Thursday, May 31, 2018

31st May,2018 daily global regional local rice e-newsletter

31st    May,2018  Daily Global Regional Local Rice E-Newsletter

Futurist and Historian to Headline USA Rice Outlook Conference 
ARLINGTON, VA -- The USA Rice Outlook Conference, the largest annual rice specific meeting in North America, will take place this year in San Diego with speakers looking into the future and our past.  USA Rice has announced food futurologist Dr. Morgaine Gaye as the keynote speaker for day one of the conference, and author and historian Daniel Stone as the keynote speaker for day two.

Dr. Gaye looks at food and eating from a social, cultural, economic, trend, branding, and geo-political perspective as far out as 10 years into the future.  Based in the United Kingdom, Dr. Gaye travels the world identifying trends and opportunities for global companies including Coke, Nestle, Mars, and Samsung.

Dr. Gaye will share with Outlook attendees her insights into how people are changing the way they shop, eat, and cook, and what it is going to mean for the rice industry in the future.  She will identify opportunities for the industry and niches we may not even yet have an idea will be out there.

Daniel Stone is a writer on environmental science, agriculture, and botany who will take a decided look back in his Outlook talk.  

Having written for National Geographic, Newsweek, Time Magazine, The Washington Post, and more, Stone most recently authored "The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats" about American food spy David Fairchild who introduced hundreds of crops to Americans including avocados, seedless grapes, soybeans, and other favorites.

Stone will share Fairchild's story and explain how he shaped the way Americans eat today, along with additional facts about modern agriculture, food, and taste he learned while researching the book.

"We are thrilled to present these two wonderful speakers with unique takes on our history and our future to Outlook attendees," said USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward.  "We will also be expanding our educational offerings, celebrating leaders in our industry, introducing the new Rice Leadership Development Program class, and sponsoring a packed trade show."

The USA Rice Outlook Conference will take place December 5-7, 2018 at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina.  For information on sponsoring, exhibiting, or registering, please visit

Rice Webinar:  Thursday May 31  

Tune in Thursday, May 31 at 3:00 p.m. Central Time, for a new rice webinar hosted by Dr. Bobby Coats, with the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness at the University of Arkansas.  USDA economist Rachel Trego will present the new 2018/19 forecasts published by USDA for the major grains, oilseeds, and cotton, including U.S. production, use, and exports, as well as global trends and developments with key competitors and markets.

here to register for the webinar.

Federal cabinet approves national internal security, transport, films and culture policies

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet on Tuesday approved the National Internal Security Policy 2018-2023, National Transport Policy of Pakistan, 2018, National Films Policy and National Culture Policy.
The federal cabinet met here at the Prime Minister (PM) House with PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair and approved the appointment of National Engineering Services Pakistan Limited (NESPAK) managing director and the board of directors of National Security Printing Corporation of Pakistan (NSPC).
Appointment of a director general of Civil Aviation Authority, on acting charge basis, was also approved in the meeting. The meeting ratified the decisions taken by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the cabinet in its meetings held on May 17 to 20.
Decisions of the Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCE), taken during its meetings held on May 7,8,9,10,11 and 14, were ratified. The meeting also ratified the decisions of the Cabinet Committee for Disposal of Legislative Cases (CCLC) in its meetings held on May 23 to 24.
The cabinet approved a memorandum of agreement between the Ministry of Commerce, Pakistan and the Department of Trade and Industry Government of the Republic of Philippines, on rice trade.
The meeting approved the name of Mujeeb Ahmed Khan for appointment as chairman of Intellectual Property Organisation of Pakistan. Re-constitution of IPO Policy Board was approved. The federal cabinet also approved appointments of District and Sessions Judge (D&SJ) Raja Qamar-uz-Zaman as judge at Banking Court-II Multan, D&SJ Muhammad Tanveer Akbar as judge at Banking Court-I Lahore, D&SJ Muzzamil Shah Khattak as judge at Banking Court-II, Peshawar, D&SJ Aamer Nazir Bhatti as judge at Banking Court, Abbottabad, Arshad Hussain Bhutta as judge Special Court (Customs, Taxation and Anti-Smuggling) Rawalpindi, and appointment of Judicial Member (BS-21) Customs Appellate Tribunal, Bench-II and Bench-III, Karachi.
Appointment of four members on the board of governors of Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan was approved. The meeting further approved expansion and appointments to the board of governors of Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF).The federal cabinet approved the issuance of Charter License, Class-II (Domestic) to K-2 Airways (Pvt) Ltd.
Discussing the issue of Cane Purchase Receipt (CPR), the meeting emphasised the need for streamlining the payment mechanism to the farmers and suggested that the provincial governments may ensure that instead of being issued CPRs or blank paper receipts, bank cheques should be issued to the farmers by the sugar mills.
Moreover, the meeting approved a proposal for transfer of the subjects of boy scouts and girl guides, youth activities and movements and scholarship schemes from the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination to the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training. The cabinet approved reconstitution of the 8th Wage Board for Newspapers Employees by appointing two additional members on the board.
A proposal for reconstitution of the board for the Board of Investment was also approved. In addition, amendment in the rules of Acceding States (Abolition of Privy Purses and Privileges) Order, 1972 (President’s Order No 15 of 1972)- enhancement of maintenance allowance was approved.
The federal cabinet also approved Cancer Control Programme formulated by the Ministry of National Health Services Regulation and Coordination.
Philippines Approves 805,200 Tons of Rice Imports Under Quota Scheme
The Philippines' state grains procurement agency on Tuesday (29/05) gave the go-ahead for local traders to import up to 805,200 tons of rice. (Reuters Photo/Romeo Ranoco)
By : Enrico dela Cruz | on 3:00 AM May 30, 2018
Category : InternationalAsia-Pacific
Manila. The Philippines' state grains procurement agency on Tuesday (29/05) gave the go-ahead for local traders to import up to 805,200 tons of rice under an annual quota scheme, which should boost domestic supply and keep rising prices in check. The imports, which should be shipped in starting July, would bring total rice purchases approved this year to 1.3 million tons, including half-a-million tons that the National Food Authority (NFA) has bought to replenish its depleted buffer stock.
The Southeast Asian country, a frequent rice buyer, is seeking to stabilize retail prices of the national staple that have risen by as much as 7 percent from a year ago amid the absence of the low-priced NFA supply in the local market.
Higher rice prices have added pressure to Philippine inflation, which accelerated in April to the highest in at least five years.
The NFA expects its imports to start arriving this week.
Under the import guidelines posted on the NFA's website, traders are allowed to import 25 percent broken white rice or a better variety, with a 35 percent tariff. Delivery should be completed by February next year.
The country-specific quota scheme allows traders to import up to 293,100 tons from Vietnam and the same volume from Thailand.
They can buy up to 50,000 tons from China, another 50,000 tons from India, and the same volume from Pakistan.
Up to 15,000 tons can come from Australia, up to 4,000 tons from El Salvador and the balance of 50,000 tons from any country.

