Monday, October 09, 2017

09th October,2017 daily global regional local rice e-newsletter by riceplus magazine

Rice exports off to a flying start
RICE exports have started the current fiscal year on a positive note, giving rise to hopes that the full-year proceeds will hit $2 billion after a gap of two years.
The country’s rice exports jumped 40 per cent year-on-year to $224 million in the July-August period, according to the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.
Basmati rice exports rose more than 10pc to $63m during the two months despite a negligible increase in the volume, which rose 0.4pc to 59,433 tonnes.
Some exporters are re-establishing their brands by improving quality of processing and packaging while others are switching over from shipping large quantities of loose coarse rice to exporting it in wholesale or even retail packaging
However, exports of non-basmati varieties saw a big rise of about 47pc to 369,560 tonnes during the period. Accordingly, export earnings surged 57pc to $161m.
A rise in export earnings of basmati with negligible change in volume is both good and bad. It’s good as it points to a rising trend in per-unit price of basmati varieties. On the downside, higher per-unit price could give further edge to Indian exporters, who have already grabbed more than 70pc share of the Saudi rice market and are increasing their share in other Gulf Cooperation Council countries as well.
As for non-basmati or coarse rice varieties, their exports are growing for severalreasons, including higher production of rice in 2016-17 as compared to 2015-16.
Moreover, exporters are reaching out to new markets. Some of them are re-establishing their brands by improving quality of processing and packaging while others are switching over from shipping large quantities of loose coarse rice to exporting it in wholesale or even retail packaging.
Besides, the use of online trading portals for client searching is also picking up pace.
“Rice exports in this fiscal year can hit $2bn mark again (as they did in FY15),” says an official of the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP).
Officials say that recent efforts to mobilise foreign missions in helping exporters grab a larger share of traditional rice markets and explore new ones have also started paying off.
In the last fiscal year, Pakistan produced 6.85m tonnes of rice, up from 6.8m tonnes in FY16 but still short of the 7m tonnes mark achieved in FY15. This has eased pressure to some extent on prices of exporters-driven purchases, and many of them are able to export more during this fiscal year than they did in the last year.
Exporters also hope to partly regain the lost ground in Saudi Arabia, where our rice exports declined to $54m in FY17 from $83m in FY16.
Some other exporters say that regaining our lost status in Afghanistan (where Pakistan’s rice exports slumped to $77.5m in FY17 from $128m a year ago) and China (where exports plunged to $105m in FY17 from a peak of around $277m a year ago) is crucial if we want to hit the $2bn mark in rice exports in FY18.
In case of Afghanistan, political tension between Islamabad and Kabul, and repeated closure of border trade are blamed by exporters for decline in exports of not only rice but of other commodities as well.
However, rice exports to China suffered last year mainly due to depressed demand there, though inefficient marketing and logistics issues also had a hand in it.
“In the last three months, we’ve received orders from both countries. I hope exports to Afghanistan and China will increase this year,” an official of the Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) told this writer.
He said that during a recent visit of the Kenyan high commissioner to REAP’s headquarters, steps to further increase rice exports to Kenya came under discussion. Rice exports to Kenya rose to $198m in FY17 from $184m a year earlier.
During the previous fiscal year, Pakistani exporters penetrated into such non-traditional markets as Nigeria, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Thailand, which itself is a big rice-exporting country. Combined earnings from these markets totalled about $80m, REAP officials say.
Besides, rice exporters are also making efforts to sustain markets like Kenya, Chile, Denmark, Djibouti, Haiti, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mauritius, Niger and Zimbabwe, where their exports saw phenomenal growth in FY17.
Pakistan’s rice exports to Indonesia got a boost in January last year when the two countries signed a deal to enable our exporters to ship $400m of rice in four years. “Under that agreement rice exports to Indonesia are going on and during this fiscal year we may fetch $50m to $100m depending upon Indonesian requirements,” says a TDAP official.
Published in Dawn, The Business and Finance Weekly, October 9th, 2017
Customs seize 497,279 bags of rice in 2 years
– CGC ON OCTOBER 8, 20177:43 PMIN NEWSCOMMENTS The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says it has seized 497,279 bags of imported rice between 2015 and August, 2017 with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N3.8 billion. The Comptroller-General of the service, retired Col. Hameed Ali, disclosed this in a document obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Sunday. Ali said that 90,073 bags of rice were seized in 2015 with DPV of N693 million while 280,109 bags of rice were impounded in 2016 with DPV of N2.156 billion. He added that between January and August 2017, no fewer than 127,097 bags of rice were seized with DPV of N978 million. “From January to March this year, about four enterprises registered with Tinapa Free Trade Zone (FTZ) Calabar in Cross River State syndicated the importation of 533 containers of rice. He said the containers loaded with 299,564 bags of rice were brought into the free zone through Onne Port in Port Harcourt, Rivers. “Certainly, this rice cannot be consumed within Tinapa and there is no value added through further processing as to bring it to Nigerian territory. “It took the Nigeria Customs Service a big battle with the importers and Tinapa authorities to compel them to re-export it out of Nigeria. “As at Sept. 19, this year, 299 containers were re-exported. “If this is to be allowed, it has the potential of undermining the food security policy of the Federal Government. “With the attendant consequence of driving all the industries in the chain of production out of business, primarily the local farmers and rice millers,” Ali said. He said that in the past, the Federal Government had introduced policies like Operation Feed the Nation and Green Revolution to ensure food sufficiency. He added that the major cause of failure of these policies was smuggling. According to him, it is the realisation of this that made the Federal Government to ban the importation of rice through the land borders. “The ban of rice importation through the land borders has made the task of fighting smuggling by the NCS more challenging. “Because major rice importers in the country have decided to shun

