Wednesday, February 15, 2017

15th February 2017 daily global,regional and local rice e-newsletter by ricpelus magazine


Rice basmati softens on muted demand

New Delhi, Feb 14 (PTI) Rice basmati prices fell by Rs 100 per quintal at the wholesale grains market today owing to slackened demand.

By PTI Feeds | Published: February 14, 2017 2:22 PM ISTEmail
New Delhi, Feb 14 (PTI) Rice basmati prices fell by Rs 100 per quintal at the wholesale grains market today owing to slackened demand.
However, maize moved up due to increased offtake by consuming industries.
Traders said tepid demand against sufficient stocks position led to decline in rice basmati prices.
In the national capital, rice basmati Pusa-1121 variety fell by Rs 100 to Rs 6,000-7,400 per quintal.
On the other hand, maize went up by Rs 30 each to Rs 1,610-1,620 per quintal.
Following are today’s quotations (in Rs per quintal): Wheat MP (desi) Rs 2,730-3,030, Wheat dara (for mills) Rs 1,970-1,980, Chakki atta (delivery) Rs 1,980-2,010, Atta Rajdhani (10 kg) Rs 285, Shakti Bhog (10 kg) Rs 285, Roller flour mill Rs 1,070-1,080 (50 kg), Maida Rs 1,160-1,170 (50 kg) and Sooji Rs 1,250-1,260 (50 kg).
Basmati rice (Lal Quila) Rs 10,700, Shri Lal Mahal Rs 11,300, Super Basmati Rice Rs 9,700, Basmati common new Rs 7,300-7,500, Rice Pusa (1121) Rs 6,000-7,400, Permal raw Rs 2,200-2,250, Permal wand Rs 2,300-2,400, Sela Rs 3,000-3,100 and Rice IR-8 Rs 2,000-2,025, Bajra Rs 1,460-1,470, Jowar yellow Rs 1750-1800, white Rs 3,500-3,700, Maize Rs 1,610-1,620, Barley Rs 1,800-1,820.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

