Thursday, August 09, 2018

9th August,2018 daily global regional local rice e-newlsetter

Pakistan cultivated hybrid rice over 800,000 hectares of land across the country

By  Yasir Zeb

In order to boost the local output of rice production, Pakistan has cultivated the hybrid rice over 800,000 hectares of land across the country.
Pakistan is focusing more on agriculture to fetch foreign exchanges via exports and rice is one of the popular options to do that, the hybrid rice cultivation will give boost to local production as well as the income of small-scale and medium landholders, the area cultivated for hybrid rice is increasing gradually and it will replace the traditional seed cultivation, said Member Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC), Dr. Muhammad Yousaf.
There was a significant increase in hybrid rice across the country during the current season, the increase shows that the cultivation will expand more in the next season. The rice had been cultivated over 2.8 million hectares to produce 7.4 million tonnes of rice during the current season, he added.
60 percent of the rice was consumed locally while 40 percent was exported from this cultivation. He also informed that a delegation from China expert on hybrid rice would visit the country next month to train local scientists for the development and promotion of hybrid verities and the crop sowing area, this will also help to boost the local production.
Going into the details of the training sessions he said, the first batch of 40 scientists have been selected for the training from the country. Pakistan has signed a MoU with China for the promotion and development of hybrid rice in Pakistan and supporting local scientists for this purpose.
Pakistan has already fetched $2.073 billion by exporting 4.106 million tonnes of rice in the last 12 months of the previous fiscal year 2017-18. The exports were increased during this year as compared to the previous year when the exports fetched $1.606 billion by exporting 3.523 million tonnes.

Women Entrepreneurs Fair kicks off

Women Entrepreneurs Fair kicks off
PESHAWAR (APP): The 5th Women Entrepreneurs Trade Fair organized by Trade Development Authority (TDA), Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (TCKP) and Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry kicked off here on Tuesday. The two-day fair was organized with an aim to bring women artisan in limelight and create opportunities and vistas for them. A variety of stalls showcasing handicrafts, hand-made fabrics, Charsadda chapples, traditional furniture, jewelry, path work were being setup in the fair. The efforts was meant to provide a platform to household women entrepreneurs who are unable to explore markets for their products due to social restrictions. A large of women entrepreneurs from various cities including Karachi, Faisalabad and are participating in the event. Trade Corporation and TKCP have also setup their stalls in the fair to create awareness among the people regarding rich traditional heritage of the province. Launching ceremony among others was attended by President Women Chamber, Fouzia Inayat and Director Trade Development Authority, SarirUddin.
Agri machinery worth $124m imported
ISLAMABAD (APP): Agriculture machinery valuing $124.412 million imported in FY 2017-18. The import of agriculture machinery during the financial year 2017-18, witnessed about 4.77 percent growth as country spent $124.412 million of the mechanization of agriculture sector of the country as against the corresponding period of last year. During the period from July-June, 2017-18, agriculture machinery worth $124.412 million were imported as against the import of $118.743 million of same period of last year, according the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. During the period under review, other machinery worth $3.666 billion were imported, which posted about 9.28 percent growth when it was compared the import of $3.354 billion of same period last year. Meanwhile, in last fiscal year, telecom machinery valuing $1.534 billion imported as compared the imports of $1.351 billion of same period of last year, where as mobile phones worth $847.654 million imported as against the $709.690 million of same period last year.
By the end of last fiscal year, country imported transport group goods valuing $4.383 billion as compared the imports of $3.327 billion of same period of last year, which grew by 31.74 percent, the data reveled.
It may be recalled that machinery group imports into the country during last financial year ended on June 31, 2018 were stood at $11.596 billion, which recorded at $11.754 billion during the corresponding period of last year.
Hybrid rice cultivated 800,000 hectares
ISLAMABAD (APP): The hybrid rice had been cultivated over 800,000 hectares of land across the crop producing areas of the country in order to give boost to the local output of the commodity and enhance the farm income particularly the small scale and medium land holders to maximize their farm income. The area under hybrid rice production was gradually increasing and it was phasing-out the trend of conventional seed, which would help in boosting the local output and also resulted in enhancing the exports to fetch more foreign exchange for economic development of the country, said Member Plant Science of the PARC Dr Muhammad Yousuf. He said that hybrid rice cultivation across the crop sowing areas during current season had registered significant  increase and it is expected that the trend of hybrid rice seed would gain momentum during the next season. He said that rice had been cultivated over approximately 2.8 million hectares of land  to produce about 7.4 million tonnes of the above mentioned commodity during the current sowing season.
He said that out of the total produces, 60 percent was consumed locally, where as 40 percent was exported.
Meanwhile, he informed that a group of Chinese hybrid rice experts and scientists would visit Pakistan next month (September) to impart training to local scientists for the promotion and development of hybrid seed verities across the crop sowing areas of the country to boost local output.
In first phase a batch of 40 scientists selected all across the country would be trained to promote and develop the hybrid rice production technology in the country.
He said that Pakistan and Chinese government had signed a memorandum of understanding for the promotion of hybrid rice verities in Pakistan as well as capacity building of local scientists in field of hybrid rice.
Under the agreement, he said that 28 scientists all across the country were selected for the training programme and they had completed their training form China and now they were extending their services for the promotion and development of hybrid rice seed in the country.
It is worth mentioning here that country earned $2.073 billion by exporting about 4.106 million tonnes of rice during 12 months of last financial year as compared the exports of 3.523 million tons valuing $1.606 billion of the corresponding period of last years.
During the period from July-June, 2017-18, about 520,759 metric tonnes of basmati rice worth $540.231 million were exported as against 496,263 metric tonnes valuing $453.441 million of same period of last year, showing an increase of 19.14 percent growth.
Sports goods' exports up by 7.83pc
ISLAMABAD (APP): The exports of sports goods from the country witnessed an increase of 7.83 percent during the fiscal year 2017-18 as against the corresponding period of last year, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) reported. The country exported sports goods worth $332.516 million during July-June (2017-18) against the trade of $308.361 million during July-June (2016-17), showing growth of 7.83 percent, the PBS data revealed. Among the sports products, the exports of footballs increased by 9.38 percent by going up from $152.565 million last year to $166.881 million during the fiscal year under review. The exports of gloves increased from $107.918 million to $111.740 million, showing growth of 3.54 percent while the exports of all other sports products went up from $47.878 million to $53.895 million, witnessing increase of 12.57 percent.  Meanwhile, on year-on-year basis, the exports of sports products during June 2018 increased by 3.89 percent to $29.275 million when compare to the exports of $28.180 million during June 2017.
On year-on-year basis, the exports of footballs decreased by 2.59 percent while the exports of gloves and other sports products increased by 11.44 percent and 8.78 percent respectively.
On month-on-month basis, the exports of sports products increased by 4.89 percent in June when compared to the exports of $27.909 million in May 2018, the data revealed.
During the month under review, the exports of footballs decreased by 11.14 percent while the exports of gloves and other sports products went up by 33.62 percent and 11.85 percent respectively.
It is pertinent to mention here that the overall merchandise imports into the country during the fiscal year 2017-18 increased by 15.10 percent by going up from $52.910 billion in FY 2016-17 to $60.898 billion.
On the other hand, the exports from the country surged by 13.74 percent from $20.422 billion to $23.228 billion.Based on the figures, the external trade deficit during the outgoing fiscal year 2017-18 increased by 15.95 compared to last year.The trade deficit during FY 2017-18 was recorded at $ 37.670 billion against the deficit of $32.488 billion in FY 2016-17.

