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Detailed Study on the Global Basmati Rice Market

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As per the report, the Basmati Rice market is forecasted to reach a value of ~US$XX by the end of 2029 and grow at a CAGR of ~XX% through the forecast period (2019-2029). The key dynamics of the Basmati Rice market including the drivers, restraints, opportunities, and trends are thoroughly analyzed in the presented report.

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  3. How are consumer trends impacting the operations of market players in the current scenario of the Basmati Rice market?
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  5. What are the growth prospects of the Basmati Rice market in region 1 and region 2?

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In the competitive analysis section of the report, leading as well as prominent players of the global Basmati Rice market are broadly studied on the basis of key factors. The report offers comprehensive analysis and accurate statistics on sales by the player for the period 2015-2020. It also offers detailed analysis supported by reliable statistics on price and revenue (global level) by player for the period 2015-2020.
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  • Y-o-Y growth of the different segments and sub-segments in the Basmati Rice market
  • The domestic and international presence of leading market players in the Basmati Rice market

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The quality of Nigerian home-grown rice is poor: Here's why

Description: The quality of Nigerian home-grown rice is poor: here's whyA rice farm in Nigeria. Credit: Shutterstock

Processing agricultural products—adding value by transforming them from basic commodities—increases their worth, appeal and market value. In the case of rice, processing is an important and distinct feature in its production. It involves changing harvested paddy into edible rice.

Nigeria's rice processing techniques are inefficient. This has resulted in processed rice that's too expensive and of a lower quality than rice from other countries like China, Vietnam and India.

Rice, one of the major staple foods in Nigeria, is consumed across all Nigerian socioeconomic classes. Still, only about 57% of the 6.7 million metric tons of rice consumed in Nigeria annually is locally produced. This leads to a supply deficit of about 3 million metric tons, which is imported.

Over 80% of locally produced rice comes from small scale processors with a processing capacity of less than 100 tons. And these small scale processors are faced with financial challenges that inform their choice of equipment. Large scale processors, on the other hand, constitute less than 20% of processors. They face the challenge of inconsistency in grain quality and insufficient paddy. Both small scale or cottage rice processors and large scale processors depend on paddy from farm lands or purchase from neighboring villages or towns.

The processing procedure entails parboiling raw rice to soften the husk, drying and milling it before selling to distributors or retailers. After milling, small stones must be removed using a de-stoner. De-stoning rice makes locally processed rice more appealing. But the majority of the small scale processors cannot afford this equipment unless they form themselves into co-operatives to purchase one.

We conducted research to establish why Nigeria's processed rice was of low quality. We wanted to establish what drove the decisions of Nigerian rice processors, specifically their choice of the techniques for the processing of rice.

We found out that, in many instances, Nigerian rice processors, especially the small scale or cottage processors, do not have adequate processing capacity. We discovered that the choice of techniques and equipment used during processing was a major determinant of output and quality. The choices rice processors made were driven by a host of factors. These included budgetary constraints, social and economic factors as well as processing constraints.

Factors affecting processing decisions

In a bid to identify the factors affecting rice processors' decisions, we administered structured questionnaires to 410 rice processors selected from four states—Ebonyi, Ekiti, Ogun and Nasarawa—from three geo-political zones in Nigeria—Southeast, Southwest and North-Central. We asked them about processing. We wanted to know about their experiences, where they sourced their raw rice, their processing activities and techniques, if they had available credit to enhance their processing activities and the distance covered from farm to processing center and from processing center to the market.

The responses to the questions showed that choices were dependent on each processor's finances and a number of social and processing characteristics. These included the age (youth or elderly), sex, education, marital status and household size of processors. Economic factors also played a role, including access to a loan to buy modern equipment, and the size of the processing operation. Even if they could afford new equipment, most didn't have the capacity to service it.

Consequently, there were instances where processors formed themselves into co-operatives in a bid to access loans and other financial aid from the government with the aim of purchasing processing equipment. But the time lag for loan applications delayed productive activities. The outcome was many processors became discouraged, and abandoned trying to use new processing techniques and equipment. There were also instances where processors couldn't get spare parts and de-stoning machines required to sift raw rice.

Organized markets in the country present obstacles too. They opted for parboiled imported rice from countries like Vietnam, Indonesia, China and India instead of locally processed rice. This is because to process a 50 kilogram bag of rice locally is more expensive and not economical.

Rice processors also encountered challenges with getting consistent quality and quantity of rice from local farmers all year round. They had to deal with fragmentation of the processing enterprise that makes it difficult to create quality brands and standards due to exorbitant cost of processing equipment.

What needs to be done

In 2019 the Nigerian government restricted the importation of rice into the country. But the directive failed to address the fact that locally processed rice is too expensive. In the case of low priced rice, the quality is poor.

There is therefore a need for the Nigerian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to focus on how to get modern rice processing techniques to more processors. This would enable processors to take advantage of the openings and opportunities made available by the federal government.

This should include providing machines and equipment to rice processors in a bid to ensure Nigeria can produce high quality rice.

In addition, rice processors' associations should be supported with input supply and credit. Female processors should be empowered with input supply, access to credit and proper monitoring. The research has shown that they are more likely to use traditional techniques than their male counterparts.

Finally, stakeholders such as the federal and state agriculture ministries, local governments and the private sector, should invest in modern rice processing equipment. This equipment should be situated close to rice processors with good access roads. This will ensure that processors aren't burdened by the extra cost of transport and rice processing fees which most rice processors are not willing to pay.




Liberia: Ministry of Agriculture Empowers Local Agri-Entrepreneurs to Boost Rice and Cassava Production

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Description: the signing ceremony on Friday, the Minister of Agriculture, Madam Jeanine Milly Cooper said the STAR-P, through its COVID-19 emergency proposal attracted US$10.5 million from the World Bank under the contingency emergency response component to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on agriculture and food security for Liberians.

Monrovia – In a bid to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the agriculture sector, the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) with funding from the World Bank has awarded contracts to 10 smallholder farmers and food processors for rice and cassava production.

The contracts are being implemented under the MOA Smallholder Agriculture Transformation Agribusinesses Revitalization Project (STAR-P).

