassam with FCCI pin while former president Mian Zahid Aslam presented FCCI shield to Mr. Asif Khan Durrani.

 

PH ready to lift rice restrictions next yr

BY JAMES KONSTANTIN GALVEZ, TMT ON DECEMBER 22, 2016
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THE Philippines is ready to operate in an environment without quantitative restrictions on rice imports next year, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said in a statement on Wednesday.Major initiatives to support the rice sector are either in place or about to be established, the Cabinet official noted.Whether the special treatment on rice is extended or allowed to expire in 2017, Piñol said the Department of Agriculture is determined to support the rice sector as the cornerstone of the country’s food security policy.
“Understand that if we want to extend, it should have been two years ago. We are asking for two more years, but this may not pass,” Piñol said.Duterte’s economic team – Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, NEDA Director General Ernesto Pernia and consultant Ciel Habito – support the lifting of the QR on rice to liberalize trade.Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco was also quoted as saying he favors the scrapping of the National Food Authority and letting the special treatment on rice expire.
Piñol has appealed for an additional two-year leeway, saying that the farmer sector needs more time to be more competitive.The QR limits the volume of goods traded by a country. The Philippines was granted an initial exemption because rice as a commodity is highly sensitive in nature.
The deadline for the Philippines has been extended twice – in 2005 and in 2015 – and a waiver was obtained for another extension to July 2017.Manila limits to 805,000 metric tons the amount of rice allowed to enter the country under the minimum access volume (MAV) allowed to enter the Philippines at reduced tariffs of 35 percent. Shipments outside the MAV pay higher rates and must be approved by the National Food Authority.With the support of President Rodrigo Duterte and Congress, the DA will be able to put in place the necessary programs that will put the country on the path to sustained food security and a more progressive rice sector, Piñol said.“In preparation of the eventually, just in case, that the QR on rice would not prevail in the decision making in the Cabinet. We are prepared for that,” the DA chief said.
Piñol is also pushing for the rural infrastructure program, particularly the farm-to market-roads component and farm mechanization to lower production cost, increase efficiency and improve the agility in adjusting to extreme climate episodes within the term of the Duterte administration.
What plan?
Sources at the Department of Agriculture, however, said no concrete plan for the rice sector has been laid down since Piñol took over five months ago.
“Wala pa nga mancom [management committee]meeting. Paano n’ya nasabing may plano na without even consulting the stakeholders and regional offices responsible for rice production,” the source said, requesting not to be named because of the sensitive nature of the subject.
“We also have to wait for the PDP [Philippine Development Plan] meeting next year. So wala pa talagang projections on rice production. Wala pang clear policy bukod sa general statement sa QR,” he added.
Another official said the government will have a hard time achieving rice self-sufficiency goals by 2019 with the pace that the new administration is going.
“We are having a hard time with planning and projections kasi puro sa Facebook naka-post. If he wants something done, he should issue a memorandum, then we could do the necessary inputs,” another source privy to such matters said.
New data gathering
Piñol, who prefers “gut feel” and “visual appreciation” to calculate productivity, has yet to come up with official figures and targets on rice production.
In fact, the DA chief is pushing for a new farm data gathering scheme, saying that current government data collection is “flawed and inaccurate.”
“We have started to conduct the food and national validation of agricultural statistics, which I’ve proven inaccurate and outdated. I believe we cannot do sound planning if the data and statistics we use and rely on are not accurate,” he said in a press conference on Tuesday.
He intends to employ drone technology for manually counting trees, and a village-level approach for a more accurate reporting of agricultural production
http://www.manilatimes.net/ph-ready-lift-rice-restrictions-next-yr/303150/



DSWD: In 2017, 4Ps beneficiaries to get rice subsidies equal to 18 kilos

 

