Thursday, December 26, 2019

26th December,2019 Daily Global Regional Local Rice E-Newsletter

J’suguda farmers face problems for paddy sale
Thursday, 26 December 2019 | PNS | JHARSUGUDA
Farmers of Laikera and Kirmira blocks in Jharsuguda district are facing difficulties while selling paddy in the Maa Samleswari Rice Mill and the RNSN Rice Mill at Bagdihi.
The paddy purchase policy has been a flop show even if the State Government has been formulating hundreds of policy one after another, said the aggrieved farmers.
Taking all government schemes on one hand, the farmers are being harassed by the policy of millers. They also alleged that the millers are posing themselves as all in all in paddy procurement process.
The farmers said that they would bring their paddy to the market place where quality evaluation would be done in the presence of farmers, RMC, members of the farmers association and millers, but the millers are not obeying rules under different pleas.
Hence the poor farmers are forced to take their paddy to mills where 3 kg a quintal is reduced in the name of FAQ and even more than that. They alleged that weighbridge authorities have a nexus with the millers and are cheating them.
The farmers have suffered immense losses as they didn’t get fair price for their paddy, said Dharnidhar, a farmer of Laikera.
The farmers have demanded stringent action against the millers. The CSO has refused to comment on the issue.

Farmers again incur losses

Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan | Published: 00:22, Dec 26,2019

Farmers have almost completed the harvest of aman rice, the nation’s 2nd largest source of cereal but due to low price they are incurring heavy losses.
The government’s procurement programme failed to provide any relief to the growers.
Growers said that they were forced to sell 40 kg of un-husked rice for Tk 700 much below their production cost of around Tk 1,000. 
Farmers said that the government began procuring un-husked aman rice for  Tk 1,040 but not directly from the growers. 
The government announced earlier that it would procure 10 lakh tonnes of aman rice, six lakh tonne of un-husked rice and four lakh tonnes of rice.
Food department director for procurement Zulfiqar Rahman told New Age Wednesday that they just began procuring of un-husked rice from growers at 16 locations across the country. 
About 1.5 lakh farmers were enlisted for procuring their rice and their prices would be paid through banks, he said.
He, however, said that procurement of six  lakh tonnes of un-husked rice out of total production of  1.53 crore tonnes would leave little impact.
According to food ministry, procurement started on November 20 and would  continue until February 28.
From November 20 to December 22, the government procured only 22, 6 67 tonnes of husked rice from the millers, according to the food ministry website.
Food ministry officials said that they were procuring more husked rice from the millers as they had the capacity to supply moisture free dry rice.
They said that aman price would increase after the government procures in massive scales from the growers and the millers.
Sohel Bhuiyan,  a miller at Sararchar Bazaar, Bajitpur, Kishoreganj told New Age that newly harvested rice was selling at Tk 700 per 40kg.
On Tuesday, a coordination meeting on rice procurement was held at Deputy Commissioner’s office in  Cox’s Bazar, where the food department officials stressed the need for procuring more husked rice’s from the millers.
An official who attended the meeting told New Age that about 300 tonnes of un-husked rice was procured against the local target of 8,781 tonnes.
Until December 24, said department of agricultural extension officials about 98 per cent of aman rice was harvested.
DAE director for field service wing Chandi Das Kundu told New Age that the per hectare production of aman husked rice was about 2.89 tonnes.
He said that the cyclonic Bulbul  caused some damage to the aman crop in the coastal areas in November.
In last boro season also farmers incurred heavy losses and in protest some of them burnt their crops or threw away their rice after harvest.

