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  • 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 27th August, 2014 TOP Contents - Tailored for YOU Latest News Headlines…  Pak, Lanka need to extend cooperation in agri sector  Philippines eyes re-tender, govt-to-govt deal for 500,000 T rice imports  Philippines May Rerun Rice Tender After Prices in Sale Too High  Postponed Planting for Delta Rice Farmers  Philippine gov't rejects offers in tender for 500,000 tons of rice  Farmers slam over-importation of rice  Myanmar rice exports surge 41%  Rice prices boil over – reports of importing rice from Bangladesh  Farmers say they are receiving a watered-down version of increased rice prices  Burma’s rice exports up 41 percent  Philippine gov't rejects offers in tender for 500,000 tons of rice  Farmers slam over-importation of rice  Rajkot Foodgrain Prices- Aug 27  Nagpur Foodgrain Prices Open- Aug 27  China province eyes $300 mln investment in Ugandan farming  National Rice Month Spotlight: Social Media Engagement  How is U.S. rice faring in current trade agreement negotiations?  Water-starved South Asia fills buckets with rice, not ice  Vietnam experts pinpoint risks when selling rice to China  Tech helps cut rice fields methane emission 43pc NEWS DETAILS:
  • 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 Pak, Lanka need to extend cooperation in agri sector Salim Ahmed Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - Lahore—There is a need that Pakistan and Sri Lanka should join hands to strengthen their respective economies. This was the consensus developed at a meeting between LCCI Vice President Kashif Anwar and Sri Lankan Minister for Agriculture Naseer Ahmed who called on him on Monday. Former LCCI Executive Committee Members Marghoob Shakir Izhar, Rehmatulah Javed, Sheikh Muhammad Ayub and Chairman Standing Committee Awais Saeed Piracha were also present on the occasion. The Sri Lankan Minister said that agriculture sector in the two countries hold a lot to offer each other. He said that Sri Lankan public sector has huge opportunities for Pakistan‘s private sector. He said that the Sri Lankan businessmen had shown their willingness to do business with their Pakistani counterparts. Speaking on the occasion, LCCI Vice President Kashif Anwar said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka are members of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and have good diplomatic and economic relations. He said that Pakistan is the second largest trading partner of Sri Lanka in South Asia after India. Both the countries signed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in 2005.He said that due to acute dry spell, Sri Lanka is planning to import 100,000 MT rice to meet its local demand. He said that since Pakistan is also a major player in rice exporting world over and have a number of varieties of rice, so Pakistan should also be given a bigger share in this regard. Kashif Anwar said that despite having good trade and economic relations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the two-way trade figures are not making any headway in recent years. Our exports to Sri Lanka are ranging between US$ 300 – 350 million and similarly the imports have yet to reach USD 100 million.He said that India - Sri Lanka trade is around USD 5.2 billion, considering the size of Sri Lanka‘s economy, not much room is left for Pakistan. He said that both countries should identify more items of trade to bring some positive change in two-way trade. LCCI Vice President said that more interestingly, both the countries heavily depend on their agriculture sectors and their industrial sectors primarily use agriculture produce. He said that Pakistan is famous for its textiles sector, wheat, rice, cotton and leather etc. Sri Lanka‘s main industries include processing of rubber, tea, coconut, tobacco and other agricultural commodities. Almost 50% labour force of Pakistan is engaged in agriculture sector. In Sri Lanka, around 1/3 labour is associated with agriculture. Kashif Anwar said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka must join hands in developing their agriculture sectors. Arrangements for knowledge sharing, transfer of technology, joint research programs etc., can promise good outcomes. Philippines eyes re-tender, govt-to-govt deal for 500,000 T rice imports By Enrico Dela Cruz, Reuters Posted at 08/28/2014 9:41 AM | Updated as of 08/28/2014 9:41 AM
  • 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 MANILA - The Philippines is considering re-issuing a buy tender or doing a government-to-government deal for its rice import requirement of up to 500,000 tonnes, after rejecting all offers in a tender that closed on Wednesday because the prices were too high.The imports, originally for arrival between September and November, were meant to beef up state stockpiles and bring down local retail prices. Expensive domestic rice has helped push food price inflation to its highest in more than five years.The government had set an undisclosed budget of $456.60 per tonne and rejected bids that came in ranging from $460 to $496.75 per tonne. Food security chief, Francis Pangilinan, said he was seeking a special meeting of the government panel that approves rice imports as early as Thursday to decide between the two options."We either rebid or go to government-to-government importation," he told reporters after the National Food Authority (NFA), the state grains procurement agency, announced its rejection of the bids submitted in Wednesday's tender.Four traders submitted bids, namely Vietnam's Vinafood 1 and Vinafood 2 and global commodities traders Louis Dreyfus and LG International.The budgeted price may have been "unrealistic" because it was set two weeks ago, said NFA Spokesman Rex Estoperez. The state stockpiles were still at "safe" levels despite the possible delay in shipment, he said.The Philippines can enter into government-to-government deals with Vietnam and Cambodia, with which it has emergency supply agreements. A similar agreement with Thailand expired last year. MORE IMPORTS POSSIBLE A new supply deal would bring the Philippines' total duty-free shipments this year to around 1.7 million tonnes, the most in four years. Additionally, the private sector can import 350,000 tonnes this year subject to a 40 percent tariff.The Philippines expects to miss its rice output target of 19.07 million tonnes this year by 2 