Nagpur Foodgrain Prices Open-February 13,2017

Nagpur Foodgrain Prices – APMC/Open Market-February 13
Nagpur, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Gram and tuar prices moved down in Nagpur Agriculture Producing and
Marketing Committee (APMC) auctions on lack of demand from local millers amid increased supply
from producing belts. Fresh fall in Madhya Pradesh pulses also affected sentiment in weak
trading activity, according to sources.
   * Gram varieties reported down in open market here on lack of demand from local
     traders amid release of stock from stockists.  
   * Tuar gavarani reported higher in open market of good seasonal demand from local 
     traders amid tight supply from producing belts.
   * Lakhodi dal quoted weak in open market on poor demand from local traders 
     amid good supply from producing regions.    
   * In Akola, Tuar New – 4,400-4,500, Tuar dal (clean) – 7,000-7,300, 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 – 5,000-5,100, 
     Gram Super best bold – 7,500-7,900 for 100 kg.
   * 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                     4,550-4,860         4,600-5,200
     Gram Pink Auction            n.a.           2,100-2,600
     Tuar Auction                3,900-5,050         3,900-5,200
     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            7,500-8,000        7,800-8,300
     Gram Super Best            n.a.            n.a.
     Gram Medium Best            6,500-7,000        6,900-7,400
     Gram Dal Medium            n.a.            n.a
     Gram Mill Quality            5,900-6,200        6,200-6,700
     Desi gram Raw                5,200-5,400         5,500-5,800
     Gram Yellow                 8,000-8,500        8,400-8,900
     Gram Kabuli                11,600-12,800        11,600-12,800
     Tuar Fataka Best-New             7,200-7,500        7,200-7,500
     Tuar Fataka Medium-New        6,400-7,000        6,400-7,000
     Tuar Dal Best Phod-New        6,000-6,300        6,000-6,300
     Tuar Dal Medium phod-New        5,500-5,900        5,500-5,900
     Tuar Gavarani New             4,500-4,700        4,450-4,650
     Tuar Karnataka             4,600-4,900        4,600-4,900
     Masoor dal best            5,600-5,800        5,600-5,800
     Masoor dal medium            5,400-5,500        5,400-5,500
     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            5,600-6,200        5,600-6,300
     Moong Mill quality            n.a.            n.a.
     Moong Chamki best            6,000-6,400        6,000-6,400
     Udid Mogar best (100 INR/KG) (New) 8,500-9,000       8,500-9,000 
     Udid Mogar Medium (100 INR/KG)    7,800-8,200        7,800-8,200    
     Udid Dal Black (100 INR/KG)        4,900-5,200        4,900-5,200     
     Batri dal (100 INR/KG)        5,600-6,100        5,600-6,100
     Lakhodi dal (100 INR/kg)          3,700-3,900         3,800-4,000
     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)    2,050-2,200        2,050-2,200   
     Wheat Filter (100 INR/KG)         1,900-2,100           1,900-2,100         
     Wheat Lokwan best (100 INR/KG)    2,500-2,600        2,500-2,600    
     Wheat Lokwan medium (100 INR/KG)   2,200-2,400        2,200-2,400
     Lokwan Hath Binar (100 INR/KG)    n.a.            n.a.
     MP Sharbati Best (100 INR/KG)    3,600-4,000        3,600-4,000    
     MP Sharbati Medium (100 INR/KG)    2,700-3,000        2,700-3,000           
     Rice BPT best New(100 INR/KG)    3,000-3,500        3,000-3,500    
     Rice BPT medium (100 INR/KG)        2,600-2,700        2,600-2,700    
     Rice Luchai (100 INR/KG)         2,400-2,800        2,400-2,800
     Rice Swarna best (100 INR/KG)      2,500-2,700        2,500-2,700   
     Rice Swarna medium (100 INR/KG)      2,300-2,400        2,300-2,400   
     Rice HMT best New (100 INR/KG)    3,800-4,300        3,800-4,300    
     Rice HMT medium (100 INR/KG)        3,200-3,500        3,200-3,500    
     Rice Shriram best New(100 INR/KG)    5,200-5,600        5,200-5,600 
     Rice Shriram med New(100 INR/KG)    4,600-5,000        4,600-5,000   
     Rice Basmati best (100 INR/KG)    9,200-13,500        9,200-13,500     
     Rice Basmati Medium (100 INR/KG)    4,800-6,500        4,800-6,500    
     Rice Chinnor best New(100 INR/KG)    5,800-6,000        5,800-6,000    
     Rice Chinnor med. New (100 INR/KG)    5,200-5,500        5,200-5,500    
     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. 30.7 degree Celsius, minimum temp. 15.7 degree Celsius 
Rainfall : Nil
FORECAST: Generally cloudy sky with light rains. Maximum and minimum temperature would be around
and 31 and 16 degree Celsius respectively.
Note: n.a.--not available
(For oils, transport costs are excluded from plant delivery prices, but
included in market prices)


State-of-the art technology boosts efficiency, sales for rice processor La Suerte

