Wednesday, December 13, 2017

13 December,2017 daily global regional local rice e-newsletter by riceplus magazine

Rice Awards Recognize Industry Leaders  
By Vicky Boyd
Excerpted from Rice Farming Magazine

SAN ANTONIO, TX - Every year at the Annual Rice Awards Luncheon Rice Farming bestows three awards:  Rice Farmer of the Year, the Rice Industry Award, and the Rice Lifetime Achievement Award.  These annual recognitions, co-sponsored by Horizon Ag and USA Rice, highlight some of the most positive achievements associated with the U.S. rice industry.

The 2017 Rice Farmer of the Year is Christian Richard, who grew up on a rice farm in Kaplan, Louisiana.  At eleven, his grandfather put him on a tractor and told him it was time to go to work and Christian's been at it ever since.  He uses technology, sustainability, and other conservation programs and practices to bring his crop to harvest in the most efficient manner possible.  He works with closely with the Louisiana State University AgCenter and other universities to implement innovative methodology to help his farm become more sustainable and protect natural resources, and he tries to spread the message of agricultural stewardship to as many people as possible.

"Rice farming is close to my heart," says Richard.  "Farming rice is what I have always done and it defines who I am and the heritage of my family."

Rice Industry Award winner, Dr. Xueyan Sha, was born and raised in a small village near Shanghai, China, where rice means everything:  A means to alleviate constant hunger and provide hope for prosperity.  He started his rice breeding career at LSU's H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station in 2000, and during his tenure there released 20 long grain, medium grain, and aromatic rice varieties including Jupiter, Jazzman, Jazzman-2, and Della-2.
In 2012, Sha took over the medium grain rice breeding program at the University of Arkansas where he spearheaded the fast-track release of Titan - the first Arkansas medium grain variety in more than a decade.

"Nothing is more satisfactory than seeing your varieties help rice growers," says Sha.  "Especially when things are going well."

Chuck Wilson, the Lifetime Achievement Award winner, recently retired after working 40 years in the U.S. rice industry in many different capacities.  Best known for managing The Rice Foundation's Rice Leadership Development Program, Chuck has mentored more than 180 rice farmers and industry representatives who have graduated from the program.

Texas State Comptroller Glenn Hegar, a Leadership grad who spoke at the conference opening ceremony yesterday, said, "From Chuck, we can all learn to how to be better leaders, and even more importantly, how to be better individuals."

To learn more about the three recipients, check out the special section included in the December issue of Rice Farming magazine.

WASDE Report Released

WASHINGTON, DC -- Total 2017/18 U.S. rice supplies are increased marginally this month to 248.9 million cwt as higher projected imports (primarily Thai fragrant rice) offset slightly lower production.  In the November Crop Production report, NASS reduced the 2017/18 U.S. crop size by 200,000 cwt to 178.4 million on lower forecast yield.  This is 20 percent less than last year and would be the lowest U.S. rice production since 1996/97.  Projected U.S. rice exports are reduced by 2 million cwt to 104 million, down 1 million each for both long- and medium- and short- grain rice to 74 and 30 million cwt, respectively.  Exports for both classes are projected lower than last year due to reduced exportable supplies, greater competition, and higher U.S. prices.  Projected 2017/18 ending stocks are increased 2.1 million cwt to 29.9 million, still the lowest all rice ending stocks since 2007/08.  The projected 2017/18 season-average farm price for all rice is reduced 20 cents at both ends of the range to $12.50 to $13.50 per cwt based on monthly NASS prices reported to date and price expectations for the rest of the marketing year. The midpoint of $13.00 per cwt is $2.60 above the previous year.

Global 2017/18 rice supplies are decreased to 619.3 million tons, primarily on a smaller crop projected for India.  World 2017/18 consumption is down fractionally to 480.4 million tons. Global 2017/18 trade is raised to 44.9 million tons on higher exports by Thailand, Vietnam, Burma, and China more than offsetting reductions for India, Pakistan, and the United States. Trade is still below the 2016/17 record of 45.3 million tons.  World ending stocks are lowered this month to 138.9 million tons for 2017/18, still higher than last year and at the highest level since 2000/01.

Read the full report here.
USA Rice Daily

Smuggled rice discovered in 14 containers from China
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 By JUSTIN K. VESTIL Inspection.  Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña shows the sacks of rice inside one of 18 cargo containers opened yesterday in the Cebu International Port. Fourteen contained smuggled rice while the other four contained ceramic tiles. As of press time, BOC officials were opening the rest of the 71 containers. (SunStar Photo/Alex Badayos) THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) Port of Cebu yesterday found at least 7,000 sacks of smuggled rice in 14 of the 71 cargo containers from China, which authorities suspect were misdeclared. As a result, Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña ordered the cancellation of Manila-based consignees Seven Myth Marketing and Rainbow Horizons Enterprises’ importation accreditation.
The BOC will also cancel the license of the Cebu-based broker who facilitated the shipment. The consignees and the broker will be charged with violating the Customs Modernization Tariff Act and the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act of 2016. “This is a strong message to smugglers that they cannot continue with this type of business in our country. They cannot keep on shortchanging the government of its rightful revenue,” Lapeña told reporters in a press conference. Lapeña said that based on what they found, the smuggled rice is worth P83 million. The cargo containers arrived in Cebu on separate dates in five vessels. Investigation The first set of cargo containers was unloaded on Nov. 27, 29 and 30 while the second set was unloaded last Dec. 3.
Their contents were initially declared as “ceramic tiles” but when the cargo containers were X-rayed, the sacks of rice were discovered. This prompted the BOC to hold the release of the cargo. At 3 p.m. yesterday, Lapeña and officials of the BOC Port of Cebu arrived in the Cebu International Port to open 18 of the 71 cargo containers, and found sacks of Sinandomeng rice in 14 of the containers. The other four cargo containers contained ceramic tiles. As of press time, BOC officials were still opening the rest of the cargo containers.
BOC Port of Cebu Collector Wivina Pumatong told reporters that they will investigate the consignees and the broker behind the illegal shipment. Pumatong said that since she assumed office last October, she has received no record of violation from Seven Myth Marketing and Rainbow Horizons Enterprises. She has requested the BOC office in Manila to look into their operations. Pumatong said they tried to reach the Cebu-based broker, to no avail. Lapeña said the confiscated smuggled rice will be donated to the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

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Rice farmers threaten to sue NFM *

  • Published on Dec 11, 2017, 9:00 pm AST
  • By Renuka Singh
SUBSIDISED INDUSTRY: A local rice farmer ploughs his field in Central Trinidad. —Photo: KRISHNA MAHARAJ

Sixteen rice farmers, owed a total of $1.9 million by majority State-owned National Flour Mills (NFM), are turning to the courts to get their money.At a news conference at an attorney's office in Woodbrook, Port of Spain, yesterday, the farmers complained that some of them have not been paid since December 2016, while others were last paid in January and March this year.
They describe a hard time trying to live, get credit or even borrow money to continue their work as NFM is their sole buyer.


