Thursday, October 12, 2017

12th October,2017 daily global regional local rice e-newsletter by riceplus magazine

Pakistan to export 100 tons of hybrid rice seed this year

GOLARCHI: Sindh province is all set to become the hub of hybrid seed production in the country, opening up promising prospects of export to several South and South Asian countries, an industry official said on Wednesday.
“With an eye on the hybrid rice seed markets of China, India, Vietnam, and the Philippines, Pakistan has struck the first deal of exporting up to 100 tons of locally produced rice seed this year,” Shahrukh Malik, senior executive at Guard Agricultural Research & Services told a gathering of stakeholders and paddy growers. 
“Sindh has been blessed with ideal conditions for the cultivation of hybrid rice. Having a strong support of Chinese research and development expertise, a team of scientists succeeded in growing high-yielding hybrid rice in the rice zones of lower and upper Sindh.” 
Malik added the rice varieties being cultivated in these areas for over a decade have been proved to have heat-resistance characteristics, coupled with least susceptibility to lodging of plants. 
“Badin and adjoining districts provide ideal conditions for growing hybrid rice varieties having greater vigor and sturdy stem in coastal belt proved very successful in these conditions,” he said.
The rice research official added that local farmers were getting a yield of over 130maund (1 maund is equal to 40kg) per acre from the hybrid rice being marketed by Guard. 
“The introduction of hybrid rice seed back in 2,000 helped local farmers increase their income manifold,” Malik said adding this consistence rise in their income is now going to convert into foreign exchange earnings for the country.  He informed the audience the proposals to make production and trade of hybrid rice seed a part of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) were being actively considered by the two countries. “Rice seed cultivation in China is becoming expensive by the day and Pakistan is poised to grab this opportunity,” he observed.
Malik maintained that his company presently enjoyed about 50 percent share in the country’s hybrid rice seed market.
“Out of about one million acres of land, over 0.45 million acres were being sown with the hybrid rice seed provided by our company,” he said. Speaking on the occasion, Chai, a Chinese scientist, said despite high temperature and gusty winds, hybrid rice crops have proved to be very successful in the area. 
Dai, another Chinese official, said that Pakistan-China partnership in rice production created a win-win situation for both countries.
“Farming community and private sector are getting equally benefited from this venture,” Dai said expressing the hope this partnership would thrive down the line update 07:36 | 12/10/2017

VietNamNet Bridge - Only in 2004 did Vietnam began implementing legal action to protect plant varieties. 

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By 2017, the Plant Variety Protection Office (PVPO) had granted protection titles to 453 varieties, including 270 varieties of domestic subjects.Meanwhile, Vietnam has up to 35,000 plant variety specimens kept at the national plantation gene bank.
A PVPO report showed that to date the office has received 1,000 applications for protection titles from both domestic and foreign subjects. Of these, the applications for protecting rice varieties accounts for the largest proportion, followed by maize, vegetables and flowers.

Of the plant varieties on the protection list, 120 are rice varieties. However, the figure is too small compared with 7,000 rice varieties being kept at the national plant gene bank, which just accounts for 1.7 percent. And if comparing the number of protected plant varieties (270) with 35,000 plant varieties kept at the bank, the proportion would be 0.8 percent only.
Of the plant varieties on the protection list, 120 are rice varieties. However, the figure is too small compared with 7,000 rice varieties being kept at the national plant gene bank, which just accounts for 1.7 percent.
However, according to PVPO Chief Secretariat Nguyen Thanh Minh, the demand for having plant varieties protected has been increasing in recent years. Since 2004, the office has received 74.4 applications every year.

In 2016 alone, the office received 185 applications and the same number of applications came in just the first seven months of 2017.

“We expect to receive 300 applications this year,” he said.

“The number of applications is on the rise which shows that Vietnamese enterprises have realized the benefits of having plant varieties protected,” he explained, adding that his office received 644 applications from domestic subjects in 2016.

With protection titles, inventors’ benefits can be protected by law. Hoang Hau Dragon Fruit Company Ltd has to pay VND2 billion for the right to use the LD5 dragon fruit invented by the Southern Horticultural Reserach Institute. A series of rice varieties have been transferred at high prices, which has changed scientists’ thoughts.

Dinh Thi Dinh from the Fruit & Vegetable Research Institute said she is going to apply for the protection title of some flower varieties.

“In the past, our products were only enough to provide to the domestic easy-to-please market, therefore, we did not care about the variety protection. But now, our products have higher quality and we have begun thinking of exporting them,” she explained.

However, analysts said that the majority of varieties’ owners don’t intend to get protection titles for their varieties. The high cost and long time for procedures are the two reasons that made them hesitate.

Prof Vu Van Liet, director of the Institute of Crops Research and Development, the inventor of 2 protected rice and 1 maize variety, said it cost several billions of dong to get a protection title

 Deputy Chief Minister inaugurates two days national symposium on plant diseases

Source: IT News
Imphal, October 10 2017: Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh today inaugurated two days National Symposium on " Emerging and Re-Emerging Plant Diseases in North East India: Challenges and Strategies" at Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Research Complex for NEH Region, Manipur Centre, Imphal .

Speaking at the inaugural session, Deputy Chief Minister said, proper interface between farmers and scientists would be more helpful in controlling pests and other plant diseases hampering productivity in North Eastern region.

He said, most of the States in the region have predominantly depend upon agriculture and allied activities as a means of livelihood and therefore issues pertaining to these activities should be addressed properly.

Planting crops in right time would be the best way to control most of the diseases as there would be a little chance to pests and disease causing agents to affect the crops.

