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Pakistan’s water economy: getting the balance right

Published: July 28, 2018
The writer is Director of the Regional Science Bureau of Unesco, Jakarta
Pakistan is a country characterised by great landscape variations from snow-covered northern mountains to irrigated floodplains of the Indus, vast coastal lands and extremely dry deserts of the Balochistan Plateau. Since independence in 1947, Pakistan has been struggling with managing its water resources as more than one-third of the water resources have origins outside of the country. This has resulted in water-distribution treaty between India and Pakistan, brokered by the World Bank in 1960, giving control over waters of the Beas, the Ravi and the Sutlej to India. With rising population and increasing demand for water, water security has become a major concern as the per capita annual water availability has dropped from 5,260 cubic metres in 1947 to less than 1,000 cubic metres in 2018. According to some recent studies, Pakistan is ranked 46th among 48 nations in the Asia-Pacific region, with only Kiribati and Afghanistan having a lower water security index. Pakistan is also among the top 10 most climate-vulnerable countries in the world.
The looming shortages and worsening quality of water have become serious threats to food, health, energy and job security. Cities have run out of safe drinking water, agriculture shows lowest crop yields as crops remain thirsty and vast salinised floodplains below the Kotri Barrage and drying polluted wetlands like Lake Manchar have become sad environmental disasters. There is a National Water Policy and a National Climate Policy but the crisis seems to have become only worse as implementation road maps and action plans are missing. This situation requires extraordinary measures since business-as-usual is no longer an option. This article intends to provide an in-depth analysis of existing data on water availability, water demands, future water availability scenarios and implementable solutions to lead Pakistan from a water-scarce to a water-secure country.
The diagnostic analysis shows that for the last 30 years, the minimum, maximum and average flows in Indus are 67, 112 and 90 million acre feet (MAF) whereas same statistics for the Chenab river are 18, 33 and 26 MAF and for the Jhelum river 12, 32 and 23 MAF. The overall minimum, maximum and average availability of water from these rivers is 99, 183 and 144 MAF. The effective water available from underground water recharges from rivers and vast irrigation system is estimated to be around 50 MAF. Key questions are whether these water resources and rainfall over the irrigated and Barani areas are enough for consumptive water uses? Is too much water escaping the productive use below the Kotri Barrage to the ocean? Pakistan’s water storage capacity from existing large dams like Mangla and Tarbela is less than 14 MAF and is continuously decreasing due to sedimentation. A key question is whether an additional 6 to 10 MAF of water from planned dams can make Pakistan water secure?
A close examination of water flows for the last 30 years below the Kotri Barrage shows maximum, minimum and average flows as 92, 0.3 and 27 MAF. There have been many years, eg, from 2002-2003 when there were no substantial flows downstream the Kotri Barrage which means all the available water was diverted due to low supplies. Under such future scenarios will managers be able fill the existing and new dams?
A close study of the water balance of Pakistan shows water losses from dams to fields and within the farmer fields from 25 to 50 per cent due to use of flood irrigation and poor system management. Such losses are too high by international standards. Some of these losses can be recovered through an extra expense of energy from the groundwater while others are unrecoverable as they end up in saline unusable groundwater or evaporate back to the skies.
The storage yield curves of the Indus river basin show that up to 20 MAF, every additional MAF of storage will yield around 1 MAF of additional water supplies after which available water becomes lesser and lesser. Given the data of low flow below Kotri, there will be years when managers will be unable to fill the existing storages. The existing dams and network of barrages and canals have been able to divert around 105 MAF successfully. The additional surface storages can store around 10 MAF flows in the Indus Basin during normal and flood years. During flood years like 2010, more than 50 MAF of water flowed below the Kotri Barrage. During such years, there is an option of using these flows to recharge groundwater by diverting floods to the thirsty landscapes such as Thar.
Cultivation of many of the summer crops grown in Pakistan, such as rice and sugar, demands highest amounts of water while the largest winter crop, wheat, a staple food crop, remains under-irrigated. Can there be options to limit areas of rice and sugar cane and tailor Pakistan’s cropping patterns to present and future water availability?
Key conclusion from these scenarios is that there is a need to invest in more dams but additional storage alone will not be enough to make Pakistan water-secure. Greater gains need to be made for saving huge water losses equivalent to storage of over five new dams by investment in proven water efficiency technologies. At the farm level, such technologies can include use of drones for cropping mapping, water control devices such as smart valves, laser levelling, cheap drip irrigation, crops on beds, etc to reduce water losses. There can be leakage hotspot investments to reduce losses from supply system to saline groundwater and unproductive evaporation in the system.
To improve water availability, one can recommend rooftop and micro catchment harvesting, artificial recharge of areas such as Thar with flood waters and storage of water in soils through conservation measures such as using polymers and other technologies. Given the trans-boundary nature of water resources with over 30 per cent of water supplies coming from upper catchments of Jhelum and Chenab rivers across the borders, there is a need to construct minimum linkage infrastructure, like linking Indus River below Tarbela with Jhelum River to be able to supply minimum water needs for strategic water and food security plans.
Where can be the practical entry points for road to a water-secure Pakistan? The urgent need is to provide safe drinking water as a basic human right to all citizens of Pakistan. If one uses such an approach, less than 2 MAF are needed to provide basic water supply to all Pakistanis. It is recommended to replace hazardous groundwater with surface water supplies from canals running close to our cities such as Lahore and Faisalabad and provide desalinised seawater to cities such as Karachi. Land-based wastewater treatment such as the one being used by the National University of Science and Technology through a UNESCO project can provide economical solution to treat waste waters from the cities which is being used to grow unsafe vegetables in the surroundings of most cities.
Existing water institutions and governance system has been unable to tackle the water security challenge of Pakistan. There is a need for a National Water Commission working under the directions of the National Water Council representing all stakeholders. The water education and continuous professional development need reforms through international collaborations. A national research university of water management similar to Hohai University in China is recommended closely linked with the Ministry of Water Resources.
In a nutshell, dams and artificial recharge of aquifers are urgently needed but increased water storage capacity of Pakistan cannot solve the water security problem alone. There must be a focus on improved governance, trans-boundary data availability and more extensive water loss analysis at the urban water supply system and irrigation districts levels for targeted improvement of water efficiency, availability and water equity. A sustained 10-year effort is needed for a water-secure Pakistan including construction of critical water infrastructure (dams and artificial recharge of aquifers), good governance according to 21stcentury water management standards, and technology for water resilience and efficiency. The business as usual is no more an option for Pakistan!
Published in The Express Tribune, July 28th, 2018.
Arsenic contamination in paddy is rising in Bengal, says study
KOLKATA , JULY 28, 2018 22:46 IST

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Concentration varies with rice variety and stage in crop cycle; samples collected from North 24 Parganas district