The online news portal of TV5
MANILA, Philippines - Next year, the 4.4 million beneficiaries of the conditional cash transfer program will get rice subsidies that are equivalent to 18 kilos, according to Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo.On Wednesday, during a press conference in Makati City, Taguiwalo said that the Department of Social Welfare and Development's priority for 2017 is to conduct a kumustahan (catch-up) to see how the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) have been doing since they were enrolled.The DSWD will talk to them to figure out how else the government can help them.So far, said Taguiwalo, the ratio of social workers to beneficiaries is a challenge, at one is to 750.But she stressed that the 4Ps was just a pantawid or immediate assistance, and not a permanent solution to poverty. Its root causes needed to be addressed through land reform, decent work, and sufficient pay.
Supplemental feeding program
DSWD's supplemental feeding program will also get a boost in 2017, after a suggestion from Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan to increase its frequency, from once a day for ten months a year, to twice a day for 12 months a year.
Children aged zero to four years benefit from this program, which, according to Senator Loren Legarda, who is the Committee on Finance chairperson, has been allotted P232 million for next year.
According to Taguiwalo, the DSWD can still use family food packs meant for times of disaster, as the children are “individuals in crisis”. What the department really needs money for are the social workers who go around the streets, looking for children in need.
Money is also needed to keep DSWD's activity centers running night and day. The supplemental feeding program and other initiatives are conducted here.
Legarda promised to be their champion should they need more funds aside from what is already in the 2017 General Appropriations Act, as there are still unobligated (unused) funds from the 2015 and 2016 budgets.
Reaching out to kids, families in the streets
Taguiwalo disclosed other future plans during the press conference, including strengthening the collaboration among the DSWD and other national agencies, nongovernmental organizations, the academe, religious groups, and the private sector to provide steady aid to people living in the streets.
Hindi patay-sindi (not on and off),” she said.
DSWD Social Technology Bureau director Thelsa Biolena noted that the DSWD has been utilizing its activity centers so that street children will have an alternative place to gather and play.
Social workers and volunteers – some who are former street children themselves – conduct storytelling and skills-training sessions for the youth.
Parents also undergo family development sessions here, where they learn how to discipline their children without resorting to violence, and what makes their children tick at the various stages of their lives, among other things.
The aim is to keep their children from fleeing their homes and seeking refuge in the streets.
It is also a place where the DSWD's partner-agencies can provide their services. The Department of Health, for example, conducts check-ups on the children here.
4,400 street children
There are at least 4,400 street children in Metro Manila, according to DSWD-NCR director Vincent Andrew Leyson.
Unfortunately, the numbers are too much for the four DSWD centers in Metro Manila to cater for.
There are success stories, nevertheless, such as that of Roselyn Enriquez and her five children.
The family lived in Makati's streets for a year, where they lived in fear and uncertainty of what might befall them.
Fortunately, some DSWD personnel approached them and gave Roselyn a home and a source of livelihood. She was able to save up for a tricycle for her husband, and is proud of her income.
The Makati local government also provides them with assistance, through her children's free education, free school supplies, and free uniforms.
Kahit po kami nasa streets, meron po kaming kinabukasan sa tulong ng DSWD (We may have lived in the streets, but with the DSWD's help, we had a future to look forward to),” she declared.

Image:A homeless family eats under a bridge in Sta. Mesa, Manila. (Bernard Testa/InterAksyon



http://interaksyon.com/article/135489/dswd-in-2017-4ps-beneficiaries-to-get-rice-subsidies-equal-to-18-kilos



Arkansas agriculture: 2016 review and 2017 preview

Wednesday

Posted Dec 21, 2016 at 12:14 PMUpdated Dec 21, 2016 at 9:05 PM
  
By Mary Hightower
LITTLE ROCK - The impacts of a 2016 growing season that may have cost crop farmers up to $50 million in losses due to wet weather, plus the pressures of lower commodity prices, may prompt changes in Arkansas' row crop landscape for 2017, said extension faculty from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Neither was the livestock side of farming immune to dark clouds.
"In the last two years, cattle markets have gone from record highs to dismal lows," said Mike Looper, department head-Animal Science for the Division of Agriculture. "In 2016, beef production expanded nearly 6 percent and is projected to increase an additional 4 percent again in to the next year. Record beef output means lower prices moving into 2017.

"While these scenarios seem to be more 'doom and gloom,' there are opportunities," he said. "Obviously, an increased export market would alleviate the surplus beef production, but that is yet to be seen.


Looper said that during these major beef market transitions, producers may want to consider increasing the value of calves through backgrounding."With adequate moisture, forage production can add additional pounds with marginal costs," he said. "Some economists suggest retained ownership of calves through the feedyard phase also may increase profits. It seems transitional times in any industry usually result in better management strategies."


For row and field crop growers, the 2016 growing season was wet almost from the start. However, heavy, sustained rain from Aug. 13-20 is estimated to have cost Arkansas row crop farmers $40-50 million, according to a study done by Division of Agriculture economists.The rain wasn't picky about which crops were damaged. Many farmers saw submerged crops, sprouting of grain in the heads and in cotton, the dropping of bolls.


Here's a crop-by-crop look back at 2016 and a preview of 2017:


CORN - Jason Kelley, extension wheat and feed grains agronomist for the division, said "Acreage was up significantly in 2016 - up 300,000 from last year - and overall corn yields were average compared to the last three years when record yields were realized."

The state average yield was estimated at 178 bushels per acre, which was down from 2105. Kelley said warm temperatures during June and July were most likely the culprit for lower yields this year.


"Decisions are still being made for 2017, but corn will be in the mix for many producers and final acres will depend on price swings over the next few months," he said.


COTTON - The National Agricultural Statistics Service November Crop Production report estimated production at 830,000 bales, which was down 20,000 bales from the Oct.1 forecast but up 359,000 bales above last year. Yield is expected to average 1,062 pounds per harvested acre, down 26 pounds from October's estimate and down 30 pounds from 2015 and below our five-year average of 1073 pounds of lint per acre. Harvested acreage is estimated at 375,000 acres, up 168,000 acres from 2015.


"The 2016 crop was disappointing for most," said Bill Robertson, extension cotton agronomist for the Division of Agriculture. "Some of our better cotton picked three bales but there wasn't much in terms of four-bale fields. We finished the season just under our five-year average. However, average yields will not pay the bills."

Robertson said, "we had a rough start at the beginning of the season, very slow at the starting line. Wet weather and seedling disease in May was widespread. Once we reached June, the plants tended to grow off and the crop looked a lot better. When August arrived, we were on track for a record yield until the rainy, cloudy weather that persisted from around Aug. 13 to Aug. 22 occurred.