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Import of instant hotpot products containing meat not approved by AVA; importers fined and products seized
The popular instant hotpot brand Ba Shu Lan Ren, which comes in three mala flavours: original, rice and meat, and beef. PHOTO: ST FILE
SINGAPORE - The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) has fined importers of the latest food craze here - instant "self-heating" hotpots that contain meat.
It has also seized the products, the agency said in a statement to The Straits Times on Monday (Oct 9).
"AVA has not approved the import of instant hotpot products containing meat such as Ba Shu Hotpot," the statement added.
“As AVA did not approve these products for sale, the ‘AVA certificate’ circulating online is fake.” 
ST understands that the certificate AVA referred to is a licence issued to a Ba Shu Hotpot supplier to import processed food products and appliances, but with the product’s logo superimposed on it. 
Ba Shu Hotpot is otherwise known as Ba Shu Lan Ren, a Chengdu-based instant hotpot brand that comes in several mala flavours: original, rice and meat, and beef.
It is one of several instant hotpot brands being sold online on websites such as Qoo10 and Shopee Singapore, as well as shopping app Carousell.
The products come with a heat pack that, when activated by room-temperature water, generates enough heat to steam a small bowl of ingredients for up to 20 minutes.
In its statement, AVA advised the public to purchase food from reputable sources, and to exercise discretion when buying food online.
"Food products containing meat can be imported from only approved sources that comply with AVA food-safety standards and requirements, as these products could carry animal and food-borne diseases of public health and trade importance," it said.
"Licensed food importers are required to ensure that the food products comply with the AVA's food-safety requirements and standards, regardless of the channel of sale."
Ba Shu Lan Ren, which launched its hotpots last December, told The Straits Times in July that it has six main suppliers in Singapore.
One supplier is Joneve Trading, which had been importing the hotpots since February. The hotpots proved to be so popular that in May, over 10,000 individual packs were snapped up.
The firm's co-founder, Ms Eve Lim, 27, told ST on Monday that she was informed by AVA in early August to stop the import and sale of the hotpots. 
Ms Lim also said that AVA had issued her a valid licence - a copy of which ST has seen - to import the product.
She said: “I thought all was well until they (AVA) visited my warehouse in early August and said they had to approve the meat used by Ba Shu Lan Ren in their products.”
When contacted yesterday, Carousell said it was working closely with AVA to actively remove listings of instant hotpots with meat from its marketplace. 
"Where available, we will provide the advisory notice issued by AVA to the sellers when we remove their products," it added. 
AVA added that it conducts inspections and surveillance, including sampling for testing, on imported food products to ensure they comply with the necessary requirements and standards.
Those convicted of importing food from unapproved sources can be fined up to $50,000 and/or jailed for up to two years for the first conviction.
In the case of a second or subsequent conviction, they can be fined up to $100,000 and/or jailed for up to three years Vietnamese farm produce seeks path to Middle East

VNA MONDAY, OCTOBER 09, 2017 - 11:23:00 PRINT
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Hanoi (VNA) –With a total population of more than 400 million, the 16-country Middle East is a promising market for Vietnam’s farm exports, economic experts said.

Statistics released by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development show that export-import revenue between Vietnam and the Middle East reached newly 10.89 billion USD in 2016, up more than 100 percent from 2011.

