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  • 1. 16th January, 2014 Share developments in RICE and allied sectors, Promote the Concept of Knowledge Economy Daily Rice E-Newsletter by Rice Plus Magazine www.ricepluss.com News and R&D Section mujajhid.riceplus@gmail.com Cell # 92 321 369 2874
  • 2. Dear Sir/Madam, YOUR IDEA has a great worth---JUST share it through RICE PLUS 10000+ stakeholders of rice industry read & apply various ideas and analysis written by the authors. Be the part of Rice plus authors Visit: www.ricepluss.com,www.publishpk.net mujahid.riceplus@gmail.com riceplus@irp.edu.pk TOP Contents - Tailored for YOU Latest News Headlines…        University AgCenter holds clinics for rice farmers New opportunity for rice exporters Climate change to lower wheat, rice production DA says 2013 palay production to exceed 2012 output Paddy Purchase Price Set At Uniform RM1,200 In Peninsula Pakistan. New opportunity for rice exporters Nagpur Foodgrain Prices Open-Jan 16 Daily Rice E-Newsletter by Rice Plus Magazine www.ricepluss.com News and R&D Section mujajhid.riceplus@gmail.com Cell # 92 321 369 2874
  • 3.      Ayutthaya farmers demand rice payment from DIT Thai graft body to probe rice subsidies, adding to PM's woes amid protests Asia Rice-Thai prices dip as farmers sell in market on fears over govt payments Rice rules unchanged on restricted trading Rice basmati rises on fresh stockists buying NEWS DETAILS: University AgCenter holds clinics for rice farmers Rice Fields A combine plows through fields in Jefferson Davis Parish. (Photo Courtesy of Bruce Schultz) Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 6:06 pm | Updated: 11:42 pm, Wed Jan 15, 2014. Alexis Rebennack With Louisiana’s rice season less than two months away, experts from the University’s AgCenter are assisting farmers throughout January to prepare for the 2014 season.The AgCenter rice clinics took place in various areas throughout the state this month, including Bunkie, Welsh, Crowley, Ville Platte and Kaplan. A final meeting will take place Jan. 29 in Rayville.Steven Linscombe, director of the Rice Research Station, said while farmers will face the usual challenges this year such as potential hurricanes, droughts and excessively high temperatures, there is an even bigger challenge ahead.Farmers want Congress to approve a new farm bill to help farmers know what the rice production playing field will look like during the next few years, Linscombe said. The uncertainty surrounding this bill affects multiple layers of this season’s farming production, said AgCenter professor Michael Salassi. ―This uncertainty not only affects individual farmers’ production plans for the coming year, but also significantly impacts the amount of operating crop loan financing which can be obtained to finance the everrising costs of producing agricultural crops,‖ Salassi said.Linscombe has participated in numerous rice clinics during his tenure. Some of the longest-held clinics include the Evangeline Parish meeting in Ville Platte, which was the 54th annual clinic, and the Vermilion Parish meeting in Kaplan, which was the 42nd annual rice clinic, he said. Linscombe said he is certain that through the decades, the rice clinics have greatly benefited Louisiana rice farmers. ―We have many producers that often comment that the research and extension work conducted by AgCenter scientists have kept them in the business,‖ Linscombe said. Daily Rice E-Newsletter by Rice Plus Magazine www.ricepluss.com News and R&D Section mujajhid.riceplus@gmail.com Cell # 92 321 369 2874
  • 4. ―This is one opportunity each year for these farmers to be updated on all the new technologies, varieties, etc. across all disciplines that impact their production programs.‖Salassi said the two divisions of the University AgCenter, the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station and the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, have been holding agricultural education meetings for farmers for decades.