Thursday, June 08, 2017

8th June,2017 daily rice e-newsletter(Global,Regional local National Rice News)

Domestic Rice Was Grown in China 9,400 Years Ago

A new study offers evidence that prehistoric villages in the area of Shangshan were growing half-domesticated rice

Terrace rice fields in Yunnan Province, China. (Wikimedia Commons)

For years, archaeologists and researchers have been trying to figure out where and when rice was first cultivated. There's evidence that rice first came from Japan, Korea, China, even Australia. Now, reports Sarah Zhang at The Atlantic, a new study suggests the process to domesticate rice from its wild form likely began in southern China
In the early 2000s, Stephen Chen at the South China Morning Post reports, archaeologists first discovered 18 prehistoric villages in the area of Shangshan along the Yangtze river with some evidence that the people were eating and perhaps cultivating rice. Rice hulls (hard protecting coverings of grains of rice) were used to strengthen their clay pottery and researchers also discovered early agricultural tools and large mortars and pestles used to de-hull rice. But it was not clear whether these early settlers were collecting wild rice or had begun to domesticate and cultivate rice.
That’s what the current study investigates. While acidic soils decompose and destroy the organic matter from rice, including its grains and stems, rice plants produces microscopic bits of silica called phytoliths that form in distinctive patterns in rice leaves. Compared to wild rice varieties, domesticated rice has distinctive phytolith patterns. By counting the “fish scales” in these patterns, researchers can tell the difference between cultivated and wild rice since cultivated rice has more than nine scales, Chen reports.
According to a press release, the researchers examined the phytoliths in each layer of three of the village sites, finding that over time the percentage of rice with more than nine fish scales steadily increased, indicating that the villagers were producing a larger and larger percentage of cultivated rice versus the wild stock. They also sifted enough of the tiny particles to test them using carbon-14 dating, finding that the oldest rice phytoliths in Shangshan date to 9,400 years.

“We have a high confidence it is not wild rice,” Lu Houyuan, professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and lead author of the study in The Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, tells Chen. “It is not the same as rice today, either. It’s a half-domestic species.”
Jiang Leping from Zhejiang’s Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, tells Chen that he believes the Shangshan village sites were surrounded by rice paddies and that the team hopes to continue excavations in the area to find evidence of that.
But not everyone is convinced that these villages along the Yangtze are the epicenter of Chinese rice. Wang Zixuan, also a professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, tells Chen that a large scale genetic study of rice published in the journal Nature in 2012 suggested that it emerged in a single location along the Pearl River valley, not on the banks of the Yangtze. “They could spread,” Wang tells Chen. “It is likely that the early farmers along the Pearl River took the rice seeds up north to the Yangtze during migration.”
While Chinese rice may be the earliest found so far, it doesn’t mean it’s the only place rice was developed. While researchers agree the rice variety known as japonica first appeared in China, some argue that another strain, known as indica was domesticated in an area between India and Indochina. Genetic studies show a third major variety, a drought-tolerant variety known as aus rice, was likely developed in the area of India and Bangladesh from wild strains.

Decoding the plastic rice rumour

Written by: Vicky Nanjappa
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There have been rumours afloat since 10 years that plastic rice is being supplied by China. Several clarifications have been issued based on research not to believe these rumours, but they continue to spread like wild-fire.

Social media began spreading this news in India and the Kerala media broadcast a series of reports with demonstrations of cooking the rice to prove it was plastic by burning the layer formed on the cooked rice. Based on directions given by the Kerala government, some institutions did research that proved that the rice samples did not consist of plastic, polymer or polyvinyl.
Scientists have said that plastic is not biodegradable and the digestive system of humans does not tolerate it. While stating that there is no way it can be consumed, scientists also expressed doubts that it can be manufactured.
The Telangana civil supplies department tested samples of rice and announced that no plastic element had been found but the samples would be sent to the state food controlling unit for further chemical tests. The Nigerian government too released research reports on 'plastic rice' on December 24, 2016, which also held that the rice was not plastic.