Efforts to geoengineer cooler temperatures could depress crop yields

"The most certain way to reduce damages to crops and, in turn, people's livelihood and well-being, is reducing carbon emissions," researcher Jonathan Proctor said.

Aerosols spewed by volcanos can cool temperatures by reflecting the sun's rays. But new research showed the effect can also curb crop growth by limiting the amount of solar energy available to plants. Photo by EPA-EFE/MADE NAGI
Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Geoengineering projects large enough to cool global temperatures would have significant unintended consequences on crop growth, new research suggests.Some researchers have proposed cloud seeding and other geoengineering efforts designed to reflect sunlight and cool Earth. While cooler temperatures would protect crops from heat damage, the reduction in sunlight would inhibit growth.
Predicting the impacts of large-scale geoengineering efforts isn't easy. Without actually carrying out cloud seeding experiments, it's hard to anticipate the magnitude of the impacts on Earth's climate.However, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, realized Earth's volcanic past could provide clues.
The problem in figuring out the consequences of solar geoengineering is that we can't do a planetary-scale experiment without actually deploying the technology," Solomon Hsiang, Berkeley public policy professor, said in a news release. "The breakthrough here was realizing that we could learn something by studying the effects of giant volcanic eruptions that geoengineering tries to copy."
Throughout history, large volcanic eruptions have sent massive ash plumes into Earth's atmosphere, triggering brief periods of global cooling. In 1991, for example, the Philippines' Mt. Pinatubo released 20 million tons of sulfur dioxide into the air, reducing average global temperatures by nearly 1 degree Fahrenheit and curbing sunlight by 2.5 percent.
To better understand sulfur dioxide and other aerosols impact crop growth, researchers analyzed maize, soy, rice and wheat production in 105 countries from 1979 to 2009. Scientists looked at the relationship between production levels and aerosol concentrations as measured by satellites. Climate models helped researchers scale-up the effects of aerosols on crop growth.
The calculus showed geoengineering efforts large enough to sufficiently cool Earth would depress crop yields, effectively cancelling out the benefits.
Previous studies have suggested cloud seeding efforts would scatter sunlight, allowing more solar energy to reach interior, or lower-lying, leaves typically shaded by the upper canopy, but the new models showed the scattering effect has been overestimated.
The research, detailed this week in the journal Nature, is only the latest to second-guess geoengineering proposals.
And while some studies suggest carbon storage is a viablegeoengineering solution, authors of the latest study say the only sure way to avoid catastrophic warming and climate change is to drastically reduce global carbon emissions
Thursday, 09 August 2018 14:55

Footy and fractionation fan hangs up boots

Written by  Peter Burke

Mike Hedley.
Rugby played a big role in New Zealand gaining a world-leading soil scientist, Professor Mike Hedley.
He retired recently from Massey University after a distinguished career and international recognition of his research. Peter Burke reports.Mike Hedley grew up on a dairy farm in Norfolk, UK, and, as he put it, took the advice of his father -- do something other than milk cows. That turned out to be a degree in biochemistry at the University of Leeds.
As well as loving science, the young Hedley was a keen rugby player, and when he finished his BSc (Hons) degree he seized an opportunity to do a PhD at Massey University.
“New Zealand was a tempting place to come for a young rugby player in 1975. I did my PhD on phosphorus run-off with Professor Keith Syers, the foundation professor of the department of soil science at the university,” he told Rural News
“In those days, Massey had 20-plus rugby teams. For one year I played at first five eight for the senior A team while the famous Bob Burgess was overseas.” Hedley played one game for a Manawatu pre-season squad against the junior All Blacks where he was up against Bill Osborne.“I wasn’t the greatest tackler and he ran right through me several times,” he concedes.
While Hedley didn’t gain high honours on the rugby field, he met his match off the field -- his wife-to-be Carolyn. She had come to NZ and Massey University to do a masters degree, also in soil science. When they had completed their degrees they went to Canada where Mike did post-doctoral studies.
“I worked on wheat soils and developed a method  of phosphorus analysis for which I am famous in the soil science world – the ‘Hedley P Fractionation’. I then went back to the UK and to Oxford University to do another a post-doctoral degree, this time on phosphorus availability in root zones. 
“There I worked with Bob White who went on to become a professor at Massey after Keith Syers left,” he says. “The research at Oxford won us the 1983 International Phosphate Institute Agronomy Prize.”
Despite opportunities on offer in the UK, the Hedleys returned to NZ and Massey in 1983 because they liked the place and had great friendships to return to. They stayed, with Mike becoming the director of the fertiliser and lime centre in 1998. During the lead-up to this appointment he researched rock phosphate and the development of new fertilisers.   
In 1992, Hedley and his family took eight months leave to work in the Philippines at the International Rice Research Centre near Manila. 
“This research involved trying to identify rice cultivars that could take up phosphate efficiently,” he explains. “They needed methods that could show how rice was actually taking up the phosphorus. My ‘fractionation’ tool proved to be the solution.”
Career highlights
A career highlight for Mike Hedley has been the creation of professional courses on nutrient management, and the annual Fertiliser and Lime Research Centre Workshop run at Massey since 1987.
“This is a good melting pot. Our FLRC team have brought great international speakers to this event and it’s well supported by scientists and rural professionals in NZ and its fun,” he says. “Everybody enjoys that event and gets good value out of it; it works well and we are proud of it.” 
Retirement for Hedley, aged nearly 66, will see him spending time on his small farm where he runs steers and a small breeding flock of sheep. But he still has a few projects at Massey. 