A recent publication by researchers at the School of Environmental Studies (SOES), Jadavpur University, reveals not only rise in arsenic contamination of paddy plants from ground water in West Bengal, but also that concentration of ‘arsenic accumulation’ depends on the variety of paddy and its stage in the crop cycle.
The study titled ‘Arsenic accumulation in paddy plants at different phases of pre-monsoon cultivation’, published earlier this year in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Chemosphere, highlights the processes and dependencies of arsenic trans-location in rice from contaminated irrigation water.
Samples for the study were taken from the Deganga block in the State’s North 24 Parganas district, an area that’s worst affected by ground water arsenic contamination.
The study found that arsenic contamination in paddy was higher than in previous studies.
The study shows that arsenic uptake in the paddy plant reduces from root to grain, and that its concentration is related to the variety of the rice cultivated. The study was carried out on two commonly consumed rice varieties — Minikit and Jaya — and the latter was found to be more resistant to arsenic.
“The highest concentration was observed in the initial or vegetative state in the first 28 days. It reduced during the reproductive stage (29-56 days) and again increased in the ripening stage,” Tarit Roychowdhury, Director, SOES, and corresponding author of the publication told The Hindu.
Professor Roychowdhury said the uptake of arsenic is faster in young roots in a vegetative state than in older tissues with a higher concentrations of iron in root soil in the reproductive phase.
The authors have also raised concerns over the disposal of the contaminated rice straw which is used as animal fodder or burnt or sometimes left in the field itself to serve as fertiliser.

DOF optimistic on rice tariff passage to lower inflation

 July 29, 2018, 10:00 PM
By Chino S. Leyco
The Department of Finance (DOF) is optimistic that Congress will adhere to President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s appeal to pass the rice tarrification bill as soon as possible to ease the increases in consumer prices and bring down costs of Filipinos’ stable food.
Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III
In a statement, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said that the proposed liberalization of rice imports will bring down the prices of rice by as much as P7 per kilo that would ultimately slowdown than the country’s inflation rate.
Dominguez said liberalizing rice imports through the passage into law of the rice tariffication bill now pending in the Congress is vital in helping low-income households cope with inflation, given that rice accounts for 20 percent of their consumption.
“Along with a national ID system, the passage of the rice tariffication bill will complement the social mitigation measures we are implementing now to further ease the impact of inflation on poor households,” Dominguez said.
The House of Representatives appropriations committee has already approved the funding provision for the consolidated version of its rice tariffication bill.
The counterpart version of the bill in the Senate is still being discussed at the committee level.
Based on estimates by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), allowing cheap rice imports with tariffs will immediately lower the inflation rate by 0.4 percentage points.
In his third State of the Nation Address (SONA), the President said rice tariffication was among the long-term solutions that the government is working on to lower inflation, provide farmers with additional resources and reduce rice prices by up to P7 a kilo.
“We need to switch from the current quota system in importing rice to a tariff system where rice can be imported more freely,” the President said in his July 23 SONA. “I ask Congress to prioritize this crucial reform, which I have certified as urgent today.”

DA: Rice tariff to help farmers

Philippine Daily Inquirer / 07:13 AM July 29, 2018
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol on Thursday said lifting the quantitative restrictions (QR) on rice imports and imposing tariffs would stabilize prices and assured farmers they would become “very competitive” as long as the tariff would be invested in local farms.
“If every year, we will get P10 billion [from the tariff revenues] for the rice industry because of the lifting of the restrictions we can give free seeds to the farmers,” Piñol said in Lingayen, Pangasinan during an inspection of damage caused by flooding to farms.
“We can even subsidize fertilizers and we will be able to achieve our target,” he said during a dialog in the town with rice and vegetable farmers.
Duterte order
In his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte asked Congress to amend Republic Act No. 8178, or the Agricultural Tariffication Act, which imposes a rice import quota.
Tariffs, or taxes, are levied on imported goods “to restrict trade and protect the domestic producers by making imported goods more expensive,” according to the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda).
Quantitative restrictions limit the amount or volume of goods that enter the local market, Neda said, adding that this would “protect local producers by limiting the availability of imported goods.”
RA 8178 exempted imported rice from tariffs in 1996, after the World Trade Organization (WTO) allowed the country to maintain its QR on rice. WTO enforces global free trade.
But Neda has been advocating for the lifting of QR to quell rising inflation and to follow free trade rules.
Costly production
Asked to react on the claim of an agriculture group that rice tariffs would lead to higher prices, Piñol said rice prices have been high because the farmers’ average production is only about 4 metric tons (MT) for every hectare and their average production cost for every kilogram of palay is P12.
“But if we can support them with good seeds, with fertilizers, they could double their harvest,” he said.
“If they [achieve that], the cost of production will be cut in half to P6,” he said.
Mr. Duterte, in his Sona, warned traders and cartels against manipulating rice prices, telling them “you know that I know who you are.”
He said those behind the price manipulation face economic sabotage cases for causing prices to escalate despite sufficient supply. —Gabriel Cardinoza