―Louisiana is a major producer of rice in the U.S., and these education meetings have long been held to educate growers on the most up-to-date farming practices and production alternatives,‖ Salassi said.Other topics covered in these meetings include expected yield data on rice varieties available for planting and production and optimal fertilization rates to maximize net returns, he said. The rice clinics also serve to inform farmers of insect and plant disease problems they might face and how to control them, as well as information about the rice commodity market in the region and nation and its affect on the farm commodity market price, Salassi said. New opportunity for rice exporters Staff Reporter Thursday, January 16, 2014 - Karachi—After increment in brown rice prices by India, Pakistanhas an opportunity to increase its brown rice exports by 250,000 tonnes to EU countries as its commodity is relatively cheaper. Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) former chairman Jawed Ali Ghori said the country in past six months July to December of current fiscal year 2013 has already exported approximately 52,000 tonnes of the said variety to EU countriesand now due to duty-free access to these markets it can export 250,000 tonnes more.He highlighted that India has also increased the prices of the said variety by a massive amount resulting in the opportunity for Pakistani exporters to tap EU markets in the current fiscal year. Overall, in past six months of current fiscal year export of Pakistani rice has increased up to 9.0 percent as compared to the same period during the previous fiscal year. Ghori told the country has exported approximately 1.574 million tonnes of Basmati and nonBasmati rice costing $819 million in the six months of current fiscal year (July to December 2013), whereas it had exported 1.446 million tonnes costing $752 million during the same period of previous fiscal year. Giving a breakdown of above-mentioned figures, he stated Basmati rice export during the said period stood at 274,000 tonnes costing $297 million as compared with 240,000 tonnes priced at $233 million during the same period of previous year, posting an increase of about 14 percent in quantity and 27 percent in price. Climate change to lower wheat, rice production Salman Siddiqui Thursday, January 16, 2014 From Print Edition Daily Rice E-Newsletter by Rice Plus Magazine www.ricepluss.com News and R&D Section mujajhid.riceplus@gmail.com Cell # 92 321 369 2874
  • 5. KARACHI: The climate change is a major threat to agriculture production and risk to food security in Pakistan; the expected increase in the level of temperature may lower production of wheat by 1.5-2.5 percent and rice by two-four percent by 2020, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) said in its annual report (FY13) on the state of the economy.―...climate change is not just a global debate, it is a major threat for Pakistan, particularly when it is raising risks to food security in the country,‖ said the SBP.―...we expect temperature to rise by another 0.6 to one °C till 2030. This trend raises several concerns for the country, particularly for its agriculture,‖ it said.Studies have found that a rise in temperature in the range of 1-5 Celsius would bring down the wheat yield in sub-mountains, arid and semi-arid regions. Higher temperature may improve the wheat yield in the mountainous region. ―The national wheat production by the end of 2020 would still be 1.5-2.5 percent lower than the potential,‖ SBP said.Rice, another major food crop, is more sensitive to climate change. Studies on rice report a possible decline in yields in the semi-arid plains of Punjab. In overall terms, ―its production would decline by two to four percent due to climate factors by 2020.‖Vegetables, particularly potatoes, may get affected by high temperatures, as they are more vulnerable to heat, whereas maize, sunflower, and sugarcane may grow well in high temperature, it said.―Some areas may become uncultivable. We have already seen that cotton was once an important crop for Faisalabad, but now it is not grown there anymore. Beside other factors, change in temperature also explains this development,‖ it said. The cropping pattern will also adjust in response to climate change as farmers may need to shift the sowing time due to heat stress. This will also alter the timings for associated application of inputs (fertilizer and insecticides). ―The change in the cropping pattern for Rabi will spill over to Kharif. All these changes will need adjustment at the grower’s level.