He further said, with the advancement of research works, High Yielding Varieties (HYVs) have been developed and cultivating these varieties in large scale has been increased considerably but at the same time indigenous varieties around us for years should be taken care of.

Joykumar Singh said, people are in good habit of consuming organic foods, which are supposed to be considered as best to our health.

Using chemicals to control pests and diseases should be taken care of as it can cause health hazards to us. He said, instead of using various chemicals to control plant diseases, we should try to introduce methods which are less harmful to human consumption.
Efforts should be made in this direction to bring a phenomenal change so that agriculture and allied activities can be developed to meet the growing demand of food in the country, he added.

Vice Chancellor of Central Agricultural University (CAU), Imphal, Professor M.Premjit Singh while speaking on the occasion strongly advocated the need to introduce crop rotation in large scale to control pests and other plant diseases in North Eastern Region.He said, minor plant diseases have become serious due to the factors of climate change.

ICAR have been doing tremendous work in rice research and cultivation of HYVs.He urged the Scientists to initiate research to control disappearance of local varieties in the region.

Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister distributed certificates to the trainees who have successfully concluded one month training on Gardeners Training Programme conducted at Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Churachandpur from 11th September -10th October this year.Agricultural inputs were also distributed in the inaugural session.Dr..NPrakash, Joint Director, ICAR also spoke in the session.

Scientists, Researchers and Students including from outside NE Region have been participating in the two days deliberation jointly organised by Indian Phytopathological Society (NEZ) and ICAR, Research Comlex for NEH Region, Manipur Centre, Imphal 12:00 AM, October 12, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:25 AM, October 12, 2017

New rice yields high hopes

Researchers expect BRRI dhan81to be the most productive variety

Release of a new rice variety brings in high hopes as scientists expect it to break the long stagnation in the production growth of the staple.Breeders at Bangladesh Rice Research Institute have developed the variety -- BRRI dhan81 -- whose per hectare output would be half a tonne more than BRRI dhan28, which is currently the most productive rice variety in the country.
There are 86 modern rice varieties in Bangladesh but the farmers plant BRRI dhan28 in an overwhelming 45 percent of the rice lands during the Boro season. Because of its high growth potential and huge acreage, scientists call BRRI dhan28 a mega variety.
Yesterday, the National Seed Board approved the new variety BRRI dhan81, which scientists hope would eventually replace BRRI dhan28 and increase the country's overall rice output significantly.
Against BRRI dhan28's per hectare yield of 6 tonnes, the BRRI dhan81 would give farmers an output of 6.5 tonnes and the rice will also be richer in protein (10.3 parts per million comparing to 8.6 ppm in BRRI dhan28).On average, Bangladeshi consumers depend on rice for over 50 percent of their daily calorie and protein requirements.It took 15 years for the scientists at Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (Brri) to come up with the new variety since Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury brought in some seeds of Amol-3 rice variety from Iran.
"We bred BRRI dhan81 through successful crosses between Iran's Amol-3 and our mega variety -- BRRI dhan28. The process of crossing, lab and field tests continued for the past 15 years and finally the seed board gave it the nod today [Wednesday]," Brri Director General Md Shahjahan Kabir told The Daily Star last night.
He said the new grain has greater elongation traits. After cooking, the rice elongates up to 1.6 times. Other high yielding varieties have 1.2 to 1.3 times elongation rate. The new variety also has export potential as the clean rice is long and slender, he said. The new variety comes at a time when two of the country's most common rice varieties -- BRRI dhan28 and BRRI dhan29 -- released back in 1994, are losing potential due to ageing.
The prospect of higher rice yield through the release of the new variety also comes against the backdrop of diminishing returns from the country's rice fields.
A recent International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) report says Bangladesh's rice production growth slowed down to just 0.7 percent in five years (2012-16), whereas the growth was as high as 4.8 percent in the preceding five years (2007-11).  
Akhter Ahmed, the country head of the Washington-based food research think tank IFPRI, said, "Rice production more than tripled since the country's liberation [in 1971], but the [agricultural] growth is slowing down."  He observed that the most popular rice varieties in Bangladesh are old and they require better replacements so that farmers can reap more yield from less land and go for agricultural diversity by growing other high value crops.
Akhter put emphasis on the agricultural extension service's role in demonstrating and popularising the new potential rice varieties among the farmers. As a third of Bangladesh's total farm households are of pure tenants -- who work in lands owned by others -- it's very crucial for the state to take extension services to them, he added.
With BRRI dhan81, the number of Brri-developed rice varieties now stands at 86. Among them, six are hybrids while the rest are high yielding inbred varieties (HYVs).
Brri-developed rice varieties cover more than 80 percent of the total rice areas of the country. These varieties account for more than 91 percent of the country's total 35 million tonnes of rice production.

USA Rice on First-Ever USDA Trade Mission to Brazil 
11 October 2017
RECIFE & SAO PAULO, BRAZIL -- During the last week of September, USA Rice was one of 14 companies that participated in the first-ever USDA Agricultural Trade Mission to Brazil to meet importers interested in U.S. rice, led by USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service Deputy Administrator Mark Slupek.  

USA Rice participated in two days of business-to-business meetings here discussing U.S. rice with 20 companies, traders, and supermarkets.  In addition to the meetings, the trade mission participants visited a wheat milling plant and a pasta and biscuit (cookies and crackers) manufacturing plant.  During the biscuit manufacturing plant tour, Sarah Moran, USA Rice vice president international, discussed using rice in new lines of gluten-free biscuits to the company's commodity purchaser.

