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  1. 1. 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 25th August, 2014 TOP Contents - Tailored for YOU Latest News Headlines… NEWS DETAILS: Farm Briefs: Glenn Speak-Off, cost to raise a child, inspections urged for rice from Pakistan Oroville Mercury-Register Posted: 08/23/2014 06:21:13 PM PDT Rice fields near Gridley on Wednesday.High school students are encouraged to sign up for the Speak-Off contest hosted locally by the Glenn County Resource Conservation District.Students prepare a speech based on the question: "How can RCDs help address the increasing fuel load in California's wild lands and the potential for catastrophic wildfire?" The event is Oct. 20 and applications need to be in by Oct. 1.Winners of the county contest will go on to regional and possibly state competitions.For information or to apply, www.glenncountyrcd.org or call 934-4601 ext.The Butte County Resource Conservation District will be holding its ninth cleanup 8 a.m. Sept. 11. Meet at the intersection of highways 162 E and 99.So far, the group has logged 140 volunteer hours and removed 40 large bags of trash.Information: 534-0112, ext. 125.In the past, Farm Bill funds were provided on a county-by-
  2. 2. 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 county basis. Yet, as of 2012, they will be distributed through a regional funding pool based on similar resource concerns.For example, in the Sacramento Valley, the rangeland regional fund pool would receive applications from all counties in the Sacramento Valley, with each project proposal competitively ranked based on environmental benefit. One of the questions at a regional wok group Wednesday is how to prioritize resource issues.The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Glenn County Farm Bureau's conference room, 831 Fifth St., in Orland.People who can't attend can complete a survey by Sept. 30, 934-4601 ext. 5.If you ever wondered how much it costs to raise a kid, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has done some math for you.The report, Expenditure on Children and Families, http://goo.gl/6xXzUl, shows that a middle-income family with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend $245,340 for food, housing, childcare and education, and other child-rearing expenses up to age 18. Costs associated with pregnancy or expenses occurred after age 18, such as higher education, are not included.For the year 2013, annual child-rearing expenses per child for a middle-income, two-parent family ranged from $12,800 to $14,970, depending on the age of the child. USA Rice Federation has written to the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service urging mandatory inspections on all shipments of rice from Pakistan. Recently a shipment of rice from Pakistan to Baltimore was found to include Khapra beetle larvae."This beetle is one of the world's most destructive pests of grain products and seeds. Without your diligence, the Khapra beetle could have entered the United States and caused major damage to U.S. agricultural industries," the Rice Federation wrote. Phl now Asia’s fastest rice producer By Manny Galvez (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 24, 2014 - 12:00am Students from Pugad Lawin Elementary School perform during a program to commemorate the 118th anniversary of Sigaw ng Pugad Lawin in Project 8, Quezon City yesterday. BOY SANTOS Citing records from the World Market and Trade of the United States Department of Agriculture, Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) executive director Eufemio Rasco Jr. told The STAR yesterday that the Philippines, which posted a 97-percent rice self- sufficiency status last year, registered a 4.04 percent average increase in milled rice production from 2010 to 2013.The country produced 10.99 million metric tons of milled rice, up from 9.77 million metric tons produced in 2011. With this development, the Philippines surpassed major rice exporters including China and
  3. 3. 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, which showed an improvement of only 1.55 and 3.77 percent in milled rice production, respectively. Thailand, a leading rice exporter, only posted a .39 percent difference.Tom Slayton, former editor of The Rice Trader and co-author of an article on how rice price crisis could be prevented from becoming a crisis of hunger, noted that the Philippines — a key importer in the world rice trade — posted zero imports during the last two years.Headlines (.Bangladesh recorded a .25 difference in imports from 2012 to 2013, while China, although one of the largest rice producers in the world, registered a .10 difference. Relating the world rice production data to regional rice industry integration in Asia, researchers Tin Htut Oo, Tim Maung Shwe and Larry Wong said the ―increasing private sector efforts in integrating increasingly Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-wide modern farming and modern economic activities along agri-food supply chains and international trading networks could and should be harnessed and leveraged to complement ongoing government efforts toward food security in Asia.‖Rasco said PhilRice and the International Rice Research Institute based in Los Baños, Laguna recently signed a memorandum of agreement to collaborate on the conduct of researches and promotion of technologies. Michael Grant, mgrant@courier-journal.com NDA's BREI programme set to increase rice production in north-east 22 Aug, 2014, 1301 hrs IST, ET Bureau Though the government is yet to release funds for BGREI but it has earmarked Rs 1,000 crore for the programme. KOLKATA: The NDA government is taking ahead the Bringing Green Revolution in Eastern India (BGREI) a programme that is aimed at increasing rice production in the eastern part of the country.Though the government is yet to release funds for BGREI but it has earmarked Rs 1,000 crore for the programme, which was conceived by the erstwhile UPA government and is considered to bring second green revolution in the country. But floods in Odisha and eastern Uttar Pradesh may have some impact on eastern India rice production, that contributes more than 50 per cent of the country's rice production. "The government has already allocated the funds for BGREI. May be it is taking some time to release the funds. We are hoping that funds will come any moment. In the meantime, the government has asked us to carry out a survey on the state of paddy production in the country. Our scientists are visiting different states for field surveys. The government is also keen on usage of hybrid seeds to increase production," said Trilochan
