Saturday, February 04, 2017

4th February,2017 daily global,regional and local rice e-newsletter by ricpeplus magazine

Rice News Headlines...
·       Eight percent decrease in Basmati rice export
·       Mark Your Calendars:  Rice Industry Meetings Scheduled Next Week
·       Iran may soon start issuing fresh permits for rice imports
·       Consumer Affairs Authority to act on errant traders who sell rice above MRP of Rs. 76
·       How to eat any takeaway and still lose weight
·       Asia Rice: India Market Robust on African Demand; Vietnam Prices Could Fall
·       Govt plans to clear rice stocks in H1
·       So much of a good thing may not be great for California Rice this Spring (California Rice Commission)
·       Rescuing Vietnam’s rice sector by improving quality, branding
·       Rising Thai Rice Exports In 2017
·       Nagpur Foodgrain Prices Open- February 03, 2017
·       Global food prices up in January; cereal prices keep rising despite improved supplies – UN
·       Nigeria: Bua Targets 1 Million Tonnes Rice Processing Capacity
·       Rice exports at 9.88m tonnes in 2016, second to India
News Detail...

Eight percent decrease in Basmati rice export

Eight per cent decrease in the export of basmati rice has been registered due to non-competitiveness in prices in the international market. The National Assembly was informed this here on Wednesday during the Question Hour. The assembly was also informed that the exports have not been decreased due to quality issues.
Replying to a question, Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Chaudhary Jaffar Iqbal informed the House that a number of dams are under construction across the country which will be completed next year. He said the under construction dams included 100 delay action dams in Balochistan, 20 small dams in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, small storage dams and delay action dams in Sindh. He said these dams are at various stages of completion.

Pakistan is currently importing 74MW of electricity from Iran. He said a contract has also been signed with Iran for import of 100MW electricity for Gwadar, he said, adding the Kisan Package announced by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif earmarked many concessions and incentives for the progress of the agriculture sector.

Replying to a question, Jaffar Iqbal said Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has registered more than 1,500 drug molecules with more than 70,000 registered products. He said the directions have already been given to the firms concerned for uninterrupted availability of life-saving and essential medicines. Parliamentary Secretary for Ports and Shipping Mian Imtiaz Ahmad said that the Pakistan National Shipping Corporation is intending to start passenger-cum-cargo ferry service within the country
Mark Your Calendars:  Rice Industry Meetings Scheduled Next Week 
 KINDER, LA -- Louisiana and Southeast Arkansas rice industry stakeholders will receive the latest information on issues impacting the industry in series of meetings scheduled next week.
The Annual Joint Membership meeting of the Louisiana Rice Council and the Louisiana Rice Growers Association will be held on Tuesday, February 7, at the Grand Marais Center, 919 North Lake Arthur Avenue, Jennings, LA 70546.  A reception hosted by Louisiana Rice Political Action Committee and a trade show begins at 4 p.m. with the meeting program following at 5:45 p.m.  Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards will be the featured speaker and dinner will be served.  In addition to an up-to-the-minute report by USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward on what the changes in Washington, DC, will mean to rice, Michael Klein, USA Rice vice president of marketing and communications, will highlight promotion activities in the domestic market.  

On Wednesday, February 8, the Northeast Louisiana Rice Growers Association hold their annual rice forum at 9:00 a.m. at the Rayville Civic Center, Rayville, LA.  In addition to receiving the latest rice production recommendations from LSU AgCenter scientists, USA Rice staff will repeat the reports presented in Jennings the day before.  The forum begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and ends with lunch.  For more information, contact Keith Collins, (318) 728-3216.