Flood Recovery: Govt. mulls donor conference

2017-06-08 00:00:58
As the floodwaters receded, the government encountered fresh challenges in the reconstruction of affected areas with measures for mitigation of damages from future natural disasters. All in all, the government did not face any major issue in feeding the displaced because donations out-poured from people’s largesse. Yet, the state machinery is riddled with shortcomings in the delivery of aid for people.   At the Cabinet meeting conducted last Tuesday, the President assigned Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Special Projects Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama to take steps to call for a donor conference. That is to raise funds for rebuilding the flood-hit areas of the country.  
However, Minister Karunanayake, as Foreign Affairs Minister, suggested that the government should declare an emergency situation first for such a conference to be called. The government was not receptive to this idea at the Cabinet meeting as it would have serious ramifications on other sectors of the economy, mainly tourism.   
Then, the President asked the assigned ministers to study the situation and recommend how to proceed with this proposal. Finally, it ended up to be a tentative proposal, pending other requirements to be fulfilled. For it to be done, a need assessment of the five affected districts should be done. Alongside, the Foreign Minister was asked to engage with the head of diplomatic missions in Sri Lanka to do some preparatory work. Therefore, it is a time-consuming exercise to call for a donor conference.   

Rishad complains of his Cabinet paper leakage 

At Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting, Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen made a cry that his Cabinet paper - seeking approval to privatize Lanka Mineral Sand Ltd - had been leaked out to some undesirable hands. As such, he sought to withdraw the paper. He said he would resubmit a fresh one to the Economic Management Committee headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe later.  
Initially, he had proposed to bring an Indian investor for this company.   

Not all Basmati rice varieties are of proper quality 

Rice trading was embroiled in a sort of crisis after a video footage went viral on the internet that imported ‘Basmati rice’ looked like it was made of plastic. In a video footage widely shared in the social media, a lady demonstrated how her Basmati rice turned pasty after it was cooked. She formed lumps of cooked rice and butted them on the floor to see them bouncing off a little. She even said her cooked rice remained fresh relatively for a long time. She tried to drive home the point that ‘freshness could not be retained for so long if it were natural.   
“This looks like a conspiracy of local mill owners to mislead consumers about imported rice varieties. If rice is made of plastic, it would cost at least Rs.1,000 a kg. Then, we cannot sell them”
This made a blow to Basmati rice trading in Sri Lanka. The Cooperative Wholesale Establishment (CWE), which sold Basmati rice in this case, denied these reports. Instead, it said this appeared to be a conspiracy hatched with vested interests to bring CWE or SATHOSA to disrepute.  
Basmati rice is imported mainly from India and Pakistan through the normal trading channel. Besides, a certain quota of Basmati rice is imported under duty-free conditions from Pakistan under the provisions of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Sri Lanka. The private sector was involved in the import of this duty free quota of Basmati from Pakistan. However, the CWE took it over from the private sector.  
Under the FTA, Sri Lanka has given a tariff rate quota of 6,000 tonnes of Long Grain Basmati Rice from Pakistan. In fact in 2014, the government stopped issuing licence to import any variety of Basmati rice from Pakistan till the exhaustion of this quota under the FTA. The Certificate of Origin, issued by the Pakistani authorities was accepted on the first-come-first-served basis till this quota was exhausted.   
However, this practice has now been done away with. The Basmati variety, that is allowed, has grains with long slender   shape. The milled length of a grain should be more than 6.6 mm, and the milled breadth 2 mm.   
Outside the tariff rate quota, different other varieties of Basmati rice are being imported to the country, and some of them however, do not belong to the best quality category.  
Against this backdrop, let alone another online dialogue has been initiated by those advocating the international best practices of trading and consumer rights.   
These groups refer to the code of practice, adopted in the UK on Basmati rice. It has been done to provide improved protection for people who consume Basmati rice and assist local authorities in their enforcement work.  
According to sources, the code applies to pre-packed as well as non pre-packed rice, and where rice is used as an ingredient in other foods.  
Basmati rice is recognised for its unique cooking properties and distinctive aroma, and sells for two to three times the price of other long grain rice varieties.  
The UK code of practice on basmati rice is a result of work by the UK rice industry, British Retail Consortium (BRC), Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services (LACORS), and the Association of Public Analysts (APA). It lists the varieties that are currently approved by the Indian and Pakistani authorities that could use the description ‘Basmati’, and lays down the minimum specifications and labelling requirements for rice sold in the UK.  
The present crisis, involving basmati rice trading seems to have been triggered by the lack of knowledge on the quality of food items imported to the country and the measures adopted for quality assurance. Also, it is needed to have proper anti-dumping laws. Once that is done and information disseminated to consumers, such issues could be averted in the future.   
Meanwhile, the Association of Importers of Essential Commodities scoffed reports that ‘plastic rice’ had been imported under the pretext of basmati.
A spokesman for the body said such plastic rice, as claimed, does not exist.
“This looks like a conspiracy of local millers to mislead consumers about imported rice varieties. If rice is made of plastic, it would cost at least Rs.1,000 a kg. Then, we cannot sell them,” he said.   