Wanted: A new rice industry road map after lifting of quantitative restrictions

July 28, 2018, 10:00 PM
Dr. Emil Q. Javier
The lifting of rice import restrictions will open up our domestic rice market to cheap imported rice from Vietnam and Thailand. According to the simulation conducted by Roehlano Briones and Lovely Ann Tolin of the Philippine Institute of Development Studies (PIDS), the retail price of rice will drop by as much as P6.97 per kilogram. This was in 2015 when rice was retailing at P32 per kilogram. With the retail price now at P42 per kilogram, the cost savings for consumers should be much more. The relief will be most welcome especially among the poor and can only lead to massive importations.
On the other hand, the farm gate price of palay will go down by as much as P4.56 per kilogram. With a national average yield of 4,000 kilograms per hectare, this translates to a decline of income of P18,240 per hectare to the average rice farmer. Thus, the rice farmers who cannot compete with the imported rice will have to get out of the rice business in order to survive.
These are huge game changers which we cannot just brush aside. It cannot be business as usual. We need a new rice industry road map!
The first order of business is a paradigm shift from rice self-sufficiency to raising farmers’ income as the primary objective. These objectives are related but not the same and require different approaches. Rice self-sufficiency while physically attainable, does not address the larger more pervasive problem of poverty in the countryside. Better that we divert the not-so productive rice areas into other higher value crops (crop diversification and multiple cropping). We will produce less rice but the additional gross value added from these other crops will more than make up for the rice shortfall.
Five complementary strategies
in the new rice industry road map
Following are five complementary strategies upon which we can build the future of our rice sector:
•Further intensification of rice culture in the more productive, irrigated areas;
•Diversion of the less productive rainfed lowland and upland rice areas away from rice into other higher value crops;
•Reform of the National Food Authority (NFA) to limit its mandate to maintaining our strategic grain reserves, and to rice distribution during emergencies;
•Shift to decoupled payments as direct subsidies to farmers for a limited period to give them time to adjust to market liberalization (and avoid the problem-ridden other forms of subsidies), and
•Promotion of brown rice and corn grits to moderate demand for polished rice, and for improved nutrition and better public health.
Further intensification
of rice culture in irrigated areas
Our cost of producing palay is P13 per kilogram. We have to bring it down to P8 – P9 per kilogram in order to compete with imports. This can be achieved by: 1) raising yields to six tons per hectare, and 2) reducing labor costs by mechanization. The average yield of six tons per hectare can be readily attained by using improved INBRED VARIETIES with irrigation and with proper fertilization. Even better with rice hybrids, whose yields can reach 10 tons per hectare.
We should therefore direct our efforts to further increasing the productivity of the 1.5 million hectares under irrigation (out of potential irrigable area of 3.0 million hectares). The cropping intensity of the national (NIS) and communal (CIS) irrigation systems is only 1.57. Small irrigation units (water pumps, shallow tube wells, small farm reservoirs) should be embedded in the NIS and CIS irrigation systems to attain the target cropping intensity of 2.00 (i.e. two crops per year on the same piece of land).
We should continue investing in the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) to develop the remaining 1.5 million hectares of irrigable farm lands for the long term. But, tactically, for the next four years, we should devote more resources to rehabilitation of run-down irrigation systems, maintenance and installation of small irrigation units.
The components of this strategy are: 1) widespread use of certified inbred seeds and hybrids, 2) fertilization at the recommended rate of about 150 kilograms nutrients per hectare, 3) supplemental irrigation, 4) integrated pest management (IPM) 5) adoption of direct seeding, and 6) more widespread mechanization with tractors, transplanters, and grain combines to reduce labor costs.
Diversion of rainfed lowland
and upland rice areas into
other higher value crops
Yields of rainfed lowland and upland rice fields are often low and erratic for lack of water. Better that these land be diverted into other higher value crops like vegetables, fruits, legumes and even ornamentals and herbal crops. By installing proper drainage systems and small irrigation units these hitherto not-so-productive but otherwise arable farm lands can be multi-cropped with and/or planted to permanent fruit trees, coffee, cacao, rubber, hybrid coconuts, etc.
Provided markets are assured for these other crops, these diversified farms may turn out to be more profitable than double-cropped irrigated rice farms.
The supporting activities required are: 1) development of high yielding, high quality varieties and hybrids, 2) on-farm location-specific field trials, 3) bagsakans and domestic and export market linkages, and 4) village-level processing hubs.
Reform of the NFA
NFA has three mandates: 1) moderating price of rice for consumers, 2) protecting income of rice farmers, and 3) maintaining the country’s strategic grain reserves. With open imports of cheap rice, NFA can now be relieved of the function of bringing down the price of rice. On the other hand, the task of raising productivity and increasing incomes of farmers is the collective responsibility of the many agencies of the Department of Agriculture (BPI BAI, BSWM, PCA, PhilRice, PhilMech, FIDA, Carabao Center, NDA).
The remaining justification for NFA is maintaining our strategic reserves of cereals in case of global collapse of grain supplies and wide fluctuation of prices. And secondarily, for emergency distribution of food after typhoons and other calamities. NFA should therefore be programmatically attached to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Shift to decoupled payments
in lieu of other subsidies
Depressed farm gate of palay has immediate impact on the incomes and welfare of rice farmers. But the first two strategies of: 1) rice culture intensification and 2) crop diversification will take years to successfully install and their benefits felt.
The rice farmers need help NOW to adjust to the new market regime. The conventional approaches of market support, government procurement, fertilizer and seed subsidies and, provision of farm equipment are costly, wasteful and prone to corruption (i.e. over pricing, ghost deliveries, ghost farmers).
We have been doing these for years with dismal results. The benefits had not been accruing to the farmers but to the other players in the supply chain.
Better that the actual rice tillers receive cash directly and for them to invest the money in their farms and in other sources of livelihood, or for consumption as they see fit. For transparency and more facile implementation, the payments need not be linked with levels of production and benchmark prices (decoupled) which are moving targets. Individual farmer payments can be based on hectarage as reflected in land titles and tax declarations. However, the farmers should be weaned away from the payments after a maximum of say ten years. The payments to the rice farmers will be sourced from rice tariffs which are projected to amount to P27 – P28 billion per year by 2022.
Promotion of brown rice,
corn grits and root crops
The promotion of brown rice and corn grits will effectively reduce the demand for polished rice. The milling recovery of brown rice is 10% higher than white polished rice. Should all Filipinos eat brown rice, the net supply of rice will increase by 10%, erasing our perennial rice deficit.
Many Filipinos in the Visayas and Mindanao prefer corn grits over rice. However, supply of white corn had gone down as many white corn farmers switched to genetically modified yellow corn hybrids which are much more productive and more profitable to grow. Our corn breeders should develop high yielding white endosperm corn hybrids to match the productivity and profitability of yellow corn hybrids to encourage farmers to return to white corn production.
Brown rice and corn grits have more protein, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber than white polished rice. Corn grits have a lower glycemic index, good for managing diabetes which is emerging as a serious public health concern. The NFA may be enlisted to promote brown rice and corn grits in their operation, not only to help manage the demand for rice but as importantly for improved nutrition and better public health.
Sweet potato and cassava are also suitable substitutes for rice. Cassava is the preferred staple of some communities in Muslim Mindanao. There should be a dedicated cassava program for these communities.
Dr. Emil Q. Javier is a Member of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and also Chair of the Coalition for Agriculture Modernization in the Philippines (CAMP).
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Surtax on wheat flour will affect bakery products: AIBOA

2018-07-28 16:42:39

Th e prices of all bakery products will soar if the government increased the tax on wheat flour, the All Island Bakery Owners' Association (AIBOA) said.Speaking to Daily Mirror, AIBOA President N.K. Jayawardana said Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera had told a recent media briefing that if there were a surplus of paddy production, it was essential to impose a tax on wheat flour to protect local farmers.“There is no such surplus in the country. About 60 per cent of people consume food made of wheat flour. Everything cannot be made out of rice flour. If there were an excess of stocks, there is no need of rice importation. The first thing the government should do is stopping rice imports. This government and the previous regime imported large stocks of rice. New varieties of rice were imported. However, if the government decides to increase the tax on wheat flour, there will be a definite price hike in all bakery items,” he said. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)
BoC seizes P25 million worth of smuggled rice in Laguna
July 28, 2018 at 11:30 pm by Vito Barcelo

The Bureau of Customs seized some P25 million worth of smuggled rice in a raid of a warehouse in Calamba, Laguna.Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña said that more than 10,000 sacks of rice imported from Thailand and Vietnam were found in a warehouse in J.P. Rizal Street, Calamba, Laguna.
“The BOC-Enforcement and Security Service conducted a surveillance to validate the presence of the alleged smuggled rice. Upon confirmation of the presence of rice, I immediately issued a letter of authority to inspect and visit the said warehouse,” Lapeña said.
The smuggled rice is consigned to the Marcelo Rice Trading while the warehouse is owned by a certain Henry Uy and Jason Feng.
The warehouse owner and the consignee were not on the premises during the raid. ESS agents found the company accountant, identified as Janice Peng. “No documents were presented to show evidence of payment of duties and taxes and the corresponding import permit,” the BoC chief said.“The interested party is given 15 days to prove or show the source of the goods and the payment of duties and taxes. If they fail to do so, the goods will be seized and subjected to forfeiture proceedings,” he said.
Lapeña said the National Food Authority did not issue import permit to Marcelo Rice Trading.
“Despite the need to address the rice shortage in the country, it is also our mandate to protect the interest of the government and the people especially our own rice farmers. “I will not let these smugglers and their protectors manipulate the prices of rice and let the Filipino people be at a disadvantage. Our President Duterte is already rallying for the rice tariffication bill so our importers will be given much more freedom to import the staple food of the country,” Lapena said.
The rice tariffication bill seeks to remove quantitative restrictions on the importation of rice.