  4. 4. 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 Mohapatra, director, Central Rice Research Institute.Mohapatra is however, a bit worried about paddy production in eastern India."Though ini tially there was a lot of tension as monsoon was delayed but the situation improved gradually in July and August. But now our concern is the flood in Odisha and eastern UP which may damage the standing crop. Right now it is difficult to estimate the impact of damage," he said.Added Swapan Kumar Dutta, deputy director general, ICAR "Funds from BGREI will start coming shortly. But this year rice production may not touch 106 million tonnes. Some farmers have shifted to millets. So there might be some marginal drop which will have very little impact on country's foodgrain supply ." Eastern states contribute 55 million tonne of rice to the country's total production of 106 million tonne and the bulk of it is produced during the kharif season. Production in the region has increased by 30 per cent in the last three years after the erstwhile UPA government introduced BGREI in the seven eastern states.The seven eastern states are West Bengal, Bihar, Assam, Odisha, Jharkhand, eastern Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The seven states produced an average of 42.6 million tonne of rice before the launch of BGREI but now they contribute 55 million tonne or over half the rice produced in the country .While floods in Odisha and eastern UP is a matter of worry but Jharkhand has received good rainfall this year after a gap of almost four years. Focus on aromatic rice will boost India's exports' IANS | Aug 23, 2014, 06.08PM IST KOLKATA: India should focus on production of indigenous aromatic rice varieties so that export avenues open up, an expert with the Philippine-based International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) said Saturday."The outlook towards production and export of rice needs to be changed in India to witness the benefits of higher revenue and profit margins in the international market," said Samarendu Mohanty, head of the IRRI Social Science Division.He was addressing the India International Rice Conference here organized by Indian Chamber Of Commerce from August 21-22.Citing the example of Vietnam, he said the country has been putting special emphasis on production and export of better quality of local rice varieties and was targeting potential and niche markets across the world. "They (Vietnamese farmers) are slowly curtailing the production volume of lower grade rice. Basmati, Japonica and Jasmine are some of the variants whose export and acceptance have increased significantly across the world owing to their aroma, taste and flavour, and hence Indian farmers should focus on production of local aromatic varieties with export orientation as their major goal," he said.Swapan Kumar Dutta, deputy director general, Indian Council of
  5. 5. 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 Agricultural Research, advocated the need for customized milling system, which boost better processing of the aromatic varieties and decrease crop breakage and wastage. Focus on aromatic rice will boost India's exports' IANS | Aug 23, 2014, 06.08PM IST KOLKATA: India should focus on production of indigenous aromatic rice varieties so that export avenues open up, an expert with the Philippine-based International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) said Saturday."The outlook towards production and export of rice needs to be changed in India to witness the benefits of higher revenue and profit margins in the international market," said Samarendu Mohanty, head of the IRRI Social Science Division. He was addressing the India International Rice Conference here organized by Indian Chamber Of Commerce from August 21-22.Citing the example of Vietnam, he said the country has been putting special emphasis on production and export of better quality of local rice varieties and was targeting potential and niche markets across the world."They (Vietnamese farmers) are slowly curtailing the production volume of lower grade rice. Basmati, Japonica and Jasmine are some of the variants whose export and acceptance have increased significantly across the world owing to their aroma, taste and flavour, and hence Indian farmers should focus on production of local aromatic varieties with export orientation as their major goal," he said.Swapan Kumar Dutta, deputy director general, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, advocated the need for customized milling system, which boost better processing of the aromatic varieties and decrease crop breakage and wastage. FPCCI President for subsidy on agri-products Friday, 22 August 2014 20:50 Posted by Shoaib-ur-Rehman Siddiqui KARACHI: President FPCCI, Zakaria Usman, expressed his serious concern over the issue of food security and urged the Government to provide subsidy on agricultural products related to food security to compete in the international market.In a letter to Federal Minister for Commerce, Engr. Khurram Dastagir Khan, President, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Zakaria Usman suggested that the government can provide subsidy on those agricultural products which are concerned with the global food security issue. Food processing industry, dairy products, agricultural equipment and machinery may be included in those products.
