Friday, June 16, 2017

16th June ,2017 daily global,regional and local rice e-newsletter by riceplus magazine

Europe Basmati Rice Market Expected to Reach $615 Million by 2023

Rapid growth in basmati rice demand in Germany and Poland drives the market growth. owever, stringent norms by European Union on the pesticides used for rice crops are expected to impede the basmati rice exports from India. According to a new report published by Allied Market Research, Europe basmati rice market was valued at $491 million in 2016, and is expected to reach $615 million by 2023, registering a CAGR of 3.2% from 2017 to 2023. In 2016, the Indian variety type segment accounted for more than half share of the total market.
“Early buyers will receive 20% customization on this report.”Basmati rice is specifically recognized for its unique aroma, distinctive cooking properties, and two to three times more expensive than other long grain rice. It is slender & extra-long grain, which gets longer at least twice of its original size upon cooking. Basmati rice is distinctive among other aromatic long grain varieties of rice, which possess superior aroma, delicious taste, and distinct flavor. It is highly utilized as a part of Indian and Pakistan cuisines and is also used in Persian, Arab, and Middle East cuisine.
The demand for specialty rice, such as Basmati rice, is rapidly growing in Europe with the increase in rice consumption. Iran was the leading importer of Indian basmati rice; however, recently in 2016, Iran has imposed a ban and price cap on the import, owing to which Indian exporters are focusing on other markets. It provides price benefits to several European countries to boost the basmati rice market in Europe.
Click here to get sample copy of the report.The Indian variety is the leading type segment in Europe basmati rice market. India is the chief producer and exporter of basmati rice, which accounts for around 70% of the global basmati rice production. The Indian varieties of basmati rice that are approved for export to Europe are Basmati 370, Taraori Basmati, Basmati 386, Basmati 217, Pusa Basmati, Ranbir Basmati, and Super Basmati.
Key Findings of the Europe Basmati Rice Market:
• In 2016, UK dominated the market, with more than one-third share, in terms of both revenue and volume.
• Russia is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR of 6.7% from 2017 to 2023, in terms of revenue.
• The Indian variety type segment is projected to grow at the highest CAGR of 3.3%, in terms of revenue.
• In 2016, the commercial application segment dominated the market, with more than two-thirds share, in terms of both revenue and volume.
• The home application segment is anticipated to grow at the highest CAGR of 3.5%.
In 2016, UK witnessed the highest demand for basmati rice, as it is the leading importer of this rice from India and Pakistan. Moreover, the price of this rice is expected to decrease in UK, owing to the recent ban on basmati rice from Iran. The Netherlands is the second leading country, accounting for one-seventh share in Europe basmati rice market.
The key companies profiled in the report include Amira Basmati Rice, HBI, Estraco, East End Foods, TBA Suntra, S.G.S. International Rice Company, Amira Nature Foods, VSR Rice, The Rice n Spice International Ltd., and Kohinoor Foods.
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What can Villar do if she wants to stop ‘unli’ rice consumption? Studies show solution linked to addressing poverty

By InterAksyon
Published: , 3:54 PM  ( Updated: June 15, 2017, 6:25 PM )

File photos from Reuters (rice) and Senate PRIB (Se. Cynthia Villar)
MANILA, Philippines – After setting social media ablaze with her call to ban the offering of unlimited rice servings, Sen. Cynthia Villar on Thursday backpedalled and said that she had no intention of legislating her concern on the health risk of eating too much of the staple.
“I am not planning to make a law banning ‘unli rice,’ not at all. I just voiced out my concern that eating too much rice is one of the main causes of high blood sugar that leads to diabetes,” the senator said.
“But, of course, I cannot prevent people from eating unlimited amount of rice. It is their choice. It was just a genuine expression of concern on my part,” added Villar, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food.
She cited that in other countries, they promote a balanced diet consists of a small portion of rice and a generous amount of vegetables.
“In schools in Japan, the students even discuss the nutritional value of their meals for the day before they eat. They also harvest the vegetables they eat from the garden in their school. Of course, we want our children and children’s children to grow up healthy,” added Villar.
Many Pinoy netizens didn’t take lightly Villar’s position against eating too much rice and calling food establishments to encourage people to eat more vegetables for them to have a healthier diet.
Some claimed that the senator, the richest lawmaker in the Senate, was being insensitive to the plight of the poor, who frequently eat more rice with less viand or at times even without viand to beat hunger pangs.
“I don’t understand the issue abt #UnliRice.What’s wrong with that? These are budget meals for simple workers who earn just enough or not much,” said netizen meg.arao.
“Want healthier Filipinos? Don’t ban people’s unli-rice. Ban politicians’ unli-pork,” said another netizen John Hendrix.
Poverty, eating rice: What’s the link?
Meanwhile, others who are experts in food security issues stressed that eating more rice is not primarily a choice but is mainly linked to a consumer’s purchasing power and thus, if seen as a problem, needs more comprehensive solutions and not just making calls for restaurants to stop offering ‘unli’ rice to Filipino consumers.
A study done by the Philippine Rice Research Institute (Philrice) titled Rice Science for Decision-Makers: Why Is Per Capita Rice Consumption Increasing? pointed out that the increasing population of poor Filipino families has something to do with the increase in the consumption of the staple.
“(T)he lower classes and rural people spend more on rice and have higher PCRC (per capita rice consumption than the upper classes and the urban people. Poor families eat more rice than the middle- and higher-income families,” the study noted.
In another study published in 2013 titled Estimating the Demand Elasticities of Rice in the Philippines, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) also pointed out the relation of the economic status of consumers to their rice intake.
“The primary consumers of rice are the poorer sector of the economy, particularly the rural poor. Their diet is predominantly based on rice, which they consider a very basic food item in their food baskets,” SEARCA said.
“While this is also true for the rich consumers, unlike the poor, however, the more affluent consumers have more diverse food baskets as they consume more of other luxury foods like fish, meat, fruits, and vegetables,” it noted.
“Their limited purchasing power to buy enough rice as well as other supplementary foods for their family worsens, resulting in malnutrition, food insecurity, and poverty,” the organization further pointed out.
Improve purchasing power
SEARCA said that “theoretically,” if the government wants Filipinos to decrease its consumption, it could do so by “substantially” increasing the price of the staple “so that it would become less affordable to the consumers, especially to the poor consumers, who are the major consumers of rice.”
However, it said this measure “is not feasible in reality because such a strategy will certainly worsen food insecurity, hunger, and malnutrition in the country.”
SEARCA said a “more plausible strategy is to implement differential policies that can effectively reduce rice consumption but, at the same time, will not hurt the consumers, particularly the poor.”
“Any policy that will improve the purchasing power of the targeted consumers, primarily through price-related or income-related policies, is expected to lead to a decline in rice consumption of consumers and diversification of their diet in favor of other commodities,” it said.
In past media interviews, food security experts also stressed the link between weak purchasing power and eating more rice.
“Rice is still cheap. Para mabusog, magkanin na lang [To get full, just eat rice],” said former Philrice chief Efraim Rasco in a media interview in 2011.
Also, Rolando Dy, an economist at the University of Asia and the Pacific, earlier explained that rice consumption tends to go down as income goes up

