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Government Concludes Processes To Purchase
Livestock And Poultry Species
24-Jul-2020
/ Business News, Business
Government has concluded the procurement processes for the purchase of 531,100
improved breeds of livestock and poultry species including sheep, goats, pigs, cockerels
and guinea fowls, and related products.
The delivery of the livestock and the related products are expected to be effected before
the end of December 2020.
Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister of Finance, who announced this at the mid-year budget
review in Parliament on Thursday said, a total of 30,000 cockerels were distributed to
3,000 farmers in 12 selected regions in 2019 for crossing with local hens to improve the
live weight from 1.2kg to 1.5kg and egg laying rate from 70 to 110 eggs per year. A total
of 7,500 small ruminants were also distributed to 750 farmers in six selected regions.
He said a total of 15 million seedlings of cashew; coffee, coconut, and oil palm were
distributed to farmers. Parliament also passed the Tree Crop Development Bill, fashioned
along the lines of COCOBOD, into law.
On Greenhouse Capacity Development Module, he said government had established
three greenhouse training centres with commercial components, each on a five-hectare
piece of land, at Dawhenya, Akumadan, and Bawjiase.
He said at the end of December 2019, the three centres had, together; trained 296
graduates in greenhouse vegetable production and a total of 180 graduates were targeted
for training in 2020, of which 61 had been trained as of end-June 2020.
―The remaining 119 graduates are scheduled to receive their training during the second
half of the year,‖ he said.
In the area of Mechanisation, 6,270 units of agricultural machinery and equipment were
supplied to mechanisation service providers, Metropolitan, Municipal, and District
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Assemblies, and farmer-based organisations to improve access to mechanisation services.
The Minister said this had reduced drudgery in farming and has improved efficiency in
operational activities of farmers to enhance productivity.
He said government, under a Czech Republic Credit facility, took delivery of farm
equipment worth €10,000,000.
These include 300 global multi-purpose mini-tractors with various accessories, and 220
Cabrio compact tractors with accessories such as rice reapers, rice threshers, and
chemical applicators.
He said this equipment was for sale to small and medium-scale farmers across the
country at 40 percent subsidy.
In addition, government took delivery of 1,000 rice harvesters (rice cutters) and 700
multifunctional threshers from China for distribution to rice farmers at 20 per cent
subsidy.
These measures are to improve farmers' timely access to mechanised services and
enhance productivity.
He said in the second half of the year, Government would conclude arrangements for the
importation of about US$31 million worth of farm machinery and equipment, including
hand-held equipment, tractors, combines harvesters, and rice mills, under the third
tranche of the Brazil "More Food International Programme".
In the area of irrigation development, a total of 7,141 hectares of land were being
developed for various irrigation systems.
These include Tamne phases I and II, Mprumem phases I and II, rehabilitation and
expansion of existing schemes at Tono, Kpong Irrigation Schemes, and Kpong Left Bank
Irrigation Project.
In addition, Government had invested in numerous small earth dams in the Northern,
Upper East, Upper West, and the Savannah Regions to provide farmers with easy access
to water.
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He said as at June 2020, 11 out of 14 programmed small earth dams had been completed,
an estimated irrigable area of 224 hectares would be developed in the next phase of
construction.
Mr Ofori-Atta said in the second half of the year, government would complete the
resettlement of people in Tamne and Mprumem to pave way for completion of these
projects.
The Tono and Kpong Left Bank Irrigation Projects will be completed by December 2020
with the remaining three small earth dams, which are expected to irrigate over 80
hectares of crop lands, will also be constructed at the Dawhenya Greenhouse Village,
Kaniago, and Ohawu Agricultural College.
Source: GNA
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In Assam, cultivation of this flood-resilient superfood has
boosted farm income over four years
Farmers are attracted by the health benefits, taste and higher profit margins of
black rice.
Black rice, or cha-khao, is a key ingredient in Assamese puddings and community feasts. | Vadim
Volosciuc/Alamy via The Third Pole
Yesterday · 07:30 pm
Sadiq Naqvi
Taj Hazarika, a farmer from Upper Assam‘s Golaghat district, discovered black rice
on the internet in 2017. Many people had commented on how the rice was being
cultivated in Assam and its health benefits.
Hazarika set off to Assam Agricultural University in the neighbouring district of
Jorhat and got 2 kg of seeds. The first year, he produced 5 kg of rice. He shared some
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and cooked the rest at home. This year, he is preparing to grow the rice on two
hectares of his 12-hectare farm.
Hundreds of farmers of Assam are taking up cultivation of black rice, attracted by its
beneficial properties and higher profit margins.
The variety, with its high nutritional value, has become a popular superfood. Black
rice is also better than other varieties at withstanding floods and droughts. This means
it could help rice farmers adapt to more erratic weather in Assam, the Himalayan
state highly vulnerable to climate change impacts.
But farmers complain that lack of support from the Indian government means they
can‘t exploit the potential market opportunities of this exotic rice.
What is black rice?
Prized globally for its high level of antioxidants, black rice was known as ―forbidden
rice‖ in ancient China. It was reserved for the emperor and given in tributes. The rice
contains anthocyanin, an antioxidant that gives it its colour. It grows in various parts
of Asia.
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In Assam, farmers grow more than 300 varieties of rice, nourished by the
Brahmaputra and Barak river systems. Rupankar Bhagwati, the principal scientist at
the Regional Rainfed Lowland Rice Research Station in Gerua near the city of
Guwahati, said the black rice varieties grown in Assam came from Southeast Asia via
the state of Manipur.
Sanjay Chetia, principal scientist at Assam Agricultural University, agreed.
―There are several black rice, or cha-khao, variants in Manipur,‖ said Chetia. Cha-
khao, which means ―delicious rice‖ in the language Meitei Lon, is a key ingredient in
puddings and community feasts. Recently, it has also been used in the preparation of
other snacks including doughnuts.
Hundreds of farmers in Assam have started to grow black rice, with cultivation
picking up in the past three to four years. Credit: TommyK/Alamy
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There are many types of black rice in Assam, but a cha-khao variety now referred to
as Upen is most popular. It is this variety that has made its way to Goalpara, the
Western Assam town now known for black rice. The thick grain has a distinct aroma
perfect for porridge and puddings.
The rice is a slow-growing, traditional variety with a relatively lower yield. It is a tall
plant, which makes it resilient to moderate flooding. But this has its drawbacks. ―The
plant is susceptible to falling due to its weight closer to the harvest time, decreasing
the yield,‖ said Surendra Ghritlahre, a scientist who used to work at Regional Rainfed
Lowland Rice Research Station.
Assam’s journey
Upen Rabha is a farmer in Amguripara, a village in the Goalpara district. In 2011, he
received 1 kg of black rice seeds from a scientist. ―One grain germinated and I sowed
it in my paddy field,‖ said Rabha. The following year, he had 150 gm of seeds from
this plant.
As his black rice produce grew, Rabha gathered other farmers together and formed the
Amguripara Black Rice Producers Society. It now has 50 members. ―Another 500
farmers across the state have an understanding with us [that] they have to sell paddy
or rice to ABRPS [Amguripara Black Rice Producers Society],‖ Rabha said.
S Bishnu, a member of the Bodo tribe in Baksa district on the Bhutan border, is one of
these farmers. He got seeds from Rabha in 2016. ―Every year I sell the paddy to
Rabha. I get Rs 1,200 for every 40 kg,‖ he said.