Chinese individuals indicted for stealing US rice technology


Two Chinese nationals have been charged with conspiracy to steal rice technology from a US-based biotechnology company.Liu Xuejun, 49, and 36-year-old Sun Yue were indicted by a federal grand jury at the US District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas on Friday, August 3 for their involvement in the theft of rice seeds that were designed to be used in the medical field.
The seeds, which contain certain proteins, were developed by Ventria Bioscience. The proteins can be removed from the rice and used in medicinal and pharmaceutical products.According to the US Department of Justice (DoJ), Ventria has invested approximately $75 million in developing the seeds.In 2013, Xuejun and Yue visited several US rice research and production facilities, said the DoJ.
Their visit was organised by Weiqiang Zhang, who worked at Ventria’s rice production facility in Kansas, and Wengui Yan, employed at Dale Bumpers Rice Research Center in Arkansas.According to the DoJ, Yue and Xuejun were stopped at Honolulu airport, in Hawaii, on the way back from their visit, when US Customs and Border Protection found stolen rice seeds in their luggage.
Cody Hiland, US attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, said “we remain vigilant in our efforts at protecting both intellectual and real property from theft by other nations, and it is our intention to present our case to an Arkansas jury based on the crimes alleged in the indictment”.
Diane Upchurch, special agent in charge of the FBI’s field office in Little Rock, Arkansas, added that the indictment should not go unnoticed by those seeking to steal US trade secrets and technology.
“This type of crime is consistent with China’s social and economic five-year plan to modernise their seed industry,” she said.In an earlier connected case, Zhang and Yan were convicted for their involvement in the scheme, with Zhang being sentenced to ten years in prison and Yan to one year.Ten years is the maximum penalty for conspiracy to steal trade secrets in the secrets, IP theft, biotech, rice, rice seeds, food, protein, Ventria Bioscience, US Department of Justice

Anuvia Supports Senate Farm Bill Sustainability Incentives

Posted by Matt Hopkins|August 7, 2018
Anuvia Plant Nutrients supports the recent Senate Agriculture Committee action to pass a Farm Bill with incentives to promote soil health and reduce carbon gas emissions.“We commend the committee’s Farm Bill recommendations to encourage renewable resources and efforts to improve soil health, air and water quality. At Anuvia, we are pioneering high-efficiency, bio-based fertilizer to help farmers meet environmental and soil health goals,” says Amy Yoder, Anuvia CEO. “While we continue to witness the benefits of on-farm technology improving yields and diminishing pests and disease, we must pay closer attention to the environmental impact of our successes.”
Yoder cites the Senate Agriculture Committee provisions for a USDA pilot program. Payments would go to participating farmers who adopt production practices and set a protocol for measuring carbon levels and soil health advances. The intent is to determine the benefits and lead to wide-scale adaptation of these practices on farms nationwide.
Since its launch in 2016, Anuvia has several initiatives in place to demonstrate the viability and effectiveness of bio-based plant nutrients. Anuvia’s SymTRX is an enhanced-efficiency, multi-nutrient, slow-release specialty fertilizer made to fit the needs of crop production, while also adhering to the highest standards of sustainability and environmental stewardship.
“Our research and on-farm trial data show that when using Anuvia technology, crops require less nutrients for the same yield,” says Yoder. “In fact, SymTRX will increase yield by more than 5 per cent using a comparable rate compared to a conventional fertilizer.
“Net greenhouse gas emissions associated with SymTRX production and application are significantly less than with a conventional inorganic fertilizer. When Anuvia products are part of a blend, the carbon footprint can be reduced by as much as 26 per cent in multiple crops compared to urea alone.”
Ronnie Helms, a rice farmer and research contractor/consultant, Stuttgart, AR, says farmers in the area like what they see with SymTRX. Many have accepted the bio-based fertilizer as a viable product and commonly use it on corn, rice and wheat.
“We’ve done trials using Anuvia’s research protocol and our own on-farm trials,” says Helms. “The numbers are positive – 6- to 8-bushel per acre yield increases – whether used early pre-plant or postemergence at the 3- to 4-leaf growth stage in rice.
“The uniform size and density of granular SymTRX is another benefit for quality control and quality assurance in application.”
Helms also values the environmental benefits of SymTRX. “Anytime you can increase yields, reduce nitrogen loss and greenhouse gas, it’s a plus. With this fertilizer, you’re not releasing greenhouse gas that turns into nitrous oxide, which is detrimental to the environment. It’s a sustainable crop input that creates plant biomass and sequesters carbon.”
Dustin Harrell agrees that SymTRX offers significant benefits for sustainable crop production. Harrell is a professor and Extension Rice Specialist at Louisiana State University AgCenter, Rice Research Station, Crowley. Among his various trials, his research has focused on using SymTRX as a bio-based fertilizer application compared to conventional inorganic fertilizers.
“SymTRX is clearly a fertilizer that rice farmers can substitute for a traditional inorganic fertilizer. It provides some nitrogen to the soil immediately, plus offers a portion of the nitrogen with some slow release,” says Harrell.
“When we tested SymTRX to gauge volatility, we didn’t experience any losses,” says Harrell. “From an air quality standpoint, it will reduce some of the volatility losses associated with urea. Also, the organic portion of SymTRX places organic matter back into the soil – something you don’t get with inorganic fertilizer.”
In 2018, the Anuvia technology will be applied on approximately 600,000 acres, positively impacting yields, air quality, water quality and soil health. Anuvia recently partnered with Smithfield Foods to use materials to create sustainable fertilizer from renewable biological materials collected from manure treatment systems at Smithfield’s company-owned and contract hog farms.

Weekend event will raise money for diabetes research

A weekend fundraiser in Tuscaloosa will benefit research efforts to fight diabetes.
Randall-Reilly, 3200 Rice Mine Road NE, will host the Family Fun Day from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday.
The event will inlcude craft vendors, inflatable bounce houses, games with prizes, face painting, balloons, an appearance by the Chick-fil-A cow and a music DJ.
Randall-Reilly will sell cotton candy and grilled hot dogs and hamburgers and there will be food trucks, including Taqueria La Reina, T-Town Snow and Gampy’s Soda and Sweets.
Admission is free, but proceeds from the sales by some of the vendors will go to JDRF, an organization that supports Type 1 diabetes research.
Representatives from JDRF and Camp Seale Harris, a camp for kids with Type 1 diabetes, will be at the event.
Myanmar explores paddy-fish culture for more value
Research is being carried out at the Ayeyarwaddy Delta Region to pair paddy and fish businesses for mutual benefits. Zarni Phyo/The Myanmar Times
Research is being carried out at the Ayeyarwaddy Delta Region to pair paddy and fish businesses for mutual benefits, said U Myint Zin Htoo, deputy director general of the Fisheries Department under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI).
“We have conducted research to pair paddy and rice. The goal is to breed fish in the paddy fields. This system is also successful in the international community as well,” he told The Myanmar Times on Monday. 
The waterlogged conditions in paddy fields make the areas ideal for breeding fish, which grow along with the paddy until harvest time. This is a good option for fish breeders who find it hard to obtain approvals to use land for fish ponds. Of the 120,000 acres of land suitable for aquaculture, only half has been approved, according to the Department of Fisheries under MOALI.
 This is because regional and state authorities prioritise the use of land for rice cultivation and the penalty for illegal use of land for fish ponds is currently K1 million per acre. 
As the delta region has many deep water areas, there are opportunities to pair paddy and fish businesses. Currently, research is being carried out on how best to do so with the support of Australia’s International Agricultural Research Department.
The paddy-fish pairing system has potential to bring further developments to Myanmar. The agricultural sector is one third of GDP, accounts for two thirds of total jobs and one third of foreign income, said Dr Aung Thu, Minister of MOALI.
“To enable more than 70pc of Myanmar people to enjoy good income, we are focusing on paddy and fish as main growth products in the agricultural and livestock sector,” he said.
He added that the paddy-fish pairing system will generate new business opportunities which will not only increase incomes but also become a source of good nutrition and food supply for farmers and their families. The pairing system will yield many benefits and opportunities, he said.
Still, some challenges need to be overcome in Myanmar for the paddy-fish system to be successful, said U Myint Zin Htoo. “Paddy is the main crop for our country. So, people are worried if the pairing system will decrease paddy production. It is also difficult to decide which of the two to prioritise,” he said.
U Myint Zin Htoo suggested that the deep water areas where paddy production is low should be utilised to breed fish. “If we encourage both the harvesting of paddy and breeding of fish, the farmers can get benefits from both. We want to do that but on a small scale to start with,” he said. 
Research will be carried out to choose the fish compatible with the region’s weather. The research will be carried out until 2021 and will continue depending on the results. Last year, Myanmar enjoyed a record US$700 million from fish exports.