At the signing ceremony on Friday, the Minister of Agriculture, Madam Jeanine Milly Cooper said the STAR-P, through its COVID-19 emergency proposal attracted US$10.5 million from the World Bank under the contingency emergency response component to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on agriculture and food security for Liberians.

Of the amount, she noted that US$5 million was given to the World Food Program (WFP) for food distribution, while the remaining fund was given to the MOA for the empowerment of Liberian-owned agribusinesses to boost locally grown food production including rice and cassava for onward distribution to vulnerable citizens and institutions.

Entities that benefitted include the Bravo Sisters (contracted to produce 18 metric tons of fufu flour, 17 metric tons of cassava flour (de-pot) and 70 metric tons of gari); FALAMA Inc.(70 metric tons of cassava flour, 27 metric tons of fufu flour and 100 metric tons of gari); Global Agro (50 metric tons of gari, 50 metric tons of fufu flour and 50 metric tons of cassava flour) and Destiny Women (105 metric tons of cassava flour, 29 metric tons of fufu flour and 70 metric tons of gari).

Other entities that signed on Friday include the Liberian Business Incubator (70 metric tons of gari, 105 metric tons of fufu flour and 34 metric tons of cassava flour); Logan and Logan INC (70 metric tons of fufu flour, 60 metric tons of gari and 27 metric tons of cassava flour and 125 metric tons of locally grown rice), Selma Development Agriculture Corporation (175 metric tons of locally grown rice); Agriculture Infrastructures Investment Company (250 metric tons of locally grown rice) and FABRAR Incorporated (200 metric tons of locally grown rice).

Minister Cooper, who before her appointment founded and managed FABRAR Liberia, the largest rice processor and producer in Liberia has vowed to empower Liberian-owned agri-businesses and farmers.

But barely two months into her appointment, Liberia was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic which continues to adversely impact every sector of the economy.

However, Minister Cooper and her team continue to identify potential and qualified agribusinesses to access contracts that could boost their capacities to produce various food products to supply the GOL for distribution to vulnerable citizens.

“We noticed that there would be a severe impact on our agriculture sector and food security if certain measures were not taken. We then developed a proposal to seek funding from donors to support agriculture,” she said.

“This has been a long journey since we started but the interactions and procurement processes have been very tedious to allow us come thus far.”

Speaking further, She noted the program was also part of President George Weah’s commitment to empowering local businesses, adding, “Since my ascendency to this position, the President has always told me to make sure that agribusinesses are empowered.”

Also speaking at the signing ceremony, the beneficiaries through their representative, Joseph S. Harris, thanked Minister Cooper and her team for the exemplary leadership exhibited within a short period of her appointment and pledged to live up to their commitments.

Harris said the impact of the program will have a trigger-down effect as many farmers and families will benefit. He also called on the government to invest more into the agriculture so that the country can become food secure.




How Kenya can meet local demand for rice

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2020 2:45Description: Rice farmersRice farmers. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

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Rice is the third most consumed staple in the country, yet we are not self-sufficient to meet our demand. With a growing population and increase in per capita rice consumption, the government and other policymakers have been left with only a few options to meet future demand for rice; through increased imports and increased productivity.

Our national rice consumption is estimated at 500,000 metric tonnes a year. Despite this being a clear indication of Kenyans uptake of rice as a principal food, our annual production of 100,000 metric tonnes pales in comparison.

According to the National Rice Development Strategy-2, 2019-2030, the annual consumption of rice in Kenya is increasing at a rate of over 12 percent owing to the progressive change in eating habits of Kenyans, especially in urban areas.

This, together with a annual projected population growth rate of 2.7 percent, will mean that the estimated annual national need for rice is expected to reach up to 1,290,000 tonnes by 2030.

Given that Food Security and Nutrition is one of the pillars of the Big Four Agenda which our President is steadfast to implement, increasing the productivity of rice shall form an important component in this pillar. In addition to enhancing food security, it should also alleviate poverty by raising farmer incomes and increase the prospects of creating new jobs in the whole value chain from farm to fork. Investment in the rice sector should therefore become a key priority in the agriculture sector. Description: KARUGA: Revamping Kenya’s rail lines to grow local talentKARUGA: Revamping Kenya’s rail lines to grow local talent

The largest rice irrigation scheme in the country is the Mwea Rice Scheme which was started in 1956 during the colonial times when a seed variety from India called the Basmati was planted in the scheme and hence the birth of what is famously known as the Kenya Pishori rice.

Over the years, the scheme has expanded to 30,000 acres. The other rice schemes across the country are the West Kano and Ahero (in Nyanza) and Bunyala. The much anticipated rice scheme in the Tana river under Tarda was a failure from its onset.

So the key question is what has been ailing this sector to scale up production?

The rice sector has always been overseen by the National Irrigation Board (NIB) which falls under the Ministry of Water. This is because of the provision of water under irrigation.

However, in essence the mandate of seed production, varietal development, good farming practice and market linkage should technically be the oversight of the Ministry of Agriculture.

This could possibly be one of the primary reasons why we lost focus on prioritising rice as a strategic food crop. The constant squabbles between the farmers and NIB in the late 1990s due to the political interference of rice marketing in the scheme also created a lethargy in the development of the sector.

To revive this sector, we need to take a multipronged approach which revolves around agronomy and infrastructure development, farmer financing and market linkages. Let us explore each one separately.

Research into new seed development shall remain crucial to ensure farmers get optimal productivity and quality.

The choice of variety is based on its agronomical performance and not economic reasons since varieties like the Pishori when grown in the West Kano and Ahero have proven to be failures due to its microclimate.

In addition, to ensure efficiency, farmers should work in co-operatives and find ways of aggregating their smaller pieces of land to farm commercially as large tracts which can enable mechanisation.

Provision of farm extension services to educate farmers on best farming practices including the appropriate use of farm inputs such as fertiliser and pesticides shall also play a crucial role in productivity.

Finally, there should be a security of source of water for this irrigated crop to perform well. This means that there should be adequate water source from dams and one should not rely on just the river source which frequently get affected by rainfall patterns.

A case in point is how the delay in building the Thiba dam which would serve the Mwea Rice Scheme has greatly affected the growth of this scheme.