‖―Increased humidity will heighten the threat of pest attack,‖ it said.Livestock sector is also vulnerable to the impact of climate change; high temperature would exert physiological stress on animals and may reduce their reproduction, said the report.An obvious threat of climate change is the sustainability of water resources of the country. The SBP expects the demand for water to increase with rising temperature, but river flows may also surge in parallel, due to more frequent heavy rains and runoff from glacier melt. Hence, the overall water flows may not worsen in the short-run, but may decline in the longer-term due to reduced glacier mass, it added.In addition, a higher temperature would shorten the growth period for crops, thereby resulting in lower yields. ―This means increase in crop yield, which is critical for food security, may be difficult to achieve owing to climate constraint.‖In order to address such risks, the country is needed a multipronged response that would require expansion in water storage capacity, improvement in the efficiency of water usage, and introduction of high yielding crop varieties that are suitable for changing the climate conditions, it said. DA says 2013 palay production to exceed 2012 output By Czeriza Valencia (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 17, 2014 - 12:00am Daily Rice E-Newsletter by Rice Plus Magazine www.ricepluss.com News and R&D Section mujajhid.riceplus@gmail.com Cell # 92 321 369 2874
  • 6. MANILA, Philippines The Department of Agriculture (DA) expects last year’s palay (unhusked rice) production to have exceeded the 2012 production level despite the damage inflicted by Typhoon Yolanda on Visayas rice lands, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said yesterday.He said that based on initial reports from regional field units, last year’s production likely surpassed the 2012 production level of 18.03 million metric tons (MT).The government originally targeted to produce 19 million MT of palay this year. Last year’s farm production figures are still being finalized.―Definitely, production in 2013 would be higher than in 2012,‖ said Alcala.Because of the extent of damage caused by the super typhoon, the National Food Authority Council approved the importation of 500,000 MT of rice from Vietnam to used for buffer stocking. Delivery started last month and is expected to be completed within the quarter.After the onslaught of Yolanda, the Agriculture department assessed that flat growth in palay production could be expected in 2013. We thought, previously, that production would be flat for this year but positive growth in Region 3 has pulled up palay production figures,‖ said Dante Delima, Agriculture Secretary and National Rice Program coordinator.The Department of Agriculture expects palay production to grow by four to five percent annually within the next three years, an organic growth rate with normal intervention by the government.To meet the domestic demand and fulfill the buffer stocking requirment, palay production needs to grow by six percent annually.―That is why we are reviewing our programs and identifying interventions needed to achieve this,‖ said Delima. Daily Rice E-Newsletter by Rice Plus Magazine www.ricepluss.com News and R&D Section mujajhid.riceplus@gmail.com Cell # 92 321 369 2874
  • 7. Paddy Purchase Price Set At Uniform RM1,200 In Peninsula KOTA BAHARU, Jan 16 (Bernama) -- The government has set a uniform RM1,200 per tonne as the price for the purchase of paddy from the farmers in the peninsula from the next harvest in a move to weed out the middlemen.Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who announced this today, said private rice millers would have to pay the same price for the paddy from the farmers or have their licence revoked.The current price for paddy bought from the farmers differed from state to state, with RM980 per tonne in Kelantan, RM1,050 in Kedah and RM1,200 in Selangor.Middlemen often manipulated the paddy transactions to the detriment of the farmers, Ismail Sabri told reporters after launching an exercise to combat the middlemen in the paddy and rice sub-sector at the Puteri Saadong Area Farmers Organisation (AFO) in Binjai, here, today. "The activities of the middlemen, which are becoming widespread, have resulted in losses for the farmers. They only make a small profit and become too dependent on the middlemen," he said.Ismail Sabri also said that another measure to eliminate the exploiting middlemen was getting the AFOs, Kemubu Agriculture Development Authority (Kada) and the Muda Agriculture Development Authority (Mada) to buy paddy directly from the farmers and take the crop to the mills.He said the quality of the paddy at the purchasing centres operated by the AFOs, Kada and Mada would be determined by the AFOs, farmers and Padiberas Nasional Berhad (Bernas). This quality would also be recognised at the private mills, he added."The movement of paddy between states is allowed subject to getting a permit from the paddy and rice regulator," he said.Ismail Sabri said the AFOs, Kada and Mada would provide mechanisation, agricultural inputs, welfare funds and soft loans for farmers, service hitherto monopolised by the middlemen."Nafas (National Farmers Association) has agreed to contribute RM100,000 to every AFO for use as welfare aid and soft loans for the farmers," he said.Ismail Sabri also said that in a move to ensure better distribution of the subsidised Super Tempatan 15 (ST15) rice to the low-income group, the distribution would be undertaken at the paddy purchasing centres, AFOs and Bernas rice mills beginning April 1. He said the rice would not be sold at hypermarkets but at shops close to the target group, such as Agro Bazar outlets, 1Malaysia People's Shops, TUKAR shops, farmers' outlets, cooperative shops, e-Kasih shops, Felda shops, retail shops at public low-cost housing areas, hardcore poor people's housing schemes and rural retail shops.The ST15 bags of rice would carry the label "Kegunaan Isi Rumah Warganegara Malaysia Sahaja" (For Households of Malaysian Citizens Only) and each household would be restricted to purchasing two bags.-BERNAMA Daily Rice E-Newsletter by Rice Plus Magazine www.ricepluss.com News and R&D Section mujajhid.riceplus@gmail.com Cell # 92 321 369 2874
  • 8. Pakistan. New opportunity for rice exporters 16.01.2014 After increment in brown rice prices by India, Pakistan has an opportunity to increase its brown rice exports by 250,000 tonnes to EU countries as its commodity is relatively cheaper. Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) former chairman Jawed Ali Ghori said the country in past six months July to December of current fiscal year 2013 has already exported approximately 52,000 tonnes of the said variety to EU countries and now due to duty-free access to these markets it can export 250,000 tonnes more. He highlighted that India has also increased the prices of the said variety by a massive amount resulting in the opportunity for Pakistani exporters to tap EU markets in the current fiscal year. Overall, in past six months of current fiscal year export of Pakistani rice has increased up to 9.0 percent as compared to the same period during the previous fiscal year. Ghori told the country has exported approximately 1.574 million tonnes of Basmati and non-Basmati rice costing $819 million in the six months of current fiscal year (July to December 2013), whereas it had exported 1.446 million tonnes costing $752 million during the same period of previous fiscal year. Giving a breakdown of above-mentioned figures, he stated Basmati rice export during the said period stood at 274,000 tonnes costing $297 million as compared with 240,000 tonnes priced at $233 million during the same period of previous year, posting an increase of about 14 percent in quantity and 27 percent in price. Nagpur Foodgrain Prices Open-Jan 16 Thu Jan 16, 2014 3:11pm IST Nagpur, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Gram prices in Nagpur Agriculture Produce and Marketing Committee (APMC) showed firm tendency on renewed demand from local millers amid tight supply from producing regions. Fresh rise on NCDEX and reported demand from South-based millers also boosted prices, according to sources. * * * * FOODGRAINS & PULSES GRAM * Gram varieties ruled steady in open market but demand was poor. TUAR * Tuar Karnataka recovered further on renewed demand from local traders amid thin supply from producing regions. * Batri dal and Lakhodi dal jacked up in open market on good demand from local traders Daily Rice E-Newsletter by Rice Plus Magazine www.ricepluss.com News and R&D Section mujajhid.riceplus@gmail.com Cell # 92 321 369 2874