JO not in favour of talks 

The Joint Opposition (JO) engaged in an intense debate on reports that President Maitripala Sirisena is contemplating talks with his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa on the measures for uniting the party.   
After the talks, the JO, led by MR decided forthwith that such talks were no longer necessary. It assigned MP Kumara Welgama, a close confidante of MR to announce it publicly for the people to know.   
The JO is sceptical that this would yet be another ploy by the President to dupe it. Instead, it is trying to hone strategies in its own in view of the future elections without any alignment with the President’s SLFP. It has come to realize that it is not feasible to work out any unity between the incumbent President and his predecessor as acrimony between them is so bad.   
MR is currently on a visit to Japan to attend some religious functions. Once he returns, the JO is planning some measures to mount a campaign urging the government to conduct the local authorities’ election as soon as possible. The election is overdue for more than two years as of now.   
Already, it has started engaging the diplomatic community in Colombo about the delay in conducting the polls. Earlier, the JO leaders such as Dinesh Gunawardane met with EU Ambassador Tung-Lai Margue. Alongside, he called on Canadian High Commissioner Shelley Whiting on the same matter.   
In this task, the JO has chosen to talk the embassies and High Commissions of the countries that espouse elections as the pillars of democracy.   

NP Ministers face corruption charges 

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran appointed a committee to investigate allegations of corruption and malpractices against the Provincial Board of Ministers.  
It is learnt that evidence has been given before this committee against these ministers mostly by those representing the TNA. It looks like an internal issue of the TNA as a result
The report was to be submitted to the Chief Minister yesterday. The TNA controls the Provincial Council. All the provincial ministers belong to the TNA. Nonetheless, it is learnt that evidence has been given before this committee against these ministers mostly by those representing the TNA. It looks like an internal issue of the TNA as a result.

Thailand sells 1.66 mln T of rice from state stockpiles

Wed Jun 7, 2017 4:57am GMT
 BANGKOK, June 7 (Reuters) - Thailand sold 1.66 million tonnes of rice worth $49 million from state stockpiles on Wednesday, the commerce ministry said.The amount sold accounted for 90 percent of the amount open for auction last month.
Thailand is the world's second-biggest rice exporter after India, and still has stocks of about 3 million tonnes left over from the previous government's rice-buying scheme, which paid farmers well above market rates.
The current military government has been trying to sell off stockpiles from the scheme through several state auctions since it took power in 2014.It said it will be able to offload the remaining stock, including 160,000 tonnes of rice and 2.7 million tonnes of spoiled rice, by year-end.
Thailand officially aims to export 9.5 million tonnes of rice this year, but the commerce ministry said 10 million tonnes was also achievable. ($1 = 33.99 baht) (Reporting by Patpicha Tanakasempipat; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)
Rice storage offers price security
The new warehouse in Battambang province could be used to store rice when prices were low and released to be sold when prices recovered. KT/Chor Sokunthea
 Rice millers can expect a certain degree of price stability in their exports with the construction of a 200,000-tonne capacity rice warehouse and a 3,000-tonne silo facility in Battambang province.