A Southeast Arkansas regional rice meeting will be held at 4 p.m. on February 8, at the Delta Men's Association Building, Highway 65 (north of Eudora), Eudora, AR 71640.  USA Rice will repeat reports given in Rayville earlier that day.  The meeting will conclude with lunch.  For more information, contact Justin Towery, (870) 510-0208. 
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Iran may soon start issuing fresh permits for rice imports

Fri, 3 Feb 2017-07:07pm , PTI
Iran "may soon" issue the notification with regard to resumption of issuance of permits for import of rice, the commerce ministry today said.
The issue was discussed during a recent visit of Indian official delegation to Tehran last month.
To supplement domestic production of about 2 million tonnes, Iran imports about 1 million tonnes of rice every year out of which about 7 lakh tonnes is exported from India.
A 20 member trade delegation led by Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) visited Iran from January 28-30.
The main purpose of the visit was related to promotion of export of rice since Iran is one of the largest importers of basmati rice from India, the ministry said in a statement.
About 250 people participated in the sales promotion.
The delegation met various departments in the government of Iran including Food and Drug Organisation, Governmental Trading Corporation and Trade Promotion Organisation.
Meetings were also held with Iran Chamber of Commerce and Rice Importers Association.
"The deliberations helped to dispel the negative publicity which appeared in some part of Iran media causing doubts about the health and safety of rice from India," it said.
(This article has not been edited by DNA's editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.
Consumer Affairs Authority to act on errant traders who sell rice above MRP of Rs. 76 

Fri, Feb 3, 2017, 11:16 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Feb 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said the Consumer Affairs Authority, which comes under his Ministry will act on errant traders who sell rice above the Maximum Retail Price (MRP) of Rs. 76 a kilo.
Addressing the inauguration event of Footwear and Leather Fair 2017 at BMICH Friday, the Minister said at a discussion held this morning with the President Maithripala Sirisena, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake and Minister of Special Assignments Dr. Sarath Amunugama it was decided to sell rice at Rs 76 per kilo everywhere.
Minister Bathiudeen noted that despite continuously reducing import taxes, there is a market issue of rice sales, reported by media.
"I am sorry to say that even after reducing the import tax to Rs 15 per kilo earlier, retail market price has not declined and thereafter, obeying the importers, we slashed it further to Rs 5," the Minister said.
He said the government as requested by the Importers Association gave the private sector importers an opportunity to import the rice but they have failed to import rice resulting in the situation.
The Minister stressed that if the importers won't cooperate, the government will import rice through the Cooperative Wholesale Establishment (CWE) under his Ministry.
He said the maximum retail price per kilo of rice has now been decided at Rs 76 and rice will be available for sale at Rs 76 per kilo across all Lanka Sathosa outlets.
The Minister said the Consumer Affairs Authority has been instructed monitor errant rice sellers

How to eat any takeaway and still lose weight

Louise Daniel
By Neil_Shaw Exeter Express and Echo  |  Tue 24 Jan 2017
Love them or loathe them, takeaways are here to stay.
For some they are the cornerstone of their weekly diet (not recommended) while most of us see ordered-in food as an occasional treat.
The truth is we KNOW takeaway food isn't good for us, they just taste so good.
It's easy to push the calories we are racking up to the back of our hungry minds while tuck in to our takeaways. But here's a stark reminder - the average Indian chicken tikka masala, pilau rice and a plain naan takeaway contains a whopping 1,338 calories and 55g of fat.

That's two-thirds of the calories and almost 80 per cent of the fat the average woman should have in a whole day. A whole day! How depressing.
Nothing is sacred with Chinese sweet and sour chicken, egg fried rice and vegetable spring rolls cramming in a massive 1,436 calories and 60g of fat. BOOOOO!
Department of Health guidelines say that women should have no more than 2,000 calories and 70g of fat a day, and men no more than 2,500 calories and 95g fat in total which means eat any of your spicy favourites for tea and you're pretty much done - and that's before starting on the cocktails.
But don't fret, we've come up with some savvy ways of ordering takeaways which can halve the fat and calorie content of your favourites so you don't feel too deprived. Or guilty.


There is a lot of oil is used in Chinese cooking and many dishes are deep-fried. But it's not dishes like beef in oyster sauce, chicken chop suey and prawns in black bean sauce you need to worry about - they contain a respectable 350 to 450 calories and 10 to 15g of fat per portion. It's fried rice, starters and side orders that turn a Chinese takeout into a calorie busting feast.

Top swaps

Choose boiled not fried rice: A standard carton of egg fried rice contains 625 calories and 32g of fat while boiled has just 370 calories and 1g of fat.
Skip crispy duck: The bad news is three filled pancakes contain a massive 560 calories and 21g of fat as the duck is served with its fatty skin. Stop sulking - this is our favourite too
Choose soup: Soups are usually low in fat, containing around 3g for a pot so have them instead of deep-fried starters like wontons, spring rolls, sesame toast and crispy seaweed - just one piece of sesame prawn toast contains 70 calories and 7g of fat.
Avoid prawn crackers: They may be free but at 400 calories and 30g of fat per bag, they'll add pounds.

