Saturday, May 27, 2017

27th May,2017 daily global,regional local rice e-newsletter by riceplus magazine


Climate change to affect rice productivity, finds a new study

Friday 26 May 2017 Elevated temperature was found to have a negative impact on rice productivity, even nullifying the positive effects of higher level of CO2   
 The study involved actual cultivation of the cereal in a climate control chamber. Credit: Agnimirh Basu / CSE
Global climate change is projected to have wide ranging effects on environment, socio-economic and related sectors. Indian agriculture scientists have found that rising temperature will adversely hit rice productivity in the country.Experiments done in Tamil Nadu show that elevated temperature will have a negative impact on rice productivity, even nullifying the positive effects of higher level of carbon dioxide.
Researchers at the Coimbatore-based Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) conducted a study on rice which is a staple food for most people in the region. According to Manila-based International Rice Research Institute, rice provides 23 per cent of global human per capita energy and 16 per cent of global human per capita protein.
The study involved actual cultivation of the cereal in a climate control chamber (CCC) where the temperature was maintained at four degrees above the ambient temperature and a carbon dioxide enrichment level of 650 parts per million (PPM). The experiment was carried out with four different days of planting – June 1, June 15, July 1 and July 15.
It was seen that crops grown under the projected conditions attained panicle initiation, flowering and maturity much earlier than those grown under the ambient condition. But, recorded reduced growth characters such as leaf area index, dry matter production and number of tillers. In addition, lesser percentage of dry matter was partitioned towards grain and more for the roots. Subsequently, they recorded lower grain and straw yields. 
Overall, elevated temperature was found to have a negative impact on rice productivity, even nullifying the positive effects of higher level of carbon dioxide. The researchers have published a report on their work in the latest issue of journal Current Science.
The study was conducted by V Geethalakshmi, K Bhuvaneswari and A Lakshmanan of TNAU and N Udaya Sekhar of Bioforsk, Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research. (India Science Wire)
http://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/climate-change-to-affect-rice-productivity-57942
Turkish Retailer Shares the Bill with USA Rice for Promotions 
 ISTANBUL, TURKEY -- A major Turkish retailer, Uyum Hypermarket, recently joined forces with USA Rice to promote U.S.-grown rice here with a cost-sharing marketing program.  The campaign, that included retail displays at one of their busiest hypermarkets, was conducted in the run up to the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, that this year begins today and ends on June 24.

Rice consumption is very high during Ramadan because, though observers fast from sunrise until sunset, they gather with friends and family for a post-sunset meal, called an 
Iftar.  It is also common to have one meal, known as Suhoor, just before sunrise.  A wide variety of dishes, many of which are rice-based, are prepared for the Iftar. 
The five-day campaign to promote U.S. rice included outdoor and indoor billboards, where the hypermarkets paid 50 percent of the costs; giveaways that included aprons, consumer bags, and hats, where the hypermarkets paid 30 percent of the costs; and retail display space, completely paid for by the hypermarkets.  

Posters promoting the event and special announcements in the stores invited customers to taste healthy recipes made with U.S.-grown rice, presented by famous gourmet Elif Korkmazel.  Additionally, festive USA Rice booths were installed in the hypermarkets aimed at increasing visibility for U.S. rice, and educating consumers through taste events and distribution of recipes booklets and materials co-sponsored by participating U.S. rice brands.  

Throughout the campaign, sales of U.S. rice at Uyum stores increased by an average of 700 percent and consumers received important messages about the versatility and cooking characteristics of U.S. rice.

"We have very good acceptance here and Turkey is an important growth market for our industry," said Hartwig Schmidt, USA Rice Regional Director.  "I think it is particularly telling that the retailers paid for part of these promotions because it shows they not only like our products, but see value in our specific promotion program to help drive sales at their stores."

Schmidt said cost sharing programs between USA Rice, local brands, and local retailers have been successful in the Middle East, the United Kingdom, and now Turkey.

"The success of these programs and the support from local businesses is undeniable," he said.

Last year, the U.S. exported about $31 million of U.S. rice to Turkey; in the first three months of 2017, $10.5 million of U.S. rice has already been shipped. 