Rice trader has taste of DU30 wrath

·       July 28, 2018
·       Written by Marlon Purificacion
·       Published in Top Stories
President Rodrigo Duterte
TRUE to his stance against abusive rice traders, President Rodrigo Duterte chastised an importer for hoarding imported rice.This was disclosed by Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III who said that he was with Duterte in a meeting when the President called and berated the businessman on the telephone.“Nakaharap ako nung pagmumurahin ni Presidente yung isang importer, naku pag narinig mo yung mura talagang kikilabutan ka,” said Sotto in an interview on DWIZ radio.
Sotto said that Senator Gringo Honasan can attest to the truth of his story because he was also with them during that meeting.  After giving the trader a mouthful, the President gave a 72 hour ultimatum to the importer to release his hoarded rice.“Pinatawagan n’ya kay Commissioner (Isidro) Lapena tapos inabot sa kanya telepono nagalit siya (Pangulong Duterte), sabi n’ya pag hindi lumabas ang mga bigas dyan parang ganun,” narrated Sotto.
He added that they couldn’t help but laugh when the President asked the importer where he lives. “Natawa ako sa sinabi n’ya san ka ba nakatira? Nagtawanan kami ni (Sen. Honasan) Gringo nung sinabi nya,” Sotto added.Because of the call, Sotto said that the rice hoard was released to the market .Sotto shared the story as part of his reaction to the negative sentiments of the public about the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law due to the high prices of commodities which was partly caused by unscrupulous businessmen.

Bantay Bigas urges Duterte to prosecute rice smugglers

July 28, 2018
MABALACAT CITY -- The Bantay Bigas advocacy group has asked President Rodrigo Duterte to prosecute rice smugglers after P25-million worth of rice was seized in a warehouse in Calamba, Laguna Friday.

The Bureau of Customs found a total of 10,000 sacks of rice illegally imported from Thailand, Vietnam and China which were about to be repacked and distributed to Oriental Mindoro, Nueva Ecija, Isabela and Palawan.

“President Duterte’s resolve to put an end to rice hoarders, cartels and their protectors will now be tested,” Bantay Bigas spokesperson Cathy Estavillo said.

“Duterte should prove his words during his last State of the Nation Address (SONA) and take legal actions against the rice smugglers,” she said.

Bantay Bigas said that the country’s dependence on rice importation only strengthens the operation of rice cartels and smuggling in the country.

Estavillo said that this is already the third time that smuggled rice were seized and yet no one is held accountable for the crime.

“It is easier for smuggled rice to enter the country with a liberalized importation policy as smugglers take advantage of the arrival of rice imports. We expect rice smuggling to worsen if rice tariffication will push through. Under tariffication, more private traders are allowed to import resulting to the flooding of imported rice and making the monitoring of rice imports more difficult,” Estavillo added.

She said that smuggling remains a threat to the local rice industry because it robs off the country from tariff collections and destroys the livelihood of rice farmers as well as local millers and small traders.

According to the research group IBON Foundation, an average of 2.44 million MT smuggled rice entered the country from 2011 to 2014. In 2013, 548, 656 hectares were affected due to smuggling or 12 percent of the area planted with rice with P8 to P10 billion foregone tariff revenues.

The Bantay Bigas reiterated that the government should prioritize the development and strengthen the local rice industry to put an end to smuggling.

Imran Khan's election to PM won't change relations; visa restrictions will keep India-Pakistan division alive

India Aakar Patel 

Outsiders are usually puzzled about why India and Pakistan cannot be friends. From their perspective the two nations are not just vaguely similar but alike. That is to say, not different like Spain and Portugal or Germany and France, where there is a long history of separation and a distinct culture and a separate language. India and Pakistan have no such division in history before 1947, because there is no natural barrier between them. And though one can argue that Pakistanis have a very different culture from Indians, this is not noticeable, at least immediately, to the outsider.
The food tastes the same — heavily flavoured with masala and with a base of rice or roti. The way the people look is quite similar — it is not easy to tell the Lahori woman apart from the Delhiwalli or the Karachi man from the one in Uttar Pradesh or Bihar. The south and the east of India are different, but then those differences exist inside India as well.
The music is, of course, also quite similar. To outsiders, the distinction of some specific ingredients and meat used (actually most of the food that Pakistanis eat is like ours, right from meat to dal, vegetables and grain) is not that significant. And that puzzles them as to over why such hostility exists.
Representational image. Reuters
I am almost 50, and I have no hope at all of seeing friendly relations between the two nations. I am not being pessimistic, merely realistic. It has not happened in the entire period of my adulthood. When I was about to turn 20, the Kashmir dispute became violent at our end and it has remained like that now even after 30 years since then. But then even before that relations with Pakistan were neither good nor normal. In the 1980s, the same charge we make against them now (abetting terrorism) was made then though this time it was about attack on a an army camp in Punjab.
I cannot quite remember personally what the 1970s were like in terms of India-Pakistan relations, but I do know from reading that one of the things that happened after the 1965 war was that the easy travel and trade through the Punjab border ended and so did the screening of movies. Though the later was reversed 15 years ago during now-in-exile Pervez Musharraf’s presidency, it was done only at their end. We still do not screen Pakistani movies or show their channels.
The 1971-72 war permanently closed the India-Pakistan border and ended the free exchange, and I think that moment, almost as far back in years as I am (I was born in 1969), has been carried forward to today.
Only a few thousand Indians alive have ever seen Pakistan and vice versa. This is because of the extremely difficult process to get a visa. Even those who get a visa are given a ‘police reporting’ visa, meaning that the visitor has to spend many hours registering themselves after arriving and then unregistering before departing. One fallout of this lack of ability to travel is that everything that we know about them, we know through second hand information, and through a filter of fairly emotional propaganda.
This has kept the psychological division alive. We are not at war but we are never at peace.
I am not sure what both the nations have gained in keeping the borders rigid. Pakistan has lost contact with its ethnic and cultural kin, as we have, but it has also lost out on things like Indian tourists. I know many who would spend a lot of money to visit the Indus river or Taxila or Gandhara. And this is not including those, such as Punjabis and Sindhis, who have roots there. Indians would have no problem adjusting to anything in Pakistan, and they would behave in the same way as the locals, modestly and without any high expectations like other foreigners.
India on the other hand has lost a large market for its products, many of which, especially on the side of things like automobiles, are often superior and almost always cheaper than what is available to Pakistanis. It may be easy to dismiss Pakistan — a nation of 20 crore people — as being another Uttar Pradesh. But we must remember that it has a large elite and its own fairly robust economy that India could tap into.
I recognise that the fear of terrorism is one reason that both nations keep the others’ citizens out. Since the mid 1990s, India has insisted that the visa regime should be as tight as possible so as to keep us safe. But terror has not ended in India and its patterns have been determined by other, larger, events.
On the other side, I have always insisted to Pakistanis that at least they should let Indians in without much formality. However, the arrest and conviction of an Indian in recent years on the charge of spying has meant that Pakistan has followed the same logic as India.
Today, it is difficult even for me, someone who has visited Pakistan a half dozen times, to get a visa easily.
The election of a fresh new face, cricketer playboy Imran Khan, has produced speculation that relations between Pakistan and India will improve. No, they will not. Many fresh faces have come before him on both sides, and every sort of individual — liberal, conservative, hardliner, dictator — has come and gone. It is not that the right personality has been missing to take that big step, or that on either side people have not recognised that there are benefits in not being in a state of permanent hostility.
I think Indians and Pakistanis just seem to be happier when they hate one another.