Rice tariff bill hurdles House on second reading
August 7, 2018 | 9:48 pm

THE House of Representatives, voting viva voce, passed on second reading the rice tariff bill, which hopes to broaden rice imports and use the tariffs to fund measures to improve competitiveness in the rice industry.
House Bill 7735, the Revised Agricultural Tariffication Act, proposes the creation the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) as the government expands the role of private traders in importing rice.
The fund will help support upgrades to farming equipment and provide financing for crop loans and insurance, among others.
The fund will also be used for post-harvest, logistical projects and rice marketing, rice scholarships and vocational education and research extension services.
Albay Representative Edcel C. Lagman, prior to voting, moved to introduce a provision to automatically appropriate funds for RCEF.
“The proceeds from the rice fund shall automatically be appropriated and periodically released by the DBM (Department of Budget and Management) to the DA (Department of Agriculture) in order to sustain the program on rice sufficiency and enhance the small farmers self-reliance,” Mr. Lagman said. The proposal was accepted by bill sponsor Representative Jose T. Panganiban.
The measure also proposes to restore the minimum access volume (MAV) on rice to its 2012 level of 350,000 metric tons (MT).
It also proposed that the bound rate for rice imported from non-ASEAN World Trade Organization members be set at the 40% Most Favored Nation (MFN) rate within the 350,000 MT MAV. Beyond the quota, the rate rises to 180% for MFNs.
Imports from ASEAN will follow import duty rates set out by the ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement.
The measure will also allow the President to make adjustments in the applied rate, or regulate rice exports as well as imports, and enter into trade negotiations, relating to bound or maximum rates on rice trade. The president, however, can intervene for not more than two months.
The “Revised Agricultural Tariffication Act,” is among the priority bills listed by the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council.
Its counterpart measure, Senate Bill 1839, authored by Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian, remains pending at the committee level. — Charmaine A. Tadalan

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ARLINGTON, VA -- If you're thinking about how to pay for college next year -- Think Rice -- because the National Rice Month (NRM) Scholarship video contest is here.  And it's easy to participate!  

If you're a high school graduating student from Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, or Texas, submit a three-minute video that creates awareness and promotes U.S.-grown rice, September National Rice Month, and the importance of rice to your state.

Entries will be judged on creativity, quality, popularity, and effectiveness in promoting U.S.-grown rice.  Sample topics include:  rice production, nutrition (think about incorporating USDA's MyPlate MyState), sustainability, marketing/promotion ... the list goes on! 

Three scholarship prizes, sponsored by Corteva Agriscience, totaling $8,500 will be awarded.  The grand-prize winner will receive a $4,000 scholarship and a trip with a chaperone this December to the awards ceremony at the 2018 USA Rice Outlook Conference in San Diego, California.  The second-place winner will receive a $3,000 scholarship, and third-place $1,500.

Last year's grand prize winner, Jared Fitton, a self-proclaimed computer science nerd who graduated from the Santa Barbara High School Computer Science Academy in California, tapped into his technology skills to create a stop-motion video to help tell the U.S. rice story. 

"I wanted to think outside the box, and find an interesting and entertaining way to promote awareness of one of American's favorite grains," said Fitton.  Entries are due by October 31

For more information and to submit an entry, visit the NRM scholarship page.

Heart of Louisiana: Rice Mill

Wednesday, August 8th 2018, 6:36 am PKTWednesday, August 8th 2018, 6:36 am PKT
Written by: Dave McNamara, Heart of Louisiana
Louisiana is the nation’s third-largest producer of rice, but the state makes a claim to having America’s oldest operating rice mill. (Source: Conrad website)
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Louisiana is the nation’s third-largest producer of rice, but the state makes a claim to having America’s oldest operating rice mill. And you can find products from that mill in food stores in every state in the country.The belts that turn the wheels and pulleys in this rice mill are made out of leather. That’s how this machinery worked when it was installed a century ago by P.A. Conrad of New Iberia."There were rice mills before us, but they have all ceased to exist. He built this thing in 1912," said Mike Davis.Davis, a former teacher and farmer, bought the rice mill from the Conrad family in 1975. Since then, he’s been milling mostly brown rice"We have these elevators that literally elevate the rice to the third floor, and then we drop it down from one machine to the next by gravity, and then we bring it back up. We figured one day that the rice travels a couple of miles before it gets out of here."
In this machine, the rice hulls are shaken loose and separated from the grains of brown rice. The 100-year-old process creates a product that is now growing in popularity
"We are really lucky that there is a move in the country where natural foods are very much on the inside. And that’s what we’re geared towards," Davis said.The products are gluten free and certified non-GMO – that’s no genetically modified organisms. And Davis is expanding his Konriko brand beyond his popular wild pecan brown rice. “This is where we make the crackers. We make our whole grain crackers," Davis said.
There are rice snacks, sauces and marinades and seasonings. The mill can package a thousand cases of chipotle seasoning in a day.“She’s filling them up…check weighing to make sure they’re the right weight…and then seaming it," Davis said.And something else that’s sold here - tours of the rice mill. Davis says he got the idea from the Jack Daniel’s distillery in Tennessee.
"So we built a tourist reception center which gets almost 50,000 people a year. We were able to get on the National Register," Davis said.It’s only a short distance to the mill from the rice fields of Southwest Louisiana."Every grain of rice that runs through Conrad rice mill is from the state of Louisiana. Every grain," Davis said.
As Davis approaches his 70th birthday, he’s planning no retirement for himself or his old rice mill."And people kept saying, 'So what are you going to do? When are you going to retire?' And my answer is when the local funeral home comes here and the gurney and carries me out, i’m retired. Because this is fun," he said.
And it’s a bit of Louisiana history that’s still creating products that are found on supermarket shelves across the country.The Conrad rice mill is located along the railroad tracks in downtown New Iberia, and it’s open for tours Monday through Saturday.
Japanese Lose Their Taste for Rice |
Over the last 50 years, consumption of rice, the main staple in Japanese people’s diets, has halved.
In 1962, Japan’s economy was booming and the annual consumption of rice per capita was 118.3 kilograms. It has plummeted since, however, falling to 54.4 kilograms per person in 2016, or less than half the former amount. Calculating one bowl of white rice as weighing 60 grams, Japanese people ate 5.4 bowls each day on average in 1962 and a mere 2.5 bowls in 2016. While producers are making every effort to improve flavor and texture at agricultural experiment stations across the country, consumers’ move away from the former favorite staple shows no signs of slowing.
While Japanese people are not eating as much rice, their consumption of meat, milk and dairy products, and fats and oils has increased. Between 1962 and 2016, there was a 2.7-fold rise in consumption of fats and oils from 5.3 to 14.2 kilograms, a 4.2-fold rise for meat from 7.6 to 31.6 kilograms, and a 3.2-fold rise for milk and dairy products from 28.4 to 91.3 kilograms. In addition to the increased preference for a more Western-style diet, the tendency to eat less as people get older, and a fall in the overall population are contributory factors to reduced rice consumption. In recent years, there has also been a huge trend of people aiming to stay slim by cutting down on carbohydrates.
In a 2014 Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries survey, nearly half of the respondents said they chose not to eat rice in the evenings because they “want to try a wide variety of staple foods.” On busy mornings, people also prefer to choose staple foods other than rice that can be eaten quickly and do not need much time for preparation and cleaning up.
According to a survey on family income and expenditure conducted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, spending on bread overtook rice for the first time in 2011. In 2012, rice narrowly managed to overtake bread again; however, from 2013 onward, expenditure on bread has remained ahead of rice.
In 2013, washoku, traditional Japanese cuisine, was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Its healthy image is spurring growing popularity overseas. It seems, however, that Japanese people today fail to see its true value.