Get stuck in

Don't do it: Half a portion of Peking duck, crispy shredded beef with egg fried rice, and half a bag of prawn crackers: 1,925 calories, 86g fat
Instead try: Crab and sweetcorn soup and chicken in oyster sauce with boiled rice: 865 calories, 12g fat

Fish & chips

Chippy portions are usually huge and nearly everything is deep fried. Batter adds more calories to fish, chicken and sausages so ditch some of it or opt for healthier, unbattered alternatives such as grilled fish or roast chicken.

Top swaps

Halve your portions: A large portion of battered cod and chips contains a massive 1,385 calories and 77g of fat, whereas a small portion contains 685 calories and 38g of fat.
Choose cod or haddock: Don't go for plaice or rock as they're higher in calories and fat - a small battered haddock is 280 calories; cod, 295 calories; plaice, 385 calories; and rock, 445.
Ditch the fat: Before eating, empty your fish and chips on to kitchen paper and dab to remove excess grease.
Fill up: Serve your fish and chips with mushy peas or baked beans - they're low in fat and packed with fibre to help fill you up.
Skip extras: Curry sauce, gravy and white bread and butter rack up plenty of extra calories to a meal that's already loaded with them.

Get stuck in

Don't do it: Large battered rock with large chips, gravy and 2 slices of bread and butter: 1,920 calories, 115g fat
Instead try: Small battered haddock with small chips and mushy peas: 770 calories, 39g fat


Pizzas vary in their calorie and fat content, depending on size, base and toppings which is good news because you can tailor make your own pizza, giving you more control over the nutritonal content of your meal. Pizza Hut and Dominos also provide nutrition information on their websites ( and ). Two slices of garlic bread with cheese and half a large Stuffed Crust Meat Feast pizza: 2,040 calories, 91g fat

Top swaps

Choose toppings wisely: Pepperoni, salami, spicy sausage, bacon and extra cheese will pile on the calories and fat. Opt for onions, chillies, mushrooms, tuna, peppers, spinach, olives, pineapple, sweetcorn, chicken and tomato.
Ditch side dishes: Garlic bread, chicken wings or dippers, wedges and stuffed potato skins push up the calorie and fat content considerably. A portion of four pieces of garlic bread contains around 400 calories and 17g of fat. Alternatively, order a salad with dressing on the side.
Beware of meal deals: Sound tempting but you are probably going to over order which means you are likely to overeat
Back off from cheese: Ask for your pizza to be made with half the usual amount of cheese.

Get stuck in

Don't do it: 2 slices of garlic bread with cheese and half a large Stuffed Crust Meat Feast pizza: 2,040 calories, 91g fat
Instead try: Half a medium Hawaiian pizza and salad with dressing on the side: 765 calories, 25g fat


Many dishes include lots of oil and with pilau rice, starters and side dishes, Indian takeouts can be a waistline disaster. Hot curries may also leave you downing high calorie lager to cool your mouth. Instead, stir in a spoonful of low-fat natural yogurt to cool your curry down.

Top swaps

Ditch creamy curries: Creamy curries like masala, pasanda and korma are loaded with calories and fat. Instead, choose those with tomato sauces like jalfrezi, rogan or madras, or opt for dry dishes like tandoori chicken.
Push away pilau: Get boiled not pilau rice - you'll save 280 calories and 34g of fat per carton.
Heat prevents eating: Choose a really hot curry like vindaloo or madras - you'll it's hard to eat too much and the levels of spice are more satisfying. Go for chicken, prawn or vegetable, too, as they're lower calorie than beef or lamb.
Skip deep-fried starters: An onion bhaji contains 190 calories and 16g of fat, a small vegetable samosa 110 calories and 6g of fat and a poppadum 65 calories and 5g of fat.
Choose chappatis: If you must have bread with your dinner bear in mind naans are packed with 455 calories and 12g fat. Choose chappatis instead - they are only 110 calories and cotain less than 1g of fat.