Provision of affordable finance is very crucial for the security of the farmer income. Due to the lack of access to this finance, farmers have the tendency of borrowing from shylocks whose exorbitant finance costs makes it prohibitive for farmers to earn anything for their hard work.

Abject poverty

Many farmers also find it more attractive to lease out their pieces of land rather than farm for the same low income expectation.

In addition to finance, well-structured crop insurance can also protect the farmer from the vagaries of weather and disease leading to crop failures which wipes out the farmer’s income and sets them back into abject poverty.

There’s need to work in co-operatives which will also improve the bargaining of farmers to purchase farm inputs as well as obtaining finance from banks.

The adoption of the warehouse receipting programme also ensures farmers obtain finance for their produce once harvested in a formalised structure and have the flexibility of trading in their produce at their free will when the timing and pricing is right.

The third component is market linkages. Without a market for their produce at the right price, it is an exercise in futility for the farmer.

Except for a portion of the crop which the farmer can keep for their subsistence use, there has to be a surety of market for the remainder of their produce.



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Cambodia’s rice exports drop drastically in August

Sok Chan / Khmer Times 

Rice milling in Kampong Speu province. KT/ Chor Sokunthea


Cambodia’s rice exports rose 31.05 percent, reaching 448,203 tonnes in the first eight months of the year, according to the National Phytosanitary database of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

The report said that Cambodia’s rice exports was 448,203 tonnes thus far this year, compared with 342,045 tonnes during the same period in 2019.

However, in August alone, the export of Cambodian rice percent was 22, 130 tonnes compared with 34, 032 tonnes in August 2019.

Among the total rice exports, 352, 802 tonnes was fragrant rice, white rice, 89, 699 tonnes, parboiled rice 5,679 tonnes and the rest was 23 tonnes.

China is still the top market for Cambodian rice exports. Cambodia exported around 159,253 tonnes in the first eight months, followed by France 56,964 tonnes. However, In Asean countries, Malaysia imported about 23, 201 tonnes from Cambodia, Vietnam 12,836 tonnes, Brunei 10,500 tonnes.

Conservation of traditional rice varieties takes a new path





Project to address drawbacks such as low yield and lodging character

Though the traditional rice varieties in Wayanad district have advantages such as its ability to withstand harsh climatic conditions, drawbacks like low yield and lodging character have forced farmers to go for high-yielding new varieties.

(Lodging is the bending over of the stem of grain crops, which makes them difficult to harvest.)

Now, the Community Agrobiodiversity Centre (CABC) of the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) here has started a farmer participatory project to address the issues concerning traditional varieties.

The MSSRF and the farming community have been working together to find a solution for the low yield in 10 traditional varieties such as Adukkan, Veliyan, Chenellu, Chomala, Chenthadi, Thondi, Gandhakasala, Jeerakasala, Mullankaima and Kalladiaryan varieties under the project, says Shely Mary Koshy, agriculture scientist, MSSRF.

Organic inputs such as farmyard manure, vermicompost, azospirillum, phospho solubilizing bacteria, potassium mobilising bacteria, and groundnut cake have been used for yield enhancement at a trial plot, Dr. Shely said.

A randomised block design is used for the experiment in 60 cents at Kallanchira in the district. System of rice intensification (SRI) method of planting is adopted for the trial (seedlings that are 10 to 12 days’ old are transplanted with just one seedling instead of a clump at a distance of 25 cm between each plant and row), she said.

“The trial is planned for three years and the second year trial is under progress now,” P. Vipindas, Development Associate, MSRF, said.

Throughout the different stages of the trial, active participation of farmers was ensured to make the programme a success, Mr. Vipindas said.

“Based on the results of the trial and the cost of cultivation, the most suitable practices for the traditional variety cultivation will be popularised among farmers,” he said.

“We are curious about the results of the project and many traditional farmers have been visiting the plot for knowledge exchange and to learn more about traditional rice cultivation,” K.R. Anilkumar, a farmer at Kallanchira, said.

The MSSRF, with financial support of the Department of Science and Technology, Seed Division, has been involved in the conservation of traditional rice varieties under the Medicinal and Aromatic Rice Initiative (MAARI) project in the district for the past eight years.




Japan rice prices may fall for first time in six years


Sep 1, 2020

Wholesale prices of rice to be harvested this year are likely to fall for the first time in six years, helping consumers while giving farmers a headache.

The drop reflects lower demand for dining out because of the novel coronavirus epidemic, on top of a population decline and a continued shift in consumer preference away from the traditional staple food.

The wholesale prices mean the prices of rice changing hands between shippers, including agricultural cooperatives, and wholesalers.

Rice demand over the year through June stood at 7.13 million tons on a preliminary basis, down 220,000 tons from the preceding year, the agriculture ministry said.

The pace of decline accelerated from some 100,000 tons a year in the past years, prompted by the COVID-19 crisis and consumer frugality following the consumption tax hike in October last year although the tax rate for rice and other food was kept unchanged at 8 percent.

As a result, end-June inventories this year rose 120,000 tons to 2.01 million tons, topping the 2-million-ton line above which rice prices tend to fall.

Inventories may build up further as consumers are still staying away from restaurants.

Japan terminated its traditional gentan rice production adjustment in the 2018 harvest year, allowing farmers to plant rice as much as they like. If they plant rice excessively, however, prices can collapse.

Planted rice acreage in June this year was unchanged from the previous year in 25 of Japan’s 47 prefectures, including production centers in the country’s northeast.

“Farmers think that if they grow rice it will fetch good prices. They are stuck in such a mindset,” a ministry official said.

On Friday, the ministry said that of the 19 prefectures where rice is harvested early, the crop prospects were “slightly good” or “the same as normal years” in Hokkaido and 12 other prefectures as of Aug. 15.

Retail prices for the popular Koshihikari variety grown in Miyazaki Prefecture, put on sale ahead of rice from other prefectures, are slightly lower than last year.




Cameron farmers and ranchers hit hard by Hurricane Laura


Posted at 12:35 PM, Aug 31, 2020


and last updated 10:35 PM, Aug 31, 2020

In Cameron Parish, agriculture really took it on the chin from Hurricane Laura.