(Translated from Japanese. Banner photo: © Pixta.)

COA: NFA used P5 billion for loan payment instead of buying rice

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News
Aug 08 2018 04:38 PM
MANILA - The Commission on Audit questioned the decision of the National Food Authority to use the P5.1 billion subsidy from the national government as payment for maturing loans instead of allocating the funds for the food security program of the agency. 
In the 2017 audit report on the NFA, government auditors said the agency received the amount on March 2, 2017 representing the national government subsidy for the agency to make sure there is sufficient food in the country.
“In view of the effort of NFA to meet its current obligations, the funds received by the agency were utilized for the payment of maturing loans, thus, the intended purpose of the allotment/funds received for CY (Calendar Year) 2017 for the implementation of Food Security Program might not be fully realized,” the COA said. 
COA said the subsidy should have been deposited to the Cereal Procurement Fund account to fund the purchase of rice grains in the regional offices and field operating units of the NFA.
The funds could also have been used to compete with local traders during harvest reason which may have contributed to the procurement shortfall of 124,969 metric tons of produce last year.
“Had the NFA attained its target procurement, it would not have only added to the mandatory buffer stock requirement, but would have likewise encouraged farmers to produce more and minimize the need to import rice which utilizes foreign exchange reserve that eventually result in foreign or domestic borrowings for NFA,” the COA said. 
The NFA however said maturing obligations were given priority to save on financial expenses such as interest and documentary stamp tax.
“For CY 2016, financial charges amounted to P6 billion, which was higher than the operating expenses of P4 billion for Personnel Services and Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses,” the COA said quoting NFA.
The NFA also said it was difficult to compete with their price of P17 per kilogram compared to the offer of traders ranging between P18.40 to P20.29 from January to May 2017.
Government auditors consequently flagged the buffer stock of the NFA which “were way below” the mandatory requirement of 15 days in each month and 30 days in June.The COA noted that low importation and non-competitive buying price of palay in 2017 caused rice supply shortages and higher prices of commercial rice in the market. 
“Had there been regular review of palay prices, the NFA would have at least met its target and would have not only added to the buffer stock for the food security requirement of the country but would have also encouraged farmers to produce more and eventually minimize, if not eliminate, the need to import rice,” the COA said. 
Government auditors reiterated their recommendations in the previous year’s audit that the NFA should have a more “realistic and relevant” rice procurement plan and strengthen the monitoring of rice stocks level at all times.NFA regional offices told the COA that they are continuously “strategizing” but maintained that their prices should be made competitive.“The Davao city PO (Provincial Office) commented that since Davao City is non-productive area, it is relying on other province/region’s augmentation or importation, when warranted, thus, strongly suggests the increase in support price of palay to be competitive to farm gate price of traders and attain higher procurement among surplus areas where local stocks are sourced,” the COA said quoting the NFA.
Government auditors also noted the low distribution rate in 2016 of rice procured in 2015 due to the inefficient implementation of the “First In First Out” policy resulting to bags being sold at higher prices. The NFA however said it was better to adjust prices of rice in areas where there is abundant supply of commercial rice at low prices than have additional expenses for holding and maintenance costs.

NPCC sees need to import more rice, sugar, fish, veggies to bring down prices

Published August 8, 2018 3:08pm 
The National Price Coordinating Council (NPCC) on Wednesday stressed the need to import not only more rice and sugar but also more fish and vegetables to address supply constraints and ultimately help ease local prices.Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez said the council saw problems in supply which caused prices to go up.
“[The NPCC meeting] basically confirmed that [for] some basic prices especially on agriculture products, may mga increase compared to last year. If you compare it versus last month, relatively stable," Lopez said.
"Pero 'pag kinompare mo versus last year, doon makita mo may increases nga. Supply constraint ang karamihan na report.” he added.
The council has agreed to increase the importation not only of rice and sugar, but also fish and vegetable.
“Napag-usapan iyong allowing importation on fish and even on sugar if we have to continue and on rice also. Our president has given instruction to really fill up the warehosues ng [National Food Authority]," he said.
Lopez said measures will be put in place to insulate local farmers and fisherfolk from the negative impact on their livelihood of an increased importation.
“There is a tariff that will protect the farmers but anybody can import so that may siguradong supply," he said. — MDM, GMA News

By CNN Philippines Staff
Updated 20:20 PM PHT Wed, August 8, 2018
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 8) — House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said that the House is close to passing the rice tariffication bill.Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Arroyo said that the House passed the bill on its second reading Tuesday night, and that she expects it to be passed on its third and final reading within the week.
"I would imagine we will pass it in the House on third reading at the very latest three days after we passed it on second reading last night," the former President said.Currently, private rice traders can ship 805,200 tons of rice annually without tariffs.The bill aims to do away with this restriction, and instead, impose a general tariff on all rice imports, which will allow more rice imports to lower the price of rice.
Economic managers of the Duterte administration flagged rice prices as one of the main causes of last month's inflation, which reached another five-year high at 5.7 percent."Part of the supply problem is the country's declining rice stock inventory -- caused by weather disturbances in the country and in other rice-producing countries like Thailand and Vietnam -- which is taking a toll on the prices of rice," said Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia and Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno in a statement as the joint economic team.
They called for the amendment of Republic Act No. 8178 or the Agricultural Tariffication Act to bring down the price of rice.The bill for rice tariffication is also one of the priorities stated by President Rodrigo Duterte during his 2018 State of the Nation Address.The counterpart bill in the Senate is still pending at the committee level.