"The average yield will impact plantings for 2107," he said. "Many believe that if we'd come in with a lot of 1,400- or 1,500-pound fields, we could have seen close to 500,000 acres in 2017. I have heard recent estimates that acres will remain flat to up as much as 15 percent for 2017. Lint prices as we get closer to planting will be the deciding factor for many regarding cotton acres in 2017."


GRAIN SORGHUM - Kelley had two words to describe 2016 for grain sorghum growers: "Tough year. Acreage was down approximately 10 times from 2015," he said. "Lower grain prices, in addition to sugarcane aphid threat, were a deterrent to planting grain sorghum this year.

"Mid-August rainfall at maturity caused widespread grain sprouting in the head resulting in lower yields and poor quality grain," Kelley said. "Overall state average yield is estimated at 70 bushels per acre approximately 15-20 bushels per acre lower than average."


PEANUTS - Travis Faske, extension plant pathologist and the Division of Agriculture's go-to specialist for peanuts, said "the season started out great with adequate moisture and warm temperatures for peanut production. The wet, cloudy weather in August was less than ideal and was the cause for some fields to have a lower grade than expected."


Faske said that even though the final numbers are still pending, overall yield was slightly less than average. "I would guess an average of 4,200 pounds per acre, and grades were slightly less, but this is still respectable yield."


"Contracts are higher for next year with $425 to $450 per ton in some areas and this will probably go up before next year," he said. "I expect slightly more production next year, maybe near 25,000 in Arkansas."


RICE - "The 2016 rice season brought a significant decrease in state average yield, at 159 bushels per acre, compared to the 163-168 bushels per acre we saw in 2013-2015," said Jarrod Hardke, rice agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.


"Lower production combined with decreasing rice prices have left many with serious questions about planting decisions entering 2017," he said. "At this point all signs point to a significant reduction in rice acreage compared to the 2016 acreage of 1.52 million acres."


Hardke said he expects total rice acres to decline around 1.1 to 1.2 million acres in 2017. Long grain rice acres will see the largest decline, however "medium acres should actually increase," he said, adding that "depending upon any changes in commodity prices of rice and related rotational crops such as soybean, this estimate is open to change.

"If soybean prices begin to fall there is a likelihood of an increase in rice acres in response," Hardke said. "However, any potential reduction in soybean commodity prices may not occur in time to affect planting decisions for the 2017 season, if a reduction occurs at all."


SOYBEANS - Soybean acreage dropped slightly to 3.15 million from last year's 3.2 million acres planted, but was up from the March 2016 forecast of 3.05 million acres. Soybean farmers endured wild swings in pricing this year as drought and flooding affected south American soybean crops and idea weather helped the crop in the U.S. (see: "2016 weather propelled commodity market rollercoaster," http://bit.ly/2hLKQx0) 2016 also saw five growers achieve 100 bushels per acre in the Grow for the Green Soybean Yield Challenge.


Jeremy Ross, extension soybean agronomist with the Division of Agriculture, said his biggest concern for the 2017 growing season for soybean will be the adaption of Monsanto's new Xtend technology.


"I'm already hearing some producers going 100 percent Xtend soybean varieties next year, but we only have yield data and disease rating for these varieties for only one year," he said. "It concerns me to plant a large portion of our acreage to varieties with limited data."


WINTER WHEAT - A dry fall gave the opportunity to plant wheat, but Kelley said that "low grain prices coupled with concerns about profitability, and lack of soil moisture during the optimum planting window of October limited planted wheat acres. Estimated wheat plantings will be released in January, but acreage will likely be near the lowest acreage in recent history."

For more information about crop production, visit www.uaex.edu or contact your county extension office.

HEAR THEM SING

Posted Dec 22 at 12:01 AM
Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth, far right, sings Thursday night with community members outside the Brookshire's store on 28th Avenue as part of the "Take Back Christmas" Community Caroling Project, founded by Rev. Jesse Turner, shown at center. Commercial Managing Editor/John Worthen



http://www.pbcommercial.com/news/20161221/arkansas-agriculture-2016-review-and-2017-preview


2 aromatic rice lines planned

A field tour held at a recent crop expo at the University of Arkansas Rice Research and Extension Center in Stuttgart. 

Wednesday,Posted Dec 21, 2016 at 1:46 PM

  
Debra Ahrent Wisdom, a program and research associate for the Division of Agriculture in Stuttgart, said two jasmine-type aromatic rices, currently known simply as AR-1105 and AR-1102, are scheduled to be released in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
By Ryan McGeeney / UofA Division of Ag
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture's specialty rice program, seated in the Rice Research and Extension Center in Stuttgart, is planning to release two varieties of aromatic rice in the coming years, researchers said this month.
Debra Ahrent Wisdom, a program and research associate for the Division of Agriculture in Stuttgart, said two jasmine-type aromatic rices, currently known simply as AR-1105 and AR-1102, are scheduled to be released in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
"These are really the first lines we've released through the specialty rice program," Ahrent Wisdom said. "We determined there was a demand for these aromatics through conversations with growers, millers and marketers, and also by simply looking at rice imports across the country."