However, Vietnam mainly ships electronics and spare parts, and garments-textiles to the Middle East, which make up 68.4 percent of the country’s export value to the region of 8.06 billion USD.

Meanwhile, the region needs about 5-7 million tonnes of rice each year, along with vegetables, fruits, juice and seafood, which are among Vietnam’s strengths.

Vo Quang Huy, Director of Huy Long An Co., Ltd., said the Middle East in general and Iran in particular are promising markets for banana exports, adding that his company used to deliver bananas to the region but had difficulties in the payment process.

To export bananas to the Middle East, a company needs high-quality post-harvest preservation while bananas grow all across Vietnam, he said, noting transportation as another obstacle.

Le Thanh, Director of the Institute of Vietnam Organic Agricultural Economics, described the Middle East as an “attractive paradise” for Vietnamese goods and a huge market for the country’s farm exports.

However, he said, Vietnamese exporters still face barriers regarding logistics and payment.

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong, said the Middle East is a gateway to Europe, highlighting the potential for export-import activities between Vietnam and the Middle East.

Tran Van Tri, Director of An Viet International Investment JSC and Chairman of the Vietnam-Iran Business Council, said Iran is a promising market for Vietnamese electronics, garments-textiles and agricultural products like banana, pineapple, lemon, rice and seafood.

Iran imports about 1.2 million tonnes of rice each year, he said, adding that An Viet International Investment JSC, the first Vietnamese firm licensed in Iran, recently shipped 207 tonnes to the country and aims to deliver another 200,000 tonnes in 2018.

He also said that payment issues remain the major barrier to bilateral trade.

Le Quang Nhuan, General Director of Louis Rice Import Export Co., Ltd., suggested Vietnamese exporters cooperate with each other to hire a transportation company, explaining that transportation costs greatly impact on goods prices.

According to the Commercial Counsellor at the Vietnamese Embassy in Iran, the country imports about 600,000 tonnes of bananas and 300,000 tonnes of rubber each year, noting that Iran can buy up to 500,000 tonnes of Vietnamese rubber annually.

Regarding the payment barrier, the State Bank of Vietnam said Vietnamese commercial banks put themselves at risk when conducting payment activities in Iran.

The central bank is expected to support one or two commercial banks to establish cooperative ties and payment channels with their Iranian counterparts.

Experts suggested Vietnam set up a production chain to ensure product quality, while paying attention to Halal certificates for the Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East.-VNA

 LAKE Rice: Lagos Vows To Maintain Production Quality

October 8, 2017
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The Lagos State Government has vowed to maintain the quality of its LAKE Rice product just as it stated that the product is now available in all designated sales centres across the State.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Oluwatoyin Suarau who disclosed this at the the weekend while reviewing report of sales of the LAKE Rice product noted that the product always go through different quality analysis assessment before being released to the market for consumption.
“Our LAKE Rice is of good quality. The major difference between LAKE Rice and imported rice is that the imported has a minimum storage of five to six years storage life span, but LAKE Rice is fresh.”
Suarau, while stating that more trailers load of LAKE Rice had arrived the Lagos and awaiting distribution to designated sales centres, said that the need to ensure availability of the product to citizens is key in the State’s drive to attain food sufficiency.
“Food production and self-sufficiency have been given priority attention at State’s policy and strategic levels, this is aimed at sustaining Lagos because our state is the largest consumer of food commodity in Nigeria”, he averred.
While reiterating the Ministry of Agriculture’s commitment to ensuring availability of the product as well as fair distribution to all sales centres, the Commissioner noted that the directive of the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on continuous sales of the product will be carried out without any let or hindrances.
Suarau explained that the governor’s directive on the non-stop sale of the product is part of the strategy aimed at increasing access to the product and ensure effective distribution of the rice across the State.
He noted that a 32 metric tonne per hour rice milling plant which would become operational next year had been acquired by the state government to ensure that Lagos meets up with the demand of the LAKE Rice product.
Suarau added that Lagos was also collaborating with Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti, and Ondo States in the area of rice production so as to ensure that adequate rice was supplied to the 32 metric tonnes per hour rice mill.
The Commissioner said residents can get the LAKE Rice product from the secretariats of 20 local government and 37 local council development areas as well as Farm Service Centre Odogunyan-Ikorodu; Farmers Mart Surulere; Agric Input Supply Authority (LAISA) Ojo; Agricultural Development Authority (ADA) Oko Oba, Agege and Lagos Television (LTV) Complex, Agidingbi-Ikeja.
Suarau, while noting that the price of the rice has not changed, stressed that State government will continue to maintain the price of the product to make it affordable to citizens. He said logistics have been put in place to ensure a hassle free purchase of the product in an atmosphere devoid of rancour in all our approved sales centres.