Mutant Rice Varieties Help Indonesia Reduce Rice Imports

08 Aug 2018
The village of Gowa in the South Sulawesi province of Indonesia has an agrarian history that dates back to the fourteenth century – an agricultural prominence it still maintains, in part due to the top-grade fertile soil in the region. In fact, the area is now serving as a centre for the introduction of new mutant rice varieties that owe their existence to nuclear technology. Through the combined expertise of the National Nuclear Energy Agency of Indonesia (BATAN), the Joint FAO/IAEA Division and PB Salewangang, a certified seed breeding company, 18 Gowa farmers have planted their land exclusively with six new mutant rice varieties. But these farmers aren’t growing the new varieties as a food crop. They are using BATAN’s breeder seed material in their fields for seed multiplication. Once multiplied, PB Salewangang distributes seeds to other farmers interested in planting the new varieties to take advantage of their improved yield and quality.
Although Indonesia is the world’s third largest grower of rice, it still must import rice almost every year, mainly to keep reserves at a safe level. The main reasons for the gap can be traced to farmers using non-optimal production techniques and to the fact that each person in the country consumes an average 150 kg of rice per year – an extremely high consumption rate. In addition, smallholder farmers, with less than 0.8 ha of land, account for 90 percent of Indonesia’s rice production and so cannot take advantage of economies of scale in their production. Indonesia encourages technological innovation in its goal of reaching self-sufficiency in rice production.
Indonesia encourages technological innovation in its goal of reaching self-sufficiency in rice production. In addition to promoting improved rice infrastructure, including irrigation planning, it also supports the plant mutation breeding work of the National Nuclear Energy Agency of Indonesia (BATAN). BATAN has a long history of success, breeding crop varieties that bring higher yields to meet the needs of Indonesian farmers. Now, it is expanding this success – still breeding for yield but also focusing on specific quality parameters, meaning that it seeks varieties that have the taste and texture that consumers are increasingly looking for.

Mutation breeding adds 3 275 varieties to the world’s food basket

Since the 1970s, BATAN has worked very closely with the Joint FAO/IAEA Division and has received both state-of-the-art equipment and extensive training in the implementation and use of mutation breeding technologies that improve and speed up the process of mutation breeding. Indeed, the Joint Division has promoted the worldwide use of plant mutation breeding since its inception in 1964. As of March 2018, people around the world were benefitting from 3 275 officially released mutant varieties of 214 different plant species, 50 percent of which are cereals and 15 percent are legumes. The process itself calls for exposing seeds to gamma irradiation, which generates random genetic variations. Those variations that display the desired characteristics are then subject to further testing and breeding.
To date, BATAN has developed 23 mutant rice varieties. It typically contracts with certified seed breeding companies that multiply the seeds for dissemination and then market the new seeds to farmers, hosting harvest fairs to introduce farmers to the advantages of adopting the new varieties.
PB Salewangang, one of Indonesia’s most respected producers of certified seed, chose farmers in Gowa, in South Sulawesi, to multiply the seeds of six of BATAN’s latest mutant varieties. This area was chosen because, while it has top-grade soil, farmers there do not really prosper as they should, mainly because they have insufficient supply of good quality rice seeds that would ensure high yields and a profitable return.
In 2016, those farmers growing BATAN’s new Sidenuk, DiahSuci and Mira-1 rice varieties had a 150 percent increase in yield compared with conventional paddy seeds, and were indeed able to supply 3 percent of the seed required by the entire South Sulawesi province. The success inspired other farmers to use the company’s seeds. In 2017, the company chose 18 farmers to plant six mutant varieties and, with the March 2018 harvest, the six varieties had averaged a 50 percent increase in yield.
These new rice mutant varieties are especially important today because they are adaptable to climate change variability. Already, 4.7 percent of Indonesia’s rice fields are cultivated with high-yielding mutant varieties of rice. This means that 800 000 farmers are involved, and they are producing enough rice for 20 million people. BATAN recognizes the value of these high yielding varieties and, in collaboration with some local governments and the Ministry of Agriculture, it has established Agro Techno Parks (ATPs) in some provinces which are expected to become centres of excellence for developing certified seeds of mutant varieties and related technologies to support food production under climate smart agriculture.

Vietnam encounters barriers exporting rice to China
VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnam’s rice export price has unexpectedly surpassed Thailand’s prices, but the good news has been overshadowed by China’s higher import tariff on sticky rice and tighter control over imports.

RGA Ricegrowers Association of Australia :
The RGA Welcomes Drought Assistance Packages

08/08/2018 | 02:32am EDT
8 Aug 2018 1:32 PM -
The Ricegrowers' Association of Australia (RGA) welcomes the recently announced State and Federal drought assistance packages.The RGA President, Mr Jeremy Morton said, 'The announcement of the NSW Governments $500 million Emergency Drought Relief Package and the Federal Governments extension and increased Farm Household Allowance Scheme payments is welcome news to all farmers who are struggling through the drought conditions.'
Vietnam's rice export price has surpassed Thailand's price

According to the Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development (MARD), in July 2018, Vietnam exported 382,000 tons of rice, worth $195 million, raising the total rice exports in the first seven months of the year to 3.9 million tons, worth $2 billion.

This represented a 12.2 percent increase in quantity and 29.2 percent in value compared with the same period of 2017.

The average rice export price in the first half of 2018 was $508 per ton, up 14.2 percent compared with the same period last year.

After a tough year in 2017, Vietnam’s rice exports have bounced back since the beginning of 2018, increasing sharply in both quantity and value. 
While the export prices of all other countries decreased in June 2018, Vietnam’s 5 percent broken rice could be sold at $450 per ton, higher than Thai rice of the same kind ($435 per ton) and Indian rice ($410).
While the export prices of all other countries decreased in June 2018, Vietnam’s 5 percent broken rice could be sold at $450 per ton, higher than Thai rice of the same kind ($435 per ton) and Indian rice ($410).

This was breaking news for the rice export community. MARD’s Deputy Minister Ha Cong Tuan, when meeting the press, said Vietnam’s export price is on the rise thanks to the higher proportion of high-end and fragrant rice, which account for 80 percent.However, rice exporters have been warned of difficulties ahead as China unexpectedly raised the import tariff on non-quota sticky rice from 5 percent to 50 percent.As a result, sticky rice exports to the market dropped sharply, as did the export price, from $475-485 per ton to $425-435.