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Ahrent Wisdom said that while the United States (and Arkansas in particular) doesn't typically import much long- or medium-grain rice, imports of aromatics such as jasmine and basmati are strong.
"There's an interest among consumers for aromatic rice," she said, noting that immigrants and foreign nationals, particularly from Asian counties such as India and Thailand, overwhelmingly prefer the rice grown in their countries of origin.
"We can't grow the varieties they grow in Thailand and India, because of the photo period sensitivities," Ahrent Wisdom said. "We can't just say, 'send us some seed and we'll grow it here.' It doesn't work that way. There's something about the environment in Thailand and India that makes those aromatic lines just pop. And it's not everywhere in those countries - it's just certain pockets where the soil and the environment just works.
"We don't happen to have that particular environment here - so we work around the environment we have," she said.
Ahrent Wisdom said both of the new varieties claim Jazzman, a jasmine aromatic line originally developed by Louisiana State University, as a parent. In three years of test trials, AR-1105 and AR-1102 have averaged yields of 170 and 150 bushels per acre, respectively. While the yields aren't comparable to most long-grain rice varieties, the numbers represent a strong showing among aromatics, she said.
Jarrod Hardke, extension rice agronomist for the Division of Agriculture, said specialty rices like Ahrent Wisdom's aromatic lines make up less than 1 percent of overall rice production in Arkansas, the leading rice state in the country. Nevertheless, producers are always looking for an edge in marketing opportunities, he said.
"Our growers do want some investment," Hardke said. "Any kind of value-added product, anything we can find a fit for, at a premium, and can grow and sell, that's great. But to date, specialty rice markets are still pretty small."
Karen Moldenhauer, a professor of Crop, Soil and Environmental Science for the Division of Agriculture in Stuttgart, said the RREC has been working with aromatic varieties for more than a decade, although the specialty didn't become a focus of the program's research until Ahrent Wisdom transferred from Fayetteville to Stuttgart in 2009.
"There was a lot of interest in aromatic rice," Moldenhauer said. "The Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board and a number of producers in Arkansas thought it would be good if we could have an aromatic that we could potentially sell to some of these same people; people that were more interested in different types of rices, so they could have something from the United States to choose from."
Moldenhauer said that since the Division of Agriculture's rice breeding program was established in 1931, it has released about 45 lines of rice, only one of which has been an aromatic.
Glen Bathke, assistant director of the RREC, said that the specialty rice program's pursuit of unusual lines provides an avenue for growers to find new markets in which to pursue revenues.
"Just having a new rice variety released periodically lets growers and business owners know that we can grow specialty rice here, not just medium- and long-grain," Bathke said. "We have aromatic markets right here in Arkansas. If growers would like to participate in that market, we have products that will allow them to do so, and diversify a little bit. But developing those 
http://www.stuttgartdailyleader.com/news/20161221/2-aromatic-rice-lines-planned




Russia boosted rice exports

22.12.2016

Russia has doubled rice exports since the beginning of 2016/17. So, 57 KMT was exported from Russia in the first four months of the season compared to 28 KMT in July-October 2015/16, reports UkrAgroConsult.As before, the key destination market is Turkey with an export share of 38%. It is worth noting that the European Union stepped up imports of Russian rice. In the period under review, the EU imported 8.3 KMT compared to 9.9 KMT for the full season of 2015/16.
In addition, Libya renewed rice imports from Russia and bought 6 KMT there in the reviewed period. Last time Libya imported rice from Russia back three years ago (5.5 KMT in December 2013).
Ukraine has imported 2.4 KMT of Russian rice this season (5.5 KMT in MY 2015/16)

http://www.blackseagrain.net/novosti/russia-boosted-rice-exports


2.5 tons of fake plastic rice seized in Nigeria

Published time: 22 Dec, 2016 16:17Edited time: 22 Dec, 2016 17:03
© Jason Lee / Reuters
Amid skyrocketing food prices and inflation ahead of Christmas, Nigerian authorities have intercepted a shipment of some 2.5 tons of fake rice, supposedly from China. Health warnings have been issued and an arrest made.The 102 bags of fake rice, weighing 25kg (a little over 50lb) each and labeled ‘Best Tomato Rice’, are thought by customs officers to have been smuggled in through the port in Lagos, according to AFP. The port city is the country’s main commercial hub.

The connection to China is being suggested after 'rice' made from plastic pellets was discovered at the same port last year.A suspect was arrested Wednesday, and warnings were immediately issued to steer clear of the rice, and definitely not cook it. It was upon cooking the rice that customs officials saw its sticky constitution, realizing it was not safe.“Only God knows what would have happened if people consumed it," customs controller Mohammed Haruna told local media, as cited by AFP.
Being Nigeria’s most popular staple food, rice is in massive demand, especially with Christmas around the corner and owing to rising inflation. But rice imports are banned in Nigeria – a tactic to boost local production. The country has just experienced its 13th straight month of increasing inflation, and food prices are said to be the driver.
Authorities say the rice was intended for sale at the numerous Christmas-themed events and festivities around the country.
A 25kg bag, like the ones confiscated, is estimated to be worth 20,000 naira (US$63) – twice what they were last December.Further analysis of the rice is now being carried out at the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control
https://www.rt.com/news/371294-fake-plastic-rice-nigeria/



US water projects aimed at easing drought to get $225M
By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press
Dec 21, 2016 1:39 PM CST