Black Rice, a magical variety

12:00 AM, December 26, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:59 AM, December 26, 2019

Farmer Manjur Hossain talks with Shykh Seraj at his black rice, inset, field in Cumilla’s Monagram village. Photo: Hridoye Mati O Manush
Dear readers, today I’ll share with you about a special variety of rice. In some part of the world, it’s also known as ‘forbidden rice’. Many years ago, it was available only in the forests and hill areas and gradually it was brought under cultivation. There is a folklore which says this rice was cultivated in secret for ensuring better health of the Chinese people. Probably this indicated the enrichment of nutrition the rice contains. As mentioned in the tale the Chinese emperors used to consume the rice and it called black rice. Coming to this modern age, many researches were done on this variety and now black rice is cultivated in many places across the world.
I know Manjur Hossain, a farmer from Cumilla, for many years now. This guy is a little ahead of time, I say it frequently. You may also remember Haripada Kapali from Jhenidah for his greatest rice variety, ‘Haridhan’. It has spread in many regions of the country just because the yield ia very good. Manjur is doing a great job on black rice. He has done successful production of this variety and now spreading it among farmers of his village. He is producing seven black rice varieties in his land. Manjur has seen farmers who couldn’t even sell their produce at Tk 500 per maund (USD 5.89). However, he has noticed that black rice is selling at Tk 1,000 (USD 11.78) per kg in the city malls. He thought if farmers can earn more, it might bring back their golden days. I have been to Cumilla’s Monagram to see what Manjur was doing. It was amazing to see his demonstration and research plot of black rice there. I had the privilege of talking with other growers who are cultivating this exceptional variety.
A few days back, the fields were filled with Aman. Farmer Manjur is an exceptional farmer who always looks at things a bit differently. He is cultivating a rare variety of rice for years now and it was great to know many features of black rice from him.
“How much do you get per hectare?”
“5.5 tons.”
“Is black rice available in our country?”
“I have ancient black rice which has a production of 1.5-2.5 tons.”
“I also have Vietnamese variety of black rice” he added.
Manjur also has black rice from Indonesia. He is doing the cultivation on two acres of land and wishes to extend his cultivation area in near future.  
“How much production would you get from one hectare?”
“5.5 tons.”
“Same as Vietnamese?”
“Yes, but sometimes this Indonesian variety of black rice may give you six to seven tons per hectare.” 
I was talking with Manjur about how he was inspired to do black rice. I wanted to know in detail how did all start.
“Where did you get the inspiration?
“Once I saw it at a mall in Dhaka getting sold at Tk 1,000 per kg. It was imported variety of course.”
“Then what did you do?” 
“Then I went to meet Dr Mehedi Masud, a Horticulturalist at Agriculture Department, and he gave me 23 seeds of black rice. Then I gradually grew those experimentally.”
“How many varieties of black rice do you have right now?”
“Seven varieties of black rice. Agriculture department has taken five of my varieties and stored those in their bank in my name.”
“That’s great to know.”
I have seen how different Manjur is from other farmers. Alongside agricultural production, he is also adept in commercial matters. He predicts the market beforehand. Thus he is ensuring a market for the black rice while spreading it among other farmers. He already discovered diversified benefits of black rice reading on the internet.
“Black rice can cure cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity etc.”
“How do you know this?”
“I have read on the internet and I also have documents to prove this.”
“What about the local demand?”
“A local company contacted me and they said they want to buy the black rice from me and they’re eager to export this.”
“Great to hear.”
“Some city malls are also contacting me to buy the rice from me.”
“That’s quite impressive.”
What Manjur is saying is this variety will really help farmers who can’t get Tk 500 from one maund of rice (40 kg). Rotary Club is taking 5,000 kilograms of black rice from Manjur. Many farmers in Tetuara village has also taken seeds from Manjur and started cultivating the variety. They all know from Manjur that they will get a good price from the market.  
Farmer Belal Hossain Bhuiyan has cultivated black rice on 24 decimals of land and he’s getting Tk 2,000 per maund. This new rice variety has brought a new dream to them.
Alongside Anwar Hossain, another farmer who is cultivating the rice, there are many others who are cultivating this variety since they found great promise and prospect in this.   
As you already know Manjur has cultivated seven varieties of black rice. Among them, some are very black. Some are red and some are mixed of black and red. When they’re cooked they look black, of course the taste is good. 
He has collected some varieties from India’s Monipur and Assam. He believes those varieties are most sustainable and they smell great. Manjur also has black rice varieties from Philippines, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Cambodia. At the end of Aman season, farmers here start cultivating black rice. Manjur has prepared seed beds for three black rice varieties in his field during this Boro season.
Manjur has made contract with 15 farmers who are cultivating black rice on a total of 10 acres of land. Another farmer, who has taken black rice seeds from Manjur, said he has done it on 40 decimals and got 29 maunds. In case of other rice varieties he would have had 18 maunds, he added.  
Black rice is a new hope for the farmers. They didn’t used to take their rice to the market before. Some didn’t even use to harvest it in the past. Because they couldn’t pay for the labour needed for harvest. But black rice has generated new dream among the farmers. They are able to sell it for Tk 2,000 per maund at field level. It is a product of Manjur and he is planning to distribute the seeds all over Bangladesh.  This is a great initiative. Manjur has already built a rice seed storage. In his storage he has rare black rice variety from China along with other black rice varieties. He also has exceptional plants in his farmhouse. He has a purple variety of mango which looks awesome.  
Cardiologist Professor Dr Chandra Ghosh conducted a research on the diversified benefits of black rice and himself is a regular consumer of this rice. Many studies show that this rice has plenty of anti-oxidant ingredients. It helps to sustain youth and heart diseases, cancer, diabetes etc can be prevented by consuming this rice. Even though this rice is expensive, it is beneficial for health. Awareness should be spread through promotion, says the doctor.
It is a great achievement of our farmers, government, researchers and media that we achieved self-sufficiency in food production.
Now the entire world is thinking about nutrition safety. Educated and concerned farmers are prioritizing nutrition in agricultural products. In this aspect, Manjur, a visionary farmer, showed something really exceptional through black rice. He dreams to spread nutritious black rice all over the country at an affordable price.
He expects the rice will ensure nutrition and become a healthy food for the consumers.