Telangana sees record procurement of paddy

About 60 lakh metric tonnes of crop has been produced in Kharif and Rabi seasons, which is the highest yield in 15 years.
By TelanganaToday  |   Published: 26th May 2017  7:44 pm
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Karimnagar/Peddapalli: For the first time in the history of the State, the highest quantity of the paddy would arrive in the market. About 60 lakh metric tonnes of the crop has been produced in both Kharif and Rabi seasons, which is the highest yield in last 15 years.
Announcing this to media here on Friday, Civil Supplies Department Commissioner CV Anand said during the meeting with joint collectors that they had presumed that about 37 lakh metric tonne paddy would arrive in the market, but it might touch 43 lakh metric tonnes. In the Kharif season, they had procured 17 lakh metric tonnes.
It will be a record production since the paddy production never crossed 24 lakh metric tonnes in the past, he informed.
Admitting that there were some problems in the procurement since a huge quantity of crops has arrived paddy purchasing centres, Commissioner said all measures were taken to speed up the procurement process.
Initially, they faced the problem of gunny bags and transportation of crops to rice mills due to a shortage of vehicles. They managed to engage trucks in transporting crop by giving warning to the owners of vehicles through RTA officials. Anticipating 37 lakh metric tonnes, they, initially, purchased 9.25 crore gunny bags from Jute Commission. Later, another 1.5 crore bags were procured from neighbouring States to meet the demand.
As on Thursday, Rs 2,200 crore had been deposited in the bank accounts of farmers through the online payment system. At present, Online Paddy Procurement Management System is being implemented only in 10 erstwhile districts and it would be implemented in 31 districts from the next Kharif season, he informed.
Stating that there was a change in the attitude of rice millers, Anand said millers have completed 100 per cent custom milling. Out of 17 lakh metric tonnes procured in the last Kharif season, the government had given 11.20 lakh metric tonnes for custom milling. The total quantity of rice was returned to government by millers, he informed.
Talking about reforms being introduced to streamline the department, Commissioner said e-pass machines will be set up in fair price shops across the State to check irregularities. E-pass system is being operated in 250 shops of Mahabubnagar on pilot basis. In the next phase, it would be introduced in 5,000 shops. Later, the system would be introduced in 17,200 shops across the State in the coming three months period.
Earlier, he conducted review meetings with civil supplies department officials in Karimnagar and Peddapalli districts.
https://telanganatoday.com/telangana-sees-record-procurement-paddy

Florida Woman Allegedly Assaulted Ex With Pork Fried Rice

Victim was “covered from head to toe in pork fried rice and a red sauce” 
by 
May 26, 2017 • 9:19 AM ET

An argument inside a Chinese restaurant turned messy when a woman allegedly attacked her ex-boyfriend with Pork Fried Rice.  According to reports, the ex-boyfriend was found “covered from head to toe in pork fried rice and a red sauce” after the alleged assault on Wednesday.
Brian Kusmer, 31, was attacked by his ex-girlfriend, Samantha Wilson, who was arrested for domestic battery, according to The Smoking Gun
According to the New York Daily News, Kusmer was waiting for his ex to drop off the couple's 8-year-old son for a custody visit. But when she arrived the former couple began quarreling over their child's excessive school absences.
Wilson then allegedly tossed her ex-boyfriend's lunch, pork fried rice, on him. Kusmer declined medical attention, but said "the sauce burned a little."
Wilson has previously been arrested for criminal mischief, theft, negligence and child abuse. She has since been released and was ordered to stay away from Kusmer.
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http://www.oxygen.com/blogs/florida-woman-allegedly-assaulted-ex-with-pork-fried-rice

Asia Rice-Vietnam prices hit 13-month high; Thailand up on lower supply
By Patpicha Tanakasempipat | BANGKOK
May 25 Vietnam rice hit its highest level in over a year this week on potential export deals and prices in Thailand firmed up as supply eased, while the Indian variety gained on growing demand from Africa, traders said.Expectations of strong demand from top importing countries such as Bangladesh and the Philippines are fuelling the uptrend in Vietnam and Thailand rice prices.
Vietnam's 5-percent broken rice RI-VNBKN5-P1 was quoted at a level unseen since April last year, at $360-$380 a tonne, FOB Saigon, up from $365-$370 last week, as suppliers eyed export deals, traders said.Bangladesh said on Tuesday it will buy 250,000-300,000 tonnes of Vietnamese rice immediately and planned to increase rice imports from Vietnam to 500,000 tonnes by end-2017.
It will also buy one million tonne of Vietnamese rice annually until 2022.The Philippines said on Monday it would issue a tender next month to import 250,000 tonnes of the grain from key suppliers Thailand and Vietnam, and possibly also India.