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Environmental challenges

Saman Hamid
PAKISTAN is one of those countries that continuously experience natural disasters for last 10 years. During this time period there have been 133 events resulting in more than 3823.17 Million dollars in damages, annual average fatalities of 504 people.
The problem with our climate is not an issue of how hot or cold a day is, we have been experiencing highs of 42ºC -52ºC during the last week of May. The temperatures are expected to sour throughout May and June. It is the associated changes with climate change that should bear red flags for us. It is not just the heat waves, there is a major shift in the timing of the four seasons, winter starts late, autumn and spring are diminishing each year and there is one hot long summer for most of the country. According to a report the heat wave period has also increased by 31 days during the years 1980 to 2007. The impact is two pronged; impact on agriculture and affect on topography.
Although the economic survey of Pakistan (2016-17) indicates an overall rise in agricultural output but there is no denying that the potential is not fully realized. One of the biggest stories from last year was about the fruit crop particularly, mangoes. According to Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association (PFVA) Due to prolonged winter season, hail storms and strong winds in Punjab, the collective production of mangoes can decline by 600,000 tonnes from total estimated production of 1.8 million tones. Another major crop that has suffered due to changing climate conditions is cotton.
Early monsoon in the months of June and July and abnormal variation in temperatures over the past three years particularly affected the yield of Cotton. Wheat and rice are concerned the overall yield is also adversely affected, flash floods in the North effect land availability. Sunflower showed yield reduction up to 25 percent at elevated temperature of 10°C to 20°C beyond 2050. There is a risk that we might lose crop like sugarcane and rice in future due to water scarcity and rising temperature. There is a visible shortening of growing season length (GSL) for wheat and rice crops and Basmati rice tract and this is as a direct result of climate change.

The main topographical threats are majorly the changing monsoon and western depression, floods and siltation in dams and damage to canal system. Loss of biodiversity and heightened health risks such as strokes, pneumonia, and malaria and other vector-borne diseases, dengue is also a direct result of climate change. Some of the counter strategies suggested so far are “adaptive” farming techniques; cultivars is term used meaning short lag phase, deep root system, better management high input use efficiency, manipulation of sowing time and planting density is said to produce phenomenal results. Early warning system, continuous crop monitoring and forecasting using climate, crop and economic models can also be developed to improve conditions. Increasing forest cover is also the biggest solution to the weather problem.
We need to have better laws and enforcement in place to preserve the forest cover we have particularly in the Northern areas. Technologies such as providing artificial glaciers are also proposed by come scientist to counter the risks of losing the glacier cover.
It is a threat and a very real one that is slowly taking a huge chunk away from our livelihoods our economy, an uninhabitable Pakistan is no good to anyone. Pakistan is not a big polluter but that is largely due a lagging industrial infrastructure.
 We cannot afford to be ignorant though Water scarcity and associated agricultural and ecological impact takes away from the country’s economy, all the losses in outputs have led to decreased national income and increase in the import bill. Contribution to inflation is another area that is yet to see serious research. Pakistan is lagging behind in coming up ways to counter this threat; this requires an “operation” akin to the one against terrorists.
EAT: Biryani offerings
Ewe Paik Leong - 
Biryani rice has been described as a dish fit for a king. Ewe Paik Leong samples biryani rice served in restaurants in the Klang Valley
Tastefully-furnished, this air-conditioned restaurant is located in an area where parking is a nightmare.
Ten varieties of biryani are listed on its menu. When my chicken biryani is delivered to my table, its tantalising aroma wafts about my face.
Some mouthfuls of the fluffy rice are smothered by the aroma of caramelised onions; a few others by the floral burst of cilantro.
Marinated with garam masala and other spices, the chicken pieces fall off their bones with only a nudge of the fork. Rating: 5/5

Daily, chicken and egg biryani are sold in this no-frills restaurant, and they are supplemented by vegetable and mutton biryani on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
My chicken biryani comes after a long wait. Some of the long-grained fluffy rice are white while some are saffron.
While it’s first-class, the foreign workers falter in service, so I can’t award full marks. Rating: 4.5/5

This restaurant offers the culinary hits of Moghul fare. It serves eight types of biryani: fish, egg, prawn, chicken, mutton, tava, keema and dum ka murgh.
A bowl of yogurt accompanies my chicken biryani. Slightly spicier compared to several others in this list, the fragrant aroma of the tri-colour rice can deodorise a patron with body odour!
It is also fairly fluffy. The juicy chicken is a happy marriage of time-consuming marinating and perfect cooking. Rating: 4.5/5

