Tuesday, March 21, 2017

21st March,2017 daily global,regional and local rice e-newsletter by riceplus magazine

How healthy are YOU? Experts share the ultimate clean eating grocery list - so how many have you got in your cupboard?


 Clean eating is the buzz phrase of the last few years, the trend that encourages you to replaced processed foods with nutrient-packed meals.Kale and trendy alternative sugars such as agave nectar and maple syrup have come to symbolise this craze.But what other foods would you need to buy in order to change your lifestyle and become a clean eating fanatic?

A healthy lifestyle website has put together the ultimate grocery list of everything you could ever need to stock your cupboards full of goodness. But be warned: buying everything on the list will set you back a whopping £230. 
FEMAIL worked out how much it would cost to buy everything on this ultimate clean eating grocery list, adding up the sums for every food 'category'. The total came to more than £230
The list was put together by healthy lifestyle website 'Healthy. Happy. Smart.'
It breaks down foods by category, such as beans and pulses, dairy, and protein. By far the biggest category on the list is fruits and vegetables.
The grocery list is only a guide to the kinds of foods a clean eating fanatic should be stocking their cupboards with.
But when FEMAIL did the sums, we worked out that it would cost a grand total of £230.51 if you bought all the ingredients on the list.
To buy all the fruits and veg you'd need for clean eating recipes, it would cost you £61.31, while buying healthy fats such as coconut oil and every type of nut will set you back £61.81. 
The high cost of the list is down to the large number of obscure, and expensive, items on the list, many of which can only be sourced from specialist food shops, such as safflower oil, tempeh and adzuki beans.
The website advises to buy organic wherever possible.  
Kale is one of the trendiest superfoods around so naturally it's included in the ultimate clean eating grocery list. It's packed full of fibre as well as potassium and vitamin C

Rice sector upgradation on the cards

The Union of Small and Medium Enterprises  (UNISAME) urged Chaudhry Alamgir the chief executive officer  (CEO) of the Technical Upgradation and Skill Development Company  (TUSDEC) to consider technical upgradation of the rice sector which is in doldrums.
UNISAME president Zulfikar Thaver said the rice units in Sindh and Punjab as well are far behind in milling and processing and need to be upgraded.
He said the system of paddy drying, milling and parboiling need upgradation on urgent basis.
Thaver also pointed out that the steaming process also needs to be adopted to enable us to compete with our competitors. 
Needless to state that even our packing as compared to our competitors is lacking the attractiveness.
The cost of production is high resulting in uncompetitiveness. We need to study why our yield is less.Our seeds have become old and we need new varieties with higher yields.
The rice research institutes need to roll up their sleeves and come up with superior seeds for better grains with high yield, good look,  more aroma especially in basmati rice and more length and look in non basmati rice.
One rice exporter suggested that to increase profit the farmers of Sindh should grow superior varieties instead of coarse rice. 
The CEO TUSDEC requested the Union chief to gather rice millers and stakeholders for a  meeting to study of their requirements for upgradation next week in Karachi. 
The rice exports have fallen and Pakistan cannot afford to lose the markets gained by exporters because of technological gap.
TUSDEC can play an important role and UNISAME is confident Pakistan can regain lost markets with the help of TUSDEC

Research focused on the rice milk market to grow at 15.47% CAGR to 2021

Published: 20 March 2017
Submitted by RNR Market Research. WhaTech Agency
The global rice milk market report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global rice milk market for 2017-2021. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated through the sales of rice milk in key geographical regions such as the Americas, APAC, Europe, and ROW. Global Rice Milk Market 2017-2021, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years.
The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.
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Commenting on the rice milk market report, an analyst said: "The latest trend gaining momentum in the market is consumer focus shifting toward organic variants of rice milk.
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Organic products are mostly priced higher in comparison to the conventional products.
The premium price is due to the comparatively high production and distribution costs as well as consumers' willingness to pay extra for organic products. The extra "premium" cost associated with organic production is passed throughout the supply chain and at last paid by the end-consumer"
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The following companies are the key players in the global rice milk market: DREAM, Pacific Foods, Vitasoy, and WhiteWave Foods.