  • 9. amid weak supply from producing belts. * In Akola, Tuar - 4,100-4,200, Tuar dal - 6,200-6,400, Udid at 5,000-5,300, Udid Mogar (clean) - 6,100-6,600, Moong - 7,000-7,200, Moong Mogar (clean) 8,400-8,600, Gram - 2,600-2,700, Gram Super best bold - 3,600-3,800 for 100 kg. * Wheat, rice and other commodities remained steady in open market in thin trading activity, according to sources. Nagpur foodgrains APMC auction/open-market prices in rupees for 100 kg FOODGRAINS Available prices Previous close Gram Auction 2,640-2,870 2,550-2,820 Gram Pink Auction n.a. 2,100-2,600 Tuar Auction n.a. 3,800-4,050 Moong Auction n.a. 4,400-4,600 Udid Auction n.a. 4,300-4,500 Masoor Auction n.a. 2,600-2,800 Gram Super Best Bold 3,800-4,000 3,800-4,000 Gram Super Best n.a. Gram Medium Best 3,500-3,700 3,500-3,700 Gram Dal Medium n.a. n.a. Gram Mill Quality 3,300-3,400 3,300-3,400 Desi gram Raw 2,800-2,900 2,800-2,900 Gram Filter Yellow n.a. n.a. Gram Kabuli 7,800-10,200 7,800-10,200 Gram Pink 7,700-8,100 7,700-8,100 Tuar Fataka Best 6,600-6,800 6,600-6,800 Tuar Fataka Medium 6,100-6,300 6,100-6,300 Tuar Dal Best Phod 5,800-6,000 5,800-6,000 Tuar Dal Medium phod 5,400-5,600 5,400-5,600 Tuar Gavarani 4,400-4,500 4,400-4,500 Tuar Karnataka 4,550-4,650 4,500-4,600 Tuar Black 7,200-7,300 7,200-7,300 Masoor dal best 5,400-5,500 5,400-5,500 Masoor dal medium 5,100-5,300 5,100-5,300 Masoor n.a. n.a. Moong Mogar bold 8,700-8,900 8,700-8,900 Moong Mogar Medium best 8,200-8,400 8,200-8,400 Moong dal super best 7,500-7,800 7,500-7,800 Moong dal Chilka 7,000-7,200 7,000-7,200 Daily Rice E-Newsletter by Rice Plus Magazine www.ricepluss.com News and R&D Section mujajhid.riceplus@gmail.com Cell # 92 321 369 2874
  • 10. Moong Mill quality n.a. n.a. Moong Chamki best 6,500-7,300 6,500-7,300 Udid Mogar Super best (100 INR/KG) 6,800-7,000 6,800-7,000 Udid Mogar Medium (100 INR/KG) 5,400-6,200 5,400-6,200 Udid Dal Black (100 INR/KG) 4,600-4,800 4,600-4,800 Batri dal (100 INR/KG) 3,800-4,600 3,800-4,500 Lakhodi dal (100 INR/kg) 3,100-3,200 3,000-3,100 Watana Dal (100 INR/KG) 3,200-3,300 3,200-3,300 Watana White (100 INR/KG) 3,200-3,300 3,100-3,200 Watana Green Best (100 INR/KG) 4,200-4,500 4,200-4,500 Wheat 308 (100 INR/KG) 1,750-1,850 1,750-1,850 Wheat Mill quality(100 INR/KG) 1,700-1,800 1,700-1,800 Wheat Filter (100 INR/KG) 1,700-1,900 1,700-1,900 Wheat Lokwan best (100 INR/KG) 2,150-2,500 2,150-2,500 Wheat Lokwan medium (100 INR/KG) 2,000-2,100 2,000 -2,100 Lokwan Hath Binar (100 INR/KG) n.a. n.a. MP Sharbati Best (100 INR/KG) 3,200-3,700 3,200-3,700 MP Sharbati Medium (100 INR/KG) 2,800-2,900 2,800-2,900 Wheat 147 (100 INR/KG) 1,600-1,700 1,600-1,750 Wheat Best (100 INR/KG) 1,650-1,750 1,650-1,750 Rice BPT (100 INR/KG) 3,000-3,300 3,000-3,300 Rice Parmal (100 INR/KG) 1,800-1,850 1,800-1,850 Rice Swarna Best (100 INR/KG) 2,600-2,700 2,600-2,700 Rice Swarna Medium (100 INR/KG) 2,300-2,450 2,300-2,450 Rice HMT (100 INR/KG) 4,100-4,400 4,100-4,400 Rice HMT Shriram (100 INR/KG) 4,500-5,000 4,800-5,000 Rice Basmati best (100 INR/KG) 11,000-13,500 11,000-13,500 Rice Basmati Medium (100 INR/KG) 6,300-7,600 6,300-7,600 Rice Chinnor (100 INR/KG) 5,500-5,800 5,500-5,800 Rice Chinnor Medium (100 INR/KG) 5,100-5,300 5,100-5,300 Jowar Gavarani (100 INR/KG) 1,400-1,600 1,400-1,600 Jowar CH-5 (100 INR/KG) 1,700-1,800 1,700-1,800 WEATHER (NAGPUR) Maximum temp. 30.2 degree Celsius (86.6 degree Fahrenheit), minimum temp. 15.3 degree Celsius (59.3 degree Fahrenheit) Humidity: Highest - n.a., lowest - n.a. Rainfall : nil FORECAST: Mainly clear sky. Maximum and Minimum temperature likely to be around 31 and 16 degree Celsius respectively. Note: n.a.--not available Daily Rice E-Newsletter by Rice Plus Magazine www.ricepluss.com News and R&D Section mujajhid.riceplus@gmail.com Cell # 92 321 369 2874
  • 11. (For oils, transport costs are excluded from plant delivery prices, but included in market prices.) Ayutthaya farmers demand rice payment from DIT Date : 16 มกราคม 2557 AYUTTHAYA, 16 January 2014 (NNT) – Rice farmers in Ayutthaya province have submitted a letter to the government via the Department of Internal Trade (DIT), calling for the disbursement of money owed to them in the rice pledging program. Led by the vice president of the Ayutthaya Provincial Farmers Council, a number of local rice farmers converged on a building in Bang Sai district which was being used as a temporary office of DIT officials who had relocated from Bangkok to avoid the mass protest. The group demanded prompt payment for over 400 farmers in the area who had pledged their paddy with the government in September 2013 and had