In 2019, Rabha procured 2,000 tonnes of black rice paddy. ―Depending on the quality,
[farmers sell] 40 kg of paddy for Rs 1,300,‖ Rabha said. One kg of rice could fetch
around Rs 100 in the market. Rabha said that other local varieties would fetch only
half this.
Rabha grows black rice on half of his farm. He gets a yield of around 2.3 tonnes per
hectare, compared with 3.75-6 tonnes per hectare for other rice varieties. The higher
market price makes up for the smaller yield.
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―It is a medicinal rice. The demand is mostly from outside Assam. The five-star hotels
buy it,‖ said Rabha. ―I still cultivate the other varieties because we don‘t eat black rice
every day.‖
Small profits, big lure
The society makes a small profit by selling the rice. This goes towards buying
equipment or helping farmers learn new techniques. ―We have bought a tractor and a
power tiller and constructed a small godown [warehouse],‖ Rabha said.
This year, farmers connected to Rabha plan to grow black rice in 270 hectares.
Government schemes are promoting the crop. ―750 quintals [about 75 tonnes] of black
rice seeds are being given to farmers in four districts of Cachar, Goalpara, Golaghat
and Kamrup. We are promoting traditional varieties this year,‖ said SN Talukdar, a
sub-divisional officer at the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana scheme to develop the
agricultural sector.
Officials at Assam‘s agriculture department have no concrete figures, but said
hundreds of farmers are taking up cultivation. ―Black rice has picked up in the past
three to four years,‖ said Tiranga Bharti, the district agriculture officer of Dhemaji in
Eastern Assam.
Chetia said that the Assam Agricultural University estimates that black rice is grown
on about 1,000 hectares in Assam.
Hazarika and Bishnu confirmed other farmers in Golaghat and Baksa are also
experimenting. ―In my village, two or three farmers have started to grow black rice
recently for their own consumption,‖ Hazarika said.
Black rice has become part of Assamese festivals. ―We eat it on Bihu. We make pitha
[rice cake] with it,‖ Hazarika said.
He started growing black rice because he liked the taste. ―Now, I am making more
money by selling it,‖ he said. But now he is worried. His black rice seeds are lying in
fields that have been flooded in the monsoon. ―I am not sure if they will survive the
flood to be fit for sowing,‖ he said.
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No marketing support
Lack of marketing support from the government is hampering the potential benefits of
the crop. ―There is no initiative from the government to motivate the farmers,‖ Bishnu
said as he rued the limited market options. ―People still go for traditional varieties
because they can find a buyer as soon as they step out of their house,‖ he said. ―For a
poor farmer, timely money is more important than big profits.‖
Hazarika had a similar complaint. ―There is no help from the government to market
the rice,‖ he said.
Last season, he produced one tonne of paddy, which he sold locally. This year he
hasn‘t grown more because of market uncertainties.
Rabha is worried too. Because of the lockdown, big buyers like the Taj Hotels group
haven‘t placed any orders this year. Usually they approach him or come through
middlemen in Guwahati. ―The government hasn‘t helped much in marketing,‖ Rabha
said.
―Farmers and NGOs are marketing black rice themselves,‖ said Prafulla Mahanta, a
deputy director in Assam‘s agriculture department.
Manoj Das, managing director of the North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing
Corporation, said that government intervention is not needed because the production
of black rice is limited. ―Black rice has a good market. The current channels are good
enough. They get a better price that way,‖ Das said.
But the lack of marketing prevents farmers from reaching consumers, including those
close to home. Keyaa Das Choudhury, a baker in Guwahati, has never bought black
rice from Assam. She makes black rice cakes and cookies using the Manipuri variety.
―I have only heard that black rice grows in Assam,‖ she said.
Promise of better varieties
The World Bank‘s Assam Agribusiness and Rural Transformation Project may
improve the crop‘s prospects. ―This year, we are looking at black and red rice to study
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how to improve their productivity and marketability,‖ said Laya Madduri, project
director of Assam Rural Infrastructure and Agricultural Services, APART‘s
implementing agency.
―Developing climate-resistant varieties is also our focus,‖ she said. Farmers could
soon have improved varieties of black rice. The Assam Agricultural University‘s
Regional Agricultural Research Station is close to releasing high-yielding varieties of
the traditional black rice. ―Twelve high-yielding black rice lines have already been
developed and evaluation is going on. The lines will reach farmers within a year or
two,‖ Chetia said.
Back in Amguripara, Rabha said that black rice has changed his fortunes. ―From two
oxen, I have come far. Now, I am farming with a tractor,‖ he said.
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Department of Agriculture of Republic of P : DA aims to
make Filipino rice farmers competitive
07/25/2020 | 09:06pm
Author: DA Communications Group | 26 July 2020
The Department of Agriculture through the Philippine Center for Postharvest
Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) is on track in providing rice farmers
appropriate machinery and equipment under the Duterte administration's Rice
Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) program.
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'We will continue to boost farm mechanization to reduce production costs, enable our rice
farmers produce more harvests, earn bigger incomes, and subsequently compete with
their counterparts in ASEAN,' said Agriculture Secretary William Dar.
To date, the DA-PhilMech has procured and currently distributing 2,938 farm machinery
and equipment worth P2 billion (B) to 625 RCEF-accredited farmers' cooperatives and
associations (FCAs) nationwide.
The second batch of 4,996 units - worth P3B under the P5-B RCEF farm mechanization
component for 2019 - is under a bidding process and expected to be completed by July
31, 2020, said DA-PhilMech director Baldwin Jallorina. Thereafter, the farm machines
and equipment will be given to the second batch of 1,068 FCAs.
For the 2020 P5-B RCEF farm mechanization budget, Jallorina said the DA-PhilMech
has to date validated 2,587 FCA applicants, of which 1,259 FCAs have been shortlisted
and qualified to receive 4,543 farm machineries.
'With the sustained and vigorous implementation of the RCEF program, coupled with our
Rice Resiliency Project (RRP), we expect Filipino rice farmers to be at par with their
counterparts in the ASEAN, in terms of cost efficiency and productivity, in the next three
years,' the DA chief said.
Currently, Filipino farmers spend an average of P10 on labor, seeds, fertilizers, and other
inputs to produce one kilogram (kg) of palay (paddy rice), while the country's average
harvest is at four metric tons (MT) per hectare (ha).
Farmers in Thailand and Vietnam spend an equivalent P8/kg and P5/kg, respectively, to
produce one kilo of palay.
Studies conducted by the DA-PhilMech and Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice)
show that the country's high production cost is attributed to several factors, namely:
heavy reliance on manual operations from land preparation to harvesting; high cost of
farm inputs, notably fertilizers; lack of irrigation; inaccessible and inadequate credit;
usurious loans offered by traders; and low productivity.
'We are confident that with appropriate interventions and assistance under RCEF and
RRP, we can reduce our production cost to P8 per kilo and increase our national average
yield to six tons per hectare, in the next three years,' said Secretary Dar.
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'Further, to take optimum advantage of the Duterte administration's farm mechanization
program, we will strongly encourage RCEF farmers to collectivize, and consolidate their
farms into contiguous clusters of at least 50 to 100 hectares each,' the DA chief added.
In fact, Jallorina said the DA-PhilMech prioritizes provision of assistance to clustered
FCAs.
'Farm consolidation and clustering is one of the major features of a modern,
industrialized, market-driven, sustainable and resilient Philippine agriculture,' Secretary
Dar said.
'In all, we need to raise the productivity and incomes of Filipino farmers to enable them
to cope with the COVID-19 crisis,' he added said.