  6. 6. 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 The supply of energy and other utilities may be subsidised for food processing and agriculture industry.According to FPCCI release here on Friday, the FPCCI Chief mentioned that due to its importance, this global issue was discussed in WTO 9th Ministerial Conference held in December 2013 at Bali, Indonesia. But it could not come with a definite solution and kept the matter pending till the next conference.The declaration of the said conference to continue on the food security subsidy favours the Indian stance to grant subsidies to its various agri products. Pakistan is an agro-based country and is exporting agro based products to various countries. India is demanding subsidy on agricultural products under Agreement on Agriculture (AoA) .It would imbalance the regional trade and Pakistani products if this facility is given to India. Pakistan government should strongly object and oppose the demand of subsidy by India, Zakaria Usman emphasised.Zakaria Usman also informed the Federal Commerce Minister that in such a situation the Indian farmers will be in a position to supply their products at cheaper prices with the help of government financial support (subsidies). Consequently, India will be able to export rice at cheaper price in the international market as compared to Pakistani rice.Pakistani exporters will not be in a position to compete with Indian exporters because government of Pakistan cannot provide subsidies to its growers not because of WTO but because of IMF conditionality, as IMF agreement does not allow government to give any subsidy to its farmers or exporters, he said. He proposed that inland freight subsidy can also be covered in this clause. However, the major factor of in- competitiveness of Pakistani products in the international markets is the cost of shipping.The reason behind high cost of shipping is the lack of Pakistan's own shipping line.He said that National Shipping Corporation has become inactive and freight outward from Pakistan is monopolised by a few international shipping lines. Opportunity for Pakistan to penetrate Russian food market PPI August 23, 2014 KARACHI: A lack of interest, information and prevalence of stereotypes about Russia kept Pakistani exporters from entering Russia. It was precisely around time the Europeans, Americans and even the Chinese moved back in and completely captured the Russian market.The Russian governments decision to ban fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, milk and dairy imports from the United States and imposition sanctions by European Union, Australia, Canada and other countries on Moscow is a great opportunity for Pakistani exporters to enter into Russian food market.