yet to receive any money. In Ayutthaya province alone, the overdue amount for the 2012/2103 crop year is said to be more than 87 million baht. Another 630 million baht is owed to participating farmers in the 2013/2014 crop year out of the pledge value of 1.57 billion baht. Deputy Director-General of the DIT Nopporn Linthong received the group’s letter on behalf of the government. She informed the farmers to rest assured that they would receive the money despite some delay. She added that the DIT would convene with the National Rice Policy Committee and the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives on January 20 to find solutions to the problems at hand. Thai graft body to probe rice subsidies, adding to PM's woes amid protests BY APORNRATH PHOONPHONGPHIPHAT AND ANDREW R.C. MARSHALL BANGKOK Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:37pm GMT (Reuters) - A Thai anti-corruption agency said on Thursday it would investigate a money-guzzling rice subsidy programme that has fuelled opposition to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, as protesters marched through the capital demanding she resign.The unrest flared in November and escalated this week when demonstrators led by former opposition politician Suthep Thaugsuban occupied main intersections of the capital, Bangkok, but the number of people camping out overnight at some of the intersections appears to be dropping.The turmoil is the latest episode in an eight-year conflict that pits Bangkok's middle class and royalist establishment against the mostly poorer, rural supporters of Yingluck and her brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra. Yingluck's Puea Thai Party was helped to power in 2011 by offering to buy rice at way above the market price to help poor farmers.Critics say the programme is riddled with corruption and - a particular gripe of the more Daily Rice E-Newsletter by Rice Plus Magazine www.ricepluss.com News and R&D Section mujajhid.riceplus@gmail.com Cell # 92 321 369 2874
  • 12. well-heeled protesters - that it has cost taxpayers as much as 425 billion baht (£7.8 billion), although that figure would drop if the government managed to find buyers for the rice in state stockpiles. "Those who oversaw the scheme knew there were losses but did not put a stop to it," Vicha Mahakhun, of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), told a news conference.Yingluck is nominally head of the National Rice Committee and could therefore eventually face charges.The intervention price made Thai grain so expensive Thailand lost its position as the world's top rice exporter, overtaken by India and Vietnam.Thaksin's rural and working-class support has ensured he or his allies have won every election since 2001 and Puea Thai seems certain to win an early election Yingluck has called for February.The anti-government protesters have rejected the election.They want to suspend what they say is a fragile democracy destabilised by Thaksin, whom they accuse of nepotism and corruption. Their goal is to eradicate the political influence of his family by altering electoral arrangements, though in ways they have not spelt out, along with other political reforms.In a separate ruling, the NACC said it had grave doubts about government-to-government deals announced by former Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirome. He and other officials will now be summoned to explain themselves and the NACC will then decide whether to file formal charges."The government rice deals did not happen because rice was not shipped out of the country as they claimed," Vicha said.Exporters raised the same question at the time in late 2012 and Boonsong was sacked by Yingluck in June 2013 when he failed to answer public concerns about the deals and the cost of the intervention programme. PROTESTS LOSING MOMENTUM? Many ministries and state agencies have closed to avoid violence, with staff working from home or back-up facilities.The protesters are trying to paralyse ministries, marching each day from camps they have set up at the seven intersections. On Thursday they targeted revenue offices.But along with the fewer numbers camping out overnight, attempts to block traffic along other roads have become half-hearted."People see that the requests of the protesters are impossible under the (law) and constitution," Yingluck told Reuters. "That's why the number of supporters is getting less."She was speaking as she left her temporary offices at a Ministry of Defence facility in northern Bangkok, heading for a "reform forum" at a nearby air force base."That's the best way for Thailand, to have a dialogue," she said. "Whatever we don't agree on (and) the conflicts of the past can be solved under the reform forum."Army spokesman Winthai Suwaree said some Daily Rice E-Newsletter by Rice Plus Magazine www.ricepluss.com News and R&D Section mujajhid.riceplus@gmail.com Cell # 92 321 369 2874