Philippines’ La Suerte finalizes complete upgrade of milling equipment

The TopHusk huller and husk separator installed at La Suerte. Source: Bühler.
Installed at La Suerte, the Gravity Paddy Separator has an enclosed machine design for reduced dust emissions. Source: Bühler.
La Suerte finalized a complete upgrade of milling equipment.The La Suerte Ricemill Corporation has a long family history in the local rice milling industry. Eusebio Tan established the Villena Ricemill in Aurora in 1964, followed by the Green Harvest Ricemill in 1978.
The corporation has continued to invest heavily in its rice mills across the Philippines. Following its investment in 2007 in a 1-megawatt, rice husk-fired power plant, it has now embarked on constructing a 5-megawatt power plant to ensure optimum power supply for rice production efficiency.
To keep its reputation as one of the most respected rice millers in the Philippines, La Suerte decided to significantly invest in its plant in Isabela to meet the growing demands and increase its market share for its premium Ivory Grains Classic brand. The company recently upgraded its milling equipment to technology that would ensure seamless and efficient 24/7 operation.
Now, La Suerte is running exclusively on Bühler’s technology, following an installation of a 10-12 tons per hour (tph) rice whitening line, a 20 tph rice hulling line in 2013 and SORTEX optical sorting technology in 2009.
La Suerte first installed Bühler’s TopWhite rice whiteners in 2007, running them alongside existing technologies, to compare the results. The Bühler equipment delivered an improved hull clean yield—producing 2-3 percent more head rice compared to the mill’s existing whiteners.
“We started to run the machines side by side with our existing solutions and found that, when it came to head rice recovery, the TopWhite rice whitener from Bühler produced significantly higher yield, with less rice breakage,” says La Suerte Ricemill CEO and President Ricardo Tan. “When you consider that head rice commands between 30 and 35 percent more per ton, then the difference to our bottom line is considerable.”
These early successes encouraged La Suerte to turn to Bühler for optical sorting technology—enabling it to identify and separate defective and foreign items from the product stream by color, shape or other optical properties. Further installation of Bühler’s rice milling and dehulling machines enabled the mill to increase its paddy input to 20 tph.
“By using Bühler machinery, our sales have grown significantly in a short period of time, largely as a result of the superior appearance and taste of the rice that we can now produce,” Tan says.
The next stage in the mill’s development will come with Bühler’s de-stoner, for the removal of stones and other high-density impurities, such as metal and glass; a huller and separator to deliver excellent separating efficiency; grading solutions to classify rice by kernel size; and optical sorting solutions to deliver rice with a smooth, dust free and shiny surface. And as part of its investment, the mill also receives ongoing 24/7 Bühler service, with localized support.
“We are confident that, with Bühler as our partner, we can meet the increasing challenges facing the industry. We believe Bühler’s products deliver the best in leading-edge food safety innovations, and since updating most of our mill equipment with Bühler technology, we have been able to consistently deliver perfect-quality rice to our customers in the marketplace,” says Tan.
He adds that his team at the mill is impressed by the technology, and the company has already seen a return on investment.

For more information:

Tracey Ibbotson, The Bühler Group, +44 (0)1992 537421,,

Yes, There Is Arsenic In Your Rice. Here’s What You Need To Know

 02/14/2017 06:01 am ET

Julie R. ThomsonSenior Editor, Taste, The Huffington Post
Yes, there is arsenic in your rice. Yes, arsenic is toxic. And it has been associated with lung, skin and bladder cancer, among other health concerns.And yes, even though it contains arsenic, you can still eat rice. But before you freak out about what this means, you need to know what arsenic is.
Arsenic is an element in the earth’s crust that’s naturally found in the air, water and soil, so the fact that it is in rice isn’t entirely alarming. Arsenic can however also be a result of human activity, such as mining or the use of certain pesticides.
There are two types of arsenic: organic (in the biological sense) and inorganic. Inorganic arsenic is the kind that’s dangerous and is associated with adverse health effects ― and it’s the kind that’s present in rice, which is why you might want to moderate your rice intake. 
Arsenic finds its way into food because it’s absorbed by the plant as it grows. Some plants absorb more than others, and rice seems to absorb the most among commonly eaten foods. The FDA has even set a limit on the amount of inorganic arsenic allowed in infant rice cereal. But the FDA has not set a limit on the amount of plain rice adults should eat. Instead, they recommend adults “eat a well-balanced diet for good nutrition and to minimize potential adverse consequences from consuming an excess of any one food.
 So how do you continue eating rice in good conscience? Educate yourself.
A bowl of cooked white rice.Consumer Reports suggests mixing up your grain consumption with other grains that are naturally lower in arsenic. Amaranth, buckwheat, millet and polenta have almost no levels of arsenic. Bulgur, barley, and farro have very low levels. And quinoa has less than rice. 
According to the study on arsenic in rice by Consumer Reports, brown rice has higher levels of arsenic than white because the highest levels of the arsenic are found in the husk. The husk is removed to make white rice, so if you eat a lot of brown rice you might want to switch it up with white (despite the fact that brown rice is typically thought to be the better choice, nutritionally).
You can also cook rice in a way that will remove some of the arsenic. While the modern technique of cooking rice in a limited amount water helps retain the most nutrition from the grain, it also retains the arsenic. Boiling the rice in a 6:1 water-to-rice ratio (sort of how you’d cook pasta), draining the excess water once cooked, has been shown to remove up to 60 percent of arsenic levels in rice. Rinsing before you cook can also reduce arsenic levels. In other words, flush the rice with lots of water.
Feel free to still enjoy your lunch rice bowl or get down with fried rice. Just make sure you eat rice in moderation, and/or cook it with lots of water, and your arsenic intake should be in check. But when it comes to infants, regulate their consumption. Because remember, their body weight versus intake is very different than it is for an adult