Several types of biryani are available such as vegetable, mutton, chicken, beef, egg and prawn.
There are also side dishes of meat and seafood cooked in different styles. My chicken biryani consists of basmati rice and two pieces of chicken.
The tender chicken is densely coated with spices and sends a pleasant jolt to my tongue. The rice holds together without being claggy and seems to be heavy on cardamom, clove and cinnamon. However, its herbaceous aromatics score can be improved. Rating: 4/5

This is one of several branches of the Johor-style biryani eatery headquartered in Subang Jaya. Choices include fried chicken, roast chicken, ayam masak merah, beef, mutton and lamb.
The basmati rice is perfectly fluffy and every individual grain is coated with fragrant herbs and spices bloomed in oil.
Two orbs of sour cherries turbo-charge the rice. However, the chicken stumbles slightly. The spicing is rather flat, not vibrant and lively. Rating: 4/5

The table tops of this restaurant are decorated with black-and-white photos of scenes from India.
Menu listings include rice, naan, South Indian and tandoori dishes. My biryani is served in a metal pot with a hard-boiled egg on top, with the chicken drumstick tucked beneath the saffron rice.
The basmati rice unfurls with the aromas of cardamon, cinnamon and coriander with every bite. The near-fiery chicken is culinary manna to spice-seekers. Rating: 3.5/5

Don’t be intimidated by the restaurant’s location in Bangsar as its prices are affordable. The varieties of biryani listed on its menu are honey chicken, fried chicken, curry chicken, kurma chicken, majura chicken, mutton, beef and fish.
I try the honey chicken. The first bite of the chicken unleashes a slight sweetish-spicy crunch which my taste-buds love. Second chomp on a spoonful of the rice rewards me with a pleasant but not compelling taste as its aromatics falter. Rating: 3.5/5

Expect furnishings to be spick-and-span as this is a new kid on the block. The a la carte menu lists many tandoori dishes, including salads and desserts.
Under “Briyani”, there are vegetable dum, chicken dum and mutton dum. When my chicken dum arrives, I am taken aback as the rice looks oily. My first mouthful of the rice reveals that it is moist, soft and oily, and the spices blur each other out. Maybe this is the kitchen’s original recipe but it does not tango well with my taste buds. However, the chicken is very delicious. Rating: 3/5

In this rather stuffy, albeit air-conditioned, restaurant, fried chicken, mutton curry, squid, quail, prawns, acar and vegetables are displayed in aluminum trays. Customers pick what they want and pay later at the counter. I come at 1.30pm and am disappointed that the plate of biryani served to me is cold. Ditto for the fairly flavoursome chicken. The price is cheap but since you get what you pay, standard rice is used, not basmati. This restaurant seems to be popular with immigrant workers. Rating: 3/5

This eatery has been around since the 1970s and is now under a new management. A motley array of dishes is listed on its menu, ranging from biryani to otak goreng, kambing Mysore and murtabak ayam.
I order acar to go with my chicken biryani. Though the acar is of acceptable standard, the spice-flecked rice is only two notches better than coloured steamed rice. The recipe can be improved to produce a more robust-flavoured biryani rice. Rating: 3/5

Self-financed co-ops can hike rice output

By Jasper Y. Arcalas - JUNE 15, 2017088
Self-reliant cooperatives are a viable alternative to government subsidies to help farmers increase their rice output, according to an expert from the International Rice Research Institute (Irri).Dr. Peter Jennings, senior scientist emeritus at Irri, said the government alone cannot fund agricultural improvements needed to increase the country’s average palay yield to 6 metric tons (MT)per hectare.
These interventions would include better farm-to-market roads, modernized rice mills, earthen dams to capture rainwater where topography permits, credit for tube wells and low-lift pumps, and subsidies to reduce electricity costs to run the pumps.
He said more trained extension agents are needed to reduce the multiple deficiencies in crop management that constrain yield.“These extremely expensive requirements are unlikely to be met from government coffers. Capital from the farmers and millers is a better alternative,” Jennings said in a report published on the international magazine, Rice Today.
“To generate this, the Philippine agriculture secretary would identify one or two rice areas easiest to impact. His staff would select in each area a highly respected farm leader competent in the management of people and finance,” he added.
Jennings, who led the team that bred the IR8 rice variety in the early-1960s, said the selected farmer would be responsible in convincing fellow farmers and millers in his or her area to join a cooperative. The prospective cooperative members should also accept obligatory taxes on each kilogram of grain harvested and milled output.
The money collected at the mills would create the capital for investment in irrigation and other farm equipment, Jennings said. The cooperative could also seek funds from international banks, foundations and other sources.
“The cooperative would invest in farm needs with the guidance of a board of elected farmers and millers. Success in the pilot areas would be extended to the rest of the country through the creation of additional farmer organizations,” he said.

“This proposal will be difficult to implement, opposed by vested interests and subject to financial mismanagement. Yet, self-financed farmer cooperatives are a viable strategy to increase irrigated rice area to attain a national yield average of 6 tons per hectare,” Jennings added.
The Irri expert said farmers could also hike their yield if they would shift to a more efficient irrigation system.“Farmers’ appreciation that water control is essential for profitable rice farming clearly defines future needs.
The shift to water control can be accelerated to reach a goal of 80-percent to 90-percent irrigated farming,” Jennings said.“That alone would guarantee a national yield of 6 MT per hectare. The strategy proposed to achieve this implies that progress will come more from the farmers’ initiatives than from the researchers,” he added.
Jennings led the Irri team that bred IR8 in the early-1960s. IR8 is considered to be the world’s first high-yielding rice variety and first rice variety released by the Irri with an optimum yield of 9.4 MT per hectare.