Uzbekistan to reduce area of rice fields due to water problems

30 May 2018 12:46 (UTC+04:00)
By Kamila Aliyeva
Uzbekistan intends to reduce the area of rice fields from 162,000 to 94,000 hectares due to water shortage.
This became known following the results of a video-conference chaired by Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev held in the capital on May 29.
The meeting stressed that this year there were relatively few precipitations in the country, and that caused a shortage of water in most regions, which requires its more rational use.
“In this regard, there was a need to reduce rice fields from 162,000 to 94,000 hectares, provide farmers of the Khorezm region with 7,500 hectares of land in the Syrdarya region, which has no problems in water supply, and farmers of Karakalpakstan with 5,500 hectares of land in Djizak region - for the cultivation of rice as a re-culture,” the presidential press service said.
Besides, in Kashkadarya, Samarkand, Bukhara, Navoi regions and Karakalpakstan, where water shortages are expected, the areas for repeated crops will be reduced by 30,000, 42,000, 20,000, 14,000 and 10,000 hectares, respectively, Sputnik reported.
It is necessary to pay attention to the cultivation of mush, beans and other undemanding to water crops in these regions, including forage crops with their placement near water sources, according to the Uzbek president. Heads of relevant ministries and departments are given specific instructions for the timely and effective organization of these works.
In the first four weeks of May prices for rice in Uzbekistan rose sharply. According to the Central Bank, the cost of this crop has increased by 16.7 percent. The main reasons for the increase in prices, according to the regulator, were the expected dry year, a deficit of irrigation water in comparison with previous years, a possible reduction in crop areas, as well as deferring the supply of rice from the side of the harvesters.
Kamila Aliyeva is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Kami_Aliyeva
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Chinese researchers expand test of saline soil rice


Researchers Monday expanded the testing of rice growing with saline-alkali soil across China to choose breeds with quality and optimum yield.According to Zhang Guodong, deputy director of Qingdao's saline-alkali tolerant rice research and development center,in eastern Shandong Province, the new tests almost cover all major types of saline-alkali soil in China.
The six testing bases are located across Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and the provinces of Heilongjiang, Shandong, Zhejiang, and Shaanxi.
"The tests will examine the performance, yield, taste, and cost of saline-alkali tolerant rice on different types of saline soil," said Zhang.A section of land at each testing base will be used for soil amelioration using a technique created by the Qingdao center. It is expected to transform the saline land into arable land within two to three years.Yuan Longping, China's "Father of Hybrid Rice" who helped found the Qingdao center, said that if 100 million mu (6.7 million hectares) of saline land can be used to grow saline-alkali tolerant rice, the country could produce an extra of 30 billion kg of rice if production per mu reaches 300 kg.

On Monday, the center also announced the completion of yield test of its first batch of drought-resistant rice varieties in Dubai. The rice breed can produce more than 500 kg per mu.

The USFDA is the third regulatory body to give its nod to Golden Rice | Max Pixel
US food and drug regulator approves Golden Rice for consumption; among Asian nation, Philippines and Bangladesh lead in research and testing of GR2E.
Bengaluru: The US food and drug regulator has approved the world’s first genetically modified rice, called Golden Rice, for consumption amid a raging controversy over GM food.
Developed over the past 20 years, the GR2E Golden Rice has been touted as a solution to Vitamin-A deficiency (VAD) in many underdeveloped and developing nations, especially in Asia where rice is often the staple food.
2008 study on malnutrition found that VAD, which exhibits symptoms such as blindness and dwarfism, kills over six lakh children every year.
In our neighbourhood, the Philippines and Bangladesh lead in the research and testing of GR2E.
The USFDA is the third regulatory body to give its nod to Golden Rice, named for its yellow-golden colour, after approvals from The Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) and Health Canada in February and March this year respectively.

Early history

Back in 1999, two scientists — Ingo Potrykus of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Peter Beyer of the University of Freiburg — published a paper introducing the first version of Golden Rice (Oryza sativa ). They had introduced the DNA of daffodils and bacteria in regular rice, making it a pale yellow colour instead of pure white.
Then field trials were conducted in the US, the Philippines, and Taiwan in 2001, and more recently in Bangladesh in 2015, which confirmed that the crop could produce nearly five times as much beta-carotene as crops in greenhouses.
Later in 2005, a Swiss company called Syngenta (now acquired by ChemChina) merged Golden Rice genes that produce carotenes with those of maize, resulting in more than 20 times improved production of beta-carotenes in the new variety.
Now, the GR2E is being developed by the non-profit International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines.


The campaign against GR2E was partly misinformed, partly politically motivated. Green Rice was probably one of the earliest, if not the only, GM crop where the debate is no longer about pest resistance and chemical fertilizers, but about benefits.
One argument is that the benefits of GR2E are too little. But this isn’t the case at all. Several studies have shown that GR2E provides enough Vitamin A to combat VAD with a minimal amount of rice, just over half a cup a day.
Detractors also offer alternative sources for Vitamin A such as sweet potatoes, but such foods are not available in all seasons or affordable to everyone. Contrary to popular belief, carrots do not have as much Vitamin A as one would think.
Greenpeace is probably the biggest critic of any GM crop developed. Its primary argument is that the crop does not benefit farmers, only commercial enterprises. But data disproves this. GR2E has a cap of commercial use set at $10,000. Farmers or any consumers are allowed to plant and replant this crop as long as they don’t exceed this amount in profits. Farmers are also allowed to keep the seeds and replant them. Furthermore, licences are free as well.


Bangladesh and the Philippines lead the path to releasing the first GR2E variety for consumption. IRRI is also currently working to create healthier rice varieties that contain improved quantities of iron, zinc, and beta-carotene.
“Each regulatory application that Golden Rice completes with national regulatory agencies takes us one step closer to bringing Golden Rice to the people who need it the most,” said IRRI director general Matthew Morell.
“The rigorous safety standards observed by the US FDA and other agencies provide a model for decision-making in all countries wishing to reap the benefits of Golden Rice,” he added.

New early-maturing rice released

BRRI dhan87 to yield 6.5 tons a hectare
Independent Online Desk

Bangladesh Rice Research Institute has developed an early maturing highly productive monsoon rice variety suitable for Aman season.
National Seed Board (NSB) in its meeting on Wednesday gave release approval to the grain – BRRI dhan87 – which has been bred through a cross between BRRI released earlier rice variety, BRRI dhan29 and a wild rice called Oryza rufipogon.   
BRRI scientists told UNB that the newly released variety BRRI dhan87 will mature up to 7 days earlier than BRRI dhan49, which BRRI had released 10 years back as an Aman variety. The duration of the new one is found to 125 to 130 days comparing to 135 days required for BRRI dhan49 to grow.
As against BRRI dhan49’s per hectare productivity of five tons, the BRRI dhan87 will grow 6.5 tons a hectare. The new variety’s yield potential (6.5 tons/hectare) is at par Bangladesh’s most popular Aman season rice variety Mukta (BR 11). It’s a welcome move as largely degenerated Mukta, released nearly 38 years ago, badly required a good varietal replacement.    
BRRI dhan87 has tough culm, light green leaf, and long, wide and erect flag leaf. The panicles are long and remain visible through flag leaves during ripening.  The grain is long and the kernel is straight. The market price of the rice will be higher as the kernel is long and slender. This is export quality rice.
Pest and disease infestation in BRRI dhan87 is comparatively lesser than other conventional varieties, said BRRI scientists. unb

Biggest rice crop in four years expected in SWLA

Wednesday, May 30th 2018, 9:27 pm PKTWednesday, May 30th 2018, 9:32 pm PKT
By Dakota Watson
The biggest rice yields in four years are expected by rice farmers across Southwest Louisiana.
The LSU AgCenter held its first rice field day of the year in Iowa to keep farmers up to date with the latest recommended practices.
Several experts gave presentations and advice on how to prevent diseases and pests to produce the most yields.
Dustin Harrell, the state’s extension rice specialist, says they were worried about production at the start of the year, but are now expecting big results.
“It stayed colder a lot longer than it normally does here in Southwest Louisiana," Harrell said. "But then as soon as that left, it went from winter to summer almost immediately, and when that happened our rice really began to take off and grow well.”
Harrell also stated that while an agreement has been in place for the United States to sell rice to China for about a year, progress has stalled.
Harrell says with the current trade negotiations, it looks as though rice farmers across the country will have to wait even longer to tap into China’s rice industry.
Here is a list of the rest of the field days in the series:
·       May 31, Evangeline Parish rice field day at the Bieber Farm, 1 mile west of Mamou on Bieber Road, starting at 8:30 a.m.
·       June 5, Vermilion Parish rice field day at the Lounsberry Farm east of Lake Arthur on La. Highway 14, starting at 4 p.m. followed by supper at the Klondike Fire Station.
·       June 13, Acadia Parish rice field day at the South Farm of the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station, starting at 8:30 a.m.
·       June 27, Rice Research Station. Field tours start at 7:15 a.m. and the last trailer will leave at 9 a.m., followed by a poster session and indoor presentations.
·       July 18, Northeast Louisiana rice field day at the Colvin Farm at 632 Scales Road, Rayville, followed by indoor presentations at the Rayville Civic Center at 817 Louisa St., Rayville, 9 a.m. until noon

Vietnamese group wins Japonica rice export contracts to RoK

VNA WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2018 - 11:17:00 
Tan Long's rice processing plant (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) –
 Vietnam’s Tan Long Group has won three contracts to sell 50,000 tonnes of Japonica rice to Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corp of the Republic of Korea, 70 percent of the bidding volume.