Thai tuna stir-fry

2 tbsp cream sherry
Juice of 1 lime
1 tbsp clear honey
Thumb-sized piece ginger, peeled and grated
440g fresh tuna steak, or 4 x 100g frozen (thawed), cut into bite-sized pieces

360g basmati rice
4 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
2 tbsp rapeseed oil
2 salad tomatoes, quartered
4 spring onions, trimmed and chopped
1 small red chilli, seeded and thinly sliced
1 tbsp fresh basil, torn
Mix together the sherry, lime juice, honey and ginger. Add the tuna, mix well, cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour. 
Cook the rice as directed on the pack for 10-11 minutes. Drain, return to pan and stir in 2 tbsp of the coriander. Cover pan to retain heat.
Meanwhile, remove the tuna from the marinade (reserve). Heat the rapeseed oil in a wok or large frying pan and add the tuna. Cook over a high heat for 2-3 minutes or until cooked to your liking.
Stir in the reserved marinade, tomatoes, spring onions and chilli and stir-fry for a couple of minutes. Add the remaining coriander and the basil. Serve immediately with the cooked rice.
Recipe from Aldi. To find out more visit

Microbiome of a pest might affect its interaction with rice crops, shows study

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 (Research Matters)
 Scientists from Sun Yat-sen University, China, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Delhi, Indian Institute of Rice Research and Agri Biotech Foundation have explored the microbiome or microbes associated with a major rice pest, Asian Rice Gall Midge.
The Asian Rice Gall Midge is an insect about the size of a mosquito and a member of the specialized gall making insect family Cecidomyiidae. It spends most part of its life cycle within the rice plant. Upon hatching, the larva of the midge which is known as the maggot, slides down between leaf sheaths. After reaching the apical meristem, which is the part of the plant at the extremities from where vertical growth occurs, the maggot begins feeding by lacerating the plant tissue. The maggot induces changes in the plant such that a gall can be formed around its body, which contains nutritive nurse cells that can sustain it for the next phases of its life. The successful establishment of the insect in the plant means that the plant cannot bear grains.
Previous studies had explored the plant’s defence mechanisms against the midge, but studies have not explored the role of the insect’s microbiome in its interaction with the plant. An insight into the plant-midge-microbe interactions could provide us with novel strategies to control this infection.

For their latest study the scientists used next generation sequencing (NGS) protocol to identify different bacterial species associated with the midges and the plant.
The microbiome of the Asian Rice Gall Midge was made up of both rare and abundant species. Wolbachia species and Psuedomonas species of bacteria were commonly found in the Asian Rice Gall Midge. Wolbachia sp has been described as a microbe with a capacity to change several traits of its host, while Psuedomonas sp. are also known to be present in other pest species. Most notably, the study shows that the bacterial community structure differed among different host plant and different stages of development of the midge. These variation observed in the microbiome of the Asian Rice Gall Midge with reference to the host from which they were isolated indicate that they might have an influential impact on the midge and plant interaction.

Long grain rice exports to Sri Lanka declining

KARACHI: Rice exporters have urged the Sri Lankan government to reduce import duty on Pakistani long grain rice.A visiting delegation of Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (Reap) to Sri Lanka held several meetings with the government officials, trade bodies and rice importers.
Reap Chairman Rafique Suleman informed the Sri Lankan officials that there are two separate categories of Pakistani rice — basmati and non-basmati.
Super Basmati, PK-385, PK-198/D-98 etc are included in the basmati variety and these are premium quality rice and may be added to the list of luxury item. Whereas Irri-6 and Irri-9 etc are coarse varieties and called non-basmati rice which are cheaper and famous in Sri Lanka.
Average price of non-basmati stands around $325-400 per tonne internationally.
The Reap chairman urged the Sri Lankan officials to rectify the situation by reducing the duty in the larger interest of both the countries.

Chandrababu Naidu launches Chandranna Village Malls
UPDATED: DECEMBER 13, 2017 07:29 IST
New experiment: A woman interacts with Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in a video chat at a Chandranna Village Mall in Guntur on Tuesday.New experiment: A woman interacts with Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in a video chat at a Chandranna Village Mall in Guntur on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: T_VIJAYA_KUMAR

People can take essential commodities in lieu of rice at the malls
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu remotely launched the Chandranna Village Mall in Guntur and Vijayawada as a pilot project in the State on Tuesday.

The existing Fair Price Shops (FPS) will function as Chandranna Village Malls. In the first phase, the government is proposing to develop 6,500 malls across the State. There are about 28,000 FPS outlets in the State. The idea of mall is to take facilities available at the malls in urban areas to the doorstep of villagers.
“The government will supply goods/commodities in lieu of rice being supplied to the poor at the malls. The commodities will be worth equal to the rice being supplied right now,” the Chief Minister said.
When contacted, Civil Supplies Minister Prathipati Pulla Rao said the government would continue to supply rice to ration cardholders. The consumers, however, would be given an option. They can take either rice or commodities worth equal the rice they were entitled to. There would not be any compulsion. Nor would the government do away with supply of rice, he said. This was being thought of as offtake of subsidised rice was coming down steadily as not many people seem to be interested in it.

Speaking to shopkeepers and a few villagers through video conference, Mr. Naidu said that the objective of the village malls was to provide branded products at affordable prices to consumers living away from urban areas. The village malls would be accessible online soon, and they can save time and effort with the help of technology. The shopkeepers would have to give respect to the customers and maintain cleanliness and standard of malls, he said.
The government is proposing selling 500 types of commodities of various brands in these malls at 4% to 35% less than the Maximum Retail Price (MRP). The dealer will get 40% of the discount offered by the companies, while consumer enjoys a benefit of 60% , he said.
All kinds of essential goods are sold at the village malls at lower prices compared to open market, but allowing a small commission to the dealer. The plan is to link suppliers or manufacturers with the Village Malls and enable supply of goods at prices lower than the MRP.

The government chalked out plans to launch the malls in partnership with Reliance Retail and Future Group. The State government would bear 25% of the establishment cost while another 25% would be provided as loan to the dealers under the Centre’s Mudra Yojana. Products manufactured by women self-help groups and Girijan Cooperative Corporation would also be sold at the proposed malls along with the agriculture produce procured directly from farmers.