Get stuck in

Don't do it: 2 vegetable samosas, 2 poppadums with pickles, chicken korma with pilau rice and half a naan: 2,200 calories, 116g fat
Instead try: Chicken tikka starter, beef madras with basmati rice and half a chapatti: 1,240 calories, 33g fat

Asia Rice: India Market Robust on African Demand; Vietnam Prices Could Fall
Hanoi/Mumbai. Rice prices in India advanced this week on higher demand from African buyers, while prices of the Vietnamese grain could fall soon on the prospect of rising supply as farmers start harvesting the Winter-Spring paddy later this month.
India's 5 percent broken parboiled rice jumped $17 per tonne this week, to $371 to $376 per metric ton, on robust exports demand.
"African buyers have increased buying over the last few weeks," said an exporter based at Kakinada in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. "They are willing to pay a premium over Thai rice due to better quality."
India, the world's biggest rice exporter, mainly exports non-basmati rice to African countries and premier basmati rice to the Middle East.
In Thailand, the world's second biggest rice exporter, markets stayed quiet with prices of 5-percent broken rice unchanged from last week at $355-$360 per ton.
Prices of Vietnam's 5-percent broken rice stayed flat compared with last week's $335-$340 a ton as traders returned to work after the country's biggest public holiday.
But prices are expected to ease shortly as farmers are due to start harvesting the Winter-Spring paddy later this month, boosting supply from the world's third largest exporter of the grain.
Vietnam's rice exports declined 26.5 percent last year with demand from China and Southeast Asian countries, including the Philippines and Indonesia, falling sharply amid rising supplies from Thailand and India.
Shipments are estimated to have fallen to 325,000 tons in January, down 32.3 percent from a year earlier, data by the Vietnamese government showed.
Ghana was the second biggest Vietnamese rice buyer last year after China, but Vietnamese traders are still facing stiff competition from India in African markets, said a Ho Chi Minh City-based trader. "We still haven't seen a way out yet," the trader said

Govt plans to clear rice stocks in H1

February 04, 2017 01:00 

THE GOVERNMENT expects to be able to clear out its entire rice stockpile of 8.01 million in the first half of this year, beginning with a big lot of 2.87 million tonnes of rice suitable for consumption put up for auction on February 16.


The remaining 5.2 million tonnes will only be supplied to non-food and feed meal industries including the energy sector, as this rice is of poor quality. It will go on the block next month.
Duangporn Rodphaya, director-general of the Foreign Trade Department, said the auction for 2.87 million tonnes of consumer-grade rice this month should reduce the pressure on rice prices in the world market.

After the two auctions, the government should be able to clean out its whole stockpile by May.
She said that disposing of the stockpiles would relieve the Kingdom of a huge financial burden, as the government has been spending Bt504 million a month to store the remaining 8 million tonnes of rice.
However, the Commerce Ministry does not expect a high selling price for this round, as the rice has been kept for several years and has deteriorated in quality. 
Moreover, since banks have restricted credit for rice millers, they may face some difficulty taking part in this month’s auction, she said.
About half of the 2.87 million tonnes up for auction of February 16 will be Hom Mali rice, 20 per cent will be white rice, and the rest Pathum Thani rice, sticky rice, and husked rice.
Meanwhile, the Thai rice industry has foreseen a tough year ahead as the supply of rice in both exporting and importing countries is expected to be high, while market demand is lower than last year. 
The Thai Rice Exporters Association (TREA) yesterday projected that the Kingdom would export 9.5 million tonnes worth Bt150 billion this year, lower than last year’s 9.88 million tonnes worth Bt154.43 billion, because of tough competition, low prices, and the baht’s appreciation.
The TREA’s projection took into consideration the ability of the country to export rice under government-to-government deals, which are expected to amount to about 1.5 million tonnes this year, mostly with China. 
TREA president Charoen Laothamatas said Thailand would face tough competition this year as many countries retained a high supply of rice. 
Thailand will remain the world’s second-largest exporter after India, which is expected to export less rice than last year but more than Thailand at 10 million tonnes. 
Vietnam, the world’s third-largest rice exporter, is projected to ship 5.8 million tonnes this year.
The US Department of Agriculture reported that global end-of-year rice stocks would be increased from 116.51 million tonnes in 2016 to 118.71 million tonnes this year, and total rice production would climb from 472.39 million tonnes to 480.02 million tonnes. 
The demand for rice consumption will increase from 470.54 million tonnes to 477.81 million tonnes, while total trade volume would be up slightly from 39.69 million tonnes to 40.78 million tonnes this year.