Taveta farmers appeal to the government for help

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Rice farmers in Taveta sub-county have decried low pricing of their produce amid endless challenges they face daily. The farmers on Tuesday asked the county government to intervene in their woes before it is too late. 
They said that the government should provide them with machinery so that they can mechanize farming and increase their profits at the end of the day. 
Led by  Moses Makau, the farmers said that they have nothing to smile about since their gains are negligible. The farmers said that they have been pumping lots of money in the farming sector but the benefits are not much. The affected farmers hail from Kitobo, Timbila and Kimoringo areas.
"The machine we have mixes are broken and whole grain rice. We need a machine with a higher capacity. We also require the fertilizer depot at Timbila to be stocked with urea fertilizer for top dressing,” Makau said. 
Another farmer Isaac Muteta said that through mechanization they are likely to reap in the long run.
 The common varies of rice grown in the area are Saro and Japan. The farmers have also been concerned about the state of roads in the area. They have been lamenting that some of the roads are impassable.
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Gov’t should provide ‘offsetting compensation’ to farmers – PIDS study

“The analysis clearly points out the loss suffered by palay farmers. They have a point when they ask, ‘Why are we [going to] take a hit for the Filipino consumer?’ If the consumers really benefit, maybe they [rice farmers] can share in the benefit."
Published 3:07 PM, December 26, 2019
Updated 3:14 PM, December 26, 2019
LOWER INCOME. In this file photo, a farmer in Pugo, La Union show off high grade palay amid concerns over the negative impact of the rice tarrification law on palay prices. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler
MANILA, Philippines – Government efforts should focus on the acceleration of the compensation of farmers affected by the rice tariffication law, according to a study by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS).
The state think tank conducted a simulation analysis to measure the long-term impact of the law on both the production and consumption sides. The study projected that consumers will benefit from the law but farmers will suffer losses in the long run.
PIDS senior research fellow and agricultural trade expert Roehlano Briones presented the study in a forum jointly organized by PIDS and the Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department of the House of Representatives in November. The study estimated that consumers would benefit around P197 billion every year for the first 5 years.
“If we value all of those benefits and convert them as if we got them today, the equivalent value is P2.26 trillion,” said Briones.
However, the study also showed that farmers will suffer in the long run. Using two scenarios, with and without tariffication, the study projected that the farmers' income growth would be flat in the next 5 years – a considerable loss compared to the 2.5% projected income growth without tariffication. (READ: Farmers seek floor price as palay sells for just P7 per kilo)