Thai benchmark 5-percent broken rice RI-THBKN5-P1 firmed this week to $411-$412 a tonne, free-on-board (FOB) Bangkok, from $385-$411 last week, the highest in nine months.
"Prices have strengthened greatly, and supply is running low while demand remains constant," a trader in Bangkok said.But traders in Thailand and Vietnam said the price hike has started making the local grain too expensive for them to buy for export, raising a possibility for short supply in the market."After the Bangladesh news, I can no longer buy anything," said a trader in Ho Chi Minh City.
"The market is really stressed already, even though there's no real trade," another trader said, referring to the Bangladesh deals.Thailand and Vietnam are the world's second and third biggest rice exporters.
In India, the world's biggest rice exporter, 5-percent broken parboiled rice RI-INBKN5-P1 jumped by $7 per tonne to $398-$403, on a slight improvement in demand and a rally in local paddy prices."Export prices are going up, tracking rise in other countries. Demand has also improved from African buyers," said M.Adishankar, executive director at Sri Lalitha, an exporter based at Kakinada in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.
In the past two months, there has been a sharp rise in Indian rates on government buying and as appreciation in the rupee caused a rally in local paddy prices."Rising paddy price in the local market has been forcing us to raise export prices," said another exporter based in Kakinada.Global rice prices are likely to go further up due to demand from Bangladesh, Dhaka-based traders and government officials said.
Earlier this month, Bangladesh's state grains buyer said the country will import 600,000 tonnes of rice.Bangladesh, the world's fourth-biggest rice producer with around 34 million tonnes, could emerge as a major importer this year, as low stocks and soaring prices led the government to import the grain.
(Reporting by Patpicha Tanakasempipat in BANGKOK, Mai Nguyen in HANOI, Rajendra Jadhav in MUMBAI, Additional reporting by Ruma Paul in DHAKA; Editing by Vyas Mohan)
http://in.reuters.com/article/asia-rice-idINL4N1IR3R9

Vietnam rice prices hit 13-month high; Thailand up on lower supply
REUTERS
UPDATED : 05/26/2017 08:24 GMT + 7
Vietnam rice hit its highest level in over a year this week on potential export deals and prices in Thailand firmed up as supply eased, while the Indian variety gained on growing demand from Africa, traders said.
Expectations of strong demand from top importing countries such as Bangladesh and the Philippines are fuelling the uptrend in Vietnam and Thailand rice prices.Vietnam's 5-percent broken rice RI-VNBKN5-P1 was quoted at a level unseen since April last year, at $360-$380 a tonne, FOB Saigon, up from $365-$370 last week, as suppliers eyed export deals, traders said.Bangladesh said on Tuesday it will buy 250,000-300,000 tonnes of Vietnamese rice immediately and planned to increase rice imports from Vietnam to 500,000 tonnes by end-2017.
It will also buy one million tonne of Vietnamese rice annually until 2022.
The Philippines said on Monday it would issue a tender next month to import 250,000 tonnes of the grain from key suppliers Thailand and Vietnam, and possibly also India.
Thai benchmark 5-percent broken rice RI-THBKN5-P1 firmed this week to $411-$412 a tonne, free-on-board (FOB) Bangkok, from $385-$411 last week, the highest in nine months.
"Prices have strengthened greatly, and supply is running low while demand remains constant," a trader in Bangkok said.
But traders in Thailand and Vietnam said the price hike has started making the local grain too expensive for them to buy for export, raising a possibility for short supply in the market.
"After the Bangladesh news, I can no longer buy anything," said a trader in Ho Chi Minh City.
"The market is really stressed already, even though there's no real trade," another trader said, referring to the Bangladesh deals.
Thailand and Vietnam are the world's second and third biggest rice exporters.
In India, the world's biggest rice exporter, 5-percent broken parboiled rice RI-INBKN5-P1 jumped by $7 per tonne to $398-$403, on a slight improvement in demand and a rally in local paddy prices.
"Export prices are going up, tracking rise in other countries. Demand has also improved from African buyers," said M.Adishankar, executive director at Sri Lalitha, an exporter based at Kakinada in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.In the past two months, there has been a sharp rise in Indian rates on government buying and as appreciation in the rupee caused a rally in local paddy prices.
"Rising paddy price in the local market has been forcing us to raise export prices," said another exporter based in Kakinada.
Global rice prices are likely to go further up due to demand from Bangladesh, Dhaka-based traders and government officials said.
Earlier this month, Bangladesh's state grains buyer said the country will import 600,000 tonnes of rice.Bangladesh, the world's fourth-biggest rice producer with around 34 million tonnes, could emerge as a major importer this year, as low stocks and soaring prices led the government to import the grain.