percent, based on the latest forecast by the Philippine Statistics Authority.The forecast could be revised down if strong typhoons hit rice-producing provinces in the second half of the year and damage crops or prevent farmers from planting more.With crop losses possible in the next four months, the government has also authorized the NFA to import 500,000 tonnes more for emergency needs, on top of the volumes tendered on Wednesday and in previous months. Major rice exporters such as Vietnam and Thailand are looking for any signs the Philippines may need to import more, hoping to unload grain from their huge stockpiles.Vietnamese rice prices are expected to rise over the next few weeks on expectations that the supplies to fill Philippine demand will come from Vietnam, traders said on Wednesday.Vietnamese 5 percent broken grade rice was quoted at $450-$455 a tonne, free-on-board Saigon Port, on Wednesday, compared with $455 a week ago.With Philippine rice imports this year possibly exceeding 2 million tonnes, the country is on track to become the world's No.3 buyer as ranked by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), up from the No.8 spot last year.The USDA has forecast that the Philippines may also need to import as much as 1.6 million tonnes in 2015.The Philippines has agreed to loosen tariff restrictions on rice imports starting next year under a new deal with the World Trade Organisation. Philippines May Rerun Rice TenderAfter Prices in Sale Too High
  • 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 By Cecilia Yap Aug 27, 2014 1:33 AM PT The Philippines, the biggest buyer of rice in Asia after China, will rerun a tender to buy 500,000 metric tons or seek supplies from another government after prices offered today were above-budget.While the National Food Authority received offers for as much as 750,000 tons in the tender, the prices ranged from $460 a ton to $496.75 a ton, according to data from the agency. That‘s more than the authority‘s budget of $456.50 a ton for the sale. Four traders including Vinafood I and II ofVietnam, Louis Dreyfus and LG International Corp. had submitted bids.Supplies of the staple are needed before the end of next month, according to Presidential Assistant for Food Security Francis Pangilinan. Philippine stockpiles fell 12.2 percent to 2.03 million tons as of July 1 from the previous month, good for 59 days, according to the agricultural statistics agency. National Food‘s stockpiles are good for 14 days, Rex Estoperez, a spokesman, said before the auction.―We will just have to ensure we will be able to bring in the volume of imported rice before end of September,‖ Pangilinan said in a statement today. ―We will either do a rebid or government-to-government negotiation.‖The Southeast Asian nation may import 1.6 million tons in the 12 months ending June 2015, making it the world‘s fourth-largest buyer. Purchases will be the most since 2010, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. World inventory is poised to climb to the most in nine years in 2014 as production increases, theUnited Nations‘ Food & Agriculture Organization estimates, helping cool advances in prices. Benchmark Thai prices were $447 a ton for the 5-percent grade on Aug. 20, up from $384 at the end of May.National Food set a budget of 10.27 billion pesos ($235 million) for today‘s tender, expecting 40 percent of volume to be delivered before Sept. 30. To contact the reporter on this story: Cecilia Yap in Manila at cyap19@bloomberg.net To contact the editors responsible for this story: James Poole at jpoole4@bloomberg.net Jake Lloyd-Smith, Ovais Subhani Postponed Planting for Delta Rice Farmers By JPAING / THE IRRAWADDY| Wednesday, August 27, 2014 |
  • 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 IRRAWADDY DELTA — With its vast tracts of paddy fields, the Irrawaddy Delta is aptly nicknamed ―the rice bowl of Burma.‖ Farmers—mostly women—planting sprouts in roadside paddy plots are a common sight in the delta, where the annual rice growing season generally begins in late May.But unusually heavy rains and flooding this year prevented some farm workers in the delta from planting three months ago, forcing them to wait for floodwaters to subside. When they finally did, only recently, the farmers found themselves planting at a time generally marked as the end of the rice growing season.―All I could do was sit and wait for the waters to subside last month,‖ said one of the women, who I met at a paddy field beside the Rangoon-Pathein highway.She was one of nearly 10 farmers, wearing longyis hiked up to avoid getting them wet in the calf-deep water, who were planting rice shoots last week. With the monsoon season not over yet, the women would don plastic sheets approximating ponchos and carry on with their planting as rains intermittently swept across the delta. In defense against the equally intermittent sunshine, the women‘s faces were thickly smeared with thanaka, a popular traditional cosmetic in Burma.In a typical year, the farmers will work only in the morning, but the late plant this season has forced them to toil in the fields all day, from 6 o‘clock in the morning to 6 o‘clock at night, stopping only for lunch.And, they say, their misfortune will not end with the completion of planting.―Because we started late, the rice yields for this year will surely be late,‖ another farm worker explained. ―As a result, the rice will arrive to market late and farmers will get a lower price.‖ Image: A farmer wearing thanaka on her face holds a bundle of rice shoots. (Photo: JPaing / The Irrawaddy) Philippine gov't rejects offers in tender for 500,000 tons of rice Philippine gov't rejects offers in tender for 500,000 tons of rice MANILA, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Philippine government said it declined all offers submitted by prospective suppliers in a tender for 500,000 metric tons of imported rice held on Wednesday.The National Food Authority said it was forced to reject bids as they were higher than the government's budget.The Philippine government had allocated a budget of 456.60 U.S. dollars per ton for imported rice but the lowest offer, which came from the Vietnam Southern Food Corp., was at 460 U.S. dollars.Francis Pangilinan, the country's food security chief, said in a text message that the government may hold another tender or resort again to a government to government deal to buy 500,000 tons of imported rice.