  7. 7. 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 Pakistan could become a major exporter of kinnow, mango, potatoes, rice and processed food and fruit juices.Russian imports included food products from UK, USA and EU worth $10 billion and the Asian countries especially Indian firms are rushing towards Russian market to fill the gap. Farooq Afzal Chairman Pakistan Russia Business Council (PRBC) of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry said a visit to any supermarket in a Russian city would show how much the country depended on imported food.One would be hard pressed to find anything of Pakistani origin besides certain rice and kinnow.Pakistani exporters of food products would be well served to get in touch with knowledgeable (PRBC) of FPCCI. Many members of PRBC in the Russian capital have their counterparts and have a great degree of expertise about the complex market. For Pakistani food products to do well in Russia, a combination of good marketing and attractive packaging is important along with quality products. PRBC has worked out a strategy to export 8 items, Russia usually buys from the US and European Union. These include fruits, vegetable, sports items, sports garments, leather garments and products pharmaceuticals and textiles etc, said Afzal.He suggested a trade route Pakistan along with the two countries could push for marked progress on the North-South Transport corridor. The corridor project envisages a rail and road route that connects ports on Pakistan south coast to China Karakorum Kashghar and former Soviet republics right up to Russia. Turning Waste From Rice, Parsley And Other Foods Into Biodegradable Plastic August 23, 2014 Image Caption: Waste husks from rice (in the small vial) can be transformed into bioplastic. Credit: A. Abrusci – Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia American Chemical Society Your chairs, synthetic rugs and plastic bags could one day be made out of cocoa, rice and vegetable waste rather than petroleum, scientists are now reporting. The novel process they developed and their results, which could help the world deal with its agricultural and plastic waste problems, appear in the ACS journal Macromolecules.Athanassia Athanassiou, Ilker S. Bayer and colleagues at the Italian Institute of Technology point out that plastic’s popularity is constantly growing. In 2012, its production reached 288 million tons worldwide, but its ubiquity comes at a cost. Synthetic plastics persist for hundreds or thousands of years while releasing toxic components with the potential to harm the environment and human health. Also, plastics are made out of petroleum, which is a nonrenewable source. The
  8. 8. 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 shift to more environmentally friendly bioplastics has been challenging and expensive. Athanassiou’s team wanted to find a simple, less costly way to make the transition.They turned to an organic acid that also occurs naturally and can process cellulose, which is the main building component of plants and also the most abundant polymer in nature. They mixed the acid with parsley and spinach stems, and husks from rice and cocoa pods. Then, they poured the resulting solutions into lab dishes. When tested, the films that formed showed a promising range of traits from brittle and rigid to soft and stretchable — similar to commercial plastics. ―This opens up possibilities for replacing some of the non-degrading polymers with the present bioplastics obtained from agro-waste,‖ the researchers conclude.Reference: “Direct Transformation of Edible Vegetable Waste into Bioplastics” – Macromolecules EXCLUSIVE ORYZA NEWS India Rice Planting Now Ahead of Last Year Aug 22, 2014
  9. 9. 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 Planting for kharif rice crop, or main rice crop (June – December) in India has reached around 33.518 million hectares of rice area as of August 22, 2014, slightly up from around 33.379 million hectares planted during the same time last year, according a statement released by the Indian Agriculture Ministry. The planting level has crossed for the first time this year since the beginning of planting season in June on a w/w basis.Kharif rice planting in India started late due to delayed rains since the onset of monsoon season in June. Rainfall occurred in many parts of Central and Eastern India after mid-July leading to improved water levels in several reservoirs as well as helped the agriculture sector to revive.Accordingly, monsoon deficit has narrowed significantly and some analysts are now hopeful that India's 2014-15 (October - September) production may be close to an estimated 106.5 million tons in 2013-14. However, few analysts say India 2014-15 production may be about 10% lesser than last year's. Estimates Iran to Import 1.6 Million Tons in MY 2014-15 Aug 22, 2014 The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has estimated Iran's MY 2014-15 (April - March) rice imports at around 1.6 million tons. It has estimated Iran's total cereal imports, including rice, at around 12.6 million tons in MY 2014-15, up about 14% from around 11 million tons imported last year.Iran's rice imports this year are expected to decline significantly due to an increase in the import duty on basmati rice to 40% from 22% and revision in the accepted level of arsenic in rice to 120 parts per million (ppm) from previous level of 150 ppm. The FAO estimates Iran's 2014 paddy rice production at around 2.95 million tons (around 1.95 million tons, basis milled), up about 2% from around 2.9 million tons (around 1.91 million tons, basis milled) produced in 2013.USDA estimates Iran to produce around 2.5 million tons of paddy rice (around 1.65 million tons, basis milled) in MY 2013-14 (October 2013 - September 2014), up about 7% from an around 2.33 million tons (around 1.53 million tons, basis milled) in the previous year. USDA estimates Iran to import around 1.65 million tons of milled rice in 2014, down about 21% from around 2.1 million tons imported in 2013. Tags: Iran rice imports, Iran rice production Colombia Paddy and Rice Prices Show Diverse Trends in August 2014