http://tuoitrenews.vn/business/41149/asia-ricevietnam-prices-hit-13month-high-thailand-up-on-lower-supply

Rice farmers earn P32B in Q1

By Jed Macapagal
May 26, 2017
The National Food Authority (NFA) said palay farmers earned around P32 billion due to high farm-gate prices experienced during the first quarter of 2017.

NFA said it bought  131,720 bags from farmers nationwide at the government support price of P17  per kg, plus incentives of P0.70 to P1 per kg for a total amount of P118.5 million.

The remaining harvest for the quarter was sold by farmers to private traders at higher prices averaging P19.80 per kg.

NFA said  farmers who sold palay to the agency at P850 to P900 per bag realized a net profit of at least P39.5 million, while those who sold to traders at an average of P990 per bag earned an estimated P390 per bag or a total of P31.93 billion net profit  based on the Philippine Statistics Authority’s data on the cost of palay production in the country at P12 per kg.

NFA said  even with its intensified palay buying activities and incentives, farmers still took advantage of the high prices offered by private traders ranging from  P18  to P22.00 per kg against the government’s support price of P17 per kg plus incentives.

 NFA’s number is lower than the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) estimated income of farmers during the quarter.

Last month, Emmanuel PiƱol, DA secretary,  estimated that the aggregate income of rice farmers during the first quarter is estimated at P73.08 billion since the buying price of paddy rice by traders has gone to as high as P21 per kilo or an increase of between P7 to P9 per kilo from the previous seasons.

 “It is the mandate of the NFA to stabilize the price of rice in the market and we know  NFA serves as the benchmark for the price of palay. It influences the buying price of private traders to go higher than the support price for them to corner the volume they need. Without NFA as a stabilizer, the traders can dictate the price of palay, short-changing the farmers whenever they can,” said Jason Laureano Aquino, NFA administration said in a statement.

”We don’t base our performance solely on how much we have procured because we are limited by the government support price of P17 per kg.  We cannot go beyond that. What is important is that the farmers are enjoying much higher prices from private traders and that is good. The NFA’s presence is meant to stabilize the price of palay, not to directly compete with the traders,” he added.

For this year, the NFA targets to buy 4.6 million bags equivalent to 230,367 metric tons of palay to augment rice requirement for distribution and buffer stocking.

 Aquino said  at the present government support price of P17.70 to P18 per kg of palay, NFA is giving farmers a net profit of at least P285 to P300 per bag.

 NFA also assured there is enough rice in Marawi City, which is currently being ravaged by the conflict between government troops and the Maute terrorist group.

 “We assure all residents of Marawi and the rest of Mindanao that we have enough rice in NFA warehouses in the area. We are ready to issue rice to relief-giving agencies such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine National Red Cross and local government units anytime they would need it to distribute to the affected residents,” Aquino said.

He said  NFA rice stocks for the whole of Mindanao currently stands at 1,504,190 bags and that its offices in other regions, if necessary, are ready to augment the buffer stocks in the region to effectively meet the residents’ rice requirements during the 60-day implementation of martial law in the area

https://www.malaya.com.ph/business-news/business/rice-farmers-earn-p32b-q1

Iloilo is 1st qtr top rice producer

 May 26, 2017  Elsa S. subong
ILOILO CITY, 26 May (PIA)—The province of Iloilo contributed the highest yield in rice for the first quarter 2017 with 325,217 metric tons harvested in Western Visayas.
 James Ogatis, Information officer of the Department of Agriculture-6 said that Iloilo has the highest rice output because it has the widest rice area.

“This makes the province capable of producing more than all the other provinces,” Ogatis said.

The provinces of Capiz and Antique contributed 111,258 metric tons and 60,291 metric tons respectively, while Aklan had 15,349 and Guimaras, 10,333.

As per data of the Regional Statistics Services Office, the regional average yield as of the first quarter is 3.17 metric tons per hectare and is expected to rise in the next quarters by boosting yields and the use of quality and hybrid seeds.