SMEs losing ground to imports from China

Updated October 08, 2017
KARACHI: The influx of cheap imports from China has left an adverse impact on the local industry as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are losing ground to products from Asia’s largest economy, according to a recent report published on the website of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP).
Written by two SBP officials, the report titled “Dynamics of Pakistan’s Trade Balance with China” says the bilateral trade balance remains skewed towards China. Pakistan’s volume of bilateral trade expanded and reached $13.8 billion in 2015-16, up from $2.2bn in 2004-05. However, Pakistan’s exports to China increased from $0.4bn in 2004-05 to $1.7bn in 2015-16.
“Imports from China grew exponentially – increased from $1.8bn in 2004-05 to $13.9bn in July-May 2016-17,” said the report.
As per the Tariff Reduction Modality of China, some of the Pakistani products having relatively greater export potential were facing high tariff rates and receiving no concession on China’s offer list, said the report.
For instance, Pakistani dried fruits had a tariff rate of around 25 per cent, semi-milled or wholly milled rice/broken rice 65pc, footwear with wood base/metal toe-cap 24pc and men’s garments of cotton 16pc, it said.
Exports to Beijing are heavily concentrated in cotton, rice
In contrast, items in which Pakistan lacks competitive advantage, such as telephone sets, digital cameras, electrical machines and toys, were included in the tariff elimination list of China.
The report said Pakistan’s margin of preference eroded due to China’s free trade agreements (FTAs) with other countries, especially with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
It suggested that Pakistan should seek the same level of tariff concessions on its exports to China as enjoyed by its competitors from East Asian countries. “This may provide our exports an equal opportunity to compete with the competitors’ products in Chinese markets,” said the report.
Due to cheap imports from China, local manufacturing of ceramics, electric machinery and equipment, chipboard, plywood, bicycles and a number of other small-scale industries have been affected.
“Although adequate data is not available in support of the argument, the influx of imported consumer goods and non-availability of their local substitutes present enough evidence that local SMEs are losing ground in the domestic market,” it said.
The report said Pakistan’s potential export areas remain limited because China outpaced it in almost all of its major producing sectors. China now occupies the largest share in Pakistan’s total imports (29pc) and is followed by the United Arab Emirates (13pc). These imports mainly include electrical equipment, high-tech machinery, nuclear reactors, iron and steel, organic chemicals and manmade filaments. In fact, more than half of Pakistan’s imports of electrical equipment and machinery are from China.
After the FTA in 2007, the top import from China – electrical, electronic equipment – increased by 68pc of all imports of that product from the rest of the world.
Pakistan’s exports to China are heavily concentrated in cotton and rice, accounting for 75pc of the country’s total exports to the neighbouring country, said the report. Cotton exports to China increased from $358 million in 2006 to $968m in 2016

Cambodia exports over 400,000 tonnes of rice in nine months

VNA SATURDAY, OCTOBER 07, 2017 - 15:22:00 
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Phnom Penh (VNA) - Cambodia exported some 421,000 tonnes of rice in the first nine months of this year, up 16.7 percent compared to the same period last year.

Deputy Director General of the General Department of Agriculture under Cambodia’s Ministry of Agriculture Hean Vanhorn said that with this slight growth, the country is not likely to meet its target of shipping abroad 1 million tonnes of rice this year.

He predicted that Cambodia may export over 600,000 tonnes in the whole year.

Hean Vanhorn also said that while Cambodia has a 200,000-tonne rice export quota to China in 2017, and the figure may reach 300,000 tonnes in 2018, local firms need to diversify markets to minimise risks.

Vice Chairman of the Cambodia Rice Exporters’ Association Hun Lak said that in the coming time, Cambodian exporters should upgrade their storage and drying system, thus improving the country’s rice quality. He also called on the government to apply support policies for exporters through capital assistance and tax cut.

In the first nine months of this year, China was the biggest market for Cambodia’s rice by importing over 120,000 tonnes, followed by France with over 50,000 tonnes and Poland with over 35,000 tonnes.