Tan Long has entered the rice export market in recent years.

Its rice processing plant is located in Lap Vo district in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap with capacity of 180,000 – 200,000 tonnes of rice per year.

The company’s traditional markets are the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Recently, it has been able to access the Republic of Korea – a choosy market with strict regulations on quality and date of delivery.

Japonica is a high-quality round grain variety, which has been cultivated in the Mekong Delta for the past 10 years.

Since late 2016, Tan Long Group has won bids to provide this kind of rice to the RoK.

In 2017, the group won two contracts to export more than 41,000 tonnes of rice to the market.

The outcomes were attributed to the company’s efforts to build a rice production chain in the Mekong Delta – the rice bowl of Vietnam.

It aims to connect farmers with rice processing plants to expand the production of high-quality rice for exports by applying new modern technology.

Vietnam earned 1.1 billion USD from exporting 2.16 million tonnes of rice in the first four months of 2018, up 35.7 percent in value and 21.7 percent in volume.

China remained the biggest rice importer of Vietnam with 29.1 percent of the rice market share, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Average export price for rice showed a year-on-year rise of 15 percent to touch 501 USD per tonne, thanks largely to improved quality.

High-quality rice comprised up to 81 percent of rice export volume, the ministry said, forecasting the world’s rice market will see a decrease in supply and increase in demand in the near future.

In 2018, Vietnam is forecast to ship 6.5 million tonnes of rice abroad, up 700,000 tonnes compared to 2017.

According to Vietnam’s Rice Market Development Strategy, one of the country’s goals is to gradually reduce the rice export volume but increase the value of exported rice.

Vietnamese rice is now exported to more than 130 markets worldwide.-VNA

Seawater rice goes to Middle East

2018-05-30 11:21:05Global TimesEditor : Li Yan

New variety to be widely promoted in China by 2020

China is promoting its seawater rice in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, hoping to help feed more people in countries with large portion of saline-alkaline land, the research team told the Global Times on Tuesday.  
A total of 176 varieties of seawater rice are being tested on five types of saline-alkaline land in China, including Kashgar in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Daqing in Heilongjiang Province, Dongying and Qingdao in Shandong Province and Wenzhou in Zhejiang Province. A saline and deteriorating farmland in Yan'an, Shaanxi Province is another test ground for the seawater rice, CCTV reported. 
Researchers will screen better rice varieties suitable for different climates and various degrees of salinity and alkalinity, Zhang Guodong, the deputy director of the Sea-Rice Research and Development Center in Qingdao, told the Global Times on Tuesday.
The seawater rice along with its standard planting technique can be widely promoted across China by 2020 after the first national standard seawater rice breed was approved in 2019, Zhang said. 
Seawater rice or salt-alkali-tolerant rice is designed to grow in tidal flats and saline-alkaline land and can survive after being immersed in seawater. The project was led by Yuan Longping, who has been dubbed as China's "father of hybrid rice."
Aside from China, the team is also considering promoting seawater rice in Middle Eastern countries, such as the United Arab Emirates, and Southeast and South Asian countries, including Vietnam, Sri Lanka and India, Zhang told the Global Times. 
"We hope to get financial support under the Belt and Road initiative framework for a 100 hectare of seawater rice experimental plot in the desert of Dubai, which will start planting at the end of June," Zhang said, adding that "some Chinese banks in Dubai expressed their willingness to finance our project."
China and the UAE plan to jointly promote seawater rice in the Middle East and northern African countries by establishing a seawater rice promotion center, Zhang added.
Experimental seawater rice planted in January in Dubai is expected to yield more than 500 kilograms per mu, the Science and Technology Daily reported
Li Xinqi, a research fellow at the China National Hybrid Rice R&D Center, told the Global Times that seawater rice is vital to China's food security. If the technique spreads across the world, it will also largely contribute to people's food supply as part of China's agricultural "Go Out" strategy.
"If the seawater rice expands to 100 million mu with the lowest rate of 300 kilograms per mu, rice production would increase by another 30 billion kilograms, and 80 million more people could be fed," Yuan said. 

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Buhari: Three years in the saddle


Despite the knocks for his administration, President Muhammadu Buhari insists that his administration has worked hard to meet the expectations of Nigerians in the last three years, FELIX NWANERI reports

With great expectations, Nigerians ushered in the Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) government on May 29, 2015 after 16 years unbroken rule by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The euphoria that greeted the government was not unexpected. Many had blamed the nation’s woes on “PDP’s misrule” and it was expected that the APC government would turn things around within a short time.
The then opposition party had made a catalogue of promises during the campaigns and there was no doubt among the populace that Buhari, a former military leader, was unaware of the heavy burden he must shoulder to turn the tide given his tortuous road to presidency.
Buhari, particularly assured Nigerians that he will bring positive changes in the lives of Nigerians within two years as his desire for change has not diminished. His promises revolved around three key issues – fight against corruption, insecurity and job creation. According to his blueprint, part of his strategies and plans, especially in the area of corruption, is to draw a line to ensure that the cankerworm, which has remained the bane of Nigeria’s development, is dealt with.
On the economy, he said: “We have lined up programmes on how to tackle unemployment. We are going to assemble a team of professionals for wealth creation and employment for our teeming youths. We will also put a mechanism in place to improve on the economy. Our main objective is to make sure that agriculture and other non-oil sectors get priority to create opportunities for Nigerians, so that whether educated or not, they have gainful employment.”
He also assured on security, saying: “Whatever we are going to do, we have to secure Nigeria first. What we are witnessing in the North-East, where people are being killed is not acceptable. We know that the Nigerian military is capable of bringing peace and stability to this country. They need to be given the leadership and that is what I promise, if elected.”
But most Nigerians believe that not much has changed after two years of the APC-led Federal Government. The discontent that compelled Nigerians to vote out the PDP in the last general elections is yet to be addressed.
For a man, who had in his inaugural speech said he was ready to make a change, Buhari seems to have dashed the hopes of even some of his die-hard supporters, who had hope that it was a new beginning on his assumption of office.
Besides inability to meet expectations, issues have been raised about Buhari being in charge. The opposition equally believes that the APC government has failed to meet the expectations of the people. The main opposition party, PDP, is of the view that the Buhari-led administration had rather made living more difficult for Nigerians.
Despite the knocks for his administration, President Buhari insists that his administration has worked hard to meet the expectations of Nigerians.
Minister of information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who spoke at a press conference to mark the third year anniversary of the Buhari administration, said the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government has recorded several achievements that are beginning to impact positively on the lives of Nigerians.
His words: “Let me say, unequivocally that this administration has kept its social contract with the Nigerian people by delivering on its campaign promises. We are putting our nation on the path of sustainable growth and development, diversifying our economy like never before, tackling corruption at its very core and devising creative measures to secure lives and property.
“After just three years, Nigeria is rising again like a phoenix from the ashes of years of massive looting of the national treasury, misgovernance and fallen oil prices. Under the able, focused and patriotic leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, this administration has recorded many firsts in so short a time, achievements that are beginning to impact positively on the lives of Nigerians.”
The minister maintained that no government in the history of Nigeria has ever done so much with so little, adding that while naysayers pretended to be blind to achievements of the administration, Nigerians who are being positively impacted by the good works of President Buhari applaud and appreciate his efforts.
He said: “Where many saw challenges, we saw opportunities. Where many saw impossibilities, we saw possibilities. We surmounted every opposition on our path to deliver on our promises to Nigerians. While naysayers pretended to be blind to our achievements, Nigerians who are being positively impacted by the good works of President Buhari applaud and appreciate our efforts, from the feedback we are getting.
“They know and acknowledge the sincerity, transparency and accountability of the Buhari administration. They know and support the administration’s diversification effort, which is paying off. We must be able to own our own future. We cannot be a hostage to oil price or production levels. That means taking back control of our economy and making it productive, and delivering value for all of our people. That’s exactly what we are doing.”
Citing some of what he described as “unprecedented achievements” of the present administration, Mohammed said: “In just three years, the Buhari administration has taken power generation to an all-time high of 7,000MW, from the 2,690, which we inherited. In just three years, the Buhari administration has taken distributable power to an all-time high of 5,000MW. In just three years, this administration has moved Nigeria closer to self-sufficiency in rice more than an administration before it. It’s just two years away from meeting its target production of 6 million metric tonnes of milled rice, meeting Nigeria’s consumption.