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·       Moose Lake Wild Rice
·       SunWest Foods
·       Amira Nature Foods
·       Lundberg
·       Natures Gourmet Foods
·       InHarvest, Inc
·       Lake of the Woods Wild Rice CO
·       Gibbs Wild Rice CO
·       Erickson Processing Inc
·       Coilws Com
·       Agassiz Wild Rice LLC
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·       Ready-to-eat Wild Rice
·       Grains
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Rice Noodle Sales Market Trends, Cost Structure Analysis, Growth Opportunities And Forecast To 2022

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Rice Noodle Sales Market Segment by Manufacturers:
·       JFC International
·       American Roland Food Corp.
·       Eskal
·       Nan Shing Hsinchu
·       Cali Food
·       Nature soy
·       Mandarin Noodle Manufacturing
·       Ying Yong Food Products
·       J.D. Food Products
·       Leong Guan Food Manufacturer
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By Types:
·       Chinese Style
·       Western Style
·       Other
By Applications:
·       Direct Consumption
·       Processing Consumption
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Global Fortified Rice Market 2018 Trends in Future, Revenue, Application, Types, Scope to 2022

The Global Fortified Rice Market Report 2018 Market Report consist of useful data that improve the Production and increment the Market development. The report additionally empowers the clients to understand different modern elements. It depicts the future Market and also provide forecast to 2022.
With the slowdown in world economic growth, the Fortified Rice industry has also suffered a certain impact, but still maintained a relatively optimistic growth, the past four years, Fortified Rice Market size to maintain the average annual growth rate of X% from XXXX million $ in 2014 to XXXX million $ in 2017, This Report analysts believe that in the next few years, Fortified Rice Market size will be further expanded, we expect that by 2022, The Market size of the Fortified Rice will reach XXXX million $.
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,Cargill Incorporated,Bunge Limited,Buhler AG,BASF SE,General Mills, Inc,Willmar International Ltd,DSM,KRBL Limited,Aroma Fields,Kohinoor Specialty Foods India Private Ltd.,LT Foods ,REI Agro Ltd.,Tilda Rice (Hain Celestial),The Rice ‘n Spice Intl Ltd,Amira Nature Foods Ltd.,East End Foods ,Uncle Bens (Mars, Incorporated),Estraco Kft.,VSR Rice,,
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• Europe
• China
• Japan
• Southeast Asia
• India

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Smart Rice Cooker Market Size And Analysis By Leading Manufacturers With Its Application And Types 2017

 Umang.s July 28, 2018
The Global Smart Rice Cooker Market Research Report explain the standing situation and the growth predictions of the Smart Rice Cooker Industry for 2017-2021. Smart Rice Cooker, has been organized based on detailed market analysis with contributions from industry experts.
Global Smart Rice Cooker Market is valued at USD XX million in 2017 and is expected to reach USD XX million by the end of 2021, growing at a CAGR of XX% between 2017 and 2021.
Smart Rice Cooker market rivalry by top manufacturers, with production, price, revenue (value) and market share for each manufacturer; the top players including:
·       Midea
·       Joyoung
·       Panasonic
·       PHILIPS
·       SUPOR
·       ZO JIRUSHI
·       TIGER
·       Povos
·       Toshiba
This Report Studies the Global Smart Rice Cooker Marketin different region, with production, revenue, consumption, import and export in these regions, from 2012 to 2017, and forecast to 2021.
On the Basis of Product, This Report Displays the Production, Revenue, Price, Market Share and Growth Rate of Each Type, Primarily Split Into
·       Single Layer
·       Double Layers
·       Three Layers
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
·       Houshold
·       Commercial
Regional segment analysis of Smart Rice Cooker market
·       USA
·       Europe
·       Japan
·       China
·       India
·       South East Asia
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·       Smart Rice Cooker Market Application
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Bangladesh sees record jump in LCs as imports surge

  Abdur Rahim Harmachi, Chief Economics Correspondent

Bangladesh has set a new record for opening letters of credit or LCs for imports.In the first 11 months of fiscal 2017-18, $64.4 billion of LCs was opened, up 48.25 percent year-on-year, according to the latest data from Bangladesh Bank. During the period, the LC openings surged due to the higher import orders for food grains, petroleum and capital machinery, said an official of the central bank.The jump in LC openings for the payment of imports has not been seen before.
“There's nothing to worry about,” said Ahsan H Mansur, executive director of the Policy Research Institute.Necessary equipment imports for the ongoing mega projects have abnormally increased LC openings, he said.From July through May in the last fiscal year, import orders for rice soared 2,110 percent, wheat 35 percent, onion 90 percent and fuel oil 49.57 percent.The BB figures show the actual import of capital machinery or industrial equipment used for production increased by 28.75 percent during the period.
Orders for equipment for the Rooppur power plant were the main reason behind the soaring LC openings, Mansur told, responding to a question on why import was rising.
In addition, LC openings have also surged due to the imports of equipment for other mega projects, such as Padma bridge and metro rail, he said.Higher imports of rice, fuel oil, capital machinery and industry raw materials have added to import costs, he added.On its economic impact, the economist said: "The rising import is seen as a positive sign for the economy. Increasing import orders for the raw materials and the capital machinery mean rising investment.”
"Some products were imported under cover of other products. Often empty containers arrive. People make money through over-invoicing,” Mansur said."That's why I’m a bit anxious too."The higher import payment may put pressure on the country's foreign exchange reserves, said Mansur."We were in a comfortable position for a long time. The reserves had risen to almost $34 billion. But higher imports will cut into the reserves,” he said."If export earnings and remittances had increased there would not have been any problem. But remittance and export earnings are increasing at a slower pace.”

Rice farmers get farm machinery

Acting Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson (4th from left) with Board Member Victor Javellana (left) and Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino (right) during the turn over of farm machinery to various farmers associations in Bago City yesterday. (Richard Malihan Photo)
July 28, 2018
VARIOUS farmers associations from Bago City, Himamaylan and Silay received farm machinery worth P890,000 in a turnover ceremony in Barangay Tabunan in Bago City yesterday.