Last year, Cambodia shipped more than 540,000 tonnes of milled rice to 65 countries around the world, up 0.7 percent over a year earlier.-VNA

PhilRice to house DA’s biggest biotechnology center

POSTED ON OCT - 3 - 2017
Description: BiotechPhilRice will soon house the biggest biotechnology center of DA that is expected to generate technologies and innovations for agriculture.
“The goal of constructing this center is to generate improved technologies, increase productivity, and enhance commercial value of DA’s priority crops such as rice, abaca, coconut, white and yellow corn, cotton, cassava, sweet potato, yam, tomato, and eggplant,” Dr. Roel R. Suralta, head of DA’s Crop Biotechnology Center and one of the proponents of the said project.
The center will not only provide equipment and facilities, but also training and support to the Filipino researchers who will venture in the field of biotechnology. It also aims to build a network among local and international researchers to sustain and continually advance biotechnology in the Philippines.
More than P300 million has been raised to construct state-of the-art laboratories and facilities.
The funding of the said facility was granted by the US government through its Public Law 480 program,  also known as the Agricultural Trade Development and Assistance Act.
“Our submitted proposal was recommended by the DA and we were able to get P277 million for this project from the US food aid program. The remaining P25 million came from PhilRice,” Suralta added.
According to Suralta, the budget will cover the construction of new buildings, purchasing of state-of-the-art biotechnology equipment and laboratory furniture, and monitoring and evaluation of the project in coordination with the Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries.

‘Nasi briyani’ recipes — the highlight of Malay Manuscripts Conference

Saturday October 7, 2017
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Description: The discussion on briyani rice recipes found in old Malay manuscripts is expected to be among interesting topics at the three-day International Conference on Malay Manuscripts. — AFP picThe discussion on briyani rice recipes found in old Malay manuscripts is expected to be among interesting topics at the three-day International Conference on Malay Manuscripts. — AFP picKUALA LUMPUR, Oct 7 — The discussion on briyani rice recipes found in old Malay manuscripts is expected to be among interesting topics at the three-day International Conference on Malay Manuscripts organised by the National Library of Malaysia (PNM) beginning Tuesday.
PNM director-general Datuk Nafisah Ahmad said the ingredients as contained in the 200-year-old manuscripts collected by the Malay community and believed to have originated from Pontianak, Indonesia would be presented by Associate Professor Dr Zahir Ahmad and his student Muhammad Marwan Mohd Tanos from the University of Malaya (UM).
“The topic on briyani rice recipes found in the Cooking Tips Manuscript 2926: Preliminary Research on Traditional Malay Culinary Science belongs to PNM.
“Such research findings are difficult to come by and I am confident that this subject and recipes on mee goreng’, ‘súp lidah’ and ‘sup kaki’ will be the highlight of the conference this time.” she told Bernama here today.
According to Nafisah other topics of interest at the conference are the revolt against colonialism by Hermansyah from Ar-Raniry State Islamic University Banda Aceh, Indonesia and Malay medicine D.I.Y (Do It Yourself) to be presented by Associate Professor Dr Ab Razak Ab Karim of UM.
A total of 27 topics, five from Indonesia will be discussed at the conference themed Upholding the Malay Heritage: Placing Importance on National Civilisation.
“The fee for each participant is RM150 while students of public and private institutions will be charged RM50. So far 150 people including five participants from Singapore and 11 from Indonesia have confirmed their participation,” she added. — Bernama


Punjab basmati rice millers meet Jaitley on taxes

TNN | Oct 8, 2017, 07:19 IST
Bathinda: Demanding uniformity in the tax structure under 'one nation, one tax' formula, a delegation of Punjabi Basmati Rice Millers Association (PBRMA) on Saturday met Union finance minister Arun Jaitley in Delhi and asked him to impress upon the Punjab government to rationalise taxes on the aromatic crop. The delegation led by PBRMA president Bal Krishan Bali demanded rationalisation of tax structure at least in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan if not in the entire country on the purchase of basmati.

The delegation members told Jaitley that millers have to pay 3% as market fee and rural development fund (RDF) fee on purchase of basmati whereas it is 2% each in Haryana while in Rajasthan a market fee of 1.6% is levied. The delegation asserted that millers and farmers of Punjab have to suffer on account of this. Punjab government had recently raised the market fee and RDF fee to 3% from the earlier 2%.

Members of the PBRMA said Jaitley assured them of taking up the matter with Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal. Earlier, on October 4 and 5, the rice millers had not made purchases in protest against the hike in taxes. General secretary of the association Aashish Kathuria said that, "A delegation led by our president met the Union finance minister and asked him to impress upon the Punjab government to rationalise the tax structure in accordance with the 'one nation, one tax' formula so that millers and farmers may not have to suffer. Punjab millers have to shell out Rs 120 crore extra at an average price of Rs 3,000 per quintal for purchasing 20 lakh tonnes of basmati.