“In just three years, this administration has increased the number of rice farmers from five million to an all-time high over 11 million. In just three years, this administration has cut Nigeria’s rice import bill of $1.65 billion annually by 90 per cent, the highest such cut ever. In just three years, this administration has slashed leakages in government spending that made corruption possible, thanks to the diligent implementation of the Treasury Singles Account (TSA) and the hugely-successful Whistle-Blower Policy.

“In just three years, this administration is feeding 8.2 million pupils in 45,394 schools in 24 states, employing 87,261 cooks in the process. In just three years, this administration has been paying conditional cash transfer of N5,000 monthly to 297,973 poorest and most vulnerable households. In just three years, this administration has delivered 10 million, 50kg bags of feritilizer at a low price N5,500 (for 2017 alone). The country now has annual savings of US$200 million in foreign exchange and 60 billion annually in budgetary provisions for fertilizer subsidies.
“In just three years, this administration is turning around the nation’s infrastructural fortunes, including power, roads and rail, thanks to the unprecedented N2.7 trillion ($9 billion) that has been spent on infrastructure. In just three years, this administration has raised capital expenditure in the yearly national budget to an unprecedented 30 per cent on the average.”
On the issue of security, the minister said the Buhari administration has retaken every inch of Nigeria’s territory from insurgents, flushed them out of their safe havens and put them on the run. “To a large extent, security and normalcy have been restored to the North-East. The Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), aimed at combating trans-border crime and the Boko Haram insurgency, has been rejuvenated.

MAV importation of 805,000 MT of rice set in June

 May 31, 2018, 2:23 PM
By Madelaine B. Miraflor
If the supply of rice in the Philippines has been on a downtrend in the past months, this scenario will completely change starting June as the country anticipates the arrival of imported rice done through a series of importation.
For instance, the bidding for the importation of 805,000 metric tons (MT) of rice under the Minimum Access Volume (MAV) scheme of the World Trade Organization (WTO) is scheduled in two weeks’ time.
This will be on top of the importation of 500,000 MT of rice through a government-to-government and government-to-private bidding that just recently took place, according to the National Food Authority (NFA).
The first tranche of imported rice from Thailand and Vietnam should start arriving this week until June 15, 2018, while the imported volume under open tender scheme is expected to arrive not later than July 31 for the first 200,000 MT and not later than August 31 for the remaining 50,000 MT, said NFA sources.

All of this, while the overall output for the country’s palay production is expected to slightly improve in the first half of the year.
Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said that palay production for January to June 2018 may reach 8.67 million MT, 1.20 percent higher than the 8.57 million MT output in 2017.
Slapped with a lower tariff, MAV refers to the volume of commodities that is allowed to be imported by a member country as a commitment to WTO.
Rice importation under this new program is pursuant to Republic Act No. 8178, or an act replacing quantitative import restrictions (QR) on agriculture products, except rice, with tariffs.
To compensate for the expiration of QR, the Philippine government unilaterally extended the MAV commitments of 805,200 MT and corresponding tariff concessions to maintain special treatment through Executive Order No. 23 (EO 23).
The MAV and tariff concessions will remain in place until December 31, 2020 or until an amendment to the Agricultural Tariffication Act, which exempts rice from tariff is passed.
Based on the recent guidelines released by the National Food Authority (NFA), private traders can soon import as much as 805,000 MT of white rice under MAV.
The auction has been scheduled on June 14.
All rice to be imported under this scheme shall be levied with 35 percent tariff to be paid in advance with the Land Bank of the Philippines.
Based on the guidelines, shipment of rice imports will be divided into two phases —  first of which should arrive in the country from July 1, 2018 until August 31, 2018, while the last shipment should be here by December 20, 2018 until February 28, 2019.
Rice traders are allowed to source from countries with a specific quota and from omnibus origin, or other rice-producing countries.
Under the MAV Country Specific Quota (MAV-CSQ), traders may import 50,000 MT from China; 50,000 MT from India; 50,000 MT from Pakistan; 15,000 MT from Australia; 4,000 MT from El Salvador; 293,100 MT from Thailand, and 293,100 from Vietnam.
Vietnamese group wins Japonica rice export contracts to RoK
Vietnam’s Tan Long Group has won three contracts to sell 50,000 tonnes of Japonica rice to Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corp of the Republic of Korea, 70 percent of the bidding volume.

Tan Long's rice processing plant

Tan Long has entered the rice export market in recent years.
Its rice processing plant is located in Lap Vo district in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap with capacity of 180,000 – 200,000 tonnes of rice per year.
The company’s traditional markets are the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Recently, it has been able to access the Republic of Korea – a choosy market with strict regulations on quality and date of delivery.
Japonica is a high-quality round grain variety, which has been cultivated in the Mekong Delta for the past 10 years. 
Since late 2016, Tan Long Group has won bids to provide this kind of rice to the RoK.
In 2017, the group won two contracts to export more than 41,000 tonnes of rice to the market.
The outcomes were attributed to the company’s efforts to build a rice production chain in the Mekong Delta – the rice bowl of Vietnam.
It aims to connect farmers with rice processing plants to expand the production of high-quality rice for exports by applying new modern technology.
Vietnam earned 1.1 billion USD from exporting 2.16 million tonnes of rice in the first four months of 2018, up 35.7 percent in value and 21.7 percent in volume.
China remained the biggest rice importer of Vietnam with 29.1 percent of the rice market share, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Average export price for rice showed a year-on-year rise of 15 percent to touch 501 USD per tonne, thanks largely to improved quality.
High-quality rice comprised up to 81 percent of rice export volume, the ministry said, forecasting the world’s rice market will see a decrease in supply and increase in demand in the near future.
In 2018, Vietnam is forecast to ship 6.5 million tonnes of rice abroad, up 700,000 tonnes compared to 2017.
According to Vietnam’s Rice Market Development Strategy, one of the country’s goals is to gradually reduce the rice export volume but increase the value of exported rice.
Vietnamese rice is now exported to more than 130 markets worldwide.-VNA

Border rice export declines as China reduces MSP

Submitted by ttwin on Wed, 05/30/2018 - 16:27
Writer: Zeyar Nyein
Rice export via border route had decreased over the past two months as China reduced minimum support price (MSP), said Lu Maw Myint Maung, general secretary of Myanmar Rice Federation. "Maritime trade is regular. But border export declined in April and May this year. This is because China has reduced MSP," said he said.
Up to May 11 this 2018-2019 fiscal year, 278,963.160 tons of rice and broken rice were exported, earning US$96.752 million, according to the Ministry of Commerce. Over 114,400 tons of the total were exported by sea and over 164,500 tons through border route.
It has been targeted to reach 4 million tons of rice in export in three years with expected earnings of US$1.5 billion.
Thanks to extended rice markets 3.6 tons of rice could be exported in the previous 2017-2018 FY, reaching record high in over 50 years.  