Data also showed the province of Antique yielded 3.48 metric tons per hectare, Capiz, 3.28mt, Iloilo 3.15mt, Aklan, 2.9mt, and Guimaras, 2.4mt.

DA-6 said the outcome of the production was taken from the harvests of irrigated, rain-fed, and upland areas in the region.

The total output of the irrigated lands in Western Visayas excluding Negros Occidental reached 266,212 metric tons, while the rain-fed attained 285,751 and the upland had 81 metric tons.

Ogatis said the DA continues to develop farm mechanization and high yield technology assistance in order to improve the competitiveness of local rice production and boost farmers’ income.  (JCM.ESS/PIA-Iloilo)
 
http://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/911495780470

Govt to speed up rice imports in wake of flooding

Reuters . Dhaka | Update: 08:58, May 26, 2017
Bangladesh will speed up plans to import rice to build reserves and rein in local prices after flash floods hit domestic output, government officials said on Thursday.
As part of that, a Bangladeshi delegation is now in Vietnam to finalise imports of the staple grain in a government-to-government deal, said a procurement official, declining to be identified as he was not authorised to speak with media. He did not give further details on the transaction.
Ramped up demand from Bangladesh, the world's fourth-biggest rice producer, could underpin prices in major exporters Vietnam, Thailand and India.
"We are making frantic efforts to boost state reserves and bring down prices of rice," said the procurement official.
Local rice prices have reached record highs and state reserves are at six-year lows in the wake of flooding in April that wiped out around 700,000 tonnes of output.
The state grains buyer earlier this month said it would ship in 600,000 tonnes of rice after the flooding, initially issuing two tenders for a total of 100,000 tonnes of rice, its first such tenders since 2011.
Meanwhile, the procurement official said the government had decided not to withdraw duty on private rice imports, looking to protect farmers.Vietnamese rice prices this week hit their highest in over a year on expectations of strong demand from top importing countries such as Bangladesh and the Philippines.
Bangladesh wants to buy around 250,000 to 300,000 tonnes of Vietnam's 5-percent white rice immediately and plans to increase rice imports from Vietnam to 500,000 tonnes by end of 2017, Vietnam's trade ministry said.
Vietnam's 5-percent broken rice <RI-VNBKN5-P1> was quoted at $360-$380 a tonne FOB Saigon, up from $365-$370 last week and the highest since April last year, as suppliers eyed export deals, traders said.
Traders and officials say Bangladesh could emerge as a major importer of rice this year. It was ranked as the fourth-largest importer of the grain by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2011.
Since then, the Bangladesh government has not imported rice although private traders have done, mostly from India.
Bangladesh produces around 34 million tonnes of rice annually but uses almost all its production to feed its population of 160 million. It often requires imports to cope with shortages caused by natural calamities such as floods and droughts

http://en.prothom-alo.com/economy/news/149213/Govt-to-speed-up-rice-imports-in-wake-of-flooding

Anchor Borrowers Programme Has Produced 2.1Mt Of Rice – CBN

  
By KAYODE TOKEDE,
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said its Anchor Borrowers Programme has produced 2.1 million metric tonnes of rice, setting the country on the road to rice sufficiency by 2018.
The acting director of Communications, CBN, Mr. Isaac Okorafor in a series of tweets #CBNspeaks said programme has funded local production of imported goods that include wheat, rice among others. Speaking on CBN’s strategy in the federal government push to get the nation out of recession said   the apex bank has intensified the regulation of banks with respect to their foreign exchange practices and number of banks were sanctioned for defaulting.
He said, “Even though the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) remains at -0.52 in first quarter of 2017, It shows that negative growth is decelerating, this is positive.”He said CBN has adopted higher prudential standards than obtains elsewhere in the world and Nigerian banks remain resilient in spite of this
He expressed that CBN has resorted to prioritization by selling foreign exchange only to industries that can stimulate growth and create jobs and created a list of items that could be produced locally and excluded them from accessing interbank foreign exchange.
According to him, the CBN has also created a window for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), investors and export proceeds, increased sales to Bureau De Changes, and introduced forward settlements.He said the foreign exchange crisis is basically structural and the CBN has intervened in agric and manufacturing to spur growth and jobs.He said as soon as the foreign exchange situation improved from higher crude sales as a result of peace in the Niger Delta, the CBN began to vigorously fund invisibles, Basic Transport Allowance, Personal Transport Allowance, school fees and medical fees to ease pressure on the Naira
http://leadership.ng/2017/05/26/anchor-borrowers-programme-produced-2-1mt-rice-cbn/