Vietnam's rice prices near 30-month high on robust overseas demand, thin supply

By Ho Binh Minh   June 15, 2017 | 04:34 pm GMT+7

Despite the gain, Vietnamese rice prices are still around $40 a ton below Thai grain.

Rice export prices in Vietnam, the world's third-largest exporter of the grain, have risen to $400-$410 a ton this week, the highest in nearly 30 months, spurred by robust buying demand from Bangladesh and the Philippines and a domestic shortage of fresh grain between crops, traders said on Thursday.
The price hike should not hurt Vietnamese exporters as they have enough in stock to meet existing contracts, but foreign traders seeking to buy anew from the Southeast Asian nation may have to stay on the sidelines, traders said.
Vietnam's 5-percent broken rice price has risen around 10 percent since the end of May to $410 a ton this week, free-on-board basis, its highest since November 19, 2014 when the grain was quoted at $410-$410, FOB Saigon Port.
Thailand's 5-percent broken rice, the world's second-biggest exporter after India, stands at $450-$460 a ton, FOB basis, which is making Vietnamese rice more attractive, traders said.
"The market situation is like this: buyers want to buy, while sellers are reluctant to sell," a trader at a foreign firm in Ho Chi Minh City said.
The Bangladeshi government has approved a rice import plan from Vietnam, including 200,000 tons of white rice at $430 per ton and 50,000 tons of parboiled rice at $470 per ton, to help cool domestic prices, the Dhaka Tribune said in an online report on Thursday, citing government officials.
Bangladesh, the world's fourth-largest rice consumer, often buys parboiled rice from India, but despite ample supplies in its giant neighbor, it has turned to Vietnam thanks to lower prices, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a report this month.
Agricultural production in Bangladesh has suffered heavily from natural disasters over the past two years, including heavy flooding in April. In late May, it signed a memorandum of understanding with Vietnam, under which it will import up to 1 million tons of rice a year until 2022.
Traders in Vietnam said rice export quotations have jumped since the pact was signed, even though no contract for the first 250,000 tons has been finalized.
Last month, the Philippines, a key buyer of Vietnamese rice, also said it would issue a tender to import 250,000 tons of rice in June to boost stocks before the lean harvest season and in preparation for the typhoon season.
“But given the price jump in Vietnam, the Philippines may not rush its tender,” another trader at a European firm in Ho Chi Minh City said. “Nobody wants to play the fool buying while prices are rising.”
Vietnamese rice prices have risen since farmers in the Mekong Delta food basket finished harvesting their largest crop in a year, the winter-spring crop, with output slightly down due to saltwater intrusion and unseasonal rain, according to government statistics released in late May.
The crop's paddy output is estimated at 9.63 million tons, down nearly 4 percent from last year, the government's statistics agency said.
Besides, with rice shipments picking up in recent months, stocks have fallen.
Vietnam exported nearly 580,000 tons of rice in May, its highest monthly volume since November 2015, the Finance Ministry-run Vietnam Customs said in a report earlier this month.
Total shipments reached 2.36 million tons in the first five months of this year, or 3.3 percent up from a year ago, based on customs data. China alone has accounted for nearly half of Vietnam's rice exports so far this year, up from nearly 40 percent in the corresponding period in 2016.
Vietnam is forecast to export 5.6 million tons of rice this year, up 10 percent from 2016, while shipments are projected to rise to 6 million tons in 2018, the USDA said in its June report.
The report revised up India's rice exports this year by 5 percent to 10.5 million tons, citing recent sales to the Middle East and Africa, while it kept unchanged its 2017 projection for Thailand at 10 million tons.

Minister warns of action against rice price hike

Thu,15 Jun 2017

Summary: The State government will take action against those who try to inflate the price of rice, Minister for Food and Public Distribution P. Thilothaman has said. The Minister said that directions to take strict action had been given to the Civil Supplies and Legal Metrology departments. The Minister said non-subsidised Jaya rice was being sold for ?37.50 a kg. Long-grained Matta rice was being sold for ?40.65 in Ramzan fairs. With drought damaging crops in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, the two States had turned to Andhra Pradesh, leading to a hike in prices there.
The State government will take action against those who try to inflate the price of rice, Minister for Food and Public Distribution P. Thilothaman has said. He was speaking after inaugurating Supplyco’s Ramzan Metro Fair at the Putharikandam grounds. The Minister said that directions to take strict action had been given to the Civil Supplies and Legal Metrology departments. 

Legal measures would be taken too. Inspections had been conducted in rice shops and supermarkets recently. There were eight cases in Thiruvananthapuram alone. The prices of chillies, green gram, Urad dal, gram, and dal had come down significantly. Rices prices had increased, but had been brought under control, the Minister said. With drought damaging crops in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, the two States had turned to Andhra Pradesh, leading to a hike in prices there. 