New forum to tackle problems in rice sector

Sum Manet / Khmer Times

Next month the Cambodia Rice Federation (CRF) will hold the sixth edition of the Cambodia Rice Forum, bringing major stakeholders in the sector together to discuss the future of the local rice industry and create a joint effort to ramp up production and exports.
The three-day event, scheduled for January 16-18, will open with remarks from Prime Minister Hun Sen on the first day.
Riddled with sub-standard infrastructure, high logistical and production costs and tougher competition abroad, the local rice industry has been struggling to turn profits and remain competitive.
During the forum, participants will deliberate on which local rice brand should be pushed on the international stage. One local brand will be selected and given priority in marketing campaigns that seek to promote Cambodian rice to international buyers.
Representatives of companies and farming associations will also discuss solutions to problems that continue to plague the rice industry and devise long-term strategies to tackle them.
Hun Lak, the CRF’s vice-president, said the main problems afflicting the industry are a lack of adequate warehouses and an inefficient marketing system. He noted, however, that storage infrastructure is slowly improving.
“We are sparing no effort in boosting cooperation among stakeholders. They need to come together to ramp up production,” he said.
“They must increase quality while reducing expenses…production costs must be slashed to improve the production chain.
“Our strategy is to strengthen the quality of our fragrant rice and to find mechanisms that allow us to expand our export markets. Cambodian rice still has a great deal of potential in the global market.”
Mr Lak also commented on recent efforts by Myanmar and Vietnam to increase their share of the European market, with both Asean nations now negotiating trade agreements with the EU, and restated the need to ramp up efforts at home to increase quality and keep up with the competition.
“Cambodian rice is now competing with the big players of the international market,” he said, “so we need to believe in ourselves, in our product, while sparing no effort to produce the best product we can.”
Mr Lak said local farmers do not need to lose sleep over Italy’s recent request to reduce imports of Cambodian rice to the EU, arguing that Cambodian rice still enjoys sufficient demand in the Chinese and European markets.
During the first 11 months of this year, Cambodia shipped more than 562,000 tonnes of rice abroad, an increase of 17.2 percent compared with the same period last year, according to a report from the Secretariat of One Window Service for Rice Export Formality

Cutting PHL reliance on imports via ‘RiCo’

“Poor man’s rice.” That’s how corn is regarded in the Philippines. Despite its affordability and the fact that it is a good source of fiber, many Filipinos do not consider it as part of their daily diet.
Citing the book, True Grit from Corn Grits: Food of the Champions, written by Dr. Serlie Barroga-Jamias, the National Food Authority (NFA) noted that many Filipinos will eat corn as rice only if there is no rice. The NFA noted that it is only in the Visayas where white corn is considered a staple food of 14 million, or 20 percent of the population. Corn was considered as poor man’s rice in the 1960s, when an episode of rice shortage forced many Filipinos to eat inferior rice mixed with rough corn grits.
Despite the rejection of the earlier version of the rice-corn blend, the government is bent on trying to, again, convince Filipinos to consider consuming it. The NFA and corn farmers belonging to the Philippine Maize Federation Inc. (Philmaize) conducted a taste survey of a new rice-corn blend, dubbed “RiCo,” last month. The goal, the food agency said, is to determine strategies that would widen the acceptance of corn as an extender.
Some consumers who have tried the rice-corn blend distributed by the NFA said it “tastes even better” than plain rice. The government is crossing its fingers that more Filipinos would develop a taste for RiCo because of its potential to reduce the country’s rice imports. Paddy production of the Philippines, one of the world’s top rice importers, is perennially short of anywhere from 800,000 metric tons (MT) to around 1 million MT (MMT) a year.
Data provided by the NFA showed that, in 2016, domestic consumption of rice was at 12.9 MMT, while production was 11.5 MMT, or a deficit of 1.4 MMT. The highest rice importations were recorded in the years 2007, 2008 and 2009 at 2.570 MMT, 2.6 MMT and 2.2 MMT, respectively.
The Philippines could eliminate the need for rice imports and save dollars by merely substituting rice with 10-percent corn grits, according to the NFA. Apart from doing away with purchasing rice from foreign farmers, the consumption of more corn—a more versatile crop that can be produced year-round—would also boost the incomes of planters.
The NFA is promoting the rice-corn blend as a health food. The food agency said it has lower calorie and carbohydrate content compared to rice. Citing studies, the NFA said corn also contains more vitamins, minerals and proteins than white rice.
President Duterte is taking the first step to “mainstream” the rice-corn blend by endorsing it as the country’s “new staple” on December 22. Government efforts to make it acceptable to consumers should not stop there. Information and a marketing campaigns must be undertaken to promote RiCo and make people aware of the health benefits and affordability of the product. The rice-corn blend could also be used in government feeding programs. These measures would surely be cheaper than importing rice.

B1.7bn budget to cut second-crop rice output
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Peruvian rice producers plea for return of import duties


Rice producers in Peru are demanding that the government reinstate import duties for the commodity, asserting that the imports are negatively affecting internal rice prices, according to a Dec. 4 Global Agricultural Information Network report from the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture . The USDA said the main protests are coming from rice producers in the San Martin and Tumbes regions of Peru. ...

Thailand: Strong baht may curb rice exports
Strong baht is likely to curb rice exports in 2018. (Photo: AFP/VNA)
Bangkok (VNA) – The Thai Rice Exporters Association has expressed concern that the strong baht is likely to curb rice exports in 2018, Thai media reported on December 12. Thailand is expected to export 9.5 million tonnes of rice next year, lower than the volume of 11 million tonnes the country targets to ship abroad in 2017, due to the strong baht, said President of the Thai Rice Exporters Association Charoen Laothammatas. The baht has gained more than 9 percent to 32.5 baht per USD in early December, the highest in the past 31 months. The country has exported 10.3 million tonnes of rice so far this year, up 16.3 percent from the same period last year thanks to strong demand during the year-end holiday season. Thailand sets to export 11 million tonnes of rice in 2017 but experts believed that even if the country achieves the goal, it cannot reclaim its title as the world’s biggest rice exporter as India has to date shipped abroad more than 11 million tonnes.-VNA

Farmers paid to not grow second-crop rice next year
By Thai PBS

WED, DEC 13, 2017 10:18 AM

The cabinet on Tuesday (Dec 12) agreed to allocate a fund amounting to 1,687 million baht to pay rice farmers to not plant second-crop rice next year in a bid to reduce rice-cultivated area by 150,000 rai.

Deputy Agriculture and Cooperative Minister Luck Vajananawat said the fund would be used to convince farmers to skip planting second crop rice next year in 53 provinces by providing farmers who agree to accept the deal 2,000 baht per rai of up to 15 rai each.