Acting Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson together with Board Member Victor Javellana and Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino turned over three hand tractors worth P130,000 each and five threshers worth P100,000 each to various farmer groups.

Those who received hand tractors were farmers from Mambagaton Cluster Farmers Association, Mailum Organic Farmers Association, and Gen. Malvar ARB Irrigators Association while threshers were distributed to Newton Camingawan Para Farmers Association, Mambagaton Farmers Association, Palay Farmers Association, Hda. Lolita Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association and Mercedes Farmers Irrigators Association.

Lacson expressed his gratitude to the Department of Agriculture for the machinery and encouraged the farmers to make use of the blessings they received from the government.

Moreover, Masculino said the farm equipment is part of the Rice Program of the Department of Agriculture Region 6.

kebbi, difficult state to produce rice – Bagudu

Argungu Fishing Festival used to be a major tourist destination and a source for revenue to the state; why was it suspended? Argungu Fishing Festival was suspended in 2010/2011, when Boko Haram insurgency made it almost impossible to have the confidence.
So, the then government thought it was important to suspend it until things get better.
But since last year we have got back the confidence particularly in this area.
We are already working with the ministry of information and we are trying as much to avoid the rainy season.
There is also an infrastructure issue like accommodations which have virtually decayed.
But we are also working hard to ensure that accommodation is available and trying as much to make the event as international as possible so that it can attract the widest audience.
Kebbi, Lagos partnership on Lake Rice brand It is quite a splendid programme for the nation at large because what Governor Ambode and I did as a result of this partnership was to go the most enlightened market, which is Lagos market and say ‘here is a Nigerian product promoted by two state governments supported by President Buhari.
Test it and see how it measures up to the competition with particularly the imported rice’.
Fortunately, a lot of people commend it saying yes this is better than the imported rice.
You know, the Lagos market defines the mood of the nation when it comes to national produce and by confirming that the local rice is better than the imported rice it supported the program.
Indeed, Governor Ambode and the Lagos state government in 2016 went to the extent of subsidising the price of the rice so that people can afford it and that has significantly affected the price of rice, because prior to Christmas in 2016, rice in some places was about 21,000 per bag, but last year it came down to 13,000 – 14,000.
The federal government also intervened in order to deliver more rice to the market.
Just recently, I had a meeting in Lagos with the millers and the rice traders association to hear their experience and they all confessed that Nigerian rice is better than imported rice.
We talked about how to make a better supply chain to ensure that it is available all the time.
On the issue of Anchor Borrowers loans The agro-borrowers programme is one designed by the Central Bank of Nigeria and approved by President Muhammadu Buhari across the 36 states of the federation and the FCT can have access to loans based on the models created.
So, for rice, Kebbi state, for example, we were chosen as a pilot model involving 70,000 farmers and because of that we gained a lot of experience.
Registration was an issue because there was no service in some places to register farmers.
Some farmers were patient, sometimes they turn up at the registration centers for three days.
When we started the pilot program, we realised that most input were not available.
For example, you want to give 70 farmers six bags of fertiliser each and we need about 420, 000 bags of fertiliser and as at then the fertiliser available in the market was less than 200, 000 which was a huge challenge.
Ideally, every farmer needs two water pumps and we have 70,000 farmers which were about 140, 000 water pumps.
That was the period when water pump’s price jumped from N17, 000 to N32, 000 and that was when we had fuel challenges where rather than N87, 000, fuel prices were N280, 000.
So, all this affected the model, but the key objective of the model is to increase production of the Nigerian rice and it was achieved beyond imagination that it contributed to the exit of Nigeria from recession in a short span of time.
The second objective was to create employment and it did.
It popularised the belief and energised everyone that we can do this.
Defaulters, and government’s efforts to encourage the CBN Yes! When you are dealing with 70,000 farmers; there are bound to be defaulters, but just like we have been arguing, farmers are business men and this is one of the things we want you to help popularise.
If the farmers face repayment issues just like the company faces occasionally.
What is important is that you should be able to continue.
It is not unusual.
N54 billion is the money made available for the anchorborrowers and we thank President Buhari and the CBN, but it is very little money compared to what is given into other sectors.
For example, when the Assets Management Company of Nigeria was created in 2010, what was it created to do? It was created to take over bank loans from the commercial system.
N4 trillion bank loans were taken and it was not agriculture related.
It was oil and gas, it was share certificate; it was land certificate.
So, spending of N54 billion has resulted in the magic we are seeing in terms of food production.
I think it is a bigger story than the repayment challenges that will occasion in any program like this.
I want to use this medium to appeal to journalists to call for grater lending to agriculture and greater public support to agriculture.
For example, NNPC indicated that the first two months of this year, fuel subsidy alone is about N180 billion, but our lending to borrowers under agro-borrowers program for two and a half years is just N54 billion.
So, we need massive investment in agriculture as countries that have achieved food sufficiency for decades support agriculture, subsidise, and provide different producer supports.
That is what we should do and then farmers should be encouraged to pay, though occasionally some of them might have challenges.
What is important is for financial system to treat them like it will treat other borrowers.
Work with them with concern in order for them to reach their obligations.
Have many hectares are being cultivated in Kebbi? We don’t have the total hectare because under the anchor-borrowers programme too, there are different companies.
There are private anchor companies like the Wacot, Labana, Umza and Olam.
These companies have farmers they are working with.
We know the number of farmers and we know the hectarage of these farmers.
Then there is a state government anchor with the CBN.
The pilot scheme was N70, 000 and now close to 150, 000 farmers are in the scheme.
For that model, it is one hectare per farmer.
So, there you have about 150, 000 farmers just for the state anchor and for the private anchor, it is between 70, 000 to 80, 000 farmers.
These are farmers in the anchor borrowers program.
I believe there a lot of farmers that are not yet in the programme, so we believe no less than 400, 000 hectares are being used for rice cultivation.
Last year, about 1 million metric tonnes of rice were produced in the state.
What is your target this year?
 There are three cropping seasons in Kebbi.
Two dry seasons and one wet season and farmers produce rice in three cropping seasons.
Now, both people in the anchor borrowers and the ones outside the programme have about 400, 000 hectares under cultivation and if we take the average yield, for those under the anchor borrowers, there are about five to six tonnes minimum per hectare.
There we have about N1.2 million.
For the rest of the farmers not under the anchor borrowers, since they have less yield and we explained that it is about three tonnes.
Now, this year we are talking about N1.8 million tonnes.
How much does rice farming generate for the state? Rice farming contribution to the revenue of the state is very little because our objective is to make our farmers wealthy.
When they become wealthy, the burden on the state is less.
They will be able to afford education and health care for themselves.
So, that is how we measure financial achievement of the state and most importantly it has built better relationship between states in Nigeria; for example, that of Lagos and Kebbi.
We give Nigerians the inspiration that with cooperation we can do a lot of things for our country.
Not surprisingly, Kano joined us in signing an agreement with Lagos.
We are proud that we are the pace setters in this cooperation.
Like I told you the first objective of the program is to give the confidence that Nigeria can do it and I think in terms of measuring value, you are in a better position to measure it.
Rice grows in the 36 states of the federation, including the FCT so everyone can do better.
I have visited many states like Anambra and we have seen new means come up.
We have seen new products being launched everywhere from Sokoto, Zamfara, Jigawa, Katsina, Kano, Ebonyi, cross-rivers, Ogun, Imo and of course Lagos because of the partnership.
Just before Christmas last year, confluence rice was launched in Kogi, Nugmuns rice was launched in Ogun, and Imo International was launched in Owerri to join other famous brands like Labana, Umza and Wacot products.
I think that is our first measure of success that it has led to a reduction of importation of rice by ninety per cent.
It is an energised investment because you must notice that even when Nigeria was experiencing depression, companies were investing in rice milling which is a big success story.
Kebbi farmers’ challenges and government’s intervention Well, Kebbi state is one of the most difficult places to produce rice because the water levels are below the farmlands.
As you can see, most of our farmers use irrigation method.
In some states, they use gravity, that is, they don’t use water or oil before their foods ripe.
Our farmers are always buying petroleum and sometimes it is not available at the market.
In some places, they have been buying fuel for close to N300.
However, what we have done as a state government is to make arrangements with some petrol stations to dedicate their outlets to farmers during the dry season and the state government will take care of the loss.We have met with the state house of assembly and we are going to make it a law because, already, we learn that some farmers have even started abandoning their farms due to this unprecedented cost.
More so, we want to build a dam and we wish the federal government can support us in its standardisation because it is capital intensive and we don’t have the financial resources to do channelisation now but we are working with the federal government and they are very active in exploring ways that will support. We also are trying various technologies, people have brought solar panels to this place and we are measuring its efficiency so that farmers don’t have trouble with watering their produce.
These are all work in progress.I am sure we will find a lasting solution to these challenges.
Provision of farm implements and other incentives A lot of rice processing is done by women in this country and we are very particular we don’t want those women to lose their jobs so we have brought machineries to give women processors.I don’t know who among you have been to Abakaliki rice.Most of the work there is done by women so part of what we are calling is that this revolution should also make women richer and therefore more machinery investment so that women processors are not removed out of the market as their work doesn’t affect the quality and we are doing some of that in Kebbi.