Nagpur Foodgrain Prices Open- JUN 15, 2017

Nagpur Foodgrain Prices – APMC/Open Market-June 15
Nagpur, June 15 (Reuters) – Gram and tuar prices reported down in Nagpur Agriculture Produce and
Marketing Committee (APMC) auction on poor buying support from local millers amid increased
arrival from producing regions. High moisture content arrival and downward trend in Madhya
Pradesh pulses also affected sentiment.
About 1,300 of gram and 600 bags of tuar were available for auctions, according to sources. 
   * Gram varieties ruled steady in open market here but demand was poor.  
   * Tuar varieties quoted static in open market here on subdued demand from local 
     traders amid ample stock in ready position.
   * Watana varieties reported higher in open market on good buying support from 
     local traders amid weak supply from producing region.                       
   * In Akola, Tuar New – 3,900-4,100, Tuar dal (clean) – 5,700-5,800, Udid Mogar (clean)
    – 8,200-9,200, Moong Mogar (clean) 6,800-7,200, Gram – 5,600-5,800, Gram Super best 
    – 7,800-8,500
   * Wheat, rice and other commodities moved in a narrow range in 
     scattered deals and settled at last levels in thin trading activity. 
 Nagpur foodgrains APMC auction/open-market prices in rupees for 100 kg
     FOODGRAINS                 Available prices     Previous close   
     Gram Auction                  4,700-5,125         4,700-5,210
     Gram Pink Auction            n.a.           2,100-2,600
     Tuar Auction                3,400-3,890         3,500-3,900
     Moong Auction                n.a.                3,900-4,200
     Udid Auction                n.a.           4,300-4,500
     Masoor Auction                n.a.              2,600-2,800
     Wheat Mill quality Auction        1,500-1,645        1,500-1,630
     Gram Super Best Bold            8,000-8,800        7,800-8,500
     Gram Super Best            n.a.            n.a.
     Gram Medium Best            7,000-7,500        7,000-7,500
     Gram Dal Medium            n.a.            n.a
     Gram Mill Quality            5,400-5,500        5,400-5,500
     Desi gram Raw                5,850-6,050         5,850-6,050
     Gram Yellow                 7,700-8,200        7,700-8,200
     Gram Kabuli                12,300-13,400        12,300-13,400
     Tuar Fataka Best-New             6,000-6,300        6,000-6,300
     Tuar Fataka Medium-New        5,700-5,900        5,700-5,900
     Tuar Dal Best Phod-New        5,600-5,800        5,600-5,800
     Tuar Dal Medium phod-New        5,000-5,300        5,000-5,300
     Tuar Gavarani New             3,850-3,950        3,850-3,950
     Tuar Karnataka             4,100-4,250        4,100-4,250
     Masoor dal best            5,000-5,500        5,000-5,500
     Masoor dal medium            4,600-4,800        4,600-4,800
     Masoor                    n.a.            n.a.
     Moong Mogar bold (New)        7,000-7,500         7,000-7,500
     Moong Mogar Medium            6,500-6,800        6,500-6,800
     Moong dal Chilka            5,400-6,400        5,400-6,400
     Moong Mill quality            n.a.            n.a.
     Moong Chamki best            7,100-8,100        7,100-8,100
     Udid Mogar best (100 INR/KG) (New) 8,500-9,500       8,500-9,500 
     Udid Mogar Medium (100 INR/KG)    7,000-8,000        7,000-8,000    
     Udid Dal Black (100 INR/KG)        5,200-5,500        5,200-5,500     
     Batri dal (100 INR/KG)        5,100-5,500        5,100-5,500
     Lakhodi dal (100 INR/kg)          3,100-3,400         3,100-3,400
     Watana Dal (100 INR/KG)            2,950-3,050        2,900-3,000
     Watana White (100 INR/KG)           3,500-3,700           3,400-3,600
     Watana Green Best (100 INR/KG)    4,100-4,600        4,000-4,500   
     Wheat 308 (100 INR/KG)        1,950-2,050        1,950-2,050
     Wheat Mill quality (100 INR/KG)    1,800-1,900        1,800-1,900   
     Wheat Filter (100 INR/KG)         2,150-2,350           2,150-2,350         
     Wheat Lokwan new (100 INR/KG)    1,850-2,050        1,850-2,050
     Wheat Lokwan best (100 INR/KG)    2,200-2,400        2,200-2,400    
     Wheat Lokwan medium (100 INR/KG)   1,900-2,100        1,900-2,100
     Lokwan Hath Binar (100 INR/KG)    n.a.            n.a.
     MP Sharbati Best (100 INR/KG)    3,100-3,500        3,100-3,500    
     MP Sharbati Medium (100 INR/KG)    2,300-2,800        2,300-2,800           
     Rice BPT new (100 INR/KG)        2,800-3,200        2,800-3,200
     Rice BPT best (100 INR/KG)        3,500-4,000        3,500-4,000    
     Rice BPT medium (100 INR/KG)        3,000-3,200        3,000-3,200    
     Rice Luchai (100 INR/KG)         2,500-2,800        2,500-2,800
     Rice Swarna new (100 INR/KG)       2,200-2,400        2,200-2,400   
     Rice Swarna best (100 INR/KG)      2,600-2,800        2,600-2,800   
     Rice Swarna medium (100 INR/KG)      2,400-2,500        2,400-2,500   
     Rice HMT New (100 INR/KG)        3,600-4,000        3,600-4,000
     Rice HMT best (100 INR/KG)           4,500-5,000        4,500-5,000    
     Rice HMT medium (100 INR/KG)        4,100-4,300        4,100-4,300    
     Rice Shriram New(100 INR/KG)           4,800-5,200        4,800-5,200
     Rice Shriram best 100 INR/KG)    6,500-6,800        6,500-6,800 
     Rice Shriram med (100 INR/KG)    5,800-6,200        5,800-6,200   
     Rice Basmati best (100 INR/KG)    10,000-14,000        10,000-14,000     
     Rice Basmati Medium (100 INR/KG)    6,000-8,000        6,000-8,000    
     Rice Chinnor New(100 INR/KG)        4,600-4,800        4,600-4,800
     Rice Chinnor best 100 INR/KG)    5,800-6,000        5,800-6,000    
     Rice Chinnor medium (100 INR/KG)    5,400-5,600        5,400-5,600   
     Jowar Gavarani (100 INR/KG)        1,900-2,200        1,900-2,200    
     Jowar CH-5 (100 INR/KG)         1,800-1,900        1,800-1,900
Maximum temp. 37.5 degree Celsius, minimum temp. 28.4 degree Celsius 
Rainfall : 21.2 mm
FORECAST: Generally cloudy sky with rains or thunder-showers likely. Maximum and minimumtemperature would be around and 37 and 28 degree Celsius respectively.
Note: n.a.--not available
(For oils, transport costs are excluded from plant delivery prices, butincluded in market prices)