Brazil is one of the largest agricultural commodity producers in the world but it is also a huge and promising export market for U.S. products.  Current transportation infrastructure hurdles within Brazil make logistics challenging and expensive so in many cases, importing from abroad is an economic and timely choice.  One company that imports various food products commented on how expensive internal transportation is, stating that moving goods 2,300 miles between two ports in Brazil is more than twice as expensive as transport from Brazil to the U.S., which is more than twice as far.

"The majority of the rice consumed in Brazil is produced domestically and their imports come largely from Mercosur members (Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay) at zero percent duty, however, several of the companies expressed interest in U.S. rice," said Moran.  "Brazilians eat rice almost daily and consume about 85 pounds per capita annually.  Additionally, Sao Paulo has the largest population of Japanese outside of Japan and thus sushi rice is also prevalent in the market here.  There was significant interest in U.S. rice, particularly our specialty rices."

2017 Louisiana Rice Acreage Survey Results

The results of the 2017 Louisiana Rice Variety Survey are now available online. The survey contains information on:
  • Total rice production in each parish and the percentage of long, medium, and special purpose rice
  • Breakdown of long grain, medium grain, and special purpose varieties and hybrids grown
  • Ratoon and conservation tillage practices used in each parish
  • Planting and water management cultural practices used by farming operations in each parish
  • Various maps and figures summarizing the findings
This survey is done annually by Extension Agents in each of the rice producing parishes by contacting their rice producers and seed distributors. In many cases, the survey results may not exactly match FSA certified planted acres. Deviations can be the result of many factors. The most common factors include large farming operations which farm in multiple parishes only reporting in one parish. Included in the data this year for the first time is water management practices including furrow irrigated rice (row rice) and alternate wetting and drying (AWD). Furrow irrigated rice management was reported in only two Louisiana Parishes with a total of 1,400 acres. The individual survey results, maps and figures are available on the LSU AgCenter Website (individual survey results). All of the data combined into one document can be found here (Complete Results Document). A big thank you to all of the Extension Agents who help make this survey possible!

Steve Linscombe New Director of The Rice Foundation
By Deborah Willenborg

ARLINGTON, VA -- Dr. Steve Linscombe recently retired from the Louisiana State University Rice Research Center after 35 years of service but he's certainly not retiring from the U.S. rice industry because, as of October 1, Steve is the new director of The Rice Foundation.As director, Steve will work with the Foundation's board to identify and support research projects that ultimately ensure the long-term sustainability and future competitiveness of U.S. rice.  He also will be in charge of the Foundation's education programs including the wildly successful Rice Leadership Program.
"The U.S. rice research community has a very positive view of The Rice Foundation," said Steve.  "Most of the research organizations have used Foundation funds to support very important research projects that benefit producers, processors, and end users as well as consumers."Steve concluded, "I hope to help The Foundation continue to be a valuable partner to the U.S. rice industry and I believe my close working relationship with the U.S. research community will be an asset in this effort."
"The timing of Steve's retirement from LSU and the job opening at The Rice Foundation could not have been more fortuitous," said USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward.  "Steve's reputation as a leader in our industry is unprecedented and I am so pleased he wants to keep having an impact by taking on this new responsibility."
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Colombia Chef Tour in Miami Cut Short by Hurricane Irma
By Sarah Moran
MIAMI, FL -- Earlier this summer, USA Rice held professional chef competitions in Bogota, Barranquilla, and Cali, Colombia where hundreds of chefs competed to claim first prize (see USA Rice Daily, July 26, 2017).  The top winners from each city recently traveled here to participate in a hotel, restaurant, and institutional (HRI) tour that included a stop at Florida International University's Restaurant Management Program where they received an overview of HRI trends in America, with an emphasis on U.S. rice.  The group had also planned on exhibiting and cooking with U.S. rice at the 21st Americas Food & Beverage show and conference in Miami but the event was canceled due to Hurricane Irma. 
 "This HRI tour in Florida has given us the opportunity to see firsthand some of the hottest culinary trends," said Mauricio Londono, executive director and co-founder of the Colombian Association of Chefs, a tour participant with more than twenty years' experience in the development of products for the Colombian food sector.  "I am sure we will be able to apply some of what we have seen here in our restaurants in Colombia."

USA Rice has conducted marketing activities in Colombia for the past three years to encourage the burgeoning HRI sector to increase the use of U.S.-grown rice.  The U.S. has exported more than 80,000 MT of rice to Colombia in the first six months of this year, valued at more than $33 million.  Colombia remains one of the top ten export markets for U.S.-grown rice.

African farmers may soon be adopting PH knowledge, expertise in rice production

 October 10, 2017, 12:17 PM
By Roy Mabasa 
Farmers from Africa may soon be adopting Philippines’ knowledge and expertise in rice production to support food security, boost rural development and alleviate poverty in that region.
This developed as 30 agricultural specialists from Africa graduated recently from training programs on quality rice seed production and extension under the three-year development cooperation (2016-2019) of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice).
Description: MB FILE - Farmers harvest rice crops on a hot day in a farm in Argao, Southern Cebu. (Photo by Juan Carlo de Vela / MANILA BULLETIN)
(Photo by Juan Carlo de Vela / MANILA BULLETIN)
In a statement, JICA senior representative Yuko Tanaka said they want to help create opportunities for partner countries like the Philippines to also share with other countries the knowledge and expertise they learned from Japan.“Under this model of cooperation, together we can contribute to poverty alleviation and food security,” Tanaka said.
Both IRRI and PhilRice were beneficiaries of JICA’s development assistance.The eight-week course at PhilRice has enhanced the participants’ knowledge and skills in rice production with emphasis on the production of quality rice seeds through hands-on activities and laboratory and field exercises. They were likewise exposed to the different extension methods that can be applied in the promotion and use of quality rice seeds among farmers.
Participants in this course were a​griculture extension workers from Africa, Afghanistan and the Philippines.The activity complements the ongoing rice value chain initiatives of different members of the Coalition for African Rice Development (CARD). IRRI, PhilRice and other global partners are actively supporting CARD’s agenda of helping double rice production in Africa by 2018.
PhilRice, a government corporate entity that promotes high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies in rice production, has received a Japanese grant aid in the 1980s to upgrade its facilities and research laboratories with Japanese scientists.JICA noted in its statement that Sub-Saharan Africa has suffered from increasing rice demand since the 1990s.
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) data showed that Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest prevalence of undernourishment in the world at 23.2 percent or one in every four people making agriculture productivity an urgent concern.

