Thursday, September 06, 2018

6th September,2018 daily global regional local rice e-newsletter



U.S. Rice Milling:  The $15 Billion Economic Engine 


ARLINGTON, VA -- A recent report conducted by Louisiana State University's (LSU) AgCenter highlights just how essential the rice milling industry is, not only to rice-producing states but to the U.S. economy as a whole.

According to the survey, which compiled data from universities and research centers in all six rice-producing states, rice milling operations contribute $9.34 billion in total goods and services to the U.S. economy, along with an additional $5.94 billion when labor wages and business profits are considered.  When the tab is added up, that amounts to more than $15 billion annually. 

The study, authored by Michael E. Salassi and J. Matthew Fannin of the LSU Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, uses a range of metrics to analyze the benefit the U.S. economy reaps from the rice milling industry.  When assessing the industry's true value to U.S. economic stability and security, Salassi and Fannin looked at the impact of indirect benefits such as wages created by businesses and industries affiliated with rice milling like shipping, for example, and factored in materials and goods purchased by rice millers as part of the milling process.  They also considered the wages that rice mill employees put back into the economy, helping it thrive, a concept known as "induced contributions."

When all the data for direct, indirect, and induced contributions is tallied up, the result is clear:  rice milling contributes enormously to the U.S. economy at a local, state, and national level.

Having this detailed data set available will be a valuable tool for USA Rice members, whether they're advocating in Washington or educating their own communities.

"I think it's a great thing that this study is already being utilized," said Keith Gray, Texas rice miller and chair of the USA Rice Millers' Association Board of Directors.  "It's a sad fact that even in rice growing states, a lot of people still think the rice on the shelves comes from foreign countries.  We always knew the rice milling industry made a big impact on the local and national economy, but there wasn't ever anything in writing that said that.  This study shows without doubt that, yes, rice is a big industry, and yes, it's in your backyard." 

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Nigeria: States Bask in Rice Production As Nigeria Plans to Exit Import By 2020