Long grain rice exports to Sri Lanka declining
KARACHI: Rice exporters have urged the Sri Lankan government to reduce import duty on Pakistani long grain rice.A visiting delegation of Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (Reap) to Sri Lanka held several meetings with the government officials, trade bodies and rice importers.
Reap Chairman Rafique Suleman informed the Sri Lankan officials that there are two separate categories of Pakistani rice — basmati and non-basmati.Super Basmati, PK-385, PK-198/D-98 etc are included in the basmati variety and these are premium quality rice and may be added to the list of luxury item. Whereas Irri-6 and Irri-9 etc are coarse varieties and called non-basmati rice which are cheaper and famous in Sri Lanka.Average price of non-basmati stands around $325-400 per tonne internationally.The Reap chairman urged the Sri Lankan officials to rectify the situation by reducing the duty in the larger interest of both the countries

Urgent action needed to reduce arsenic in infant rice cereals, says study

By Gill Hyslop
12-Dec-2017 - Last updated on 12-Dec-2017 at 12:19 GMT
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Infant rice cereals account for 55% of the total inorganic arsenic infants ingest, according to a 2016 study. Pic: ©GettyImages/ChristinLola
Healthy Babies Bright Futures (HBBF), an alliance of scientists and child health advocacy organizations, is calling for urgent action by cereal makers, the FDA and parents to remove high-arsenic cereals off store shelves and out of infants’ diets.
The HBBF has lashed out at the US FDA for “falling short of protecting infants”​ after a study found infant rice cereals contain six times the level of arsenic than other grain cereals on the market.
The study tested more than 100 types of infant cereals, including 45 products made by nine different companies, including Beech-Nut and BioKinetics, sold at stores around the US.
Results found one third of the brands tested contained levels of 90 parts per billion (ppb) or higher of inorganic arsenic (the most toxic form of arsenic).
The FDA has no limit for arsenic in rice cereal, but issued draft guidance of 100 ppb of inorganic arsenic ​last year.

Laboratory test results

Averaging all the samples together in the HBBF report, the rice cereals contained 85 ppb of inorganic arsenic, but several samples came in with 90 ppb or higher.
Grains listed
Inorganic arsenic levels
Rice Baby Cereal
Rice flour
Ranging between 67-102 ppb
Complete Rice Single Grain Baby Cereal
Rice flour
Ranging between 65-78 ppb
DHA Probiotic Rice Cereal
Rice flour
Ranging between 79-86 ppb
Organic Rice Cereal
Organic rice flour
Ranging between 28-47 ppb
Rice Cereal
Rice flour
Ranging between 59-112 ppb
Brown Rice Sprouted Baby Cereal
Organic sprouted brown rice flakes
Ranging between 128-235 ppb
Earth's Best
Whole Grain Rice Cereal
Organic whole grain brown rice flour
Ranging between 65-109 ppb
Organic Brown Rice Cereal
Organic whole grain brown rice flour
Ranging between 72-109 ppb
Rice & Banana Apple Cereal
Whole grain rice flour
Ranging between 92-107 ppb
Organic Probiotic Baby Cereal - Brown Rice
Milled organic whole grain brown rice
Ranging between 51-123 ppb
Healthy Times
Brown Rice Cereal for Babies
Organic whole grain brown rice flour
102 ppb
BioKinetics’ Brown Rice Sprouted Baby Cereal contained the most arsenic in the testing, with samples ranging from 128-235 ppb.
However, BioKinetics president Robert DenHoed said the company does not intend making any changes.
“We test samples ourselves and send some to an offsite lab in Toronto, and our readings are typically less than 10 ppb,”​ he said in a statement to the media.
High levels of arsenic were also found in Beechnut infant cereals, with a sample of its Rice Baby Cereal brand ranging between 87-102 ppb.
In its media statement, Beech-Nut reassured parents the company has rigorous testing protocols in place to ensure it provides safe, nutritious food for babies.
“All of our currently available cereals meet the FDA recommendation for inorganic arsenic. We buy our rice from California, the rice-growing region with the lowest levels of arsenic and we test every delivery of rice flour before we make our rice cereal as a standard practice,”​ said the company.
The HBBF contends that – more than a year after the FDA issued its draft guidance to cereal makers of 100ppb – the regulator has still not set a final limit for arsenic in rice cereal.
Arsenic levels of infant rice cereals vs multi-grain cereals
“It has failed to finalize the proposed cap in its draft guidance, even though there is no known safe level of arsenic exposure,”​ wrote Jane Houlihan, national director of Science and Health, HBBF, in the report.
Arsenic is strictly regulated in drinking water (with a limit of 10 ppb), but is legal in any amount in infant rice cereal.
A cup of prepared infant rice cereal has more than double the amount of arsenic allowed in a cup of water, according to the report.
Rice naturally absorbs more ten times more arsenic from soil and water than other grains used for infant cereals.

High costs of arsenic

Several studies – including those conducted by the FDA – have found that inorganic arsenic exposure in infants and pregnant women can result in reduce children’s IQ.​.
The World Health Organization also foundlong-term exposure can cause cancer and skin lesions.
According to the HBBF report, rice-based foods are resulting in a loss of 9.2 million IQ points among 0-6 year-old children.
The lower IQs will result in decreased salaries for those children when they are adults, costing the US an estimated $12-$18bn annually.

Call for action

The HBBF is calling upon the FDA to “act immediately to set an enforceable, health-based limit for arsenic in infant rice cereal and other rice-based foods.”
Although the study found cereal makers have taken steps to limit arsenic in infant rice cereals – levels were reduced, on average, to 85 ppb in 2016-2017 from 103 ppb in 2013-2014 – it urges cereal makers to continue reducing these levels.
In the meantime, it is encouraging parents to stop feeding children rice cereals altogether, and substitute them with iron-fortified grain cereals such as barley, oat, and multigrain.
The HBBF also recommended avoiding infant rice snacks, which contain high arsenic levels, too.


Arsenic in 9 Brands of Infant Cereal
Author: Jane Houlihan, MSCE, National Director of Science and Health, Healthy Babies Bright Futures
Funded by the Forsythia and Passport Foundations and The John Merck Fund
The study has not been peer-reviewed or published in a journal, but is posted on the HBBF website.
USA Rice farm bill panelists Jennifer Cervantes, Tom Sell, Reece Langley, Robert Redding, Dale Thorenson, and Ben Mosley, discussed farm bill expectations at a breakout session during the USA Rice Outlook Conference in San Antonio.