Nagpur Foodgrain Prices Open- December 26, 2019
DECEMBER 26, 2019 / 2:22 PM /
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Nagpur Soybean, Soyoil, Soymeal Open-December 26, 2019 Nagpur, Dec 26 (Reuters) – International edible oils price rise since past fifteen days showed its effects here. Major edible and non-edible oil prices today reported strong in Vidarbha region of Western Maharashtra on increased offtake by vanaspati millers amid a firming trend in producing regions. Buying activity in edible oils picked up as Malaysian palm oil climbed in overseas markets. Sharp rise on NCDEX and reported demand from South-based traders also boosted prices, sources said Thursday.

***** VIDARBHA MARKETS OILS * Soyabean, cottonseed, groundnut loose, groundnut refined, linseed and rapeseed oil

today recovered strongly here on increased demand from local traders. * Sunflower refined, castor and coconut KP oil ruled steady here in thin trading

activity. * Traders expect further hike in major edible and non-edible oils here.

SOYMEAL * Soymeal prices today zoomed up here on increased demand from South-based traders. Notable hike in international soymeal prices also boosted sentiment.

SOYABEAN * Soyabean prices firmed up again in Nagpur Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) auctions on good demand from local crushing plants. Sharp recovery in soyabean oil, good hike in soymeal, upward trend on NCDEX and fresh hike in Madhya Pradesh soyabean prices also helped to push up prices here. Heavy rains yesterday and today morning affected trading activity.

About 1,000 soyabean bags reported for auction in Nagpur APMC, according to

sources. Nagpur soybean prices in rupees/tonne:

——-Soybean yellow——- Soybean black

Available Previous

(Auction price) (Auction price)

Market delivery 36,500-42,200 36,000-42,000 —

(Available price)

Market delivery 36,600-42,300 36,100-42,100 —

(Traders price)

Plant delivery 44,500-45,000 44,100-44,500 —

Soybean yellow arrivals (in 90-kg bags) and prices (in rupees per tonne) in Vidarbha, according to officials of Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee and trade sources.

Deliveries Available prices

Hinganghat n.a. n.a.

Akola n.a. n.a.

Amravati n.a. n.a.

Khamgaon n.a. n.a.

Wardha n.a. n.a.

Arvi n.a. n.a.

Umred n.a. n.a.

Chandrapur n.a. n.a

Soyabean plant prices at other places in Maharashtra : Adilabad – n.a.,

Akola – 44,500, Washim – 44,500, Khamgaon – 44,500, Dhulia – 44,750,

Hingoli – 45,700, Jalna – 44,500, Nandurbar – 43,700,

Latur – 45,500, Nanded – 45,500, Solapur – 45,500, Sangli – 43,500.

Sunflower arrivals (in 50-kg bag), Rapeseed (in 40 Kg bag), groundnut and Dhaniya arrivals (in 40 kg bag), linseed arrival (90 kg bag), Dhan arrival (75 kg bag), cotton (100 kg) and prices (in rupees per 100 kilogram) in Nagpur, according to APMC sources:

Deliveries Available prices Previous close

Sunflower n.a. n.a. 2,400-2,600

Groundnut n.a. n.a. 700-900

Linseed n.a. n.a. 4,300-4,600

Castor n.a. n.a. 2,850-3,000

Rapeseed n.a. n.a. 1,520-1,625

Til n.a. n.a. 7,500-8,000

Dhaniya 25 6,000-6,300 5,400-5,800

Bajra n.a. n.a. n.a.