By Chika Izuora

Chief Audu Ogbeh, minister of agriculture and rural development recently in Lagos made a solemn claim but with firm assurance that by 2020, Nigeria will not only stop rice importation but will assume a status of net exporter. CHIKA IZUORA in this report, looks at indices that give impetus to this stance.
It was at a lecture organised by the Catholic Brothers United, a religious group at the St. Agnes Catholic Church, Maryland in Lagos. Chief Audu Ogbeh, minister of agriculture and rural development was the guest speaker on the topic, "Technology and Agricultural Revolution: A Tool for Economic Growth". Throughout the duration of the lecture that lasted more than three hours, he spoke extensively on governments efforts to boost rice production in the country."
According to him, at the moment Nigeria has reduced rice importation by 90 per cent, meaning we need just a little effort to achieve 100 per year. He emphatically said that in two years, Nigeria will exit rice importation. Ogheh, insisted that Nigeria is going to be self-sufficient in rice production and prices are also expected to fall.
However, a peep into the industry in the past indeed, shows a fluctuation of the local commodity production from 2,400 to 3,600 in the past five years. The import rates have also increased to 5,850 from 4,800 during the same period of time. At the same time, the country is experiencing a rise in consumption rate of the same commodity. Last year, the consumption rate has risen to seven million Metric Tons according to government statistics with only 2.7 million metric tons produced by Nigerian farmers.
In 2016, Nigeria projected to reach 2.7 million metric tons in 2017 if government policy of restricting importation was strictly adhered to. According to the Nigeria rice production statistics, the imports have started to make up 50 per cent of the local consumption rates.
However, after a policy turn around towards promoting agriculture, Nigeria has realised an estimated N102.6 billion as revenue from the value of rice produced locally by farmers in 18 states under the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN's) Anchor Borrower Programme (ABP).
According to Growth and Employment in States (GEMS4) report on Nigeria's rice production from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, a programme funded by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DfID), titled "Mapping of rice produc-tion clusters in Nigeria," GEMS4 revealed that Nigeria is reaping from the CBN's Anchor Borrowers Programme and is on the verge of attaining its rice self-sufficiency target this year.
A breakdown of the report last year, revealed that the total paddy production in Nigeria in 2016 was estimated at 17,487,562 metric tons, leaving a balance of about 11.4 million metric tons after accounting for 12.4 per cent of rice production wasted due to post-harvest losses.
Consequently, this left a total of 5.7 million metric tons of milled rice, bringing Nigeria's rice production closer to the seven million projected milled rice requirement for 2016.
According to the report, 18 states were selected based on their contribution to national production as per the 2015 Agricultural Production Survey (APS). In those 18 states, rice farming was described as widely spread across 165 clusters and 2,812 subclusters.
"The 2016 total paddy production estimate is put at 17.5 million tons with a marketing surplus (after post-harvest losses and domestic use) of 11.4 million tons (equivalent to 5.7 million tons milled equivalent), just below the total national demand for rice, which was projected to reach seven million in 2016. This implies that the country is progressing towards its goal of rice self-sufficiency," the report stated.
Kebbi State led with 3.56 million metric tons for the wet and dry seasons production combined, followed by Kano at 2.82 million metric tons. Kebbi produced 2.05 million metric tons in the wet season and 1.51 million metric tons in the dry season, while Kano produced 1.86 and 0.96 million metric tons during the wet and dry seasons respectively over the same period under review. However, only 10 of the 18 states were involved in the dry season production.
According to the study, GEMS4 embarked upon a mapping exercise of rice production clusters through researchers and enumerators' visits to rice production locations in 18 states, namely: Bauchi, Benue, Ebonyi, Ekiti, FCT, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi and Kogi.
Others are Kwara, Nassarawa, Niger, Ogun, Sokoto, Taraba and Zamfara. The researchers, according to the study, expressed optimism that information of paddy production clusters will support the development of supply chains from nearby rice clusters around existing commercial rice mills or proposed new plants in the country.
A cluster is an agglomeration of various rice production communities or sub-clusters, located around specific geographic production continuum, sharing some natural resources, such as water and flood plains. Findings by GEMS4 revealed the responses of states to the federal government's policy goal of reducing import dependence, particularly of rice, which drains about N1 billion daily on importation.
The report also noted that 10 per cent of total arable land in Nigeria is used for rice cultivation, although Nigeria is the largest producer of rice in West Africa, it is the second largest importer of rice globally. Analysis of the report indicated a dry season production of 4,646,296.64 metric tons or 26.57 per cent, cultivated on 3,037,324 hectares of farmlands and wet season production of 12,841,265.18 metric tons or 73.43 per cent, cultivated over 859,624 hectares.
It also showed that 1.43 million rice farmers were involved in the wet season, representing 17.7 per cent of farming families in the wet season in Nigeria. In the dry season, however, the estimated total number of farmers was 410,210, representing only 5.1 per cent of the total farming families.
A conspicuous finding on the average yield per hectare was that the yields during the dry season were consistently and comparatively higher than in wet seasons for all states involved in both wet and dry season cultivation, which opens an area of great prospects for policy intervention in rice production in Nigeria.
The average yield per hectare of rice during the wet season was found to be the highest in Ebonyi, at 5.63 metric tons, but lowest in Kwara at 2.68 tons. For the dry season, Niger recorded the highest average yield per hectare of 6.45 metric tons while Kaduna had the least average yield per hectare of 3.5 metric tons.
GEMS4 report, however, listed the potential for increasing productivity, pointing out that 13 per cent of farmers reported using high-yielding planting method (transplanting seedlings), while 32 per cent used irrigation and 56 per cent had access to one hectare of additional land.
The report listed the challenges observed to include finding that farmers generally reported having difficulties acquiring agroinputs, particularly quality seed and fertiliser and accessing credit. Infrastructure such as irrigation facilities, feeder roads and storage facilities constituted an area of challenge with poor quality or a total lack of it.
Others include flooding in wet season, poor access to information on modern methods of farming and post-harvest technologies, poor access to credit, and a loss of labour through migration of young people to cities, resulting in aging farming population.
LEADERSHIP reports that although rice is a traditional crop in Nigeria, local production was limited until recently. Internal demand is growing and, at the same time, rice is a major commodity of world trade. Nigeria is therefore under pressure from international bodies not to restrict imports; production under local conditions to match prices of rice produced on large mechanised farms therefore represents a considerable challenge.
Considerable effort has gone into breeding rice for West African conditions by both West Africa Rice Development Association WARDA and national research and dissemination institutions such as the National Cereals Research Institute NCRI.
DFID therefore commissioned a three-country study, MAPs (Multi-Agency Partnerships) to be co-ordinated by the Overseas Development Institute, on the effectiveness of linkages between local, national and international institutions in disseminating improved technologies for rice production. Just recently, Kebbi State government, announced it has commenced rice exportation to West and North African countries.
Speaking when he hosted the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers' Council (NSC) Barr Hassan Bello, the governor of the state, Sen. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu said the state has started exporting rice to Republic of Benin, Niger and Libya in the last three years.
"We are exporting rice because people from Benin Republic, Niger and Libya are buying our rice except if you are defining export as selling to the West (Europe). Bello had visited the governor with his management team to inform the Governor about the plans to establish an Inland Container Depot (ICD) and a Truck Transit Park in the state.
The Governor however assured the Council of the readiness of his administration to support any project that will drive trade facilitation and sustain economic growth. He described Kebbi as agrarian state which has potential in agriculture, including aquatic splendour, which makes the state as part of the Blue Sea economy.
Bagudu described the ICD and Truck Transit Park as very important projects to the state considering that it has enormous agricultural and minerals deposits. He said that sharing borders with Niger and Benin Republic, Kebbi has an advantage of exporting commodities.
The governor also explained that the state has seven big rivers, including Argungu River which promotes the International Fishing Festival that has become a tourist destination. Apart from being a rice producer, Kebbi, the governor said produces onions and pepper, adding that all these have made the planned Lolo Inland Container Depot and Truck Park as very important.
Bello had during the visit informed the governor of the decision to construct the ICD and Truck Park in the state. The NSC CEO while noting that the state was strategically located said the two projects will stimulate the economy of the state with a lot of multiplier effect to the national economy.
In a similar move, the Anambra State government has begun deepening its partnership with farmers to further strategise on measures geared toward making the state "the food basket of the nation". Governor Willie Obiano said this during a meeting with rice farmers at the Governor's Lodge, Amawbia.
The farmers across the Rice Value Chain were gathered from the 21 Local Government Areas within the state for the crucial meeting. The governor, while briefing them said his vision was to boost rice yield per hectare, so as to add to the rice production capacity of the state.
He noted that his administration's "vision remains to produce more commercial quantity to supersede consumption capacity. "Anambra is on the verge of exporting rice, in addition to other vegetables it had already started exporting, as it will boost job creation and revenue generation.
"The state government intends to realise this through the provision of high-yielding varieties, assisting in bringing in more people into rice production and helping with land clearing" he said, adding that said his government had evolved plans to phase out local millers.
"This can only be done when an agreement has been brokered between the local producers and the mechanised millers on the standard price for off take of paddy," Obiano stated further.