  10. 10. 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 Aug 22, 2014
  11. 11. 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 Colombia's average green paddy prices stood at around 923,600 pesos per ton as of August 2014, up about 1% from about 915,886 pesos per ton in July 2014, and up about 3% from about 896,457 pesos per ton in August 2013, according to data from FedeArroz. In terms of USD per ton, Colombia's average green paddy rice prices increased to around $490.75 per ton as of August 2014, slightly up from about $490.57 per ton in July 2014, and up about 5% from about $466.66 per ton (using historical exchange rates) in August 2013.Average white rice prices in Colombia stood at about 1.885 million pesos per ton as of August 2014, almost unchanged from about 1.883 million pesos per ton in July 2014, and down about 1% from about 1.897 million pesos per ton in August 2013.In terms of USD per ton, Colombia's average white rice prices have declined to about $1,002 per ton as of August 2014, slightly down from about $1,009 per ton in July 2014, and up about 1% from about $988 per ton (using historical exchange rates) in August 2013. Tags: Colombia white rice prices, Colombia green paddy prices Mauritius Invites Tenders to Buy Up to 6,000 Tons of Long-Grain White Rice Aug 22, 2014 Mauritius' state grains purchasing agency has invited tenders to buy up to 6,000 tons of long-grain white rice from optional origins, Reuters quoted European traders as saying.According to Reuters, the last date for submitting tenders is September 1, 2014 and the company is seeking delivery of rice between October 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.Mauritius previously issued tenders to buy 6,000 tons of rice on May 26, 2014. Tags: Mauritius rice imports, Mauritius rice tenders Enhanced Funds to BGREI Set to Boost East India Rice Production Aug 22, 2014
  12. 12. 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 The new government's decision to allocate around Rs.1,000 crore (about $165 million) towards the continuation of the 'Bringing Green Revolution in Eastern India (BGREI), is expected to increase rice production in India's eastern states including West Bengal, Bihar, Assam, Odisha, Jharkhand, Eastern Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, according to local sources.The Director of the Central Rice Research Institute (CRRI) told local sources that the government has allocated the funds but is yet to release them. He noted that the increased allocation is likely to bring a second green revolution in the country. The program, which was started by the previous government helped the rice production in Eastern India to increase to around 55 million tons, up about 29% from around 42.6 million tons prior to introduction of the program in 2010-11. Today, total production from the Eastern Indian states accounts for more than half of the total India's rice production of around 105 million tons, he said.While there is a cause for optimism on one hand, delayed monsoons in June and July and consequently slow planting are likely to dent India's rice production in MY 2014-15 (October - September) from its record 106 million tons in MY 2013-14. Though improved rains in many parts of India revived hopes of a decent production, floods in Odisha and eastern Uttar Pradesh are causing damage to rice crops. The CRRI Director says the damage extent cannot be estimated immediately. USDA estimates India MY 2014-15 milled rice production at around 103 million tons, down about 3% from an estimated 106.29 million tons in MY 2012-13. It estimates India's rice exports to decline to around 8.7 million tons in 2015 from an estimated 10 million tons in 2014. Tags: India rice production, Bringing Green Revolution to Eastern India (BGREI), India rice exports Asia Rice Quotes Unchanged Today Aug 22, 2014 Asia rice sellers kept their quotes mostly unchanged Today. 5% Broken Rice Thailand 5% rice is quoted at around $440 - $450 per ton, about $10 per ton discount to Vietnam 5% rice quoted at around $450 - $460 per ton. India 5% rice is quoted at around $440 - $450 per ton, on par with Pakistan 5% rice quoted at around $440 - $450 per ton. 25% Broken Rice