So much of a good thing may not be great for California Rice this Spring (California Rice Commission)

Posted, 2017-02-02

By Tim Johnson
By all accounts the rains this year have been epic - tracking to be one of the wettest years, not only in recent memory, but since they started watching the rain gauge!
Rescuing Vietnam’s rice sector by improving quality, branding
VietNamnet Bridge - In the last 30 years, Vietnam has been trying to produce as much rice as possible but has not focused on improving quality.
Vinh Hoan Seafood Company has decided to quit rice production and export though it spent big money on building a factory and choosing high-quality rice sources for export.

Analysts said that Vinh Hoan made a reasonable decision. Many other rice export companies took a loss in the last year, had to be dissolved or kept operations at a moderate level. Many exporters reported a sharp decrease of 40-45 percent in export volume in 2016 compared with the year before.

Vietnam’s rice experienced an unsuccessful year in 2016 with the decline in both export quantity and turnover. China, Vietnam’s major export market, had the consumption decreasing by 35 percent. The demand was also lower from other loyal markets, including the Philippines (65 percent), Malaysia (48 percent) and the US (33 percent).

The total export volume in 2016 was 1.6 million tons lower than predicted by the Vietnam Food Association (VFA) in early 2016.
In the last 30 years, Vietnam has been trying to produce as much rice as possible but has not focused on improving quality.

The latest report of MARD showed that Vietnam could only export 4.9 million tons in 2016, worth $2.2 billion, down by 26 percent in volume and 21 percent in value compared with 2015.
The director of a rice export company in the south said his company could not export one ton of rice in 2016. Though Laos and Cambodia exported less rice than Vietnam, their products could enter the choosy market of Japan. Meanwhile, Vietnam’s rice still cannot enter the market.

Nguyen Trung Kien from IPSARD (Institute for Policy and Strategy of Agriculture and Rural Development) commented that Vietnam’s rice sector has high production cost but the profit is lower than that of Thailand, India and Cambodia.

Meanwhile, the post-harvesting loss rate and poor infrastructure conditions all make the transport costs high, thus weakening competitiveness.

VND7 trillion to improve Vietnam’s rice

Seventy-six percent of Vietnam’s rice is exported to Asian markets at low prices, which explains why Vietnam can only obtain modest profits despite high export volume, according to Kien. Meanwhile, more orders have been placed with neighboring countries.

Pakistan, Vietnam’s loyal market, on January 4 suggested an inter-governmental rice purchase mechanism with Myanmar. Vietnam was warned that even Cambodia could also be a strong rival, though it has been exporting rice only in the last few years.

MARD has approved a VND7 trillion plan on restructuring the rice sector which says that 50 percent of rice exports by 2030 will bear a Vietnamese brand, 30 percent of which will be specialty and fragrant rice.

Of the total amount of VND7 trillion, VND5 trillion will be spent on upgrading rice fields, transport conditions, irrigation systems and the electricity systems in rice growing areas in the Mekong Delta, Red River Delta and coastal areas in the south central region

Rising Thai Rice Exports In 2017

BANGKOK, Feb 3 (Bernama) -- Thai rice exports are likely to continue expanding in volumes in 2017 although prices are likely to decline, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

In making the projection, Thai Rice Exporters Association President Police Lieutenant Charoen Laothammatat said that the country's rice exports were targeted to reach 9.5 million tonnes this year, worth about US$4.3 billion, second only to India which is the world's top rice exporter.

Charoen predicted that India's rice exports this year to exceed 10 million tonnes, while Thai rice exports were expected to expand in volumes.

This was due to high demand for rice from importing economies, especially China, where demand is high in line with its growing economy amid higher prices of locally-grown rice compared to the imported ones.

Demand for rice in other rice importing countries is also rising in line with the rebounding world oil prices and recovering global economy.