'Rest assured, the DA family will do its utmost to propel the agriculture sector as a major
player in the nation's economic recovery efforts,' concluded Secretary Dar. ### (DA
PhilMech and DA StratComms)
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DA yet to obligate, disburse 65% of RCEF for this year
Published July 27, 2020, 1:15 PM
by Madelaine B. Miraflor
Seven months into 2020 and the Department of Agriculture (DA) is yet to obligate
and disburse 65 percent, or nearly P10 billion, of this year‘s Rice Competitiveness
Enhancement Fund (RCEF), the tariff collected from rice imports and is supposed to
help lower the production cost of Filipino rice farmers.
Based on data obtained from the Department of Agriculture (DA), RCEF has P15
billion that must be disbursed within this year, which included the P5-billion
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allotment for mechanization that weren‘t touched last year due to bureaucratic
issues.
Hence, of this P15 billion, P10 billion is now supposed to go to mechanization, while
P3 billion, as usual, will go to seed distribution. The rest would be for the provision
of credit and extension services for rice farmers.
However, as of July 24, only P4.65 billion of the P15 billion has been obligated,
while P606.8 million has been disbursed, of which P574 million was disbursed for
seeds distribution, the same data showed.
To recall, one of the conditions of the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL) or Republic Act
(RA) 11203, which allowed unlimited rice importation in the country, is for the
Philippine government to help Filipino rice farmers become more competitive by
giving them access to free seeds and modern farm equipment to be funded by RCEF.
On top of the rice import tariff, RCEF is supposed to be injected with P10 billion
annually from 2019 to 2024.
As the DA fell short in RCEF distribution, Federation of Free Farmers (FFF)
National Manager Raul Montemayor is also looking for the excess in the rice import
tariffs for 2019, which he said stood about P3 billion and should have been
appropriated by Congress.
Based on RA 11203, if the annual tariff revenues from rice importation exceeded P10
billion in any given year, the excess tariff revenues shall be earmarked by Congress
and included in the General Appropriations Act (GAA) of the following year.
―In 2019, I understand total tariff collections was about P13 billion, so the extra P3
billion should be appropriated by Congress this year for additional support programs
such as crop insurance, diversification, land titling, etc. I don‘t think this has been
done yet. And of course there is the issue of undervaluation of imports and lost tariff
collections, which we estimate at P3 billion since 2019,‖ Montemayor told Business
Bulletin.
Montemayor thinks that if tariff collections for rice importation will exceed again for
this year, it will still take a long time for the government to release it and distribute it
to farmers.
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―For the tariff collections in 2019 in excess of P10 billion, BoC will first have to
finalize its computations and then Congress will have to appropriate the money. If
tariff collections exceed P10 billion again this year, the excess will also be
appropriated by Congress. But we have to wait until the end of the year and up to
early next year for BoC to determine the exact surplus before Congress can
appropriate the money,‖ Montemayor said.
―If there are unused RCEF funds in a given year, it is not a problem because the
money just stays in the fund. But for the excess over P10 billion that is appropriated
every year, the money has to be spent during the year otherwise it will be lost. It may
take until 2022 before we can use this excess tariff from 2019 and 2020,‖ he added.
Nevertheless, Montemayor said the DA is already slowly catching up in terms of the
release of RCEF, especially with the rice seed distribution component.
In a statement, the DA said it is on track in providing rice farmers appropriate
machinery and equipment under RCEF. The agency said that to date, Philippine
Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) has already
procured and is currently distributing 2,938 farm machinery and equipment worth P2
billion to 625 RCEF-accredited farmers‘ cooperatives and associations (FCAs)
nationwide.
The second batch of 4,996 units worth P3 billion is under a bidding process and
expected to be completed by July 31, 2020, according to PhilMech Director Baldwin
Jallorina.
Thereafter, the farm machines and equipment will be given to the second batch of
1,068 FCAs.
Jallorina also said that PhilMech has to date validate 2,587 FCA applicants, of which
1,259 FCAs have been shortlisted and qualified to receive 4,543 farm machineries.
https://mb.com.ph/2020/07/27/da-yet-to-obligate-disburse-65-of-rcef-for-this-year/
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Rice tariff take seen 44% off 2020 targets
ByBernadette D. Nicolas
July 27, 2020
CITING the drop in rice import volume amid the pandemic, the Bureau of Customs
(BOC) is now eyeing to collect just P14 billion in rice tariffs in 2020—44 percent lower
than what it initially hoped for early this year.
Customs Assistant Commissioner and spokesman Vincent Philip C. Maronilla told the
BusinessMirror they would have been close to hitting the P25-billion mark in rice tariff
collection this year if not for the decline in the rice import volume as rice-exporting
countries decided to control the volume of exports amid local supply concerns.
Despite this, Maronilla still expressed confidence they could exceed the P12.3 billion in
rice tariffs that they collected last year.―We expect better volume in the succeeding
months, so if our projections in volume hold true, we expect to exceed last year‘s revenue
performance,‖ he said.
Pressed on their projection on rice tariff collection this year, he said: ―Hard to give
specific figures at this time, but hopefully we reach P14 billion.‖
As of July 17, BOC said it was able to collect a total of P10.728 billion in rice tariffs
despite the rice import volume falling 24.6 percent year-on-year to 1,651.267 metric tons.
The rice tariff collected by BOC for the period is 8 percent higher than the P9.936 billion
it collected for the same period in 2019.
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BOC attributed the increase in rice tariff collection to its continuous effort to ensure
correct valuation of goods and protect government revenue. It added it consistently
conducts close monitoring of the declared value on rice importations in view of its strict
adherence to global published prices for rice, which serves as a guide when the veracity
of the declared values is under dispute.
Under the rice tariffication law, Filipino rice farmers are guaranteed with a P10- billion
Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) annually until 2024 regardless of
whether or not rice tariff collections hit P10 billion.
However, any revenue collections in excess of P10 billion would still be earmarked for
other interventions aimed at boosting rice farmers‘ yield and improving their global
competitiveness.
To recall, the Cabinet-level Development Budget Coordination Committee further
slashed in May the collection targets of BOC and Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to
P520.4 billion and P1.744 trillion, respectively.
The new combined collection target this year of the BIR and the BOC—the main
collection agencies of the government—is now P2.26 trillion, a 31.66-percent reduction
from the original revenue goal set at P3.307 trillion.
The downward revision was done on the back of government‘s expectations—as the
pandemic gouged almost all sectors—of an economic contraction by 2 percent to 3.4
percent and lower imports, as well as a drop in tax base.
BIR‘s collection target for the year is down by 32.3 percent to P1.744 trillion from the
initial goal of P2.576 trillion.
On the other hand, BOC‘s revised collection target is a 28.8 percent drop from its initial
goal of P731 billion.
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Agriculture CS Peter Munya On Kenya‘s Food Security During
COVID-19
By Richard Kamau / Monday, 27 Jul 2020 06:46AM /
Tags: food security, Peter Munya
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary discusses Kenya‘s food security amid the coronavirus
crisis.
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Does the country have enough food?
Yes, harvesting of most long rains cereal crops (maize, sorghum, rice and millet)
commenced from mid-July in many parts of the country.
They include the Coast, lower parts of Nyanza and western, central Rift (Baringo, Bomet,
Narok, Kajiado and parts of Nakuru) and central.
All counties in the lower and upper eastern are harvesting too. Harvesting of pulses
(beans, cowpeas and green grams) commenced in all counties from early June, while
harvesting of pigeon peas will start from end of the month.