  13. 13. 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 Thailand 25% rice was last quoted at around $350 - $360 per ton, about $50 per ton discount to Vietnam 25% rice quoted at around $400 - $410 per ton. India 25% rice is quoted at around $390 - $400 per ton, about $5 per ton discount to Pakistan 25% rice quoted at around $395 - $405 per ton. Parboiled Rice Thailand parboiled rice is quoted at around $445 - $455 per ton. India parboiled rice is quoted at around $430 - $440 per ton, about $20 per ton discount to Pakistan parboiled rice quoted at around $450 - $460 per ton. 100% Broken Rice Thailand broken rice, A1 Super, was last quoted at around $310 - $320 per ton, about $25 per ton discount to Vietnam broken rice quoted at around $335 - $345 per ton. India broken sortexed rice is quoted at around $345 - $355 per ton, about $20 per ton premium on Pakistan broken sortexed rice quoted at around $325 - $335 per ton. Tags: Vietnam rice prices, India rice prices, Thailand rice prices, pakistan rice prices Oryza U.S. Rough Rice Recap - Decreased Offers Attracting More Buyer Interest, albeit Thin Aug 22, 2014 As of today, offers were unchanged near $13.00-$13.33 per cwt fob farm (about $287-$294 per ton) while bids could still be found around $12.85-$13.25 per cwt (about $282-$292 per ton) for September-October delivery and again there were reports of paddy trading around $12.90 per cwt (about $284 per ton) for deferred delivery. Tags: U.S. rice prices, U.S. rice market Myanmar Exports $196 Million Rice in April 1 - August 15, 2014; Up 41% from Last Year Aug 22, 2014
  14. 14. 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 Myanmar has exported around $196 million worth of rice in April 1 - August 15, 2014, up 41% from around $139 million worth exported during the same period in last fiscal year (April - March), according to local sources. Myanmar exported around 530,000 tons of rice April 1 - August 15, 2014, a Commerce Ministry official was quoted as saying.Sources at the Commerce Ministry told local sources that the rise in exports is mainly due to increased demand from Russia. However, Myanmar's rice exports to China have suffered since the beginning of this fiscal year due to a freeze in official exports through Muse border by Chinese officials. Authorities from both countries are reportedly discussing a new trade agreement that will allow hassle-free exports from Myanmar to China. Myanmar exported record 1.33 million tons of rice in 2012-13, but exports dropped to 1 million tons in MY 2013-14.USDA estimates Myanmar to produce 18.63 million tons of paddy rice (around 12 million tons, milled basis) and export around 1.3 million tons of rice in MY 2013-14 (January - December 2014). Tags: Myanmar rice production, myanmar rice exports Sri Lanka Plans to Import 15,000 Tons of Rice from Vietnam Aug 22, 2014 Sri Lanka is planning to import around 15,000 tons of rice from Vietnam, according to Vietnamese media reports. Sri Lankan Minister of Industry and Commerce who met with the Vietnam's Minister of Industry and Trade in Vietnam's capital Hanoi is understood to have settled the deal.According to local media sources in Vietnam, both the Ministers agreed to strengthen bilateral trade between the two countries.Sri Lankan government also approved to import around 50,000 tons of rice from India in the last week of July to make up for the shortfalls from production. production from both 2014 Yala (April - September 2014) and 2013-14 Maha (September 2013 - April 2014) seasons is likely to be severely affected by prolonged drought in the North Central and Eastern Provinces. Earlier, sources from Sri Lanka's Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) told local sources that the imports are need to curb price hikes as well as substitute for shortages from fall in production and hoarding of stocks by some traders.The UN's Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) estimates Sri Lanka to produce around 2.65 million tons of milled rice in 2014, down about 16% from around 3.14 million tons in 2013.USDA estimates Sri Lanka to produce around 2.8 million tons of rice, basis milled, in MY 2014-15 (October 2014 - September 2015), down about 1.5% from an estimated 2.84 million tons the previous year. USDA estimates Sri Lanka to import around 20,000 tons in both 2014 and 2015.
  15. 15. 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 Tags: Srilanka rice imports, Srilanka rice production, Srilanka rice prices Why Waste Water When You Can Donate Rice! Aug 22, 2014 Oryza begins the #ricebucketchallenge where nobody needs to get drenched in ice cold water, shriek in horror and then perhaps nurse a cold later. Here, you just donate a packet of rice to the needy. Rice can feed a hungry stomach, keep him nourished and it also has a shelflife. You neither waste water or subject yourself to any torture. Instead, you do a practical, useful and tangible gesture. Pick up an empty bowl or bag, fill it with rice, donate to the nearest deserving one. It could be a hungry child at the orphanage, a beggar at the subway, your driver, maid, a man selling his ware on the footpath. Depending on whether you live in Washington DC or a village in Tanzania, you can always donate this to the deserving. Do it before the intention fizzles out. Click a picture of your act (so that you inspire others) and post it here. We believe you won this challenge with flying colours. Rice up to the challenge folks! Tags: ice bucket challenge, rice bucket challenge, Oryza, ASL, inspired, Rice, rice news, rice donation, cause, practical Oryza White Rice Index - Quotes Hold Mostly Steady as El Nino Impact Remains Dismal Aug 22, 2014 The Oryza White Rice Index, a weighted average of global white rice export quotes, ended this week at about $479 per ton, unchanged from a week ago, up about $2 per ton from a month ago and up about $19 per ton from a year ago. Thailand Thailand 5% broken rice is today quoted at around $445 per ton, down about $5 per ton from yesterday and up about $20 per ton from a month and a year ago. The UN’s FAO forecasts Thailand’s 2014 rice exports will reach 9 million tons, an increase of about 36% from last year’s levels. The FAO estimates Thailand’s 2014 aggregate paddy rice production at 37.5 million tons, down about 2% from 2013.