New MoU on rice signed

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Local company Virasun Development and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)’s International Trading on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the purchase and sale of 50,000 tonnes of milled rice and 50,000 tonnes of organic fertilizers per year, according to a senior official working for the Ministry of Agriculture.
Hean Vanhan, the director-general of the General Directorate of Agriculture at the Ministry of Agriculture, who presided over the signing ceremony, told Khmer Times yesterday that Cambodia has previously only exported small amounts of milled rice to the Emirates, adding that the new agreement was an excellent development for the industry.
Mr Vanhan said that Virasun Development will sell 50,000 tonnes of milled rice to International Trading per year. In turn, the Cambodian company will purchase 50,000 tonnes of fertilizer materials from the enterprise.
“The Ministry of Agriculture, and particularly the General Directorate of Agriculture, plays a key role in facilitating those challenges encountered by the private sector and fostering this type of agreement,” Mr Vanhan said.
The government official added that both companies need to comply with Cambodian law and make sure all proper registrations and quality tests are carried out before the fertilizers are brought into the country.
Mr Vanhan also said that basmati rice is the preferred rice variety in the Emirates, but noted that the Arab nation also needs imports of other rice varieties to meet demand from migrant workers.
Cambodia exported about 420,000 tonnes of milled rice to 60 international markets in the first nine months of the year, an increase of 16 percent compared with the same period last year. The main export markets for the product are China, France and Poland, according to official reports.

Government to import 350,000 tons of rice from Myanmar, Thailand and India

·        Asif Showkat Kallol
·        Published at 10:42 PM October 10, 2017
·        Last updated at 07:32 PM October 11, 2017
Description: Government to import 350,000 tons of rice from Myanmar, Thailand and India

An MOU was signed with Myanmar on September 17 and the cost per ton rice will be $442

The Ministry of Food’s controversial proposal to import 100,000 tons of rice from Myanmar amid heightened tensions over the Rohingya crisis, will be placed at cabinet committee meeting on public purchase on Wednesday for approval at the cost of Tk366.86 crore, officials said.An MOU was signed with Myanmar on September 17 and the cost per ton rice will be $442, according to the Ministry of Food’s proposal.

Bangladesh, normally the world’s fourth-biggest rice producer, has emerged as a major importer of the grain this year after floods damaged crops and sent the prices of the staple to record highs. The country is currently is facing a rice shortage of 1.5 million tons.To make sure there is an adequate supply of rice, the government is also going to import a total of 250,000 tons of rice from Thailand and India to shore up depleted stocks of the staple grain, head of the state grain buyer said on Monday, according to Reuters.“We will buy 150,000 tons of parboiled rice from Thailand at $465 a ton and another 100,000 tons from India’s PEC at $455 a ton,” Badrul Hasan of the Directorate General of Food, Bangladesh’s procurement agency, told Reuters.

The prices include shipping, insurance and discharge costs.According to the sources at the Ministry of Food, the price of rice per kg has risen by 39% over the last nine months in Bangladesh, while it has only risen by a mere 6% globally.However the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh said coarse rice was selling at Tk46-50 per kg in Dhaka in August and the price rose to Tk54 per kg in September. In January, the cost of coarse rice was Tk38.Meanwhile the cost of fine grain rice has been skyrocketing, selling at Tk70 per kg last month.

Cabinet approves import of rice from Myanmar

·        Asif Showkat Kallol
·        Published at 03:56 PM October 11, 2017
·        Last updated at 01:20 AM October 12, 2017
Description: Cabinet approves import of rice from Myanmar
Rice prices have gone up repeatedly in 2017
Dhaka Tribune

The government will buy 100,000 tons of rice from Myanmar at a cost of Tk336.8 crore

Food Minister Qamrul Islam on Wednesday said the government approved a proposal to import 100,000 tons of rice from Myanmar.Emerging from a cabinet committee meeting on public purchase and economic affairs, he said: “The Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase gave a nod of approval to import 100,000 tons rice from Myanmar.”In reply to reporters’ query about whether the government will further purchase rice from the neighbouring country, he said: “We did not talk about this.”

During his recent visit to Naypyidaw, the minister signed a deal with his Myanmar counterpart on importing 350,000 tons of rice from the country in the next three years.Additional Cabinet Secretary Mustafiur Rahman said the 100,000 tons of white rice would be imported under a G2G contact at a cost of Tk366.86cr.He said: “Rice will be purchased at $442 per ton. Price per kg of rice will be Tk36.69. When the rice will be brought in depends on shipment from Myanmar.”
He, however, added that the shipping process would not take over a week.Mustafiur also said the Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase approved another proposal of the Food Ministry to purchase 50,000 tons of parboiled rice from global suppliers at a cost of Tk177.34cr.
Per ton of parboiled rice will be purchased at $427. M/S Mohammad Rabiul Islam Sonapotti Pabna is the lowest bidder for importing rice from the international market, he added.“Bangladesh is facing a shortfall of 1.5 million tons of rice this year as crops were severely damaged by floods in recent months. As of September 5, the stock of rice stood at 366,000 tons,” the Food Ministry proposal reads.