Generally, we have had high amounts of rainfall in several parts of the country. Although
floods affected some crops such as beans and irrigated rice, the rains also led to increased
fodder, raising milk production by 11 per cent especially in the arid and semi-arid
counties.
Supply of fresh vegetables is also high. This is backed by research. Some 78 per cent of
households reported having enough food stocks in a survey carried out by the Kenya
National Bureau of Statistics in June.
Food prices and domestic supply have also remained steady for all the staples. There is
adequate food in all markets and in most areas, prices of maize are below or close to the
five-year average and remain fairly stable.
In June, private millers were supported by the government to import four million bags of
maize at a reduced tax of 10 per cent.
The maize balance sheet projects that at the end of September, there will be a surplus of
15.7 million 90kg bags and 7.5 million bags of beans.
Does this mean food production hasn’t been affected by the Covid-19 crisis?
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No. During the partial lockdown, the ministry, in collaboration with county governments,
ensured that agricultural production was not affected.
The ministry also worked with the national Covid-19 emergency committee and the
Ministry of Health to develop guidelines that facilitated movement of essential service
providers.
This included suppliers of farm inputs, importers and exporters of essential goods, as well
as non-closure of agricultural markets.
Moreover, farmers who mostly operate far from their farms were provided with
movement permits.
The projected production for maize and beans is 36.9 million bags and 4.9 million bags,
respectively.
We don‘t expect to experience any crisis since projected production will be normal and it
is expected that the normal monthly imports of maize, beans, rice and wheat will
supplement the domestic stock.
But we are not sitting pretty. We have put in place a number of measures to ensure
hunger doesn‘t kill anyone.
For instance, the ministry established a toll-free call centre to enable the public,
especially farmers, to reach us directly and get immediate support to continue their
operations.
We have also created a ‗food security war room‘ comprising various experts that monitor
different aspects of food security such as agricultural productivity, food prices, imports
and exports as well as supplies of inputs.
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We are also all set to launch a digitisation strategy that will hasten the adoption of various
digital platforms to support farming, including e-subsidy, e-extension and digital food
balance sheet.
he ministry will also channel certified seeds or seedlings and other farm inputs to the
vulnerable small-scale food producers to ensure continued food supply.
Insurance is also picking up. For example, 25,200 farmers who took crop insurance in
2019 were compensated some Sh100 million. This has helped farmers build resilience
against the effects of climate change.
Going forward, should we expect more efforts to boost food production?
Yes, we will provide vulnerable households with early maturing seeds, especially in 13
counties that were affected by flooding.
These are Kisumu, Tana River, Busia, Mandera, Isiolo, Wajir, Garissa, Kilifi, Migori,
Siaya, Turkana, Kakamega and Taita-Taveta. At Sh4 million per county, this will cost
Sh52 million.
We shall also conduct training and data collection at a cost Sh10 million and enhance
operations at the call centre.
We also expect to supply kitchen garden kits across the country, which will cost us Sh1
billion, while the supply of fruit tree seedlings (two million of them at Sh300 each) will
cost us 600 million.
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during-covid-19.html
Bernas helps plight of farmers through Ikhlas Prihatin
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by HARIZAH KAMEL
PADIBERAS Nasional Bhd (Bernas) through its Ikhlas Bernas programme has launched
Ikhlas Prihatin to help farmers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Bernas corporate communications department head Rosniza Baharum said the
contribution given is one of the company‘s corporate social responsibilities (CSR) to the
community, especially farmers.
―Bernas will continue to balance its commercial and social role. CSR is an important part
of our business foundation.
―Bernas as a company, which performs social and commercial duties for the country‘s
paddy and rice industry, places a high priority on the welfare of the community,‖
she said in a statement. Recently, Bernas handed over donations worth RM2,000 to
farmer Muhammad Jamil Dahlan (picture; right), 54, who has been cultivating rice fields
since 1985 in Kampung Sungai Leman, Sekinchan, Selangor.
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―Muhammad Jamil‘s paddy harvests this season have decreased due to various factors,
and this has affected his income.
―Donations in the form of cash and necessities such as rice, sugar, spices and others have
been handed over to Muhammad Jamil and his family. We hope the donations he
received can ease his burden to some extent,‖ added Rosniza.
Commenting further, she said the programme will be done continuously.
Meanwhile, Muhammad Jamil who is a full-time farmer expressed his gratitude for the
donations received, adding that paddy is the main income of his family.
―My wife and I are very grateful to Bernas who is always concerned about the plight of
farmers like us.
―God willing, with the help of donations received, we will repair the roof of our house
that has been damaged for a long time and also for daily use,‖ he said.
Bernas is responsible for overseeing the development of the country‘s paddy and rice
industry including rice imports, management and payment of subsidies to farmers.
It also manages Bumiputera Paddy Millers Scheme, which is buying paddy from farmers
at a guaranteed minimum price and acting as the last buyer of paddy from farmers.
https://themalaysianreserve.com/2020/07/27/bernas-helps-plight-of-farmers-through-
ikhlas-prihatin/
Exports to Qatar, Saudi Arabia rise despite Covid-19
Mubarak Zeb KhanUpdated 26 Jul 2020
Qatar has allowed imports of Pakistani-origin rice after a ban of more than seven years.
ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Commerce informed the National Assembly that exports
have seen an upsurge in few countries despite the global economic slowdown since
March.
The ministry shared details with the lower house in response to a series of questions
demanding explanations on government-led measures towards promoting exports.
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In the post-Covid-19 period, exports have seen a sizable increase in two major
destinations: Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Despite Covid-19, Saudi Arabia has emerged as one of the top export destinations for
Pakistani goods in the Middle East as exports to the peninsula increased by 34 per cent in
June.
The volume of bilateral trade between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia increased to $2.181
billion in FY20. Exports to Saudi Arabia have seen a consistent increase from $336.9
million in FY17 to $342.08m in FY19 and $446.18m FY20. However, the imports from
Saudi Arabia have declined from $3.213bn FY18 to $1.735bn in FY20.
Meanwhile, in the March-June period, exports to Qatar also increased to $50.13m
compared to $39.33m in March-June FY19. Over the last few years, Pakistan‘s trade with
Qatar has increased. In FY20, exports to the country jumped 36pc.
Despite the pandemic, Pakistan‘s exports to Qatar have seen an upward trend throughout
Feb-June. Exports in June alone increased by 40pc.
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Qatar has also allowed import of Pakistani-origin rice after several years of ban after low
quality rice consignments were sent to the country back in 2012. So far, Pakistan has
exported 4,000 tonnes of basmati rice to Qatar.
Bilateral trade between Pakistan and Singapore was recorded at $679m in FY20 with the
trade balance heavily in favor of the latter. Pakistan‘s exports to Singapore stood at $52m
while imports were recorded at $632m FY20.
Pakistan is also exploring the possibility of setting up an institutional mechanism such as
the Joint Trade Committee with Singapore. Such an institutional arrangement will play a
key role in deepening trade ties as well as economic diplomacy between the two
countries.
Trade between Norway and Pakistan is showing gradual increase with the balance in
favor of Pakistan. Pak-Norway bilateral trade has increased from $69.06m in 2013-14 to
$81.47m in 2018-19. Pakistan‘s exports to the country have increased from $55.16m in
2013-14 to $57.46m in 2018-19.
To promote trade relations and gain access to the Norwegian market, the government has
initiated negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the European Free Trade
Association (EFTA) states, namely Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, and Liechtenstein.
Collectively, these countries offer an import market of around $360bn. The government
is actively engaging with the EFTA states for concluding an FTA between the two in
areas including trade in goods, services, and investment.