On out-of-school children Now, the problem for us is hydraheaded.We have borders with two countries, Niger and Benin Republic. A lot of these children come from across Nigeria either for Qur’anic education or for economic related activities.That compounds the problem for Kebbi because we can’t plan for them all.

Secondly, Kebbi state in the North-east has the highest number of internally displaced persons.
Because a lot of farming and fishing activities around Lake Chad is done by Kebbi state people and on coming back, they brought families along who needed shelter and support and because sometimes their stays are temporary, it becomes very difficult to plan for more class rooms.
The measurement of children who are out of school excludes those that are in Islamiyya schools because they are receiving an education and they are literate.It’s just that the nature of delivery is different from that of the formal education.

To Avert Another ‘Rice Riot’, CDC to Disestablish Rice as ‘Political Commodity’

Minister Tweah was Liberia's 171st Independence Day speaker. (Photo: Executive Mansion)
By William Q. Harmon and Robin Dopoe, Jr.
It is often said that a nation and people who do not learn from their history are bound to repeat mistakes of the past, and most times these have deadly consequences. It is against this backdrop that the government of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) is endeavoring to put an end to what it considers the “Reign of Imported Rice as a Political Commodity.”
According Finance Minister Samuel Tweah, who served as this year’s 171st National Independence Day Orator, the issue of rice being a hotly discussed political topic in the country must be addressed. “We must put an end to the importation of rice in this country,” he declared.
Rice, which is the country’s staple food, has an infamous history in Liberia as it is the very commodity which contributed to the civil unrest that overwhelmed the entire country for decades, leading to the death of over 250,000 Liberians and the destruction of the nation’s infrastructure.
It all started in 1979, when then President William R. Tolbert, Jr., attempted to increase the price of imported rice to protect domestic rice production, Tweah narrated.Politicians, according to him, used this to incite a demonstration, accusing the Tolbert regime of increasing the price on imported rice so that his private domestic rice venture could profit from the increase.
Minister Tweah further argued that, “Granted this was true, had this been possible, the Liberian economy would have benefited. The capacity to grow rice domestically would have been resident with Liberians and the monies generated from this production would have supported the domestic economy.”
What Minister Tweah did not mention was that Daniel Tolbert, brother of President Tolbert, was a major importer of rice, giving the two brothers checkmate power over the commodity such that, either way, one of them benefited handsomely. 
Minister Tweah believed what has emerged from the April 14, 1979, episode is the enthronement of imported rice as some kind of “political commodity,” whose procurement is largely in the hands of non-Liberians, because governments in the past have tended not to trust Liberian entrepreneurs to import the commodity.
He noted that the CDC Government must debunk the myth that imported rice is a political commodity by moving swiftly to scaling up investment in domestic rice and food production.
According to Minister Tweah, the government should work with key stakeholders in the private sector and development partners to achieve this outcome because it makes both macroeconomic and food security sense.
“To make Liberia a food secured nation remains one of the biggest ambitions of the government’s Pro-poor Agenda for prosperity and development,” Mr. Tweah said.
“Today, we import about 26 million bags of rice every year at the cost of about US$110 million. Assuming a population of four million rice-eating Liberians, this amounts to more than six bags of rice per person per year,” he told his audience, comprising diplomats and development partners.
“We can grow this rice in Liberia. According to the experts, we have more than 600,000 hectares of land conducive for rice production. Studies show that with the right investment and the development of a rice value chain, we can achieve food security over the next six years. This is one of the biggest ambitions of the Pro-poor Agenda to develop the country,” he said.
To achieve this goal, Tweah noted that it will require Liberians to begin shifting their diet toward home-grown food and their preference for locally manufactured products.He indicated that the government intends to partner with the private sector and development partners to develop agriculture value chains across the major food crops in Liberia – rice, cassava, vegetables, plantain etc.
Prior to the 1940s, rice importation was banned in Liberia, “so we do know Liberians have not always depended on imported rice,” he said.“Once the means of transformative domestic production are assured, and the domestic market becomes competitive, the optimal policy would be to raise the tariff on imported rice to protect the domestic rice markets,” Minister Tweah added.Under such a policy, he said, rice importers would have the incentive to invest in domestic rice production, leading to the ultimate solution of the politics of rice in the country.
Minister Tweah assured Liberians that the government is committed to helping local agro-entrepreneurs to improve their production.He said government, in the next several weeks, will launch its Pro-poor Agenda for prosperity and development plan into which all stakeholders are currently making their final input.
“This agenda provides the roadmap for addressing Liberia’s long term economic problems. It will bring all actors in the Liberian economy together to address the problem of value addition and expansion of the private sector,” he said.
No problem bigger than corruption
As of yesterday, President Weah and lieutenants had yet to declare their assets, which would have been the first test of ensuring transparency and accountability in the new administration, in spite of Minister Tweah’s assurance that the CDC government will intensify the fight against corruption.“Corruption has been a root cause of the conflicts that have run through our history. This generation of Liberians and this new government must renew its pledge to fight and end corruption,” he said.
The first step toward this goal, he noted, is to abolish the culture of impunity that has surrounded the misuse of public funds. “This means we have to give more teeth and meaning to anti-corruption institutions. These institutions are the watchdogs that ensure we spend public resources for the benefit of all Liberians,” he said.
He said President Weah has promised that under his leadership, those who misuse public funds will have no place in his government. “Such persons must face the full weight of the law. This is certainly reassuring to all our countrymen and our development partners who provide important resources for our national development.”