Meanwhile, Punjab finance minister Manpreet Badal said the state government would look into the matter.

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POSTED ON OCT - 4 - 2017
Description: OSIS_EXHIBITTo help increase the youth’s interest in rice science and sustain farmers’ awareness on technological breakthroughs, PhilRice Los Baños develops the Scientists’ and Farmers’ Corners, which will be launched next year as part of its One-Stop Information System (OSIStem).
According to Jacqueline Lee O. Canilao of PhilRice Los Baños, the Scientists’ Corner aims to put up displays that will stir interest among young students to take a career path in agriculture.
The Farmers’ Corner, on the other hand, aims to inspire farmers by featuring success stories of their fellow farmers to still keep their passion alive, Canilao added.
Currently, OSIStem has Palay-aklatan or a mini library. The Palay-aklatan houses the various knowledge products or information, communication, and education materials that PhilRice produced.This component is complemented by the database of OSIStem, which visitors can use in locating the knowledge products they need. Canilao shared that their visitors found their Palay-aklatan very helpful.
Exhibit area is also part of the OSIStem. This area is being redesigned from time to time based on a theme. The station partners with different institutions in deciding on the exhibit’s theme.
Canilao hopes that their visitors will also find the Scientists’ and Farmers’ Corners very useful.

 PhilRice public servants recognized

POSTED ON SEP - 25 - 2017
Description: ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????A supervising science research specialist was conferred the 2017 Civil Service Commission (CSC) Pagasa Award during the Gawad Career Executive Service held at the Malacañan Palace, September 20.
A Pagasa awardee, PhilRice Negros Branch Director Rizal G. Corales received his plaque from President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and CSC Chairperson Alicia Bala. The Pagasa award is one of the highest awards to be given to a government employee for outstanding contribution resulting from an idea or performance, which directly benefited more than one department of the government.
“This award translates to motivation not just for me but also for the Institute to continue its function as a government agency— to help our farmers to be more successful in land cultivation,” Corales said.
Corales leads PhilRice’s Palayamanan Plus program, a rice-based farming systems model that helps increase farmer’s income and profitability. It advocates the adoption of diversification, intensification, and integration of farming activities such as crops, livestock, mushroom, vermicomposting among others.
Palayaman Plus pilot sites were established in Aurora, Pampanga, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Isabela, and Agusan del Norte in 2014. Their activities helped 627 farming households covering 221 ha to reach an average yield of 4.5-6t/ha during the dry and wet seasons.
In 2016, Corales managed the Palayamanan Plus model farm in Nueva Ecija, which generated more than P1,000,000 gross income or an aggregate income of P230,000.00/ha – much higher than the annual income (P180,000/ha) from rice production in Central Luzon.
He also introduced the rice-duck and mushroom production systems in the model farm.  Both farming systems, which is being promoted nationwide, have generated additional income to farmers.
According to Corales, the conceptualization and direction-setting of the said program from 2014-2017 resulted in easy adaptation of rice-based technologies across eight PhilRice stations nationwide.
Also, the sorjan production system and floating vegetable gardens are among his projects for farmers in swampy and flood-prone communities to enhance their productivity and food availability. These systems were adopted by PhilRice’s branch stations and certain local government units in the country.
Description: CSC AwardeesMeanwhile, CSC Region III recognized outstanding PhilRice researchers during the Honor Awards Program Recognition Rites held at the Widus Hotel, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, September 21.
Jaime Manalo IV of the Development Communication (DevCom) Division was one of the national semi-finalists for the Presidential Lingkod Bayan award. Manalo and Hazel Antonio also from DevCom were among the regional awardees for the same award under the individual category.
Dr. Karen Eloisa Barroga, Lea Abaoag, Dr. Irene Tanzo, and Ev Angeles of the project IPaD team and Dr. Flordeliza Bordey, Rowena Manalili, Ronell Malasa, Alice Mataia, Aileen Litonjua, Dr. Tanzo, Rhemilyn Z. Relado, and Dr. Jesusa Beltran of the Benchmarking team were regional nominees for the same award under the group category.
The Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award is given to an individual or group of individuals for exceptional or extraordinary contributions resulting from an idea or performance that had nationwide impact on public interest, security, and patrimony.  The contribution may be a suggestion, innovation, invention or superior accomplishment.
Marissa Romero, on the other hand, was a regional nominee for the Dangal ng Bayan Award. Romero is a food scientist from the Rice Chemistry and Food Science Division.
The Dangal ng Bayan Award is conferred to an individual for his/her performance of an extraordinary act or public service and consistent demonstration of exemplary ethical behavior on the basis of his/her observance of the eight norms of behavior provided under Republic Act No. 6713, otherwise known as the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees
EU may not review new norms for Basmati
DH News Service, New Delhi, Oct 8 2017, 2:25 IST
India may have to halt exports after Dec 30
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Despite nudging by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the European Union remained non-committal about reviewing a new regulation on basmati rice that would potentially stop exports to the EU nations after December 30.