Most of the agriculture in that parish is cattle and rice. Parish Farm Bureau President "Bozo" Cox was able to get his cattle up to high ground, and since the storm surge wasn't as bad as Rita, they stayed safe.

Rice farmers were mostly able to get their rice harvested before the storm hit, and stored in bins. Unfortunately, the storm ripped the tops off the bins - leaving them open to rain, which could ruin the rice.

Many farmers' homes also were affected, adding stress to an already stressful situation.




Grant increases hunting land acreage

by Arkansas Game and Fish | September 1, 2020 at 5:00 a.m.

Description: story.lead_photo.captionAlan Bland eyes a foggy sky for incoming mallards on Dec. 28 2019 during a duck hunt on Beaver Lake. High water and cold weather are the best conditions for waterfowl hunting at the reservoir. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Flip Putthoff) (Flip Putthoff)

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will offer an additional 3,828 acres of prime waterfowl hunting opportunity during the 2020-21 waterfowl season, thanks to the expansion of the Waterfowl Rice Incentive Conservation Easement Program.

The program allows rice producers to enroll fields to increase waterfowl habitat near popular public waterfowl-hunting areas and to offer limited public hunting opportunities on private rice fields through an online drawing.

The increase is possible through a $2.1 million grant from the National Resources Conservation Service’s Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program to be spread out during the next three years.

The expanded acreage will enable the Game and Fish to increase its rice conservation easement fields available for public draw from 10 to 42 for the 2020-21 waterfowl season. Each field will be available only on weekends, which will help reduce disturbance in an effort to keep birds using the areas and limit access only to hunters who draw.

The program serves two goals: to increase the amount of waterfowl habitat on agricultural fields during migration and to increase publicly available hunting opportunities on private land.

“We started the program with a focus on paying landowners incentives to keep rice stubble on the ground for migrating waterfowl instead of tilling it under to get a head start on next year’s crop,” said Luke Naylor, waterfowl program coordinator for Game and Fish. “But that contact led to us being able to test the waters for public hunting opportunities on these agricultural fields.”

Each successful permit holder will be allowed up to three companions during their hunt. Some locations have blinds or pits in place from previous leases or hunting efforts, but those structures won’t be maintained.

“If a person wants to go out with some blind material to brush up a blind, they’re welcome to do so, and we’ll have a description of where such facilities lie on the property,” Naylor said. “Just remember to pack out what you pack in.”

Applications for each field will be available at the weekend preceding each hunt date. Drawings will be conducted and successful applicants will be notified the following Monday with the hunt area’s exact location and instructions for their hunt. All applications require a $5 processing fee.












Climate change could increase rice yields

Description: Climate change could increase rice yieldsMany people around the globe rely on rice as a source of nutrition. Credit: Rachel Schutte

Rice is the most consumed staple food in the world. It is especially common in Asia, where hunger concerns are prevalent.

Rice is classified as an annual plant, which means it completes its life cycle within one growing season then dies. However, in some tropical areas, rice can continue to grow year after year when taken care of properly.

Just as grass grows back in a lawn after it is mowed, rice can be cut after it is harvested, and the plant will regrow. The farming practice of cutting the rice above ground and allowing it to regrow is called ratooning.

Although Rice ratooning allows farmers to harvest more rice from the same fields, it requires a longer growing season compared to traditional single-harvest rice farming.

In many areas of the world where rice is grown, a long growing season isn't a problem due to the tropical climates. But in Japan, cooler weather means rice ratooning has been a rare farming practice.

Hiroshi Nakano and a research team set out to learn more about the potential of ratooning to help Japanese rice farmers. Nakano is a researcher at the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization.

Average temperatures in Japan have been higher in recent years. As climate change continues to affect the region, rice farmers may have a longer window for growing rice. "Rice seedlings will be able to be transplanted earlier in the spring, and farmers can harvest rice later into the year," explains Nakano.

Description: Climate change could increase rice yieldsRice seeds are arranged on the plant in groups, called spikelets. This field of rice is ready for harvest. Credit: Hiroshi Nakano

"The goal of our research is to determine the effects of harvest time and cutting height of the first harvest on the yield of the first and second rice crops," says Nakano. "Ultimately, we want to propose new farming strategies to increase yield as farmers in southwestern Japan adjust to climate change."

During the study on rice ratooning, researchers compared two harvest times and two cutting heights of the first crop. After the first harvest, they collected the seeds from the cut off portions of the rice plants. Researchers measured the yield by counting and weighing the seeds. The second harvest of rice was done by hand and the yield was determined in the same way.

The total grain yield and the yields from the first and second crops were different depending on the harvest times and cutting heights. This wasn't too surprising, since the team already knew harvest time and height affected yield.

Rice plants harvested at the normal time for the first crop yielded more seed than the rice plants harvested earlier. "That's because the plants had more time to fill their spikelets with seed," explains Nakano.

Description: Climate change could increase rice yieldsComparison of the two cut heights of rice five days after harvesting the first crop. Credit: Chiemi Nagamatsu

"At both harvest times, rice harvested at the high cutting height had a higher yield than the low cutting height," says Nakano. That's because the plants cut at a higher height had access to more energy and nutrients stored in their leaves and stems.

"Our results suggest that combining the normal harvest time with the high cutting height is important for increasing yield in rice ratooning in southwestern Japan and similar climate regions," says Nakano. "This technology will likely increase rice grain yield in new environments that arise through global climate change."