PNG lucky to import rice from Indonesia: Consul

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Merauke, Papua (ANTARA News) - Papua New Guineas (PNG) Consul General to Indonesia, Geifrey Wiri, said his country was very lucky to import rice produced by the Indonesian farmers in Merauke, Papua province. "Indonesian rice is very cheap compared to the rice produced by other countries," Wiri said here on Tuesday.According to him, PNG imports rice from Thailand and Vietnam.

"The launch of Indonesian rice export to PNG is quite surprising to me, because this is the first time we import rice from Indonesia," he stated.Wiri added that the Indonesian rice export plan will be submitted to the government of Papua New Guinea.

Wiri and two other PNG officials attended the launch of the Indonesian rice export by Agriculture Minister Andi Amran Sulaiman in Merauke on Monday (Feb 13).

Earlier, at the launch of the rice export, the minister invited the PNG government to import rice from Merauke.

The minister advised Merauke district administration to not only launch the export but also continue to increase rice exports to other countries.

He added that the central government will continue to provide supports for agricultural infrastructure in Papua, especially in Merauke.(*)


President meets rice mill owners and importers

President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized that there should not be room for shortage of rice in the market as well as, an appropriate mechanism should be implemented promptly to provide rice to the public at subsidiary rates. He made these remarks during a meeting with the rice mill owners and the rice importers, held at the Presidential Secretariat, yesterday (14th Feb.).

The President further said that the tax reliefs given for importing rice into the country should be given to the public at their maximum level.
“It is the responsibility of all, to provide rice at a concessionary rate to the public without leaving any room for a rice shortage in the market”, the President added.
The President directed officials to declare maximum prices for local and imported rice.
He also directed the Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen to take action to maintain 100,000 metric tons of rice in government stores to be used at any time.

The proposals for the solutions for the issues faced by the owners of rice mills and also the problems about the price of rice were presented to the President during this meeting.
Ministers Ravi Karunanayake, Rishad Bathiudeen, P. Harrison and the Secretary to the President P. B. Abeykoon participated at the meeting


Ryots fear raw deal from rice millers


NELLORE: FEBRUARY 15, 2017 08:48 IST
UPDATED: FEBRUARY 15, 2017 08:52 IST
Farmers complain of malpractices by rice millers resulting in losses to paddy growers.   | Photo Credit: K_ RAVIKUMAR

Paddy grown in 4 lakh acres in Nellore district despite deficit rain

Paddy farmers in the Penna delta and upland areas struggled hard this year following deficit rain and lack of sufficient water in reservoirs, but still paddy cultivation was taken up in over 4 lakh acres with the harvesting season having started already in the past few weeks.
Rice millers have started buying the paddy from the farmers regardless of the fact that minimum support price should be provided to the produce by opening paddy procurement centres.
Farmers’ leaders allege that the millers are resorting to irregularities as they are buying the freshly harvested paddy from farmers at a lesser price and mixing the same with the old variety of paddy in the mill premises. The rice is being reportedly sold at a higher price.
“This has been going on for long in this district. There has been no action in this regard from the government or the administration. It is time the government took over the entire process of purchasing paddy, milling and supplying rice to the civil supplies corporation,” said J. Venkama Raju, president, Andhra Pradesh Rythu Sangham.
The main concern of the farmers’ associations is that the rice millers are forming a syndicate to deny farmers their rightful share of the benefits in paddy purchase.
The ordinary grade variety paddy should be purchased at 12,499 per 850 kg bag from the farmers, but they are being offered nearly 1,000 to 1,500 less by the millers.
In many instances in the past, the millers were said to have purchased paddy at lower price from the farmers and sold the same at the purchase centres at a higher cost. In this context, the farmers’ association leaders demanded that the role of the millers in procurement be eliminated by creating a revolving fund which should take over the process in the best interests of the farmers

2017 USA Rice Government Affairs Conference Opens with a Bang

By Michael Klein

 WASHINGTON, DC -- The USA Rice Government Affairs Conference opened here with a General Session this morning with encouraging remarks from House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS). "I am driven to get the next Farm Bill done on time, which hasn't been done in 16 years," Conaway said.  "If you want drama, go to a different theater, we are going to do everything we can to get this done before the current bill expires."

