Friday, January 20, 2017

20th January,2017 daily global,regional and local rice e-newsletter by riceplus magazine

IPO lauded on completion of draft strategy for 2017-2021

KARACHI: The Capacity Building Working Group (CBWG) of the National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS) has felicitated the Intellectual Property Organization (IPO) for completion of draft strate- gy for 2017-2021 to facil- itate the effective cre- ation, development, man- agement and protection of intellectual property (IP) at national level, says a Press release. Zulfikar Thaver chair- man CBWG said the strat- egy will provide guidance for future activities to strengthen the country's ability to generate valu- able IP assets for econom- ic progress.
Thaver said the IPO is holding a consultative ses- sion on the draft IPO national strategy on
25th January 2017 at a local hotel in Karachi and has invited stakeholders for refinement of the draft.
The IPO has informed the participants that the NIPO strategy would help in effective and result ori- ented coordination with stakeholders to fully bene- fit from national IP assets in a planned, efficient and sustainable manner. Resultantly , it would promote innovation and creation which is salient basis of national develop- ment in knowledge -based global era, In its vision statement the strategy states its aim and objective is to estab- lish a modern, balanced and customer oriented intellectual property sys- tem in the country for nur- turing innovation and cre- ativity, encouraging trade and investment for har- nessing the full potential of key economic sectors of Pakistan.

Thaver said the Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME) time and again urged the federal ministry of com- merce to complete the Geographical Indications (GI) law since it has attained importance in international trade because it identifies a good as originating from a particular place and these goods secure a premium value in domestic and international market.
Pakistan is rich in GI goods and therefore GI law and the IPO strategy together will go a long way in protecting the tags, the value and rights of the stakeholders

Rice prices rise in India on demand from African buyers

Govt agencies, exporters buy aggressively while export markets in Thailand, Vietnam quiet in the absence of buyers ahead of Lunar New year holidays

India’s summer-sown rice output is seen at a record 93.88 million tonnes in the crop year to June 2017, 2.81% higher than last year, as plentiful monsoon rains help boost yields. Photo: Mint
Hanoi: Rice prices in India advanced this week as demand from African buyers improved and government agencies and exporters bought aggressively, while export markets in Thailand and Vietnam were quiet in the absence of buyers ahead of Lunar New year holidays, traders said on Thursday.India, the world’s biggest rice exporter, saw 5% broken parboiled rice rise $7 per tonne to $352 to $357 per tonne, as aggressive purchases by the government and exporters pushed prices of unmilled rice in the local market.
Export demand has improved from African buyers over the last few weeks, said an exporter based at Kakinada in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.
“Supplies from new season crop are coming, but the government agencies are active in the market,” he said.
The government’s move to scrap high-value currency notes disrupted supplies in November and December and many domestic buyers could not replenish their inventories, said a Mumbai-based trader.
India scrapped Rs500 and Rs1,000 notes in November to crack down on rampant corruption and counterfeit currency.
India’s summer-sown rice output is seen at a record 93.88 million tonnes in the crop year to June 2017, 2.81% higher than last year, as plentiful monsoon rains help boost yields.
Meanwhile, Thai benchmark 5% broken rice was quoted at $360-$365 a tonne, free-on-board (FOB) Bangkok on Thursday, the same as last on Wednesday.
With the Chinese New Year just days ahead, there was no order as shipments would not make it in time for the holidays, said a trader in Bangkok.
The Thai Rice Exporters Association quoted the 5% broken rice at $380 a tonne on Thursday.
Vietnam’s 5-percent broken rice was quoted at $335-$345 a tonne, FOB Saigon, down from $345-$350 a tonne a week earlier.
“The market is quiet as there are no buyers,” said a trader based in Ho Chi Minh City.
Vietnam and the Philippines have extended a rice trade agreement to December 2018, under which Vietnam pledged to provide its partner up to 1.5 million tonnes of the grain per year.
Vietnam is expected to export 5.8 million tonnes of rice in 2017, up 7.4% from a year earlier, according to a report by the US Department of Agriculture in December. Reuters