Commoners suffer for high rice prices in Magura
Newly-harvested Boro paddy starts appearing in Rajshahi mkts
Commoners suffer for high rice prices in Magura
Farmers filling sacks with paddy at a market of Dhaphat under Dupchanchia upazila in Bogra on Thursday. — FE Photo
Our Correspondent
MAGURA, May 25: Commoners in the district are suffering much due to a high price of rice.Within two months rice prices have been increased by Tk 5.0 to Tk 6.0 per kg.Sources said the local kitchen markets have now been flooded with Boro rice. Sharna rice is being sold at Tk 46 per kg against Tk 40 around two months ago, Paijam is being sold at Tk 50 per kg against Tk 45 and BR-28 at Tk 50 per kg against Tk 44. 
District food controller Rezaul Islam said it is true that rice price is high in the market. He also expects that rice prices will be dropped down within a few days.
Muktadir Rahman, a rickshaw-van puller of Nanduali area in the district town, said, "I purchase Sharna rice at Tk 46 per kg. Everyday I need 4.0 kgs of rice for my family. It is hard to spend Tk 184 per day only for rice."
Abul Fajal, a rice trader of the town, said present market price of rice is high as paddy is sold at a high rate this season. "Paddy which we purchased at Tk 700 per maund last year is Tk 1,000 this year."

Sarwar Hossein, a rice mill owner said, "We are failing to produce rice according to demand. Everyday we are facing load shedding for seven to eight hours."Meanwhile, our Bogra correspondent adds: Newly-harvested Boro paddy has started appearing in the local kitchen markets in all the eight districts under Rajshahi division.

Farmers are happy with the present market price as well, said sub-assistant agriculture officer, Bogra, Faridur Rahman. He said Boro is being sold at Tk 900 to Tk 950 per maund this season.
The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources said over 8,10,750 hectares of land in Bogra, Joypurhat, Pabna, Sirajganj, Naogaon, Natore, Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj districts have been brought under the farming of the paddy with over 2.0 million tonnes of production target.
Abdul Hakim, a cultivator of Mitoil village under Adamdighi upazila in Bogra, said he brought five bighas of land under the farming of Jirashal paddy variety spending Tk 35,000 and got 95 maunds of production. He expects to earn around Tk 90,000 this year.
President of Bogra Chamber of Commerce and Industry Masudur Rahman Milon said the farmers are getting fair prices of their produces this season
http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2017/05/25/71624/Commoners-suffer-for-high-rice-prices-in-Magura
Nagpur Foodgrain Prices Open- May 26, 2017
Nagpur Foodgrain Prices – APMC/Open Market-May 26

Nagpur, May 26 (Reuters) – Gram and tuar prices moved down in Nagpur Agriculture Produce andMarketing Committee (APMC) auction on lack of demand from local millers amid increased supplyfrom producing regions. Fresh fall in Madhya Pradesh pulses and release of stock from stockistsalso pulled down prices in weak trading activity.
About 1,800 bags of gram and 1,700 bags of tuar were available for auctions, according to
sources.

    FOODGRAINS & PULSES
    
   GRAM
   * Gram varieties ruled steady in open market here in absence of buyers amid good
     supply from producing regions. 
  
   TUAR
     
   * Tuar gavarani and tuar Karnataka showed weak tendency in open market on lack of
     demand from local traders amid good supply from producing belts.

   * Moong Chamki moved down in open market on poor buying support from local
     traders amid increased supply from producing regions.
                    
                                           
   * In Akola, Tuar New – 4,000-4,100, Tuar dal (clean) – 6,000-6,200, Udid Mogar (clean)
    – 9,000-10,000, Moong Mogar (clean) 6,800-7,200, Gram – 5,800-6,100, Gram Super best