Gavarani Corn 10 1,500-2,000 1,800-2,200

Dhan n.a. n.a. 1,800-2,102

Cotton n.a. n.a. 4,300-4,600

Today’s open Previous close

Soyoil refined crushing plant delivery 910 900

Soyoil solvent crushing plant delivery 870 860

Cottonseed refined 880 870

Cottonseed solvent 840 830

Groundnut oil – loose (10 kg) 1,330 1,300

Groundnut oil refined (15 Litre) 1,920 1,880

Sunflower oil refined (10 kg) 980 980

Linseed oil (10 kg) 970 940

Rapeseed oil (for 15 kg) 1,530 1,500

Castor oil (for 15 kg) 1,500 1,500

Coconut KP oil (for 15 kg) 2,950 2,950

Soyoil refined 915 905

Soyoil Solvent 875 865

Cottonseed refined 875 865

Cottonseed solvent 835 825

Soyoil refined 915 905

Soyoil Solvent 875 865

Cottonseed refined oil 875 865

Cottonseed solvent 835 825

Soyoil refined 905 900

Soyoil refined

Soyoil refined

Soyoil refined 899 892

Soyoil refined prices at other places in Maharashtra : Washim – 910,

Latur - 900, Solapur – 900, Sangli – 907.

(Please add 5% Goods and Service Tax on Soyabean and Cotton oil prices.

Soyabean and Cottonseed oil - 10 litre)

Nagpur soymeal prices in rupees per tonne

Today’s open Previous Close

Soymeal (Nagpur) 36,500-37,000 36,000-36,500

Soymeal prices at other places in Maharashtra : Akola – 36,500,

Washim – 37,000, Dhulia – 37,800, Hingoli – 36,000, Jalna – 37,900,

Nandurbar – 37,800, Khamgaon – 36,000, Latur – 37,500, Nanded – 37,800,

Solapur – 35,800, Dharwad – 36,800, Sangli – 37,500 WEATHER (NAGPUR) Maximum temp. 30.1 degree Celsius, minimum temp. 20.6 degree Celsius Rainfall : Nil FORECAST: Partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rains or thunder-showers. Maximum and minimum temperature likely to be around 30 degree Celsius and 21 degree Celsius respectively. Note: n.a.—not available (For oils, transport costs are excluded from plant delivery prices, but included in market prices)

* * * * * * Nagpur Foodgrain Prices – APMC/Open Market-December 26, 2019 Nagpur, Dec 26 (Reuters) – Gram prices showed weak tendency in Nagpur Agriculture Produce and Marketing Company (APMC) here on lack of demand from local millers amid high moisture content arrival. Fresh fall on NCDEX, easy condition in Madhya Pradesh gram prices and downward trend in other foodgrain mandis also pushed down prices here. About 150 bags of gram reported for auction. Heavy rains yesterday evening and today morning affected arrival, according to sources.

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

TUAR * Tuar Karnataka declined further in open market here on poor demand from local


* Masoor dal firmed up in open market here on increased buying support

from local traders amid tight supply from producing region.

* In Akola, Tuar New – 5,100-5,300, Tuar dal (clean) – 8,000-8,200, Udid Mogar (clean)

– 9,500-10,700, Moong Mogar (clean) 8,300-9,200, Gram – 4,000-4,100, Gram Super best

– 5,500-5,700 * 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

FOODGRAINS Available prices Previous close

Gram Auction 3,650-4,000 3,720-4,000

Gram Pink Auction n.a. 2,100-2,600

Tuar Auction n.a. 4,700-5,120

Moong Auction n.a. 3,950-4,200

Udid Auction n.a. 4,300-4,500

Masoor Auction n.a. 2,200-2,500

Wheat Lokwan Auction 2,050-2,135 2,100-2,150

Wheat Sharbati Auction n.a. 2,900-3,000

Gram Super Best Bold 5,700-6,000 5,700-6,000

Gram Super Best n.a. n.a.