The association's president assessed exports of Thai white rice to stand at 4.6 million tonnes this year, followed by the Hom Mali or fragrant or jasmine rice at 2.4 million tonnes, two million tonnes of parboiled rice and 300,000 tonnes of glutinous rice.

The association's president suggested that the Thai government speedily release rice from official stocks that exceed 8.5 million tonnes currently through exports to raise domestic rice prices and income of local farmers.

He pointed out that the government needed to export more rice to China under a government-to-government (G-to-G) contract earlier signed.

The association's Honourary President Chookiat Opaswong forecast that the average price of Thai rice this year to be around US$430 per tonne, a further drop from last year, due to an impact from unstable foreign exchange rates amid stronger competition among world rice exporting nations.

Nagpur Foodgrain Prices Open- February 03, 2017

Nagpur Foodgrain Prices – APMC/Open Market-February 3
Nagpur, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Gram prices firmed up again in Nagpur Agriculture Producing and
Marketing Committee (APMC) auctions on good seasonal demand from local millers amid weak supply
from producing belts. Notable hike in Madhya Pradesh gram prices and reported demand from
South-based millers also helped to jack up prices, according to sources.
   * Gram varieties ruled steady in open market here but demand was poor.  
   * Tuar Karnataka reported higher in open market on good buying support from local 
     traders amid thin arrival from producing regions.
   * Wheat mill quality recovered in open market on increased demand from local traders 
     amid tight supply from producing belts.    
   * In Akola, Tuar New – 4,500-4,800, Tuar dal (clean) – 7,300-7,600, Udid - 
     6,400-6,800, Udid Mogar (clean) – 8,200-8,800, Moong – 
     5,600-5,900, Moong Mogar (clean) 6,400-6,700, Gram – 6,500-6,700, 
     Gram Super best bold – 8,700-8,900 for 100 kg.
   * Other varieties of wheat, rice and other commodities moved in a narrow range in 
     scattered deals, settled at last levels in thin trading activity. 
 Nagpur foodgrains APMC auction/open-market prices in rupees for 100 kg
     FOODGRAINS                 Available prices     Previous close   
     Gram Auction                     5,800-6,000         5,800-6,000
     Gram Pink Auction            n.a.           2,100-2,600
     Tuar Auction                4,000-5,050         4,000-5,050
     Moong Auction                n.a.                6,400-6,600
     Udid Auction                n.a.           4,300-4,500
     Masoor Auction                n.a.              2,600-2,800
     Gram Super Best Bold            8,800-9,100        8,800-9,100
     Gram Super Best            n.a.            n.a.
     Gram Medium Best            8,400-8,600        8,400-8,600
     Gram Dal Medium            n.a.            n.a
     Gram Mill Quality            6,500-6,800        6,500-6,800
     Desi gram Raw                6,900-7,100         6,900-7,100
     Gram Yellow                 9,600-9,900        9,500-9,800
     Gram Kabuli                12,600-13,800        12,600-13,800
     Gram Pink                        9,600-10,000        9,600-10,000    
     Tuar Fataka Best-New             7,600-7,800        7,600-7,800
     Tuar Fataka Medium-New        7,000-7,200        7,000-7,200
     Tuar Dal Best Phod-New        6,500-6,800        6,500-6,800
     Tuar Dal Medium phod-New        5,800-6,200        5,800-6,200
     Tuar Gavarani New             4,750-5,050        4,750-5,050
     Tuar Karnataka             4,950-5,250        4,900-5,200
     Masoor dal best            5,700-6,000        5,700-6,000
     Masoor dal medium            5,500-5,600        5,500-5,600
     Masoor                    n.a.            n.a.
     Moong Mogar bold (New)        6,600-7,000         6,600-7,000
     Moong Mogar Medium            6,100-6,300        6,100-6,300
     Moong dal Chilka            5,600-6,300        5,600-6,300
     Moong Mill quality            n.a.            n.a.
     Moong Chamki best            6,100-6,500        6,100-6,700
     Udid Mogar best (100 INR/KG) (New) 8,500-9,000       8,500-9,000 
     Udid Mogar Medium (100 INR/KG)    8,000-8,300        8,000-8,300    
     Udid Dal Black (100 INR/KG)        5,000-5,300        5,000-5,300     
     Batri dal (100 INR/KG)        5,000-5,500        5,000-5,500
     Lakhodi dal (100 INR/kg)          3,800-4,200         3,800-4,200
     Watana Dal (100 INR/KG)            3,000-3,100        3,000-3,100
     Watana White (100 INR/KG)           3,200-3,400           3,200-3,400
     Watana Green Best (100 INR/KG)    3,800-4,300        3,800-4,300   
     Wheat 308 (100 INR/KG)        1,900-2,000        1,900-2,000
     Wheat Mill quality (100 INR/KG)    2,050-2,150        2,000-2,100   
     Wheat Filter (100 INR/KG)         1,900-2,100           1,900-2,100         
     Wheat Lokwan best (100 INR/KG)    2,300-2,450        2,300-2,450    
     Wheat Lokwan medium (100 INR/KG)   2,100-2,250        2,100-2,250
     Lokwan Hath Binar (100 INR/KG)    n.a.            n.a.
     MP Sharbati Best (100 INR/KG)    3,600-4,200        3,400-4,000    
     MP Sharbati Medium (100 INR/KG)    2,900-3,100        2,600-3,000           
     Rice BPT best New(100 INR/KG)    3,200-3,700        3,200-3,700    
     Rice BPT medium (100 INR/KG)        2,800-2,900        2,800-2,900    
     Rice Luchai (100 INR/KG)         2,400-2,800        2,400-2,800
     Rice Swarna best (100 INR/KG)      2,600-2,800        2,600-2,800   
     Rice Swarna medium (100 INR/KG)      2,400-2,500        2,400-2,500   
     Rice HMT best New (100 INR/KG)    4,000-4,500        4,000-4,500    
     Rice HMT medium (100 INR/KG)        3,300-3,700        3,300-3,700    
     Rice Shriram best New(100 INR/KG)    5,200-5,600        5,200-5,600 
     Rice Shriram med New(100 INR/KG)    4,700-5,100        4,700-5,100   
     Rice Basmati best (100 INR/KG)    9,700-13,500        9,700-13,500     
     Rice Basmati Medium (100 INR/KG)    6,700-8,200        6,700-8,200    
     Rice Chinnor best New(100 INR/KG)    5,800-6,200        5,800-6,200    
     Rice Chinnor med. New (100 INR/KG)    5,400-5,600        5,400-5,600    
     Jowar Gavarani (100 INR/KG)        2,000-2,300        2,000-2,300    
     Jowar CH-5 (100 INR/KG)         1,900-2,000        1,900-2,000
Maximum temp. 31.8 degree Celsius, minimum temp. 14.0 degree Celsius 
Rainfall : Nil
FORECAST: Mainly clear sky. Maximum and minimum temperature would be around and 32 and 14 degreeCelsius respectively.
Note: n.a.--not available
(For oils, transport costs are excluded from plant delivery prices, butincluded in market prices)