  • 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 Last May, the Philippines bought 800,000 tons of imported rice from Vietnam under a government to government deal to beef up its buffer stock.The country was forced to import more rice to bring down domestic prices and plug the shortfall in production caused by typhoons Haiyan and Rammasun.The Philippine Statistics Authority said earlier that rice output this year may reach 18.69 million tons, lower than the 19. 07 million tons targeted by the government for 2014. Copyright 2014 Xinhua News Agency. Xinhua is China's state-run news agency. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140827/philippine-govt-rejects-offers-tender-500000-tons-rice Farmers slam over-importation of rice By Rio N. Araja | Aug. 27, 2014 at 12:01am Militant farmers and irrigators on Tuesday lambasted the National Food Authority‘s plan to import an additional 1.2 million metric tons of rice this year.―Even if you exclude the reported additional importation, the volume that we will import this year is close to 2 million metric tons,‖ the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas said. ―That is higher than the 2010 importation volume under (Gloria) Arroyo, whom President Benigno Aquino III criticized for over-importation,‖ KMP chairman Rafael Mariano said.―They are killing our local farmers. Farm gate prices are now very low, and the National Food Authority‘s go-to solution is importation at the expense of our farmers,‖ Mariano added. Importing more rice, according to Mariano, also jacks up global prices of the grain, and in turn makes it more costly for the NFA.NFA insiders said the new P1.2 million importation will be brought into the country in two tranches.The first batch of 500,000 MT is ―now in the process of bidding‖ while the remaining 700,000 MT is scheduled for October.These reports of planned importations run counter to NFA‘s recent pronouncement during a public hearing conducted by the Special Committee on Food Security and the Committee on Agriculture and Food, that there are sufficient supplies of rice circulating in the local market, the source noted.NFA insiders said with landed cost of P900 per bag, the planned additional 1.2 million MT importation will cost the government a staggering P21.6 billion. By Mariano‘s count, total importation this year will reach close to 2 million metric tons - 200,000 MT from last year‘s importation which was delivered earlier this year, 800,000 MT scheduled for this year, an additional P500,00 MT in standby stock, and 350,000 under the minimum access volume.Mariano said with the over- importation, the government‘s claim of 96 percent rice self-sufficiency has become unbelievable.The National Confederation of Irrigators Association also questioned the NFA‘s importation plan.NCIA president Silvestre
  • 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 Bonto said the plan would only displace the rice farmers once the local market is flooded with imported rice.―There must be a subsidy from the NFA,‖ he told the Manila Standard. Myanmar rice exports surge 41% Published: 27 Aug 2014 at 13.41 Online news:Writer: Online Reporters Burma‘s rice exports surged 41% since April, due to increased demand from Russia. The Democratic Voice of Burma website reported that the country exported $196 million in rice from April 1 to Aug 15, up from $139 million shipped out during the same period last year. DVB said the figures were supplied by rice-industry tracking service Oryza.The Myanmar Commerce Ministry said 530,000 tonnes of rice were exported during that period, with the largest increases coming from Russian orders. Exports to China, however, have dropped since April 1 due to a freeze in official exports through the Muse border.Authorities from both countries are reportedly discussing a new trade agreement. Chinese officials will discuss legal imports of Burmese rice, ministry sources said. Rice prices boil over – reports of importing rice from Bangladesh Aug 26, 2014 Kavinthan Shanmugarajah The price of rice in the marketplace has exceeded government imposed price controls. Retailers say that the prices have increased as they are sold rice for a higher price by wholesalers.The government has imposed a maximum retail price of Rs.77 rupees per kilogramme of Samba and Rs.66 per kilogram of Nadu. Are retailers selling rice in adherence with the price controls? News1st visited several retailers to find out.Our reporter witnessed that all rice varieties are being sold at more than Rs. 80 per kilogramme.There is the retail price and the wholesale price. The government has not stipulated a wholesale price. Shop owners don‘t have rice to sell at the retail price. Our attempts to make inquiries from the Ministry of Internal Trade and Cooperatives regarding the dilemma, were unsuccessful. However, on a previous occasion, the Consumer Affairs Authority noted that those violating price controls would be arrested.Director General of Consumer Affairs Authority, J.M.A. Douglas expressed the following views:―The matter of imposing a wholesale price has been brought to the attention of the Honourable Subject Minister Johnston Fernando. That is still being discussed and a decision could be reached in the near
  • 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 future.‖UNP Parliamentarian, Ravi Karunanayake also expressed his views on this situation, ―The government is dancing around on one hand saying they will give a certified price for farmers. On the other hand they say they will protect the consumer and then they do things like this. ‖He added; ―I ask what the Consumer Affairs Authority is doing? The Authority too has understood the farce that is being acted out by this government and it has come to a state where they cannot conduct a raid. We call on the Minister too to come with us to a shop to see what can be done if the maximum retail price is being violated. We must not blaming the traders: we should be blaming the policies of this government.