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Ready to Eat Rice Market by Manufacturers, Types, Regions and Application & Forecast to 2025

July 29, 2018 - Arun Sharma        
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Global Rice Milling Machinery Market Analysis Report (2018 – 2023): Lushan Win Tone Machinery Manufacture, Alvan Blanch, Zhengzhou Whirlston Machinery and Lianyungang Huantai Machinery

 Michael Dulaney July 27, 2018
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Global Parboiled Rice Market 2018 Buhler AG, Induss Group, Parboiled Rice Thailand, National Rice Company

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Warm, dry days taking a toll on rice

 Jul 27, 2018

Rice particularly sensitive to high nighttime temperatures
Research project seeks tolerant rice cultivars
STUTTGART — The heat of the day is tough on crops, but it’s the heat of the night that keeps Arkansas rice growers worried. By Sarah Cato.
Arkansas has experienced several weeks of hot, dry weather and that’s growing concern among rice producers, said Jarrod Hardke, rice agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
“If we don’t see more rain soon, we will absolutely see growers who run out of water and are not able to maintain enough moisture to maximize yield,” Hardke said. “We’re running through that at a very rapid pace.”


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Rice has also been a victim of the warm temperatures. However, it’s not the beating sun that’s doing damage to the rice, but rather the hours of the day that rice depends on to be cooler.
“The biggest point is not actually the daytime temperatures,” Hardke said, “but the nighttime temperatures that don’t allow the plants to adequately cool themselves.”
Rice seeds are mostly  composed of starch. When nighttime temperatures rise during seed filling development, chalk occurs. Chalk is loosely packed starch granules and the air space between them.
Eshan Shakiba, assistant professor – rice breeding and genetics for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and one of the primary investigators of this study, said these high night time temperatures lead to chalky rice. Chalky rice grains are problematic in two ways. They’re opaque and consumers prefer their rice grains to be translucent and chalky rice tends to be brittle, breaking during processing.
“Rice quality is so important. If the rice is not of good quality, it goes nowhere,” Shakiba said. “In 2010 we saw that a rise in nighttime temperatures leads to higher amounts of chalk.”
Shakiba said it was this discovery that sparked a project that began in 2017.

Rice can now be grown in drought, high temperatures, thanks to this new technique
New Delhi
July 27, 2018
UPDATED: July 28, 2018 15:31 IST
Rice cultivation requires an abundance of water. On an average, it takes 4,000 - 5,000 litres of water to produce one kg of rice in India. The consumption may vary as per the soil type, region, environment and other factors. According to global standards, it takes 2,500 litres of water per kilogram of rice produced.


According to scientists, almost half of the global rice crop derives from rain-fed agricultural systems where drought and high temperatures are predicted to become more frequent and damaging under climate change.

RiceBran Technologies to Host Q2 2018 Financial Results Conference Call on August 2nd at 4:30 PM EDT

Jul 27, 2018, 08:30 ET
SACRAMENTO, CaliforniaJuly 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --
RiceBran Technologies (NASDAQ: RIBT) and (NASDAQ: RIBTW) (the "Company" or "RBT"), a global leader in the production and marketing of value added products derived from rice bran, today announced that Dr. Robert Smith, Chief Executive Officer & President of RBT, will host a conference call on Thursday, August 2nd at 4:30 p.m. EDT to discuss the Company's financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.
Also joining Dr. Smith on the call from management will be Brent Rystrom - COO & CFO, Dennis Dykes - Chief Accounting Officer, and Kevin Mosley - Chief Revenue Officer.
The call information is as follows:
  • Date: August 2, 2018 
  • Time: 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time 
  • Direct Dial-in number for US/Canada: (412) 317-6026 
  • Toll Free Dial-in number for US/Canada: (877) 300-8521 
  • Dial-In number for international callers: (412) 317-6026 
  • Participants will ask for the RiceBran Technologies Q2 2018 Financial Results Call 
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RiceBran Technologies is a specialty ingredient company servicing the food, animal nutrition and specialty ingredient products markets. We utilize our proprietary and patented intellectual property to convert rice bran, one of the world's most underutilized food sources, into a number of highly nutritious and clean label ingredient products. The global target markets for our products include food and animal nutrition manufacturers and retailers, as well as specialty food, functional food and nutritional supplement manufacturers and retailers. More information can be found in the Company's filings with the SEC and by visiting our website at
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Clinical trials of Kovai Kavuni rice to begin next year

| TNN | Updated: Jul 28, 2018, 12:41 IST
Koval kavuni was developed by crossing the traditional Kavuni with the widely consumed CO 50 vareity of white rice
COIMBATORE: Clinical trials on the effectiveness of Kovai Kavuni variety of rice on diabetic patients is likely to begin by the end of 2019. The effectiveness of the rice — developed by the scientists at the Tamil Nadu Agriculture University (TNAU) here two years ago — in ensuring the consumer’s blood sugar does not shoot up is yet to be scientifically tested.

The rice is being tested by the University of California to study the bioavailability of nutrients, TNAU scientists told TOI. “The new rice variety does seem to have many nutrients, but we have to find out how much of those nutrients are available for absorption by the human body. The second phase of the research is on,” Biotechnology professor at TNAU M Raveendran said.

Even a so called-nutritious food’s nutrition content will go off in roughage and not get absorbed for multiple reasons, Raveendran said. “During the research phase, the rice was found to contain phenols that inhibit the enzymes that breakdown starch, so the glucose release process is delayed. It also contains anthocyanin that fights stress and carotenoids, which strengthens the muscles in the eyes,” he said.

Once the university’s results come through, clinical trials are likely to begin next year. “Once the bioavailability studies are completed hopefully early next year, we plan to approach the department of biotechnology, which funded the study, to connect us to hospitals, where we can conduct clinical trials. Though we have done lab studies, its efficiency in human body is unknown,” said Raveendran.

The rice will be fed to a group of diabetic patients and the results will be compared to a group of patients being fed the usual white rice. “The health parameters of the patients will be tested and details of the product’s glycemic index and glycemic load will be studied. We are also going to recommend feeding the rice to normal individuals for two to three months and assessing their health status because the rice’s micronutrients are also expected to help in cognitive development.”

On the other hand, fields trials of Kovai Kavuni are going on in TNAU. “We are constantly breeding to see if the new variety is beating all the challenges faced by the original Kavuni, which is its excess height, photosensitivity and low yield,” Raveendran added.