  16. 16. Daily Rice E-Newsletter by Rice Plus Magazine www.ricepluss.com News and R&D Section mujajhid.riceplus@gmail.com Cell # 92 321 369 2874 Thailand’s Commerce Ministry has capped the September 2014 rice export quota to the European Union at 768.08 tons. India India 5% broken rice is today quoted at about $445 per ton, up about $5 per ton from a week and a month ago, and up about $25 per ton from a year ago. The Agriculture and Processed Food Export Development Authority (APEDA) will only include the basmati growing regions in Western Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kathua districts of Jammu and Kashmir and four states in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand in its Geographical Indications (GI) application, according to local sources. The APEDA will not include the states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Bihar as traditional basmati growing areas in the GI application. With rainfall resuming in many rice-growing parts of India, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast India’s MY 2014-15 (October-September) rice production to be close to normal – an estimated 106 million tons in MY 2013-14. India’s government has estimated India’s rice production for 2013-14 marketing year (October-September) to be a record 106.54 million tons, about 2% higher than in 2012-13. Planting for kharif (main) rice crop (June-December) has reached about 33.518 million hectares of rice area as of August 22, up slightly from the same time last year, according to the Indian Agriculture Ministry. India’s government has directed all state governments to cap levy rice procurement from millers at 25% for the 2014-15 procurement season (October-September) to ensure requisite benefits to farmers, according to local sources. The percentage usually differs from state-to-state and varies between 30-75%. The Indian state of Goa is seeking assistance from the central government to increase rice production in the state by introduction the latest technologies. The Indian government plans to restructure the Food Corporation of India in efforts to reduce operational inefficiencies. The government’s decision to allocate Rs. 1,000 crore (about $165 million) towards the continuation of the Bringing Green Revolution in Eastern India (BGREI) is expected to increase rice production in India’s eastern states, according to local sources. Vietnam Vietnam 5% broken rice is today quoted at about $455 per ton, unchanged from a week ago, up about $5 per ton from a month ago and $65 per ton from a year ago.
  17. 17. 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 Between January 1 and August 14, Vietnam exported about 3.791 million tons of rice, according to the Vietnam Food Association (VFA), about 19% less than exported during January-August 2013. In the first two weeks of August, Vietnam exported about 175,163 tons of rice. Average rice export prices so far this year are about $431 per ton (FOB). Vietnam exporters are facing a dilemma over participating in the Philippines tender for 500,000 tons of 25% broken rice later this month because of surging prices and scarcity of rice in the domestic market. Vietnam has set up a National Steering Committee (NSC) for National Rice Research Program until 2020. Sri Lanka plans to import about 15,000 tons of rice from Vietnam in efforts to strengthen bilateral trade between the two countries. Pakistan Pakistan 5% broken rice is today quoted at about $445 per ton, unchanged from a week ago, up about $5 per ton and $30 per ton from a month and a year ago respectively. Pakistan has exported 196,733 tons of rice in the first month of FY 2014-15 (July-June), about 17% less than the same period in FY 2013-14, according to the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. Month-on-month, Pakistan’s total rice exports declined about 21%. The Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and a private agricultural research company have signed a Project Cooperation Agreement with China’s Yuan Longping High-Tech Agriculture Company Limited to set up a Hybrid Rice Research and Development Center in Pakistan. Central & South America Brazil 5% broken rice is today quoted at about $610 per ton, unchanged from the last week. The Brazilian paddy rice index maintained by CEPEA reached around 36.16 real per 50 kilograms as of August 18, 2014, up about 0.4% from around 36 real per 50 kilograms recorded on August 11, 2014. In terms of USD per ton, the index reached around $320 per ton on August 18, 2014, up about 1.3% from around $316 per ton recorded on August 11, 2014. Five percent broken rice from Uruguay and Argentina, today shown at about $615 per ton, unchanged from a week ago, down about $10 per ton from a month ago and down about $5 per ton from a year ago. Guyana and Panama have signed a five-year rice export deal for Guyana to supply Panama with 5,000 tons of rice per month, starting in September.
  18. 18. 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 The USDA Post estimates Venezuela’s rice imports for MY 2014-15 (April-March) to increase to about 530,000 tons, up about 2% from MY 2013-14, due to anticipated declines in paddy rice production. Average green paddy prices in Colombia were about 923,600 pesos per ton in August, an increase of about 1% from the previous month and an increase of about 3% from a year ago. Average white rice prices in Colombia were about 1.885 million pesos per ton in August, unchanged from the previous month and down about 1% from the previous year. U.S. U.S. 4% broken rice is today quoted at about $540 per ton, unchanged from a year ago, down about $15 per ton from a month ago and down about $65 per ton from a year ago. Chicago rough rice futures for September delivery started the week with a nearly 25 cent per cwt (about $6 per ton) gain at $13.145 per cwt (about $290 per ton), suggesting further confirmation of last week’s reversal. They reached a high of $13.200 per cwt (about $291 per ton) on Tuesday before starting a downward trend that lasted the rest of the week. Futures closed at $12.825 per cwt on Friday (about $283 per ton). The U.S. cash market was quiet most of the week but picked up slightly on Thursday after the futures market dropped. Throughout the week, offers were seen near $13.00-$13.33 per cwt fob farm (about $287-$294 per ton) with bids around $12.85-$13.25 per cwt (about $282-$292 per ton) for September-October delivery. Other Markets Bangladesh’s rice import value has increased to about $366.4 million in FY 2013-14 (July-June), according to the Bangladesh Bank. This is about 12 times more than the same period in FY 2012-13. Separately, the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) researchers have developed a new rice variety, Brri dhan-64, which is enriched with higher zinc content and is capable of producing higher yields. The UN’s FAO has forecasted Myanmar’s MY 2014-15 (July-June) milled rice exports to reach 560,000 tons, comparable to last year’s exports. The FAO also estimates that Myanmar’s aggregate paddy rice production in 2014 is up about 2.5% from the previous year to 29.5 million tons. After a three year hiatus due to the nuclear meltdown in 2011, Japan’s government has resumed exports of rice grown in Fukushima Prefecture. Iraq’s Ministry of Trade has re-invited tenders to buy 15,000 tons of basmati rice from India with offers due September 1, according to Bloomberg. It has also re-invited international tenders to purchase a minimum 30,000 tons of rice from Argentina, Brazil, Thailand, Uruguay, Vietnam, and the U.S., with tenders open until September 8. Twice previously the Iraqi Grain Board has rejected offers on this tender due to high prices.
  19. 19. 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 China’s Ministry of Agriculture has decided not to renew bio safety certificates on two varieties of GM rice and one variety of GM corn. Brunei plans to increase its self-sufficiency in rice production from the current 5% to 60% by 2015. To do so, it plans to increase rice production from the current 1,000 tons to about 18,000 tons by 2015. The UN’s FAO estimates Iran will import 1.6 million tons of rice in MY 2014-15 (April-March). The state grains purchasing agency of Mauritius has invited tenders to buy up to 6,000 tons of long-grain white rice from optional origins, with tenders due by September 1 and delivery between October 1 and December 31, according to Reuters. Between April 1 and August 15, Myanmar exported 530,000 tons of rice worth $196 million, up 41% from the same period last year. Cambodia 5% broken rice is today quoted at about $470 per ton, down about $5 per ton from a week ago and up about $15 per ton from a month ago. Tags: Oryza White Rice Index (WRI), Global rice trade, rice news, basmati rice prices For Advertising SPECS & RATES Contact: Advertising Department Mujahid Ali mujahid.riceplus@gmail.com +92 321 369 2874

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