Vietnam’s rice exports also bear stricter control by Chinese agencies which have also raised the plant quarantine standards for Vietnam rice exporters.MARD reported that in the first six months of the year, Vietnam was the biggest rice market of Vietnam which consumed 26.8 percent of total exports (891,700 tons, worth $474.8 million).

For scented rice, with export value of $472.6 million, accounting for 26.5 percent of total exports, the major markets were China, Ghana and Iraq. For sticky rice, China remained the biggest consumer, accounting for 81.6 percent.Analysts predicted big opportunities for Vietnam to boost exports in the last months of the year as demand from major markets such as the Philippines and the Middle East is rising.

However, they also warned of difficulties Vietnam will meet when exporting to China. They said the export price may not remain at a high level because of the appreciation of the US dollar.

Can Tho to have more firms to export rice to China

Wednesday, 08/08/2018, 19:35
The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho will further support local businesses to increase the number of firms eligible to export rice to China, whose demand for the grain is still growing.
The working session between Can Tho leaders and a delegation from the Chinese food association on August 8 (Photo: VNA)
The remark was made by Director of the municipal Department of Industry and Trade Nguyen Minh Toai at a working session between Can Tho leaders and a delegation from the Chinese food association on August 8.

Wang Zhi Xi, Chairman of a food company based in Dongguan city of Guangdong province, said the rice demand in China is very big and tends to be on the rise. Sales at his business could reach up to 800 tonnes per day, or 300,000 tonnes per year.

The market is also shifting from cheap to high-quality and organic rice. Therefore, through local leaders, he hopes to seek suitable suppliers in the Mekong Delta.Dao Viet Anh, Commercial Counsellor of the Vietnamese Embassy in China, said trade between the two countries has been developing in recent years, reaching US$121.3 billion in 2017, up 23.4% year on year. China is the biggest trade partner of Vietnam, which also respectively ranks first and eighth among ASEAN and global trade partners of China.

China imported 3.99 million tonnes of rice in 2017, up 12.96% from the previous year. That included 2.26 million tonnes from Vietnamese, making up 56.72% of China’s total import volume. In the first half of this year, it purchased 1.78 million tonnes of the grain and cereal, including 850,000 tonnes of rice from Vietnam.However, Vietnam’s rice export to its neighbor is forecast to encounter difficulties in maintaining the growth trend seen in the past years, Anh noted, attributing the problem to China’s hike of rice import tariff since July 1, 2018, and fierce competition from other exporters.

Director Toai said at present, Can Tho has only four businesses eligible and licensed to directly ship rice to China. To increase the number of those companies, local authorities will help them professionalise the production process to ensure export rice will meet the two countries’ standards.Local enterprises will also be assisted to seek partners through trade promotion and business-to-business events and build and register rice trademarks in China, he added.

Thailand raises 2018 rice export forecast to 11 mln T
Reuters Staff
AUGUST 8, 2018 / 3:00 PM
BANGKOK, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Thailand expects to export 11 million tonnes of rice worth $5.6 billion in 2018, higher than an initial forecast, the country’s rice exporters association said on Wednesday.

Thailand, the world’s second-largest rice exporter after India, initially expected to export 9.5 million tonnes of rice this year.

The association cited growing demand from importing countries, including Indonesia and the Philippines, and a weaker baht making Thai rice more competitive, as factors for the expected higher export amount.

Thailand exported a record 11.63 million tonnes in 2017. (Reporting by Patpicha Tanakasempipat; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)

Rice export earnings hit over $ 227 million

Submitted by Eleven on Wed, 08/08/2018 - 11:59
Writer: Sithu Aung

Until July 27 of 2018-2019 fiscal year, the country earned US$ 277.775 million from exports of 802212.57 tonnes of rice and broken rice, according to the Commerce Ministry.During four months of the minibudget period, the country exported over 358170 tonnes of rice and broken rice via marine route and over 444,014 tonnes via border routes.The country exported 1.423 million tonnes of rice and broken rice worth US$ 551 million in 2012-2013 FY, 1.262 million tonnes worth US$ 475 million in 2013-2014 FY, 1.840 million tonnes worth US$ 660 million in 2014-2015 FY, 1.493 million tonnes worth US$ 526 million in 2015-2016 FY, 1.750 million tonnes worth US$ 553 million in 2016-2017 FY and 3.576 million tonnes worth over US$ 1,136 million in 2017-2018 FY.
The volume of rice export via border trade exceeds sea route exports. Rice exports via border trade accounted for 60 per cent in 2012-2013, 72 per cent in 2013-2014, 77 per cent in 2014-2015, 82 per cent in 2015-2016 and 72 per cent in 2016-2017.
Rice export is expected to hit up to four million tonnes of rice worth US$ 1.5 billion during three years, according to Myanmar Rice Federation.

Depression weakens a round, but Met sees successor brewing

Satellite image as of 12 noon IST
Yesterday's depression crossed the Bengal/Odisha coast and has weakened a round to a well-marked low-pressure area, though it does not reduce its rain-generating capacity by a great extent.
The well-marked 'low' sat over North Chhattisgarh in the neighbourhood this morning, but has triggered heavy to very rainfall over East India with the rain belt now poised to move into Central India.

Another 'low' soon

Hardly has the well-marked 'low' started this journey in earnest, the India Met Department (IMD) has notified the possibility of a follow-up 'low' over the North-West Bay of Bengal in another five days.
This will carry on the active monsoon conditions well past mid-August by when the US National Weather Services has signalled the possibility of yet another 'low' popping up along the East Coast.
Meanwhile, the IMD has said that the well-marked 'low' would bring widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy rain with extremely heavy falls over Chhattisgarh until tomorrow.
Telangana too may receive widespread rainfall with isolated very heavy falls during this period, while Madhya Pradesh and Vidarbha would experience fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy falls during the next three days.
Strengthening of the low-level monsoon westerlies from the Arabian Sea and interaction with the easterlies from the well-marked 'low' could be another potential cause heavy rain along the West Coast.
The IMD has forecast widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy falls along the West Coast and the adjoining ghat areas during the two days.
Kerala has already come under the receiving end of the re-energised monsoon with Wayand district in the North receiving practically non-stop rain during the 12 hours ending this morning.