‖The rice yield over recent harvests declined as a result of non-conducive weather conditions. According to the Finance Ministry, a 16 percent drop was seen last harvest alone. In the Yala season, less than 40 percent of paddy fields were cultivated.JVP General Secretary , Tilvin Silva also commented on this issue:―The price of paddy has increased because the harvest yield was very low. When the price of paddy increase of course the price of rice too will increase. When the people go to the shops today they find that rice prices are very high. ‖He added; ―Although the government has imposed price controls, no one is selling at that price and the traders too are facing a crisis. So the traders put up the board showing the controlled price but they sell it on the sly. The business community and the consumers are facing a crisis. We believe that if this continues, rice prices could exceed 100 rupees a kilogram.‖Foreign Media report that the Sri Lankan government has decided to import 50,000 metric tonnes of rice from Bangladesh for the first time after the independence of the country.Speaking at a cabinet meeting Food Minister of Bangladesh Qamrul Islam said that the Sri Lankan government has sought 100,000 tonnes of rice from Bangladesh.The minister has added that the sending of the remaining 50,000 tonnes of rice will be decided, depending on the harvest in Bangladesh. Farmers say they are receiving a watered-down version of increased rice prices Aug 27, 2014 Bella Dalima The government notes that rice prices in the market have risen owing to the low paddy yield brought on by natural factors including the drought. In the retail market, rice is already being sold at prices far above the price controls imposed by the government. UPFA General Secretary, Minister Susil Premajayantha shared these views:The drought has severely affected the North Central province, Vavuniya, parts of Ampara, Kurunegala and Wellassa in Moneragala. They have been unable to cultivate for about two seasons now. We are now feeling the results this has had on rice production. The government
  • 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 has taken decisions and is acting via the relevant ministries. Authorisation has been given for rice to be imported in portions. At a media briefing convened on Wednesday on the subject of the Uva Provincial Council election, the UPFA General Secretary, when quizzed by journalists on the rice prices. responded thus.While the government notes that steps are being taken to import rice and release it on the market, the farmers who are reaping their harvest at present, tell a different story.Farmers in Welikanda say that although prices in the market have risen, they are not receiving a fair price for their paddy.While rice prices in the retail market have even exceeded government price controls, are farmers receiving an unfair price for their hard work because of the actions of a mafia in the marketplace? Burma’s rice exports up 41 percent In this file picture from August 2013, Burmese farmers collect rice seeds in Naypyidaw. (PHOTO: AFP) By ORYZA AND DVB 26 August 2014 Burma has exported around US$196 million worth of rice from 1 April to 15 August 2014, up 41 percent from around $139 million exported during the same period in the last fiscal year, according to local sources. Burma, officially known as Myanmar, exported around 530,000 tons of rice between 1 April and 15 august, a Commerce Ministry official was quoted as saying.Sources at the ministry told local sources that the rise in exports is mainly due to increased demand from Russia. However, Burma‘s rice exports to China have suffered since the beginning of the fiscal year due to a freeze in official exports through the Muse border by Chinese officials. Authorities from both countries are reportedly discussing a new trade agreement that will allow hassle-free exports from Burma to China. DVB reported last week that Chinese officials will enter discussions geared towards allowing the legal import of Burmese rice, according to Yu Ding Cheng, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce in Yunnan.Seizures of illegal rice have led to a steep decline in value. Yu Ding Cheng said that he met with Burma‘s Federation of Chambers of Commerce in efforts to boost cross-border trade on 14 August. The Myanmar Rice Federation said that they do not expect to meet this year‘s target of exporting two million tons of rice, as value and demand have both dropped. These exports figures were originally published onwww.oryza.com. Oryza is a leading source in the rice industry and a media partner of DVB.
  • 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 Philippine gov't rejects offers in tender for 500,000 tons of rice Philippine gov't rejects offers in tender for 500,000 tons of rice MANILA, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Philippine government said it declined all offers submitted by prospective suppliers in a tender for 500,000 metric tons of imported rice held on Wednesday.The National Food Authority said it was forced to reject bids as they were higher than the government's budget.The Philippine government had allocated a budget of 456.60 U.S. dollars per ton for imported rice but the lowest offer, which came from the Vietnam Southern Food Corp., was at 460 U.S. dollars.Francis Pangilinan, the country's food security chief, said in a text message that the government may hold another tender or resort again to a government to government deal to buy 500,000 tons of imported rice.Last May, the Philippines bought 800,000 tons of imported rice from Vietnam under a government to government deal to beef up its buffer stock. The country was forced to import more rice to bring down domestic prices and plug the shortfall in production caused by typhoons Haiyan and Rammasun.The Philippine Statistics Authority said earlier that rice output this year may reach 18.69 million tons, lower than the 19. 07 million tons targeted by the government for 2014. Farmers slam over-importation of rice By Rio N. Araja | Aug. 27, 2014 at 12:01am Militant farmers and irrigators on Tuesday lambasted the National Food Authority‘s plan to import an additional 1.2 million metric tons of rice this year.―Even if you exclude the reported additional importation, the volume that we will import this year is close to 2 million metric tons,‖ the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas said. ―That is higher than the 2010 importation volume under (Gloria) Arroyo, whom President Benigno Aquino III criticized for over-importation,‖ KMP chairman Rafael Mariano said.