Funding, timing will be critical issues for farm bill debate

A new farm bill will find challenges in funding, timing and legislators who have never voted on a farm bill before. A united ag front will be crucial.
Ron Smith | Dec 12, 2017
Holding on to the current farm policy, with a few targeted tweaks, would suit most commodity organizations — with the exception of cotton and dairy — but funding will be a challenge as Congress begins debating the next farm bill.Representatives for soybeans, sugar, cotton, peanuts and rice offered their wish list for a farm program during a farm bill panel, a standing room only break-out session at the USA Rice Outlook Conference in San Antonio.
Tom Sell, co-founder and managing partner of Combest Sell and Associates, moderated the panel, which included Reece Langley, National Cotton Council; Jennifer Cervantes, vice president, Florida Sugar Cane league; Dale Thorenson, associate at Gordley Associates, representing the American Soybean Association; Ben Mosely, vice president, USA Rice; and Robert Redding, president, The Redding Firm, Inc., representing the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation.
Panelists agreed that a unified front, across all ag commodities and interests, will be crucial when making a case to Congress for necessary funding. “When farm groups start fighting over funding, that’s when the wheels fall off the bus,” said Cervantes. “We have to stick together.”
“It’s important that we don’t let happen to this farm bill debate what happened in 2014,” Redding said. “We were divided.”
“It shouldn’t be that hard,” Thorenson said. “We’re not changing policy that much.” Langley says cotton policy needs more than a tweak, however. “With the 2014 act, Cotton has no access to ARC or PLC. Our No.1 priority for the next farm bill is to realize an increase in our safety net. STAX has not been sufficient to deal with multiple years of low cotton prices.”
Redding says the 2014 farm program has worked well for peanuts. “We like the PLC option. We want to keep the reference price, the support for storage and handling costs, and the separate payment limit for peanuts. This has been good farm policy for us.”
“Most people in the rice industry have been pleased with the farm program and PLC,” Mosely said. “The mechanics of the program are working; it just needs some tweaks.”
Cervantes says sugar does not qualify for ARC or PLC but hopes to “maintain the sugar program we have. We will fight tooth and nail to retain what we have. We are working to make people understand the importance of sugar.”
She says sugar needs the support of a farm program. “A free market for sugar does not exist. If we dismantle our program, the rest of the world will not.” She said sugar will not add acreage but will rely on increased yield and efficiency for growth. “Our footprint will not be larger.”
Sugar creates jobs, she adds. “Sugar is responsible for 142,000 jobs across the country, but sugar is not produced in every state, so we have to educate legislators.”
That chore will be a big one with the next farm bill debate. “We have 120 members of Congress who have never voted on a farm bill. We don’t know how they will vote,” Cervantes said. “It is important for us to explain the importance of sugar.”Political action committees are key, she adds. “A PAC doesn’t guarantee they will vote your way, but it does gain access. We have to build long-term relationships.”
“That’s our weakest area,” Redding said.Thorenson added that if farm organizations do not show up and make their case, other organizations will step up and make theirs.Sell said anti-ag groups are well-organized and well-funded and have created a new force in Washington.Money, a huge issue in the 2014 farm bill debate, will again dictate policy. “We’re all asking for more money,” said Thorenson. “It’s a challenging time for agriculture, so we at least want to keep our baseline and that will be hard.”
“Baseline reflects the amount of money expected to be spent over 10 years if the policy in place now remains,” Sell explained.
Baseline is a particular sticky issue for cotton. Langley said cotton hopes to build its baseline before a new farm policy is enacted.
Deep Cuts
Losing the Foreign Market Development program has been a blow, Mosley said. “We had hoped for an increase, now we just hope to get back to square one. It’s a tough environment; we’re always facing cuts, and we continue to deal with cuts already in place.”
“We struggle with the Congressional budget Office,” Redding added. “They don’t understand the peanut industry.”
Timing of the farm bill is another big question mark. “Everyone agrees that we want farm bill efforts to begin quickly when Congress gets back in the new year,” Sell said
“We hope it’s enacted in 2018,” Langley said. “Our worst-case scenario is a delay.” He anticipates the House will move first and have something out by the end of the first quarter. If the Senate acts quickly the two bills could go to conference by mid-term.
“The closer to the 2018 election the bill is rolled out, the harder it will to pass it,” Thorenson said.
Timing could be a challenge, Cervantes says, especially if the bill follows a promised executive order to reform welfare. “That probably will not be helpful,” she said. “It will be interesting to see what comes out of the executive order. We could see a work requirement. That will tell us a lot about how the farm bill will roll out.”
Panelists expect bi-partisan efforts in both the House and Senate agriculture committees, but Congress overall is “getting more partisan, less cooperative,” Sell says. Panel consensus indicated that passing the tax bill could improve that situation. “It would take some pressure off Democrats to oppose anything proposed,” Redding said.
“I yearn for the days when we had more cooperation,” Sell added.
Panelists said generic acreage — moved out of cotton in the 2014 program — will be an issue with the next farm bill. They don’t expect more money to be allotted for farm programs.
The challenge ag commodities face between now and when Congress rolls out a farm bill is to educate legislators on what producers need to continue to produce affordable food. Grassroots efforts are called for, Cervantes says.“We’re trying to develop data to help put a farm bill together,” Thorenson said.
Millers irked over move on rice procurement
By Express News Service  |  
Published: 12th December 2017 01:50 AM  |  
12th December 2017 07:37 AM  |   
JEYPORE: At a time when the paddy procurement in Jeypore district has been stalled due to the dispute between farmers and the State Civil Supply Corporation over FAQ standard, the millers are now upset with the department as the latter directed Government centres to stop receiving rice from the millers recently.
As a result of the recent direction by the corporation to the rice receiving centres of the Government, uncertainty prevails over participation of millers and agents in mandis.Sources said the corporation had procured about 21 lakh quintal of paddy from farmers during the last kharif marketing season through PACs in mandis. Later, the procured crop was distributed among at least 93 millers as per the custom milling process.
According to the Government norms, the millers should have delivered about 15 lakh quintal of rice to rice-receiving centres by September 2017. However, due to the alleged mismanagement of the officials of the Food and Civil Supply Department, enough space was not available to store the procured crop, the sources said. Only 47 rice millers had apparently met the target, delivering 11 lakh quintal rice within the stipulated time.
Earlier, the members of millers’ association had met State Civil Supply and Consumer Welfare Secretary in Bhubaneswar, apprising him of the space problem of the Civil Supply Corporation. They had urged the Secretary to extend the deadline for paddy delivery and provide storage facilities as required. The Secretary had allowed the millers to deliver the rice by December 10, following which the millers geared up to deliver the pending rice stocks and about 3.50 lakh quintal stock was cleared by December 8.
Even as the millers were about to deliver the targeted amount, the fresh direction of the Corporation to stop rice delivery has irked the millers who claimed that at least 50,000 quintal of rice stock is pending.
“The Civil Supply Corporation has been harassing the millers by stopping delivery of the pending rice. The Corporation has not provided godowns to keep the rice stock of millers. The millers are being punished for no fault of theirs,” Koraput District Millers secretary, Gopal Panda, said.
Meanwhile, the millers demanded that the Corporation should immediately take the pending rice stocks from them.
Contacted, District Civil Supply Officer BC Dash said the administration had been communicating with the State Civil Supply Corporation to sort out the problem at the earliest. “There will be proper procurement of paddy from farmers as well as rice from the millers in a couple of days,” he added

