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10th June,2017 daily rice e-newsletter (Global,Regional,Local Rice News by Ricpelus Magazine)

Export Summary-Pakistan buys soybeans, Japan buys wheat

Reuters | Jun 9, 2017, 03.05 AM IST
June 8 (Reuters) - Snapshot of the global export markets for grains, oilseeds and edible oils as reported by government and private sources as of the end of business on Thursday:
SOYBEAN PURCHASE: Pakistani importers have in the past days purchased about 500,000 tonnes of soybeans, likely to be sourced from the United States and Brazil, European traders said. The soybeans are for shipment between January 2018 and April 2018. Further purchases are expected, they said.
WHEAT PURCHASE: Japan's Ministry of Agriculture bought a total of 159,610 tonnes of food quality wheat from the United States, Canada and Australia in a regular tender that closed late on Thursday.
WHEAT TENDER: Jordan's state grains buyer again issued an international tender to purchase 100,000 tonnes of hard milling wheat which can be sourced from optional origins, European traders said. The tender closes on June 13, they said.
BARLEY TENDER PASSED: Jordan's state grain buyer made no purchase in an international tender for 100,000 tonnes of feed barley which closed on Thursday, European traders said. A new tender is expected to be issued closing on June 15, they said.
PALM KERNEL, COPRA FEED MEAL PURCHASE: South Korea's largest feedmaker Nonghyup Feed Inc (NOFI) purchased about 18,000 tonnes of palm kernelexpeller animal feed meal and about 12,000 tonnes of copra meal in an international tender that closed on Wednesday, European traders said.
WHEAT TENDER: The Taiwan Flour Millers' Association issued an international tender to purchase 92,400 tonnes of grade 1 milling wheat to be sourced from the United States, European traders said. The tender deadline is June 13.
WHEAT TENDER UPDATE: The lowest price offer submitted in the tender from Iraq's state grains board to buy at least 50,000 tonnes of hard wheat was $264.66 a tonne c&f free out for wheat sourced from the United States, European traders said. No purchase had yet been made in the tender, they said. The tender closed on June 4 with offers having to remain valid up to June 8, the traders added. Only wheat from the United States, Canada or Australia was sought.
RICE TENDER: Bangladesh's state grains buyer issued an international tender on May 29 to import 50,000 tonnes of parboiled rice, state grains officials said, the third such tender for the month. The deadline for offers is June 11 and the rice is to be shipped within 40 days of signing the deal, a senior official at the state grains buyer said.
RICE TENDER: Iraq's state grains buyer issued an international tender to buy at least 30,000 tonnes of rice, European traders said. The closing date for the tender is June 11 and offers must remain valid up to June 15. The rice can be sourced from any origin worldwide, they said.
SOYOIL TENDER: Iran's state purchasing agency GTC issued an international tender to purchase up to 30,000 tonnes of soyoil, European traders said. Tender deadline for the crude, degummed soyoil is July 10.

Karnataka to look into reports on ‘plastic’ rice, sugar being sold: Health Minister Ramesh Kumar

Replying to a question in the legislative assembly, the minister expressed doubts about the reports of the items being sold and sought time till Monday to find out facts behind it.

By: PTI | Bengaluru | Published:June 9, 2017 5:26 pm

Noting that scientists have said such a thing is not possible, he said, “adulteration I can understand, but plastic we are hearing for the first time.”
Karnataka Health Minister Ramesh Kumar on Friday said reports about ‘plastic’ rice and sugar being sold, including under public distribution system, will be thoroughly investigated. Replying to a question in the legislative assembly, the minister expressed doubts about the reports of the items being sold and sought time till Monday to find out facts behind it.
Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, Opposition BJP leader Jagdish Shettar said there are reports about plastic rice being found in what is being distributed under PDS and government’s popular ‘Anna Bhagya’ scheme, and demanded a thorough inquiry and action in this regard. Shettar said such reports, even if it is a rumour, would cause panic among the public as these items are consumed every day. He said the government should soon get them tested and inform people about the genuineness of such reports.
Responding, Ramesh Kumar said the government has come to know about such incidents from the media and officials have been asked to look into them. Noting that scientists have said such a thing is not possible, he said, “adulteration I can understand, but plastic we are hearing for the first time.” “It is also costly, so why will anyone do it,” he questioned.
Stating that he will not take the “risk” of rejecting the reports straightaway as false, the minister said the government will get things examined. He said “by Monday I will get hold of the information and will report it to the House. We will also conduct a thorough inquiry on the possibility of plastic and reasons behind it.” The minister said the government will also look into whether the reports are based on mere “gossips” that had been floated by someone with wrong intentions.
Intervening, Food and Civil Supplies Minister U T Khader said the presence of plastic rice was not possible in the rice supplied under government’s ‘Anna Bhagya’ scheme, as rice for this purpose is being procured from Food Corporation of India

Ingredion Researchers Develop First Highly Process-Stable Waxy Rice Flours
by Ingredion Incorporated
Posted: Friday, June 9, 2017 at 3:46PM EDT
WESTCHESTER, Ill. – Researchers at Ingredion’s Idea Labs™ have developed a line of HOMECRAFT® Create multi-functional rice flours that help food manufacturers respond to consumer demand for smooth, silky textures in clean label and gluten-free products. The development marks the first time manufacturers will be able to convert to a highly desirable “rice flour” label while at the same time achieving the robust functionality, stability and shelf life previously associated with the use of hydrocolloids, modified starches and other ingredients not considered clean label. The new range of ingredients first will be available to food manufacturers in the United States, Canada and Asia-Pacific following the IFT17 Annual Meeting and Food Expo.