 Roberts, who is now working on his seventh farm bill, offered insights into some of his priorities.

 "It's no secret that there's been an assault on agriculture through regulatory overreach," the Roberts said.  "Someone ought to think about farmers and ranchers as an endangered species rather than every critter on earth."

 He also said he would like to see limited research funding being invested wisely to spur agricultural innovation.

 Both Chairmen expressed their desire to work with the rice community, but also stressed they would need the industry to continue to advocate on their own behalf.

 "Another goal of mine is to be your best friend," Conaway said.  "But don't stop telling your story."

 "We're going to stick with you and fight for you," Roberts echoed.  "And we're going to fight for better trade policies."

 "We were honored to have the Chairmen address us today," said USA Rice Chairman Brian King.  "A lot of experience, a lot of influence, and a lot of our fate is riding on those two.  We are fortunate both of them took questions and really listened to our concerns."

 The session concluded with the graduation of the 2015/17 Rice Leadership Development class and remarks from class spokesman, California rice farmer Greg Van Dyke.

 "The perceptions we have change over time, and we're so lucky, as people, to have the opportunity to have experiences to change us," he said.  "As a fifth-generation California rice farmer I definitely entered this program with certain perceptions of the industry, of myself, of our future.  And participating in this program helped me realize some of those perceptions needed adjusting."


Van Dyke thanked the alumni in the room; program sponsors RiceTec, John Deere, and American Commodity Company; as well as Rice Foundation Executive Director Chuck Wilson, and his fellow classmates."We have the opportunity now to do something unique with these experiences we've been given, and I know even if it's just the seven of us, we'll all be okay."


Oroville update: Butte, Yuba and Sutter counties reduce evacuation order to warning

This animation details a worst-case scenario in Oroville, Calif.: dam failure. With 3.5 million acre feet of water held behind the dam, floodwaters would pour through a huge section of Northern California. Residents closest to the dam would have just minutes to evacuate. Patrick Gleason McClatchy

Chico closes intersections on main egress from fairgrounds shelter

2:05 p.m.
Intersections along East Park Avenue leading to southbound Highway 99 are closed in Chico to give evacuees easier access to the freeway and return home, Butte County announced.
That includes the intersections at Fair Street, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway and Carmichael Drive. Butte County advises drivers not evacuating to avoid those streets and the area.
Bee staff

Stress mounting before evacuations eased

1:30 p.m.
As officials were announcing the lifting of the evacuation order, Debbie Nendze Scheitler was overseeing care of a waiting room full of patients at a clinic on the grounds of Oroville Hospital.
"Flu, colds, people are stressed," she said. "Busy, but we're happy to be here for our patients."
Oroville resident Cildy Bone spent two hours waiting for her brother to get checked for a heart condition.
Everyone is ready to return to normal life, she said.
Groceries and other staples were hard to find, with most businesses closed.
'People are running out of food. I've seen price gouging," she said.
Cynthia Hubert

Mandatory evacuations lifted

1:45 p.m.
Officials have relaxed the mandatory evacuation order to a warning in the areas affected by the Oroville Dam spillway flood threat.
“An Evacuation Warning means the immediate threat has ended but the potential for an emergency remains and therefore residents must remain prepared for the possibility of an Evacuation Order,” the Butte County Sheriff’s website explained.
More details are here.
Bee staff

Press conference delayed

1:21 p.m.
The state Department of Water Resources scheduled a press conference for noon at Oroville Dam, then pushed it to 1 p.m., then failed to start on time.
Mary Lynne Vellinga

Oroville remains, quiet, calm

1:19 p.m.
Oroville police Lt. Chris Nicodemus said his agency has been responding to a smattering of reports of looting and burglary. But the nearly empty city is otherwise calm.
“It is surreal,” he said. “You realize what a beautiful town this is when it’s so quiet and peaceful.
“At the same time, we could be minutes away from a catastrophic event.”
He said local law enforcement is “all hands on deck’ with support from surrounding agencies.
Cynthia Hubert