The silo is expected to be finished by the end of the year and the warehouse will be fully operational for the 2018 harvest season, according to the CEO of the Cambodia Rice Bank. Phou Puy, CEO of the Cambodia Rice Bank, said that once the facility is ready, it will help stabilise prices during the harvest season and will benefit farmers in Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Pursat and Siem Reap provinces.
“We spent about $5 million on machines and other facilities for silos and all of these facilities will be installed in July,” Mr Puy said.Cambodia Rice Bank, which won the $15 million contract to build the facility from the state-run Rural Development Bank in April signed a construction and design agreement with the Cambodian company NGY Investment on the warehouse.
It also signed two other agreements with Taiwan’s Agrosun Co and Thailand’s International Rice Engineering Co to supply machinery for the silos.  Mr Puy said farmers will no longer have concerns about rice production and price fluctuations after harvests. The rice, he said, could be stored when prices were low and released to be sold when prices recovered.
Phon Nary, director-general of Heng Huch Rice mill in Battambang, said the facility would not benefit his mill but would be of use to farmers. He said his warehouse could store about 3,000 tonnes of paddy rice and his silo processes about 45 tonnes of milled rice per day.

“It is good for farmers in the context of preventing the flow of rice to neighbouring countries, but for me as rice miller, I cannot purchase rice to store there,” Mr Nary said..Last September, the price of fragrant rice fell to about 600 riel ($0.15) per kilo, leaving many farmers complaining that the price was too low to support their families and pay back farming loans.
The farmers used to receive 800 riel ($0.20) per kilogramme. The fall came after rice mills did not have enough funds and space for storage. There was also a lack of silos for drying and processing paddy rice while the global rice price fell.
The Ministry of Economy and Finance allocated about $20 million from the emergency budget fund to the Rural Development Bank to implement a special government programme. The money would be used to both stabilise currently falling prices and pay farmers, at market prices, for their newly harvested rice.
Through this programme, the government will purchase about 90,000 tonnes of rice from farmers, which should increase the rice price to more than 940,000 riel ($235) a tonne
Ag Leaders Meet with Secretary Perdue on Critical FAS Programs
WASHINGTON, DC -- Twelve members of the U.S. Agricultural Export Development Council (USAEDC) representing a broad cross-section of agricultural groups met yesterday with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to discuss the future of USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) programs.  President Trump's 2018 budget completely eliminates funding for the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD).
The group, that included USA Rice's President and CEO Betsy Ward, pointed out that USDA Export Market Development programs continue to achieve what Congress intended when they were created: U.S. agricultural exports have increased in value and volume to more than $150 billion annually, support 1.1 million full-time U.S. jobs, and have contributed substantially to farm income, boosting the overall U.S. economy.

USA Rice is one of 80 agricultural organizations now utilizing the MAP and FMD program funds that have helped open new markets at a time when agriculture exports account for one-third of total farm sector gross earnings in 2017. 

Ward noted that even at existing funding levels, $200 million for MAP and $34.5 million for FMD, the U.S. has fallen way behind global competitors in terms of government support for export promotion activities. 

"I had the opportunity to elaborate on how, as one of the most sensitive and protected commodities in the world, rice relies heavily on the FAS overseas staff as our boots on the ground when there is a trade dispute or trade disruption.  The sale last week of rice to Iraq is just the most recent example of how the partnership works in practice," she said.  