Rice industry

 June 9, 2017

For several decades now, rice farming has been one of the mainstays of Guyana’s agricultural sector – a sector which accounts for an estimated 30% of all employment. The farmers who produce the rice paddy supply privately owned commercial rice mills that mill the paddy into rice for local and export sales.
One fact that becomes immediately apparent even from a cursory review of the rice industry in Guyana is that the rice farmers have historically borne the brunt of the risks inherent in the industry and seem to continue to do so to this day.
And the risks are many. Farmers have to contend with unsuitable soil types that require the addition of expensive fertilizers. Then there are the uncertain weather patterns, which mean that crops might be affected by either excessive rainfall or drought during the four months to maturity. This means that the system of drainage and irrigation must function properly. To have a properly functioning drainage and irrigation (D&I) system presupposes the layout of the rice lands and the design of the D&I system are in sync, and that individual farmers can drain or irrigate their land without adversely affecting other farmers.
The D&I systems that exist in these farming areas are fraught with issues and this is a major bugbear in rice farming in Guyana. Crops have been depleted or lost because farmers were unable to irrigate or drain their cultivation at the optimum times. Even the much vaunted MMA/ADA in Region Five which gives its raison d’être in part as “the executing agency for the construction of all drainage and irrigation works in Region No. 5, Mahaica/Berbice on the north-eastern Atlantic seacoast of Guyana” has not been without controversy over the years, as it has been blamed for flooding endured by farmers even as recently as June 2016.
After successfully harvesting their crop, farmers must have the rice paddy dried to a required specification of moisture content, and ideally this requires sufficient available drying floor space for drying via sunlight or, alternatively, mechanical drying facilities. It is therefore quite an anachronism to see rice paddy still being dried on the roadways in Guyana, a practice that has been going on seemingly from time immemorial.
The farmers with the best quality paddy grains with acceptable moisture levels are usually offered the higher prices and roadside dryers of paddy usually have to settle for less. It should be noted that while the best paddy quality is rewarded with the best price, this does not mean that it is necessarily a fair price. Rice farmers are generally price takers, as only the largest farmers are able to negotiate somewhat with the buyers of paddy which are usually the rice millers. Consequently, many farmers operate at near break-even point and a significant amount claim to suffer losses continuously.
President of the Rice Producers Association, Leekha Rambrich recently posited to Stabroek News that “the profit margin is very thin and if farmers lose one crop, it is a big setback.” He also claimed that many rice farmers are opting out of rice farming and that there was a decline in cultivation.
The final hurdle rice farmers face having delivered their paddy and accepted the price is to actually receive full payment for their produce. It has become par for the course for rice farmers to be owed money by the buyers of their paddy – usually rice millers. Over the years government intervention has been necessary from time to time to reduce the colossal debts owed to farmers by millers – debts which have often exceeded half a billion Guyana dollars.
From all of the above it can be seen that the bulk of the risks involved in the rice industry is borne by the rice paddy farmers themselves. When the milling sub-sector owes large sums to the farmers, the millers are in effect financing their own operations using funds due to farmers. The savings garnered thus by the millers means that an equivalent cost is being carried on the backs of the farmers.
With all the woes of the rice farmers remaining largely unaddressed by successive administrations, it is no surprise that the Rice Producers Association reports that some traditional rice farmers are abandoning their lands while others are diversifying by turning to cash crops and provision farming and equipment rental to earn a living.
On the flip side, Guyana Rice Development Board Extension Manager, Kuldip Ragnauth has expressed a completely different viewpoint, that is, that rice cultivation is on the increase. He is quoted on the Minis-try of Agriculture’s website as saying, “I like to let the figures speak for themselves. We have already seen an increase in acres sown when compared to last year. So far, we have recorded 225,000 acres as opposed to 180,000 acres for the same period of last year. As a matter of fact, we had projected 210,000 acres to be sown for this crop looking back at the weather impact on the spring crop for this year and last year.”
While we are not in a position to treat Mr Ragnauth’s position with scepticism, we are mindful of that pithy quote about statistics attributed to the British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. The point to be borne in mind is that rice farmers in Guyana have a very tough time doing the business of rice farming. They encounter multi-million dollar losses as a result of drainage and irrigation issues for which the central governments and regional governments are mostly responsible, with no recourse to remedies like crop insurance.
Rice farmers are unable to positively influence the price at which they sell their produce, and to top it off are forced to wait interminable lengths of time to be paid for significant portions of the money they should earn for the sale of their paddy.
If these issues are not addressed in a careful and studied manner, the rice industry as we know it could find its position in jeopardy



Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Updated: Jun 9, 2017, 11.24 AM IST
By Kumaran P & Gururaj BR 

Experts who analysed sample of 'fake rice' that Mirror submitted say it is just poor quality rice; and farmers say it is not possible to have 'plastic rice' as it is economically unfeasible

Two questions have largely dominated the public discourse in recent times: "Why did Kattappa kill Baahubali?" and "Are we eating plastic rice?" While SS Rajamouli answered the first question in Baahubali 2, the second riddle was conclusively solved on Thursday.

Experts who tested the alleged "fake rice" that Bangalore Mirror received from a Whitefield resident, said it was just poor quality rice (the kind political parties dole out after winning elections). The researchers also said something that should put paid to the controversies erupting in various parts of the country: it is not possible for your rice to be fake or made of plastic.

What we did

Bangalore Mirror sent the "plastic rice" (variously called "fake rice" or "Chinese poison" in different parts of the country) samples to University of Agricultural Sciences. After intensive research and several rounds of tests, experts from the UAS research lab said that it isn't possible to have fake rice.

Prof. K V Jamuna of the Department of Research, UAS, elaborated on the procedure. "We did two types of testing; physical and chemical. To begin with, we randomly selected 20 grains of the rice that we received for testing. As part of the physical test, we did three things -- cooking, roasting and checking physical appearance. The rice sample cooked and roasted properly. In fact, the residents had complained that the rice turned black when it was roasted. We tried this by over-roasting it and then powdering it. The rice did turn black and this was what even residents have observed. Our next set of tests involved checking its physical appearance. The appearance was the same but there were signs of chalkiness. The chalkiness is seen when the rice is of poor quality."

The rice grains were then poured into a test tube for checking various parameters. The result was the same - it WAS rice. "We dropped the grains on the tava and roasted them. All grains puffed up properly.

After this, the last thing we had to do was taste it. We tasted the cooked grains and it was all fine. This was followed by chemical tests for moisture, protein and fat content. We tested these grains against parameters prescribed by the National Institute of Nutrition. The moisture level as per NIN is supposed to be 8-10 gm; this sample had 8.5 gm. The protein level was supposed to be 7-9 gm; this rice had around 6.5 g (which is okay). The fat was supposed to be around 4 gm; this rice had 4-5 gm. In other words, it is not plastic rice but rice of much inferior quality," Prof Jamuna said.

She, however, cautioned Bengalureans against excessive pesticide and fertilizer in our food.

"People need to worry about this. All this starts with the way produce is grown. The same is the case with paddy, cauliflower and other vegetables and fruits as well. The government should bring in stringent methods to cut down adulteration and set up high-quality testing centres in the state."

Department of Research's director, YG Shadakshari said that he had received a detailed report which concluded that there was no plastic rice, egg or cabbage.

What farmers have to say...

Armed with the UAS report, Bangalore Mirror decided to check with rice growers if they had heard of "plastic rice". Terming this a "social media hype", Karnataka state rice millers' association general secretary N Srinivasa Rao said that he has never come across a plastic rice grain in his career as rice merchant.

"Plastic rice is next to impossible to manufacture. Rice is being sold at Rs 40-Rs 50 per kg while if at all one has to make plastic rice, the cost would be somewhere around Rs 200 per kg. So, I don't think there is any logic in this."