Marysville repopulates despite mandatory evacuation

11:57 a.m.
The town of Marysville is coming back to life, with some evacuees returning and businesses reopening.
Dennis Eddings, 70, sat on the steps of his home overlooking a small pond with noisy geese, soaking up the sunshine with his dog Lily.
“I’m not going anywhere,” he said. “If it floods I can be out of here in five minutes.”
Sabina Correa, 44, and her son Sebastian evacuated Sunday to a relative’s home in Los Molinos. They returned Tuesday to retrieve important papers and changes of clothes.
It’s been a stressful few days, she said.
“I can’t watch the news anymore. I can’t read about it.’ She said she’s confident all will return to normal soon.
“I’m glad I can swim,” Sebastian said.
Cynthia Hubert

Lake Oroville should be empty enough to handle new storm, hydrologist says

11:55 a.m.
As water levels continue to drop at Lake Oroville, the state’s chief hydrologist said Tuesday the reservoir should be empty enough to withstand the next round of rainstorms expected to hit late Wednesday.
Department of Water Resources hydrologist Maury Roos said the lake is expected to be holding about 3.15 million acre-feet of water by late Wednesday, leaving about 380,000 acre-feet of empty space.
“That would be adequate for the size of the storm that’s forecast,” Roos said. “We’d like to have more.”
Ideally, flood-control manuals say the lake should be down to 2.79 million acre-feet for this time of year, but that’s in anticipation of “a very large flood,” Roos said. “There’s nothing in the (weather) outlook that suggests we’re going to get that.”
DWR has been frantically releasing water from its damaged spillway at 100,000 cubic feet per second to empty out space before the next storm approaches. The lake was at 887 feet high just before noon, 14 feet below the top of the dam, and has been dropping about a half a foot per hour.

Dale Kasler Following the graduation ceremony, the 130 rice farmers and millers in attendance began fanning out across the city for meetings with Administration officials and Members of Congress that will span today and tomorrow.



From left:  Greg Van Dyke, Paul Johnson, Nat McKnight, Dustin Harrell, Hudgens Jeter, Nicole Creason, and Collin Holzhauser.

Indonesia set to export 100,000 tons of rice in 2017

The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Tue, February 14, 2017 | 06:46 pm
Farmers carry paddy, which they will mill at a milling factory in Ngawi, East Java. (Antara/Ari Bowo Sucipto)
The nation is set to export some 100,000 tons of rice this year as the commodity’s production is estimated to reach a surplus, an official has said.Mat Syukur, an expert staffer at the Agriculture Minister’s division for trade and international affairs, said on Tuesday that the export plan would not affect domestic supply.
“At the very least, we will export 100,000 tons of rice as planned by the minister,” said Syukur as reported by, adding that the rice production target this year was 40 million tons, a figure that would meet domestic demand.
Syukur said the country had planned to become one of the world’s top rice producers by 2045.In trying to boost rice production, the government had introduced a number of programs including the improvement of irrigation and expansion of rice fields, including the clearance of 3 million hectares for new rice fields.
The government would also deliver tractors to help farmers cultivate their paddy fields, while to further incentivize farmers, the government would help cover premiums for farmers’ insurance, Syukur said.
With the program, the farmers would get compensation if their fields failed to yield. “The government will pay 80 percent of insurance premiums,” said Syukur, adding that Rp 6 million (US$450) compensation had been prepared for each hectare that failed. (bbn)

Rice auction attracts 73 bidders

By Thai PBS
The government’s first rice auction of the new year held at the Foreign Trade Department on Tuesday has attracted 73 bidders who are mostly rice millers and rice exporters.