FILE - In this May 1, 2014 file photo, irrigation water runs along the dried-up ditch between the rice farms to provide water for the rice fields in Richvale, Calif. The federal government will be pouring nearly a quarter-billion dollars into several dozen projects aimed at tackling the effects of drought...  (Associated Press)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government will spend nearly a quarter-billion dollars to finance several dozen projects aimed at easing the effects of drought in the western U.S. and restoring watersheds that provide drinking water to communities around the nation, officials announced Wednesday.
The $225 million in funding will be shared among 88 projects, from California's Central Valley to centuries-old irrigation systems in northern New Mexico and thousands of square miles of fragmented streams in Maine. More than half of the projects specifically address drought and water quality.
Jason Weller, head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, said the federal funding will also generate $500 million more in spending for the projects that will be provided by state, local and private partners.
"That's important for us because no one organization has the boots on the ground, the financial resources, the technical expertise needed to deal with drought, invasive species, invasive weeds, be more energy efficient and improve the health of their forests," he said. "It's really incumbent upon us all to work smarter and more effectively together."
Weller pointed to the tens of millions of trees that have died in California due to the epic drought there and other challenges faced by communities bordering public and private forests that are overgrown and unhealthy. He said the dry conditions are putting pressure on watersheds and their ability to provide abundant and clean water.
The funding also is aimed at tackling flooding problems in places such as Merced County, California, where storm runoff in recent years has forced road closures and damaged prime agricultural land.
Officials say $10 million will go toward the design and construction of a system that will better capture and use snowmelt and precipitation from foothills while protecting infrastructure in the county.
Local partners are expected to triple the federal investment in the project.
Nearly $18 million is dedicated to projects in New Mexico, where Hispanic families have been using acequias, or earthen canals, for centuries to water their crops.
Acequias are located in 12 of the most impoverished counties in New Mexico and many need repairs. Supporters say revitalization of the historic irrigation systems are a matter of social and environmental justice because of their cultural and spiritual importance for the region.
In Maine, $6 million is being invested in a restoration project that spans 25,000 square miles. The goal is to reconnect some of the state's high-value aquatic networks that have been damaged by roads and vehicles. The Nature Conservancy group and 18 other partners wilhttp://www.newser.com/article/946312b1ae1f4727810ef45b19f12370/us-water-projects-aimed-at-easing-drought-to-get-225m.html


Government Imports Rice to Meet its Tariff-Rate Quota



Given the country’s diminishing rice consumption, and to keep the rice market stable during the harvest season in particular, the ministry has been delaying the import procedure since September. (image: KobizMedia/ Korea Bizwire)
SEOUL, Dec. 22 (Korea Bizwire) – The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs announced Wednesday that it is importing 116,000 tons of rice – 25,000 tons for consumption and 91,036 for processing – to fulfil its WTO-regulated annual tariff-rate quota of 487,000 tons of rice. South Korea was given a 20-year grace period for rice tariffs, under the condition that it would import 487,000 tons of rice each year. The country has so far imported 292,664 tons in 2016. According to the ministry, the additional 25,000 tons of rice for consumption would make up a total of 50,000 tons imported this year, which is a 10,000-ton decline compared to 2015. 

Given the country’s diminishing rice consumption, and to keep the rice market stable during the harvest season in particular, the ministry has been delaying the import procedure since September. Although it has no choice but to import foreign rice to meet its TRQ before the end of the year, in order to prevent the value of domestically-produced rice from depreciating, the imported produce will not be released into the market until at least April of next year, officials said.In 2015, annual per-capita rice consumption was 62.9kg, a drop from 128.1kg in 1985. The government had 1.71 million tons of rice in its stockpile as of November.
http://koreabizwire.com/government-imports-rice-to-meet-its-tariff-rate-quota/72674




GIEWS Country Brief: Timor-Leste 14-December-2016

REPORT
Published on 14 Dec 2016 View Original

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
·         Favourable start of 2017 main cropping season
·         Cereal production in 2016 declined for second consecutive year due to dry weather conditions
·         Cereal import requirements in 2016/17 forecast to increase over previous year’s already high level
·         Acute localized food insecurity persists
Favourable start of 2017 main cropping season
Planting of the 2017 main season maize is well advanced, while planting of rice just started and is expected to continue until the end of February 2017. Average and well-distributed rainfall since October over the main cereal-producing areas located in the eastern parts of the country, coupled with improved supplies of irrigation water, benefitted planting operations and early crop development. Assuming favourable weather conditions for the remainder of the season, the 2017 main season cereal output is expected to recover from the drought-affected harvests in 2015 and 2016.
El Niño-induced dry conditions result in cereal production decline in 2016
Harvesting of the 2016 secondary off-season paddy crops is well advanced, while harvesting of the main season crops was completed earlier in the year. FAO’s forecast for the 2016 aggregate rice production is set at 60 000 tonnes, 6 percent below last year’s already sharply-reduced output and 30 percent below the five-year average. The sharp decline mainly reflects the reduced main season harvest that was negatively affected by prolonged El Niño-induced dry weather conditions. Municipalities of Bobonaro, Covalima and Lautem, as well as coastal regions of Viqueque and parts of Baucau, which combined account for close to two‑thirds of country’s annual paddy production, were among the most affected. Dry weather conditions also constrained the 2016 maize crop, which is forecast at 60 000 tonnes, 8 percent down from the 2015 reduced level and 21 percent below the five-year average.
Cereal import requirements in 2016/17 forecast to increase over last year’s already high level
The country heavily depends on imports to meet its consumption needs. Cereal import requirements in the 2016/17 marketing year (April/March) are forecast to increase by 15 percent to 160 000 tonnes compared with the previous year’s already high level reflecting two consecutive years of reduced cereal production.
Pockets of acute food insecurity persist
According to official estimates, approximately 350 000 people (one‑third of the total population), mainly located in central highlands, eastern and southwestern parts of the country were affected by prolonged drought during the last two years. Although rains improved in recent months bringing some relief to drought-affected areas, vulnerable households mostly
http://reliefweb.int/report/timor-leste/giews-country-brief-timor-leste-14-december-2016




NFA Accredits More Rice Outlets


December 22, 2016 To make affordable government rice more accessible to the consuming public, the National Food Authority is increasing the number of its accredited rice outlets nationwide.NFA Officer In Charge Tomas R. Escarez directed all field offices to accredit additional rice retail outlets not only inside the market but even in remote barangays to make NFA rice readily available especially to the marginalized sector.  NFA rice is still being sold at P 27.00 per kilogram for 25% brokens and P 32.00 per kilogram for 15% brokens.

To enable those who are interested to become an NFA accredited rice retail outlet, Escarez said that  field offices were instructed to ease the requirements for accreditation. He said that interested applicants can be issued a temporary accreditation pending completion of inspection and submission of requirements so they can immediately sell NFA rice to the consuming public.NFA currently has a total of 16,775 accredited rice outlets nationwide. Aside from the traditional rice outlets inside and outside the markets, NFA has also other non-traditional rice outlets such as the Bigasan sa Barangay, Bigaasan sa Parokya, and Barangay Food Terminal. NFA also participates in the Diskwento Caravan in the different municipalities organized by the Department of Trade and Industry to bring affordable government rice closer to the public especially during this holiday season.

Escarez reported that the food agency has already distributed a total of 21,405,835 bags of the good quality but low-priced NFA rice from January to November of this year through its accredited outlets across the country. He said that the agency intends to open more non-traditional rice outlets to further widen its reach and to ensure that more low-income consumers would benefit from the government subsidized rice.






Nitish Kumar’s visit: Rohtas farmers disappointed

TNN | Dec 23, 2016, 11.59 AM IST

Nitish Kumar.
SASARAM: The much-anticipated visit of chief minister Nitish Kumar to Rohtas district, popularly known as 'rice bowl of Bihar', failed to enthuse the farmers who were expecting some announcements from him for procurement of their produces at minimum support price.The CM, who visited the district on Thursday, did not utter a word about non-availability of revenue rent receipt, a mandatory document for paddy procurement."Revenue rent receipts are not available. We were expecting some help from the government. However, instead of coming up with a solution, the CM chose to pass the buck on Centre and talked about high moisture content. Even if there is no moisture, our produces cannot be procured unless we get revenue rent receipt," said Yashwant Singh, a farmer. The Centre has fixed minimum 17% moisture content in paddy.
Blaming the Centre for fixing moisture content, the CM said the state government was exploring the possibility of introducing dryer system at procurement centres to bring down moisture content in paddy to the required level.
As part of his 'Nishchay Yatra', the CM visited Muradabad
 Primary Agriculture Credit Society (PACS) on the outskirts of Sasaram on Thursday and inspected overnight commissioned dryer at the rice mill run by the PACS. He said the state government would promote dryer system to avoid delay in paddy procurement at minimum

"A proposal in this regard has been sent to the Centre. The state government has no role in fixing the minimum level of moisture," the CM said, adding that as a pilot project, some rice mills equipped with dryer system would be attached with the PACS.
Farmers and rice millers, however, termed the proposal "impractical". Rice millers of Punjab, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and other states, who have been camping here for last one month, said the process of bringing down the moisture level through dryer system is very expensive and time taking



http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/patna/Nitishs-visit-Rohtas-farmers-disappointed/articleshow/56127675.cms


Thailand, Vietnam markets quiet ahead of Christmas, New Year
REUTERS
UPDATED : 12/22/2016 08:08

Rice export prices in Vietnam widened this week while prices in Thailand were flat in a quiet market ahead of Christmas and New Year holidays, traders said on Wednesday.
Prices of Vietnam's 5-percent broken rice RI-VNBKN5-P1 widened to $335-$350 a tonne, FOB basis, from $338-$340 a week earlier."The market is quiet and we have not seen any moves from Philippine firms, which have been given quota to import rice," said an exporter based in Ho Chi Minh city.The Philippines' state grains agency approved permits for local rice traders to import 294,020 tonnes of the staple from Vietnam and 347,060 tonnes from Thailand, Pakistan and India.

"There are no buyers due to New Year holidays," said another trader.Vietnam's rice exports are forecast to rebound to 7.1 million tonnes in 2017, after sales were seen dropping 22.6 percent from the previous year to 6.5 million tonnes this year, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said in its December report.The Thai market was also lacklustre with the benchmark 5-percent broken rice RI-THBKN5-P1 quoted at $360 a tonne on Wednesday, FOB basis, compared with $355-$360 last week.

"There won't be orders around this time until after the new year," a trader in Bangkok told Reuters.Thailand has exported 9.3 million tonnes of rice, worth ($4.06 million), so far this year, mostly to China and countries in Africa, the country's commerce ministry said on Monday.Commerce Minister Apiradee Tantraporn had said earlier this month that rice exports would reach 10.5 million tonnes this year.Meanwhile, rice prices in India, the world's biggest rice exporter, edged down due to rising supplies in physical markets from the summer sown crop, while an uptick in export demand put a floor under prices.

Prices of India's 5 percent broken parboiled rice dropped $1 per tonne this week to $343 to $347 per tonne.
"In eastern India, supplies have risen significantly over the last few days," said an exporter based at Kakinada in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh."Exports demand has also improved a bit but still it is lower than normal," he said, adding that it might soften again due to Christmas holidays.Trading in farm commodities such as cotton, rice and soybeans have been disrupted in the last few weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month scrapped 500 rupee and 1,000 rupee notes to crack down on corruption.

India's summer-sown rice output is seen at a record 93.88 million tonnes in the crop year to June 2017, 2.81 percent higher than last year, as plentiful monsoon rains help boost yields after back-to-back drought years, the farm ministry said.India exported 10.34 million tonnes of rice in October 2015 to September 2016, according to data compiled by the farm ministry.

http://tuoitrenews.vn/business/38676/thailand-vietnam-markets-quiet-ahead-of-christmas-new-year



What to do with your leftover turkey after Christmas Day

What to do with your leftover turkey this Christmas
By LMacDougall Kent Live  |  Thu 22 Dec 2016
You've had your roast turkey now, but this morning, most of us woke up to see plenty of the festive bird left.
And if you're struggling for ideas about what to do with it, why not try these recipes - some even formulated by celebrity chefs - with not a sandwich in sight?

Turkey meatloaf

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Grind the turkey, then add it to eggs, breadcrumbs and onions, and bake in a rectangular tin for a great meatloaf.

Turkey Con Chilli by Jamie Oliver

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Ingredients
  • olive oil
  • 2 red onions , peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot , peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 leek , trimmed and roughly chopped
  • 1 red pepper , deseeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper , deseeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 fresh red chilli , deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 fresh green chilli , deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh coriander , stalks finely chopped, leaves picked
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 heaped teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 heaped teaspoon runny honey , optional
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar , optional
  • 600 g turkey , leftover, shredded
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 x 400 g tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 400 g tinned butter beans or chickpeas , drained
  • 2 limes , juice of
  • soured cream , to serve
For the guacamole
  • 2 ripe avocados , peeled and destoned
  • 2 tomatoes , halved
  • ¼ red onion , peeled
  • ½ clove garlic , peeled
  • 1 fresh green chilli , deseeded
  • 1 bunch fresh coriander
  • 1 lime
Method
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Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4. Heat a few lugs of olive oil in a large casserole-type pan on a medium heat. Add the onions, carrot, leek, peppers and chillies, and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. Add the coriander stalks, cumin and paprika, and cook for another 10 minutes or so, stirring frequently until soft and delicious. Sometimes I like to add some honey and white wine vinegar at this point and let it cook for a couple of minutes. I find this adds a wonderful sheen and enhances the natural sweetness of the vegetables.
While that's happening, shred the turkey meat off your carcass and roughly chop it. Add a good pinch of salt and pepper to the pan of vegetables, then add the turkey and take the pan off the heat. Add the tomatoes and chickpeas or butter beans and stir everything together. Pop it in the hot oven to blip away for 2 hours. Check on it after an hour, and add a splash of water if it looks a bit dry.
While that's cooking, make your guacamole by blitzing one of your avocados in a food processor with the tomatoes, onion, garlic, chilli and coriander. Use a fork to mash the other avocado in a bowl so it's nice and chunky. Taste the mixture in the food processor and add salt and squeezes of lime juice until the taste is just right for you. Whiz up one more time then tip into the bowl with your chunky avocado and mix together.
Take the chilli out of the oven and scrape all the gnarly bits from the edge of the pan back into the chilli for added flavour. Squeeze in some lime juice, and stir through most of the coriander leaves. Have a taste to check the seasoning then serve with steamed basmati rice or tortillas, and a good dollop of soured cream and guacamole on top. Scatter over your remaining coriander leaves and some finely sliced fresh chilli if you fancy then get everyone to tuck in.

Turkey curry

Stir in some turkey with curry powder, potatoes, onions and peppers, and enjoy a lovely curry. Serve with a mango chutney to give it a kick.

Turkey pilaff with pomegranate and dill by Nigella Lawson

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serves 4-6
Ingredients
  • 275g brown basmati rice
  • 200g shredded cooked turkey
  • 125ml chicken stock
  • 4 x 15ml tbsp chopped dill
  • 75g pomegranate seeds
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 50g salted, herbed seed mix
Method
Cook the rice according to the instructions on the packet. Put the shredded turkey in a large pan with the chicken stock. Bring to the boil and bubble gently for 1-2 minutes.
Drain the rice and transfer to a large serving bowl. Mix in the contents of the turkey pan. Add the chopped dill and most of the pomegranate seeds, reserving some to sprinkle over the finished dish, and mix again.
Dress with the lemon juice and a little oil, scatter over the seeds and mix again. Season and sprinkle over the remaining pomegranate seeds.

Turkey laska

Bring some asian flavours to your turkey, by cooking it in stock with curry paste, noodles, beansprouts and coconut milk.

Turkey casserole

Unilever
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An idea to use up the turkey, and any leftover veg you might have as well. Stir it all into some stock, and add apple, flour, mustard and onions for a terrific casserole.

English Colonial Curry with Turkey by Delia Smith

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Ingredients
  • 600g cooked turkey, chopped into chunks
  • 1 tablespoon turkey dripping
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 sticks of celery, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 heaped tablespoon plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 heaped tablespoon Sharwood's Hot Curry Powder (for Madras)
  • 725ml hot stock (made with Marigold bouillon)
  • 1 medium dessert or Bramley apple, cored and chopped (no need to peel)
  • 25g sultanas
  • 1 heaped tablespoon mango chutney
  • 2 tablespoons grated creamed coconut
  • a squeeze of lemon
  • seasoning
Method
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Heat the dripping and fry the onion and celery over a medium heat, tossing them around till softened and well browned at the edges, then add the garlic and toss that around for a minute.
Now stir in the flour, turmeric, ginger and curry powder to soak up all the juices, and after that gradually stir in the stock.
When the sauce begins to bubble add the apple, sultanas, mango chutney and grated coconut, plus some seasoning.
Turn the heat down to a gentle simmer and let it cook for 30 minutes.
After that, add the turkey pieces and a squeeze of lemon juice, stir well, put a lid on and simmer gently for a further 10 minutes to reheat the turkey.
Serve with basmati rice, poppadoms, mango chutney and lime pickle.

Turkey salad

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Mix olive oil, lime juice and vinegar to make a dressing, then mix crisp salad leaves with avocado and tomato and chicken to make a healthy salad.

Turkey and ham bake

Make a sauce by stirring butter, flour and milk, then stir in some sherry and mustard, before adding ham and turkey, covering the whole thing in cheese and chopped nuts before baking for half an hour.
Celbrity recipes
Don't settle for a lacklustre sandwich. Here's some leftover turkey recipe ideas from the nation's top chefs.

Cold Turkey and Ham Pie with a Cranberry Topping by the Hairy Bikers

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Serves: 8-10
Prep time: 1 to 2 hours
Cooking time: 1 to 2 hours
Ingredients
For the pastry:
  • 450g / 1lb plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 60g / 2.5oz cold butter, chopped
  • 60g / 2.5oz cold lard, chopped
  • 140ml / 5fl oz cold water
For the cranberry topping:
  • 500g / 1lb 2oz fresh cranberries
  • 250g / 9oz kumquats, thinly sliced
  • 250g / 9oz caster sugar
  • 6 allspice berries
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 tbsp ruby port
  • 2 gelatine leaves, soaked in 150ml/5fl oz of cold water for 2-3 minutes until softened, then drained
For the filling:
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 leek, chopped
  • 2 small celery sticks, chopped
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 100ml / 3.5fl oz hot chicken stock
  • 3 tbsp double cream
  • 1 tsp English mustard powder
  • handful fresh curly parsley
  • 350g / 12oz cooked gammon, roughly chopped
  • 500g / 1lb 2oz cooked turkey, dark and light meat, cut into large pieces
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
Method
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For the pastry, blend the flour, baking powder, salt, butter and lard in a food processor until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Gradually add the water in a thin stream and continue to blend until the mixture starts to come together as a dough.
Wrap the dough in cling film and chill in the fridge for at least an hour.
Meanwhile, for the cranberry topping, bring a pan of water to the boil, then turn down the heat to a simmer. Add the cranberries and kumquats and simmer for 8-10 minutes, or until the fruit has broken down.
Add the sugar, allspice and cinnamon stick. Stir until the sugar has dissolved, then simmer for a further 8-10 minutes.
Add the port, return the mixture to the boil for 2-3 minutes, then remove from the heat.
Stir the softened gelatine leaves into the cranberry mixture until well combined, then set aside to cool. When the cranberry topping has cooled, chill in the fridge until set.
To cook the pastry, preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas Grease a 23cm/9in springform tart case with butter. Line the base with a disc of baking parchment.
Turn the pastry out onto a lightly floured work surface and roll out until it is 4cm/1?in larger in diameter than the tin.
Line the tart case with the pastry and press down until the pastry case is the same shape as the tin. Cover the pastry with greaseproof paper and fill with baking beans. Transfer to the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.
Remove the baking beans and greaseproof paper and trim the edges of the pastry. Set the pastry case aside to cool.
For the tart filling, heat the olive oil and butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion, leek and celery and fry for 4-5 minutes, or until softened.
Add the flour and stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and simmer the mixture for 4-5 minutes, or until the stock has thickened.
Add the cream and simmer for 2-3 minutes, or until warmed through, then add the mustard powder and parsley and stir until well combined.
Add the gammon and turkey pieces and stir until well combined. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Spoon the tart filling into the pastry case, then transfer to the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
While the pie is cooling, spread the cranberry jelly over the top.
When the pie has completely cooled, cut it into slices and divide the slices equally among the serving plates. Serve with a green salad and crisps.

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