Global food prices up in January; cereal prices keep rising despite improved supplies – UN

Farmers beat rice to release grains near the village of Kamangu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo: FAO/Olivier Asselin
2 February 2017 – Global food prices rose notably in January, led by sugar and cereals, even as markets remain well supplied, United Nations monthly figures show.
According to a press release from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the January Food Price Index – which measures the monthly change in international prices for five major food commodity groups: major cereals, vegetable oils, dairy, meat, and sugar – averaged 173.8 per cent in January, its highest value in almost two years, marking a 2.1 per cent increase from its revised December value and 16.4 per cent above the year-earlier level.
While 2016 marked the fifth consecutive year the global food price index has fallen, January marked its sixth monthly increase in a row.
Sugar prices surged 9.9 per cent in the month, driven by expectations of protracted supply tightness in Brazil, India and Thailand.
Cereal prices rose 3.4 per cent from December to a six-month high, with wheat, maize and rice values all increasing.
International prices of rice also rose, in part due to India’s ongoing state procurement programme, reducing the quantities available for export.
Vegetable oil prices rose 1.8 per cent, due mostly to low global inventory levels of palm oil coupled with a slow production recovery in Southeast Asia. Soy oil prices, by contrast, eased on expectations of ample global availability.
Dairy prices remained unchanged from December, a marked departure from the 50 per cent increase it posted between May and December last year.
Meat prices were also practically unchanged, with a rise in bovine meat quotations – the result of herd rebuilding in Australia - offset by lower prices of ovine and other meats.
World cereal stocks at all-time high due to record production
Worldwide inventories of cereals are on course to reach an all-time record level by the end of seasons in 2017, according to FAO’s latest Cereal Supply and Demand Brief.
Latest figures put global cereal stocks at 681 million metric tonnes, up 1.5 per cent from their December forecasted level and 3 per cent from the previous season. World wheat inventories would likely hit a new record of 245 million tonnes, marking an 8.3 per cent annual increase. Coarse grain stocks are forecast to grow by 0.7 per cent to reach their second-highest level on record, while rice stocks are set to decline slightly although ending the season at a near-record 170 million tonnes.
FAO has also raised its estimate of global cereal output in 2016 by 15 million metric tonnes to 2,592 million tonnes, due primarily to larger-than-expected wheat harvests in Australia and Russia. For rice, excess rains over parts of Viet Nam and inadequate rainfall in Sri Lanka will likely curb rice output