Protecting rice plants by exploiting their natural defences

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(MENAFN Editorial) - Analysis of chemical signals sent by plants under attack by brown planthopper could help in natural control of pest
Selangor, Malaysia, Sept 5, 2018-(ACN Newswire)-Researchers in Indonesia have deciphered the chemical cues used by rice to attract a parasitoid that helps fight off the plant's predator. The researchers created a system to imitate these cues, which could help investigate similar interactions in other crops and possible sources of non-toxic pest control.

Rice is a staple food, relied upon by half the global population. The brown planthopper (BPH) is one of rice's most destructive pests, causing damage by wounding the stem of the plants to lay the eggs for the next attack and by transmitting viruses that attack the plant.

Researchers from Universitas Negeri Malang and the Indonesian Sweetener and Fibre Crops Research Institute wanted to see if they could target the brown planthopper without using pesticides known to harm the environment. To do this, they investigated the so-called 'tritrophic interaction' between rice, the brown planthopper and the parasitoids that prey on the brown planthopper's eggs.

They extracted samples from rice infected by the brown planthopper and analysed their chemical makeup. They then compared this to what they found in samples taken from healthy rice, identifying the chemical differences between healthy and infested rice.

They created a porous material from rice husk and soaked different pieces in chemicals extracted from either healthy or infected rice. In laboratory tests, the parasites were more attracted to the material infused with the infested sample. They also attached infused materials to posts and placed them outside in a rice field. Again, they found more parasitoids on the infected sample, but the researchers observed that the effect wore off over five days, so the samples effectively had an expiration date.

The results, published in the Pertanika Journal of Science and Technology, could guide further trials to see if applying the chemical cue could actually reduce the pest's destruction of rice paddies; and if so, to what degree. The use of analytical chemistry offers insights into the mechanisms underlying these interactions and detect small changes taking place in great detail.

They note that their technique exploring the interaction between plant, pest and the pest's own predator on a chemical level requires further refinement, but could eventually be applied to other agricultural crops and potentially reduce the use of harmful pesticides.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Surjani Wonorahardjo
Chemistry Department, Faculty of Mathematics and Science
Universitas Negeri Malang
Indonesia
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Baqi Moulvi appointed PTI GS Karachi

Firdous Shamim Naqvi President Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Karachi Division has announced new cabinet and appointed Mahmood Baqi Moulvi as General Secretary Karachi. Moulvi is a renowned businessman and former Chairman Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) and Chairman of M M Group of Companies. He recently stepped up in politics and joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in March this year and later contested election of national assembly from NA 255. Earlier, he was appointed head of Insaf Business Forum Karachi. Moulvi is a leading rice exporter and has a vast experience in the rice and grains, shipping, cooking oil and stock business. Presently, he is also serving as chairman of Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPPCI) Standing Committee on "Rice Exports" for the year 2018.

The appointment of Moulvi as General Secretary Karachi has been made by Firdous Shamim Naqvi President Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Karachi Division.

According to PTI announcement, Sardar Aziz, Shakoor Shad, Ashraf Jabbar Qureshi and Rashid Godial will be Senior Vice Presidents of PTI Karachi Division. While, M. Shiraz Ali and Sadia Agha have been appointed Additional General Secretary PTI Karachi in the new cabinet.