Bangladesh has so far purchased around 150,000 tons of rice from individual suppliers this fiscal year.The ministry will hold a meeting on October 15 to decide on costs and timeframe for importing rice from India.  Sources said that no tender would be floated for importing rice from the country, as it would be purchased on a G2G basis.

Rice price

Food Ministry sources said rice price has shot up by 39% in the last nine months in local markets, but in global markets, it rose by only 6%.According to Trading Corporation of Bangladesh, per kg of coarse rice is selling at Tk46-50 in Dhaka. Last month, the price rose to Tk54. This same rice was sold at Tk38 at the beginning of this year.Price of fine rice rise, too, rocketed to Tk 70 in the local market.
UPDATE 1-Bangladesh approves purchase of rice from Myanmar
OCTOBER 11, 2017 / 6:32 PM /
By Ruma Paul

DHAKA, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Bangladesh approved on Wednesday the purchase of 100,000 tonnes of white rice from Myanmar, putting aside worsening relations over the Rohingya refugee crisis, as the government seeks to address a shortage of the staple.Traditionally the world’s fourth-biggest rice producer, Bangladesh has emerged as a major importer of the grain this year after floods damaged its crops and sent domestic prices to record highs.Bangladesh’s cabinet purchase committee approved the purchase on Wednesday, its food minister, Qamrul Islam, told reporters.

The rice is being purchased at $442 a tonne, including shipping, insurance and discharge costs.
The transaction with Myanmar is the first state-to-state rice deal between the two countries and comes amid increasingly strained relations.Myanmar’s security forces have driven out half a million Muslim Rohingya from northern Rakhine state, torching their homes, crops and villages to prevent them from returning, the U.N. human rights office said on Wednesday.

Bangladesh is also set to import a total of 250,000 tonnes of rice from Thailand and India in state-to-state deals to shore up depleted stocks and combat high prices of the staple food.
The government has already secured deals with Vietnam and Cambodia while issuing a series of tenders as it looks to import a total of 1.5 million tonnes of rice in the year to June.High demand from Bangladesh helped push Asian rice prices to multi-year highs in June.

In August, Bangladesh cut a duty on rice imports for the second time in two months. The lower import duty has prompted purchases by private dealers, with most of the deals being struck with neighbouring India.Bangladesh produces around 34 million tonnes of rice annually but uses almost all its production to feed its 160 million people. It often requires imports to cope with shortages caused by floods or droughts.

India's April-Aug rice exports rise 7.4 percent - govt body

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India’s rice exports during April-August rose 7.4 percent from a year earlier to 5.13 million tonnes as shipments of non-basmati rice surged, a government body said on Wednesday.
A Kashmiri farmer winnows paddy during harvesting season in Bhatpora on the outskirts of Srinagar October 9, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli/Files
Non-basmati rice exports jumped 9.4 percent to 3.29 million tonnes, while premium basmati rice exports rose 4 percent to 1.85 million tonnes, the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority said in a statement.
India, the world’s biggest rice exporter, mainly exports non-basmati rice to African countries and premier basmati rice to the Middle East.
The country’s buffalo meat exports in April to August edged up 0.2 percent to 503,496 tonnes, while guar gum exports surged 61.5 percent to 218,165 tonnes, the government body said.
Reporting by Rajendra Jadhav; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu

Growers scramble to finish rice harvest before fall rains

Late spring storms caused delays in planting, which pushed harvests back. Growers are also finding lower yields after several heat waves during the summer interfered with pollination.
Capital Press
Published on October 11, 2017 8:36AM
Description: John Lauppe unloads harvested rice into a bin to be put into storage silos near Willows, Calif., on Oct. 10. California’s rice harvest is in high gear as summer heat has diminished yields for some growers.
John Lauppe unloads harvested rice into a bin to be put into storage silos near Willows, Calif., on Oct. 10. California’s rice harvest is in high gear as summer heat has diminished yields for some growers.Description: Worker Virgilio Chavez dumps a load of harvested rice into a bankout to be taken to holding silos near Willows, Calif., on Oct. 10. The harvest of rice is under way in California, as weather delayed the planting season and then interfered with yields.
Worker Virgilio Chavez dumps a load of harvested rice into a bankout to be taken to holding silos near Willows, Calif., on Oct. 10. The harvest of rice is under way in California, as weather delayed the planting season and then interfered with yields.
WILLOWS, Calif. — Rice growers in California are in the midst of a harvest that has been challenged in many ways by weather.Farms got off to a late start with planting last spring as fields remained muddy from one of the wettest winters in the state’s history, then blistering summer heat caused more problems.On Larry Maben’s farm in the middle Sacramento Valley, rice plants were laying on the ground instead of standing as they usually do at harvest, because heat waves this summer caused the plants to grow quickly, he said.
As such, harvesting the grain is a more methodical process.“The rice is down flat, which makes it slow,” Maben said. “You just take it as easy as you can.”The heat spells — which peaked at above 110 degrees several times this summer — also appear to have taken a toll on yields by hindering pollination, growers said. Maben thinks his yields are off 10 to 20 sacks an acre, as he normally produces between 90 and 100 sacks per acre, he said.
Adding to the slow pace has been morning dew that prevents crews from getting out with harvesters until midday, when the plants have dried, he said.The rice harvest typically peaks in early to mid-October, but some growers are still racing to catch up after late spring rains held up field work. Rice is planted in water, but growers must first drag the fields with tractors so that water levels remain even.As it was, growers were scrambling to meet an unofficial June 1 deadline for getting their rice seed down, as planting any later would likely push harvests into the rainy season.
Some growers ended up leaving some fields fallow. Last month the National Agricultural Statistics Service lowered its estimate to 462,000 productive acres this year, down from the 539,000 planted acres the agency had projected in the spring.As of last month, NASS expected growers to produce 40,304 hundredweight of all rice varieties combined this season, down from 47,394 hundredweight from 536,000 harvested acres in 2016.
Maben is about one-third of the way through his fields. Marysville grower Charley Mathews has had to stop and start because some of his fields were still green, but he hopes to finish before the rains come.“We should be” finished in time, said Mathews, a USA Rice Federation executive committee member. “We’ve got a good weather outlook, so that helps. It’s coming along.”Mathews has been told by other growers that the earliest plantings are struggling the most with yields, he said. Whether a plant is affected by high temperatures depends on where it is in its growth, he said.“If the heat hits at a certain stage of the plant, you could have heat-induced blanking, which is rare,” Mathews said. “What I’m hearing is the later-harvested yields are improving.”
Rice stocks dwindle in 9 months
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10/11/2017 2:37:40 PM
(MENAFN) The country"s rice inventory declined by 20 percent in the first nine months of the year to 1.42 million metric tons, according to the latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).This was lower than the 1.78 million MT recorded a year earlier and 30 percent below the 2.02 million MT recorded in August.