Ward touched on another value of the FAS programs: industry unity."These programs unite an entire industry behind a single strategy that brings a lot of concentrated firepower to the marketplace.  It keeps rice aligned and speaking with one voice in support of USDA's trade policy and strategic objectives of increasing exports," she explained.
Ward said these programs work for U.S. agriculture for several reasons, including the public/private partnership that leverages MAP/FMD funds with industry contributions.  She said USA Rice members contribute seven dollars for every dollar of FAS money allocated. 
The programs are also results and outcome based, making them easily evaluated. And, finally, cooperator programs, representing all 50 states and thousands of farms and agri-businesses, unite behind one coherent strategy executed against other regions/countries that, in some cases, have more resources. Secretary Perdue was impressed with the metrics and results the group provided and recognized that, with the programs' matching requirements, every ag group has "skin in the game."  Perdue encouraged continued USAEDC efforts to educate Congress about the programs' value.
"Secretary Perdue has already demonstrated to us that he is a great proponent of trade," said Ward.  "We appreciate being given a forum to explain why the FAS programs and partnership with industry is critical to our future success in exporting rice."

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Network formed to create climate resilient rice in Mekong Delta

VNA TUESDAY, JUNE 06, 2017 - 18:00:00
  Can Tho (VNA) – Five Mekong Delta provinces and 11 agencies have signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in forming the Mekong Partnership for Climate Resilient Rice Research Network (MPCRR-N).The document was inked at a workshop in Mekong Delta Can Tho city on June 6.

The signatories were the departments of agriculture and rural development of An Giang, Kien Giang, Ca Mau, Bac Lieu and Soc Trang provinces, along with such agencies as the Crop Production Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences, the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta Rice Research Institute, Can Tho University, the Integrated Coastal Management Programme, and the International Rice Research Institute.

Dr Dao The Anh from the Field Crops Research Institute said the MPCRR-N will take part in the development of coastal rice cultivation systems in the Mekong Delta in a sustainable and climate- resilient manner.

It will share information about programmes, projects and studies on saltwater- and drought-tolerant rice while also testing these rice varieties. Through this network, those who are interested in saltwater-resistant rice and agricultural value chains in coastal areas will be connected.

Tran Xuan Dinh, Deputy Director of the Crop Production Department, said drought and saltwater intrusion led by El Nino from 2015 to the latter half of 2016 devastated hundreds of thousands of hectares of rice in the Mekong Delta, resulting in a loss of about 1.3 million tonnes of paddy rice.

As climate change is forecast to happen faster and more strongly, millions of rice farmers in the Mekong Delta – the rice hub of Vietnam – will fall into poverty if adaptation solutions are not swiftly carried out, he added.

MA Pham Trung Kien from the Mekong Delta Rice Research Institute said regional provinces lack information about drought and saltwater tolerant rice varieties, while some local varieties with good tolerance and quality are yet to be popularised.

He noted it is an urgent need for sharing information about these rice varieties, exchanging experience in drought adapted cultivation, and developing value chains of saltwater-proof rice and crops.

Dinh said the establishment of a network for researching and selecting saltwater-resistant rice varieties that match each area’s conditions is an effective method since it bases on assessment of producers and localities.-VNA

Agriculture department launches ‘Rice Derby’ in Negros

Wednesday, June 07, 2017
THE Department of Agriculture in Negros Island Region (DA-NIR) on Tuesday, June 6, launched the Rice Derby in Bacolod City to showcase the best practices in rice production that can be replicated by Negrense farmers. Joyce Wendam, DA regional director said Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel PiƱol is pushing for the implementation of Rice Derby to promote the use of hybrid seeds as method to increase yield. “This is like a competition where participating seed companies will vie for the highest production or yield per hectare,” said, adding that the project was piloted in Samar. Under the Rice Derby initiative, DA-NIR will utilize the contiguous eight-hectare farm of the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental in Barangay Cabadiangan, Himamaylan City.
Of the total area, four hectares will be managed by private seed companies namely Syngenta, SL Agri Tech, Bayer, and Seed Works using their respective protocol or technologies. The remaining four hectares will be under the DA and Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) protocol. Wendam said the companies will provide farm inputs like hybrid seeds and fertilizers for the farm they will manage. For the DA-OPA protocol, the agency will utilize the Mestiso rice seed variety of the Philippine Rice Research Institute. OPA’s counterpart, meanwhile, includes labor and manpower expenses, Wendam said.
“The farm will serve as a demo area where local farmers can observe and learn various practices that can help them improve their production," the DA official said, adding that the initiative promotes location-specific seeds. Meaning, farmers will be equipped with knowledge on what specific seeds are suitable for a certain area. The delivery of seeds is scheduled on June 15 while planting starts second week of July thus, the first harvest is expected in October. The DA-NIR will conduct farm tours for farmers in the province during vegetative and harvesting stages. For the private seed companies, meanwhile, the recognition to be given by the DA especially to the firm with the highest yield will surely provide marketing boost to its product, Wendam said.
 She pointed out that Negros Occidental currently has “positive” rice productivity, and it is “something that needs to be sustained.” DA-NIR records showed the province’s rice productivity is pegged at 4.82 metric tons per hectare. The figure is higher than the country’s target yield of 4.15 metric tons per hectare, it added. Ads by Kiosked Tags:  DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURERICE DERBYNEGROS ISLAND REGIONJOYCE WENDAMOFFICE OF THE PROVINCIAL AGRICULTURIST Published in the SunStar Bacolod newspaper on June 07, 2017