Kebbi rice farmers lost N1bn to flood

Official ON AUGUST 31, 20203:21

Kebbi State Government says it has lost about N1 billion worth of rice and other farms produce to ravaging flood recorded in different parts of the state. The government also urged the Federal Government to construct a dam to address perennial flooding in the state. Attahiru Maccido, the state’s Commissioner for Agriculture made the disclosure on Sunday during an inspection visit to flood affected areas in Bagudo and Argungu Local Government Areas of the state. Macciddo said that flood submerged thousands of hectares of farmlands and houses destroying farm produce and personnel belongings in the affected communities. READ ALSO: Flood: NEMA urges Ekiti residents to obey environmental laws He said that: “In Bagudo LGA, we visited about 19 villages affected by the flood, and in Argungu many communities were affected. “We call on the Federal Government to construct a reservoir. I think among the states that are into farming, Kebbi is the only state that does not have a dam of its own. “We need large reservoirs to reserve the rainwater so that it can be used for other activities. “Preliminary assessment showed that damage to rice plantations and other products due to the flood could be over billions of Naira.” “Compensation is a solution in a way, but we are looking for more durable solutions to the devastating flood. “The visit is to assess the damage and how we can get immediate remedy for those who lost their livelihoods.” Macciddo said that construction of a dam would control flooding and encourage effective  utilisation of water and agricultural resources in the state. He noted that the dam project would also mobilise participation in agriculture as well as encourage rain fed and dry season activities. According to him, the Kebbi StateEmergency Management Agency (SEMA) will distribute food and other relief items to the affected farmers and households to mitigate their sufferings. Maccido called on wealthy individuals, agricultural firms operating in the state and key players in rice value chain to assist the affected farmers. “This is a time they should come forward and donate to cushion the effect of the affected farmers. “We are not out of COVID-19 pandemic and the flood disaster compounded the problem,” he said. In a remark, Muhammadu Kaura, Chairman, Bagudo Local Government Council, said the flood washed away sorghum, millet, maize and rice plantations in the area. Kaura lamented that settlements in prone areas refused to relocate to safer areas in spite of warnings by the authorities, adding that the council would emphasise on sensitisation activities  to create awareness on the dangers of the flood. While urging the Federal and State Governments to assist the victims, Kaura called on the people in flood prone zones to relocate to areas with high altitude.

Also speaking, Abubakar Muhammad, the Ward Head of Tuga, one of the affected communities, said that flood submerged many communities and farmlands in his domain. Muhammad lamented that the damage caused by the flood would negatively affect rice production in the state. Some of the affected farmers, Abubakar Maikifi and Hakimi Maitambari, expressed shock over the disaster. Maikifi said the disaster had exposed them to losses as it destroyed their only source of livelihoods. “We lost our farm produce and animals to the flood. READ ALSO: Kano plants two million seedlings to help combat flood, desertification “A number farmers here cultivated bewteen 50 and 100 hectres of rice plantations producing hundreds bags of paddy every rainy season. “We never experienced this kind of disaster in the past. We call for assistance from government and development organisations,” he said. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the affected areas include Tungar-Baushe; Illela, Buda, Rimi, Kurgu, Tungar-Sha, Shanbam, Bargawa, Garin-Wanzam, Tungar-Wanzam, Sabon-Gari and Tungar-Nabayi. Others are Tungar-Burtu; Tungar-Akoda, Tilleji, Kala-Kala, Tungar-Arabi, Tungar Ayuba as well as Gefen Farfajiya and Gandun Sarki in Bagudo and Argungu Local Government Areas, respectively.



Cambodian rice farmers turn guardians of the forest

AUGUST 30, 2020

Description: svg%3EBy the end of October each year, the trucks would begin rolling into Tmatboey in the remote northern plains of Cambodia, marking the final sprint among Nhem Siphan and hundreds of rice farmers harvesting their annual cash crop. Buyers would stand over farmers, manipulate scales, understate the quality of crops, or renegotiate after coming to terms, knowing they held all the power in the transaction.

Desperate for cash, some would sell early at basement prices, while those who held out risked missing their one big pay day of the year, Siphan said.

“How many tonnes of rice could I carry by ox-cart? How far is the market? Who do I talk to?” Siphan, 70, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “It’s impossible. We had no option but to sell.” For years, farmers supplemented their income by turning trees into ox carts for sale, expanding their rice fields, or hunting endangered animals, all inside the Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary.

But now rice fields are becoming forest again and species thought lost are returning, under the protection of the same farmers, who have partnered with a social enterprise that pays a premium for their crops.

“My life has never been easier,” said Siphan, sitting under his tidy, stilted home. “All I have to worry about is the weather.” Siphan is one of about 1,500 farmers partnered with ethically-driven Ibis Rice, which guarantees above-market prices to “wildlife friendly” farmers who patrol the forest for poachers and loggers while nurturing chemical-free paddy fields.

The project was established inside three protected areas in northern Preah Vihear province, and is now expanding into illegal logging hotspots in one of the world’s most heavily deforested countries.

“Obviously, we want to work in the places most important for conservation … on the frontiers of deforestation,” said Ibis Rice Chief Executive Nicholas Spencer. “It can be very complicated but in some ways it’s the only answer.”

Cambodia has been beset by disputes over land ownership and forest encroachment since the Maoist Khmer Rouge regime destroyed all property records in the 1970s.

Rice cultivation remains a staple of rural life but with poor market access, farmers have largely missed out despite growing some of the world’s most sought after varieties. After initially struggling to get a foothold in the market, Ibis Rice – which was set up by the Wildlife Conservation Society in 2009 – is set to turn a profit in 2020.

“We are starting to find our niche – with the health conscious, well travelled, international consumer,” said Spencer, outlining plans to double the 1,200 tonnes of rice it bought last year and also move into cashews and cassava. “The problem now is not market, it’s production – training enough farmers to produce enough quality, be certified and follow the rules,” he said.

Sopheak Phearun, an agronomist with environmental charity Sansom Mlup Prey, monitors the health of crops and investigates reports of farmers breaching agreements with Ibis Rice. “It’s tricky. If (farmers) are removed from the programme, we no longer have any way to influence their behaviour,” he said while inspecting a crop reported as diseased.

About 22 farmers were cut loose in 2019, he said, but most returned to the programme in 2020, pledging compliance again.

“If they want to return, they just have to rescind the land they cleared, or stop using the chemicals,” he said.

Srey Ul, a community leader in Tmatboey, said the project had completely changed lives in the village and the environment.


Record rice output likely on better monsoon rains

Our Bureau  New Delhi | Updated on August 28, 2020  Published on August 28, 2020


Total acreage up by 7% at 1,082 lakh ha

Bountiful and well-spread-out monsoon rains this year are expected to push up area under rice to a record level. With the country, as a whole, receiving 8 per cent more rains than normal, there has been a 10 per cent increase in rice planting as compared to area covered in the corresponding week last year.