Rice Prices

as on : 31-05-2018 12:27:27 PM

Arrivals in tonnes;prices in Rs/quintal in domestic market.
Indus(Bankura Sadar)(WB)
Published on May 31, 2018
Nagpur Foodgrain Prices Open- May 30, 2018
MAY 30, 2018 / 1:39 PM
agpur Foodgrain Prices – APMC/Open Market-May 30, 2018

Nagpur, May 30 (Reuters) – Gram and tuar prices showed weak tendency in Nagpur Agriculture
Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) on poor buying support from local millers amid increased
supply from producing belts. Downward trend on NCDEX, easy condition in Madhya Pradesh pulses
and high moisture content arrival also affected prices. 
About 4,500 bags of gram and 800 bags of tuar reported for auction in Nagpur APMC, according to

    * Desi gram reported down in open market here in absence of buyers.

    * Tuar varieties ruled steady in open market here on subdued demand from local
      traders amid ample stock in ready position.

    * Major rice varieties quoted weak in open market here on lack of demand from
      local traders amid good arrival from producing belts.  
   * In Akola, Tuar New – 4,400-4,450, Tuar dal (clean) – 6,000-6,300, Udid Mogar (clean)
    – 6,500-7,500, Moong Mogar (clean) 7,200-8,100, Gram – 3,600-3,700, Gram Super best
    – 4,600-4,800

   * Wheat and other foodgrain items moved in a narrow range in
     scattered deals and settled at last levels in weak trading activity.
 Nagpur foodgrains APMC auction/open-market prices in rupees for 100 kg
     FOODGRAINS                 Available prices     Previous close  
     Gram Auction                  3,000-3,350         3,000-3,370
     Gram Pink Auction            n.a.           2,100-2,600
     Tuar Auction                3,400-3,928         3,440-3,990
     Moong Auction                n.a.                3,900-4,200
     Udid Auction                n.a.           4,300-4,500
     Masoor Auction                n.a.              2,600-2,800
     Wheat Mill quality Auction        1,600-1,734         1,600-1,735
     Gram Super Best Bold            5,000-5,500        5,000-5,500
     Gram Super Best            n.a.            n.a.
     Gram Medium Best            4,500-4,800        4,500-4,800
     Gram Dal Medium            n.a.            n.a
     Gram Mill Quality            3,500-3,575        3,500-3,575
     Desi gram Raw                3,500-3,550         3,500-3,575
     Gram Kabuli                8,000-10,000        8,000-10,000
     Tuar Fataka Best-New             6,100-6,300        6,100-6,300
     Tuar Fataka Medium-New        5,800-6,000        5,800-6,000
     Tuar Dal Best Phod-New        5,700-5,900        5,700-5,900
     Tuar Dal Medium phod-New        5,200-5,600        5,200-5,600
     Tuar Gavarani New             4,250-4,300        4,250-4,300
     Tuar Karnataka             4,500-4,600        4,500-4,600
     Masoor dal best            4,800-5,000        4,800-5,000
     Masoor dal medium            4,500-4,700        4,500-4,700
     Masoor                    n.a.            n.a.
     Moong Mogar bold (New)        7,500-8,200         7,500-8,200
     Moong Mogar Medium            6,500-7,200        6,500-7,200
     Moong dal Chilka            6,000-7,000        6,000-7,000
     Moong Mill quality            n.a.            n.a.
     Moong Chamki best            7,500-8,500        7,500-8,500
     Udid Mogar best (100 INR/KG) (New) 7,000-8,000       7,000-8,000
     Udid Mogar Medium (100 INR/KG)    5,000-6,000        5,000-6,000   
     Udid Dal Black (100 INR/KG)        5,200-5,500        5,200-5,500    
     Batri dal (100 INR/KG)        5,150-5,550        5,150-5,500
     Lakhodi dal (100 INR/kg)          2,700-2,800         2,700-2,800
     Watana Dal (100 INR/KG)            3,800-4,000        3,800-4,000
     Watana Green Best (100 INR/KG)    5,300-5,600        5,300-5,600  
     Wheat 308 (100 INR/KG)        2,000-2,100        2,000-2,100
     Wheat Mill quality (100 INR/KG)    1,950-2,050        1,950-2,050  
     Wheat Filter (100 INR/KG)         2,250-2,400           2,250-2,400         
     Wheat Lokwan best (100 INR/KG)    2,300-2,450        2,300-2,450   
     Wheat Lokwan medium (100 INR/KG)   2,100-2,200        2,100-2,250
     Lokwan Hath Binar (100 INR/KG)    n.a.            n.a.
     MP Sharbati Best (100 INR/KG)    3,200-4,000        3,200-4,000   
     MP Sharbati Medium (100 INR/KG)    2,400-2,800        2,400-2,800          
     Rice Parmal (100 INR/KG)        2,000-2,100        2,000-2,100
     Rice BPT best (100 INR/KG)        3,100-3,700        3,200-3,800   
     Rice BPT medium (100 INR/KG)        2,600-2,800        2,700-2,900       
     Rice Luchai (100 INR/KG)         2,700-2,900        2,900-2,900     
     Rice Swarna best (100 INR/KG)      2,500-2,700        2,600-2,800  
     Rice Swarna medium (100 INR/KG)      2,400-2,500        2,500-2,600    
     Rice HMT best (100 INR/KG)        4,200-4,500        4,200-4,600    
     Rice HMT medium (100 INR/KG)        3,700-4,000        3,800-4,000       
     Rice Shriram best(100 INR/KG)      5,300-5,700        5,300-5,800
     Rice Shriram med (100 INR/KG)    4,600-5,000        4,600-5,100      
     Rice Basmati best (100 INR/KG)    9,500-14,000        9,500-14,000    
     Rice Basmati Medium (100 INR/KG)    5,000-7,500        5,000-7,500   
     Rice Chinnor best 100 INR/KG)    6,200-6,500        6,200-6,500   
     Rice Chinnor medium (100 INR/KG)    5,800-6,000        5,800-6,000       
     Jowar Gavarani (100 INR/KG)        2,000-2,200        2,000-2,100   
     Jowar CH-5 (100 INR/KG)         1,800-2,000        1,700-2,000

Maximum temp. 46.7 degree Celsius, minimum temp. 29.7 degree Celsius
Rainfall : nil
FORECAST: Heat wave likely. Maximum and minimum temperature would be around and 44 and 29 degree
Celsius respectively.

Note: n.a.--not available
(For oils, transport costs are excluded from plant delivery prices, but
included in market prices)

Grain processing machinery market deep dive

New study by PMMI Business Intelligence looks at consumer trends and how they influence machinery purchases.
By Jim Chrzan, VP Content/Brand Strategy
The value of the grain machinery market is estimated to have been $0.4 billion in 2016 in the United States; IHS Markit forecasts it to grow with 2.0% CAGR from 2016 to 2021.
The US is the largest cultivator of corn and its grain farming includes more than 5 million farms in the country, where corn competes against crushed oilseed as a livestock food source. US grain farms also include oilseed and vegetable crops, and the farmers tend to plant and harvest crops with the highest yield and payout. The US market for grain processing machineries is divided into two main product types: grain harvesting machineries and crop harvesting machineries.
The demand for grain processing machineries in the US is driven by government policies and consumer trends in eating habits. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides official marketing standards for grains and oilseeds, which require exported grains such as corn, mixed grains, oats, canola, barley, rye, sunflower seed, wheat, etc. be officially inspected and weighed. These standards are established under the United States Grain Standards Act.
With the increasing demand for non-synthetic natural food preservation methods, there is an increase in demand for semi continuous High Pressure Processing (HPP) technology for rice and grains processing, as these types of machinery are used to remove allergen proteins from rice grains, destroy pathogens, and extend the life of food substances. Although small manufacturers are not able to afford these high-cost HPP machines, they are provided on a commercial tolling basis in the US.
There is an increasing demand for oscillating granulator and high shear mixer granulator machineries in the US market, as these machineries are used to granulate food substances with wet and dry granulation. They also further grade foods and sort products by shape, size, and quality, and remove spoiled food from fresh products.
Source: PMMI Business Intelligence, “2018 Food and Beverage Processing Machinery Report.”
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'Senmaida': Scenic rice terraces evoking old Japan