Rainfall Harming Rice Crops

It’s been 11 straight days of rain and it’s causing some problems for farmers. According to experts from the LSU Agriculture Center say that all of this water paired with hot, humid temperatures is actually the perfect recipe for disease to develop in rice farms.
It’s a disease called, “Sheath Blight” and with rice being such a staple in Louisiana it has a lot of farmers worried about their turnout from the crop this season.
Rice farmers always pay extra attention to their crop this time of year and this weather hasn’t made their jobs any easier.
“We just have to deal with what we get dealt with the weather we make the best of it. When you get these rainy times it delays timely fertilizer application, it delays fungicide applications, it’s not good we welcome the rain but everything in moderation.” says Alan Lawson, a rice farmer in Acadia Parish. He says rice is pretty resilient but if water covers the crop that’s a different story. “These overcast days and these rainy days don’t help with the production of seed.”
These are perfect conditions for Shealth Blight to blow up in fact I’ve been getting a lot of calls over the last week with a lot more sheath blight in the area.
Dustin Harrell, a state rice specialist at the LSU AG center says Sheath Blight can actually decrease the yield in the rice field 20-30 percent. Harrel says when it’s not raining there are ways to prevent it from spreading. “If it’s at a certain level they’ll actually spray a fungiscide to project that rice from shealth blight.”
Alan says the economic conditions for rice farmers haven’t been the best in the last couple years but he’s is not jumping to any negative conclusions quite yet. “A lot can change between now and the beginning of august when we’re harvesting. We hope the storms stay away until we finish.”
This years crop of 400 thousand acres in Louisiana is about 8 percent lower than last year.Manila Times: "Rice supply critical by end June – NFA "

Rice supply critical by end June – NFA

The National Food Authority (NFA) warned that rice stocks in government-owned warehouses will be critically low by the end of June if the country will not start the importation process in the next few days.

The agency said that by the end of the month, rice stocks will only be good for two days.

Under the law, the NFA should have at least a 15-day buffer stock at any given time, and 30-day buffer stock during the lean months.“Based on the projected domestic purchases and rice sales/distribution, NFA stock will be down to just 64,000 MT which will be good for just two days by end of June 2017,” the grains agency said.

The government-negotiated importation of 250,000 MT, which was approved by the previous administration, would replenish the rice inventory but it will not be enough to fill up the needed buffer stock requirement because the lean season starts in July and ends in September.NFA spokesperson Marietta Ablaza said the available stock can be stretched to last for seven days in July, noting the actual average withdrawals of 2,500 MT per day.She stressed the need to import the grain, saying it takes 28 days to finish the entire bidding process.
Ablaza noted that despite the low rice inventory, prices of the staple remain stable because of the release of some 54,000 MT withheld in ports.

The local harvest in September would also help beef up the supply, she said.
Meanwhile, sources said that it would take two more weeks before the NFA Council could approve the terms of reference for the importation of 250,000 MT of rice.“Bad blood between the current NFA leadership and the Council members makes it more difficult in approving recommendations by the NFA management,” a source said.
Another reliable source said NFA Council members are still discussing the proposed terms of reference and that a meeting was set for mid-June.