According to kharif sowing data released by the Agriculture Ministry on Friday, the total area under kharif crops till this week was 1,082 lakh hectares (lha), over 7 per cent more than 1,010 lha planted in the same period in the previous kahrif season.

Paddy transplantation has been carried out over 390 lha — about 35 lha more than that in the corresponding week last year. Telangana, which planted rice over an additional 10 lha, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand which increased rice area by 5 lha each and West Bengal with an extra 4 lha rice area accounted for much of this increase.



Pulses, oilseeds gain

Oilseeds are another kharif crop that have done exceedingly well this time with a 13 per cent increase in acreage. With the area under soyabean and groundnut exceeding well beyond the normal planting area, the total oilseeds acreage has gone up to 193 lha (171 lha).

With all three major pulses crops — arhar, urad and moong — reporting higher acreage as compared to the same week last year, the total area under pulses touched almost 135 lha, about 4.6 per cent more than last year.

There is a marginal 2.5 to 3 peer cent increase in area under coarse cereals and cotton, too. While bajra and maize reported higher area as compared to same week last season, coverage of coarse cereals stands at 177 lha till date. Similarly, the area under cotton increased to 128.4 lha, with Telangana where cotton is planted over an extra 6 lha more than compensating for the shortfall in acreage in Gujarat and Maharashtra.

Storage levels

According to the India Meteorological Department, total rainfall received across the country was 737.5 millimetres as compared to the normal of 682 mm.

The water storage in 123 reservoirs in the country this week was 131 billion cubic metre (BCM), about 2 per cent more than 129 BCM in the corresponding week last year.



Kharif Crop acreage up further; Oilseed area jumps by 13%, Rice sowing up 10%

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Abhijeet Banerjee 29 August, 2020 11:25 AM IST

Planting operations continues in the country and latest Government report shows further progress in the net cropped area. The area planted as on August 28 has gone up by nearly 7.15% over last year’s corresponding period. So far, the planted area has reached nearly 1 thousand 82 Lakh hectares. There has been an increase of nearly 10% in cultivation of Rice. On the other hand, Oilseeds’ planted area has registered a jump of roughly 13 per cent.  

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, as on 28.08.2020, the total Kharif crops sown is 1082.22 Lakh ha area against 1009.98 Lakh ha area during the corresponding period of last year. Given below is the sowing area coverage under Kharif crops and till now farmers have grown:  

Rice: Total area cropped has gone to 389.81 Lakh ha as compared with 354.41 Lakh ha during the corresponding period of last year – an increment of 35.40 Lakh ha therefore.  

Pulses: Pulses acreage has risen by roughly 5.91 Lakh hectares and till date the sown area has reached 134.57 Lakh ha area versus 128.65 Lakh ha during last year’s corresponding period.  

Coarse Cereals: Coarse cereal acreage is about 176.89 Lakh ha till date – a rise of 4.40 Lakh ha more area compared to last year’s corresponding period of 172.49 Lakh ha.  

Oilseeds: Area under Oilseeds has gone up to 193.29 Lakh ha versus 170.99 Lakh ha during the corresponding period of last year. Therefore year on year increase is 22.30 lakh ha (for the corresponding period).  

Sugarcane: Sugarcane area is reported at 2.29 Lakh ha area and during last years’ corresponding period the cropped area was 51.68 Lakh ha. Over previous year, sugarcane cultivation has shown an increase of 0.61 Lakh ha.   

Jute & Mesta: Jute & Mesta is sown in around 6.97 Lakh ha area coverage versus 6.86 Lakh ha during the corresponding period of last year. Thus 0.11 Lakh ha more area is being recorded versus last year. 

Cotton: Planted area in cotton has risen by nearly 3.50 Lakh ha compared to last year’s corresponding year. About 128.41 Lakh ha area coverage under cotton as compared to 124.90 Lakh ha during last year. 

Roughly three weeks back, the Central Water Commission (CWC) had reported the live water storage in 123 reservoirs in different parts of the country, to be 88% of the corresponding period of the last year. In the current week the Commission has reported an improvement i.e. 102 per cent storage of water across 123 reservoirs in different parts of the country compared to last year corresponding period. This information has raised,Kharif%20Crop%20acreage%20up%20further%3B%20Oilseed%20area%20jumps%20by,%25%2C%20Rice%20sowing%20up%2010%25&text=Rice%3A%20Total%20area%20cropped%20has,of%2035.40%20Lakh%20ha%20therefore.




Cambodia ensures food security and rice exports

Khmer Times 

Rice milling in Kampong Speu province. KT/Chor Sokunthea


The beginning of this season’s rice harvest has been slower than in 2019.

Tis has been brought about by drought causing slower seed-planting, resulting in some farmers having to replant and harvest has now been extended into December.

Kao Thach, director-general of the Rural Development and Agriculture Bank (RDAB), said that although the drought had impacted harvests, the government still ensures food security and that rice exports will go ahead in 2020.

After attending the meeting to monitor rain-fed rice cultivation, early-season rice harvests, and rice exports in 2020, Thach confirmed that as of August, the rice grown in the rainy season of the farmers has been faster in comparison to in 2019, despite the harvest being slower. The rice harvested at the beginning of this season yields an average of 4 tonnes per hectare.

“The river levels this year are lower than in 2019, and the water has not yet reached the floodplain areas, so farmers have switched from cultivating wet rice to cultivating rainy season rice, which extends the growing season” he added.

As a result of this cultivation, Cambodia can ensure adequate food security, and rice exports as planned, despite the rain falling early in the season, and the drought that affected some rice fields.

Dr Chou Vichit, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, said that rice exports in the past seven months reached 426,073 tons, an increase of 118,060 tons (38.33 percent) compared to the same period in 2019.

“According to the results, the Cambodian Rice Federation has concluded that Cambodia’s rice exports by 2020 could reach 800,000 tons,” he said.

To achieve the target of exporting 800,000 tons of rice, the Cambodian Rice Federation has requested an additional $30 million in credit support under the government’s special program through the Rural Development and Agriculture Bank, and to apply for loans from this program for 12 months.

Madhya Pradesh withholds rice stocks after Centre finds substandard samples


Sidharth Yadav

BHOPAL:, AUGUST 31, 2020 19:33 IST

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Stocks instead suitable for livestock, cattle and poultry, says Centre.