May 30  06:02 am JST  Comments
By Vicki L Beyer
The Shiroyone Rice Terraces are a highlight of Ichikawa's Noto Peninsula.  Photo: VICKI L BEYERTravel
Japan is comprised of mountainous, volcanic islands with less than 20% arable land. Since Japan's staple food for more than 3,000 years has been rice, building rice paddies by terracing the mountain slopes was once essential to maximizing food production. While these terraced paddies are often small and therefore difficult to cultivate using modern machinery, there are still several areas in Japan where local farmers are using them. They are not only productive, but scenic as well.  
Where large numbers of terraced rice paddies cover a hillside, the area is known as tanada (terraced paddies) or senmaida (a thousand rice paddies). Many are quite remotely located, so that visiting by car is advised, but some are accessible by public transportation and recommended to the intrepid tourist looking to see the essence of "old Japan". Below is a sampling.
Chiba: Oyama Senmaida

The Oyama Senmaida are located in Kamogawa, making them accessible as a day trip from Tokyo. Although there aren't actually 1,000 rice paddies here (apparently the number is closer to 350), it's one of the largest networks of rice paddies this close to Tokyo. The 800-year-old terraces have also been designated as a Chiba Prefectural Landmark and as a "cultural landscape."
Oyama terraces are lit up at night in winter.  Photo: VICKI L BEYER
Perhaps because of these designations and the proximity to Tokyo, the local community that manages the paddies hosts a number of events throughout the year to keep the area interesting to tourists, including a winter and late summer light up using small solar-powered lights placed on the edges of the terraces. It is quite soothing to watch the twilight fade as the solar lights get stronger bringing the terraces into relief. Other events include indigo dyeing, mochi (rice cake) pounding and paper-making.
Access: An easy drive from Tokyo, especially using the Aqua Line tunnel. To use public transportation, take the JR Sotobo Line to Awa-Kamogawa Station. From the east exit, take the bus bound for Hiratsuka Hongo and get off at Kamanuma (20-30 minute ride). From there it's about a 20-minute walk. 
Ichikawa: Shiroyone Rice Terraces
The Shiroyone Rice Terraces are a highlight of Ichikawa's Noto Peninsula. Here there are actually 1,000 (well, 1,004, to be precise) paddies, mostly running down the steep slope between Highway 249 and the Japan Sea shoreline. It is a dramatic sight in any season, but is apparently most popular during its winter light-up (mid-October to mid-March), when the tiny paddies are rimmed with solar lights that change color every 30 minutes. This network was predominately developed in the 17th century and doesn't seem to have fallen out of use as much as some other terraces in more remote parts of Japan. It is part of the Noto Peninsula's agricultural system registered with Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems, which is administered by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Access: Easily accessed by car from Kanazawa or Wajima, but there is also a bus: the Machino Line, Hokutetsu Oku Noto Bus from Wajima; get off at Shiroyone (30-40 minutes).
Mie: Maruyama Senmaida

Deep in the mountains of southern Mie Prefecture, yet just a dozen kilometers from the west coast of the Kii Peninsula lies the Maruyama Senmaida. This network of more than 1,300 rice paddies was built on the steep mountainside over a period of 400 years. According to local records, in the 16th century, there were more 2,200 paddies. Some of the paddies are so small that a local legend tells of someone who once counted them, came up one short, and found the missing paddy under an open umbrella.
By the 1990s, this senmaida was down to just 500 paddies in cultivation, and then local preservation efforts began. Local events such as a planting festival in May and a "send away the bugs" dance in July (including evening illumination) help attract visitors. During my mid-winter visit, plush mannequins in various costumes were posed around the paddies.  
Access: This is quite a remote location, best reached by car (don't use the Tripadvisor map--you'll end up in the wrong place). There is a bus from Kumano-shi Station (bound for Seiryu-so Onsen; get off at Senmaida/Toritoge-Iriguchi and walk 30 minutes.) Although there is a small parking area/viewing platform near the top, there are no other amenities, making this a great spot to pack in your own picnic!
Niigata: Hoshitoge no Tana da
For a truly remote collection of rice terraces, try Hoshitoge, nestled in a steep valley in Niigata. Although this landscape seems to have been re-contoured, with small paddies consolidated and reshaped to allow for mechanical cultivation, the setting and expanse of the paddies is still spectacular. Like many terraced rice paddies, the "mirrors" created by the flooded paddies are among the best scenes to behold. 
Niigata is known for its heavy snows, making these paddies all but inaccessible in winter. In the other seasons, however, there are small parking lots for cars and tour buses (and even toilet facilities) at the top.  
Access: Hoshitoge no Tanada is sufficiently remote that local tourism authorities don't recommend using public transportation to reach it (although there is a Tokamachi Community Bus that runs from Matsudai Station to the village of Hoshitoge; it's probably a 20-30 minute walk to the tanada from the village bus stop.  Tourists using public transportation are recommended to take the train to Matsudai Station and take a 20 minute taxi ride from there. It is about an hour's drive from the city of Tokamachi.  
The "owner" system
In a system similar to the garden allotment system many cities have for vegetable cultivation, many senmaida offer the opportunity to become an "owner" (well, really it's more like adopting a rice paddy). Oyama, Shiroyone and Maruyama all have owner programs.
To participate in most owner programs, the annual fee is 30,000 yen per 100 square meters. The cultivation activities are organized/managed by a local trust or NGO, so all you have to do is show up and help. In fact, if you can't make it, others will do the work for you based on your financial support. As an "owner", you're entitled to the rice produced by your paddy. Depending on the location the yield ranges from 10 to 40 kg of rice per year. It's a great way to get non-farmers more connected to the land and more aware of what's involved in rice production, but even more so a great way to ensure the preservation of these beautiful agricultural systems.
After all, rice paddies don't just happen. Their edges have to be carefully created with wooden frames covered with clay soil (finding remnants of these wooden frames is often the clue archaeologists need to identify ancient settlements). The paddies need to be nearly level in order to be properly flooded, and they are often constructed in a network so that water can flow downward from one paddy to another, perhaps a reason why mountainside terracing was once so popular. The entire system has to be regularly maintained and is often repaired in the spring before planting time. It's a lot of work and increasingly when driving through the countryside one sees abandoned rice paddies, or even former rice paddies that have been covered with solar panels to make them energy fields instead.
It is often said that wet paddy rice cultivation, and particularly the cooperative work it required historically, was the driving force that shaped Japan's culture, values and society. Indeed, rice is so ingrained in the Japanese diet that the word for steamed rice, gohan, is often used to mean "meal". Standing at the top of a cascade of terraced rice paddies, irrespective of the season, one can truly appreciate the significance of this amazing food and what it takes to produce it.
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Last bag of paddy would be procured’