Southeast Arkansas producers race to get rice crop in before Gordon's arrival
·       Harvesting Titan variety foundation seed at the U of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture's Rice Research and Extension Center in Stuttgart, Arkansas.
Bob Scott, U of A System Division of Agriculture video
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Combines in Arkansas are running around the clock, as growers race to get crops out of the field before Tropical Storm Gordon sweeps into the state on Wednesday.
The National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center was putting the risk of flash flooding in southeast Arkansas at slight to moderate on Wednesday, with that same level of risk shifting westward on Thursday.
“The remnants of the system will likely affect southern Arkansas by Wednesday night,” the National Weather Service at Little Rock said Tuesday. The weather service said Arkansas could see 3 to 6 inches of rain with the system.
“Combines are running 24/7 here in Chicot, as we are supposed to be right in the path of the storm when it hits Arkansas,” said Clay Gibson, Chicot County extension staff chair for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “Tractor dealerships and mechanics are open 24/7 as well. Mad scramble and high stress here in Chicot.”
While some wanted to be at the lake or elsewhere during the holiday weekend, “Labor Day was full of labor for the majority of growers who had anything in the field. Many were working on corn,” said Jarrod Hardke, extension rice agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “Top to bottom, the combines have been running through the weekend until after dark.”
Hardke said though the combines could run later into the darkness, farmers were limited by moisture, having to stop when dew set on the grain.
Bob Scott, head of the Division of Agriculture’s Rice Research and Extension Center at Stuttgart said his crews were racing to get foundation seed for Arkansas rice varieties out of the fields.
“We didn’t need this. Even though it’s been dry, we don’t need the rain now,” he said, adding that his shop crews have been putting in a lot of hours on combines. “They’ve been repaired, re-belted, new tires and working on all the things that break down during a season. They’ve been working overtime.
“We’re probably over halfway there on our experimental plots and we’re just beginning on foundation seeds plots and hope to get some of those done by (Tuesday) night,” he said.
Scott said he had some concerns about the storm causing the plants to “lodge,” or lean at an angle that makes it difficult for the combines to pick it up.
“Heavy rain can do it and we don’t need winds to start the crop lodging,” he said. “Not that harvesting lodged crops is impossible, but it can be a kidney punch – it’s much more difficult to combine.”
Robert Goodson, Phillips County extension agent, said Gordon “was the talk of the coffee shop this morning.
“The big question will be just how long it will stay in our area or will it go ahead and move out?” he said. “We won’t know an answer to that question ‘til the end of the week.”
Right now, “everyone is trying to get things done,” Goodson said. “We did cut corn yesterday in Phillips County just because of the storm. The grower was trying to get all his corn cut so that he could move to beans that were ready. The corn was over 22 percent moisture and had to go to a dryer.”
Lingering moisture is expected to be a problem for farmers.
“Not that there’s a good time for a tropical storm or potential hurricane, but this could possibly be one of the worst for us,” Hardke said, adding that cool weather in early August delayed rice maturity, putting growers in a hurricane season bind. “If growing conditions had been close to average, we should’ve been close to 50 percent harvested now. Instead we’re going to be about 25 percent.”
With a better than a 40 percent chance of rain through Saturday, Hardke was worried about the longer term effects, since growers can’t harvest grain that’s got too much moisture.
“After Gordon passes, there will be almost no harvest. If it stays overcast, the humidity will stay high and the dew won’t burn off. It doesn’t always have to rain” to halt the harvest, he said.
Harvesting Titan variety foundation seed at the U of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture's Rice Research and Extension Center in Stuttgart, Arkansas.
Bob Scott, U of A System Division of Agriculture video

http://www.magnoliareporter.com/news_and_business/regional_news/article_8c7ec0bc-b0b4-11e8-9c9d-23f0ef0c3708.html

UPDATE 1-PHILIPPINES TO BUY EXTRA 250,000 T OF RICE TO QUELL PRICE GAINS

9/5/2018
* Cargoes should arrive in November
* Imports meant to curb price spikes
* Vietnam, Thailand await new deals (Adds details on import arrivals, background)
MANILA, Sept 5 (Reuters) - The Philippines will import an additional 250,000 tonnes of rice via an open tender, the state grains procurement agency said on Wednesday, as the government rushes to boost domestic supply and curb rising retail prices of the staple grain.
The decision comes as the country's annual inflation shot up to a faster-than-expected 6.4 percent in August, the highest in nearly a decade, due in part to price increases of key food items including rice.
Additional rice demand from the Philippines could give a boost to export prices of its key suppliers, Vietnam and Thailand, where traders have been waiting for new deals with one of their biggest customers.
The Philippines' additional purchases, which should arrive in November, are on top of the 133,500 tonnes to be delivered between Sept. 15 and Nov. 30 to beef up thin supply in the southern provinces, the National Food Authority (NFA) said.
Separately, the National Economic and Development Authority said in a statement that 5 million sacks of imported rice would arrive over the next 1-1/2 months and another 5 million sacks would be imported early next year.
Despite assurances from the NFA that local rice supply is sufficient, prices of the grain in the Southeast Asian country's shops and markets have been steadily rising since the start of the year.
Prices began to climb when government-subsidised rice sold by the NFA became scarce, boosting demand for grains sold by private traders.
The price spikes prompted the NFA to rush the importation of a total of 500,000 tonnes earlier this year. That volume is on top of the maximum 805,200 tonnes the private sector is allowed to bring in under an annual quota scheme.
Some of the rice imports have yet to arrive.
The Philippines is gearing up to scrap the more than two-decade-old rice imports cap to limit the rising inflation and because of the possible threat of trade sanctions over the policy.
(Reporting by Enrico dela Cruz; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier and Christian Schmollinger)
https://www.agriculture.com/markets/newswire/update-1-philippines-to-buy-extra-250000-t-of-rice-to-quell-price-gains

Piñol offers bounty on hoarders; rice import set
posted September 05, 2018 at 01:40 am by Macon Ramos-Araneta and Maricel V. Cruz