According to the PSA, stock inventory of Filipinos" main staple will be sufficient for 40 days.
Stocks held by households are sufficient for 20 days, while those in commercial warehouses are also good for 20 days.The National Food Authority, meanwhile, has depositories enough only for two days when it is supposed to have a 15-day buffer stock.
Digitalisation to secure rice farming
WITH the rise in smartphone usage in Thailand, Bayer’s country group head Simon-Thorsten Wiebusch said the next step to improve local rice crops may come from “digitalization” .“Digitalisation provides a host of methods to efficiently cultivate rice,” said Wiebusch, who with other sponsors such as German state funded GIZ, show how high-tech drones can monitor, measure and protect hectares of paddy fields.
 The collected aerial data can do within minutes what takes days on foot. Thai rice, which is a key commodity export worth Bt25 billion and a food industry worth more than Bt156 billion, has been “struggling” in recent years, due to weak prices and growing competition. “Digital apps makes farming easier, allowing young Thais to stay on the farms without moving to cities,” he said. Wiebusch recognises most Thai farmers are deeply attached to family-owned plots but need assistance or make them more profitable.
 The Western assumption was urban migration is inevitable but that iew is now seen as simplistic and flawed, he observed. On travels to Vietnam, Wiebusch saw “they “bury their dead at the edge of rice fields”. “It would be unthinkable for them to sell sacred ancestral grounds.” At the same time, Thai and Vietnamese farmers face competition from conglomerates with deep pockets and infrastructure.
This is where Wiebusch said Bayer could provide digital know-how and equipment to level the playing field, Digitalisation and mechanization “can overcome the problem of Thailand’s ageing society as fewer children are born, to work the farms,” he offered. The average size of Thai families has shrunk to 4, even in rural areas. This makes it hard to sustain output, he reasoned. Bayer recently showcased a joint German-Thai private-public sector rice project In Ubon Ratchathani where 4.2 million rai of “khao hom mali” (jasmine rice) are cultivated. Farmers at Baan Bua Thein village said they have cut planting costs by 20 per cent while raising yields by 20 per cent as well.
This means a hefty rise in earnings,” said Apichart Pongsrihadulchai, a key architects of BRIA (Better Rice Initiative for Asia). BRIA encourages the use of new technology, including fertiliser, pesticide and drones. Rapidly collected drone data tells farmers when crops are ripe for harvest, which must be done quickly to prevent the crop from spoiling, he said. Small farmers will be around for quite some time here, Wiebusch deduced.
The glamour of urban migration has faded fast in the digital age. Lifetime employment and huge pensions are a thing of the past. More Thais now realise it is safer to stay on the farm that was for centuries a natural safety net. “If they lose their jobs in cities, they will starve the minute they run out of cash. But on the farms, they can survive off the land without the need for money,” Apichart added. Thailand, with more than 70 per cent of the population in agriculture, has never fully bought into city migration as a panacea for its ills.
The corporate world is less sound than once believed after the 1997 financial crash wrecked the Kingdom and nearby countries. Foreign punters who expected Thailand to implode were surprised when thousands of laid-off workers retreated to the farms, preventing civil unrest. It allowed Thailand to repay IMF for emergency funds ahead of schedule, never to blindly trust Western banking again. As such the 2007-2008 Wall Street Crash had little impact here as Thailand was not exposed to the sub-prime disaster.
The late King Bhumibol Adulyadej was a strong defender of rice farmers. He saw agriculture as the backbone of Thai society and constructed the “sufficiency economy” principles to ensure they could withstand the shocks of volatile market forces. Many global food companies remain sanguine about gaining control of the market by squeezing out small farmers, unconcerned about the suffering they bring. In recent decades, Thais have to fend off attacks by foreign governments who have accused Thailand of “stealing market share” just so they can sell their rice, while depriving Thai farmers of the receipts.
The Philippines based International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) had for decades experimented with “super-rice” strains to feed the world. Had they succeeded, Thai farmers would have been impacted by a rice glut and plunging prices. More recently, the attempt to introduce genetically modified (GMO) rice was exposed by Indian farmers as a ploy to control cultivation by forcing farmers to buy seeds from GMO companies like Monsanto.
Wiebusch added that it may be time for discussion to “regulate” rice farming. But in view of the fallout from the rice price pledging catastrophe, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has warned government or stop making such guarantees or getting the state overly involved in rural activities, which has often ended in tears.