NFA sets bidding for 250,000 MT imported rice

State-run National Food Authority (NFA) is set conduct in the first week of July the bidding for 250,000 metric tons of rice supposedly to beef up government buffer stocks during the lean months.
NFA spokesperson Marietta Ablaza said that the grains agency hopes to publish the invitation to bid on Friday for them to conduct the tender “as soon as possible,” noting that it would take 28 days to complete the entire bidding process alone.
“The [NFA] Council has already approved the TOR [terms of reference]for the bidding. We are just waiting for their resolution approving the TOR,” Ablaza said in a text message.
“Most likely if we can publish immediately or Friday, bidding will be conducted July 3,” she added.
Following delays due to internal politics and shady backdoor negotiations, Manila is now scrambling to fill up its buffer stock requirement of the grains with the lean months just around the corner.
The NFA earlier said that stocks at government-owned warehouses are expected to hit critical levels, with two days worth of supply left by end of June. This is well below the its mandated buffer stock requirement.
Traditionally, lean season in the Philippines starts in July and ends in September. It is also the time when the government imports rice that would help stabilize the staple’s prices in retail markets.
The state-run grains agency is required by law to have at least 15-day buffer stock at any given time, and 30-day buffer stock during lean months.
On Tuesday, the interagency NFA Council ordered the NFA to scrap the traditional government-to-government (G2G) scheme and shift to government-to-private (G2P) or an open tender scheme for a more transparent bidding process.
The council noted that previous G2G schemes were exempted from the Procurement Law, hence the NFA was free to make its own guidelines and implement the same.
“Such acts that are all below the radar of government rules and procedures. Thus, in effect the G2G scheme is tantamount to ‘self-regulation’ which, as we all know, does not work well when an agency is required to perform both regulatory and proprietary functions such as the NFA,” Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco said.
Evasco, who is the chairman of the NFA Council, said that combining both functions makes the entire process prone to conflict of interest.He also said that delivery period of the G2P importation shall be in tranches, from July 31 until the last week of September.To date, only Hanoi has the capability to supply Manila with rice since other major rice producing countries have no newly-harvested rice, which is one of the requirements under the terms of reference of the open tender.
However, allowing staggered delivery of the rice stocks would allow other countries and private traders to join the bidding, making it more competitive.Meanwhile, Ablaza said the NFA has yet to open application for the private sector-led importation under the so-called minimum access volume (MAV), saying that they are currently focused on filling up government coffers to a more comfortable level.
The 250,000 MT of rice to be imported by the government is expected to add another eight days to government stocks; while MAV imports, which totaled 805,000 MT, translates to about 26 days.The NFA Council, however, clarified there is no immediate need for bulk importation for both NFA and the private sector, saying that total rice stocks in the country are still at comfortable levels with 44 days for household stocks and 28 days for commercial stocks.
A staggered arrival for rice imported for both government and private sector would ensure that there will be no oversupply of the grains come harvest season starting September, the council said

Rice stocks fall to six-year low

·         Published at 12:46 AM June 16, 2017

‘In order to avoid an untoward situation, the government has to remove all bureaucratic tangles to facilitate availability of rice in the market’

The government’s rice stocks in storage have fallen to the lowest in six years due to an insufficient supply from the ongoing procurement programme, officials have said.The stock of rice stands at 1,91,000 tonnes till June 13 which in 2009 stood at 5,46,000 tonnes in the Fiscal Year 2009-10, according to the Food Directorate data.The low storage has government officials worried who think that traders might cash in on the situation by raising prices of this essential staple.
The price of rice has already increased over the last two months which traders and millers attribute to the loss of crops in the haor regions in the Northwestern region of Bangladesh.
Food experts estimate that the total loss of paddy would be six hundred thousand tonnes in the wake of recent natural disaster in haor areas.On Wednesday, after cabinet committee meeting on public purchase Finance Minister AMA Muhith said the proposed import of 2,50,000-tonne food grains from Vietnam would ease local rice prices.

According to Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, the imported rice will arrive at Chittagong and Mongla ports within a short time.Usually, it takes at least two months for imports to arrive from Vietnam.Asked about reduction of import duty, the commerce minister said it is not possible to reduce the 29% rice import duty before the House approves the next fiscal year budget.
Naogoan Rice Mill owner Nirod Chandra Shah told the Dhaka Tribune that rice stock in the country will not go up unless their demand for withdrawal of 29% import duty is met.“Why will rice millers make their sales at a loss of Tk8 for per kg?” he asked.

The government procurement officials are now requesting the rice mill owners to collect at least one or two hundred thousand tonnes of rice to mobilise the current procurement programme.
The price of coarse rice in the capital was ranging at between Tk45 and Tk55 a kilogramme on Thursday, 5%-10% higher compared to that a month ago.Former commerce adviser to the past caretaker government and chairman of Power and Participation Research Centre Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman told the Dhaka Tribune: “We are facing crisis in terms of rice storage and price hike would hit the consumers.”

“In order to avoid an untoward situation, the government has to remove all bureaucratic tangles to facilitate the availability of rice in the market,” he suggested.Zillur termed it too late for the government to import rice from Vietnam as it is in the middle of crisis.It is not possible to intervene in the market with only less than two hundred thousand tonnes of rice in the government’s hand, he said, adding that usually, six to ten hundred thousand tonnes are necessary for market intervention.

The Food Ministry has so far procured 25,625 tonnes of rice till June 13.On April 15, the government set a target to procure 700,000 tonnes of paddy at Tk24 per kilogramme, 8 00,000 tonnes of rice at Tk34 and Tk33 per kilogramme.The rice and paddy procurement drive started from May 2 and will continue till August 31 during the harvesting period.