   * Wheat, rice and other commodities moved in a narrow range in
     scattered deals and 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                  5,200-5,450         5,200-5,520
     Gram Pink Auction            n.a.           2,100-2,600
     Tuar Auction                3,500-3,850         3,500-4,000
     Moong Auction                n.a.                3,900-4,200
     Udid Auction                n.a.           4,300-4,500
     Masoor Auction                n.a.              2,600-2,800
     Wheat Mill quality Auction        1,500-1,652        1,500-1,620
     Gram Super Best Bold            8,200-8,500        8,200-8,500
     Gram Super Best            n.a.            n.a.
     Gram Medium Best            7,600-7,900        7,600-7,900
     Gram Dal Medium            n.a.            n.a
     Gram Mill Quality            5,600-5,700        5,600-5,700
     Desi gram Raw                6,400-6,600         6,400-6,600
     Gram Yellow                 8,000-8,200        8,000-8,200
     Gram Kabuli                12,300-13,400        12,300-13,400
     Tuar Fataka Best-New             6,200-6,400        6,200-6,400
     Tuar Fataka Medium-New        5,800-6,000        5,800-6,000
     Tuar Dal Best Phod-New        5,700-6,000        5,700-6,000
     Tuar Dal Medium phod-New        5,000-5,500        5,000-5,500
     Tuar Gavarani New             4,150-4,250        4,200-4,300
     Tuar Karnataka             4,250-4,350        4,300-4,400
     Masoor dal best            5,500-5,700        5,500-5,700
     Masoor dal medium            5,200-5,400        5,200-5,400
     Masoor                    n.a.            n.a.
     Moong Mogar bold (New)        7,000-7,500         7,000-7,500
     Moong Mogar Medium            6,500-6,800        6,500-6,800
     Moong dal Chilka            5,400-6,300        5,400-6,300
     Moong Mill quality            n.a.            n.a.
     Moong Chamki best            6,900-7,900        7,000-8,000
     Udid Mogar best (100 INR/KG) (New) 10,000-11,000       10,000-11,000
     Udid Mogar Medium (100 INR/KG)    8,000-9,000        8,000-9,000   
     Udid Dal Black (100 INR/KG)        5,800-6,200        5,800-6,200    
     Batri dal (100 INR/KG)        5,500-5,600        5,500-5,700
     Lakhodi dal (100 INR/kg)          3,300-3,500         3,300-3,500
     Watana Dal (100 INR/KG)            2,900-3,000        2,900-3,000
     Watana White (100 INR/KG)           3,400-3,600           3,400-3,600
     Watana Green Best (100 INR/KG)    4,000-4,500        4,000-4,500  
     Wheat 308 (100 INR/KG)        1,950-2,050        1,950-2,050
     Wheat Mill quality (100 INR/KG)    1,650-1,750        1,650-1,750  
     Wheat Filter (100 INR/KG)         2,150-2,350           2,150-2,350        
     Wheat Lokwan new (100 INR/KG)    1,850-2,050        1,850-2,050
     Wheat Lokwan best (100 INR/KG)    2,200-2,350        2,200-2,350   
     Wheat Lokwan medium (100 INR/KG)   2,000-2,150        2,000-2,150
     Lokwan Hath Binar (100 INR/KG)    n.a.            n.a.
     MP Sharbati Best (100 INR/KG)    3,100-3,400        3,100-3,400   
     MP Sharbati Medium (100 INR/KG)    2,300-2,800        2,300-2,800          
     Rice BPT new (100 INR/KG)        3,100-3,400        3,100-3,400
     Rice BPT best (100 INR/KG)        3,500-4,000        3,500-4,000   
     Rice BPT medium (100 INR/KG)        3,000-3,200        3,000-3,200   
     Rice Luchai (100 INR/KG)         2,500-2,800        2,500-2,800
     Rice Swarna new (100 INR/KG)       2,300-2,450        2,300-2,450  
     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 New (100 INR/KG)        3,600-4,000        3,600-4,000
     Rice HMT best (100 INR/KG)           4,500-4,800        4,500-4,800   
     Rice HMT medium (100 INR/KG)        4,000-4,200        4,000-4,200   
     Rice Shriram New(100 INR/KG)           4,650-4,850        4,650-4,850
     Rice Shriram best 100 INR/KG)    6,800-7,000        6,800-7,000
     Rice Shriram med (100 INR/KG)    6,300-6,500        6,300-6,500  
     Rice Basmati best (100 INR/KG)    11,000-15,000        11,000-15,000    
     Rice Basmati Medium (100 INR/KG)    6,500-8,000        6,500-8,000   
     Rice Chinnor New(100 INR/KG)        4,600-4,800        4,600-4,800
     Rice Chinnor best 100 INR/KG)    5,800-6,300        5,800-6,300   
     Rice Chinnor medium (100 INR/KG)    5,400-5,600        5,100-5,300  
     Jowar Gavarani (100 INR/KG)        1,900-2,200        1,900-2,200   
     Jowar CH-5 (100 INR/KG)         1,800-1,900        1,800-1,900

WEATHER (NAGPUR) 
Maximum temp. 45.5 degree Celsius, minimum temp. 30.9 degree Celsius
Rainfall : Nil
FORECAST: Partly cloudy sky. One or two spells of rains likely. Maximum and minimum temperaturewould be around and 45 and 32 degree Celsius respectively.