Rice growers, millers urged to promote sustainable production

Rice growers, exporters and millers were stressed to promote the sustainable production of the commodity in order to meet the growing demand of international market.
This was stated by Director Van Sillevoldt Rijst (VSR) Netherland, Henk Verschoor who visited the Rice Partners Pvt Ltd (RPL) plant in Muridke here on Sunday. During his visit, Henk Verschoor had interaction with RPL staff and said he was really impressed to see the RPL sustainable rice production programme.
He said the international rice clients, especially from European Union countries are more interested to procure Pakistani Super Basmati rice as the people from EU are fond of eating tasty, delicate and fragrant rice that is specifically produced in Pakistan.
Henk also visited farmer’s field and had interaction with them, talking to the farmers he said Super Basmati Rice is very important to EU, as their people are very much fond of eating rice.
He paid tribute to the rice growers saying that they play an important part in producing grains for consumption of the people and when they buy rice from farmers, it will help them to earn their livelihoods.
He proposed the farmers to adopt good agricultural practices to boost their per acre yield. He also urged all millers to keep interaction with farmers and listen to them as they are an integral part of their business.
He said that he was happy to see that RPL has maintained a very close relation with the farmers and is giving them technical guidance, inputs to grow good rice crop.
Talking to the farmers and RPL management, VSR official said, now the world and EU will focus on sustainable sourcing from the rice-growing countries as RPL from Pakistan is already providing sustainable rice in the global market. He emphasized other rice millers to follow the RPL programme to grow sustainable rice.

Global Rice Bran Oil Market Share to 2022 : Balgopal Food Products, CEO Agrifood Limited, Shivangi Oils and King Rice Oil Group

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A.P. Refinery
3F Industries
Sethia Oils
Jain Group of Industries
Shivangi Oils
Balgopal Food Products
King Rice Oil Group
CEO Agrifood Limited
Surin Bran Oil
Agrotech International
Tsuno Rice Fine Chemicals
Oryza Oil & Fat Chemical
Wilmar International
Wanyuan Food & Oil
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* Europe includes Germany, France, UK, Italy, Russia
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The Rise of the Robot Chefs in the Food Industry
 , DECEMBER 12, 2017
Robots in the food industry? Well, yes. They will be in charge. In charge of food? Yes. For starters, robots can work for longer hours, and they also don’t make mistakes while cooking.At a restaurant outside Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Nagasaki, the ‘head chef’ prepares okonomiyaki, a savory Japanese pancake. Meanwhile, his humanoid robot colleague uses his two metallic arms to prepare donuts, fried rice, and cocktails. The robot doesn’t drop a single donut. The buffet-style restaurant employees more humanoid robots than humans.
Outside Henn-na Hotel, which opened its doors in 2015, visitors are greeted by 10 humanoid robots. At the front-desk, 3 friendly-robots handle the check in and check out process. The futuristic hotel features 72 rooms, and has cut its human staff from 30 to just eight employees.
Although the robot restaurant is a tourist attraction, it was initially designed as an experiment to see what parts of the industrial kitchen can be automated and what tasks can only be performed by humans. The humanoid robots come from a company called Kokoro, which has been developing ‘actroid,’ a robot that looks like an actual human, for over a decade.
The human staff members at the Henn-na Hotel oversee the tasks done by the robots. Company president, Hideo Sawada, hopes the robots will carry out 90 percent of tasks in the hotel in the near-future. “We will make the most efficient hotel in the world,” he told Japan Times during an interview.
In Japan, chefs are experimenting with automation technology to operate the restaurants with robots alone. Suzumo Machinery has developed a “rice ball robot” capable of preparing sushi rice that appears as though it has been prepared into shape by a chef.
The robot chef by Suzumo Machinery could make 4,300 pieces of sushi an hour.
The robot chef by Suzumo Machinery could make 4,300 pieces of sushi an hour. The manufacturer has a 70 percent share of the domestic market for the sushi-making robot. Similarly, other Japanese manufacturers such as Yaskawa and Toyo Riki, sales have risen as a result of robots that have been used in park’s restaurants and hotels.
A Tokyo-based robotics company ZMP recently partnered with a food delivery service Ride On Express to debut its CarriRo delivery robot. Unlike most robot chefs, the CarriRo is shaped like a tiny bus, hovering over three feet tall and using cameras and sensors to travel around. One of Ride On Express’s best-known clients is the sushi company Gin no Sara. Each CarriRo will carry enough sushi to feed 60 people.
To comply with the outdated regulations surrounding autonomous delivery robots, the CarriRo will work exclusively in private areas such as office parks. Although, the plan is to get the robots on the sidewalk space as soon as they can.
Historically, Japan has always been progressive in terms of robots and their applications in daily life. The country is at the forefront of the robotics industry, with billions of yen’s worth in government and private sector investment. It’s difficult to argue against the cost-effectiveness, accuracy and productivity of robot labor which, unlike their human counterparts, make little error and have no qualms about salaries, pensions, benefits or fair working hours. In combination with the strong yen, an infamously repressing immigration policy, and decades of economic stagnation, the switch to robot workers has saved Japanese companies millions in manufacturing and labor costs.
Today, Japan is home to many world leaders in automation, including Yaskawa Electric andFanuc. The country’s prime minister Shinzo Abe is betting big on reviving the country’s struggling services industry by 2020, just in time before the Summer Olympics.