FTD deputy director-general Adul Chotenisakorn said Wednesday that altogether 2.87 million tonnes of 17 rice varieties, including 100% Hom Mali, Grade 2 Hom Changvad, 5% white rice and 5% Pathum Thani rice would be put on public auction.He said, however, that FTD officials would have to check the qualifications of the 73 bidders to make sure that they are qualified and will be allowed to submit their sealed bids on February 16.
The government is expected to release a substantial amount of rice from its stockpiles should this auction go through, said Mr Adul, adding that this auction will not impact on domestic rice price as demand of rice remains high.
Regarding the unsold rice stock from the previous government’s rice pledging scheme estimated at between 5.2-5.3 million tonnes, the FTD is expected to unload them to the industrial sector in May before the harvest of the second rice crop

Zimbabwe’s rice consumption up 300pct, grain millers say

Tuesday 14th February 2017 22:11

HARARE,– Demand for rice has increased by 300 percent from 50,000 tonnes per year in 2007 to 200,000 tonnes per year in 2016 as Zimbabweans shift to alternative cereals to bridge the shortfall for grains and the high cost of maize, Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe chairperson, Tafadzwa Musarara told Parliamentarians on Tuesday.
The southern African nation has suffered from intermittent droughts in recent years, forcing the country to rely on grain imports. An El Nino-induced drought in the 2015/2016 season has left at least 4,1 million people needing food aid, and the country importing 1,4 million tonnes of maize.
“Rice is slowly becoming a staple food in the country as consumer behavior is changing….in 2007 rice demand was 50,000 per year but in 2016 it was 200,000 per year,” Musarara told members of the parliamentary portfolio committee on lands, agriculture mechanisation and irrigation.
Changing tastes and consumer options have seen increased preference for rice as a substitute for maize. At the turn of the century, Zimbabwe’s consumption of the staple maize grain was close to 2 million tonnes annually.
“Maize meal production currently stands at 38,000 (monthly) metric tonnes with imports of maize meal supplying another 20,000 (per month). Cheap GMO maize meal imports dominate the southern part of the country and they are killing small scale indigenous millers and slowing the full resuscitation of Blue Ribbon represented here which was recently acquired by a foreign investor,” Musarara said.
He said the GMAZ expects to take up approximately 800,000 metric tonnes of maize produced under the government’s command agriculture programme. The government is yet to provide its crop forecast for the 2016/17 season, but has indicated that the hectarage under maize has increased by 61 percent, to 1.2 million hectares, over the previous season.
“In order to enhance its sustainability, the GMA has committed to off-take 800,000 metric tons of maize that will be grown this year. This arrangement will also serve as import substitution, saving the country more than $250 million.”
Blue Ribbon also committed to buy about 100,000 tonnes of maize from the scheme.
However, Musarara called for the repeal of Statutory Instrument 20 (SI20), which imposes a 15 percent value added tax on commodities such as maize meal, potatoes and rice, saying it was making life difficult for producers and consumers.
Last week, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa told Parliament that government was shelving the tax, but is yet to legally revoke the statutory instrument. – Source

TUESDAY, 14 FEBRUARY, 2017 | 15:42 WIB
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - An Expert Staff to the Agriculture Ministry at the trade and international relations sector, Mat Syukur, stated that the government targets this year’s rice export to reach 100,000 tons. This move is a part of the Ministry’s attempt in becoming the world's rice barn. “This year’s export should be at least 100,000 tons, coinciding with the [Agriculture] Minister’s request,” Syukur said on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. Syukur reassured the public that the Government’s goal would not affect the national rice stock. Moreover, Indonesia is currently undergoing a rice surplus, which makes him optimistic that the rice export goal will not disturb domestic demands.
He stated that state official predicts this year’s unhulled rice production would reach 78 million tons or 40 million tons of rice. If it succeeds, the number is enough to fulfill domestic needs. “This is a part of our roadmap as the world’s rice barn in 2045.” In order to increase rice production, Syukur stated that the Ministry has prepared a number of programs such as adding 3 million hectares of irrigation land. The government will also provide a number of tractors for the farms with limited amount of workers. Syukur also revealed that farmers who endure crop failures will be compensated by the insurance up to Rp6 million per hectare. “80 percent of the [insurance] premium will be covered by the Government,” he said. DIKO OKTARA,000-Tons-of-Rice

Australia's winter grain crop officially a record at 59 million tonnes

Updated Tue at 10:15am
Australia's winter grain harvest is now officially the largest for every single mainland state.
The commodity forecaster ABARES reports in its February crop update that the harvest was 49 per cent bigger than last year's with an estimated 58.9 million tonnes.
Victoria was the standout, with a crop that was 145 per cent larger than last year's, with 10 million tonnes compared to 4 million tonnes in 2015/16.
New South Wales produced 16 million tonnes, compared to 11 million tonnes the year, equating to a 43 per cent increase.
Western Australia grew 23 per cent more than last year, with 18 million tonnes, while South Australia harvested 56 per cent more.
The winter crops are wheat, barley, chickpeas, canola, faba beans, field peas, lentils, lupins, oats, linseed, safflower and triticale.
The bumper crop comes despite farmers having to battle floods in NSW and frosts in WA.
"It's not often every state has a good year like that and it's all come together, which is why we revised up by 12 per cent from the December forecast," said ABSARES senior economist Peter Collins.