Gram Medium Best 5,500-5,600 5,500-5,600

Gram Dal Medium n.a. n.a

Gram Mill Quality 4,350-4,400 4,350-4,400

Desi gram Raw 4,300-4,400 4,350-4,450

Gram Kabuli 8,500-10,000 8,500-10,000

Tuar Fataka Best-New 8,200-8,400 8,200-8,400

Tuar Fataka Medium-New 7,600-8,000 7,600-8,000

Tuar Dal Best Phod-New 7,300-7,500 7,300-7,500

Tuar Dal Medium phod-New 6,500-7,000 6,500-7,000

Tuar Gavarani New 5,350-5,450 5,350-5,450

Tuar Karnataka 5,650-5,750 5,700-5,800

Masoor dal best 5,700-5,900 5,600-5,800

Masoor dal medium 5,400-5,500 5,300-5,400

Masoor n.a. n.a.

Moong Mogar bold (New) 9,000-9,500 9,000-9,700

Moong Mogar Medium 8,000-8,500 8,000-8,500

Moong dal Chilka New 7,500-8,500 7,500-8,500

Moong Mill quality n.a. n.a.

Moong Chamki best 8,500-9,500 8,500-9,500

Udid Mogar best (100 INR/KG) (New) 10,000-11,000 10,000-11,000

Udid Mogar Medium (100 INR/KG) 8,500-9,500 8,500-9,500

Udid Dal Black (100 INR/KG) 7,200-7,700 7,200-7,700

Mot (100 INR/KG) 6,700-7,500 6,700-7,500

Lakhodi dal (100 INR/kg) 5,000-5,200 5,000-5,200

Watana Dal (100 INR/KG) 5,650-5,850 5,650-5,850

Watana Green Best (100 INR/KG) 9,000-9,200 9,000-9,200

Wheat 308 (100 INR/KG) 2,350-2,450 2,350-2,450

Wheat Mill quality (100 INR/KG) 2,200-2,300 2,200-2,300

Wheat Filter (100 INR/KG) 2,700-2,800 2,700-2,800

Wheat Lokwan best (100 INR/KG) 2,600-2,800 2,600-2,800

Wheat Lokwan medium (100 INR/KG) 2,500-2,600 2,500-2,600

Lokwan Hath Binar (100 INR/KG) n.a. n.a.

MP Sharbati Best (100 INR/KG) 3,600-4,200 3,600-4,200

MP Sharbati Medium (100 INR/KG) 2,800-3,200 2,800-3,200

Rice Parmal (100 INR/KG) 2,400-2,500 2,400-2,500

Rice BPT best new (100 INR/KG) 3,000-3,600 3,000-3,600

Rice BPT medium new(100 INR/KG) 2,700-3,000 2,700-3,000

Rice Luchai (100 INR/KG) 3,000-3,100 3,000-3,100

Rice Swarna best new (100 INR/KG) 2,600-2,800 2,600-2,800

Rice Swarna medium new (100 INR/KG)2,400-2,500 2,400-2,500

Rice HMT best new (100 INR/KG) 4,000-4,200 4,000-4,200

Rice HMT medium new (100 INR/KG) 3,800-4,000 3,800-4,000

Rice Shriram best new(100 INR/KG) 4,900-5,100 4,900-5,100

Rice Shriram med new (100 INR/KG) 4,300-4,600 4,300-4,600

Rice Basmati best (100 INR/KG) 8,500-13,500 8,500-13,500

Rice Basmati Medium (100 INR/KG) 5,000-7,500 5,000-7,500

Rice Chinnor best new 100 INR/KG) 5,400-5,600 5,400-5,600

Rice Chinnor medium new(100 INR/KG)5,100-5,300 5,100-5,300

Jowar Gavarani (100 INR/KG) 2,350-2,550 2,350-2,550

Jowar CH-5 (100 INR/KG) 2,050-2,250 2,050-2,250 WEATHER (NAGPUR) Maximum temp. 30.1 degree Celsius, minimum temp. 20.6 degree Celsius Rainfall : Nil FORECAST: Partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rains or thunder-showers. Maximum and minimum temperature likely to be around 30 degree Celsius and 21 degree Celsius respectively. Note: n.a.—not available (For oils, transport costs are excluded from plant delivery prices, but included in market prices)