HYDERABAD, MAY 30, 2018 23:37 IST

Procurement in rabi exceeded target: Eatala

Finance and Civil Supplies Minister Eatala Rajender has asserted that the State government was committed to procure paddy from farmers as assured.
As against the targeted 32 lakh metric tonne for the current rabi season, the government had procured 33 lakh metric tonne so far. The quantum procured included the paddy crop that suffered damages due to the untimely rains that lashed several parts of the State in the past few weeks. “We are committed to procure the last bag of paddy from farmers,” he said.
The Minister told reporters here on Wednesday that the reforms initiated by the government in procurement and related processes had ensured that millers were returning rice within stipulated time after milling paddy. The government could effectively check practices like a section of millers obtaining bank loans on the basis of the paddy given to them.
Payments streamlined
Steps had been initiated to ensure that payments to millers were made on time and the entire transactions had been streamlined since the introduction of e-POS system. Besides, steps had been taken to enhance the internal efficiency of the Civil Supplies Corporation which was bridging the losses it had suffered in the past.
Mr. Rajender, however, urged consumers who were not willing to consume rice supplied through public distribution system not to draw rice from fair price shops and sell it to middlemen. The government was spending 30 per kg of rice that was being procured and supplying it to the deserving below poverty line families at 1 a kg. The ceiling for drawl of rice had also been lifted and it will not be appropriate for consumers to draw the rice and sell it to middlemen,” he said.
Asked about the food security cards, he said the government had received over two lakh applications of which 70,000 had been cleared after verifying the details of the beneficiaries. The remaining applications would also be cleared once the department completed the necessary process involved in the issuance of these cards.
Nat'l ID, rice tariffs to complement TRAIN mitigation measures
 May 30, 2018, 8:02 pm
MANILA -- The government is accelerating the rollout of social mitigation measures such as unconditional transfers (UCTs) and fuel vouchers, which need to be complemented by the enactment into laws of a national ID system and the lifting of restrictions on rice imports, to further ease the impact of inflation on the country’s vulnerable sectors, the Department of Finance (DOF) said.
In a news release issued Wednesday, Finance Assistant Secretary Ma. Teresa Habitan said changing the way rice is imported - by shifting from setting import quotas to just imposing tariffs on cheaper imports of the grain - would help stabilize the supply of rice and lower its prices in the retail market, which will help the poor the most as rice accounts for 20 percent of their consumption.
A national ID system, meanwhile, will minimize leakages in implementing the UCT program and other social welfare programs; and will help ensure that the cash aid reaches the legitimate beneficiaries, Habitan said.
These twin measures, she said, will help cancel out the minimal impact of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law on inflation and speed up the rollout of the social mitigation measures provided under this law.
Based on estimates by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), rice tariffication alone will immediately lower the inflation rate by 0.4 percentage points, “which already offsets TRAIN’s impact on prices,” Habitan said.
Up to 30 percent of the incremental revenues collected under TRAIN, which is the first package of the Duterte administration’s Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP), has been earmarked for social protection programs to help vulnerable sectors cope with the minimal inflationary impact of this tax reform law.
“The impending passage of the national ID system law will complement these programs given the ambitious target of delivering social welfare benefits to 10 million poorest family beneficiaries,” Habitan said ahead of the resumption of the House of Representatives’ ways and means committee hearing on the second tax reform package of the CTRP, which covers corporate taxation and the modernization of investment incentives.
Habitan and Director Juvy Danofrata represented the DOF at the hearing.
According to Habitan, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has so far released some PHP4.3 billion to the Land Bank of the Philippines for some 1.8 million Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries with existing LandBank cash cards. Another 2.6 million household beneficiaries are in the process of getting their cash subsidies in May and June. For 2018, some PHP24 billion will be released to cover the poorest 10 million households.
Moreover, the Department of Energy (DOE) and major petroleum companies, such as Pilipinas Shell, Phoenix Petroleum and Petron agreed last March to provide fuel discounts for public utility vehicles (PUV) drivers, while the Department of Transportation (DOTR) is preparing the fuel vouchers for duly-franchised PUVs, Habitan said.
On the part of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), it has put in place the e-Presyo, an Online Price Monitoring System, where people can check the prevailing prices of basic necessities and prime commodities that are being monitored by the department. “It serves as a price guide for consumers in doing their grocery shopping, which in turn ensures ‘value for money’,” Habitan said.
She reiterated that TRAIN had a minimal upward effect on April’s 4.5 percent inflation rate, which rose mainly due to rising crude oil prices in the world market and adjustments in the peso-dollar exchange rate. TRAIN’s contribution to the April inflation rate was confirmed by the BSP, DTI and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) to be only 0.4 percentage points, Habitan said.
She said that 3 percent of April’s inflation rate can easily be attributed to higher economic growth and stronger domestic demand, given that people now have more money to spend as a result of the reduced personal income tax rates under TRAIN.
Of the balance of 1.5 percent, Habitan said 0.2 percentage points was the result of the increase in the excise tax collections on cigarettes. (DOF/PR)

NegOcc to get 80,000 bags of NFA rice by June

By Erwin Nicavera  May 31, 2018, 9:11 am
BACOLOD CITY -- The National Food Authority (NFA) in Negros Occidental is expected to get an initial allocation of 80,000 bags of rice from Vietnam by June 10.
NFA-Negros Occidental Provincial Manager Frisco Canoy said his office received a notice from NFA central office that the vessel started loading the rice supply on Wednesday.
The loading of the 80,000-bag allocation will take about five days, he said, adding that a five-day travel period will also be included in the schedule.
“We are expecting to receive the allocation within the second week of June,” he said Wednesday.
Canoy said that once the rice supply is unloaded to the warehouses in the province, they will start the distribution to accredited local NFA rice retailers.
The NFA has four warehouses in Negros Occidental, including those in San Carlos City, Ilog town, and NFA-Negros Occidental compound and Bredco port, both in Bacolod City.
These storage facilities, which have been empty for a while, are ready to accommodate new buffer stocks, Canoy said.
He added that Negros Occidental may have an additional buffer allocation of 80,000 bags under the second tranche, possibly in July, subject to final approval of the NFA.
Canoy said Negros Occidental is now one of the disport (discharge port) provinces in the Visayas for the arrival of imported rice from Vietnam.
Previously, the vessel does directly unload rice imports to the province, and the allocations for Negros Occidental came from either Cebu or Iloilo.
Other disport areas in the Visayas include Iloilo for Western Visayas; Cebu for Central Visayas, and Tacloban or Eastern Visayas. (PNA)

Palay buying price hits 2-year high

Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:18 AM May 31, 2018
The uptrend in the average farm-gate price of palay is now on its ninth week and has breached the P21 a kilo (kg) mark for the first time in nearly two years, data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed.
As of the third week of May, the average farm-gate price of palay rose by 0.10 percent to P21 a kg from the previous week’s P20.97. This was 8.57 percent higher than the previous year’s quotation at P19.36 a kg.
Based on PSA data, this was the highest recorded average farm-gate price of palay since 2015, when the country’s palay production decreased due to the El Niño dry spell. The sector was able to hit a P20.91-a-kg price level during the third week of September that year.
For the first quarter of the year, the country’s palay production surpassed last year’s output by 4.6 percent to 4.62 million metric tons (MT) from 4.42 million MT.
The increase was mainly due to the sector’s expanded harvest area that has led to an increase in rice yield. For the period, the country was able to produce 3.87 MT per hectare (MT/ha) from 3.85 MT/ha in the same period last year.
Despite the steady rise in farm-gate prices, rice farmers said the gains were offset by higher production costs brought by the implementation of the first package of the government’s new tax reform, which led to higher fuel costs.
The farm-gate price is expected to stabilize this month as the harvest season ends and the lean months begin.
Likewise, prices for rice in the market have been increasing since the start of the year. As of the third week of May, average retail price for regular-milled and well-milled rice climbed to P40.23 and P43.93 a kg, respectively. Compared to year ago levels, prices have gone up by 5.22 percent and 7.08 percent, respectively.
In a statement issued last week, the National Food Authority said consumers could expect the government’s subsidized rice, priced at P27 a kg, to be back in the market starting this week.
NFA spokesperson Rebecca Olarte said the expected arrival of the rice imports would be on June 2 and the shipments were to be discharged in the ports of Surigao and Subic.