Donald Franciszek Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker, presidents of the European Council and the European Union, told Modi that reviewing the law would be possible only if the plant protection company comes up with data to support claims that the residual fungicide in the rice will not harm its citizens.

Introduced on June 9 last, the regulation wants residue level -or permissible limit- of fungicide Tricyclazole in imported Basmati Rice from 1.00 milligram per kilogram to 0.01 milligram per kilogram. The fungicide Tricyclazole is widely used by rice-growers across India. Basmati rice exporters at home had urged Modi to nudge the leaders to agree for a review, since the new regulations would be a telling blow on their earnings from selling the rice to the EU countries.

India exports over 350,000 tonnes of Basmati Rice, valued at over Rs1,700 crore, to European Union countries every year. The rice farmers and traders have been concerned over implication of the new regulation on the export of the cereal grain from India to Europe.

The Prime Minister raised the issue with the two leaders during the 14th India-EU summit held in New Delhi on Friday.

“With regard to import tolerance level of Tricyclazole in rice the relevant plant protection companies will be invited to present new scientific data in order for the European Food Safety Authority to carry out an additional risk assessment without delay,” read a joint statement of the EU with India after the meeting.

DA’s biggest biotechnology center set to rise in Laguna

Published October 7, 2017, 10:01 PM
By Madelaine B. Miraflor
Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) will soon house the biggest biotechnology center of the Department of Agriculture (DA), which would develop technologies and innovations for the agriculture sector.
“The goal of constructing this center is to generate improved technologies, increase productivity, and enhance commercial value of DA’s priority crops such as rice, abaca, coconut, white and yellow corn, cotton, cassava, sweet potato, yam, tomato, and eggplant,” said DA Crop Biotechnology Center Head Roel R. Suralta.
It also aims to build a network among local and international researchers to sustain and continually advance biotechnology in the Philippines.
More than P300 million has been raised so far to construct state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities.
The funding of the said facility was granted by the US government through its Public Law 480 program,  also known as the Agricultural Trade Development and Assistance Act.
“Our submitted proposal was recommended by the DA and we were able to get P277 million for this project from the US food aid program. The remaining R25 million came from PhilRice,” Suralta said.
The budget will cover the construction of new buildings, purchasing of state-of-the-art biotechnology equipment and laboratory furniture, and monitoring and evaluation of the project in coordination with the Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries.
Apart from equipment and facilities, the center will also provide training and support to the Filipino researchers who will venture in the field of biotechnology

Basmati Rice Market Research Report 2017 : Regional Outlook, Growth Drivers And Key Players

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Basmati Rice Market research report helps to get access to industry data and upcoming trends which will give you avenues to know about the market. This report gives opportunities to go through with industry analysis, share and forecast, Providing brief description about the market size its competitors and product identification.

This report studies the Basmati Rice market status and outlook of global and major regions, from angles of players, regions, product types and end industries; this report analyzes the top players in global and major regions, and splits the Basmati Rice market by product type and applications/end industries.

The global Basmati Rice market is valued at XX million USD in 2016 and is expected to reach XX million USD by the end of 2022, growing at a CAGR of XX% between 2016 and 2022.

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The Asia-Pacific will occupy for more market share in following years, especially in China, also fast growing India and Southeast Asia regions.

North America, especially The United States, will still play an important role which cannot be ignored. Any changes from United States might affect the development trend of Basmati Rice.

Europe also play important roles in global market, with market size of xx million USD in 2016 and will be xx million USD in 2022, with a CAGR of XX.

The major players in global Basmati Rice market include REI Agro Ltd, KRBL Ltd, LT Foods Ltd, Kohinoor Foods Ltd, Lakshmi Group, Pari India, DUNAR, Amar Singh Chawalwala, Golden Foods, R.S.Mills,.