They expressed fears that the imported rice may not arrive in time for the lean months because of the defiance of the NFA leadership to include specific transparency mechanisms for the government-led importation.
One of the recommendations from the Office of the Cabinet Secretary is the extension of the arrival period for the standby volume to December this year to allow more traders to participate in the bidding.
“To date, only Vietnam has the capacity to supply the rice requirement since Thailand and other rice exporting countries have already finished their harvest season. If the NFA would follow its initial recommendation, this would mean that Vietnam will be the lone bidder if the open tender will be conducted now,” the source said.
Why price of local rice is high – Rice millers
Rice millers in Kano State have attributed the high cost of locally-produced rice to the increasing cost of production of the commodity in the country.Mr Liman Muhammed, spokesperson, Medium and Small Scale Rice Millers Association in the state, said this during a visit to some rice mills in Kano on Wednesday.The price of 50kg locally-produced rice ranges between N20,000 and N22,000 while that of imported rice is between N12,000 and N15,000.“For locally-produced rice, the cost of production is high. Our people are used to the imported rice but with government’s intervention, we are seeing good quality rice.
 “Most imported rice have spent more than 10 years in the storage and are not good enough but the local rice has more nutritional value.“The number of people consuming local rice is increasing and if everybody along the rice value chain is empowered, the cost of production will reduce,’’ he said.
He commended the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Anchor Borrowers’ Programme, noting that it had empowered rice farmers and millers across the country.Muhammed called on government at all levels to provide necessary inputs to rice farmers to boost production in the country.


Rice sowing target in Kazakhstan exceeded by 11%


Despite the late arrival of spring, planting in Kazakhstan has already almost caught up with last year’s progress, even outpaced it in some regions. The lag in individual grain growing regions results from rainy weather at the plantings time.According to Kazakhstan’s Ag Ministry, spring spiked cereals were sown on an area of 12.53 Mln ha as of May 31, 2017 (87.5% of the plan) that is 4.6% less than at the same time last year (13.13 Mln ha or 89.6% of the plan).
As of the reporting date, corn plantings already totaled 127 Th ha (89.8% of the plan).
The rice sowing target in the country has already been exceeded by 11%. Kazakh farmers planted 102.7 Th ha of rice by the reporting date, or 14.5% more than at the same time last year (89.7 Th ha).

REFILE-Nagpur Foodgrain Prices Open- JUN 07, 2017

Commodities23 hours ago (Jun 07, 2017 14:20)
© Reuters. REFILE-Nagpur Foodgrain Prices Open- JUN 07, 2017