Monsoon shows signs of fatigue, slows down

The monsoon covered Coastal Andhra Pradesh, and parts of South Chhattisgarh and Odisha on Wednesday, braving signs of fatigue after misdirecting a rain-laden deep depression into Bangladesh a couple of days ago.The Bay of Bengal is expected to take time to organise the flows after the ‘flash’ deep depression churned its waters to a scale rarely witnessed at this time of the year and laying to waste a lot of kinetic energy in the process.The deep depression had swung away from North India a major monsoon enabler, a trough that links North-West India with the Bay of Bengal through which easterlies bring monsoon rains to East, Central and North-West India.
Ideally, one end (South-East) of the trough should be anchored in the Bay waters so that moisture-laden easterlies can fan out onto land to precipitate rains.The tip of the trough is now over land, which means it is cut off from moisture in the Bay. This has led to a reduction in the quantum of rainfall over East India.
The monsoon has not been able to enter Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha. These areas should normally get covered by June 15, but indications are that they will need to wait for a few days more.
Revival in a week
The India Met Department (IMD) said on Wednesday that conditions are favourable for the advance of the monsoon into parts of Gujarat, Madhya Maharashtra, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Bengal over the next four days.
For any organised revival of the monsoon, the trough over North India has to re-align itself in such a manner that one of its extremities gets anchored in the Bay of Bengal. The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts says it will take a few days for this to happen. It says the monsoon flows over the Arabian Sea would strengthen around June 20, indicating that the trough would have found its elusive moorings in the Bay by that time.
Possibility of more rain
The US National Centre for Environmental Prediction seems to agree, by signalling the possibility of enhanced rain along the West Coast and East and parts of East India and adjoining Central India from June 21 to 29.
(This article was published on June 14, 2017)

Ominous signs as rice prices spiral

The prices of rice are spiralling out of control as the blame game between wholesalers and millers continues and experts predict a ‘food crisis’ in the making.
Government data often lower than market prices shows a 47 percent rise in the price of coarse rice while a fine variety saw around 20 percent rise in a year.
Millions of low-income people in the country are worst-hit by the price shock. Coarse rice consumed by people with low income is now being sold at a minimum rate of Tk 46 per kg.
The fine variety is currently on sale at no less than Tk 60 per kg.
Last three months were the worst period when people saw a steep rise in prices of rice of almost all varieties.
An agro-economist sees it as an ominous sign of a food crisis ahead, reminiscent of price spirals during the army-backed caretaker government.
Prices of coarse and thin grains rose to Tk 40 per kg and Tk 56 per kg respectively in 2007 and 2008 during the caretaker government rule. It was then recorded as the highest price of rice since independence.
M Asaduzzaman, a professor and a fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies or BIDS, says, "The prices had created panic at that time."
“I think we will face the same situation again.”
Boro paddy cultivation in the country was hit hard by unseasonal rains and flash floods earlier this year. On the other hand, rice production slumped in China, Vietnam and India. A 28 percent duty levied on imports is also blamed for the hike.
However, the market was significantly stable during Awami League’s 2009-2013 tenure when coarse rice was sold at Tk 30-35 and thin rice at Tk 40-42 per kg.
Bangladesh is considered a food self-sufficient country.
“A syndicate of millers and wholesalers has crafted the ‘crisis’ to sell rice at higher prices. The government seems reluctant in this regard,” said Asaduzzaman.
“I guess mill owners and wholesalers have an ample stock of rice. It is unfortunate that the government does not even have that data. The government is neither monitoring them nor compelling them to release the stock.”
When contacted, Food Minister Qamrul Islam declined to comment on rice prices and advised to consult the Directorate General of Food.
Badrul Hasan, director general of the directorate, said the price soared as production turned out to be low this year due to flash floods in 'haors' and adverse weather.
He hoped the rates would return to normal if the 28 percent duties charged on import are withdrawn.
Glimpses of markets
>> Coarse rice varieties -- Swarna and Paijam -- were on sale at Tk 48-50 per kg and other low-quality coarse rice at Tk 46 in kitchen markets in Sheorapara, Mohakhali, Rampura, Karwan Bazar, and Hatirpool.  Traders retailed Miniket and Najirshail at Tk 56-62 a kg.
>> Babubazar-Moulvibazar in Old Dhaka, the country’s largest wholesale rice market, charges around Tk 4 less than retailers.
>> Wholesalers say they have no control over the rates.
>> A Kushtia-based miller, for example, sells a 50kg bag of coarse rice at Tk 1,950 (Tk 39 per kg) and Miniket rice at Tk 2,600 (Tk 52 per kg) to Dhaka. The rates have increased due to soaring prices of paddy, according to millers.
>> Each maund of paddy is sold at Tk 1,200 which yields around 27kg of rice. The production cost is recouped from sales of broken kernels and bran.
>> In this Boro harvest season, the government is buying paddy from farmers at Tk 24 per kg and rice at Tk 34.
Depleting stocks
The government had some 193,190 tonnes of rice in stock on June 12, compared to 593,020 tonnes on the same date last year, according to the Food Planning and Monitoring Unit or FPMU.
Quoting the Department of Agricultural Marketing, an FPMU report says the wholesale price and retail price of coarse rice in the capital is Tk 45-46.5 and Tk 46-48 per kg respectively.
Between May 2 and Jun 11, the government procured a total of 19,532 tonnes of Boro rice from farmers.
Blame game
Wholesalers claim the hike is nothing but the result of an artificial crisis created by a syndicate of millers.
Unlike in previous Boro procurement seasons, rice price has soared this year despite the presence of new rice in markets, said Md Selim, proprietor of Shubho Rice Agency in Babubazar.
Mill owners are using crop losses caused by flash floods as an excuse to increase the rates, he said.
Auto rice mills are now the main source of rice supply. These mills are concentrated in some districts: Kushtia, Sherpur, Chapainawabganj, Rajshahi, Bogra, and Naogaon.
“Some industrialists are controlling the rice market countrywide with these auto mills. And the government is failing to keep the rates normal,” said Abdul Jabbar, manager of Chowdhury Rice Agency in Babubazar.
He identified three areas of concern leading to the current crisis: paddy shortage, corrupt practices by millers and hoarding by unscrupulous businessmen.
Mirpur-based trader Wahiduzzaman said sales of rice jumped up to three times last month when people stocked up with grains fearing a hike in June.
“One customer who usually buys one sack of rice bought three. Mill owners took advantage of the situation. Now sales of rice have dropped in Dhaka,” said Wahid, owner of New Billal Rice Agency.
Mill owners, however, put the blame squarely on the shortage of paddy production caused by flash floods and inclement weather.
Tarek Anam, marketing executive of Rashid Automill, said they were selling a 50kg bag of Miniket rice at Tk 2,600 -- the highest on record.
“Rice prices should be higher if you consider paddy prices,” he said.
M Asaduzzaman of BIDS has suggested lowering tax on rice import to normalise the rice market.
If duties on rice import are cut down to 15 percent from 25 percent, costs will go down, so will the prices, he said.
Badrul Hasan, DG of Directorate General of Food, said: “The ministry was served with recommendations in May to lift the import tariff. The government may take steps in that direction.”
Bangladesh spends $440 to import one tonne of rice from India, and another Tk 9 is added as tariff per kg.
“We believe removal of the tariff will lower the cost and rice prices will come down once enough rice is imported from India,” said Hasan