Global Rice Milling Machinery Market 2017-2022: Jiangsu, Satake, Hunan, Wufeng

By Lynn Johnson on December 13, 2017Technology
The global report entitled with Rice Milling Machinery Market2017 that provides in-depth industry analysis and focuses on future prospects of Rice Milling Machinery market 2017-2022 inspects all deciding aspects of the Rice Milling Machinery industry on the basis of ongoing market conditions, Capacity, Trends, Demand, business plans embodied by Rice Milling Machinery market competitor and their growth structure. Further, This Rice Milling Machinery market report divides into the key manufacturers, Product Type (Type I, Type II), Application/ end users (Personal, Commercial) and geographies majors like United States, China, Europe, Japan, Korea & Taiwan.
The research largely targets on the present industry size of the Global Rice Milling Machinery market and its development ratio on the basis of last five years data with company profile of Leading Players and Makers. The major regions which contribute to the development of Rice Milling Machinery market largely cover Rice Milling Machinery market in the United States, Rice Milling Machinery market in Europe, Rice Milling Machinery market in Africa, Rice Milling Machinery market in the Middle East, Rice Milling Machinery market in Asian countries like (India, China and Japan).
• Leading Players and Manufacturers Analysis in Rice Milling Machinery Market:
Satake Manufacturing
Hunan Chenzhou
Hubei Yongxiang
Zhejiang Qili Machinery
Hunan Xiangliang
Jiangsu Hexi Machinery
• Rice Milling Machinery Market: Type Analysis
Type I
Type II
• Rice Milling Machinery Market: Application Analysis
In the first part, The Rice Milling Machinery study report provides business profiling, product picture and specifications and contact info of key manufacturers of Global Rice Milling Machinery market. This report also gives the present, past and futurist Rice Milling Machinery business strategies, company Size, Growth, Share and forecast stats belonging to the predicted situations. Moreover, the opportunities and also the risk to the expansion of Rice Milling Machinery industry extensively covered in this report.
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• The elementary analysis belonging to Rice Milling Machinery trade similar to the value, type of applications, product definition, demand and supply stats are discussed in this document.
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Agri. varsity for bridging academics-industry gap
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PJTSAU Vice-Chancellor V. Praveen Rao.   | Photo Credit: K.V.S. GIRI
Fifteen climate-smart and high-yielding varieties/hybrids in nine major crops released
In a progressive shift from traditional functioning, Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU) has its focus centred on making the students, rolling out from its campuses, industry-ready by increasing their exposure to the field than limiting their learning process to classrooms, laboratories and libraries. Established on September 3, in 2014 with the division of Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University of combined Andhra Pradesh, the institution has introduced a series of reforms both on academic and research fronts by taking itself further closer to the farming community and to the State Government with participation in policy-making. “We have released 15 climate-smart and high-yielding varieties/hybrids in nine major crops and they are so successful that the farming community in most parts of Telangana, A.P. and adjoining areas in the neighbouring States have replaced previous varieties with the new ones since they have also reduced the crop period by about a month”, PJTSAU Vice-Chancellor V. Praveen Rao told The Hindu on Tuesday. The new varieties released by the university belong to paddy, greengram, blackgram, redgram, maize, castor, bajra, sesamum and a fodder crop. “Telangana Sona, Kunaram Sannalu and Bathukamma varieties of paddy have not only reduced the crop period by 30 to 35 days but have also increased the yield by 10%”, the Vice Chancellor said on the eve of the university’s first convocation slated for Wednesday.
Stating that they had entered into a memorandum of understanding with the International Rice Research Institute of Manila for transfer of technology (genes) for further increasing the yield of popular paddy varieties, Mr. Praveen Rao said the university was also working on alternate wetting and drying irrigation of paddy, aerobic rice, drum-seeded rice and drip irrigated rice to reduce utilisation of water for irrigation.
Water consumption
He explained that paddy cultivation consumes over 62% water utilised by the farming community and that 70% of it is wasted either with percolation or with drainage.The university was also working on a project of providing market intelligence information to the State Government to forecast demand and price fluctuation in different markets for major crops cultivated in the State and help the farming community get a better price for their produce, he stated.
On the academic side, the Vice-Chancellor said the final (fourth) year students of B. Sc course would be given maximum field exposure by making them spend one crop season, about 24 weeks, in the field and made to learn managing one agricultural activity such as soil analysis, vermi-compost making, micro irrigation, seed production on their own. They are also made to learn about entrepreneurship, project report making, raising a crop and knowing work culture of the industry.

Rice Noodles Market in APAC - Demand for Gluten-free Products Escalates | Technavio

Technavio has published a new market research report on the rice noodles market in APAC 2017-2021 under their food and beverage library. (Graphic: Business Wire)
December 12, 2017 11:43 AM Eastern Standard Time
LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The rice noodles market in APAC is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 5% during the period 2017-2021, according to a new market research study by Technavio.
The rice noodles market in APAC is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 5% during 2017-2021. @Technavio
The report categorizes the rice noodles market in APAC by product (rice vermicelli and rice stick, and other rice noodles varieties) and by end-user (retail and foodservice). The report also determines the geographic breakdown of the market in terms of detailed analysis and impact, which includes key geographies such as China, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, and Japan.
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Market driver: increasing demand for gluten-free products in APAC
The gluten-free food market is gradually increasing in APAC countries such as China and Australia owing to the increase in the number of health-conscious people and the rise in awareness about celiac diseases. There is no medication available currently to treat this disease, and the only way to avoid it is to switch to a gluten-free diet. As rice noodles are naturally gluten-free, the overall demand for this noodle variety is high, especially among health-conscious consumers.
According to Manjunath Reddy, a lead analyst at Technavio for food research, “Other factors such as the increase in the number of digestive health problems, weight management issues, and increasing requirement for nutritious food are propelling the demand for gluten-free food items. Growing prevalence of celiac diseases among consumers within the region would eventually increase the overall sales revenue of vendors in the region.”
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Market trend: new product launches
Factors like new product development, improved taste and versatility, and high levels of marketing support often help in increasing the overall demand for the product within the market. Thus, several players are currently launching rice noodles offerings in APAC to expand their portfolio of products. For instance, in 2015, SA GIANG (a Vietnam-based company) launched processed instant products from rice like instant beef rice noodles, instant chicken rice noodles, and instant tapioca rice sticks. It is expected that more players would launch rice noodles with new parameters during the forecast period, which would eventually help in enhancing sales of the overall market and sustain growth.
Market challenge: increasing launch of other varieties of noodles in APAC
The rice noodles market in APAC is increasingly facing challenges due to the large number of launches of other noodle varieties within the region. For instance, in 2017, Nestlé India launched MAGGI Masalas of India Noodles range with flavors like Amritsari Achari Masala Noodles, Mumbaiya Chatak Masala, Super Chennai Masala Noodles, and Bengali Jhaal Masala Noodles. Players manufacturing rice noodles need to come with variety and new flavors to compete with other noodles launched in the market.
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Key vendors in the market:
·         Leong Guan Food Manufacturer
·         NISSIN FOODS
·         President Rice Products
The rice noodles market in APAC is fragmented due to the presence of many small and large players who compete based on price, quality, innovation, packaging, reputation, marketing channels, and distribution. Intense competition among players, along with rapid technological changes, constitutes a significant challenge to the player in the market. The rice noodles market in APAC is subject to the rapidly changing consumer demands and preferences. The performance of players in the market is often influenced by the changing consumer spending pattern, consumer tastes, local economic conditions, and demographic trends.
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Amira Nature Foods (ANFI) Upgraded to “Buy” at Zacks Investment Research