People with vital information on rice hoarders could get as much as P250,000 if they report them to the Agriculture department, an official said Monday.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said his department now had a “report-a-hoarder campaign that would reward people who report hoarders with up to P250,000.
The government is trying to rein in prices as a result of the surging inflation affecting many commodities including rice.
In other developments:
The National Food Authority said Tuesday there is no shortage of rice in the country.
Even as the NFA Council approved the immediate importation of 133,500 metric tons of rice to be allocated to 
Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi to ease the high rice prices in these areas.
“Delivery for the 33,500 MT is set for September 15-30 and 100,000 MT should arrive between October 1 and November 30, 2018,” it said.
On Monday, Piñol said Zambasulta is the only area in the country experiencing a rice shortage, which the NFA is monitoring.
Senator Bam Aquino on Tuesday called on the government to immediately address the issue of high BP or “Bigas at Presyo” that he says affects millions of Filipinos, especially the poor.
“If BP is too high, our livelihood will be endangered. Let us lower BP,” said Aquino, one of four senators who voted against the ratification of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion or TRAIN Law.
• Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Tuesday expressed his support for the return of the Oil Price Stabilization Fund that he believes will ease the effects of rising oil prices.
• Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto on Tuesday called on the government to freeze its plan to raise motor vehicle registration fees as it could be the third of the “triple whammy” against the owners of the 10.4 million vehicles who, he said, were still reeling from the higher taxes on oil and cars.
“When motorists are buying more expensive gas and spending more time on the road to reach shorter distances, then clearly it is not the right time to further jack up the cost of vehicle ownership,” Recto said.
• A legislator said Tuesday the dwindling catch of inland and saltwater fish should prompt the government to create a Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources to address problem.
Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte of Camarines Sur said the recent importation of round scad best illustrates the sorry state of the country’s fish output.
Piñol said the reward money would be “provided by the private millers and traders who said that the activities of the hoarders affect their business.” The government would not shell out funds.
But Piñol did not say if cash was already available for the reward. (
He said they had inspected at least five warehouses in Marilao, Bulacan, where stacks of premium white and glutinous rice were discovered.
“They said they had documents, but that’s not the issue. The question is, why are you not releasing that to the public? That is hoarding,” Piñol said.
He appealed to rice traders to sell their rice as it would be an “embarrassing moment” for them if they waited for the police to raid their warehouses.
Piñol said informants could call the agency’s hotline number 9219117.

Tighter watch on rice imported by NFA set to temper food inflation

By: Ben O. de Vera - Reporter / @bendeveraINQ
Inquirer Business / 06:56 PM September 05, 2018
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NFA rice (File photo by RAFFY LERMA / Philippine Daily Inquirer)
In response to the over nine-year high inflation rate of 6.4 percent last month, the country’s economic managers on Wednesday approved “immediate” reforms to temper food prices, including tighter watch on rice imported by the state-run National Food Authority (NFA).
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Deputy Governor Diwa C. Guinigundo told a press conference that if this mix of immediate and long-term measures will be implemented this month, the headline inflation in August would already be the peak.
Among the joint recommendations of the Economic Development Cluster during the meeting led by Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III, Budget Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia ,and Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol was forming a monitoring team for the surveillance of rice from ports to NFA warehouses and retail outlets.
Guinigundo noted that there were reports of diversion of rice from NFA warehouses to some other end users, hence end up as commercial rice instead of the NFA making them available in retail outlets.
The monitoring team will be led by the NFA, the Department of Trade and Industry, the National Bureau of Investigation, the Philippine National Police, and farmers’ groups.
Since it has police powers, it would be up to the NFA to slap sanctions or penalties on those found taking advantage of the rice supply, Guinigundo said.
The economic team also instructed to “immediately” release nationwide the 4.6 million sacks of rice already available in NFA warehouses.
“We also expect approximately two million sacks of rice previously contracted to be delivered before the end of September. In addition, the NFA Council authorized the importation of five million sacks that will be arriving over the next one and half months and another five million sacks will be imported early next year,” the economic managers said.
“To address the reported shortage in Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-tawi, 2.7 million sacks will be allocated to these areas. In addition, harvest has also started in many parts of the country, with the projected harvest for 2018 of 12.6 million metric tons of rice, the equivalent of 252 million sacks,“ they added.  /kga

LIFC Undertakes Improved Rice Variety Multiplication Project


Description: https://www.liberianobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/100_1764.jpgLIFC's demonstration and seed multiplication site in Johnsonville Township, outside Monrovia.

To Make Liberia Food Self-Sufficient

According to the United Nation Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), one in every five households in Liberia suffers food insecurity. The report comes following many interventions to make the country a food secured nation.
Most interventions in Liberia’s agricultural sector provide funds (grants or loans) for agro-inputs, manual tools and small-scale labor-saving devices. But the Liberia Integrated Farmers Cooperative (LIFC) has dared to go beyond the usual intervention horizon.
The cooperation has embarked on an improved rice variety multiplication project in the Johnsonville Township, Montserrado County.
LIFC co-founder Peter Flomo said that the improved rice variety has a high-yielding rate and can be harvested three times in a year.
“Some of our local lowland varieties are good, but rice spends longer time in the field, like the Suacoco-8 variety (red rice) that goes five to six months before it can be harvested. Such variety will not end the hunger that we want to,” said Flomo.
Therefore, he added, “We are telling farmers that if your swamp is a year-round water source, with the Nerica L 19 variety (another type of rice), you can produce three times in a year, and this is the real variety that is prepared to fight hunger.”
LIFC multiplication site is situated on a 1.8 hectares swampland in the Johnsonville Township. The site is also used to provide hands-on training for farmers coming from other parts of the country.
“So LIFC want to cultivate 250 hectares in the next three years,” Flomo said.
Description: https://www.liberianobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/100_1766.jpgLIFC co-founder Peter Flomo said that the improved rice variety has a high-yielding rate and can be harvested three times in a year.
He however disagrees with government’s decision to reduce tariff on imported rice, “because the exercise makes the country vulnerable as it would continue depending on foreign rice-growing countries to feed its people.”
“Dropping tariff on imported rice will only make us more food dependent on other nations. For example, if there is a crisis in China, Liberia will be the victim since most imported rice comes from that Asian country and other countries,” said Flomo.
Additionally, Flomo said that farmers cannot fight hunger on manual agricultural tools like hoes and cutlasses, but an agricultural experience exchange program will be an ideal start for Liberia’s rice sub-sector.
Despite LIFC’s ambition, limited capital, logistics, and opportunities to improve farmer capacity, there are staggering challenges in the rice-sub-sector that the entity would be prepared to overcome.
In February this year, rice importers agreed to reduce the price of a 25kg bag by US$2, while the price of a 50kg bag was reduced by US$4. The change in price came after President George Weah held a two-day meeting with rice importers.
‘Free rice, power, gas cylinders in Congress rule’
HYDERABAD , SEPTEMBER 06, 2018 00:29 IST
Description: TPCC president Uttam Kumar Reddy senior Congress leaders Shabbir Ali, Sridhar Babu and Jeevan Reddy during a media conference at Gandhi Bhavan in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
TPCC president Uttam Kumar Reddy senior Congress leaders Shabbir Ali, Sridhar Babu and Jeevan Reddy during a media conference at Gandhi Bhavan in Hyderabad on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: K.V.S. GIRI