Meanwhile, Pakistan‘s exports to Denmark increased from $102.13m in FY14 to
$184.91m in FY19 whereas imports decreased from $176.31m in FY14 to $90.46m in
FY19.
On the other hand, Pakistan‘s exports to Bangladesh dropped from $752.67m in FY19 to
$654.79m FY20. Even though the trade remained in surplus this year, the overall volume,
including exports and imports, decreased in the wake of Covid-19.
Read: Pakistan's top export destinations have been devastated by Covid-19. What does it
mean for our trade?
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The government has included Bangladesh in the List ‗A‘ countries since October 2019
facilitating travel of businessmen to Pakistan. However, the Bangladesh government is
yet to reciprocate the offer.
Pakistan‘s exports to Kyrgyzstan stood at $1.75m in FY20 against $1.81m in the previous
year, while imports stood at $0.114m during the year under review. Pakistan‘s major
exports to Kyrgyzstan are medicament mixtures, razors and razor blades, instruments,
and appliances used in medical, surgical, dental, fruit and vegetable juices - unfermented.
Pakistan‘s major imports from Kyrgyzstan include dried vegetables and live animals.
Draft memorandum of understanding to establish a Joint Working Group to enhance trade
cooperation has been shared with the Kyrgyz Republic. However, Kyrgyz side is yet to
respond.
The National Assembly was also informed about several measures to promote trade with
Japan, Turkey, and China.
Published in Dawn, July 26th, 2020
https://www.dawn.com/news/1571194/exports-to-qatar-saudi-arabia-rise-despite-covid-
19
1. Global methane emissions have reached the highest levels on record
Global methane emissions have reached the highest levels on
record
The current levels could lead to 3-4°C of warming by the end of the century.
By Jason Goodyer
26th July, 2020 at 08:00
Between 2000 and 2017, levels of the potent greenhouse gas methane barrelled up toward
amounts that could lead to 3-4°C of warming before the end of this century, researchers
at Stanford University have found.
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Increases are being driven primarily by the growth of emissions from coal mining, oil and
natural gas production, cattle and sheep ranching, and landfills, contributing to climate
change, and could lead to an increase in natural disasters, including wildfires, droughts
and floods they say.
Methane is a colourless, odourless gas that is 28 times more powerful than carbon
dioxide at trapping heat over a 100-year period. In 2017, the Earth‘s atmosphere absorbed
nearly 600 million tons of methane, a nine per cent rise since the early 2000s, with more
than half of all emissions coming from human activities such as the burning of fossil
fuels and agriculture.
In terms of warming potential, adding this much extra methane to the atmosphere since
2000 is akin to putting 350 million more cars on the world‘s roads, the researchers say.
Read more about fossil fuel emissions:
―We still haven‘t turned the corner on methane,‖ said Rob Jackson, a professor of Earth
system science in Stanford‘s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences
(Stanford Earth).
―Emissions from cattle and other ruminants are almost as large as those from the fossil
fuel industry for methane. People joke about burping cows without realising how big the
source really is.‖
Curbing methane emissions will require reducing fossil fuel use and controlling errant
emissions such as leaks from pipelines and wells, as well as changes to the way we feed
cattle, grow rice and eat, the researchers say.
―We‘ll need to eat less meat and reduce emissions associated with cattle and rice farming,
and replace oil and natural gas in our cars and homes,‖ Prof Jackson said.
Do we really know what climate change will do to our planet?
Asked by: Jennifer Cowsill, via email
There is no doubt that greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans are changing our
climate, resulting in a progressive rise in global average temperatures. The scientific
consensus on this is comparable to the scientific consensus that smoking causes lung
cancer.
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Our climate is a hugely intricate system of interlinking processes, so forecasting exactly
how this temperature increase will play out across the globe is a complex task. Scientists
base their predictions on powerful computer models that combine our understanding of
climatic processes with past climate data.
Many large-scale trends can now be calculated with a high degree of certainty: for
instance, warmer temperatures will cause seawater to expand and glaciers to melt,
resulting in higher sea levels an
UK agrees in principle to continue EU trade facilities for
Pakistan’
KARACHI: The United Kingdom has agreed in principle to keep the European Union‘s
tax incentives intact for Pakistan even after leaving the 27-member block next year, a
government official said on Saturday.
Kamal Shahryar, adviser of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan generalised
scheme of preferences plus said the negotiation between Pakistan and UK is continuing
for getting the similar facility, which Pakistan is enjoying under EU GSP plus.
―UK has not shared conditions of new trade agreement but in principle agreed for similar
level of facilities,‖ Shahryar said addressing a webinar.
―After Brexit the border trade with EU will not take place for moving goods in EU
member countries. UK has started revision of its MFN (most favoured nation) tariff for
all countries which will also benefit Pakistan.‖
Pakistan has been benefiting from the standard GSP regime of the EU and exports to the
EU have been subjected to 20 percent less duty than the normal MFN duties charged by
the EU since 2014.
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Currently, trade between Pakistan and UK is going on under EU GSP plus scheme, which
will end for UK from January 1, 2021.
Aaisha Makhdum, joint secretary of ministry of commerce said UK‘s
conventions are same which Pakistan has already ratified under EU GSP plus.
Sultan Rehman, vice president of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and
Industry (FPCCI) said UK played a key role in economic and social development of
Pakistan. At present, the balance of trade between Pakistan and UK is in favour of
Pakistan.
Pakistan‘s exports to UK stood at $1.7 billion and Pakistan is mainly exporting textiles
cotton fabrics, knitwear, readymade garments, bed wear and rice to UK.
Zakaria Usman, former president of FPCCI said Pakistani exporters have made huge
investment in textile sector in accordance with EU GSP plus requirements, ―which should
not be affected with Brexit‖.
Asim Yousuf, vice president of Pakistan-UK Chamber of Commerce and Industry said
there are huge opportunities for exports in agriculture, textile and food items to UK.
There is a need of early formulation of a trade delegation to UK for getting new orders
from there.
Sheikh Muhammad Tariq, chairman of Pakistan UK Business Council of FPCCI said
more than 250 million
new custom declarations will be filed and processed after completion of Brexit.
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―Pakistan should comply with standards and sanitary and phytosanitary measures as UK
is importing 1.2 million ton of meat,‖ said Tariq.
He also underlined the need of developing Pakistani business center in UK as UK is
establishing business hub wherein all the countries are establishing their offices.
The participants said the State Bank of Pakistan should sign agreement with the central
bank of England for trading in property of UK on collateral basis like India has signed.
This agreement will also facilitate transfer of remittances from UK to Pakistan.
UK should also follow registered exporter system – certification of origin of goods based
on a principle of self-certification – after Brexit, which is convenient to Pakistani
exporters, they said.
https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/692052-uk-agrees-in-principle-to-continue-eu-trade-
facilities-for-pakistan
Department of Agriculture of Republic of P : DA aims to
make Filipino rice farmers competitive
07/25/2020 | 09:06pm
Author: DA Communications Group | 26 July 2020
The Department of Agriculture through the Philippine Center for Postharvest
Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) is on track in providing rice farmers
appropriate machinery and equipment under the Duterte administration's Rice
Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) program.
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'We will continue to boost farm mechanization to reduce production costs, enable our rice
farmers produce more harvests, earn bigger incomes, and subsequently compete with
their counterparts in ASEAN,' said Agriculture Secretary William Dar.
To date, the DA-PhilMech has procured and currently distributing 2,938 farm machinery
and equipment worth P2 billion (B) to 625 RCEF-accredited farmers' cooperatives and
associations (FCAs) nationwide.