 Nagpur Foodgrain Prices - APMC/Open Market-June 7 Nagpur, June 7 (Reuters) - Gram and tuar prices firmed up again in Nagpur Agriculture Produce and Marketing Committee (APMC) auction on increased demand from local millers amid weak supply from producing regions. Reported demand from South-based millers also helped to push up prices. About 1,050 of gram and 950 bags of tuar were available for auctions, according to sources.
* Gram varieties ruled steady in open market here in absence of buyers amid adequate
stock in ready position.
* Tuar gavarani and tuar Karnataka reported higher in open market on increased buying
support from local traders.
* Lakhodi dal recovered in open market on good buying support from local traders amid
weak supply from producing belts.
* In Akola, Tuar New - 3,600-3,700, Tuar dal (clean) - 5,400-5,600, Udid Mogar (clean)
- 8,200-9,200, Moong Mogar (clean) 6,800-7,200, Gram - 5,500-5,800, Gram Super best
- 7,200-7,400
* 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
Available prices
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Gram Auction
Gram Pink Auction
Tuar Auction
Moong Auction
Udid Auction
Masoor Auction
Wheat Mill quality Auction
Gram Super Best Bold
Gram Super Best
Gram Medium Best
Gram Dal Medium
Gram Mill Quality
Desi gram Raw
Gram Yellow
Gram Kabuli
Tuar Fataka Best-New
Tuar Fataka Medium-New
Tuar Dal Best Phod-New
Tuar Dal Medium phod-New
Tuar Gavarani New
Tuar Karnataka
Masoor dal best
Masoor dal medium
Moong Mogar bold (New)
Moong Mogar Medium
Moong dal Chilka
Moong Mill quality
Moong Chamki best
Udid Mogar best (100 INR/KG) (New) 8,500-9,500
Udid Mogar Medium (100 INR/KG)
Udid Dal Black (100 INR/KG)
Batri dal (100 INR/KG)
Lakhodi dal (100 INR/kg)
Watana Dal (100 INR/KG)
Watana White (100 INR/KG)
Watana Green Best (100 INR/KG)
Wheat 308 (100 INR/KG)
Wheat Mill quality (100 INR/KG)
Wheat Filter (100 INR/KG)
Wheat Lokwan new (100 INR/KG)
Wheat Lokwan best (100 INR/KG)
Wheat Lokwan medium (100 INR/KG) 1,900-2,100
Lokwan Hath Binar (100 INR/KG)
MP Sharbati Best (100 INR/KG)
MP Sharbati Medium (100 INR/KG)
Rice BPT new (100 INR/KG)
Rice BPT best (100 INR/KG)
Rice BPT medium (100 INR/KG)
Rice Luchai (100 INR/KG)
Rice Swarna new (100 INR/KG)
Rice Swarna best (100 INR/KG)
Rice Swarna medium (100 INR/KG)
Rice HMT New (100 INR/KG)
Rice HMT best (100 INR/KG)
Rice HMT medium (100 INR/KG)
Rice Shriram New(100 INR/KG)
Rice Shriram best 100 INR/KG)
Rice Shriram med (100 INR/KG)
Rice Basmati best (100 INR/KG)
Rice Basmati Medium (100 INR/KG)
Rice Chinnor New(100 INR/KG)
Rice Chinnor best 100 INR/KG)
Rice Chinnor medium (100 INR/KG)
Jowar Gavarani (100 INR/KG)
Jowar CH-5 (100 INR/KG)
1,800-1,900 WEATHER (NAGPUR) Maximum temp. 40.8 degree Celsius, minimum temp. 28.1 degree Celsius Rainfall : 0.4 mm FORECAST: Generally cloudy sky with one or two spells or rains or thunder-showers likely. Maximum and minimum temperature would be around and 40 and 27 degree Celsius respectively. Note: n.a.--not available (For oils, transport costs are excluded from plant delivery prices, but included in market prices)

Most edible rice in old stockpile now sold
7 Jun 2017 at 14:52

An inspector examines the quality of ageing rice stockpiled at a warehouse in Phanom Sarakham district, Chachoengsao. (file photo)
The National Rice Policy Committee has approved the 16.56-billion-baht sale of 1.66 million tonnes of old rice to auction winners, leaving only 160,000 tonnes of edible rice in the stockpile.
Duangporn Rodphaya, director-general of the Foreign Trade Department, said on Wednesday the committee endorsed the sale of the rice that 24 bidders won in the second auction of old government rice this year, on May 24.
She said 90.84% of the 1.82 million tonnes put up for auction were sold.
This leaves only 160,000 tonnes of edible rice in the government's old stockpile, and means the government has for the most part solved the stockpile's influence on rice markets, and the burden its storage, Mrs Duangporn said.
The government has yet to release 2.7 million tonnes of deteriorated rice to the industrial sector. It would organise auctions for the inedible rice in June and July, she said.
The government's rice stockpile soared due to the rice-pledging scheme of the previous government. This affected the price and competitiveness of Thai rice, which plunged on global markets on oversupply and concerns about the quality of the ageing stockpiled grain.
Since the May 2014 coup, the military government has sold more than 14 million tonnes of old rice by auction, fetching about 130 billion baht.
The Commerce Ministry plans to call for bids for old rice fit for animal feed this month, and for ethyl alcohol production next month.