Nigeria: Bua Targets 1 Million Tonnes Rice Processing Capacity

By Ibrahim Shuaibu
Kano — To further boost to federal government's agriculture drive, BUA Rice Ltd, owners of Nigeria's largest rice mill and a subsidiary of Nigeria's foremost foods and infrastructure conglomerate, BUA Group, yesterday had a stakeholder session with the Kano Rice Farmers Associations to develop an efficient outgrowers scheme.
The programme will involve the provision of improved seeds, technical expertise as well as BUA's milling and processing infrastructure in a programme that is expected to drive BUA current processing capacity from 200,000 tonnes to 1million tonnes within the next 4 years.
Currently, BUA's Rice mill, which was supplied by world renowned Satake Japanese Technology, is the largest rice mill in Nigeria with a total processing capacity of about 200,000 metric tonnes per annum.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Kabiru Rabiu, Group Executive Director, BUA Group, said that BUA remained genuinely committed to the government's resolve to reduce the Nation's dependence on imported rice by boosting local capacity to produce, process and package rice locally.
He further added that this unique private-led partnership will also support the rice farmers to take advantage of the CBN Anchor Borrowers Scheme whilst BUA will provide end-to-end support to the value chain in ensuring that its milling facilities are being utilised optimally.
Rice exports at 9.88m tonnes in 2016, second to India
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A farmer in Chaiyaphum province prepares a field for a new crop of rice on Jan 23. (Bangkok Post file photo)
Thailand finished 2016 as the second largest rice exporter, shipping a total of 9.88 million tonnes, behind India, which exported 10.43 million tonnes, according to the Thai Rice Exporters Association.Association president Charoen Laothamatas said Thai rice exports rose 0.9% in 2016 over 2015, and were worth US$4.4 billion. Vietnam finished third, shipping 4.95 million tonnes, Pakistan fourth with 4.19 million and the US fifth at 3.52 million.
The US Department of Agriculture forecasts that India will remain the largest exporter this year, with 10 million tonnes, followed by Thailand 9.7 million, Vietnam 5.8 million and Pakistan 3.55 million. The global production will be at 480 million tonnes, slightly exceeding projected consumption of 477 million, according to the department. Global rice trade is predicted at 40 million tonnes.
However, Mr Charoen said the Thai association predicts exports of only 9.5 million tonnes in 2017, worth around $43 billion. Of this, around 4.6 million tonnes would be white rice, 2.4 million tonnes Hom Mali and 2 million tonnes parboiled rice. The rest would be glutinous rice and newly harvested fragrant rice.
Competition in the rice trade would be tough in 2017 as several countries have expanded production while others were expected to reduce imports and use more locally grown rice. So buyers would continue to have the upper hand in the market.
He said positive factors to support  growth in rice exports were the government’s attempts to unload its stockpile, delivery of rice to China under government-to-government contracts and possible rising demand in some countries in an improving global economy.
Mr Charoen said the factor most affecting rice exports is the strengthening of the baht, which affects prices. The association wanted the government to manage the exchange rate risk.
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