The second batch of 4,996 units - worth P3B under the P5-B RCEF farm mechanization
component for 2019 - is under a bidding process and expected to be completed by July
31, 2020, said DA-PhilMech director Baldwin Jallorina. Thereafter, the farm machines
and equipment will be given to the second batch of 1,068 FCAs.
For the 2020 P5-B RCEF farm mechanization budget, Jallorina said the DA-PhilMech
has to date validated 2,587 FCA applicants, of which 1,259 FCAs have been shortlisted
and qualified to receive 4,543 farm machineries.
'With the sustained and vigorous implementation of the RCEF program, coupled with our
Rice Resiliency Project (RRP), we expect Filipino rice farmers to be at par with their
counterparts in the ASEAN, in terms of cost efficiency and productivity, in the next three
years,' the DA chief said.
Currently, Filipino farmers spend an average of P10 on labor, seeds, fertilizers, and other
inputs to produce one kilogram (kg) of palay (paddy rice), while the country's average
harvest is at four metric tons (MT) per hectare (ha).
Farmers in Thailand and Vietnam spend an equivalent P8/kg and P5/kg, respectively, to
produce one kilo of palay.
Studies conducted by the DA-PhilMech and Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice)
show that the country's high production cost is attributed to several factors, namely:
heavy reliance on manual operations from land preparation to harvesting; high cost of
farm inputs, notably fertilizers; lack of irrigation; inaccessible and inadequate credit;
usurious loans offered by traders; and low productivity.
'We are confident that with appropriate interventions and assistance under RCEF and
RRP, we can reduce our production cost to P8 per kilo and increase our national average
yield to six tons per hectare, in the next three years,' said Secretary Dar.
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'Further, to take optimum advantage of the Duterte administration's farm mechanization
program, we will strongly encourage RCEF farmers to collectivize, and consolidate their
farms into contiguous clusters of at least 50 to 100 hectares each,' the DA chief added.
In fact, Jallorina said the DA-PhilMech prioritizes provision of assistance to clustered
FCAs.
'Farm consolidation and clustering is one of the major features of a modern,
industrialized, market-driven, sustainable and resilient Philippine agriculture,' Secretary
Dar said.
'In all, we need to raise the productivity and incomes of Filipino farmers to enable them
to cope with the COVID-19 crisis,' he added said.
'Rest assured, the DA family will do its utmost to propel the agriculture sector as a major
player in the nation's economic recovery efforts,' concluded Secretary Dar. ### (DA
PhilMech and DA StratComms)
Department of Agriculture of the Republic of the Philippines published this content
on 26 July 2020 and is solely responsible for the information contained therein.
Distributed by Public, unedited and unaltered, on 26 July 2020 01:05:05 UTC
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PHL to see lower rice production cost by 2023’
ByJasper Y. Arcalas
July 27, 2020
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Despite the delays in the distribution of free farm equipment to rice planters, the
Department of Agriculture (DA) said the country is on track to reducing palay
production cost to P8 per kilogram by 2023.
The DA said the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization
(PhilMech) is on schedule to distribute thousands of free farm machines to rice farmers
this year, including those funded by the 2019 Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund
(RCEF).
Under the rice trade liberalization law of 2019, rice farmers are entitled to receive a
guaranteed P10-billion worth of interventions annually to boost their productivity. Half of
the amount is for the distribution of farm equipment.
―We will continue to boost farm mechanization to reduce production costs, enable our
rice farmers produce more harvests, earn bigger incomes, and subsequently compete with
their counterparts in Asean,‖ Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar said in a statement.
To date, PhilMech has procured and is currently distributing 2,938 farm machinery and
equipment worth P2 billion to 625 RCEF-accredited farmers‘ cooperatives and
associations (FCAs) nationwide, the DA said.
The farm equipment were still part of the 2019 RCEF farm mechanization with the
remaining P3 billion still undergoing the bidding process, which will be completed by the
end of the month, PhilMech Executive Director Baldwin Jallorina said.
The P3-billion worth of farm machinery would be distributed to 1,068 FCA, according to
DA.
For the 2020 RCEF farm mechanization fund, the PhilMech has already validated 2,587
FCA applicants, of which 1,259 FCAs have been shortlisted and qualified to receive
4,543 farm machineries, Jallorina said.
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―With the sustained and vigorous implementation of the RCEF program, coupled with
our Rice Resiliency Project [RRP], we expect Filipino rice farmers to be at par with their
counterparts in the Asean, in terms of cost efficiency and productivity, in the next three
years,‖ Dar said.
―We are confident that with appropriate interventions and assistance under RCEF and
RRP, we can reduce our production cost to P8 per kilo and increase our national average
yield to 6 tons per hectare, in the next three years.‖
Currently, Filipino farmers spend an average of P10 on labor, seeds, fertilizers, and other
inputs to produce 1 kg of palay (paddy rice), while the country‘s average harvest is at 4
metric tons (MT) per hectare (ha), according to DA.
In comparison, rice farmers in Thailand and Vietnam spend P8/kg and P5/kg,
respectively, to produce 1 kilo of palay, DA added.
The DA attributed the country‘s high production cost to heavy reliance on manual
operations from land preparation to harvesting; high cost of farm inputs, notably
fertilizers; lack of irrigation; inaccessible and inadequate credit; usurious loans offered by
traders; and low productivity.
Prices
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said the nationwide average farm-gate price of
dry palay as of the third week of June was pegged at P18.86 per kg, 5.7 percent higher
than last year‘s P17.85 per kg.
However, the latest farm-gate price of dry palay was slightly lower than the previous
week‘s P18.96 per kg, preliminary PSA weekly price monitoring report showed.
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From June 17 to June 23, the highest average farm-gate price of dry palay was recorded
in the Northern Mindanao region at P20.34 per kg while the lowest average quotation
was in Caraga region at P17.75 per kg, PSA data showed.
PSA report also showed that both the average wholesale and retail prices of well-milled
rice registered downward movements during the reference period.
―The average wholesale price of well-milled rice plunged to P39.36 per kg or by 0.4
percent during the week from its price level of P39.53 per kg in the previous week,‖ it
said.
―Compared with its level of P39.29 per kg during the same period of the previous year, it
registered a slower annual increase of 0.2 percent.‖
At the retail trade, the average price of well-milled rice dipped to P42.61 per kg, or by 0.3
percent from last week‘s P42.75 per kg, PSA said. The latest average quotation was 0.7
percent lower than last year‘s P42.91 per kg price level.‖
The average wholesale and retail quotations of regular-milled rice also declined during
the reference week, PSA said.
―The average wholesale price of regular-milled rice fell to P35.71 per kg or by 0.4
percent during the week, from its level of P35.85 per kg in the previous week,‖ it said.
―Meanwhile, it inched up at an annual rate of 0.9 percent from its level during the same
week of the previous year of P35.4 per kg.‖
PSA said the average retail price of regular-milled rice dropped slightly to P38.47 per kg
from last week‘s P38.52 per kg.
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―It also declined at an annual rate of 0.1 percent from its level of P38.52 per kg during the
same week of the previous year.‖
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KAU to adopt villages for enhancing farm output
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
THRISSUR , JULY 26, 2020 00:02 IST
Minister inaugurates paddy cultivation by
Thekkumkara grama panchayat
The Kerala Agricultural University will adopt villages and provide the farmers
technical support as part of the Subhiksha Keralam Mission, the flagship
initiative of the government of Kerala to accomplish food security.