Good rice and cotton summer crops

The forecast for summer crops - cotton, sorghum and rice - has been downgraded slightly due to the warmer and drier weather in northern NSW and Queensland.
ABARES said the area planted to cotton was estimated to be more than double last year, and the harvest was forecast to be 64 per cent higher than last year.
ABARES expects there to be 1 million tonnes of lint and 1.5 million tonnes of cottonseed.
But the bigger cotton crop will come at the expense of grain sorghum.
"The irrigated growers got good supplies of irrigation water and early in the planting window for cotton they had good moisture profile, and on top of that the returns from cotton compared to grain sorghum were quite favourable," Mr Collins said.Rice planting is almost four times larger in 2016-17 than last year, with an increase in irrigation water.Rice production is forecast to be 870,000 tonnes, up from 250,000 tonnes last year.

Agriculture exports on road to recovery after dropping 20 per cent last fiscal

According to data from Agricultural and Processed Food Products and Export Development Authority (Apeda), exports in April-December FY17 stood at Rs 76,902 crore, 3.7% lower than same period last year. India’s farm and processed foods exports had fallen to Rs 1.06 lakh crore in FY16 against Rs 1.31 lakh crore reported in FY15.

By: Sandip Das | Published: February 14, 2017 5:08 AM
While India’s recent exports of the rice to the West Asian country cost the importer around $ 900 to 950 per tonne (landed price), the ceiling price imposed is $ 850 a tonne and the maximum consumer price set is .15 a kg.
After a fall of 20% witnessed in the last fiscal, India’s farm and processed food exports are set to register a turnaround by the end of current financial year despite a sharp fall in shipment of basmati rice, which has share of 20% of total exports basket.
According to data from Agricultural and Processed Food Products and Export Development Authority (Apeda), exports in April-December FY17 stood at Rs 76,902 crore, 3.7% lower than same period last year. India’s farm and processed foods exports had fallen to Rs 1.06 lakh crore in FY16 against Rs 1.31 lakh crore reported in FY15.
Because of stoppage of rice shipment to Iran, the country’s biggest destination for shipment of aromatic long grain rice, India’s exports during first three quarters of FY17 has fallen by close to 13% to Rs 15, 379 crore. In case of non-basmati rice, the exports have increased marginally to Rs 11,640 crore in the current fiscal compared to Rs 11,509 crore reported during the same period last fiscal.
However the exports of buffalo meat, with a biggest share of around 26% in the Apeda export basket, has declined only by 4% to Rs 19, 739 crore in April-December, 2016-17. “Buffalo exports which was hit temporarily because of demonetisation, has seen a rebound and expected to witness an increase in the last quarter of the current fiscal,” D K Singh, chairman, Apeda told FE.
The shipment of fresh fruits and vegetables rose by more than 12% in the current fiscal to around Rs 7,000 crore while the exports of groundnuts witnessed an increase of close to 30% to Rs 3,630 crore in April-December 2016 period. Trade sources said in the last quarter of the current fiscal, basmati rice exports could increase as India and Iran negotiate the modalities. Tehran recently put upper limits for import and consumer prices of the cereal.
While India’s recent exports of the rice to the West Asian country cost the importer around $ 900 to 950 per tonne (landed price), the ceiling price imposed is $ 850 a tonne and the maximum consumer price set is $1.15 a kg. Clearly, realisations of Indian exporters will diminish under the price caps.
“This is unilateral imposition of a virtual import tariff. Iran government must realise that prices are decided by demand and supply… it is unfair to impose such restrictions,” a leading rice exporter told FE on condition of anonymity. Apeda has identified 20-odd clusters for sustaining growth in the exports of food products
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 - 18:45