No fake eggs either

Plastic eggs figured in discussions in the council too. BJP MLC Tara Anooradha recently asked the government whether reports of fake eggs or Chinese eggs were true. Health Minister KR Ramesh Kumar responded saying that despite conducting several tests, government could not prove the presence of plastic eggs. "We have tested 22 eggs at various food laboratories across Karnataka. But none of the labs was successful in proving (that these were plastic eggs)." The minister stated that there have been no studies or literature pertaining to ill effects of consuming "Chinese eggs".

"Field officers have been visiting wholesale egg selling centres and conducting tests to ascertain the quality of eggs," the minister said.

Bangalore Mirror was the first to report about plastic eggs in its story "Are these Eggs Faking it?" on April 26. We took it to the University of Veterinary sciences where experts tested them and said they were just dressed-up "rotten" eggs.

Plastic Rice & Plastic Sugar rumour plagues Social Media

Just a couple of days back, the rumours started spreading in the social media that plastic rice were being sold prompting the Telangana Government to issue a statement stating these rumours were baseless, it is plastic sugar which emerged yesterday.Earlier, plastic rice were claimed to be sold by China for the past 10 years and it was tested in Kerala by burning the rice samples which proved that it did not consist of plastic, polymer or polyvinyl. The Telangana Civil Supplies department has also tested the samples and found no plastic traces in the rice.

Scientists believe that manufacturing plastic rice is not as easy as one may think. Telangana Government said that the civil supplies officials were put on high alert and raids were conducted in suspicious godowns but no plastic rice were found or being confiscated. After samples were collected from few godowns, they were teted for Physical Analysis and D-Husk.“Rice from the complainant and normal rice were cooked at the same time and the result was the same in both cases.  Rice from the complainant and the rice mill from where the rice was supplied to the dealer were not plastic rice, Mr Anand, Commissioner of civil supplies said.

Before this could settle down, rumours of plastic sugar being sold in Hassan(Karnataka) emerged on the social media. Earlier, it was rumoured to be sold in Bengaluru. This spread like wildfire on the social media driving people crazy though it defied the logic since producing plastic sugar and plastic rice would be an expensive affair. 
It is to be noted here that it all started with the circulation of Plastic Egg few weeks back


Gov Okowa urges rice farmers to increase their productivity

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa,
Delta State
GOV Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has urged rice farmers in the state to increase their productivity so as to meet the growing demand of the citizens for rice.The governor made the call on Thursday in Akwukwu-Igbo during a town hall meeting with people of Oshimili North Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
He encouraged the farmers to put in more effort to boost their production, taking into cognizance the Federal Government’s plans to fully enforce its ban on rice importation.
Okowa particularly commended the people of Illah for their commitment toward rice production and urged them to take the business seriously.
“There are indications that the Federal Government will totally ban the importation of rice; therefore, our rice farmers should boost their production to meet with the needs of the people and benefit from likely incentives.
“We are taking the growing of rice very serious because the Federal Government may ban the importation of rice completely and rice farmers will benefit from Federal Government’s assistance.
“We are also encouraging our farmers to participate in the Anchor Borrowers Programme of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), which does not only provide funds for farmers but also ensures that their products get to the market,’’ he said.
Okowa, however, noted that most farmers in the state had yet to access funding from the CBN-anchored scheme due to improper documentation.
Besides, the governor said that his administration had, in the last two years, embarked on various development projects, including road constructions, across the local government areas to create links and open them up for development.
“By God’s grace, we will do a lot more, as we are doing our best to provide the needed infrastructure in different parts of the state.
“The town hall meeting is for you (citizens) to speak freely because this is an opportunity for you to contribute to governance,’’ he said.
Mr Louis Ndukwe, the Chairman of Oshimili North LGA, thanked the governor for the various road projects executed across the state, especially those in the council area.
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New export markets boost rice sales

Submitted by Eleven on Thu, 06/08/2017 - 22:42
Writer: Sithu Aung

Muse border trade camp, where most rice is exported to China (Photo-Tun Nay Hlaing)
New international rice export markets mean earnings have tripled to US$117 million so far this financial year until May 26, compared with last year, according to Ministry of Commerce.
About 400,000 tonnes of rice have been exported by May 26, a 348-per-cent increase from the same period last year.
Last year, Myanmar earned only US$40.5 million from the export of rice and broken rice, about US$77 million less than this year.
“Although international rice prices are low, exports of rice have increased. Last year, we could export to only 14 countries but now we have extended it to 30 countries. We gained a greater market share and, at the same time, more rice can be exported this year. From border trade, nearly US$40 million more was earned than in previous years. Previously the main route was Muse but we have other routes such as Lweje, Chin Shwe Haw and Kanpaiktee now. We increased sales to Bangladesh from the Maungdaw and Sittwe camps,” said an anonymous official from the Trade Department.
Dr Than Myint, minister for commerce, said: “The government and the private sector looked for new markets to export agricultural products. We have good prospects to increase our export to many countries."
In 2015-16, exports of rice and broken rice were worth US$526 million with 1,493 tonnes, in 2016-17 it was US$553 million from 1,750 tonnes.
Vietnam’s rice export price hits 3-year high
Friday, 2017-06-09 06:00:49
NDO/VNA – The price of Vietnamese export rice has hit a three-year high thanks to increasing import demand and restricted supply.
According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the demand for Vietnam 5% broken rice has been rising, hitting US$390 per tonne in the first days of June, against US$360 - US$380 per tonne in late May.This is the highest price since December 2014, the ministry said, attributing it to the rising global demand for rice imports, especially in the Asian region.
The export price rise has also led the paddy price in the domestic market to soar. A tonne of 5% broken rice in the domestic market stood between VND7.65 million (US$340) and US$7.75 million in early June, up by VND550,000 (US$24) per tonne against last month.
The global rice market has been heating up after top importing countries, such as Bangladesh and the Philippines, announced to import roughly 950,000 tonnes of rice recently.
Bangladesh last month said it would buy 250,000 - 300,000 tonnes of Vietnamese rice immediately and planned to increase its rice imports from Vietnam to 500,000 tonnes by the end of 2017. It will also buy one million tonnes of Vietnamese rice annually until 2022.
The Philippines also stated that it would issue a tender late this month or July to import 250,000 tonnes of the rice grains from key suppliers - Thailand, Vietnam and India.
Besides, to meet the rice demand until the year-end, as well as up to the first quarter of 2018, the Philippines is expected to import at least 1.5 - 1.6 million tonnes of rice.
Other regional countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia have also planned to import rice, while the demand for rice from China and Africa is also on the upward trend

Low' forms over Bay, monsoon advances over peninsula

Vinson Kurian
Satellite image taken on June 9, 2017 at 08.15 IST Image source: IMD
Thiruvananthapuram, June 9:  
A low-pressure area has formed over West-Central and adjoining North Bay of Bengal off the Andhra Pradesh and South Odisha coasts this afternoon. This is exactly as had been predicted by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts. India Met Department (IMD) has said this morning that the 'low' could form over the next two days.
Formation of the 'low' has helped the monsoon to advance into more parts of Konkan, interior Karnataka, Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra Pradesh.
Its northern limit passed through Vengurla, Gadag, Anantapur and Nellore in the South Peninsula and extending across the Bay into the North-Eastern States this afternoon.
Favourable conditions are developing for its further advance into some more parts of Konkan, interior Karnataka, Rayalaseema, Coastal Andhra Pradesh and parts of Madhya Maharashtra.
The 'low' is expected to take the coverage of monsoon over South Peninsula on a par with its progress along the West Coast, which is ahead of the normal for this time of the year.
The 'low' would linger off the Andhra Pradesh-Odisha coast for a few days, and would ensure widespread rainfall over the North Peninsula and adjoining Central India.
The West Coast can expect heavy to very heavy rain with extremely heavy rain at isolated places, with Coastal Karnataka, Goa, Konkan and Mumbai being the most vulnerable areas.
The 'low' is also forecast to send in moisture-laden easterlies from the Odisha and Bengal coast into a waiting land-based trough that covers East India and adjoining North-West India.
This morning, the trough extended from North Rajasthan to West-Central Bay of Bengal and the centre of the 'low' in the Bay, cutting across North Madhya Pradesh, North Chhattisgarh and Odisha.
 Not a lake, but rain-flooded Palm Beach County rice field. Read why
By Susan Salisbury - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
This rice field was planted eight days ago. It’s flooded now. (Provided)
Posted: 1:35 p.m. Thursday, June 08, 2017

Florida’s low-profile rice crop is produced entirely in western Palm Beach County in a few inches of water, but this week’s torrential rains are too much even for the semi-aquatic rice plants and could reduce production.
Now some fields are completely underwater due to heavy rain in the Everglades Agricultural Area. Rice is planted in the summer as a rotation crop when sugar cane and vegetable fields are fallow.
Fortunately, the harvest has ended for the county’s biggest crops, sugar cane and sweet corn, as well as winter vegetables such as lettuces.
John S. Hundley, vice president of Hundley Farms east of Belle Glade and president of EAA Farmers, said that some Glades area fields have had as much as a foot of rain since Sunday. Northern areas of the EAA received 5 to 6 inches, while areas south of Clewiston were hit with as much as 15.5 inches.
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“Had this happened a month ago, it would have been a disaster,” Hundley said. “It has been a long time since I have seen a rain like this and not had a tropical event.
 “Everything is underwater. Some of our rice is going to die. The plant itself has to have at least something above the water. We had small rice planted behind the sweet corn that was barely up. You see some of those fields, and it looks like we have flooded them on purpose,” Hundley said.
Florida Crystals Corp. spokeswoman Marianne Martinez said Thursday, “We’ve had consistent, heavy rain across our farms in the EAA since Saturday. That affects rice that was planted in the last eight to 10 days, because rice requires a week or more to germinate (for the plant to come out of the ground) before it can tolerate wet soil conditions.
“For Florida Crystals, about 1,500 acres of rice falls into the range of being planted in the last 10 days. The rain has also delayed the finalization of our rice planting for the same reason. Florida Crystals has about 1,800 acres left to plant,” Martinez said.
Last year 90 million pounds of rice was harvested in the EAA by Florida Crystals and independent farmers. It’s all sent to the state’s only rice mill at Florida Crystals’ Sem-Chi Rice Products Corp. off County Road 880 east of Belle Glade.
The mill has been expanded to handle more rice, and about 28,000 acres is expected to be planted. This year, prior to the rain, the production was projected at 120 million pounds. Now it’s unclear how that estimate might change.
Florida ranks seventh in the nation in rice production. Arkansas is the leading producer, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
This season’s sweet corn harvest was completed just before the downpours began.
EAA farmers in western Palm Beach and eastern Hendry counties harvested close to 373 million ears of sweet corn this season.
Palm Beach County produces more sweet corn than any other county in the nation. The crop is typically valued at more than $100 million a year.
The EAA farming basin south of Lake Okeechobee is one of the nation’s largest fresh-market sweet corn producers (as opposed to corn that is canned or frozen) and supplies fresh products all over the U.S., to Canada and Europe.
Many farmers plant corn in rotation with sugar cane, and then cultivate rice before going back to sugar cane

Asia Rice-Thai prices hit near 4-year high on strong demand from importing countries

* Vietnamese prices hit highest in over two years
* Strong demand from Bangladesh, the Philippines
By Patpicha Tanakasempipat
BANGKOK, June 8 Prices of Thai rice hit their highest in nearly four years while those of the Vietnamese grain rose to their strongest in more than two years on strong demand from key importing countries, traders said on Thursday.
Thailand's benchmark 5-percent broken rice RI-THBKN5-P1 was quoted at $440-$457 a tonne, free-on-board (FOB) Bangkok, up from $430 last week.
Thai prices have been rising steadily since March, when traders started loading ships, and reached a level unseen since August 2013 this week.
"Ships are still arriving and exporters are buying supply to fulfil shipments," said a trader in Bangkok.
Exporters are now buying the grain at much higher prices than when deals were struck, while some have shied away from fresh deals, he added.
Thailand has exported 5.09 million tonnes of rice so far this year, up 15.7 percent from the same period last year, the government said on Wednesday.
In Vietnam, the 5-percent broken rice RI-VNBKN5-P1 was quoted at $395-$400 a tonne, FOB Saigon, up from $390 last week, and the highest level since November 2014.
Prices are expected to rise further in Thailand and Vietnam, the world's second and third biggest rice exporters, traders said, given that demand from key importers of the grain has been strong this year.
Bangladesh is set to import 250,000 tonnes of rice from Vietnam in a government-to-government deal, as part of an effort to build reserves, which are at 10-year lows, and rein in record-high local prices after flash floods hit output.
"The deal is likely to be finalised by next week," Ataur Rahman, additional secretary at Bangladesh's food ministry, told Reuters.
As a result, Vietnamese traders are holding onto stocks to sell later at higher prices.
"Most private traders and farmers are still holding grains for higher prices," said a trader based in Ho Chi Minh City.
Bangladesh also plans to increase rice imports from Vietnam to 500,000 tonnes by end-2017 and to buy 1 million tonnes of Vietnamese rice annually until 2022.
It is also in talks with Thailand and India.
The Philippines has also said it would issue a tender next month to import 250,000 tonnes of the grain from Thailand and Vietnam, and possibly also India.
In India, the world's biggest rice exporter, prices of 5-percent broken parboiled rice RI-INBKN5-P1 climbed by $2 per tonne to $415-$418, as demand from overseas buyers rose.
"In the last few weeks demand has risen from African buyers. The quick rise is prompting many buyers to increase purchases," said an exporter based at Kakinada in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.
At current levels, exports are competitive despite an appreciation in the rupee, he added.
The rupee has risen nearly 5 percent so far in 2017 and trading near its highest level in 21 months. A stronger rupee trims returns of exporters.
India's non-basmati rice exports in April fell 18.5 percent from a year ago to 475,050 tonnes due to a stronger rupee. (Reporting by Patpicha Tanakasempipat in BANGKOK, My Pham in HANOI, Rajendra Jadhav in MUMBAI, and Ruma Paul in DHAKA; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

VN’s rice export price hits 3-year high
The price of Vietnamese export rice has hit a three-year high thanks to the rising import demands and the restricted supply.

Workers deliver rice bags at the Long An Food Company

According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the demand for Vietnam 5 percent broken rice, has been rising, hitting 390 USD per tonne in the early days of June, against 360 USD per tonne to 380 USD per tonne in late May.
This is the highest price since December 2014, the ministry said, attributing it to the rising global demand for rice imports, especially in the Asian region.
The export price rise has also caused the paddy price in the domestic market to soar. A tonne of 5 percent broken rice in the domestic market stood between 7.65 million VND (340 USD) and 7.75 million USD in early June, up 550,000 VND (24 USD) per tonne against last month.
The global rice market has been heating up after top importing countries, such as Bangladesh and the Philippines, announced to import roughly 950,000 tonnes of rice recently.
Bangladesh last month said it would buy 250,000 tonnes to 300,000 tonnes of Vietnamese rice immediately and planned to increase its rice imports from Vietnam to 500,000 tonnes by the end of 2017.
It will also buy one million tonnes of Vietnamese rice annually until 2022.
The Philippines also said that it would issue a tender late this month or July to import 250,000 tonnes of the grain from key suppliers Thailand, Vietnam and India.
Besides this, to meet the demand for rice until the year-end, as well as up to the first quarter of 2018, the Philippines is expected to import at least 1.5 million tonnes to 1.6 million tonnes of rice.
Other regional countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia have also planned to import rice, while the demand for rice in China and Africa is also on the upward trend.
While the demand for rice is rising, supply sources are restricted, even "being exhausted", international experts said.
At a rice conference in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 29, executive manager of Rice Trader Jeremy Zwinger said that the global sources of rice supply have been constricted. Even Thailand’s abundant stockpile of rice has fallen sharply.
In Thailand, in May, the rice stockpile was only 4.32 million tonnes. 
In late May, Thailand floated tenders to sell 1.82 million tonnes of rice. Thailand’s ability to sell rice in the coming months will be severely limited, as the country’s paddy harvest, having an output of three million tonnes, is in September.
In Vietnam, the domestic stockpile is also restricted with most of the rice being exported to China. The country’s new paddy harvest season is in August.
The same trend is seen in India where rice exporters are facing the challenge of meeting their export contracts, until the next harvest season.
Experts have forecast that the global rice price will increase by roughly 20 USD per tonne in the next three months.
They have advised rice exporting enterprises to not sell the crop in a hurry, hoping that the price of 5 percent broken rice would increase to at least 400 USD per tonne.

World Rice Production 2017/2018

June 2017

This month the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that the World Rice Production 2017/2018 will be 481.04 million metric tons, around 0.26 million tons less than the previous month's projection.
Rice Production last year (*) was 483.1 million tons. This year's 481.04 estimated million tons could represent a decrease of 2.06 million tons or a -0.43% in rice production around the globe.

Rice Production by Country

(Values in Metric Tons)
China: 145,000,000
India: 106,000,000
Indonesia: 37,000,000
Bangladesh: 34,700,000
Vietnam: 28,100,000
Thailand: 19,500,000
Burma: 12,300,000
Philippines: 11,200,000
Brazil: 8,000,000
Japan: 7,600,000
Pakistan: 6,900,000
United States: 6,382,000
Cambodia: 5,000,000
Egypt: 4,000,000
Korea, South: 3,900,000
Sri Lanka: 3,300,000
Nepal: 3,250,000
Nigeria: 2,772,000
Madagascar: 2,240,000
Peru: 2,200,000
European Union: 2,082,000
Laos: 2,000,000
Tanzania: 1,848,000
Malaysia: 1,820,000
Iran: 1,782,000
Mali: 1,735,000
Korea, North: 1,600,000
Colombia: 1,598,000
Cote d'Ivoire: 1,430,000
Guinea: 1,386,000
Taiwan: 1,144,000
Uruguay: 960,000
Argentina: 880,000
Sierra Leone: 756,000
Russia: 700,000
Ecuador: 690,000
Senegal: 680,000
Paraguay: 643,000
Australia: 630,000
Guyana: 605,000
Turkey: 520,000
Dominican Republic: 500,000
Afghanistan: 403,000
Ghana: 390,000
Cuba: 370,000
Venezuela: 310,000
Kazakhstan: 300,000
Nicaragua: 290,000
Burkina: 244,000
Bolivia: 242,000
Mozambique: 234,000
Mexico: 199,000
Congo (Kinshasa): 189,000
Suriname: 180,000
Iraq: 173,000
Liberia: 170,000
Panama: 157,000
Costa Rica: 155,000
Chad: 154,000
Benin: 151,000
Uganda: 150,000
Uzbekistan: 135,000
Guinea-Bissau: 120,000
Cameroon: 115,000
Mauritania: 110,000
Kenya: 100,000
Chile: 100,000
Turkmenistan: 90,000
Togo: 80,000
Niger: 75,000
Honduras: 70,000
Haiti: 60,000
Ukraine: 42,000
Morocco: 40,000
Gambia, The: 36,000
Angola: 25,000
Guatemala: 23,000
El Salvador: 21,000
Trinidad and Tobago: 3,000
Somalia: 1,000
Brunei: 1,000

Next Update will be July 12, 2017.

Project to improve water use efficiency launched


The International Rice Research Institute (Irri) said the Department of Agriculture (DA) has tapped its expertise on rice production, particularly on irrigation efficiency, to help the government hit its rice self-sufficiency target.
“Under the national rice program, the Philippine Rice Research Institute [PhilRice] and the Irri are undertaking a joint scientific effort to improve water-use efficiency in the country’s irrigation systems,” the Irri said in a statement released recently.
“With financial support from the Bureau of Agricultural Research of the Department of Agriculture [DA-BAR], the Irri and PhilRice have launched the project, Water-efficient and risk mitigation technologies for enhancing rice production in irrigated and rainfed environments [WateRice],” it added.
Irri water scientist and WateRice project leader Suhid Yadav said the project aims to promote the incorporation of ICT (information and communications technology) tools in the crop-management practices of farmers.
“WateRice’s goal is to improve water-use efficiency through ICT tools that can improve farmers’ decisions on water and weed management. We will be combining this with recommended best management practices and mechanization in both irrigated and rainfed environments,” Yadav said.
During the launch of WateRice project, the PhilRice also rolled out a new irrigation management decision tool called AutoMonPh, according to Irri. The tool allows farmers to monitor irrigation systems in real time.
“The project [WaterRice] will also focus on mechanization, best management practices for rainfed and weed management to improve water use efficiency,” PhilRice scientist and project lead Dr. Manuel Jose Regalad said. “The project will initially be implemented in Regions 1, 2, 3, 6 and 12.”
Earlier this year the DA said  it would bank on the inputs of the Irri and PhilRice in crafting a national rice farming program.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol has moved his earlier target of achieving rice self-sufficiency to 2020 due to lack of funding.
Piñol said the DA will bank on its National Hybrid Rice Seeds program to boost rice production and improve productivity.
“The DA is promoting the nationwide use of hybrid-rice seeds, which have been proven to produce double the production average of inbred-rice seeds,” he said. “The National Hybrid Rice Seeds program, along with the provision of small-scale irrigation systems, mechanization and the availability of easy credit and financing for the farmers, is expected to boost the country’s rice production and achieve rice sufficiency by 2020,” Piñol added.
Indigenous firm acquires machinery for mechanized rice farming
Rice mill used to illustrate the story [Photo credit: Getty Images
In line with the Federal Government’s policy to significantly increase local rice production and reduce consumption of the imported blend, more indigenous firms are venturing into the business of local rice production.
Latest Federal Ministry of Agriculture estimates show that the gap between Nigeria’s demand and supply for rice stands at an average of four million tons as at 2016.
Statistics in the 2016 Nigeria Agricultural sector policy roadmap revealed that while demand for rice stood at about 6.3 million tons per annum, the local supply was about 2.3 million tons, indicating an insufficient supply chain integration.
To bridge the gap, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has been promoting the Anchor Borrowers Programme designed to ensure rice exportation from Nigeria commenced by 2017.
As part of the effort to boost local rice production in Nigeria, an indigenous rice production firm, Pearl Universal Impex Limited, a member of the PJS Group, said on Thursday it was investing huge resources to increase its rice production capacity.
The chairman of the company, Pulkit Jain, said it had deployed significant resources into the acquisition of modern farm machinery to boost its local rice production output.
Mr. Jain said at the handover of the newly acquired machinery to the farm administrator that the company was committed to emerging as a leading force in local rice production in Nigeria in the near future.
“Pearl Universal Impex Limited was one of the first companies in Nigeria to embrace the backward integration policy of the federal government in rice production. “We believe that if Nigerians eat the rice grown locally in the country, the government would have saved huge resources currently being used in the importation of the commodity for other things to the benefit of the people,” Mr. Jain said.
Besides, he stated, Pearl Universal recently concluded plans to establish a rice processing facility in Nigeria within the next three years to further boost its operations.
He said the government policy on rice production has encouraged local companies to establish farms for local rice production. Most of the rice, he explained, would be processed by milling factories to be set up by affiliate companies.
So far, Pearl Universal Impex Limited said it commenced paddy cultivation in 2016 on 7,500 hectares of farm land it leased from the Upper Niger River Basin Development Authority through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture.
While commending government for creating an atmosphere conducive for businesses to thrive, Mr. Jain said the company has generated employment for several Nigerians and was presently training local farmers on improved rice cultivation systems in the country.

Plastic rice doesn’t exist at all: Rice Millers

By Md Nizamuddin | THE HANS INDIA |    Jun 09,2017 , 04:47 AM IST

Hyderabad: Busting the myth about plastic rice being sold at many places in the State, Rice Millers Association has pooh-poohed unproven reports appeared in the media. According to it, plastic rice does not exist at all.
According to the association members, the machines in the video widely circulated on social media are used for producing edible granules which appear like rice, by mixing edible roots like potatoes with broken rice. 

They explained that the process involves mixing of edible roots with broken rice till it turns into a liquefied form. The liquid, in turn, is transformed in the form of a transparent sheet (like plastic) after heating at certain temperature for some time. 

Later, the sheet is inserted into the machinery to get granules in the form of rice, which remains edible. “This video has been misunderstood to be a plastic rice manufacturing machine,” said a miller.

The millers who held a meeting here on Thursday said at this point, while rumours were doing rounds, there was no definite proof if such a product was being illegally made. 

However, there have been unproven reports in the past that plastic rice were made in China and also exported to

Western countries. In fact, some reports even said that the Chinese food producers were making plastic rice with a mixture of potatoes, sweet potatoes, and plastic. All these were rumours. There was no proof, they said.

The production cost of edible granules which appear like rice, by mixing edible roots like potatoes with broken rice is very expensive. It would be around Rs 120 per kilogram and even the machine costs around Rs 10 lakh.

With high production cost, the rice millers said it would not generate any profit for them. They also ruled out the possibility of plastic sugar entering the market. Srinivas of Laxmi Rice Industries said the social media had created unnecessary fear among the consumers. 

The Civil Supplies Department which sent the samples for further tests and ‘chemical analysis’, however, continued to sensitise the staff, rice millers and whoever in the supply chain over identifying ‘plastic rice’, if it was real. 

“Food adulteration is a reality, we do not want to take chances. All concerned have been alerted and have been asked to keep a vigil,” said Commissioner of Civil Supplies, C V Anand. 

Meanwhile, an NGO, Jana Vignana Vedika (JVV), which aims at increasing scientific temperament among the public, ruled out that there was anything called ‘plastic rice’, even in China. 

In a statement, it has pointed out that the production units in video (purportedly from China) that went viral in social media during the recent months were actually producing small plastic granules for industrial purposes. These granules are used for production of various kinds of plastic products. 