―They are killing our local farmers. Farm gate prices are now very low, and the National Food Authority‘s go-to solution is importation at the expense of our farmers,‖ Mariano added.Importing more rice, according to Mariano, also jacks up global prices of the grain, and in turn makes it more costly for the NFA. NFA insiders said the new P1.2 million importation will be brought into the country in two tranches.The first batch of 500,000 MT is ―now in the process of bidding‖ while the remaining 700,000 MT is scheduled for October.These reports of planned importations run counter to NFA‘s recent pronouncement during a public hearing conducted by the Special Committee on Food Security and the Committee on Agriculture and Food, that there are sufficient supplies of rice circulating in the local market, the source noted.NFA insiders said with landed cost of P900 per bag, the planned additional 1.2 million MT importation will cost the government a staggering P21.6 billion. By Mariano‘s count, total importation this year will reach close to 2 million metric tons - 200,000 MT from last year‘s importation which was delivered earlier this year, 800,000 MT scheduled for this year, an additional
  • 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 P500,00 MT in standby stock, and 350,000 under the minimum access volume.Mariano said with the over- importation, the government‘s claim of 96 percent rice self-sufficiency has become unbelievable.The National Confederation of Irrigators Association also questioned the NFA‘s importation plan.NCIA president Silvestre Bonto said the plan would only displace the rice farmers once the local market is flooded with imported rice.―There must be a subsidy from the NFA,‖ he told the Manila Standard. Rajkot Foodgrain Prices- Aug 27 Wed Aug 27, 2014 2:33pm IST Aug. 27(Reuters) - Market delivery prices of food grains and pulses at Rajkot in India's western state of Gujarat opened on a mixed trend, traders said Wednesday. * * * FOOD GRAINS & PULSES * Tuar prices firmed up due to short supply. * Udid prices eased due to lack of buying enquiries from mills. Prices of food grains and pulses in rupees per 20 kilograms, and deliveries in 100-kilogram bags: Delivery Auction price Previous price FOOD GRAIN Wheat Lokwan 01,250 292-361 300-370 Wheat Tukda 01,725 294-391 301-400 Jowar White 115 280-880 270-905 Bajra 0,090 225-300 220-295 PULSES Gram 01,050 490-0,555 475-0,565 Udid 0,015 0,990-1,200 1,200-1,310 Moong 0,240 1,061-1,401 1,065-1,380 Tuar 0,025 725-1,011 725-1,015 Maize 010 260-280 240-275 Vaal Deshi 030 0,825-0,940 0,830-0,955 Choli 0,080 0,650-1,125 0,720-1,045 Rajkot market delivery prices in rupees per 100 kilograms:. Today's Price Previous close FOOD GRAINS Wheat Mill quality 1,600-1,610 1,600-1,610 Wheat (medium) 1,800-1,825 1,800-1,825 Wheat (superior best) 2,050-2,075 2,050-2,075 Bajra 1,410-1,420 1,410-1,420 Jowar 3,650-3,700 3,650-3,700 PULSES
  • 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 Gram 2,950-3,000 2,950-3,000 Gram dal 3,500-3,550 3,500-3,550 Besan (65-kg bag) 2,850-2,900 2,850-2,900 Tuar 5,350-5,400 5,300-5,350 Tuardal 6,850-6,950 6,850-6,950 Moong 7,000-7,050 7,000-7,050 Moongdal 7,300-7,350 7,300-7,350 Udid 6,500-6,550 6,550-6,600 RICE IR-8 2,500-2,550 2,500-2,550 Parimal 2,350-2,400 2,350-2,400 Punjab Parimal 2,800-2,850 2,800-2,850 Basmati Medium 5,500-5,600 5,500-5,600 Basmati Best 10,900-11,000 10,900-11,000 Nagpur Foodgrain Prices Open- Aug 27 Wed Aug 27, 2014 2:41pm IST Nagpur, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Gram prices in Nagpur Agriculture Produce and Marketing Committee (APMC) moved down on lack of demand from local millers amid high moisture content arrival. Easy condition on NCDEX, weak trend in Madhya Pradesh gram prices and profit-taking selling by stockists at higher level also pushed down prices, according to sources. * * * * FOODGRAINS & PULSES GRAM * Gram varieties showed upward tendency in open market on good festival season demand from local traders amid tight supply from millers. TUAR * Tuar varieties recovered strongly in open market on increased seasonal buying support from local traders. Restricted overseas arrival and weak monsoon in this season also activated stockists. * Major rice varieties recovered in open market on buying support from local traders amid tight supply from producing regions like Chattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. * In Akola, Tuar - 5,000-5,200, Tuar dal - 6,900-7,100, Udid at 7,200-7,300, Udid Mogar (clean) - 8,000-8,500, Moong - 7,200-7,600, Moong Mogar (clean) 8,700-9,400, Gram - 2,700-2,900, Gram Super best bold - 3,800-4,000
  • 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 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 2,260-3,150 2,340-3,245 Gram Pink Auction n.a. 2,100-2,600 Tuar Auction n.a. 4,360-4,570 Moong Auction n.a. 5,200-5,500 Udid Auction n.a. 4,300-4,500 Masoor Auction n.a. 2,600-2,800 Gram Super Best Bold 4,000-4,200 3,900-4,200 Gram Super Best n.a. Gram Medium Best 3,700-3,850 3,600-3,800 Gram Dal Medium n.a. n.a. Gram Mill Quality 3,600-3,650 3,550-3,650 Desi gram Raw 3,100-3,200 3,000-3,050 Gram Filter new 3,600-3,800 3,500-3,750 Gram Kabuli 8,000-9,500 8,000-9,500 Gram Pink 7,200-7,400 7,200-7,400 Tuar Fataka Best 7,500-7,700 7,400-7,600 Tuar Fataka Medium 7,100-7,200 7,000-7,100 Tuar Dal Best Phod 6,700-7,000 6,400-6,900 Tuar Dal Medium phod 6,400-6,700 6,200-6,400 Tuar Gavarani 5,300-5,350 5,250-5,350 Tuar Karnataka 5,500-5,700 5,400-5,700 Tuar Black 8,100-8,400 8,100-8,400 Masoor dal best 6,400-6,500 6,400-6,500 Masoor dal medium 6,100-6,250 6,100-6,250 Masoor n.a. n.a. Moong Mogar bold 9,500-10,000 9,500-10,000 Moong Mogar Medium best 8,800-9,200 8,800-9,200 Moong dal super best 7,800-8,000 7,800-8,000 Moong dal Chilka 7,700-7,900 7,700-7,900 Moong Mill quality n.a. n.a. Moong Chamki best 8,000-9,000 8,000-9,000 Udid Mogar Super best (100 INR/KG) 8,500-8,800 8,500-8,800 Udid Mogar Medium (100 INR/KG) 7,400-7,800 7,400-7,800 Udid Dal Black (100 INR/KG) 5,600-6,600 5,600-6,600