The Madhya Pradesh government is inspecting rice stocked across its depots after the Centre requested it to withhold them until further investigation and re-categorisation after it found samples from two districts “unfit for human consumption” and recommended action against those responsible.

The State Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection was now inspecting stocks State-wide along with teams of Food Corporation of India, the department’s Principal Secretary Faiz Ahmed Kidwai told The Hindu.

“Nearly 75% of the stocks had been inspected and we will get a report within a day or two. The inspection is being undertaken across all depots and stocks have been withheld,” he said, at a time when thousands are increasingly dependent on fair price shops for nutrition in view of the lockdown-induced joblessness.

When asked if the government had acted against officials responsible in Balaghat and Mandla districts, where 32 samples were found to be substandard, Mr. Kidwai said it would be decided after the report came in.

“It has been six-seven days since the stocks were withheld,” said Tarun Kumar Pithode, the department’s Director. “It is being inspected whether storing the paddy in the open caused the situation, the miller supplied substandard stocks, and so on.”

Deputy Commissioner (Storage and Research Division), Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Vishwajeet Haldar on August 21 had written to Mr. Kidwai pointing out the analysis reports of all the 32 samples were found to be not just beyond the below rejection limit as per the uniform specifications issued by the Ministry but also beyond the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act (PFA), 1954 standards as per the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. He sought an action taken report at the earliest.

“The stocks are found to be unfit for human consumption and in the categories of Feed-1 which is meant to be suitable for livestock feed (such as goat, horse, sheep); Feed-II which is suitable for cattle feed and Feed-III, which is suitable for poultry feed as per the guidelines for the issuance/disposal of the stocks,” Mr. Haldar noted.

Stating the analysis results pointed to grave and serious shortcomings in the rice quality, he further contended, “There have been grave lapses by district officers, officials and authorities involved in the entire channel from procurement to distribution.”

He recommended officials concerned needed to be identified and proceedings be initiated against them under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954, or the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. “Besides, the rice millers associated in delivery of such ‘human unfit’ stocks should be black listed with immediate effect,” he said.

During the inspection of four depots and one ration shop from July 30 to August 2, samples were collected and sent to the Central Grain Analysis Laboratory, New Delhi.

As per the records of the godowns, wrote Mr. Haldar, the receipt of the stocks from where samples were drawn were procured in May-July, while the condition of the stock represented a “different picture altogether”. “The stocks are 100% recycled old stocks and the gunnies used for storage are also at least two-three years old,” he noted.



Price of Non-Basmati Parboiled Rice Increases in India on Account of Huge Export Demand

August 30, 2020

Gayathri Arvind

Price of Non-Basmati Parboiled Rice Increases in India on Account of Huge Export Demand

The surging coronavirus cases and the dreadful floods led to a shortage of supply and in turn, increase the export demand for rice. Thus, the current scenario rises the price of Non- basmati parboiled rice in India.

The pandemic outbreak and floods hindered supply and transportation in the country. Ensuring that Indian rice export prices increased. Accordingly, the prices for 5% broken Indian parboiled rice increased to $383-$389 per tonne from $382-$387 last week. On the other hand, prices for Vietnam’s 5% broken rice remained unchanged while Thailand saw an increase in prices for the same.

Indian Exports Hindered

The Kakinada district in Andhra Pradesh is the largest rice shipping port in India. Following the recent events, they are facing labour issues as well as the limited availability of containers. The President of the Rice Exporters’ Association, B.V Krishna Rao worries that the vessel loading rate went done by 30% in Kakinada. Despite the problematic situation, the demand for Indian rice remains high. However, the exports are getting affected due to surging cases and floods in Andhra Pradesh, according to Nitin Gupta, VP of Olam India’s rice business.

Andhra Pradesh alone is not facing the problem. Ashwin Shah, an exporter based in Nagaland, also conveys that they faced similar logistical issues. Nevertheless, as the demand for Indian rice is good due to prices, the industry is optimistic that things will look up again shortly.

Bangladesh Floods Affect Export Flow

India isn’t the only country facing export issues in these challenging times. The neighbouring country of Bangladesh was also affected by heavy floods. Due to this, 50,000 hectares of paddy fields submerged reports Bangaladesh agricultural ministry. Further, the value of the damaged rice crops came up to $4.29 billion on around 100,000 hectares, said Abdur Razzaque, the agricultural minister. Thus, Bangladesh is facing the same plight in export.

Jump in Exports of Non-Basmati Rice

India’s exports of non-basmati rice varieties increased massively. In the first two months of the FY21, the exports were 11.3 lakh tonnes- 52.5% more than the previous year.

Africa is the major importer of this variety and, now Bangladesh is looking to import the same from India as well. Mr BV Krishna Rao also said that Africa depends on India for its rice demand as prices for the Thai variety have shot up. Further, he also believes that the exports will touch FY18 levels which were around 8.64 million tonnes. Bangladesh is looking to import rice because of sluggish procurement rates and the surge in demand for rice.

In conclusion, there is a good chance for India to export a good quantity of non-basmati varieties this year. But, we’ll have to wait for the Bangladesh government’s official announcement that is expected to arrive shortly.

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Mekong Delta to release floodwaters into rice fields to fertilise soil, destroy pests

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Farmers in Dong Thap Province’s Hong Ngu District will not grow the autumn-winter rice crop, the year’s third, on more than 9,000ha and will instead release floodwaters into their fields to fertilise the soil and destroy pathogens and pests.

Description: Mekong Delta to release floodwaters into rice fields to fertilise soil, destroy pests

Floodwaters released into rice fields in Dong Thap Province’s Hong Ngu District during the flood season last year. 

The upstream district is the first locality in the Mekong Delta province to be flooded by the Mekong River during the rainy season.

The delta is set to enter the flooding season which brings sediments to rice fields and aquatic species to upstream localities.

Pham Van But, who owns a 2ha rice field in Hamlet 3 in Hong Ngu’s Thuong Phuoc 1 Commune, said he and other farmers would not grow the autumn-winter rice and have opened the sluices to let floodwaters enter their fields.