Other Prominent Vendors in the market are: Costco Wholesale Corporation, Ecoideas, FINE JAPAN, Freedom Foods, Pureharvest, SunOpta, The Bridge, and Whole Foods Market.
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According to the rice milk market report, one of the major drivers for this market is rising levels of lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance is the inability of the body to digest significant amounts of lactose present in milk.
Certain ethnic groups such as the Asian population are more affected compared to others. The demand for lactose-free food products is driven by an increase in incidences of food allergies and intolerances.
The study was conducted using an objective combination of primary and secondary information including inputs from key participants in the industry. The report contains a comprehensive market and vendor landscape in addition to a SWOT analysis of the key vendors.

The price of growing rice

Sahina Shrestha
Can Nepal regain self-sufficiency in paddy production? Experts say yes.Eighty per cent of Nepalis live off the farm. Agri-culture accounts for one-third of Nepal’s GDP, but the country has turned from a net exporter to importer of rice.
Investment in irrigation, high-yield seeds, mechanisation, and pricing incentives can easily boost rice production and create jobs on the farm for Nepalis. All it needs is for agriculture to have more government priority than it currently receives.
The food balance sheet for 2015-16 shows a deficit of 1,106,892 tons in rice as production plummeted to 4.3 million tons. Things are looking better this year as harvests are up by 21 per cent to 5.23 million tons because of a good monsoon. The Prime Minister Agriculture Modernisation Project, if properly implemented, could decrease dependency on food imports, especially rice from India.
Since most farms are rain-fed, the single most important contribution to boosting productivity would be irrigation. Only 1.3 hectares of farms in Nepal get year-round irrigation – 18 per cent of the total arable land. Monsoon rice is planted in 1,450,000 hectares, while only 112,000 hectares grow spring rice because of the lack of irrigation.
Says Mukunda Bhusal, Crop Production Officer at Department of Agriculture: “Rice imports will go down if we can increase the production of spring rice, but that needs irrigation.”
However, Nepalis are moving away from the land or migrating overseas for work as soon as they leave school. Booming real estate prices and urban expansion have reduced total cultivated area. And cheap rice from India does not make it worthwhile for Nepali farmers to grow paddy.
“The other way is to change the food habits of Nepalis and replace rice with other grains,” says Bhusal. But that may be easier said than done in a country where “Have you eaten rice today?” is a form of greeting, and people in the mountains are turning to rice from traditional millet and buckwheat.
The trend is most visible in Morang, once Nepal’s grain basket. Out-migration of young men and the economics of agriculture has meant that it does not make sense to invest labour in paddy farming.
“In Morang alone, 10,000 hectares of land has gone fallow in the past decade,” says Rajendra Uprety of the Regional Directorate of Agriculture in Biratnagar, “land that was previously farmed is now used for non-agricultural purposes.”
Along the border, Indian businessmen often come to Nepal to buy harvested paddy in bulk, dehusk it in their mills and sell the rice back to Nepal. Farmers are also forced to sell paddy at a lower rate to rice mills when there is a surplus in India and the excess rice dumped in Nepal.
Government apathy, lack of support and subsidies mean that there is little cushion for farmers if the crops don’t do well, or don’t sell. There is no minimum price for food grain, although the Department of Agriculture has asked the Nepal Food Corporation to buy paddy, spring paddy and wheat at a minimum cost if sales are down.
Economist Rajendra Pradhan of the Department of Agriculture says there is little Nepal can do to stop cheap imports from across the open border. But boosting productivity would enhance food security so that with the spreading road network domestic supply can meet demand in remote areas.
Pradhan explains, “For national food security, production is not enough. People should have access to food and there should be opportunities of employment in agriculture as well.