Separate sub-plan for BCs and Minorities, says Uttam

Telangana Congress unveiled a preview of its manifesto for the next elections that include enhancing free ration to eligible SC and ST categories, fine rice for all ration card holders, six gas cylinders to BPL families per year, 5 lakh to eligible people who construct houses on their own plots, bicycles to girl students from 7th class to Intermediate and enhancement of Arogyasri limit to 5 lakh from 2 lakh apart from separate sub-plan for Backward Classes and Minorities.
“All these promises would be implemented unlike the false promises made by the TRS party,” Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president N. Uttam Kumar Reddy, said at a press conference here on Wednesday.
Mr. Reddy said the financial commitment for all these schemes and earlier schemes announced were worked out by the committee headed by T. Jeevan Reddy that did a massive exercise while recommending a plethora of schemes for the people. “We gave Telangana State and we know how to take care of our people,” he said.

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Explaining some key promises to be included in the manifesto, he said fine rice would be given to all ration card holders apart from reviving the nine-item kit that included wheat, sugar, oil and pulses. He said employees, journalists and others covered under health scheme would now get 5 lakh limit.
A special insurance package of 5 lakh would be announced for the Gulf migrants, he said criticising the TRS that it ignored them after garnering their votes in 2014. A special NRI policy for Gulf migrants would be announced and a special fund of 500 crore would be created to help the migrant workers. Six domestic gas cylinders for BPL families would be given free of cost.
Mr. Reddy said the Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao took a ‘disgusting’ political decision to stop payment of bills for money spent by beneficiaries for Indiramma houses alleging fraud and after four years he has not found any error but did not release the money. Congress after coming back to power will release pending bills to 4 lakh people and also give 2 lakh to construct an additional room. Those planning to construct houses on their own land will be given 5 lakh. He also promised that they would construct 2 lakh houses every year for the weaker sections. A sub-plan for Backward Classes and Minorities would be included in the Budget. While overall budget of nearly 6.5 lakh crore was shown in the last five Budgets, the actual amount spent on welfare of minorities was a little over 3,000 crore which was not even 0.4%. He said 25,000 crore was allocated for BC welfare but not even one-fourth of the amount had been spent.
The TPCC chief also promised free power up to 200 units to all poor SCs and STs. Religious places would be supplied power at free of cost and rules would be prescribed soon. He said Congress government would protect the interest of tenant farmers and they would get all benefits and sops given by the government.
Mr. Reddy said TRS was under severe shock due to the failure of its public meeting at Kongara Kalan and Husnabad meeting on September 7 was to overcome that shock. But people know the reality and they were treating the next elections as ‘KCR family Vs People of Telangana’.

Global Rice Flour Market to witness excellent revenue growth, emerging trends & forecast to 2023

 

September 5, 2018


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Lieng Tong
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Rice Steamer Market to Witness Huge Growth By 2023 | Leading Key Players: Panasonic, Philips, Cuckoo, CUCHEN, Tiger

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Research Reveals Potential Growth Baby Rice Flour carries in Global Market

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The study covers significant data which makes the research document a handy resource for managers, industry executives and other key people get ready-to-access and self analyzed study along with graphs and tables to help understand market trends, drivers and market challenges. Some of the key players mentioned in this research are Heinz, Gerber, Hipp, Nestle, Beingmate, Engnice, Eastwes, Weicky & FangGuang.