Scenario of Kerala dams

Heavy rains elsewhere has renewed the possibility of shutters opening at the already brimming reservoirs with a 'red alert' having been declared at Idamalayar reservoir in Ernakulam district.
Along with Idukki, the largest reservoir in the state, a penultimate 'orange' alert had been declared at Idamalayar during the the first heavy monsoon spell that had peaked last week.
Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB)), which operates both dams, said that the shutter gates of Idamalayar will be opened tomorrow and 5791.61 cubic feet per second of water will be released.
This may lead to raising the present water level of River Periyar by 3.2- to 4.9 feet. The released water may reach Aluva region, north of Ernakulam, in five to six hours.
Earlier in 2013, opening of the shutters at Idamalayar had released 31783.2 cubic feet per second of water, a spokesman of the KSEB said here, while making the announcement.
Meanwhile, the level at the Idukki reservoir has gradually resumed a rising trend from overnight rain, reaching 2,396.96 ft against a full reservoir level of 2,403 ft.
But the Kerala Dam Safety Authority has recommended that the spillways of the reservoir at nearby Cheruthoni need not be opened anytime before the level reaches the maximum.

Water Shortage Endangers Pakistan Rice Harvest

Severe water shortage for rice crop in upper Sindh has been troubling farmers as it has delayed the sowing of the crop. Farmers are not even certain whether they will be able to harvest the crop. Protesting farmers have staged sit-ins and observed hunger strikes in the last few weeks but the ongoing political wrangling due to the elections has become so all-encompassing that the authorities concerned have turned a blind eye to the issue. According to the paddy farmers, the acute water shortage is not only feared to hit the rice crop but it has also translated into water disputes among different communities.

Nagpur Foodgrain Prices Open- AUG 08, 2018

Commodities23 hours ago (Aug 08, 2018 15:00)

© Reuters. Nagpur Foodgrain Prices Open- AUG 08, 2018
Nagpur Foodgrain Prices – APMC/Open Market-August 8, 2018 Nagpur, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Gram prices reported strong in Nagpur Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) on good demand from local millers amid weak arrival from producing belts. Fresh hike in Madhya Pradesh gram prices and good recovery on NCDEX also helped to push up prices. About 900 bags of desi gram reported for auction in Nagpur APMC, according to sources.
* Desi gram showed upward tendency in open market here on renewed demand from local
traders. Weak monsoon in this region also activated stockists.
* Tuar varieties ruled steady in open market here on subdued demand from local
traders amid ample stock in ready position.
* Wheat Lokwan reported higher in open market on good demand from local trader amid
weak supply from producing regions.
* In Akola, Tuar New – 3,950-4,025, Tuar dal (clean) – 5,700-5,850, Udid Mogar (clean)
– 6,900-7,600, Moong Mogar (clean) 7,300-8,100, Gram – 4,050-4,100, Gram Super best
– 5,200-5,300
* Other varieties of wheat, rice and other foodgrain items moved in a narrow range in
scattered deals and settled at last levels in thin trading activity.
Nagpur foodgrains APMC auction/open-market prices in rupees for 100 kg
Available prices
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Gram Auction
Gram Pink Auction
Tuar Auction
Moong Auction
Udid Auction
Masoor Auction
Wheat Mill quality Auction
Gram Super Best Bold
Gram Super Best
Gram Medium Best
Gram Dal Medium
Gram Mill Quality
Desi gram Raw
Gram Kabuli
Tuar Fataka Best-New
Tuar Fataka Medium-New
Tuar Dal Best Phod-New
Tuar Dal Medium phod-New
Tuar Gavarani New
Tuar Karnataka
Masoor dal best
Masoor dal medium
Moong Mogar bold (New)
Moong Mogar Medium
Moong dal Chilka New
Moong Mill quality
Moong Chamki best
Udid Mogar best (100 INR/KG) (New) 6,800-8,000
Udid Mogar Medium (100 INR/KG)
Udid Dal Black (100 INR/KG)
Batri dal (100 INR/KG)
Lakhodi dal (100 INR/kg)
Watana Dal (100 INR/KG)
Watana Green Best (100 INR/KG)
Wheat 308 (100 INR/KG)
Wheat Mill quality (100 INR/KG)
Wheat Filter (100 INR/KG)
Wheat Lokwan best (100 INR/KG)
Wheat Lokwan medium (100 INR/KG) 2,150-2,350
Lokwan Hath Binar (100 INR/KG)
MP Sharbati Best (100 INR/KG)
MP Sharbati Medium (100 INR/KG)
Rice Parmal (100 INR/KG)
Rice BPT best (100 INR/KG)
Rice BPT medium (100 INR/KG)
Rice Luchai (100 INR/KG)
Rice Swarna best (100 INR/KG)
Rice Swarna medium (100 INR/KG)
Rice HMT best (100 INR/KG)
Rice HMT medium (100 INR/KG)
Rice Shriram best(100 INR/KG)
Rice Shriram med (100 INR/KG)
Rice Basmati best (100 INR/KG)
Rice Basmati Medium (100 INR/KG)
Rice Chinnor best 100 INR/KG)
Rice Chinnor medium (100 INR/KG)
Jowar Gavarani (100 INR/KG)
Jowar CH-5 (100 INR/KG)
1,700-2,000 WEATHER (NAGPUR) Maximum temp. 31.0 degree Celsius, minimum temp. 23.3 degree Celsius Rainfall : 2.4 mm FORECAST: Generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rains or thunder-showers. Maximum and minimum temperature would be around and 31 and 24 degree Celsius respectively. Note: n.a.--not available (For oils, transport costs are excluded from plant delivery prices, but included in market prices)

Belchim Crop Protection USA to distribute Tenchu 20SG rice insecticide

Tenchu 20SG will be distributed throughout Mid-South states and available at most local farm ag chemical suppliers.
Dinotefuran, the active ingredient in Tenchu, shows 7 to 11 days of residual control to protect rice from rice stink bugs and pecky rice.
Aug 08, 2018
Belchim Crop Protection USA has announced it will be distributing Tenchu 20SG (active ingredient dinotefuran), a leading insecticide to protect rice crops against rice stink bugs.Rice stink bug (RSB), the primary cause of pecky rice, was first reported as a pest of rice in the 1880s. With quality becoming a bigger issue every year, rice stink bug control is critical to producing a profitable crop. Dr. M. O. (Mo) Way, professor of entomology at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center, shared his thoughts on the major factors contributing to this problem pest.
“One of the reasons is the grain sorghum grown nearby. When the sorghum is harvested, the stink bugs move into the rice, which is heading about the same time,” said Way. “Another factor is the use of malathion as part of the Boll Weevil Eradication Program possibly killing off some of the beneficials, and a third factor is related to pyrethroids. There are a lot of pyrethroids being sprayed on multiple crops in our area, and we’re seeing problems with them. We used to have maybe four or five to seven days residual, but we’re not seeing that any longer.”
Dinotefuran, the active ingredient in Tenchu, is systemic and shows residual control of 7 to 11 days. The rate of application is 7.5 to 10.5 ounces per acre, which is equal to 0.09375 to 0.131 pounds of active ingredient per acre. With Tenchu, no more than two applications per season are needed and the pre-harvest interval is seven days.
To find out more about Tenchu 20SG, visit Belchim Crop Protection USA’s website via the link: