28th January , 2014

TOP Contents - Tailored for YOU
Latest News Headlines…
 Dismal drought news keeps flowing
 Per capi...
NEWS DETAILS:

Dismal drought news keeps flowing
By HEATHER HACKING — Staff Writer
POSTED: 01/27/2014 05:39:01 PM PST
RICH...
passage of the federal Farm Bill.Even after the Farm Bill passes, agricultural leaders will need to read through
and deter...
Farmgate prices of palay stable at P21-22/kilo
By Ronnel W. Domingo;Philippine Daily Inquirer
4:42 am | Tuesday, January 2...
tons of Vietnamese rice imported into the ports of Tanjung Priok and Belawan, in North Jakarta and North
Sumatra, respecti...
gathered yesterday to prepare their next move, after the government failed to respond to their demand last
Friday for imme...
UkrAgroConsult based on data from brecorder, antaranews, inquirer, thisdaylive

Rice procurement may dip in cyclone-hit st...
Maida (per bag)
1,900-2,100
1,900-2,100.
Sooji (per bag)
1,950-2,050
1,900-2,000.
Rice Basmati(Sri Lal Mahal) 12,000-14,00...
* In Akola, Tuar - 4,100-4,200, Tuar dal - 6,200-6,400, Udid at 6,000-6,300,
Udid Mogar (clean) - 7,000-6,200, Moong - 8,0...
Udid Mogar Super best (100 INR/KG) 7,500-7,800
7,100-7,400
Udid Mogar Medium (100 INR/KG) 5,800-6,600
5,400-6,200
Udid Dal...
Ghana to reduce heavy rice imports
Ghana is expected to drastically reduce its heavy rice imports in the next three years,...
Rice quality and local consumption
One of the main reasons Ghanaians prefer imported rice to the locally grown ones is bec...
Rice Import Ban and Trade Politics
28 Jan 2014
Seized smuggled bags of rice
Crusoe Osagie reviews the intrigues in the hig...
cities, you find rice with American labels. Some of the products have their packaging materials designed with
the US red a...
It is the same thing we expect to happen with our policy that targets reduced wheat importation," Oyeleye
said.He added th...
Stakeholders in the agricultural sector urged Nigerians and the Federal Government to disregard comments
from the USDA sug...
El Nino May Return as Models Signal Warming of Pacific Ocean

By Phoebe Sedgman and Eko Listiyorini Jan 28, 2014 1:38 PM G...
record this month amid drought in California, the biggest producer, while cattle also rallied to an all-time high
on lower...
oppose it.The NACC usually assigns sub-committees to probe graft cases but the anti-corruption law allows it
to handle imp...
Chinese firms. The suspects include former commerce minister Boonsong Teriyapirom and former deputy
commerce minister Poom...
delegation to a previous WTO Ministerial Conference held in Hong Kong, I witnessed this firsthand. The most
recent one occ...
Canada, Pakistan frown at India’s foodgrain exports, farm subsidies
AMITI SEN
WTO to take up questions on India’s wheat st...
Keywords: Rice and wheat expor, fresh concerns, food stocks, farm subsidies, World Trade Organisation
CURING THE CAUSE RAT...
Pakistan and arrange and organise dishes made from basmati for the visitors and seek the help of the media to propagate
ou...
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  1. 1. 28th January , 2014 TOP Contents - Tailored for YOU Latest News Headlines…  Dismal drought news keeps flowing  Per capita rice consumption hits all-time low in 2013: data  Farmgate prices of palay stable at P21-22/kilo  Trade Ministry Uncovers More Than 16,000 Tons of Illegal Rice From Vietnam  producer in the world, Indonesia’s rice imports average over 1 million tons annually.  We want our rice back, plus compensation, angry farmers say  World Rice News 01.28.2014  Rice procurement may dip in cyclone-hit states  TABLE-India Grain Prices-Delhi-Jan 28  Nagpur Foodgrain Prices Open-Jan 28  Ghana to reduce heavy rice imports       Rice Import Ban and Trade Politics  El Nino May Return as Models Signal Warming of Pacific Ocean  NACC decides on 'speedy' PM rice probe Anti-graft agency to probe Yingluck over rice scheme Rice smuggling, WTO and Philippine law Canada, Pakistan frown at India’s foodgrain exports, farm subsidies CURING THE CAUSE RATHER THAN THE SYMPTOM: THE CASE OF RICE SMUGGLING Rice traders propose TDAP, Reap to arrange basmati festival 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. 2. NEWS DETAILS: Dismal drought news keeps flowing By HEATHER HACKING — Staff Writer POSTED: 01/27/2014 05:39:01 PM PST RICHVALE — A year ago, farmers were waiting to hear any news about passage of the federal Farm Bill.This week they're still waiting, and wondering if a renewed Farm Bill could help them through California's drought.Northern Sacramento Valley rice growers gathered today in Richvale for their annual grower meetings, one of four sponsored by UC Cooperative Extension."This year is really unprecedented," said Ted Trimble, manager of Western Canal Water District, which receives surface water from the Feather River through the State Water Project.California has had droughts in the past four decades, but the "big drought" of recent memory has been the dry times of 1976-1977.Today and in the 1970s, a stubborn 2,000 mile-long ridge of high pressure kept winter storms from reaching California. As farmers brace for what might be the worst, many think the 2014 drought will be a more terrible natural disaster."We have less precipitation than we did in 1977," Trimble said. "We have lower reservoir levels than that year. We have way more population, way more planted acres and we have way more water dedicated to the environment."So what should growers know as they wait for the planting season? Brace for the a dry ride.Unless things change dramatically, growers will see intense water reductions in Northern California. The amounts will vary depending on the terms of the water contracts.On Feb. 15 more defined numbers will be released from the Department of Water Resources, Trimble explained.At the meeting Monday, Trimble told growers that if water is curtailed, there won't be water transfers to other parts of the state. If water is available, it will go to local growers. "We also talked about groundwater. If supplies are curtailed, we will either idle acreage, or if growers have a groundwater well, they will turn on wells."Each grower will need to do the math, check rice markets, and decide how much acreage to plant. Pumping groundwater is expensive, and won't work for every farmer's budget.The drought leaves everyone open for a lot of speculation, Trimble said.Many California rice growers produce specialty rice varieties, and have spent years to form relationships with buyers. If the supply dries up, those buyers could turn elsewhere, impacting growers for years to come. Cattle ranchers may get help for drought Meanwhile, help for cattle producers is likely on the way. Cattle ranchers usually expect green pastures this time of year, where their cattle roam. Instead, cattle producers are shopping for alfalfa.Butte County Agricultural Commissioner Richard Price said he expects a USDA drought declaration for Butte, Glenn and nearby counties will help. He'll know more as drought assessments are made.What would also help would be 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. 3. passage of the federal Farm Bill.Even after the Farm Bill passes, agricultural leaders will need to read through and determine what will be most useful to local growers. Price said in the past there have been programs for orchards impacted by drought, including tree replacement program, loans and other financial assistance. More drought news Farmers who receive surface water along the Sacramento River are linked to the federal Central Valley Project.Storage in the major six federal reservoirs in the state is about half what was stored a year ago, the Association of Water Agencies reports. (Read full report here: http://goo.gl/lPmhVc).Based on rainfall and water storage, the late February water allocation is likely to be 5 percent, which would tie for the record low, ACWA reported.As of Sunday night, Lake Shasta was at 54 percent of average, and 36 percent of capacity. To view dismal details of reservoir conditions: www.usbr.gov/mp/PA/water/ Lake Oroville had the same percentages as of Monday, http://goo.gl/7Ml3SI Per capita rice consumption hits all-time low in 2013: data 2014/01/28 12:00 SEJONG, Jan. 28 (Yonhap) -- Per capita rice consumption among households in South Korea hit a record low in 2013 as people consumed more instant foods and other alternative diets instead of the country's staple crop, data showed Tuesday.The average annual consumption of rice per person fell to 67.2 kilograms last year, down 2.6 kilograms or 3.7 percent from the previous year's 69.8 kilograms, according to the data by Statistics Korea.This marked the lowest level since related record-keeping started in 1963, when consumption was 105.5 kilograms. Compared with 1970 when consumption hit a record high of 136.4 kilograms, rice intake has fallen by 49.3 percent.Daily rice consumption per person also dropped 3.8 percent to 184 grams last year, the data showed. "People tended to reduce rice consumption and diversify their diets with other alternatives including potatoes and sweet potatoes. Growing consumption of instant foods and meat also played a part in reducing rice demand," a statistics agency official said.The data showed that the per capita consumption of other grains including corn, beans and potatoes jumped 11 percent on-year to 8.1 kilograms in 2013.Farming households still consumed a much larger amount of rice than non-farming families last year.Per capita rice consumption among farming households came to 118.5 kilograms last year, compared with 71.9 kilograms of rice consumed by non-farming households, according to the data.Rice consumption by manufacturers declined 7.8 percent onyear to 526,140 tons last year as demand from food and alcoholic products shrank, the data showed."In particular, rice consumption by alcoholic producers declined as they tended to opt for cheaper imported raw materials such as Tapioca instead of expensive rice," the agency official 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. 4. Farmgate prices of palay stable at P21-22/kilo By Ronnel W. Domingo;Philippine Daily Inquirer 4:42 am | Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 Farmgate prices of palay has remained stable at about P21 to P22 a kilo since October, showing no reason for prices of milled rice to increase significantly, according to an umbrella group of agriculture organizations.The Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) also said on Monday that if there were any such price spikes, these would be the doings of rice smugglers and unscrupulous traders.“Prices have remained stable and the stocks of milled rice from the harvest in October are already in warehouses and in the market,” said Sinag chair Rosendo So. “If prices went up as described in the media, it means smugglers and the traders they are in cahoots with want to show that prices are high to justify the need to import in huge volumes. ”Sinag is composed of more than 30 groups of rice, corn and vegetable farmers and traders, pork, livestock and poultry producers, aquaventure groups and fertilizer and pesticide suppliers. It has been regularly issuing price monitoring reports since October.The group said that since rice smuggling has been reduced last year compared to previous years, farmers have been enjoying good prices for their produce.However, palay prices are lower based on the Department of Agriculture’s own monitoring. According to the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics, farmgate prices averaged at P18.49 a kilo in the Jan. 15 to 21 period. Trade Ministry Uncovers More Than 16,000 Tons of Illegal Rice From Vietnam By Vanesha Manuturi on 8:00 pm January 28, 2014. Category Featured, News Tags: Indonesia rice production, rice imports, Vietnam,Vietnam Rice Sragen, Central Java. The Trade Ministry has launched an investigation into the illegitimate entry of over 16,000 tons of Vietnamese rice into Pasar Induk Cipinang, a traditional market in Jakarta, last year.“We’re looking into the matter to find where the problem started, ” said Deputy Trade Minister Bayu Krisnamurthi said in Sragen, Central Java, on Tuesday .he issue began on Wednesday last week when a merchant in Pasar Cipinang complained about imported goods in the market to visiting government officials.Previously assumed to be a smuggling incident, the case became murkier when records from the customs office showed the rice from Vietnam had all the required permits to enter Indonesian market. Only state-owned logistics firm Bulog is allowed to import rice in an effort to maintain domestic prices.Private companies are only allowed to import specialty rice — such as basmati rice or — and rice used as animal feed.According to data from the customs office, there were 58 importers last year who obtained a permit from Trade Ministry to handle specialty rice. Those importers recorded 83 activities in 2013, totaling 16,900 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. 5. tons of Vietnamese rice imported into the ports of Tanjung Priok and Belawan, in North Jakarta and North Sumatra, respectively.The ministry confirmed the issuance of those 58 permits.“That’s correct. The numbers, the tonnage — it’s all correct,” Bayu said. ”The issue is how did non-specialty rice from Vietnam become the one that was distributed?”He added that the ministry would partner with customs in investigating the matter, but did not elaborate.Despite being the third-largest rice producer in the world, Indonesia’s rice imports average over 1 million tons annually. We want our rice back, plus compensation, angry farmers say The Nation January 28, 2014 1:00 am A GROUP of farmers in Phitsanulok are demanding that the government return paddy submitted to the government's rice pledging scheme, plus financial compensation for delayed payments for rice.Instead of waiting for payment of Bt15,000 per tonne for paddy from the tainted scheme, some 150 farmers said yesterday they now want to get their paddy back to sell to normal rice millers, who are ready to immediately give them Bt9,000 per tonne."And because of the delay in payments under the scheme, the government should pay affected farmers Bt3,279 per rai of paddy fields as compensation," said Chatree Ampoon, a farmer leader in Phrom Phiram district.The government has repeatedly postponed payments to farmers who participated in the scheme in recent months. The delay has forced many farmers to turn to loan sharks to get money.Some 150 farmers rallied at the Indochina Intersection in Phitsanulok yesterday to press for their demands.Protests by farmers were also being staged in several other provinces.Kittisak Rattanawaraha, who chairs the Network of Northern Farmers, said if the government failed to pay farmers, it should no longer stay in power. "We will rise against the government," he warned, adding that if his group managed to get money for a trip to Bangkok, they might join the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) in its efforts to overthrow the current administration.The PDRC has demanded that the caretaker government resign to pave way for reform before an election. Its supporters have now occupied major intersections in the capital.In Tak, a number of farmers have joined hands with PDRC supporters in blocking the City Hall. Lawyers showed up there yesterday also to help farmers prepare lawsuits against relevant authorities over the troubled rice scheme, which has also incurred massive financial losses.In Nakhon Ratchasima, farmers from some 20 provinces in the Northeast 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. 6. gathered yesterday to prepare their next move, after the government failed to respond to their demand last Friday for immediate payment.The government is now struggling to secure a loan to finance the scheme, one of the most controversial of Pheu ThaiParty's populist policies. World Rice News 01.28.2014 28.01.2014 Rice traders have proposed Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) and the Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (Reap) to organise a basmati festival to highlight the geographical identification (GI) areas and those areas omitted inadvertently by the authority. The traders said that TDAP needed to reopen the chapter of GI and revisit and review the GI to include the omitted basmati growing areas at the international forum." *** Excise office denies report of illegal rice import. The Directorate General of Customs and Excise has denied a report that 16.9 tons of rice have been imported illegally from Vietnam. "The importation of the rice from Vietnam has been carried out with recorded importation activities (83 times)," Susiwijono Moegiarso, a director of the Customs and Excise Office, said here on Sunday. *** After losing to Vietnam in the Philippine government’s auction to supply 500,000 metric tons of rice last November, Thailand is still bent on bagging the supply contract, submitting a counter-offer that was lower than Hanoi’s winning bid of $462.25 per MT, according to National Food Authority (NFA) documents. The NFA, however, ignored Thailand’s lower offer of $462 per MT, which was 25 cents lower than Vietnam’s, saying it would violate provisions of Republic Act No. 9184, the government’s procurement law. *** Nigeria. Rice Import Ban and Trade Politics. Crusoe Osagie reviews the intrigues in the high wired international trade politics surrounding Nigeria's decision to end the importation of rice by 2015. A market is the means through which buyers and sellers are brought together, towards an efficient transfer of goods and services. It must therefore be accessible to people with need and the means to pay for products tendered.In Africa, Nigeria stands out as a nation with all the indices of a thriving market place, especially for imported goods. It has a population of over 160 million people, who erroneously believe that commodities are not good enough unless they are of foreign origin. it is also an economy driven by a thriving petroleum industry, which oftentimes provides easy money for frivolous spending. 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. 7. UkrAgroConsult based on data from brecorder, antaranews, inquirer, thisdaylive Rice procurement may dip in cyclone-hit states Some, including Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh, set to post an increase Komal Amit Gera | Chandigarh January 28, 2014 Last Updated at 22:35 IST The unprecedented rain and three cyclones that hit the coastal eastern belt in November and December might take a toll on paddy procurement in those parts in 2013-14.The procurement was projected to touch 35 million tonnes due to a good monsoon compared to 34.04 mt in 2012-13.However, some states expect rises. An official in the agriculture department in Bhopal said Madhya Pradesh (MP) was set to post a significant rise due to more planting and the Rs 150 a quintal bonus by the state government above the Centre's minimum support price. MP might procure 1.6 mt compared to 1.3 mt a year ago. Bihar expects to get more. And, 2012-13 was a drought year for Tamil Nadu when 400,000 tonnes were procured; this year's expectation is 1.5 mt.As the fourth advanced estimates of the ministry of agriculture are yet to come, procurement agencies are relying on the initial estimates from the food secretary in the preparatory meeting on winter crops. Sources in the Food Corporation of India said actual procurement might surpass the estimates. TABLE-India Grain Prices-Delhi-Jan 28 Tue Jan 28, 2014 3:11pm IST TABLE-India Grain Prices - Delhi - Jan 28 Rates by Asian News International, New Delhi Tel: 011 2619 1464 Indicative Previous Grains opening close (in rupees per 100 kg unless stated) ---------------------------------------------------------Wheat Desi 2,200-3,000 2,250-3,000. Wheat Dara 1,800-2,100 1,850-2,050. Atta Chakki (per 10 Kg) 215-240 215-240. Roller Mill (per bag) 1,950-2,050 1,960-2,060. 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. 8. Maida (per bag) 1,900-2,100 1,900-2,100. Sooji (per bag) 1,950-2,050 1,900-2,000. Rice Basmati(Sri Lal Mahal) 12,000-14,000 12,000-14,000 Rice Basmati(Lal Quila) 12,000-14,000 12,000-14,000 Rice Basmati(Common) 8,400-9,400 8,500-9,500. Rice Permal 2,100-2,400 2,100-2,400. Rice Sela 2,800-3,000 2,800-3,000. I.R.-8 1,900-2,000 1,850-2,025. Gram 3,150-3,300 3,150-3,300. Peas Green 3,050-3,550 3,050-3,550. Peas White 2,800-3,000 2,800-3,000. Bajra 1,250-1,550 1,250-1,550. Jowar white 1,400-2,250 1,400-2,250. Maize 1,420-1,450 1,420-1,450. Barley 1,350-1,450 1,350-1,450. Guwar 3,300-3,900 3,300-3,900. Source: Delhi grain market traders. Nagpur Foodgrain Prices Open-Jan 28 Tue Jan 28, 2014 3:17pm IST Nagpur, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Gram prices in Nagpur Agriculture Produce and Marketing Committee (APMC) moved down on poor demand from local millers amid poor quality arrival. Fresh fall on NCDEX, downward trend in Madhya Pradesh gram prices release of stock from stockists also pushed down prices in thin trading activity, according to sources. * * * * FOODGRAINS & PULSES GRAM * Desi gram raw showed weak tendency in open market in absence of buyers amid good supply from producing belts. TUAR * Tuar varieties ruled steady in open market here matching the demand and supply from position. * Moong dal chilka firmed up in open market on good demand from local traders amid thin arrival from producing regions. 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. 9. * In Akola, Tuar - 4,100-4,200, Tuar dal - 6,200-6,400, Udid at 6,000-6,300, Udid Mogar (clean) - 7,000-6,200, Moong - 8,000-8,200, Moong Mogar (clean) 9,400-9,600, 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 2,520-2,720 2,550-2,8350 Gram Pink Auction n.a. 2,100-2,600 Tuar Auction n.a. 4,300-4,380 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 3,900-4,100 3,900-4,100 Gram Super Best n.a. Gram Medium Best 3,600-3,800 3,600-3,800 Gram Dal Medium n.a. n.a. Gram Mill Quality 3,400-3,500 3,400-3,500 Desi gram Raw 3,100-3,200 3,150-3,250 Gram Filter Yellow n.a. n.a. Gram Kabuli 7,900-10,300 7,900-10,300 Gram Pink 7,700-8,100 7,700-8,100 Tuar Fataka Best 6,800-7,000 6,800-7,000 Tuar Fataka Medium 6,200-6,400 6,200-6,400 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 4,500-4,600 4,500-4,600 Tuar Black 7,300-7,400 7,300-7,400 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 9,500-9,900 9,500-9,900 Moong Mogar Medium best 8,800-9,200 8,800-9,200 Moong dal super best 8,600-8,800 8,600-8,800 Moong dal Chilka 8,100-8,500 8,000-8,400 Moong Mill quality n.a. n.a. Moong Chamki best 7,400-7,800 7,400-7,800 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. 10. Udid Mogar Super best (100 INR/KG) 7,500-7,800 7,100-7,400 Udid Mogar Medium (100 INR/KG) 5,800-6,600 5,400-6,200 Udid Dal Black (100 INR/KG) 4,700-4,900 4,600-4,800 Batri dal (100 INR/KG) 3,850-4,650 3,800-4,600 Lakhodi dal (100 INR/kg) 3,000-3,100 3,000-3,100 Watana Dal (100 INR/KG) 3,250-3,350 3,250-3,350 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) 1,850-1,875 1,850-1,875 Wheat Filter (100 INR/KG) 1,700-1,900 1,700-1,900 Wheat Lokwan best (100 INR/KG) 2,050-2,550 2,050-2,550 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) 3,100-3,600 3,100-3,600 MP Sharbati Medium (100 INR/KG) 2,500-2,900 2,500-2,900 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. 28.7 degree Celsius (83.7 degree Fahrenheit), minimum temp. 11.5 degree Celsius (52.7 degree Fahrenheit) Humidity: Highest - 80 per cent, lowest - 27 per cent. Rainfall : nil FORECAST: Mainly clear sky. Maximum and Minimum temperature likely to be around 28 and 11 degree Celsius respectively. Note: n.a.--not available (For oils, transport costs are excluded from plant delivery prices, but included in market prices.) 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. 11. Ghana to reduce heavy rice imports Ghana is expected to drastically reduce its heavy rice imports in the next three years, the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Mr Kofi Humado, has said.He said “so far, we have been able to engage some big time rice growers in the southern Volta around the lower Volta River. Companies such as GADCO and AGROBRASE are producing on a minimum of 4, 000 hectors. ”According to the Food and Agriculture Minister, the rice production by the two companies alone is closing the gap, and noted that “If we are able to revive all the production centres along the Volta River and also support some of the companies up north, we believe that in the next 3 years, we should close the production gap so that Ghana will not have to rely heavily on rice imports.”Similar pledges have been made in the past but the country’s import bill on rice continues to skyrocket.The situation raises the question about the government’s level of commitment to ensuring that the imports are reduced. Rice imports It is estimated that Ghana imports between US$200 million and US$400 million worth of rice annually.The amount is said to be one of the major factors that swells the country’s import bill, while putting pressure on the local cedi which is consistently losing value against the United States’ dollar.Due to the high demand for the cereal, particularly the perfumed brand, many business people have found rice imports a lucrative venture and are importing from all sources around the world.On the other hand, the government has also found it an easy source to make some revenue and has since 2010, reintroduced taxes on the importation of rice. The move has not only made the importation of rice and its sale to the people more expensive but has also created the platform for people to smuggle the cereal into the country.According to Food Security Ghana, two of the major motivators for smuggling rice are the high import tariffs and, more importantly, the high differences between neighbouring countries’ duties and taxes.It said in the rice sector, a gap of 24.5 per cent exists between import duties as compared to Ghana’s 37 per cent and Ivory Coast’s 12.5 per cent, leading to massive smuggling on Ghana’s western border.Recently, the Ministry of Trade and Industry directed that all imported rice through the border between Ghana and Cote d’ Ivoire should be seized but the directive was short-lived as the latter retaliated by barring the export of cashew through its borders. Mr Humado said “The only cereal we are not very self-sufficient in is rice and even with that, we are doing about 55-60 per cent of our consumption needs locally.”He was optimistic about the move by the ministry to reduce the imports, and noted that “even if we are still to rely on imports, it should be very minimal and confined to specific varieties because maybe Ghanaians would prefer particular varieties, but generally, the consumption of imported rice should reduce.” 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. 12. Rice quality and local consumption One of the main reasons Ghanaians prefer imported rice to the locally grown ones is because of quality. Imported rice is very well polished and perfumed as compared to the local ones, hence the high demand.It also has to do with the varieties that are planted outside.Rice breeders in the country are optimistic that with the right financial support from the government, they would be able to develop similar varieties to meet the taste of the imported ones. In a separate interview, Dr Kofi Dartey, a rice breeder at the Crop Research Institute (CRI), said some upland rice varieties he developed were presently being taken through the milling test, after which they would be replanted and a cooking test would also be conducted.“Once we are sure people like it, we will start the multiplications. Hence, we will take it to different locations to try the rice to ensure that there are no diseases to destroy them,” he said.We want to ensure that the quality is good and the variety is also stable before we give it to farmers to plant, he added.Mr Dartey said the country’s average rice production per acre stands at 1.5 tonnes, “but with this upland rice, we expect to have three tonnes per acre. Additionally, if the rains are well targeted, a farmer can get up to five tones.” Rationale for breeding “The main reason for breeding the upland rice it is to get the quality that we import. The next is to increase the yields through further breeding,” he said.Dr Dartey said “The rice must be long, slender and, when cooked, should not be hard. There are different types now but it is later that they will be narrowed down.”He said there were presently more than 100 varieties planted on the farm being used for the experiment. Challenge Presently, there is only one mill being used which is not up to scratch and there is also no grader.But should more mills and graders be made available, the situation will be turned around, according to Dr Dartey.“If all those are not available, a good rice will never come out. Presently, it can go through only one polishing but the imported ones go through several rounds of polishing,” he 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
  13. 13. Rice Import Ban and Trade Politics 28 Jan 2014 Seized smuggled bags of rice Crusoe Osagie reviews the intrigues in the high wired international trade politics surrounding Nigeria's decision to end the importation of rice by 2015 A market is the means through which buyers and sellers are brought together, towards an efficient transfer of goods and services. It must therefore be accessible to people with need and the means to pay for products tendered.In Africa, Nigeria stands out as a nation with all the indices of a thriving market place, especially for imported goods. It has a population of over 160 million people, who erroneously believe that commodities are not good enough unless they are of foreign origin. it is also an economy driven by a thriving petroleum industry, which oftentimes provides easy money for frivolous spending. This profile in the past decades, has plunged Nigeria into the intricate problem of a dangerous dependence on food supply from other countries to keep her teeming population from starvation.One food commodity for which the Nigerian vulnerability is aptly displayed is rice. in the past three decades, this cereal crop for which the Nigerian potential was never successfully developed, became one on which the country's food security is hinged.At the moment, the country spends about one billion Naira each day to ensure that there is enough rice to keep Nigerians from hunger, amounting to an unsustainable figure of nearly N365 billion spent yearly by the country on rice consumption alone. FG's Intervention With the coming on board of the current minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, it was not long before this unsustainable practice was looked into critically.It was discovered that Nigeria had become a dumping ground for all manner of rice from various countries of the world, with India and Thailand leading the pack.The United States, being another major global rice producer, is believed by many to be a major supplier to the Nigerian market. However, US envoys told THISDAY that the world power does not sell any significant volume of rice to Nigeria on account of the fact that the market has been ambushed by smugglers who make it impossible for legitimate US rice to compete in the Nigerian market.A survey of the market however appears to provide contrary evidence to the information given by the US that it has no significant stake in the Nigerian rice trade, considering the fact that all across the markets in major Nigerian 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. 14. cities, you find rice with American labels. Some of the products have their packaging materials designed with the US red and blue 50-stared flag, while others bear the image of the eloquent US president, Barack Obama. All these products were in turn dismissed by the United States consulate as products from other nations of the world particularly Asia, who are just leveraging the success of the United States brand, to scam the unsophisticated Nigerian consumer.The federal government of Nigeria has however set 2015 as the terminal date for importation of rice into the country.Government believes the move will save the country from losing N360 billion spent annually on rice importation and also create jobs for the unemployed youths.To help achieve this goal, about N450 billion was set aside for commercial agriculture and the Bank of Industry was also fortified with increased capital. The federal government under the Agriculture Transformation Agenda (ATA) is aiming to create about 2.4 million jobs by 2015, through the prohibition of rice importation.US Faults Nigeria Data from the United States Government obtained by THISDAY recently however punctured the claims by the federal government that Nigeria could achieve self-sufficiency in rice production in the year 2015.A United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) report, which the US consulate has now described as an unofficial doccument, which was yet inconclusive when THISDAY obtained it, showed that rice farmers and millers in Nigeria believe the decision to ban rice imports completely in 2015 could be counter-productive and require a review to protect the interests of the local rice industry.According to the report, Nigeria’s rice imports in 201314 are estimated to reach around 3 million tonnes, about 3.4 percent higher than about 2.9 million tonnes of rice imports between 2012-2013. This is mainly because the projected increase in rice production in 2013-14 falls short of consumption requirement.It noted that Nigeria’s rice production in 2013-14 is expected to reach around 2.7 million tonnes, up by about 12.5 percent from previous year's production of about 2.4 million tonnes.However, the report noted that rice consumption in Nigeria is projected to increase to around 6 million tonnes in 2013-14, up about 11 percent from around 5.4 million tonnes in the previous year.Responding to the USDA report, Special Adviser to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Olukayode Oyeleye, warned that whatever information comes from the US with respect to rice should be taken with a pinch of salt, considering the fact that the US is one of the biggest exporters of rice to Nigeria and the policy banning rice importation by 2015 will therefore impact on them negatively."There is the likelihood of a political undertone to what is coming from the US in Nigeria's quest for self-sufficiency in rice production and consumption. 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. 15. It is the same thing we expect to happen with our policy that targets reduced wheat importation," Oyeleye said.He added that the ATA and GES were poised to end the nation's dependence on other countries of the world for food and rice is no exception, stressing that under the schemes, government targets the production of over 3million tonnes of rice and coupled with outputs from other rice farmers who are not in the scheme, the country would not be needing rice from abroad in 2015.A statement from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) recently noted that due to increased rice output in Nigeria and Ghana, global rice production was forecast to outpace consumption in 2012/13, resulting in an upward revision of 5 million tonnes in 2013 closing inventories.. "World rice carryover stocks are expected to rise by seven per cent, or 10 million tonnes, to a new high of almost 170 tonnes, marking the eighth consecutive year of stock accumulation," FAO stated. "As a result, the world rice stock-to-use ratio was forecast to rise to 35.5 percent in 2013."The federal government hiked rice import tariffs sharply in the beginning of 2013 and is planning to ban rice importation completely by 2015.Government officials also disclosed that the move will help boost local production and save billions of dollars for the economy. However, high tariffs have led to a surge in smuggling of rice in to the country.According to the Nigerian Customs Service, rice worth about N27 billion (around $170 million) entered the country illegally during the first five months of 2013 alone.Smuggled rice is seen as a major threat to the development of Nigeria’s rice sector. According to local sources, while a bag of smuggled rice costs N6,500 (around $41), locally produced processed rice costs around N11,500 (around $72). Some Nigerian farmers have raised concerns over the increase in smuggling of rice, which they say is due to the government decision to hike rice import tariffs. However, commodities market watchers say a complete rice ban in 2015 will be unfeasible as local production cannot meet consumption demand.According to the watchers, about 40 per cent of rice consumption in Nigeria is met by rice imports from India, Thailand and China, despite high tariffs. Farmers equally argued that the government efforts such as agriculture loans should be directed to reach more farmers directly to help increase production. Members of the Nigerian Rice Millers and Traders Association NRMTA have also expressed concern that the government's efforts to improve local rice production are not seen in all production stages.Millers claimed that while rice area in the country had increased by about 25 per cent from two million hectares in 2012-13 to 2.5 million hectares in 2013-14, significant changes in processing and milling are lacking. Stakeholders Disagree with USA 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. 16. Stakeholders in the agricultural sector urged Nigerians and the Federal Government to disregard comments from the USDA suggesting that Nigeria will not attain self-sufficiency in rice by 2015.Describing the declaration as selfish, the President of the National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS), Ken Ukaoha, called on the federal government to move on with its scheme targeted at redeeming the nation from dependence on imported rice to feed Nigerians.Nigeria currently spends about a billion Naira daily importing rice, a development, which the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, says is helping to put farmers to work in countries like the united states, India and Thailand, while putting farmers out of work in Nigeria.According to the NANTS boss, all of the nation's efforts must be channelled towards achieving food security in the country because "a country that cannot depend on itself for the food with which its citizens are sustained is not truly an independent nation."He explained that it is not the first time to hear such sweeping statements from United States, pointing out that the same story had been told in the past concerning corn and wheat, simply because these commodities are export revenue earners for them. When a major importing nation is making good effort to disentangle itself from the import-dependence vicious cycle, there are bound to be resistance from exporting countries like the US.Also calling for the disregard of the USDA rice figures, Vice President of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Mr Dele Oye, urged the government to proceed in the pursuit of the 2015 deadline for the ban on rice importation, calling it an easy way out of the unnecessarily high cost of feeding Nigerians.According to Oye, Nigeria has no business with food insecurity, due to the wide variety of food crops that grow well and produce bountifully in the country's agroecology."Why do people always associate our country's food security with rice? When did we begin to eat rice in this quantity? We are the highest producers of Yam and Cassava in the world. We produce maize, millet, guinea corn, plantain, coco yam, cowpea, soya beans, and various other staple food crops in abundance. So, from where did they get the information that if we do not have enough rice, then our people would starve? they cannot be father from the truth"The NACCIMA vice president explained that even if local production of rice fails to meet local consumption of the commodity in Nigeria by 2015, all that will happen is that people will switch from rice as their major source of carbohydrate to other sources such as garri, yam, cocoa yam, plantain and millet among others. Tags: Business, Nigeria, Featured Rice, Ban 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
  17. 17. El Nino May Return as Models Signal Warming of Pacific Ocean By Phoebe Sedgman and Eko Listiyorini Jan 28, 2014 1:38 PM GMT+0500 Photographer: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images A lamb stands in a dry paddock on the 10,000 acre property owned by the Orr family on... Read More An El Nino weather pattern, which can parch Australia and parts of Asia while bringing rains to South America, may occur in the coming months as the Pacific Ocean warms, according to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology.Most climate models suggest the tropical Pacific will warm through the southern autumn and winter, the bureau said in a statement today. Some models predict this warming may approach El Nino thresholds by early winter, it said. Australia’s autumn runs from March to May and winter is from June to August.El Ninos, which are caused by the warming of the Pacific, affect weather worldwide and can roil agricultural markets as farmers contend with drought or too much rain. An El Nino trend is likely to develop this year, Gavin Schmidt, deputy director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, said this month. It’s been almost five years since the last event, which typically occurs every two to seven years, according to Indonesia’s Meteorological, Climatology and Geophysics Agency.“Less spring rainfall for the east coast would be the major concern” for Australia, said Paul Deane, an analyst at Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. in Melbourne. “It increases the chance that we’re not going to get trend wheat yields, that would be one of the risks. The other one would be on livestock, where you’d have lower pasture growth.” Food Costs Global food costs tracked by the United Nations dropped 3.4 percent last year amid record wheat and corn harvests. The price of Thai 5 percent broken white rice, an Asian benchmark, lost 23 percent to $450 a ton in 2013. Thailand, Vietnam and India are the world’s biggest rice exporters.In the U.S., milk futures climbed 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
  18. 18. record this month amid drought in California, the biggest producer, while cattle also rallied to an all-time high on lower domestic beef output. In Australia, abattoirs will increase slaughter by 5.6 percent to 8.9 million head in the year ending June 30, boosting beef exports to a record, the government estimates. “Most climate models surveyed by the bureau suggest the tropical Pacific Ocean will warm through the southern autumn and winter,” the Melbourne-based office said. “Some, but not all, models predict this warming may approach El Nino thresholds by early winter.” The next update is expected on Feb. 11.Depending on the size of the El Nino, it may push 2014 and, more likely, 2015 up the rankings of warmest years on record, the Goddard Institute’s Schmidt said on a conference call. The Earth’s warmest years, 2010 and 2005, were associated with the weather pattern.El Ninos are associated with drier conditions in Australia, particularly in the country’s east, according to the weather bureau. The pattern occurred in 2009-2010, 2006-2007 and 20022003, according to the bureau.“The last El Nino happened in 2009,” said Erwin Eka Syahputra, head of the Climate Early Warning Unit at Indonesia’s meteorology agency in Jakarta. “The El Nino has a cycle period of as fast as two years or the longest is seven years. So, if we look at that criteria, there is a possibility.” To contact the reporters on this story: Phoebe Sedgman in Melbourne atpsedgman2@bloomberg.net; Eko Listiyorini in Jakarta at elistiyorini@bloomberg.net To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Poole at jpoole4@bloomberg.net NACC decides on 'speedy' PM rice probe Published: 29 Jan 2014 at 00.00 Newspaper section: News The nine-member National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) resolved yesterday to carry out impeachment and criminal investigations against the caretaker prime minister for failing to stop the loss-ridden rice-pledging scheme introduced by her government.According to anti-graft commissioner and NACC spokesman Vicha Mahakhun, the NACC will appoint itself as the probe committee. The resolution is in response to a complaint from Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in her capacity as the chairwoman of the National Rice Policy Committee failed to stop the losses of the rice-pledging policy, failed to release rice placed with the government and led fake government-to-government rice sales.Mr Vicha said the NACC would finish the investigation quickly as required by the constitution and it would inform Ms Yingluck of the resolution this week and ask if she plans to 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
  19. 19. oppose it.The NACC usually assigns sub-committees to probe graft cases but the anti-corruption law allows it to handle important cases by itself right away. Pheu Thai spokesman Prompong Nopparit yesterday urged the NACC to be impartial in politics, saying the NACC in its rush to proceed with the case will send a signal to anti-government protesters to continue their demonstrations."Several alleged corruption cases involving the Democrats have not made any progress. The Pheu Thai Party is requesting the NACC be impartial and treat every case the same," said Mr Prompong, referring to the GT200 explosives detectors scam, alleged corruption in the construction of Ratchaburi Hospital and procurement under the Thai Khem Kaeng scheme as well as the construction of 396 police stations.Mr Vicha denied the NACC is discriminating in its swift action against Ms Yingluck in comparison to its probe into the alleged corrupt rice case under the previous government of Mr Abhisit.He said the Yingluck government itself failed to supply the documents the NACC requested. Anti-graft agency to probe Yingluck over rice scheme Published: 28 Jan 2014 at 19.10 Online news: News The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) on Tuesday resolved to probe caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's management of the controversial rice-pledging scheme.Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra refuses to talk reporters after a meeting with the Election Commission on Tuesday, 28 Jan. She is now the target of a National Anti-Corruption Commission inquiry over her role in managing the rice-pledging scheme. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu).The inquiry by the anti-graft agency will seek grounds to file formal charges and initiate impeachment proceedings against the caretaker prime minister.The NACC met on Tuesday to discuss Ms Yingluck and her alleged negligence of duty in the rice-pledging scheme. The decision to probe the caretaker premier was reached at the meeting.NACC spokesman Vicha Mahakun said Ms Yingluck will be formally informed of the inquiry next week so that she can prepare to defend herself before a panel of NACC commissioners. Ms Yingluck is being targeted for investigation over due to her alleged negligence as chairwoman of the National Rice Policy Committee, he added.he decision comes after the NACC on Jan 16 launched formal corruption charges against 15 suspects in connection with fake government-to-government rice deals with two 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
  20. 20. Chinese firms. The suspects include former commerce minister Boonsong Teriyapirom and former deputy commerce minister Poom Sarapol.The NACC investigated the sham rice deals and found no evidence that Guangdong Stationery & Sporting Goods Import & Export Corp and Hainan Grain & Oil Industrial Trading Co were authorised by the Chinese government to purchase rice under the government's pledging scheme. The antigraft agency also found no evidence that the 'sold' rice had been exported to China.All suspects will be given the chance to defend themselves before officials forward the case for further legal proceedings, the NACC said. Rice smuggling, WTO and Philippine law By Ernesto M. Ordoñez Philippine Daily Inquirer 4:41 am | Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 At the hearing on rice smuggling at the Senate last Jan. 22, some senators stated that whether rice smuggling exists or not depends on whether we will follow Philippine Law or the World Trade Organization (WTO).As we wait for the answer, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) declared that it would release the seized rice shipments because of injunctions from three courts in Davao, Batangas and Manila ordering it to do so.These injunctions were based on a WTO document that states that Philippine rice import restrictions expired on June 30, 2012. Therefore, all rice shipped to the Philippines after this date do not need import permits and, consequently, are not smuggled. We will argue here that this is a misguided understanding of WTO. There is no contradiction between our WTO commitment and Philippine law. I know this because of my background as former DTI and DA undersecretary, presidential flagship secretary under the Office of the President, and vice president for Asia of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). WTO It is necessary to understand WTO. I will quote here direct statements from the WTO website (www.wto.org). WTO has given us the flexibility to extend this deadline. We have done so, and the import restrictions are now in effect. The 2,000 smuggled rice containers seized by BOC are therefore smuggled. This should not be released back to the smugglers, as what is happening today.The website states: “WTO is a rules-based, memberdriven organization—all decisions are made by the member-governments, and the rules are the outcome of negotiations among members.” There is a special section in WTO called the “Agreement on Agriculture.” It states that this agreement “allows some flexibility in the way commitments are implemented.” How is this done? The topmost WTO decision-making body is the Ministerial Conference. This “can take decisions on all matters under any of the multilateral trade agreements.” As a private sector agricultural representative of the Philippine 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
  21. 21. delegation to a previous WTO Ministerial Conference held in Hong Kong, I witnessed this firsthand. The most recent one occurred last December 2013 in Bali, Indonesia. Bali Package The Ministers “adopted the Bali Package, a series of decisions made at streamlining trade, allowing developing countries more options for providing food security, boosting least developed countries’ trade, and helping development more generally.”Following the WTO objectives of food security and development, the Philippines notified the WTO that it was extending rice import restrictions beyond the 2012 deadline. We exercised our negotiating flexibility to extend this to 2017. Our official negotiations are now going on. At the Bali Conference, this was recognized. There were no objections made.Therefore, the import restrictions mandated by Philippine Law currently implemented by the BOC do not in any way contradict WTO. Perhaps, some misguided elements should consult the WTO website, which records the WTO Bali Ministerial Conference agreements to understand this better. In addition, for us to lift rice import restrictions, a WTO member should bring this issue to WTO Dispute Settlement, secure a decision against our stand, and wait until we amend our law to conform to this decision. Not even one of these three steps has occurred. It is therefore very clear that rice import restrictions in the Philippines fully recognized and accepted by WTO are in effect today. There is no contradiction between WTO and Philippine Law.Since the three courts that ordered the injunctions may not be aware of this, they should attend immediately to the Solicitor General’s Motions for Reconsideration. The BOC should stop releasing these seized smuggled rice containers, which is making a mockery of the anti-smuggling drive. More importantly, this release that we are witnessing today loses government revenues, endangers our food security, damages the livelihood of three million rice farmers, and puts in reverse mode the inclusive growth strategy of our government. Competence “Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap.” Many rice farmers believe that much corruption has entered both the executive and legislative branches of the government. But in addition to fighting this corruption, the farmers contend that government should increase significantly its competence in dealing with issues such as rice smuggling.Already, our farmer leaders have submitted documented charges to the Supreme Court and the Ombudsman to protest this travesty of justice shown by the release of smuggled rice shipments back to the smugglers. With increased government competence, it should no longer be necessary for poor farmers to risk their safety and meager resources in fighting for what should have been given them if government competence were at the desired level. (The author is chair of Agriwatch, former secretary for presidential flagship programs and projects, and former undersecretary for agriculture, trade and industry. For inquiries and suggestions, e-mail agriwatch_phil@yahoo.com or telefax (02) 8522112.) 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
  22. 22. Canada, Pakistan frown at India’s foodgrain exports, farm subsidies AMITI SEN WTO to take up questions on India’s wheat stocks, export price, rice subsidies NEW DELHI, JANUARY 27: Rice and wheat exporting countries have raised fresh concerns about India’s food stocks and farm subsidies at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).This comes less than two months after Western countries promised India that no action would be taken against it for breaching food subsidy levels prescribed by the multilateral body at least for the next four years. The WTO’s Committee on Agriculture (CoA) will take up the questions raised by Canada and Pakistan on India’s wheat and non-Basmati rice exports, existing levels of stocks and the subsidies extended, in a meeting scheduled on January 29, a Commerce Department official told Business Line.Canada has asked India to give details on the volume of wheat stocks held by the Food Corporation of India (FCI) in the light of recent reports that the country would be exporting up to 20 lakh tonne of wheat due to surplus stocks.In a representation to the CoA, Canada has also asked India to specify how it calculates the floor price (minimum price) for wheat exports. “Reports (news) indicate that the Government of India has lowered the floor price for wheat to $260 per tonne from $300 per tonne which is lower than the price of the same quality wheat from Canada (and other countries) sold in the range of $270 to $275 per tonne,” the representation said. WTO concession India and a number of other developing countries have been granted a reprieve by the WTO against legal action for breaching farm subsidy limits, fixed at 10 per cent of total produce, on items covered under the country’s food security programmes.This was part of the deal struck at the WTO Ministerial meet in Bali, Indonesia, in December. Members are now supposed to work on a permanent solution to the problem.India is likely to breach the prescribed subsidy limits once it fully implements its Food Security Programme which offers 5 kg of subsidised foodgrain to about two-thirds of its population. The reprieve, however, would not be applicable if the subsidised foodgrain is released in the export market and affects global prices. India is also obligated to supply all data related to production, pricing, procurement and subsidies demanded by WTO members who would want to ensure that subsidised food was not distorting the global market.A number of civil society organisations, such as Right to Food Campaign, Action Aid and Third World Network, had earlier warned that the temporary reprieve, called the Peace Clause, would lead to insufficient protection and onerous data sharing obligation.Pakistan, in its representation to the CoA, has asked India to furnish details of rice exports in the last two years. It has also asked the country to clarify if all nonBasmati rice varieties were eligible for market price support. “India will get some time to reply to the questions,” the official said. (This article was published on January 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
  23. 23. Keywords: Rice and wheat expor, fresh concerns, food stocks, farm subsidies, World Trade Organisation CURING THE CAUSE RATHER THAN THE SYMPTOM: THE CASE OF RICE SMUGGLING Smuggling refers to the international trading of goods without paying the rightful custom duties. It can be carried out in two forms: (1) outright smuggling or use of illegal trade channels; and (2) technical smuggling or manipulation of trade declarations (Alano, 1984). Technical smugglers evade duties and taxes through misdeclaration, undervaluation, or misclassification of a shipment. Misdeclaration is reporting an item as something else that incurs lower tariff. Undervaluation is declaring a lower-than-actual value of goods for lower taxes. Misclassification is incorrectly categorizing an item under a cheaper tariff heading. Both outright and technical smuggling are resorted to in the case of rice. However, most of the apprehended ones are technical smugglers. News by Phil Rice Tagged as: rice smuggling, rs4dm Rice traders propose TDAP, Reap to arrange basmati festival January 28, 2014 RECORDER REPORT Rice traders have proposed Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) and the Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (Reap) to organise a basmati festival to highlight the geographical identification (GI) areas and those areas omitted inadvertently by the authority. The traders said that TDAP needed to reopen the chapter of GI and revisit and review the GI to include the omitted basmati growing areas at the international forum." They stressed the need for highlighting the fact that basmati is grown in many areas of the country and the Indian concept of narrowing the areas for Pakistan is wrong. They said that India has identified areas in its own country stretching it fully but where Pakistani areas were concerned it identified it deliberately by excluding actual traditional basmati growing areas. This narrow minded approach of India has perturbed many basmati growers of Pakistan and they are surprised that TDAP and Reap are silent on the issue and not advocating their cause. To patch up the matter and redress the grievance they suggested that TDAP should now hold a basmati festival and invite buyers from the world and exhibit basmati grains grown in different areas. Pakistan grows basmati and super basmati, which is aromatic and elongates on cooking, it is tasty and liked and appreciated for making Biryani, Pullow, sweet dishes and in different countries of the world they make their traditional dishes in Pakistani basmati rice, they added. A basmati exhibition of grains and basmati dishes will highlight the rice grains of different areas in Pakistan, and will enable the stakeholders to show our basmati rice which is really tasty and full of fragrant. They proposed TDAP that it should invite growers' representatives from every area of 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
  24. 24. Pakistan and arrange and organise dishes made from basmati for the visitors and seek the help of the media to propagate our lovely quality grains to all. The exhibition in festival style would also give an opportunity to the rice exporters to exhibit their brands and build their brand image, they concluded. 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

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