Amira Nature Foods (NYSE:ANFI) was upgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “strong sell” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday. The brokerage presently has a $4.75 target price on the stock. Zacks Investment Research‘s target price indicates a potential upside of 11.50% from the stock’s previous close.
According to Zacks, “Amira Nature Foods Ltd. provides packaged Indian specialty rice. The Company sells Basmati rice, premium long-grain rice under their flagship Amira brand as well as under other third party brands. It participates across the entire rice supply chain from the procurement of paddy to its storage, aging, processing into rice, packaging, distribution and marketing. Amira Nature Foods Ltd. is headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. “
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Separately, Jefferies Group reissued a “buy” rating and set a $8.00 price target on shares of Amira Nature Foods in a research report on Tuesday, September 26th.
Amira Nature Foods (ANFI) traded down $0.09 during trading hours on Tuesday, reaching $4.26. 192,100 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 133,877. Amira Nature Foods has a 52 week low of $4.20 and a 52 week high of $7.05.
A number of large investors have recently modified their holdings of ANFI. Nationwide Fund Advisors acquired a new stake in shares of Amira Nature Foods during the 3rd quarter worth approximately $182,000. GSA Capital Partners LLP grew its stake in shares of Amira Nature Foods by 104.2% during the 2nd quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP now owns 36,836 shares of the company’s stock worth $204,000 after purchasing an additional 18,800 shares during the period. Wells Fargo & Company MN acquired a new stake in shares of Amira Nature Foods during the 3rd quarter worth approximately $210,000. Ameriprise Financial Inc. grew its stake in shares of Amira Nature Foods by 30.1% during the 2nd quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. now owns 102,130 shares of the company’s stock worth $566,000 after purchasing an additional 23,630 shares during the period. Finally, Pinnacle Associates Ltd. grew its stake in shares of Amira Nature Foods by 48.4% during the 2nd quarter. Pinnacle Associates Ltd. now owns 218,967 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,213,000 after purchasing an additional 71,450 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 13.07% of the company’s stock.
Amira Nature Foods Company Profile
Amira Nature Foods Ltd is primarily engaged in the business of processing and selling packaged Indian specialty rice, primarily basmati rice and other food products. The Company sells Basmati rice and other specialty rice, under its Amira brand, as well as under other third-party brands. It also sells non-basmati rice.

Global Short-Grain Rice Seed Market Attractiveness, Competitive Landscape and Key Players Dupont Pioneer , Bayer , Nuziveedu Seeds

December 12, 2017
Questale published a new in-depth industry research that focuses on Global Short-Grain Rice Seed market, delivers detailed analysis of market and future prospects of Global Short-Grain Rice Seed market. The critical and significant data in the study makes the research a very important tool for experts, analysts and managers to get ready-to-access analysis by the industry professionals. The research is attached with substantial information in the form of graphs and tables to understand important market trends, drivers and challenges. The study is segmented by Application/ end users (Automotive, Electronics, Metal and Machining, Plastic and Polymers, Food and Beverages & Others), products type (Upto 5kg, 5~10 kg & Above 10kg) and various important geographies like China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, India, Southeast Asia & Australia.
The research also covers the current market size of the Global Short-Grain Rice Seed along with the growth rate over the years. In addition to this, the research includes historical data of 5 previous years pertaining to company profiles of key players/manufacturers in the industry such as Dupont Pioneer , Bayer , Nuziveedu Seeds . The in-depth information by various segments of Global Short-Grain Rice Seed market enables managers to monitor future profitability and make vital decisions for sustainable growth. The statistics in the research focuses on the technological advancement, available capaciies,CAPEX cycle and the changing structure of the Global Short-Grain Rice Seed market.
The study also provides you with profiles of the companies, product pictures, their specifications, overall revenue, market share, size and contact details of the key manufacturers of Global Short-Grain Rice Seed , some of them listed here are Dupont Pioneer , Bayer , Nuziveedu Seeds . The market is growing at a very rapid pace and has witnessed entrance of many local and regional vendors offering specific application products for multiple end-users. But this new entrants are faced with cut throat competition due to innovative technology, quality services and diligence of international vendors.
Global Short-Grain Rice Seed (Thousands Units) and Revenue (Million USD) Market Split by Product Type such as Japonica Rice , Indica Rice , On the basis of the end users/applications, this report focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, consumption (sales), market share and growth rate for each application, including . Furthermore, the research study is segmented by Application such as ,, & Other with historical and projected market share and compounded annual growth rate.
Geographically, this report is subdivuded into several key regions,with data concerned to the production and consumption patterns, revenue (million USD), market share and growth rate of Global Short-Grain Rice Seed market in these regions, for 10 years from 2012 to 2022 (forecast), covering North America , Europe , China and its Share (%) and CAGR for the forecasted period 2017 to 2022.
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Rice farmers threaten NFM with lawsuit

 Attorney Gerald Ramdeen. FILE PHOTO
Rice farmers may sue National Flour Mills (NFM) for non-payment of a $1.9 million debt accrued over the past year, attorney Gerald Ramdeen said yesterday at a news conference at his chambers in Woodbrook.
He said the sum is owed via 100-plus invoices to 16 farmers who are struggling financially as the delay in payment has left them unable to pay creditors. Ramdeen claimed the farmers’ plight could blunt Government’s call for people to venture into areas of economic diversification.
However, NFM CEO Kelvin Mahabir told Newsday the NFM’s last payment to rice farmers was in June and it will pay further sums upon receipt from the ministry. He said he did not specifically know of this $1.9 million debt to the 16 farmers.
Ramdeen displayed a pre-action protocol letter dated December 11 to NFM chairman Nigel Romano warning of a lawsuit for breach of contract if farmers are not paid by Friday. Copies were sent to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, Agriculture, Land and Fisheries Minister Clarence Rambharat and Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi.
The document said the farmers made many efforts both individually and collectively to have NFM pay, but promises from the Ministry of Agriculture were ultimately, “empty and vacuous.” Ramdeen said farmers owe the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) and suppliers of chemicals and machinery.
Some have had to lay off workers. “Rice has been delivered to the NFM but they gave absolutely no response with respect to these people. If they are not paid by Friday we are definitely going to court,” Ramdeen.
Mahabir told Newsday that NFM has been in talks with the Ministry of Agriculture over further payments. “As soon as we get the release, within 24 hours, we’ll make out cheques to them,” Mahabir said. The NFM CEO said he is aware farmers need a constant cash-flow and will be impacted by delays in payment, but he has received no notification of any “major concern” from NFM’s Finance Department.