The JVV has pointed out that rumour was widely accepted prompting some people to complain about the plastic rice because of the problem with the quality. “There was a difference between what people had expected, after buying super fine quality rice (sanna biyyam), which later turned out to be steamed rice after cooking,” the statement added

2017 Borlaug-Ruan interns fighting world hunger
Jun 8, 2017

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An all-expenses-paid, eight-week hands-on experience is all part of the Borlaug-Ruan International Internship, which provides exceptional high school students the opportunity to work with renowned scientists and policymakers at leading research centers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
Twenty-four interns were selected to travel to Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Philippines and Taiwan to get a firsthand view of pressing food security and nutritional problems in poverty-stricken areas and take part in ground-breaking field and laboratory-based research.
Each intern develops a research report documenting their personal experiences and the outcomes of their research projects that will be posted later this year.
Students selected and their research projects were: Luke Alpers, Stafford, Kansas, The World Fish Center in Penang, Malaysia; Jessica Anderson, Titonka, Iowa; Peking University in Beijing, China; Nick Battles, Indianola, Iowa, The S.M Sehgal Foundation in Gurgaon, India; Nate Bowser, Syracuse, Indiana, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation in Londrina, Brazil; Isabella Culotta, Ithaca, New York, The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development in Kathmandu, Nepal; Jorge Del’Angel, Orrville, Alabama, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in El Batán, Mexico; Alyssa Dougherty, Epworth, Iowa, Hormel Foods Inc/CeSSIAM in Sololá, Guatemala; Sara Gammon, Drexel, Missouri, M.S Swaminathan Research Foundation in Chennai, India; Cheyenne Gerlach, DeWitt, Nebraska, ICIPE-African Insect Science for Food and Health in Nairobi, Kenya; Hailey Hampton, Darlington, Idaho, The World Vegetable Center in Tainan, Taiwan; Sarah Heiller, Madrid, Iowa, EARTH University in San Jose, Costa Rica; Hannah Heit, New Hampton, Iowa, International Livestock Research Institute in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Lavina Kalwani, Katy, Texas, International Potato Center in Lima, Peru; Rebekah Klassen, Mountain Lake, Minnesota, Maharashtra Hybrid Seed Company Limited in Jalna, India; Emily Miller, New Paris, Indiana, China National Hybrid Rice Research & Development Center in Changsha, China; Jack Pieper, Donnellson, Iowa, Donnellson, Iowa, EARTH University in San Jose, Costa Rica; Jonathan Poole, Chicago, Illinois, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in El Batán, Mexico; Hans Riensche, Jesup, Iowa, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Beijing, China; Jacob Schultz, Melvin, Iowa, ICIPE-African Insect Science for Food and Health in Nairobi, Kenya; Alyssa Swehla, Sumner, Iowa, The World Vegetable Center-Regional Center for South Asia in Patancheru, India; Daniel Vogwill, Chicago, Illinois, China Agricultural University in Beijing, China; Mara Weis, Afton, Iowa, International Rice Research Institute in Los Baños, Philippines; Kelli Wicks, Rockford, Iowa, International Livestock Research Institute in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and Kayla Zhu, Farmington Hills, Michigan, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics in Patancheru, India

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Ingredion researchers develop first highly process-stable waxy rice flours

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Researchers at Ingredion’s Idea Labs™ have developed a line of HOMECRAFT® Create multi-functional rice flours that help food manufacturers respond to consumer demand for smooth, silky textures in clean label and gluten-free products.
The development marks the first time manufacturers will be able to convert to a highly desirable “rice flour” label while at the same time achieving the robust functionality, stability and shelf life previously associated with the use of hydrocolloids, modified starches and other ingredients not considered clean label. The new range of ingredients first will be available to food manufacturers in the United States, Canada and Asia-Pacific following the IFT17 Annual Meeting and Food Expo.
The solution adds to a clean and simple ingredient solutions portfolio that started to develop more than 20 years ago. Ingredion has invested in growing this portfolio as consumer demand for clean and simple labels has grown.
Proprietary research conducted to understand the labeling preferences of consumers in North America and the Asia Pacific region found "rice flour" to be one of the most accepted common ingredients used in the food and beverage industry. Researchers found a significantly higher proportion of U.S. and APAC consumers preferred “rice flour" over other ingredients.
“Ingredion has been a pioneer in the clean label movement and in understanding consumer attitudes and preferences towards specific ingredients and claims,” said Daniel Haley, director of the global Wholesome Springboard at Ingredion. “The exciting development of HOMECRAFT Create multi-functional rice flours, leveraging our recent investments in Asia-Pacific, reflects the continued commitment of researchers working in this area at our global network of Ingredion Idea Labs innovation centers.”
The ingredient first will be introduced in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, at IFT17, which runs from June 24-28.
“The demand for clean and simple labels continues to climb in North America, and consumers are expecting front-of-box claims to be supported by ingredient statements,” said Angelina De Castro, senior marketing manager of Ingredion’s Wholesome Springboard in North America. “Providing highly functional rice flours with added stability and enhanced texture allows our customers to design new products that are as close as possible to what consumers would expect in an authentic recipe.”
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Congressional Hearing Slams Proposed Food Aid Cuts 
WASHINGTON, DC -- Earlier this week the House Committee on Agriculture convened a hearing on the FY2018 budget proposal from President Trump that calls for the elimination of both the Food for Peace and McGovern-Dole Food For Education food assistance programs.  The slate of witnesses represented almost every aspect of the food assistance delivery chain from farmer to processor, implementer (humanitarian organizations and Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs)), and the maritime industry that brings the commodities from U.S. ports to their final destinations.  

All witnesses provided compelling testimony detailing the disastrous consequences of eliminating the United States' two most critical food assistance programs that have a 60 plus year history of success in saving and improving lives around the world.  

House Agriculture Committee Chair Mike Conaway (R-TX) set the tone for the hearing by laying out the challenge of recognizing that the elimination of food assistance programs "seems contrary to the role they play in a robust 'America-first' policy," while also noting that there are efficiencies and reforms necessary to meet the current budget pressures.  Ranking member Collin Peterson (D-MN) also noted the critical role of food aid in creating new trade markets for U.S. agriculture, explaining that "eleven of our top fifteen trading partners were once food aid recipients." 

All witnesses were emphatic that food assistance is a win/win program, one that provides jobs and opportunities here at home while utilizing the U.S.'s agricultural bounty to save and improve lives, and help countries achieve food security and political stability.  One witness noted, "countries have fallen because of lack of food."  Witnesses were also adamant that our food assistance and food security programs are a key component of U.S. soft diplomacy and in complete alignment with the U.S. goal of global leadership.  

Perhaps most compelling was testimony from Kansas wheat farmer, Ron Suppes, who noted that his wheat was saving lives 8,000 miles away in Africa where millions of vulnerable people are facing starvation and "gives us a reason to be proud." 

"USA Rice has a long and successful history in food assistance and looks forward to contributing ever increasing amounts of both milled and fortified rice to these programs in the future," said Bobby Hanks, president of Supreme Rice and chairman of the USA Rice Food Aid Subcommittee.  "We, along with our allies in agriculture, PVOs/implementers, maritime, research institutes, and the government will continue to fight to ensure these programs are maintained and fully funded into the future.  These programs are critical to global food security and global geopolitical security.  As Secretary of Defense James Mattis recently reminded us, if goodwill programs like these are not fully funded, 'then I need to buy more ammunition.'"