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• North America (United States, Canada and Mexico)
• Europe (Germany, UK, France, Italy, Russia, Spain and Benelux)
• Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, Southeast Asia and Australia)
• Latin America (Brazil, Argentina and Colombia)
• Middle East and Africa

Global Baby Rice Flour (Thousands Units) and Revenue (Million USD) Market Split by Product Type such as , Type 1, Type 2 & Type 3














Market Segment by Type
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The research study is segmented by Application such as Application 1, Application 2 & Application 3 with historical and projected market share and compounded annual growth rate.
Global Baby Rice Flour (Thousands Units) by Application (2017-2022)
Market Segment by Application
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Chapter 1 Baby Rice Flour Market Overview
Chapter 2 Global Economic Impact on Industry
Chapter 3 Global Market Competition by Manufacturers
Chapter 4 Global Production, Revenue (Value) by Region
Chapter 5 Global Supply (Production), Consumption, Export, Import by Regions
Chapter 6 Global Production, Revenue (Value), Price Trend by Type
Chapter 7 Global Market Analysis by Application
Chapter 8 Manufacturing Cost Analysis
Chapter 9 Industrial Chain, Sourcing Strategy and Downstream Buyers
Chapter 10 Marketing Strategy Analysis, Distributors/Traders
Chapter 11 Market Effect Factors Analysis
Chapter 12 Global Market Forecast
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Global Rice Transplanter Machine Market Application, Landscape, Key Vendor Analysis, Drivers, Challenges, Research Methodology and forecast to 2021

 sambit.k September 5, 2018
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Global Rice Transplanter Machine market to grow at a CAGR of 9.35% during the period 2017-2021.
The Global Rice Transplanter Machine Market research report provides an in-depth analysis of the major  Global Rice Transplanter Machine   industry leading players along with the company profiles and strategies adopted by them. This enables the buyer of the report to gain a telescopic view of the competitive landscape and plan the strategies accordingly. A separate section with Global Rice Transplanter Machine industry key players is included in the report, which provides a comprehensive analysis of price, cost, gross, product picture, specifications, company profile and contact information.
Following are the Key Players:
Johnson & Johnson Services, Medtronic, Baxter, Changzhou Ankang Medical Instruments, Dextera Surgical, Grena, MID, Silex Medical
Market Driver
• Shift toward mechanization
• For a full, detailed list, view our report
Market Challenge
• Lack of finances for small farmers to replace old machinery
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Market Trend
• Product innovation
• For a full, detailed list, view our report
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The market is divided into the following segments based on geography:
• Americas
• APAC
• Europe
• ROW
Global Rice Transplanter Machine Market has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years.
Key questions answered in this report
What will the market size be in 2021 and what will the growth rate be?
What are the key market trends?
What is driving this market?
What are the challenges to market growth?
Who are the key vendors in this market space?
What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors?
 What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors? 
Global Rice Transplanter Machine Overview:
Global Rice Transplanter Machine Market by Type
Global Rice Transplanter Machine Size by Application
Rice Transplanter Machine Market Size and Market Share by Players
Potential Application of Global Rice Transplanter Machine in Future
Top Consumer/End Users of Global Rice Transplanter Machine
Key Points Covered in TOC:
Global Rice Transplanter Machine Research Report
Global Rice Transplanter Machine Competition by Manufacturers Profiles/Analysis
 Global Rice Transplanter Machine Revenue and Growth Rate
Global Rice Transplanter Machine Production, Revenue (Value), Price Trend by Type, Application
Global Rice Transplanter Machine Size (Value) by Regions
 Global Rice Transplanter Machine Development Status and Outlook
Market Effect Factors Analysis
Global Rice Transplanter Machine Market 2017-2021
The Global Rice Transplanter Machine industry research report analyses the supply, sales, production, and market status comprehensively. Production market shares and sales market shares are analysed along with the study of capacity, production, sales, and revenue. Several other factors such as import, export, gross margin, price, cost, and consumption are also analysed under the section Analysis of  Global Rice Transplanter Machine production, supply, sales and market status.
Lastly,This report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years, the Report also brief deals with the product life cycle, comparing it to the relevant products from across industries that had already been commercialized details the potential for various applications, discussing about recent product innovations and gives an overview on potential regional market shares.

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Protecting rice plants by exploiting their natural defences

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(MENAFN Editorial) - Analysis of chemical signals sent by plants under attack by brown planthopper could help in natural control of pest Selangor, Malaysia, Sept 5, 2018-(ACN Newswire)-Researchers in Indonesia have deciphered the chemical cues used by rice to attract a parasitoid that helps fight off the plant's predator. The researchers created a system to imitate these cues, which could help investigate similar interactions in other crops and possible sources of non-toxic pest control.

Rice is a staple food, relied upon by half the global population. The brown planthopper (BPH) is one of rice's most destructive pests, causing damage by wounding the stem of the plants to lay the eggs for the next attack and by transmitting viruses that attack the plant.

Researchers from Universitas Negeri Malang and the Indonesian Sweetener and Fibre Crops Research Institute wanted to see if they could target the brown planthopper without using pesticides known to harm the environment. To do this, they investigated the so-called 'tritrophic interaction' between rice, the brown planthopper and the parasitoids that prey on the brown planthopper's eggs.

They extracted samples from rice infected by the brown planthopper and analysed their chemical makeup. They then compared this to what they found in samples taken from healthy rice, identifying the chemical differences between healthy and infested rice.

They created a porous material from rice husk and soaked different pieces in chemicals extracted from either healthy or infected rice. In laboratory tests, the parasites were more attracted to the material infused with the infested sample. They also attached infused materials to posts and placed them outside in a rice field. Again, they found more parasitoids on the infected sample, but the researchers observed that the effect wore off over five days, so the samples effectively had an expiration date.

The results, published in the Pertanika Journal of Science and Technology, could guide further trials to see if applying the chemical cue could actually reduce the pest's destruction of rice paddies; and if so, to what degree. The use of analytical chemistry offers insights into the mechanisms underlying these interactions and detect small changes taking place in great detail.