  • 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 Batri dal (100 INR/KG) 4,200-5,000 4,200-5,000 Lakhodi dal (100 INR/kg) 2,850-3,000 2,800-2,950 Watana Dal (100 INR/KG) 3,250-3,500 3,250-3,500 Watana White (100 INR/KG) 3,500-3,600 3,500-3,600 Watana Green Best (100 INR/KG) 4,900-5,300 4,900-5,300 Wheat 308 (100 INR/KG) 1,200-1,500 1,200-1,500 Wheat Mill quality(100 INR/KG) 1,600-1,700 1,600-1,700 Wheat Filter (100 INR/KG) 1,300-1,500 1,300-1,500 Wheat Lokwan best (100 INR/KG) 2,100-2,450 2,100-2,450 Wheat Lokwan medium (100 INR/KG) 1,850-2,000 1,850-2,000 Lokwan Hath Binar (100 INR/KG) n.a. n.a. MP Sharbati Best (100 INR/KG) 2,800-3,200 2,800-3,200 MP Sharbati Medium (100 INR/KG) 1,950-2,350 1,950-2,350 Wheat 147 (100 INR/KG) 1,200-1,300 1,200-1,300 Wheat Best (100 INR/KG) 1,500-1,800 1,500-1,800 Rice BPT (100 INR/KG) 2,850-3,350 2,800-3,200 Rice Parmal (100 INR/KG) 1,650-1,850 1,600-1,800 Rice Swarna old (100 INR/KG) 2,350-2,650 2,300-2,600 Rice HMT (100 INR/KG) 3,800-4,000 3,700-4,000 Rice HMT Shriram (100 INR/KG) 4,600-5,450 4,600-5,400 Rice Basmati best (100 INR/KG) 10,500-13,500 10,500-13,500 Rice Basmati Medium (100 INR/KG) 7,300-10,000 7,300-10,000 Rice Chinnor (100 INR/KG) 5,300-5,600 5,200-5,600 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. 33.6 degree Celsius (92.5 degree Fahrenheit), minimum temp. 24.1 degree Celsius (75.4 degree Fahrenheit) Humidity: Highest - nil, lowest - nil. Rainfall : nil FORECAST: Generally cloudy sky. Maximum and Minimum temperature likely to be around 33 and 24 degree Celsius respectively. Note: n.a.--not available (For oils, transport costs are excluded from plant delivery prices, but included in market prices.) China province eyes $300 mln investment in Ugandan farming Wed Aug 27, 2014 12:59pm GMT
  • 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 By Elias Biryabarema KAMPALA Aug 27 (Reuters) - China's Sichuan province is in talks to invest $300 million in cotton, rice and fruit production in Uganda, a senior Ugandan official said on Wednesday.Most farming in Africa's biggest coffee exporter is at a subsistence level and rain-fed. Big commercial production is hobbled by a lack of capital, expertise and supporting economic infrastructure.The Ugandan government was helping Sichuan's agricultural department acquire land for a project involving private land owners, the commissioner for crop resources in the Agriculture Ministry, Okasai Opolot, told Reuters."They have committed to invest $300 million in five years but immediately what's available is $60 million," he said. "They're establishing an agricultural production and industrial park which will involve developing the whole value chain of cotton, rice and fruits," he added.Foreign investment in African agriculture has stoked controversy in the past, with critics saying foreign "land grabs" drive rural populations away from livelihoods and hinder Africa's efforts to alleviate hunger. Investors say deals expand production of unused land and boost efficiency and resources.The Ugandan project would need about 15,000 acres of land and private Ugandan land owners could choose to lease land to the Chinese investors or enter equity partnerships, Okasai said.Uganda was once Africa's largest cotton producer but political turmoil in the 1970s saw output drop steeply. Output has started to edge up again with greater political stability. Cotton, mostly grown in the country's east and northern regions, still suffers from bouts of harsh weather, a lack of investment and government neglect, growers say.The Washington-based International Cotton Advisory Council (ICAC) said Uganda was forecast to produce 15,000 metric tonnes of cotton in the July 2014 to June 2015 season, up from 14,000 tonnes produced in the previous season.As with other areas of Sub-Saharan Africa, China has become a major investor in Uganda. It has mostly channelled funds into roads, hydro power dams, fibre optic cable networks and other infrastructure, usually offering cheap loans.State-owned China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) holds stakes in Uganda's emerging oil industry. (Reporting by Elias Biryabarema; Editing by Edmund Blair) © Thomson Reuters 2014 All rights reserved National Rice Month Spotlight: Social Media Engagement Second in a series of three articles this week highlighting upcoming USA Rice NRM promotions ARLINGTON, VA -- Consumers across the country have another reason to be excited about September National Rice Month (NRM) - they can "Reach for Rice" from the convenience of their computer or mobile device. Throughout the month, the USA Rice Federation will share the many benefits of U.S.- Getting our message out
  • 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 grown rice via Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. USA Rice will have daily social media postings on Twitter and Facebook covering themes such as sustainability and conservation, health and nutrition,farming, rice recipes, rice in foodservice, and Fun Facts. "Social media is a very important source of information for so many people, we stepped up our game in this area," said Fred Zaunbrecher, chairman of the Domestic Promotion Committee. "Pinterest is another valuable outlet because recipes and food related items are the most popular posts, so it is a great place to share rice recipes and encourage consumers to 'Reach for Rice.'"On Wednesday, September 10 at 1:00 p.m. EST, USA Rice is hosting its second Twitter party with partner #Foodiechats. The theme of the discussion will be NRM and will cover theculinary versatility, nutritional, and environmental benefits of U.S.-grown rice."Our first Twitter party with Foodiechats reached over 600,000 unique Twitter followers with messages about U.S.