WASDE Report Released

WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. 2016/17 rice ending stocks are lowered 2 million cwt this month on increased exports.  Milled exports for 2016/17 are raised 4 million cwt on strong demand particularly in the Middle East.  However, rough exports for 2016/17 are lowered 2 million cwt on a correction in Census data for shipments to El Salvador; the correction also led to a slight reduction in 2015/16 rough exports.

Total supplies for 2017/18 are down 2 million cwt, reflecting the lower beginning stocks and unchanged production.  All rice planted area remains estimated at 2.6 million acres despite weather-related uncertainties in the mid-South and California during planting this spring.  NASS will release the Acreage report on June 30 providing an estimate for rice planted area and a forecast for harvested area.  Total exports are raised 2 million cwt to 112 million with milled increased 3 million and rough reduced 1 million.  Ending stocks are lowered 4 million cwt to 34.1 million, and the 2017/18 all rice season-average farm price is raised $0.30 per cwt at the midpoint to a range of $11.00 to $12.00.

Global supplies are raised fractionally for both 2016/17 and 2017/18.  The largest change is a 1.5-million-ton increase in 2016/17 India production to 108 million on updated government statistics.  Global 2017/18 rice production is lowered fractionally to 481 million tons, down 2.1 million tons from the previous year and the second largest on record.  Exports are raised 600,000 tons in 2016/17 and 500,000 tons in 2017/18 both largely on increases for India. Imports for 2017/18 are raised 400,000 tons for Bangladesh on tight supplies.  Only slight changes are made this month to total use.  Ending stocks are raised 700,000 tons for 2016/17 and 800,000 tons for 2017/18, respectively.

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Diner’s Facebook plea results in donation of 1 ton of rice


Jun 8, 2017

Leah McClelland / Special to The Daily Iberian
A pallet of rice is transported on a forklift into the St. Francis Diner on Tuesday. The pallet of rice was donated by Supreme Rice of Crowley and weighed 2,000 pounds.
From left, Director of St. Francis Diner Juanita Lewis, Broussard Poché LLP Office Manager Carrie Louviere, Broussard Poché LLP CPA Craig Viator and vice president of sales of Supreme Rice Lon Dore talk about the diner while watching as the pallet of donated rice is unloaded off the truck.

John Greeman of Supreme Rice helps unloads the 2,000 pounds of rice donated to St. Francis Diner on Tuesday. A simple plea for assistance on social media resulted in a one ton donation.
The director of St. Francis Diner, Juanita Lewis, noticed that the nonprofit organization that provides healthy meals to the needy people in the community was in desperate need of a staple of many Cajun meals — white rice. So Lewis posted on the St. Francis Diner’s Facebook account the diner was in need of donations of rice. 
That post grabbed the attention of Carrie Louviere, who serves as office manager at local accounting firm Broussard Poché LLP. Louviere informed CPA Craig Viator about the diner’s need and a few weeks later, Supreme Rice in Crowley made a donation of 2,000 pounds of rice to St. Francis Diner.
“Carrie saw a post on a Facebook that they were in dire need of rice,” Viator said. “I have a longtime client that is at the rice mill and I just called them. We got to talking about the diner’s needs. I went through how we have done work with them over the years, that we volunteer there once a month and have donated food when we can. They didn’t even blink or hesitate. They signed up to make the donation.”
The decision to donate to the diner was an easy one for the Crowley manufacturer.
“As an organization we are all about giving back to the community that we serve,” said Lon Dore, vice president of sales for Supreme Rice. “We are giving it back to Acadiana. If we are going to do this we want to this with the people that are the closest to us.”
For Lewis, the donation exceed all of her expectations of her original call for help.
“I just placed it on there and never thought this would happen,” said Lewis, who has worked at St. Francis Diner for 17 years. “God said ‘Ask and you shall receive’ but I did not think I would get a ton of rice.”Supreme Rice delivered the entire pallet of rice on Tuesday morning to the diner and according to Lewis, the rice donation will be used in a variety of ways.
“The great thing about rice is that you can use it all kinds of ways,” Lewis said. “We will use to make jambalaya, rice dressing and rice and gravy. Trust me when I say that it will be used. It means the world to us for them to reach out to St. Francis Diner.

Farmers prepare for Kharif crops as monsoon sets in

ET Bureau | Updated: Jun 09, 2017, 11.32 AM IST
Farmers have already started preparing land and raising paddy nurseries, from where saplings will be transplanted to fields by the second week of June.
NEW DELHI: Farmers have started preparing land for growing kharif crops following onset of monsoon rains in some parts of the country. This time round, farmers are expected to bring 107 million hectares under cultivation for paddy, soyabean, pulses, cotton, bajra, jowar, groundnut and maize, raising hopes of a bigger grain harvest this year.

Companies and analysts said the acreage under cotton could surpass soyabean and pulses as prices are firm. The government, however, could announce higher minimum support price for pulses and oil seeds to boost domestic production and reduce the country’s dependence on imports, they said.

Farmers have already started preparing land and raising paddy nurseries, from where saplings will be transplanted to fields by the second week of June.

“Planting of kharif crop should be at 107-108 million hectares in addition to the planting of horticulture crops,” said Trilochan Mohapatra, director-general of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the country’s top agriculture research institute.

He said that with pre-monsoon rains occurring in most parts of the country, farmers would start preparing for paddy soon. In the previous year, rice was planted on 38.89 million hectares. In 2016, the total area under kharif crops as of September 30 was 107.11 million hectare, compared with 103.52 million hectares a year ago. The area under soyabean, the second-largest cultivable crop followed by cotton and pulses (tur/arhar and moong), may increase, said Dinesh Shahra, managing director of Ruchi Soya Industries.

“Planting across Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh will begin soon. We are working to ensure good seeds reach farmers. This will increase yields by over 30% from the current 0.8- 1.6 tonnes per hectare which a farmer gets,” he said. Area under groundnut could also see an increase, said Prerana Desai, vice-president at Edelweiss Agriculture Value Chain. Oilseed planting in the previous year was 18.97 million hectare.

Desai said farmers could move to cotton, whose prices have been good the year round.

“Pulses’ prices have been consistently lower and the government has a huge stock. We don’t expect a sharp recovery in pulses’ prices soon,” she said.

However, Pravin Dongre, chairman, Indian Pulses and Grain Association, said farmers will weigh in a lot of things, including economics, before taking a decision on planting. “Pulses seed prices are low this year. Aided with good monsoon rain, yields will be higher, making it a remunerative crop,” he said. Pulses were planted on 14.62 million hectares in the previous year.