Minister for Local Self Governments A.C. Moideen inaugurated KAU‘s
initiative to adopt villages, at Thekkumkara panchayat on Saturday as part of a
series of extension programmes for providing technical support to local bodies.
He also inaugurated paddy cultivation by the Thekkumkara grama panchayat and
Department of Agriculture supported by the KAU on a piece of land that was
lying fallow for 11 years.
Another initiative of the KAU to establish a seed village for producing quality
seed materials of tuber crops was inaugurated by Mary Thomas, District
Panchayat President.
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The Minister observed that the Subhiksha Keralam Mission had evoked
enthusiasm among the people.
He said that the programme, aimed at the comprehensive development of the
productive sectors by enhancing the productivity of agricultural crops, meat,
milk, poultry, and fish, envisaged joint action by various departments, local self
government institutions, and co-operative institutions.
The programme had components to institute procurement, processing, value-
addition, and marketing by involving different institutions. The guidelines for
project formulation by local bodies and subsidies had been revised according to
the priorities of Subhiksha Keralam. The Minister urged the scientific
community to connect with farmers.
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Explaining the initiative by the KAU devised jointly with the grama panchayat
and the Department of Agriculture, Vice Chancellor Chandrababu said a multi-
disciplinary team of scientists would be deployed to support the fallow land
cultivation and the seed village programme.
―A six-acre plot selected for fallow land cultivation will be a Farmer Field
School to facilitate training of farmers in sustainable practices of rice production
through experiential learning. A scientific production protocol based on soil test
results and other parameters will be followed for paddy cultivation. Seed village
programme will be able to provide farmers with quality seed materials of tubers
in sufficient quantities by the next season. High-yielding varieties of tubers
developed by KAU and CTCRI (Central Tuber Crops Research Institute) will be
demonstrated for wider adoption among farmers.
Anil Akkara, MLA, presided over the function. Thekkumkara panchayat
president Sreeja V.P. and vice president Sunil Kumar, Dr. Jiju P. Alex, Director
of Extension, KAU, and Sujith P.G., Agriculture Officer, spoke.
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/kau-to-adopt-villages-for-enhancing-
farm-output/article32193735.ece
Fruits worth$431.27m, vegetables $299.29m exported in
FY 2019-20
APP
July 27, 2020
ISLAMABAD-Fruits and vegetables exports from the country during fiscal year
ended on June 30,2020 witnessed 3.80 per cent and 27.95 per cent respectively as
compared the exports of the corresponding period of last year.
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During the period from July-June, 2019-20, the country earned $431.272 million by
exporting about 807,313 metric tonnes of fruits as against the exports of $415.497
million 755,688 metric tonnes of same period of last year.
Meanwhile, 836,330 metric tonnes of vegetables valuing $299.290 million also
exported during the period under review as against the exports of $233.910 million of
same period last year.
Rice exports from the country during the period under review registered about 5.12
per cent growth as about 4,166,123 metric tonnes of rice worth $2.175 billion
exported, according the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.
The rice export from the country during the same period of last year was recorded at
4,120,137 metric tonnes valuing $2.096 billion, it added.
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Pakistan largely controlled Covid-19 pandemic in short period: PM Imran
Meanwhile, the country earned $790.792 million by exporting about 890,207 metric
tonnes of Basmati rice in 12 months of fiscal year ended on June 30, 2020 as against
the exports of 659,571 metric tonnes valuing $634.532 million of same period of last
year.
Meanwhile, 3,275,923 tonnes rice other then Basmati worth $1.384 billion also
exported during last year as against the exports of 3,460,555 metric tonnes valuing
$1.435 billion of same period last year.
It may be recalled that food group exports during fiscal year 2019-20 decreased by
5.38 per cent as it went down from $4.607 billion to $4.361 billion.
The decreasing trend in exports of food commodities were mainly attributed to
COVID-19 Pandemic, which has also effected the other economies of the world.
The exports of food commodities from the country during month of June, 2020 also
decreased by 3.38 per cent as compared the exports of the corresponding month of last
year.
https://nation.com.pk/27-Jul-2020/fruits-worth-dollar-431-27m-vegetables-dollar-299-29m-exported-in-
fy-2019-20
Fruits worth$431.272 million, vegetables $299.290
million exported in FY 2019-20
www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com
July 26, 2020
ISLAMABAD, Jul 26 (APP):Fruits and vegetables exports from the country during fiscal year
ended on June 30,2020 witnessed 3.80 percent and 27.95 percent respectively as compared the
exports of the corresponding period of last year.
During the period from July-June, 2019-20, the country earned $431.272 million by exporting
about 807,313 metric tons of fruits as against the exports of $415.497 million 755,688 metric
tons of same period of last year.
Meanwhile, 836,330 metric tons of vegetables valuing $299.290 million also exported during the
period under review as against the exports of $233.910 million of same period last year.
Rice exports from the country during the period under review registered about 5.12 percent
growth as about 4,166,123 metric tons of rice worth $2.175 billion exported, according the data
of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.
The rice exports from the country during the same period of last year was recorded at 4,120,137
metric tons valuing $2.096 billion, it added.
Meanwhile, the country earned $790.792 million by exporting about 890,207 metric tons of
Basmati rice in 12 months of fiscal year ended on June 30, 2020 as against the exports of
659,571 metric tons valuing $634.532 million of same period of last year.
www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com
Meanwhile, 3,275,923 tons rice other then Basmati worth $1.384 billion also exported during
last year as against the exports of 3,460,555 metric tons valuing $1.435 billion of same period
last year.
It may be recalled that food group exports during fiscal year 2019-20 decreased by 5.38 percent
as it went down from $4.607 billion to $4.361 billion.
The decreasing trend in exports of food commodities were mainly attributed to COVID-19
Pandemic, which has also effected the other economies of the world.
The exports of food commodities from the country during month of June,2020 also decreased by
3.38 percent as compared the exports of the corresponding month of last year.
https://www.app.com.pk/business/business/fruits-worth431-272-million-vegetables-299-290-million-
exported-in-fy-2019-20/

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  • 2. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com Government Concludes Processes To Purchase Livestock And Poultry Species 24-Jul-2020 / Business News, Business Government has concluded the procurement processes for the purchase of 531,100 improved breeds of livestock and poultry species including sheep, goats, pigs, cockerels and guinea fowls, and related products. The delivery of the livestock and the related products are expected to be effected before the end of December 2020. Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister of Finance, who announced this at the mid-year budget review in Parliament on Thursday said, a total of 30,000 cockerels were distributed to 3,000 farmers in 12 selected regions in 2019 for crossing with local hens to improve the live weight from 1.2kg to 1.5kg and egg laying rate from 70 to 110 eggs per year. A total of 7,500 small ruminants were also distributed to 750 farmers in six selected regions. He said a total of 15 million seedlings of cashew; coffee, coconut, and oil palm were distributed to farmers. Parliament also passed the Tree Crop Development Bill, fashioned along the lines of COCOBOD, into law. On Greenhouse Capacity Development Module, he said government had established three greenhouse training centres with commercial components, each on a five-hectare piece of land, at Dawhenya, Akumadan, and Bawjiase. He said at the end of December 2019, the three centres had, together; trained 296 graduates in greenhouse vegetable production and a total of 180 graduates were targeted for training in 2020, of which 61 had been trained as of end-June 2020. ―The remaining 119 graduates are scheduled to receive their training during the second half of the year,‖ he said. In the area of Mechanisation, 6,270 units of agricultural machinery and equipment were supplied to mechanisation service providers, Metropolitan, Municipal, and District
  • 3. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com Assemblies, and farmer-based organisations to improve access to mechanisation services. The Minister said this had reduced drudgery in farming and has improved efficiency in operational activities of farmers to enhance productivity. He said government, under a Czech Republic Credit facility, took delivery of farm equipment worth €10,000,000. These include 300 global multi-purpose mini-tractors with various accessories, and 220 Cabrio compact tractors with accessories such as rice reapers, rice threshers, and chemical applicators. He said this equipment was for sale to small and medium-scale farmers across the country at 40 percent subsidy. In addition, government took delivery of 1,000 rice harvesters (rice cutters) and 700 multifunctional threshers from China for distribution to rice farmers at 20 per cent subsidy. These measures are to improve farmers' timely access to mechanised services and enhance productivity. He said in the second half of the year, Government would conclude arrangements for the importation of about US$31 million worth of farm machinery and equipment, including hand-held equipment, tractors, combines harvesters, and rice mills, under the third tranche of the Brazil "More Food International Programme". In the area of irrigation development, a total of 7,141 hectares of land were being developed for various irrigation systems. These include Tamne phases I and II, Mprumem phases I and II, rehabilitation and expansion of existing schemes at Tono, Kpong Irrigation Schemes, and Kpong Left Bank Irrigation Project. In addition, Government had invested in numerous small earth dams in the Northern, Upper East, Upper West, and the Savannah Regions to provide farmers with easy access to water.