-grown rice," said Zaunbrecher. "This valuable partnership helps to extend our outreach and connect with people having an interest in food and culinary trends."During September, consumers will also be challenged to "Reach for Rice" and enter the NRM Rice Bowl Recipe contest for a chance to win a $300 American Express gift card and an Aroma rice cooker. USA Rice will publicize the contest through social media and a consumer e-newsletter. Winners will be announced in mid-October."Rice bowls are the perfect solution for today's busy consumers in need of quick, nutritious, one-dish meals, and NRM is the perfect time to remind them and bring rice top of mind," said Zaunbrecher.NRM is an important promotional platform in educating consumers about rice grown in the U.S. and social media provides a direct line of communication to consumers. Contact: Katie Maher (703) 236-1453 How is U.S. rice faring in current trade agreement negotiations? Report from the 2014 Arkansas Rice Expo Aug 27, 2014David Bennett | Delta Farm Press CARL BROTHERS, LEFT, visits with Zach Taylor, Arkansas Department of Agriculture, prior to speaking on U.S. trade agreements at the 2014 Rice Expo in Stuttgart. U.S. trade officials are in the thick of negotiating two major trade agreements. Both, according to Carl Brothers, Riceland Foods senior vice president of marketing and risk management, ―are difficult.‖Brothers, spoke about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Investment and Trade Partnership (TTIP) at the recent
  • 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 University of Arkansas‘ 2014 Rice Expo in Stuttgart.―Already, we‘re having trouble with countries wanting to … have special privilege with rice. The (U.S. rice) industry is standing hard and tall saying, ‗we can‘t let this happen again. We were left out of the (trade deal with) Korea.‘ So the industry is putting lots of political pressure on to keep that from happening.‖A related issue has been the inability of President Obama to get authority for trade agreements to be voted up or down. ―If you bring an agreement back and don‘t have that authority, you know Congress will begin to say, ‗We‘ll accept this but never that.‘ And we‘ll never get a trade agreement. ―So, trade promotion authority will come up at some point. The President will have to have it if we‘re to have any agreements worth consideration. ‖There are 11 countries involved in the TPP: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. ―The only one that really holds promise for rice at the moment, above and beyond what we‘re doing today, is Japan. We did get to ship rice to Japan in 1995. … What we‘re wishing for, really demanding, in the new round is greater access which means more tonnage. We‘re not saying how much tonnage because no one has shown their hand just yet.―The other issue with Japan is improved quality of access. Currently, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries stays in between U.S. trade in Japan and (consumers). In fact, most of the U.S. rice that goes into Japan -- all of it currently being shipped out of California -- never reaches the table. It‘s either going to food aid programs or for industrial purposes.‖ Water-starved South Asia fills buckets with rice, not ice AFPTuesday, Aug 26, 2014 KATHMANDU - Water-starved South Asian nations have devised their own answer to the Ice Bucket Challenge taking the social media world by storm, instead filling buckets with rice and other supplies for the needy.Since June, thousands of people worldwide have doused themselves with a bucket of icy water, then posted a video recording of the stunt online and challenged others to do the same or pledge a donation.The "Ice Bucket Challenge" aims to raise awareness about ALS, a condition of the nervous system also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.However, in
  • 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 India, a 38-year-old woman decided to transform the #IceBucketChallenge into the #RiceBucketChallenge, encouraging social media users to donate a bucket or bowl of rice to someone in need."The idea occurred to me when I saw the Ice Bucket Challenge on Facebook," said Manju Latha Kalanidhi, who works for oryza.com, a website focused on rice research. "You feed someone hungry and you aren't wasting water," Kalanidhi, whose campaign has attracted 138,000 contributors since it launched last Friday, told AFP.In neighbouring Nepal, a #FillTheBucket challenge has launched asking people to load up plastic buckets with food and medical supplies to help families displaced by deadly flooding and landslides this month in the Himalayan nation."We received about 25 buckets today and a local school is bringing 100 tomorrow," said Sunny Manandhar, whose Kathmandu clothing store Curves is serving as a collection centre.At least 250 people have died and over 14,000 families have been displaced in Nepal after torrential monsoon rains triggered landslides and flooding, devastating entire villages and leaving thousands homeless.Contributor Binayak Basnyat, 24, told AFP that although "the ALS challenge is viral worldwide...this makes more sense for Nepal".The original social media campaign has attracted criticism in the region over water wastage. Sri Lankan politician Malsha Kumaratunga staged an ice bucket event to raise money for a local animal welfare trust but saw her donation declined."Wasting water like this in a tropical country is an insult to thousands who are suffering because of the drought," said former foreign minister and opposition spokesman Mangala Samaraweera, referring to the parched southern regions of the island nation.In Mumbai some Bollywood stars have also turned down the ice bucket challenge, citing similar concerns."..already made a donation !! Not dumping water :-( waste of resources!," tweeted Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor when asked to take part. Vietnam experts pinpoint risks when selling rice to China TUOI TRE NEWS UPDATED : 08/26/2014 12:32 GMT + 7 While China remains Vietnam’s largest rice buyer, industry insiders say it is a highly precarious market, especially when it comes to payment and market stability. Vietnam exported only 250,000 metric tons of rice to China in 2011, but the figure jumped to more than three million metric tons in the following two years, according to the Vietnam Food Association (VFA).In the year to July, China also accounted for 40 percent of the total rice exports of the Southeast Asian country, most of which were exported through cross-border rice shipments, the VFA said.Cross- border trading is a legal international economic activity among people of two neighboring states. The products are