Researchers at Ingredion Idea Labs develop Homecraft Create rice flours
Friday, 16 June, 2017, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Las Vegas
Researchers at Ingredion’s Idea Labs have developed a line of Homecraft Create multi-functional rice flours that help food manufacturers respond to the 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 will be available to food manufacturers in the United States, Canada and Asia-Pacific (APAC) following its launch at the IFT 2017 annual meeting and food exhibition, which is slated to take place in Las Vegas, USA, between June 24 and 28.

The solution is an addition to a clean and simple ingredient solutions portfolio that began to develop over 20 years ago. Ingredion invested in growing this portfolio, as the consumer demand for clean and simple labels grew.

Proprietary research conducted to understand the labelling preferences of consumers in North America and the APAC 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 US and APAC consumers preferred rice flour to 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, global wholesome business, Ingredion.

“The exciting development of Homecraft Create multi-functional rice flours, leveraging our recent investments in APAC, reflects the continued commitment of researchers working in this area at our global network of Ingredion Idea Labs innovation centres,” he added.

“In Asia, there is a growing demand from consumers for quality food made with familiar, trusted ingredients,” said Hui Cheng Chong, marketing manager, wholesome business,  APAC, Ingredion.

She added, ”Rice flour has been a staple for Asian consumers for centuries. Providing highly functional rice flours with added stability and enhanced texture allows our customers to maintain authenticity in recipe formulation and traditional eating quality across a range of convenience foods.”

Coops a good strategy to increase rice yield – IRRI scientist 
Self-financed farmer cooperatives are a viable strategy to increase irrigated rice area to attain a national yield average of six tons per hectare, a scientist who help pioneer the first high-yielding hybrid in the mid-1960s said.
Dr. Peter Jennings of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) based in Los Baños, Laguna said that whereas high-yielding varieties emanating from the IRRI had a sudden and large impact beginning in the 1960s, yield improvement in subsequent decades has come largely from farmer initiatives with little contribution from research.
Dr. Peter Jennings is senior scientist emeritus at IRRI, who led the team that bred the renowned IR8 rice hybrid in the early 1960s. INTERNATIONAL RICE RESEARCH INSTITUTE PHOTO
Less appreciated in the growth in yield is the investment of extra income from these varieties by farmers in water control from low-yield, high-risk ecologies to higher-yield, lower-risk irrigated rice from the 1970s to the present, Jennings said.“This slow transition to roughly 50 percent of irrigated farms today is the major contributor to the increase in yield from about 2 to 4 tons per hectare today,” he explained.
Farmers’ appreciation that water control is essential for profitable rice farming clearly defines future needs, he continued, stressing that the shift to water control can be accelerated to reach a goal of 80 to 90 percent irrigated farming.“That alone would guarantee a national yield of 6 tons per hectare. The strategy proposed to achieve this implies that progress will come more from the farmers’ initiatives than from the researchers,” Jennings said.
To reach an average of 6 tons per hectare, farmers require many improvements including better farm-to-market roads, modernized rice mills, earthen dams to capture rainwater where topography permits, credit for tube wells and low-lift pumps, subsidies to reduce electricity costs to run the pumps, and a massive increase in extension agents trained to simultaneously reduce the multiple deficiencies in crop management that constrain yield.

These extremely expensive requirements are unlikely, however, to be met from government coffers, Jennings said.
“Capital from the farmers and millers is a better alternative. To generate this, the Philippine Secretary of Agriculture would identify one or two rice areas easiest to impact. His staff would select in each area a highly respected farm leader competent in the management of people and finance,” he explained.
The selected farmer would visit all the barrios in his or her area to convince farmers and millers to join a cooperative and accept obligatory taxes of a few centavos on each kilo of grain harvested and milled output.Money collected at the mills would create the capital for investment in irrigation and other farm requirements.
Matching funds would be sought from international banks, foundations, and other sources. The cooperative would invest in farm needs with the guidance of a board of elected farmers and millers. Success in the pilot areas would be extended to the rest of the country through the creation of additional farmer organizations.
“This proposal will be difficult to implement, opposed by vested interests, and subject to financial mismanagement. Yet, self-financed farmer cooperatives are a viable strategy to increase irrigated rice area to attain a national yield average of 6 tons per hectare,” Jennings concluded.