  • 13. troops were patrolling protest areas or helping at medical tents.The security forces have largely kept out of sight since the blockades began this week, with the government keen to avoid any confrontation. The unrest is hurting the economy. Finance Minister Kittirat Na Ranong said it might only grow 3 percent this year rather than the forecast 4.5 percent because of disruption to manufacturing, exports, consumption and tourism.Somchai Sajjapong, head of the Finance Ministry's fiscal policy office, said 2 trillion baht of infrastructure projects would not now start in the fiscal year to September and other investment would also be delayed."These are two major factors for the growth forecast downgrade ... If the February 2 election is not held, growth could be lower than 3 percent," he added.Yingluck dissolved parliament in December in an attempt to end the protests and she has set the election for February 2.On Wednesday she invited protest leaders and political parties to discuss a proposal to push back election day, but her opponents stayed away. The date has been maintained.(Additional reporting by Amy Sawitta Lefevre, Viparat Jantraprap, Orathai Sriring and Chaiwat Subprasom; Writing by Alan Raybould; Editing by John Chalmers and Nick Macfie) Asia Rice-Thai prices dip as farmers sell in market on fears over govt payments Thu Jan 16, 2014 4:55am EST By Apornrath Phoonphongphiphat BANGKOK, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Thai rice prices slipped this week as some farmers unloaded grain onto the market because of fears about the ability of the government to pay for grain bought under its intervention scheme, especially with protests disrupting the capital.Thai 5 percent broken grade white rice was offered at $415 per tonne on Thursday, down from last week's $420, traders said."Farmers feared that they might not get the money on time so they sold rice on to the free market," said a Bangkok-based trader, adding that exporters were forcing prices down.The government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been trying to help farmers by buying their rice at prices way above the market since 2011.Some farmers in remote areas have occasionally sold rice on the open market at cheap prices because they needed money quickly and could not get to state buying centres. However, such sales are likely to rise substantially this crop year, in part because the government has said it would only buy 16.5 million tonnes of paddy, around 40 percent of annual production of 38 million, due to a Daily Rice E-Newsletter by Rice Plus Magazine www.ricepluss.com News and R&D Section mujajhid.riceplus@gmail.com Cell # 92 321 369 2874
  • 14. liquidity crunch."But what farmers are most concerned about is they are afraid they won't be paid, so they decided to sell even at lower prices because they can be sure they will get the money," said Prasit Boonchoey, head of the Thai Farmers Association.The government is struggling to fund the rice purchases from farmers, who are paid 50 percent above market prices under the scheme. The government has failed to find buyers for the bulging stocks built up under the scheme and has had to take loans or sell bonds to ensure payments. But with protesters in Thailand trying to paralyse ministries to force the government to resign, selling debt has not been easy.In addition, Yingluck's government is only acting in a caretaker capacity after she dissolved parliament and called an election for February, so it lacks the authority to sign any government-to-government rice deals."The bulging stocks would hammer prices down further," said another trader.In Vietnam, exporters lowered rice-export quotations this week, anticipating a rise in supply next month when Mekong Delta farmers begin harvesting a major crop, traders said.The 5 percent broken