  • 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 usually traded in small volumes and values, and require less paperwork than the official trading activities. While China is not a demanding importer, as it is willing to accept even the lowest-quality rice, experts said this could turn into a dangerous disadvantage for Vietnamese rice businesses.―As China does not ask to buy high-quality rice, Vietnamese businesses are not pressured to increase the quality of their products or build up their reputation,‖ Dr. Ho Cao Viet, with the Southern Fruit Research Institute, said.―Therefore, when China ceases imports, Vietnam could not sell such poor-quality rice to any other markets. ‖Another risk lies in the payment method, industry insiders have warned.The director of a rice exporting firm in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang said most Chinese importers only pay 20 percent of the contract value in advance, and the rest is cleared only after they have received shipments.―The Chinese traders will be unable to complete payment if they fall into trouble,‖ the Vietnamese businessman, who asked to be named only as T., said.Cross-border rice exports could be seized by Chinese customs and market watchdog agencies at any time, and Chinese partners ―would have no money to pay for Vietnamese businesspeople,‖ T. warned.It was reported in mid- August that China would prohibit rice imports via the border with Vietnam, but T. said cross-border rice imports are only tightened, not completely banned. ―So business is still going on, though it has become tougher than before,‖ he said.T. said Chinese traders still prefer importing rice across the border to doing so via the official channel, pointing the finger at a huge price disparity.Vietnamese five-percent broken rice currently sells at US$460 a metric ton, and under the official import method, Chinese traders will have to pay $620 a metric ton, with all taxes and fees included, he elaborated.Dr. Viet, the pundit from the Southern Fruit Research Institute, said cross-border trade with China is messing up the Vietnamese rice market, as well as other agricultural products.―Chinese traders are willing to buy at high prices when they badly need rice, but prices will fall sharply when they stop purchasing,‖ he said.The researcher suggested that Vietnam ban cross-border rice exports to China to spare time for the rice sector to ―focus on increasing rice quality, diversifying markets, and building reputation.‖ Tech helps cut rice fields methane emission 43pc BD can earn carbon credit, says expert FE Report.Bangladeshi rice fields can fetch carbon credit by reducing emission of greenhouse gases in the fields through modern farm technologies like UDP and AWD, experts at a workshop Tuesday said.The International Fertiliser Development Centre (IFDC) under the Accelerating Agriculture Productivity Improvement (AAPI) project of the USAID, in collaboration with the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) and the Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) organised the two-day national level workshop
  • 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 titled 'Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from Rice Field: Finding Mitigation through Urea Deep Placement (UDP) and Alternative Wetting and Drying (AWD) Technology'.The inaugural session of the workshop was held at the Milky auditorium in the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC) in the city. The workshop will end today with a field visit to the BRRI's GHG Laboratory in Gazipur. Methane (CH4) is one of the key greenhouse gases (GHG). Scientists, related to the AAPI's project, which will conduct feasibility study on measuring GHG emission in rice fields, pleaded for adapting UDP and AWD as these technologies could help Bangladeshi rice fields reduce methane emission by 43 per cent. This reduction in emission can be sold as carbon credit in the international market, they said. Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury, while speaking as the chief guest, said UDP is a win-win technology that reduces urea use by one-third while increase rice yield up to 15 per cent. "If the technology is widely adopted, there would be huge savings of urea fertiliser in the country," she said.She said: "To promote the UDP technology, the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) is working together with the IFDC."She also said significant achievement has been made in some districts in respect of area coverage under the UDP technology in rice cultivation.Dr. Reiner Wassmann, Senior Scientist and Coordinator of Rice and Climate Change Consortium, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the Philippines, presented the keynote paper styled 'Assessing the Suitability of Mitigation Options in Rice Production Derived from Bio-physical Considerations and Stakeholders' Perceptions'. The paper said the AWD has CH4 mitigation potential of about 43 per cent.The adoption rate as well as the actual mitigation effect of the AWD is strongly dependent on the incentives and constraints of the farmers, the paper said."Thus, it is imperative to know how stakeholders' perceptions and attitude are towards technologies like AWD or UDP," according to the paper.Talking to the FE, Mr Wassman said the positive experiences of the Philippines can be applied in Bangladesh.He said the chances of uptake of mitigation technologies could greatly be enhanced if farmers could be compensated for changes in farming practices. The IRRI scientist said in most irrigation schemes, farmers have no immediate revenue from lower water consumption or using climate smart technologies. So, additional incentives from carbon credits could be a pivotal step for large-scale implementation.Agriculture Secretary Dr SM Najmul Islam, BRRI Director General Dr Jiban Krishna Biswas, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) Director General Dr Md Rafiqul Islam Mondal, USAID Mission Director Janina Jaruzelsky, Resident Representative of IFDC Ishrat Jahan, AAPI Deputy Chief of Party Dr Yam Kanta Gaihre among others spoke while Executive Chairman of BARC Dr Md Kamal Uddin chaired the programme.