Figure Global Market Size (Million USD) Status and Outlook 2012-2022

Source: Annual Reports, Secondary Information, Press Releases, Expert Interviews and QYResearch, Mar. 2017

Geographically, this report is segmented into several key Regions, with Sales, Sales, revenue, Market Share (%) and Growth Rate (%) of Basmati Rice in these regions, from 2012 to 2022 (forecast), covering

North America
South America
Middle East and Africa

Table Global Basmati Rice Sales (M Ton) and Revenue (Million USD) Market Split by Regions

2012 2016 2022 Share (%) CAGR (2016-2022)
North America xx xx xx xx% xx%
Europe xx xx xx xx% xx %
Asia-Pacific xx xx xx xx% xx%
South America xx xx xx xx% xx %
Middle East and Africa xx xx xx xx% xx%
Others xx xx xx xx% xx%
Total xx xx xx xx% xx%

Source: Annual Reports, Secondary Information, Press Releases, Expert Interviews and QYResearch, Mar. 2017

On the basis of product, the Basmati Rice market is primarily split into
Indian varieties
Pakistani varieties
Kenyan variety
American varieties

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Table Global Basmati Rice Sales (M Ton) and Revenue (Million USD) Market Split by Product Type

Market Segment by Type 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Indian varieties xx xx xx xx xx xx xx
-Change (%) xx% xx% xx% xx% xx% xx% xx%
Pakistani varieties xx xx xx xx xx xx xx
-Change (%) xx% xx% xx% xx% xx% xx% xx%
Kenyan variety xx xx xx xx xx xx xx
-Change (%) xx% xx% xx% xx% xx% xx% xx%
American varieties xx xx xx xx xx xx xx
-Change (%) xx% xx% xx% xx% xx% xx% xx%
Total xx xx xx xx xx xx xx
-Change (%) xx% xx% xx% xx% xx% xx% xx%

Source: Secondary Literature, Press Releases, Expert Interviews and QYResearch, Mar. 2017

On the basis on the end users/applications, this report covers

Direct edible
Deep processing

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New research center houses decades of Texas State archives

New research center houses decades of Texas State


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The Science, Technology and Advanced Research Park, otherwise known as STAR Park, opened the Archives and Research Center Sept. 20. This new addition will be open to students, staff, faculty and researchers. It will hold decades’ worth of university resources.
The new 14,000 square-foot addition is the third library facility operated by the University Libraries, which encompasses both Alkek and the Round Rock Campus Library. ARC is a climate controlled environment, kept at a stable, cold temperature and low humidity in order to preserve and prolong the life of the assets stored there.
Mike Ellis, manager of ARC, is looking forward to the many open doors this center will bring to the university.
“We are very excited,” Ellis said. “This will create opportunities in many aspects. The center will have great storage for materials that researchers can use. It will open up space in the library so that we can enhance it. This is a big positive for the university.”
Construction started in May 2016 and concluded June 2017. Harrison Kornberg Architects designed this project, which came to a total cost of $15,415,900.
The center will house a reading room to allow the public to review and interact with materials. The high-density shelving model will rise 35 feet high and will contain more than six miles of shelving space. A special artifact room was also added to the location, which will serve as a preservation area for art and artifacts such as oil paintings and wooden artifacts.
Deborah Pitts, marketing and promotions coordinator, worked alongside other librarians on the project since the beginning.
“It’s a little different concept than standard libraries,” Pitts said. “It’s high-density storage and the shelves are in what we call the high-pile room. So rather than the traditional library where things are placed based on their subject matter or based on their call number, it’s mostly just based on the size.”
The transfer of certain resources to the center will allow a greater preservation period while making space for more modern, technology-based resources. The construction of the majority of these new features will begin toward the end of 2018. However, Alkek is planning on publicly opening a video room next spring.
“We will be working on adding things like a maker space, a virtual technology center, different types of presentation and practice spaces,” Pitts said. “It’s accessible to students so they can do video presentations or really anything. Those types of things are what we are talking about, just giving more of the technology opportunities and research, collaborative spaces.”
The construction of the center has allowed Texas State to become a more predominant research facility, joining other traditional research schools like Rice, Stanford, University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M.
“A large number of research universities have these types of facilities,” Pitts said. “Some of them are off-site, many miles away and nobody ever goes there or interacts with the space at all and it takes longer for things to get there, that sort of thing. But by adding this facility, we join a lot of those other research universities who had to expand for the very same reasons and find a way preserve and maintain their old research materials.”
The transfer of the selected materials, including University Archives and objects from the Wittliff Collections, will take several years. Upon completion, it is estimated the center will house over 1.4 million items.