Vietnam. Ministry denies rice licence costs $20,000

The Ministry of Industry and Trade has denied reports that a rice company had to pay US$20,000 for a rice export licence.Ministry denies rice licence costs $20,000, vietnam economy, business news, vn news, vietnamnet bridge, english news, Vietnam news, news Vietnam, vietnamnet news, vn news, Vietnam net news, Vietnam latest news, Vietnam reaking news

Late in February, local media reported that Ngo Van Nam, general director of ADC Company Ltd, said at a conference on proposed amendments to a decree on rice exports that it “costs no less than $20,000” to obtain a licence.The ministry decided to set up a team to verify the accuracy of this information, and directed relevant authorities to report to the ministry.

After working with the HCM City-based company and Ngo Van Nam, the ministry said it had not received any request for a rice export licence from ADC Company Ltd.Ngo Van Nam confirmed that he and his company did not apply for a rice export licence.He also claimed the media did not accurately report his comments and said he would work with press agencies to explain and clarify the misrepresentation.

A November 4, 2010, Government’s Decree 109/2010/ND-CP on rice exports was aimed at re-organizing the export business by setting up minimum requirements for long-term investment in rice production and export. The decree required rice exporters to have at least one warehouse with a capacity to store 5,000 tonnes of paddy, and a mill with a minimum capacity of 10 tonnes of paddy per hour.

However, besides the positive effects, implementation of the regulation has revealed some inadequacies. The ministry has proposed to the Prime Minister to amend and supplement the decree.Within its authority, in January this year, the ministry issued a decision to abolish the regulations on conditions for rice export and business, including a limit of 150 on the number of exporters allowed, regulations on construction investment, warehouses and milling stations

Rice basmati rises on stockist buying

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi March 18, 2017 Last Updated at 14:13 IST
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Rice basmati prices firmed up by Rs 100 per quintal at the wholesale grains market today on increased buying by stockists following pick-up in demand from retailers.

However, other grains held steady in thin trade.

Traders said, increased buying by stockists due to uptick in demand from retailers against restricted supplies from producing regions, mainly led to the rise in rice basmati prices.

In the national capital, rice basmati common and Pusa-1121 variety rose by Rs 100 each to Rs 7,700-7,800 and Rs 6,250-7,700 per quintal, respectively.

Following are today's quotations (in Rs per quintal):

Wheat MP (desi) Rs 2,350-2,650, Wheat dara (for mills) Rs 1,850-1,860, Chakki atta (delivery) Rs 1,920-1,950, Atta Rajdhani (10 kg) Rs 260, Shakti Bhog (10 kg) Rs 260, Roller flour mill Rs 1,030-1,040 (50 kg), Maida Rs 1,130-1,140 (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 7,700-7,800, Rice Pusa (1121) Rs 6,250-7,700, Permal raw Rs 2,275-2,300, Permal wand Rs 2,400-2,450, Sela Rs 3,100-3,200 and Rice IR-8 Rs 2,025-2,050, Bajra Rs 1,400-1,410, Jowar yellow Rs 1650-1700, white Rs 3,350-3,550, Maize Rs 1,540-1,550, Barley Rs 1,550-1,570.
(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.


Rice farmers record bumper harvest but worried over lack of ready market

Rice farmers in the Volta Region who complained of losses in the past are now heaving a sigh of relief as their situation has been turned around with recent bumper harvest.

The farmers are attributing the success story to financial, technical and continuous capacity building courses from some agricultural oriented nongovernmental organisations in the region.

Despite the bumper harvest, the farmers are now faced with lack of ready market for their produce, and have thus appealed to government to enter into contract farming with them to ensure further increase in production in the region.

Rice farmers, particularly the peasant farmers in the region, previously lacked the needed technical knowledge in the production of paddy rice, something that never helped to prevent post harvest losses.