Climate Change Could Make The Rice You're Eating Less Nutritious

Lindsey Theis
3:07 PM, May 30, 2018
3:24 PM, May 30, 2018
Photo Credit: Toshihiro Jasegawa, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization of Japan
From your sushi to your burrito bowl, the rice you're eating could get less nutritious as time goes on. A study out this month shows rising carbon dioxide levels reduce the amount of several nutrients found in rice, the primary source of food for more than 2 billion people worldwide. 
"Climate change will bring about very profound changes in the food supply," says Dr. Adam Drewnowski, epidemiology professor and director of Center for Public Health Nutrition at the University of Washington.
Dr. Irakli Loladze, a mathematician and climate change nutritional expert at Bryan College of Health Sciences, says, "It's not just rice, it's not just iron or zinc, but the majority of essential elements drop in the majority of plants."
The issue is carbon dioxide. Plants use CO2 to make sugars, which fuel their growth. Loladze — who has been studying the effect of carbon on plants since the '90s — found the more CO2 plants encounter, the more sugars they make and the fewer nutrients.
The researchers studied octagon-shaped plots among fields growing 18 common strains of rice in China and Japan. They pumped extra CO2 into the flood-irrigated rice paddies and analyzed the grains over four different harvests from 2010 to 2014. The findings were troublesome. 
"We found that nitrogen or protein declined significantly. We also found that iron and zinc declined. Vitamins, and the whole group of this B vitamins — B1, B2, B5, B9 — they all drop, and drop significantly," Loladze says.
Vitamins B1, 2, and 5 help our bodies convert food into energy — aiding in everything from nerve function to healthy hair and muscles. B9 — folic acid — is vital during pregnancy.
The researchers say these nutrition changes could be devastating, especially in poorer countries in Southeast Asia, like Myanmar, Cambodia or Laos. For some there, rice makes up as much as 70 percent of their daily calories.
Americans should be concerned, too. We consume some 27 pounds of enriched white and brown rice per person per year. And Loladze says it's not just rice. Other grains process carbon the same way.
"They share the same basic plant physiology. [It] responds to CO2 in a similar way to wheat, and barley, or even potatoes."

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Elections slated for Minnesota Wild Rice Council board

Brainerd Dispatch 
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture announced elections for the Minnesota Wild Rice Council Board of Directors.
Terms expire for Thomas Godward (independent member) and Travis Duresky (at-large member) in September.
"Serving on commodity councils is one of the best ways for agricultural producers to have a say in how their check-off dollars are spent," said Assistant Commissioner Andrea Vaubel in a news release. "Elections for these board of director positions is very important, and I'd like to thank all of the candidates and producers who have taken the time to participate."
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture will conduct elections for the board positions at the wild rice field plot at the North Central Research and Outreach Center July 24 in Grand Rapids.
Absentee ballots are available from the MDA. They must be requested by June 18 and postmarked by July 2.

The scientists said, as the figure loses its beneficial properties

By  paradox
In the coming decades, this product can completely lose their nutrients.
Rice is gradually but steadily losing vitamins, scientists say. According to their forecasts, about 20 years it can completely lose important to human health of trace elements.
Rice is a source of b vitamins, protein and other valuable nutrients of the body. But a new study of rice, which was assembled in experimental plantations in China and Japan, showed that today rice cereal significantly depleted vitamins in comparison with the past, and some two decades can completely lose the current, more limited composition useful properties.
“Rice started to lose useful elements. Significantly decreased content of vitamins B1, B2, B5 and B, the amount of protein decreased in comparison with the standard of 10.3%, iron 8% zinc was less than 5.1%”.
According to researchers, to date, 600 million figure included in the daily diet and is in General a staple food. What in rice decreases the content of nutrients, may become in the future a very serious problem for the economy and food culture in a number of countries.
According to scientific experts, residents of these countries may have in this regard in serious trouble with his health. They recalled that threatens to finally disappear in rice, the B vitamins are involved in all kinds of metabolic processes of the human body, regulate the growth and recovery of cells, and deficiency of some of them leads to impaired emotional and cognitive order.
Rice loses its beneficial properties due to the effect of the deteriorating environment, the authors of the project. Due to global warming the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere gradually increased, and this circumstance, as shown by experiment, detrimental effect on rice.
“If the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere will continue to rise, by the end of the century the figure will eventually decrease the supply of mineral elements”, — concluded scientists.

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Report Reveals Groundbreaking Results for Rice Farming

May 30, 2018 | 9:05 am
From by Miranda Carver Martin
Report Reveals Groundbreaking Results for Rice Farming
A new report from the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAFdescribes the results from “the largest System of Rice Intensification (SRI) project ever undertaken in the world,” according to technical lead for regional coordination Dr. Erika Styger. It reveals higher yields for rice farmers in West Africa using SRI. SRI is an adaptable rice farming methodology for reducing the need for inputs, including agrochemicals, while increasing yields.
Rice is an important crop in West and Central Africa—most of the 430 million people living in the region depend on it as a staple—but West Africa currently consumes more than it produces and has been importing rice from other parts of the world, such as Asia. A regional offensiveinitiated by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) aims to change this by increasing regional rice production.
Organizations and farmers are working toward this goal through initiatives such as the “Improving and Scaling up the System of Rice Intensification in West Africa” project (SRI-WAAPP). This three-year project involved more than 50,000 rice farmers, more than 1,000 sites, and 13 West African countries. It was coordinated by the National Center of Specialization on Rice in Mali along with Cornell University through the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP)—a program of CORAF. The project is “one of the most successful in the CORAF portfolio,” says CORAF’s Executive Director Dr. Abdou Tenkouano. “This SRI project has been groundbreaking in its participatory design and implementation.” “The involvement of the rice stakeholders in the 13 countries since the design of the project was the key factor of success during its implementation,” Dr. Gaoussou Traoré, the project’s regional coordinator, tells Food Tank when asked about this participatory design.
According to the report, use of SRI shows promise for helping rice farmers meet the growing demandin the region. In fact, authors Styger and Traoré write that complete adoption of this method in 2017 would have eliminated the need for rice imports. They also estimate that just in the 2015-2016 growing season, use of SRI produced more than an additional 20,000 tons of milled rice at the project sites, valued at about US$10 million.
The report details yields for farmers using SRI compared with farms using conventional growing practices. An independent evaluation in five countries found that yields increased by 54 percent, 65 percent, and 153 percent for irrigated, rainfed lowland, and rainfed upland systems, respectively. It also found a 41 percent average increase in farmers’ incomes. The project team’s assessment of overall results found even higher yield increases for irrigated and rainfed lowland systems, at 56 percent and 86 percent, respectively. Given these findings, the authors advocate for further scale-up of SRI in the region: “If SRI is to make a real contribution to rice self-sufficiency in West Africa, many more farmers must adopt it.”
However, “successful expansion of SRI will depend on adapting SRI practices to local environments,” say Styger and Traoré. Because SRI is an approach based on a set of principles—rather than a static technology—it is adaptable to farmers’ diverse circumstances, such as irrigated or rainfed systems and different ecological characteristics. “The practices, of course, should always be adapted to suit local conditions,” saysNorman Uphoff, Senior Advisor for the SRI International Network and Resources Center (SRI-Rice) program at Cornell University. “We see SRI more as a menu than as a recipe.” Dr. Traoré explains that participants of the SRI-WAAPP project used a conceptual framework based on four defining and unchanging principles—“the backbone of SRI”—while agreeing that “the rice production practices or techniques used to implement the four principles may vary and need to be adapted to local agro-socio-economic conditions.”
Though SRI is far from full adoption, the methodology has been spreading around the world and is used in more than 50 countries. Consequently, SRI is used in a wide variety of socioeconomic contexts and can look different between communities and between farms. For example, in some cases where SRI decreases labor requirements, people have raised concerns that its economic benefits will not extend to groups like landless farm laborers. On the other hand, sometimes SRI intensifies labor requirements, particularly while farmers become familiar with it and learn what practices work best for their farms.
CORAF’s Regional Gender and Social Development Adviser Dr. Mariame Maiga worries that SRI’s labor intensity could place additional burdens on women who already have significant responsibilities in addition to agricultural work, including cooking, obtaining water, and caring for children. “Women have to work very hard with SRI to produce rice,” she tells Food Tank. Dr. Maiga recommends that steps be taken to prevent SRI adoption from overburdening women and exacerbating gender disparities. In response, the team adopted a labor-saving weeding technology from India to help make SRI more convenient.
This is just one example of how projects can adjust their SRI implementation, and farmers and organizations all over the world have been finding new ways to adapt SRI. Because the SRI-WAAPP project was so large, the team was able to foster cross-border collaboration: “The regional nature of this project made it possible to connect researchers, extension staff, and farmers working under similar conditions across West Africa and help them to identify and share innovations,” saythe report’s authors. “This enabled faster dissemination, adaptation, and adoption of SRI to different rice production systems, ultimately leading to better results.”

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