rice was quoted at $395 a tonne, free-on-board basis, for loading from late February, when harvesting of the winter-spring crop starts in the Mekong Delta food basket.The same variety in stock was quoted at $400-$405 a tonne, down from $410-$415 a week ago.Another grade, 25 percent broken, also eased to $360-$365 a tonne, FOB basis, from last week's $385. "Exporters are making preemptive offers as prices would ease when the next crop arrives," a trader in Ho Chi Minh City said.But lower prices have yet to attract key buyers, such as China, African countries, Indonesia or the Philippines, which have been buying or may be keeping an eye on cheaper Thai rice, traders said."China has not started buying yet," a trader added.China topped the list of Vietnamese rice importers in 2013, with purchases in the January-November period rising more than 6 percent from a year ago to around 2 million tonnes, based on Vietnam government data. (Additional reporting by Ho Binh Minh in Hanoi; Editing by Alan Raybould and Muralikumar Anantharaman) Rice rules unchanged on restricted trading OUR CORRESPONDENT KARNAL, JAN. 16: Prices of aromatic and non-basmati rice varieties were unchanged on Thursday despite lukewarm trading.Restricted trading in the market kept prices unchanged, said Tara Chand Sharma, proprietor of Tara Chand and Sons. Following steady domestic demand and easy availability of stocks, retail and bulk buyers are placing orders according to their requirement, he said.According to trade experts, the market may only see hand-to-mouth buying and prices may continue to rule around the current levels with nominal fluctuation over Daily Rice E-Newsletter by Rice Plus Magazine www.ricepluss.com News and R&D Section mujajhid.riceplus@gmail.com Cell # 92 321 369 2874
  • 15. the next few days. In the physical market, Pusa-1121 (steam) was sold at Rs 9,100 a quintal, while Pusa-1121 (sela) was quoted at Rs 8,050. Pure Basmati (raw) was quoted at Rs 12,500. Duplicate basmati (steam) was sold at Rs 7,000. Pusa-1121 (second wand) was sold at Rs 7,000; Tibar at Rs 6,000; and Dubar at Rs 5,000. In the non-basmati section, Sharbati (steam) was sold at Rs 5,000, while Sharbati (sela) was quoted at Rs 4,800. Permal (raw) was sold at Rs 2,300; Permal (sela) at Rs 2,350 , PR-11 (sela) at Rs 2,900; and PR-11 (raw) was sold at Rs 2,800. PR14 (steam) was sold at Rs 3,200. Paddy arrivals About 7,500 bags of different paddy varieties arrived at the Karnal Grain Market Terminal. About 5,000 bags of Pusa-1121 arrived and was sold at Rs 4,200-4,250; 1,500 bags of Sugandha 999 went for Rs 2,650; while 1,000 bags of PR was sold at Rs 1,325-1,350. (This article was published on January 16, 2014) Keywords: aromatic and non-basmati rice varieties Post Cmment Rice basmati rises on fresh stockists buying Press Trust of India | New Delhi January 16, 2014 Last Updated at 15:16 IST Rice basmati prices rose by Rs 200 per quintal on the wholesale grains market today on fresh buying by stockists. Maize also moved up on increased demand.Traders said fresh buying by stockists mainly led to rise in rice basmati prices. In the national capital, rice basmati common and Pusa-1121 variety rose by Rs 200 each to Rs 8,900-9,200 and Rs 8,300-8,900 per quintal, respectively. Maize also seen in demand and went up by Rs 15 to Rs 1,415-1,420 per quintal. The following were today's quotations per quintal: Wheat MP (deshi) 2,070-2,270, Wheat dara (for mills) 1,635-1,640, Chakki atta (delivery) 1,640-1,645 Atta Rajdhani (10 kg) 220, Shakti bhog (10 kg) 220, Roller flour mill 870-890 (50 kg), Maida 930-950 (50 kg) and Sooji 970-990 (50kg). Daily Rice E-Newsletter by Rice Plus Magazine www.ricepluss.com News and R&D Section mujajhid.riceplus@gmail.com Cell # 92 321 369 2874
  • 16. Basmati rice (Lal Quila) 10,400, Shri Lal Mahal 10,000, Super Basmati Rice, 9,500, Basmati common new 8,900-9,200, Rice Pusa-(1121) new 8,300-8,900, Permal raw 2,100-2,200, Permal wand 2,275-2,300, Sela 2,950-2,975 and Rice IR-8- 1,875-1,900, Bajra 1,265-1,270, Jowar yellow 1,450-1,500, white 2,350-2,550, Maize 1,415-1,420, Barley 1,430-1,440, Rajasthan 1,080-1,090. For Advertising SPECS & RATES Contact: Advertising Department Mujahid Ali mujahid.riceplus@gmail.com +92 321 369 2874 Daily Rice E-Newsletter by Rice Plus Magazine www.ricepluss.com News and R&D Section mujajhid.riceplus@gmail.com Cell # 92 321 369 2874