Global Rice Transplanter Machine Market 2017-2021

This market research study identifies Kubota, Iseki, and Yanmar as the leading players in the global rice transplanter machine market. A comprehensive analysis of this market is also presented by distribution channel (online and offline) and by geography (the Americas, APAC, and EMEA).

Overview of the global rice transplanter machine market

The market for agricultural machinery is witnessing an increased investment opportunity in the agricultural sector. It has been observed that in developing countries, the increased foreign direct investments (FDI) is propelling the growth of agricultural activities in the sector. Technavio’s market research report identifies that the growing FDI and other investments in the agricultural sector will be one of the primary growth drivers for the global rice transplanter machine market till 2021. For instance, during 2016, India's FDI in agricultural machinery was close to USD 364 million. Furthermore, the allotment of 100% FDI in the agriculture sector by the Indian government is driving the demand for rice transplanter machinery. Technavio’s market research analysts predict that this market will grow at a CAGR of more than 9% by 2021.
The globalization of business is resulting in an increased machinery size and proliferation of various types of machines in development. This is encouraging vendors such as Kubota to increase its investments in research and developmental activities for core technology in Japan and build a global R&D setup. One of the key trends that will boost the growth prospects for the global rice transplanter machine market during the estimated period is the setting up of research and development centers by such major player. Consequently, the manufacturing of agricultural plant machinery, engines, and construction machinery will also increase. These machines are equipped with various features to enhance the speed of development.

Competitive landscape and key vendors

The rice transplanter machine market is highly competitive due to the presence of several big players. Manufacturers across the globe are adopting advanced technological methods for the production of rice transplanters. This in turn, will boost the production of machines in the forthcoming years. Furthermore, many competitors of the rice farming equipment market are trying to increase their visibility and production capacity by adopting several strategic activities.
Key vendors in this market are -
  • Kubota
  • Iseki
  • Yanmar
Other prominent vendors in the market include TYM, Jiangsu World Agriculture Machinery, CLAAS, Mitsubishi Mahindra Agricultural Machinery, Changfa Agricultural Equipment, Shandong Fuerwo Agricultural Equipment, and Dongfeng Agricultural Machinery.

Segmentation by distribution channel and analysis of the rice transplanter machine market

  • Online
  • Offline
The offline distribution channel for agricultural machinery is categorized into four types, which are direct-to-consumer, dealers, and distributors. The vendors build business partnerships directly with users such as farmers and farming corporations in direct-to-consumer channel. During 2016, dealers and distributors including international distributors, regional distributors, and country distributors contributed to around 82% of revenue to the offline rice planting machine segment. The segment will continue to grow throughout the estimated period because farmers are not technologically advanced to purchase the product online. They chose to buy machines directly from dealers.       

Segmentation by geography and analysis of the rice transplanter machine market

  • Americas
  • APAC
  • EMEA
The adoption of rice transplanter machines is high in China, India, and Indonesia. China is the leading producer of rice. One of the largest countries in the world that provide large areas of land for agricultural use, especially for its cultivation is China. The consumption of rice is high in this country, which accounts for around 60%. Other Asian countries import rice from China. India is the second largest producer of rice. This indicates that the need for rice farming equipment is high in APAC in comparison to other regions. Consequently, the market for rice transplanter machine will continue to grow in the region for the next four years.

Key questions answered in the report include

  • What will the market size and the growth rate be in 2021?
  • What are the key factors driving the global rice transplanter machine market?
  • What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the global rice transplanter machine market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in the global rice transplanter machine market?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the global rice transplanter machine market?
  • What are the trending factors influencing the market shares of the Americas, APAC, and EMEA?
  • What are the key outcomes of the five forces analysis of the global rice transplanter machine market?
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Moreover, to achieve higher accuracy, our industry experts implement an extensive research approach of primary and secondary data collection methods and assess the changing demand-supply landscape of the agricultural equipment sector. Few of the key approaches involved in the in this methodology are detailed vendor briefing, online surveys, and consultation of industry journals and publications. Also, by considering the market forecast and size, surging demand for various segments of the agricultural equipment sector, the market research professionals at Technavio present an all-inclusive picture of the rice transplanter machine market from 2017 to 2021.
This forthcoming market research report on the rice transplanter machine market also covers vendors like Kubota, Iseki, Yanmar, TYM, and Yanji Agricultural. According to our industry experts, the constantly declining agriculture work force and the steadily increasing labor cost is expected to impact the rice transplanter machines market in the next few years. In terms of geography, our industry experts have identified regions such as APAC, Europe, and North America to be the primary focus areas for this research.
The upcoming industry research report for the rice transplanter machine market also categorizes the key drivers, prominent trends, along with the imminent restraints that the agricultural equipment sector currently experiences. This upcoming report on the rice transplanter machine market presents insights into the rapidly changing competitive landscape to give clients a complete picture of the forthcoming events within the consumer and retail industry. Technavio also offers in-depth market assessments into the sectors such as general retail goods and services and retail system.
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Overview of the global rice transplanter machine market