They hitherto invested heavily on the rice farms but did not yield them enough produce to make up for the investment, which caused many farmers into bankruptcy The situation resulted in a drastic reduction in rice growing in the region.

But agricultural oriented NGOs like a Sogakope-based agribusiness development and training Organization, FYSSO GH went into the aid of these farmers by offering them periodic rice production skills, especially on the use of suitable seedlings.

The farmers have over a period been equipped with how to develop and maintain rice fields to ensure good harvest. Under the IFDC 2 Scale project, smallholder rice farmers are able to come up with Savings and Loans Association to help themselves financially.

So far 2,500 farmers have benefitted from such training which has resulted in the recent bumper harvest but they say there is no no ready market for their produce, causing them to sell only at local markets in the region.

One of such review training workshops was organized for rice farmers, millers and processors as well as harvesting machine service providers across the region to equip them with the requisite skills in rice production Meanwhile, some of the rice farmers have commended the NGOs whose continuous technical and financial support led to the production of quality paddy rice in the region but called on the government to create a market for them.
Rice farmers record bumper harvest

Pick of rice market venue soon
Plan for central distribution channel
20 Mar 2017 at 06:30 3,244 viewed1 comments
 A variety of milled rice is available at Or Tor Kor market in Bangkok. The government plans to set up a central market for milled rice as a distribution channel for rice traders and farmers.The government is expected to decide on the venue for a central market for milled rice as a distribution channel for traders and farmers by mid-year, at a cost of 300-400 million baht.
Suthatsanee Rajruangrabin, deputy director-general of the Internal Trade Department, said officials are still looking for a proper area in Bangkok's outskirts to establish the market.
"The department proposes the central market for milled rice be located at Talad Thai, Thailand's largest market for food products, or the planned AEC Trade Center close to Thammasat University Rangsit Campus," she said. "There has also been a private proposal to locate it at the rice processing plant of Patum Rice Mill and Granary Plc."
Ms Suthatsanee said proper locations need at least 3,000-6,000 square metres and should have complete facilities such as an office building.
The AEC Trade Center belongs to TCC Land Asset World Co, a property arm of billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi.
She said the Commerce Ministry is in the process of asking for 300-400 million baht for the market to be financed by the additional mid-year budget of 190 billion baht for fiscal 2017, approved by the cabinet in December.
Some 40 groups of rice farmers and 20 rice operators have agreed to participate in the planned central market for milled rice.
Although Thailand is a leading producer and exporter of rice, averaging 20 million tonnes of milled rice a year, it has no central market for trading milled rice thus far. Such a marketplace would enable importers, wholesalers and retailers to shop for different grains.
Late last year the government pitched the idea of setting up a central market as another distribution channel for traders and farmers after Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn visited China last year and observed the Sanyanqiao Grain and Oil Wholesale Market, a large central market for cereals in Guangdong province operated by the Guangtie Sanyanqiao Grain Goods Yard.
The Guangdong market spans 100,000 sq m, handling trading services for 2.5 million tonnes of cereals a year.
Mrs Apiradi said earlier a new central market for milled rice will enable exporters, millers and farmers to meet potential buyers direct and compare prices. It will also require rice quality inspections, helping ensure transparency in trading. Farmers can also sell their grains direct to potential buyers.
Thailand has a central market for rice paddy.
She said the presence of a central market for milled rice would further strengthen the local economy.
The cabinet in December approved an additional mid-year budget of 190 billion baht for fiscal 2017, where more than half of the fund was earmarked to finance investment in provincial clusters.
Some 115 billion baht will be allocated for local development of provincial clusters. The government has sought to increase budgets for provincial clusters, hoping it will spur private sector investment.
The additional mid-year budget is expected to start being disbursed by April or May.
Ms Suthatsanee said the ministry set a target of monthly rice trading at the central market of at least 50 million baht, or 6,250-7,500 tonnes a month. The market could help boost exports by 1% or about 95,000 tonnes, worth 1.49 billion baht, she said.