They note that their technique exploring the interaction between plant, pest and the pest's own predator on a chemical level requires further refinement, but could eventually be applied to other agricultural crops and potentially reduce the use of harmful pesticides.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Surjani Wonorahardjo
Chemistry Department, Faculty of Mathematics and Science
Universitas Negeri Malang
Indonesia
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The brown planthopper is one of rice's most destructive pests. Researchers in Indonesia investigated if they could develop a nontoxic pesticide based on the rice's own chemical signals.
- Analysis of chemical signals sent by plants under attack by brown planthopper could help in natural control of pest

Selangor, Malaysia, Sep 5, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Researchers in Indonesia have deciphered the chemical cues used by rice to attract a parasitoid that helps fight off the plant's predator. The researchers created a system to imitate these cues, which could help investigate similar interactions in other crops and possible sources of non-toxic pest control.

Rice is a staple food, relied upon by half the global population. The brown planthopper (BPH) is one of rice's most destructive pests, causing damage by wounding the stem of the plants to lay the eggs for the next attack and by transmitting viruses that attack the plant.

Researchers from Universitas Negeri Malang and the Indonesian Sweetener and Fibre Crops Research Institute wanted to see if they could target the brown planthopper without using pesticides known to harm the environment. To do this, they investigated the so-called 'tritrophic interaction' between rice, the brown planthopper and the parasitoids that prey on the brown planthopper's eggs.

They extracted samples from rice infected by the brown planthopper and analysed their chemical makeup. They then compared this to what they found in samples taken from healthy rice, identifying the chemical differences between healthy and infested rice.

They created a porous material from rice husk and soaked different pieces in chemicals extracted from either healthy or infected rice. In laboratory tests, the parasites were more attracted to the material infused with the infested sample. They also attached infused materials to posts and placed them outside in a rice field. Again, they found more parasitoids on the infected sample, but the researchers observed that the effect wore off over five days, so the samples effectively had an expiration date.

The results, published in the Pertanika Journal of Science and Technology, could guide further trials to see if applying the chemical cue could actually reduce the pest's destruction of rice paddies; and if so, to what degree. The use of analytical chemistry offers insights into the mechanisms underlying these interactions and detect small changes taking place in great detail.

They note that their technique exploring the interaction between plant, pest and the pest's own predator on a chemical level requires further refinement, but could eventually be applied to other agricultural crops and potentially reduce the use of harmful pesticides.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Surjani Wonorahardjo
Chemistry Department, Faculty of Mathematics and Science
Universitas Negeri Malang
Indonesia
Email: surjani.wonorahardjo@um.ac.id

About Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology (JST)
Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology (JST) is published by Universiti Putra Malaysia in English and is open to authors around the world regardless of nationality. Currently, it is published twice a year in January and July. Other Pertanika series include Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science (JTAS), and Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities (JSSH).

Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology aims to provide a forum for high quality research related to science and engineering research. Areas relevant to the scope of the journal include: bioinformatics, bioscience, biotechnology and bio-molecular sciences, chemistry, computer science, ecology, engineering, engineering design, environmental control and management, mathematics and statistics, medicine and health sciences, nanotechnology, physics, safety and emergency management, and related fields of study.

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Rice basmati rises on stockists' buying

New Delhi, Aug 1 () Rice basmati prices firmed up by up to Rs 200 per quintal at the wholesale grains market today on emergence of stockists' buying against restricted arrivals from producing regions. However, other grains moved in a narrow range in limited deals and pegged at the last levels.
PTI | Aug 1, 2018, 14:50 IST
New Delhi, Aug 1 () Rice basmati prices firmed up by up to Rs 200 per quintal at the wholesale grains market today on emergence of stockists' buying against restricted arrivals from producing regions.
However, other grains moved in a narrow range in limited deals and pegged at the last levels.
Traders attributed the rise in rice basmati prices on buying by stockists, driven by an uptick in demand against restricted supplies from growing regions.
In the national capital, rice basmati common and Pusa-1121 variety went up by Rs 200 and Rs 100 to Rs 7,400-7,500 and Rs 6,700-6,800 per quintal, respectively.
Following are today's quotations (in Rs per quintal):
Wheat MP (desi) Rs 2,300-2,400, Wheat dara (for mills) Rs 1,980-1,985, Atta Chakki(delivery) Rs 1,990-1,995, Atta Rajdhani (10 kg) Rs 250-280, Shakti Bhog (10 kg) Rs 275-310, Roller flour mill Rs 1,070-1,090 (50 kg), Maida Rs 1,170-1,180 (50 kg) and Sooji Rs 1,200-1,210 (50 kg).
Basmati rice (Lal Quila) Rs 10,700, Shri Lal Mahal Rs 11,300, Super Basmati rice Rs 9,900, Basmati common new Rs 7,400-7,500, Rice Pusa (1121) Rs 6,700-6,800, Permal raw Rs 2,425-2,450, Permal wand Rs 2,525-2,575, Sela Rs 3,050-3,150 and rice IR-8 Rs 2,025-2,075.
Bajra Rs 1,450-1,455, Jowar yellow Rs 1,800-1,850, white Rs 2,950-3,050, Maize Rs 1,320-1,325, Barley Rs 1,600-1,610. KPS DPL SDG SBT SBT

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