Opportunities and challenges facing Vietnam’s rice export

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Paddy prices likely to increase soon in Andhra Pradesh

PublishedJan 19, 2017, 6:47 am IST
UpdatedJan 19, 2017, 6:47 am IST
Scanty rainfall, poor water reserves drastically hit farmers.

 n Besides shortage of water, demonetisation had also contributed to a sharp drop in the extent of cultivation. (Representational Image)

Nellore: The rain-fed rice cultivation areas in Nellore district came down drastically following scanty rainfall and poor water reserves, especially in cultivation areas.Out of the total paddy cultivation area of 7 lakh acres, cultivation is being taken up in about 4 lakh acres at Pennar Delta and a few other areas during the present agriculture season (Rabi).Besides shortage of water, demonetisation had also contributed to a sharp drop in the extent of cultivation. The situation is certain to boost the  cost of the rice and hit the rice industry, which exports raw rice as well as boiled rice to neighbouring states.

Secretary of the Federation of Farmers’ Associations, C. Koti Reddy, has alleged that a large number of farmers dropped plans to raise crops even in the delta area, because of the cash crunch post-demonetisation and this had hit the farm labour hard.“Those who have opted out of cultivation during the current season will not be in a position to raise the  next crop also as they will not have any revenue to invest on inputs. Those who embarked on cultivation are now are also not a happy lot since they were forced to borrow money from lenders as well other inputs from fertiliser dealers at high interest rates, because of the restriction on withdrawing cash from the banks,” Koti Reddy observed.

He reminded that they cannot pay cheques to farm labour and suppliers of seed and pesticides. He said most of the farmers raised super fine variety (Jilakara Masoori) yet the cost may cross `50 per kilo in the retail market because of the drop in cultivation area.Rice millers also subscribe to the opinion of Koti Reddy. A rice miller, P. Kishore Reddy, said the current scenario would drastically affect their industry, which depends mostly on export.According to Reddy, 80 per cent of the industry is surviving on exporting raw and parboiled rice and the balance 20 per cent are specialised rice mills meant to process a fine variety of rice which is being raised now mostly in delta areas.

He said the rice varieties raised in rain-fed areas are ideal for export and paddy-to-rice conversion is also 5 to 6 bags (75 kg each) more than the paddy produced in the delta.He added that rice millers from East Godavari and Miryalaguda in Telangana, concentrate on Nellore to buy fine variety rice.This will also affect their business as well give room for sharp increase in the price of the rice

Government to procure Kharif paddy till April 30


By Express News Service  |   Published: 17th January 2017 11:23 PM  | 
Last Updated: 17th January 2017 11:23 PM 

Labourers work in a paddy field | Reuters
BHUBANESWAR: The Centre has approved the State Government proposal for extension of Kharif paddy procurement deadline to April 30. Paddy procurement is in full swing in most of the districts except Kandhamal where the the process will start from next week, Joint Director (Procurement) in the Food Supply and Consumer Welfare department B K Prusty said.Setting a target to procure 30 lakh tonnes of rice for the 2016-17 kharif marketing season (KMS), the state government started the procurement operation from Bargarh district on November 29 last year. Since post harvest operation of paddy is still on in many parts of the state, the state government requested the Ministry of Agriculture to extend the paddy procurement deadline from March 30 to end of April, 2017, he said.

Besides, demonetisation of high currentcy notes impacted paddy procurement as the agencies involved in procurement could not pay the minimum support price to the farmers due to cash crunch. About 17.45 lakh tonnes of paddy (equivalent to 11.87 lakh tonnes of rice) worth Rs 2,562 crore has been procured till date and Rs 2,012 crore has been credited to bank accounts of farmers, Prusty added.This year procurement of paddy has been five percent more as compared to the corresponding period last year. About 16.63 lakh tonnes of paddy were procured by this time last year. Registered rice millers have already delivered 2,46,490 tonnes of rice to the state government.

The Odisha State Civil Supplies Corporation (OSCSC) is the principal procurement agency of the State Government. The corporation is procuring paddy in all the 30 districts through Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies (PACS), pani panchayats, Large Scale Agriculture Multipurpose Societies (LAMPS) and women self help groups. The Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare department has introduced paddy procurement automation system (P-PAS) in 294 of the 314 blocks of the state. The remaining 20 blocks do not have surplus paddy for procurement.

The custom milled rice collected under the decentralised procurement system are supplied under the public distribution system in the state. The surplus rice was delivered to the Food Corporation of India (FCI). The deadline for Kharif paddy procurement is March while for Rabi crop it is June. FCI will not accept rice from the paddy procured beyond the stipulated time


Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to Head Trump's USDA
By Peter Bachmann

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, President-Elect Trump's Transition Team officially announced the nomination of former Georgia Governor George Ervin "Sonny" Perdue III as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

Perdue was born and raised on a row crop farm in Perry, Georgia, and later played football for the University of Georgia before earning his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.  Throughout his career he has started several small agribusinesses in addition to serving as the 81st Governor of Georgia from 2003-2011. Perdue was selected from a vast pool of more than two dozen possible candidates and was President-Elect Trump's final Cabinet position to be announced, just one day ahead of his inauguration.

Ben Mosely, USA Rice vice president of government affairs and also a native son of Georgia, said, "I've worked with Governor Perdue and his staff in the past and cannot say enough good things about his leadership abilities.  We're truly optimistic and energized to get the opportunity to work with the Governor in his anticipated role as our Secretary of Agriculture. "

Mosely added, "It's even more comforting knowing that Governor Perdue and his incoming staff within the Department will have firsthand experience with Southern agriculture and the unique growing conditions and marketing challenges for crops like rice, cotton, and peanuts.  We'll be well-served with a Department that understands the need for a farm safety net that includes price protection, especially when we're crafting and implementing the next Farm Bill."

Former Governor Perdue also shares close ties to the U.S. Senate where his first cousin, Senator David Perdue (R-GA), sits on the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee.

Flight of the Rusty Patch Bumblebee
Agriculture Abuzz Over EPA Pollinator Efforts
By Lydia Holmes

WASHINGTON, DC -- On the heels of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listing the Rusty Patch Bumblebee as an endangered species, EPA released several documents late last week on the risks to bees from pesticide use.  The first document is a non-binding policy statement outlining new recommended labeling statements for mitigation of acute risks to bees from pesticide products.  Pesticide registrants can voluntarily adopt the new labeling statements, but EPA cannot compel compliance.

The other documents released include the preliminary bee risk assessments for the neonicotinoid products clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and dinotefuran.  The assessment lists rice as a crop that has low on-field risk to bees due to the fact that rice is self-pollinating.  Seed treatments are the primary vehicle for neonicotinoid use in rice, but EPA appears to have no risk data from rice seed treatments at this time.  Release of these documents was highly anticipated following a similar draft risk assessment for imidicloprid published in January 2016.  EPA plans to use the data from the final risk assessments in the registration review of these four neonicotinoid products.

"Rice has few crop protection products to use against pests so it's important to have as many tools in our pest management toolbox as possible," said Ray Vester, Arkansas farmer and chairman of the USA Rice Regulatory Affairs and Food Safety Committee.  "These products are some of the last available options for producers to manage certain pests and we are hopeful that the low-risk status of rice will support our case to keep these crucial registrations for our industry."

USA Rice commented on the Draft Risk Assessment for the neonicotinoid imidicloprid in early 2016.  USA Rice staff is currently reviewing the pre-release copies of these risk assessments in order to draft comments on their effects for the rice industry

Lotus Foods Specialty Rice to Promote Climate- and Women-Smart Rice Production

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RICHMOND, Calif., Jan. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Jasmine Rice and Basmati Rice are the most recognized and best-selling rice imported into the US, made popular by their intense fragrance and prevalence in Thai and Indian-inspired cooking. Lotus Foods, which specializes in prized rice varietals that are grown more sustainably on small family farms, is introducing their specialty Jasmine and Basmati Rice in new 30 oz. packaging. "Consumers will have more volume at a reduced price per ounce," says Lotus Foods Co-Founder/Co-CEO Caryl Levine. "But more importantly, it is the first-ever offering in the US of Dehraduni, the 'Mother of All Basmati Rice' –  a true heritage varietal. And our Jasmine Rice is Phka Malis from Cambodia, awarded 'World's Best Rice' for three consecutive years!"

Both the Dehraduni Basmati and Jasmine Rice are certified organic and fair trade, and will be available as whole grain brown and milled white rice. Dehraduni's superior flavor, fragrance, texture and elongation are what helped elevate basmati rice to its worldwide popularity. But to satisfy demand and eke out higher yields, many basmati farmers in India and Pakistan have switched to hybrids, which are bred for yield rather than quality. This is what is commonly available to American consumers. Dehraduni Basmati is a landrace from Uttarakhand, India. This means it has evolved locally and lacks any formal crop improvement. With More Crop Per Drop™ practices local farmers are able to increase yields without the need for expensive hybrids and agrochemicals. "This is a win-win for all," Levine states. "Organic and fair trade premiums will improve farmers' incomes and provide strong incentives to keep this beloved rice in production, and consumers can enjoy these special grains."
Both the Jasmine Rice and Basmati Rice are grown using More Crop Per Drop™ practices, which save water and seed, and reduce women's work and methane emissions. "As rice importers, we have a responsibility to create incentives for producers who are saving water and adopting climate-smart methods, and we need to educate consumers about these issues," insists Ken Lee, also Co-Founder and Co-CEO. "The reality is that we urgently need to change how rice is grown." In its recent report, Feeding Climate Change, Oxfam urges that the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), which Lotus Foods refers to as More Crop Per Drop™, be adopted as a solution [see Box 1 in report]. 
Since 1995, Lotus Foods has been partnering in fair trade with small family farmers around the world who are growing rice more sustainably and preserving heirloom and specialty rices. Lotus Foods' product line is unique in delivering consumers healthier, versatile rice and rice-based foods that respect their multiple concerns for the highest of standards of taste together with social and environmental ethics.

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15-M worth of smuggled rice seized in La Union port

Thursday, January 19, 2017

AUTHORITIES have seized 603 metric tons (MT) of Thailand white rice, estimated to be worth P15.4 million in La Union, the Bureau of Customs said Thursday. Importer Progressive Grains and Milling Corp. initially filed an Import Entry for 7,200 MT of white rice, which arrived at the Port of San Fernando, La Union on December 15.

The company paid P46,064,232 worth of duties and other charges before the goods were released. But after 144,000 sacks have been released from the port, Acting Chief Port Operations Officer Jose Guillermo withheld the succeeding releases after it was found that more than the declared importation quantity has been processed for exit. "Upon verification, it was found that 603.15 MT rice were released outside the declared quantity, and that there is no import permit for the excess shipment," BOC said. District Collector Romeo Rosales issued a warrant of seizure and detention on January 5 to effect the apprehension of released rice to the warehouse of a certain Celia Lui in Barangay Santa Maria, San Jacinto, Pangasinan. As of January 16, BOC said it has seized 12,000 sacks and has transferred them to the National Food Authority (NFA) warehouse in San Juan, La Union for safekeeping pending investigation. BOC said it will charge the importer with misdeclaration under the Customs and Modernization and Tariff Act and under Republic Act 10845, which penalizes agricultural smugglers and their cohorts with life imprisonment, and a fine of twice the fair value of the smuggled agricultural products and the aggregate amount of the taxes/duties/charges avoided. Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon has warned all agricultural importers that effective January 6, his office will not allow the entry of rice imports without securing an import permit from NFA. (SDR/Sunnex)

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