He now regularly visits the fields to watch the water level and hopes the floodwaters would rise rapidly and enter the fields, he said.  

According to farmers, if three crops are grown the soil becomes unfertile, resulting in high production costs and poor crops.

Many farmers in the district have ploughed their rice fields to absorb the flood sediments.

The delta’s flood season, which occurs between August and November annually, is expected to be late and poor this year, according to experts.

Nguyen Hoang Nhung, head of the district’s Bureau of Agriculture and Rural Development, said this year the district decided to plant 2,600ha of autumn-winter crop in Thuong Phuoc 2 Commune and Thuong Thoi Tien Town, and release floodwaters into more than 9,000ha of unplanted rice fields in other areas.

In the latter areas, the district has opened all sluices to be ready to receive the floodwaters, he said.

Farmers there have finished harvesting the summer-autumn rice, he said.

The bureau has carried out regular inspections to ensure farmers do not plant their fields.

To increase rice production, the province has built dykes in flood-prone areas to enable farmers to grow autumn-winter rice during the flood season.

But authorities have decided to stop this practice in many upstream localities during the flooding season to fertilise rice fields in recent years.

The flood season offers many different livelihoods like catching fish and other aquatic species brought by the floodwaters, breeding them in flooded rice fields and making tools for catching them.

Craft villages making the tools have become busy.  VNS



WV palay production up 12.15% for 1st semester


By Panay News


Description: Department of Agriculture 6 says that palay production in Western Visayas increased by 12.15 percent in the first six months of 2020 amid the resiliency of rice farmers in the region. JAMES EARL OGATISDepartment of Agriculture 6 says that palay production in Western Visayas increased by 12.15 percent in the first six months of 2020 amid the resiliency of rice farmers in the region. JAMES EARL OGATIS

PALAY production in Western Visayas has posted a 12.15 percent increase for the first semester of 2020 compared to the same period of last year with 753,832.24 metric tons (MT) and 672,152.53 MT production for 2020 and 2019 respectively, according to the Philippine Statistic Authority (PSA).

Department of Agriculture 6 (DA-6) director Remelyn R. Recoter said that despite the threats of COVID-19 pandemic, the resiliency of rice farmers in the region continues and manifested their dedication and commitment to provide sufficient, affordable, and safe food for everybody.

“Our farmers are situated in the rural areas wherein during ECQ period, movement and transportation were restricted but they still found enough time to monitor, supervise, and manage their rice lands,” Recoter added.

Across all ecosystem (irrigated, rainfed and upland), the province of Iloilo has the highest production of 352,416.38 MT followed by Capiz – 179, 345.01 MT; Negros Occidental – 107,821 MT; Aklan – 52,223.85 MT; Antique – 46,890 MT; and Guimaras – 15,136 MT for 2020, whereas, in the 2019 production the province of Iloilo still ranks number 1 with 298,376.53 MT; then Capiz – 125,287 MT; Negros Occidental – 112, 069.00 MT; Antique – 80,425.00 MT; Aklan – 45,137.00 MT; and Guimaras – 10,858.00 MT.

It must be noted that the average yield also increased from three metric tons per hectare in 2019 to 3.27 MT/ha this year in the same period (January to June).

The province of Antique recorded the highest yield with 3.60 MT/ha followed by Negros Occidental – 3.56 MT/ha; Iloilo – 3.28 MT/ha; Capiz – 3.22 MT/ha; Aklan – 2.85 MT/ha; and Guimaras – 2.56 MT/ha.

An additional 6,327 hectares were harvested this first semester of 2020 from 224,161 ha in 2019 wherein the province of Iloilo has 107, 287 ha harvested followed by Capiz – 55,655 ha; Negros Occidental – 30,270 ha; Aklan – 18,332 ha; Antique – 13,042 ha; and Guimaras – 5,902.

Recoter is optimistic that with the in-place interventions given to rice farmers under the Rice Resiliency Program (RRP), Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF), and Regular Rice Program particularly on the distribution of seeds and fertilizer this wet season, the region could play a big role in ensuring the rice sufficiency of the country this year.

Recoter stressed that Western Visayas has contributed 2.077 MMT or 11.04 percent of the 18.814 MMT National Rice Production in 2019. The region is one of the three regions (Central Luzon and Cagayan Valley) with major contributions to the national palay production.

“I am happy that more rice farmers have planted hybrid, certified, and good seeds this season. I am also optimistic that they have applied appropriate fertilization with the free Urea fertilizer we have given them, which could be translated to a bountiful harvest this year,” added Recoter.

The percentage increase in production, yield, and area harvested this first semester of 2020 shows that the DA is doing its part and on the right track in confronting challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. (RAFIS 6)



Vietnam’s Jan-Aug coffee exports drop 1.3%, rice down 1.7%


Description:’s coffee exports in the first eight months of the year probably fell 1.3% from a year earlier, to 1.16 million tonnes, while rice exports are likely to have dropped 1.7%, government data released on Saturday showed.

Coffee exports from Vietnam are expected to drop an estimated 1.3% in the first eight months on the year to 1.16 million tonnes, or 19.3 million 60-kg bags, the General Statistics Office (GSO) said.

Coffee export revenue for Vietnam, the world’s biggest producer of the robusta bean, will probably be down 0.2% at $1.98 billion in the eight-month period.

Its August coffee shipments are estimated at 110,000 tonnes, valued at $197 million.

Rice exports in the period from January to August are forecast to drop 1.7% from a year earlier, to 4.5 million tonnes.

Revenue from rice exports in the period is expected to increase 10.4% to $2.2 billion.

August rice exports from Vietnam, the world’s third-largest shipper of the grain, probably totalled 500,000 tonnes, worth $251 million.

Vietnam’s January-August crude oil exports were seen rising 22.4% on the year, to an estimated 3.35 million tonnes.

Crude oil export revenue in the period is expected to dive 21.2% from a year earlier to $1.1 billion.

Oil product imports in the eight months were estimated at 8.1 million tonnes, up 46.9% over the corresponding period last year, while the value of such imports rose 0.6% to $2.64 billion.

The GSO trade data is subject to revision next month.
Source: Reuters (Reporting by Phuong Nguyen; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)