The market for agricultural machinery is witnessing an increased investment opportunity in the agricultural sector. It has been observed that in developing countries, the increased foreign direct investments (FDI) is propelling the growth of agricultural activities in the sector. Technavio’s market research report identifies that the growing FDI and other investments in the agricultural sector will be one of the primary growth drivers for the global rice transplanter machine market till 2021. For instance, during 2016, India's FDI in agricultural machinery was close to USD 364 million. Furthermore, the allotment of 100% FDI in the a
Table of Contents
PART 01: Executive summary
PART 02: Scope of the report
PART 03: Research Methodology
PART 04: Introduction
  • Market outline
  • Global agricultural machinery market
PART 05: Market landscape
  • Market overview
  • Five forces analysis
PART 06: Market segmentation  by distribution channel
  • Global rice transplanter machine market by distribution channel
PART 07: Geographical segmentation
  • Global rice transplanter machine market segmentation by geography
PART 08: Key leading countries
  • India
  • China
  • Brazil
PART 09: Decision framework
PART 10: Drivers and challenges
  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges
PART 11: Market trends
PART 12: Vendor landscape
  • Competitive scenario
  • Other prominent vendors
  • Key competitive strategies
PART 13: Key vendor analysis
  • Kubota
  • Iseki
  • Yanmar
PART 14: Appendix
  • List of abbreviations

CPEC enables Pakistan to export hybrid rice seed


Description: CPEC enables Pakistan to export hybrid rice seed

GOLARCHI: Cooperation between Pakistan and China under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) enabled Pakistan to export hybrid rice seeds for the first time in the country’s agricultural history, indicating that the cooperation between the two countries was expanding to other sectors, including agriculture.
The initial shipment, consisting of 50 to 100 metric tonnes of seeds locally developed with technical assistance from China, would be exported to Philippines, said Guard Agricultural Research and Services senior executive Shahrukh Malik. He was speaking to journalists during a visit to the rice fields in Golarchi, 177 km from the port city of Karachi.
“The country is all set to export seeds to Vietnam and India as well”, Malik said adding that “the climate in which hybrid rice seeds are bred in Sindh is similar to that of Philippines”. “The environment in Pakistan’s Golarchi area is even better than that of China for hybrid rice”, said Chai, one of the Chinese agriculturists working on the project, adding that the transfer of technology in the agriculture sector would not only enable Pakistan to increase its per acre production but to make it a base for the supply of hybrid rice to other parts of the region.
Guard Agricultural Research and Services and Chinese organization Longping had been working in collaboration to produce hybrid rice in the country. Longping was founded by Yuan Longping widely known as China’s ‘father of hybrid rice’. Yuan, who developed the world’s first hybrid rice in 1974, has also set three world records in hybrid rice yield in 1999, 2005 and 2011.
Hybrid rice is produced by crossbreeding different kinds of rice. Yuan’s team had been working in around 42 hybrid rice test fields in 16 provincial regions across China, including Yunnan, Sichuan, Shaanxi, Guangdong, Chongqing and Hunan since the beginning of the year.
The varieties of rice being produced in Pakistan are known best for their moisture and heat tolerance qualities and high yields. “At least 44 companies are importing hybrid seeds but none of them is producing hybrid seeds in Pakistan, which is an obstacle in the transfer of technology to the country”, Malik observed adding Philippines needs the seeds for 2018 crop owing to which the production area had been increased to 900 acres to meet the growing demand.
Malik was confident that Pakistan would soon achieve $2 billion rice export mark. “In the past, talk of $1 billion rice export target was considered a joke but now it is a reality. We have the potential to export more rice with the increasing production of hybrid rice”, he added.
The increasing production had also been changing the life style of local farmers’ community and of those who indirectly depend on farming in the area. Introduction of the hybrid rice in the area of Golarchi also widely impacted the output to a large extent. “About ten years ago, our production was not more than 50-60 maund per acre but now it has gone up to 90-110 maund per acre”, said Muhammad Iqbal, a local farmer.
Better yield has not only increased living standard of local population but has also increased the school enrolment, though in private school. “We are sending our children to the private schools so that they could get better education”, Iqbal added.
The land which according to locals was burden for farmers due to low yield has now turned into “gold mine”, as the prices have also gone up by manifold. Meantime many rice mills have popped up, increasing from 10 to around 100 since 1999. In Golarchi hybrid rice is sown at around 45000 acre of land while in Badin it cover area of 200,000 acres, resulting over 92 percent of crop consists of only hybrid rice. “Those who were barefooted and now afford motorcycles and those with motorcycles can now avail four wheel vehicles”, a farmer commented on the level of development the residents have experienced.
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Table of Contents of the study
•           Rice Transplanter Machines Market Overview, Scope, Status and Prospect (2012-2022)
•           Global Rice Transplanter Machines Market Competition by Manufacturers
•           Global Rice Transplanter Machines Capacity, Production, Revenue (Value) by Region (2012-2017)
•           Global Rice Transplanter Machines Supply (Production), Consumption, Export, Import by Region (2012-2017)
•           Global Rice Transplanter Machines Production, Revenue (Value), Price Trend by Type
•           Global Rice Transplanter Machines Market Analysis by Application
•           Global Rice Transplanter Machines Manufacturers Profiles/Analysis
•           Rice Transplanter Machines Manufacturing Cost Analysis
•           Industrial Chain, Sourcing Strategy and Downstream Buyers
•           Marketing Strategy Analysis, Distributors/Traders
•           Market Effect Factors Analysis
•           Global Rice Transplanter Machines Market Forecast (2017-2022)
•           Research Findings and Conclusion Appendix Methodology/Research Approach, Market Size Estimation, Data Source, Secondary Sources, Primary Sources and Disclaimer.
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