Note: n.a.--not available
(For oils, transport costs are excluded from plant delivery prices, butincluded in market prices)

Rain water inundates paddy in Rangpur

Landless farmers cultivate paddy on the bed of dead Sati river

Almost ripe paddy on 200 hectares of land on the bed of the nearly dead Sati river in Kaunia upazila of Rangpur has become flooded, much to the worry of the farmers.Kaunia Upazila Agriculture Officer (UAO) under the Department of Agriculture Extension in Rangpur Shamimur Rahman said landless farmers cultivated Irri-Boro paddy on 1,200 hectares of land on the riverbed.
Abdul Hamid of Char Nazirdah village said he and other landless farmers have been living by cultivating paddy on the riverbed of Sati river as there is no water flow there.
They noticed on May 19 that the water level was rising alarmingly. “I cultivated BR-28 paddy on one acre of land this year, which is now under water,” Hamid added.
He gathered nearly 100kg of paddy from under the water, otherwise it would be damaged, Hamid added.
Water usually enters the river from July up to October, but it came early this year, said Rafiqul Islam of the village, adding that he cultivated paddy on one-and-half acres of land on the riverbed.
“I spent extra money for preventing neck blast disease and will become a beggar if I can't harvest the paddy properly,” said Abul Kashem of Uttar Sadi village. He borrowed Tk 25,000 for cultivating the paddy, he added.
Nearly 300 farmers of Dhumpara, Char-Chatura, Maya-Bazar, Bangla-Bazar Char, Uttar-Thakurdash Polimari, Char Nazirdah, Char Prannath, Uttar Sadi and Gopidanga villages, cultivated paddy on the 26 km long riverbed of the Sati river, he said.
Most farmers have harvested their paddy on the riverbed, the UAO said. Water flow in the river increased early this year due to heavy rainfall, he added
http://www.thedailystar.net/country/rain-water-inundates-paddy-rangpur-1411102

Love rice but worried about calories? This ingredient may just be what you need

In case you too love rice and cannot imagine giving it up, this trick might just be what you need. It also cuts obesity rates.

 May 27, 2017 15:00 IST



A simple trick to cut calories in riceCreativeCommons/MarcoVerch
While rice is a food item that a lot of people are fond of and can't do without, there are some regions in the world where the grain forms a staple food. In China, rice is served with almost every meal, including breakfast. However, there are many people who are increasingly growing conscious of the amount of calories in rice and are either giving it up or opting for brown rice.
Also read: Not a meat-eater? 7 vegetarian foods that will take care of all your protein needs
In case you too love rice and cannot imagine giving it up, this might just be what you need. Scientists from the American Chemical Society have developed a simple and different way to cook rice that cuts the calories by half.
Yes, it is really that simple. The oil enters the starch granules while the rice is being cooked and changes the structure making it resistant to digestive enzymes due to which fewer calories are absorbed in the body.
For the research, the scientists used 38 kinds of rice from Sri Lanka and tried to find a new way to cook it so that it increased the resistant starch content. While they simmered the rice for about 40 minutes, one could boil it for 20-25 minutes for the same results.

A simple trick to cut calories in riceCreativeCommons/Eliazar Parra Cardenas
It is believed that this process of cooking rice also reduces obesity rates. "Because obesity is a growing health problem, especially in many developing countries, we wanted to find food-based solutions," Science Daily quoted team leader Sudhair A. James as saying. "We discovered that increasing rice resistant starch (RS) concentrations was a novel way to approach the problem.
"Your liver and muscles store glycogen for energy and quickly turn it back into glucose as needed. The issue is that the excess glucose that doesn't get converted to glycogen ends up turning into fat, which can lead to excessive weight or obesity," he added.
http://www.ibtimes.co.in/love-rice-worried-about-calories-this-ingredient-may-just-be-what-you-need-728321