  • 4. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com He said as at June 2020, 11 out of 14 programmed small earth dams had been completed, an estimated irrigable area of 224 hectares would be developed in the next phase of construction. Mr Ofori-Atta said in the second half of the year, government would complete the resettlement of people in Tamne and Mprumem to pave way for completion of these projects. The Tono and Kpong Left Bank Irrigation Projects will be completed by December 2020 with the remaining three small earth dams, which are expected to irrigate over 80 hectares of crop lands, will also be constructed at the Dawhenya Greenhouse Village, Kaniago, and Ohawu Agricultural College. Source: GNA https://www.peacefmonline.com/pages/business/news/202007/420978.php In Assam, cultivation of this flood-resilient superfood has boosted farm income over four years Farmers are attracted by the health benefits, taste and higher profit margins of black rice. Black rice, or cha-khao, is a key ingredient in Assamese puddings and community feasts. | Vadim Volosciuc/Alamy via The Third Pole Yesterday · 07:30 pm Sadiq Naqvi Taj Hazarika, a farmer from Upper Assam‘s Golaghat district, discovered black rice on the internet in 2017. Many people had commented on how the rice was being cultivated in Assam and its health benefits. Hazarika set off to Assam Agricultural University in the neighbouring district of Jorhat and got 2 kg of seeds. The first year, he produced 5 kg of rice. He shared some
  • 5. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com and cooked the rest at home. This year, he is preparing to grow the rice on two hectares of his 12-hectare farm. Hundreds of farmers of Assam are taking up cultivation of black rice, attracted by its beneficial properties and higher profit margins. The variety, with its high nutritional value, has become a popular superfood. Black rice is also better than other varieties at withstanding floods and droughts. This means it could help rice farmers adapt to more erratic weather in Assam, the Himalayan state highly vulnerable to climate change impacts. But farmers complain that lack of support from the Indian government means they can‘t exploit the potential market opportunities of this exotic rice. What is black rice? Prized globally for its high level of antioxidants, black rice was known as ―forbidden rice‖ in ancient China. It was reserved for the emperor and given in tributes. The rice contains anthocyanin, an antioxidant that gives it its colour. It grows in various parts of Asia.
  • 6. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com In Assam, farmers grow more than 300 varieties of rice, nourished by the Brahmaputra and Barak river systems. Rupankar Bhagwati, the principal scientist at the Regional Rainfed Lowland Rice Research Station in Gerua near the city of Guwahati, said the black rice varieties grown in Assam came from Southeast Asia via the state of Manipur. Sanjay Chetia, principal scientist at Assam Agricultural University, agreed. ―There are several black rice, or cha-khao, variants in Manipur,‖ said Chetia. Cha- khao, which means ―delicious rice‖ in the language Meitei Lon, is a key ingredient in puddings and community feasts. Recently, it has also been used in the preparation of other snacks including doughnuts. Hundreds of farmers in Assam have started to grow black rice, with cultivation picking up in the past three to four years. Credit: TommyK/Alamy
  • 7. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com There are many types of black rice in Assam, but a cha-khao variety now referred to as Upen is most popular. It is this variety that has made its way to Goalpara, the Western Assam town now known for black rice. The thick grain has a distinct aroma perfect for porridge and puddings. The rice is a slow-growing, traditional variety with a relatively lower yield. It is a tall plant, which makes it resilient to moderate flooding. But this has its drawbacks. ―The plant is susceptible to falling due to its weight closer to the harvest time, decreasing the yield,‖ said Surendra Ghritlahre, a scientist who used to work at Regional Rainfed Lowland Rice Research Station. Assam’s journey Upen Rabha is a farmer in Amguripara, a village in the Goalpara district. In 2011, he received 1 kg of black rice seeds from a scientist. ―One grain germinated and I sowed it in my paddy field,‖ said Rabha. The following year, he had 150 gm of seeds from this plant. As his black rice produce grew, Rabha gathered other farmers together and formed the Amguripara Black Rice Producers Society. It now has 50 members. ―Another 500 farmers across the state have an understanding with us [that] they have to sell paddy or rice to ABRPS [Amguripara Black Rice Producers Society],‖ Rabha said. S Bishnu, a member of the Bodo tribe in Baksa district on the Bhutan border, is one of these farmers. He got seeds from Rabha in 2016. ―Every year I sell the paddy to Rabha. I get Rs 1,200 for every 40 kg,‖ he said. In 2019, Rabha procured 2,000 tonnes of black rice paddy. ―Depending on the quality, [farmers sell] 40 kg of paddy for Rs 1,300,‖ Rabha said. One kg of rice could fetch around Rs 100 in the market. Rabha said that other local varieties would fetch only half this. Rabha grows black rice on half of his farm. He gets a yield of around 2.3 tonnes per hectare, compared with 3.75-6 tonnes per hectare for other rice varieties. The higher market price makes up for the smaller yield.
  • 8. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com ―It is a medicinal rice. The demand is mostly from outside Assam. The five-star hotels buy it,‖ said Rabha. ―I still cultivate the other varieties because we don‘t eat black rice every day.‖ Small profits, big lure The society makes a small profit by selling the rice. This goes towards buying equipment or helping farmers learn new techniques. ―We have bought a tractor and a power tiller and constructed a small godown [warehouse],‖ Rabha said. This year, farmers connected to Rabha plan to grow black rice in 270 hectares. Government schemes are promoting the crop. ―750 quintals [about 75 tonnes] of black rice seeds are being given to farmers in four districts of Cachar, Goalpara, Golaghat and Kamrup. We are promoting traditional varieties this year,‖ said SN Talukdar, a sub-divisional officer at the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana scheme to develop the agricultural sector. Officials at Assam‘s agriculture department have no concrete figures, but said hundreds of farmers are taking up cultivation. ―Black rice has picked up in the past three to four years,‖ said Tiranga Bharti, the district agriculture officer of Dhemaji in Eastern Assam. Chetia said that the Assam Agricultural University estimates that black rice is grown on about 1,000 hectares in Assam. Hazarika and Bishnu confirmed other farmers in Golaghat and Baksa are also experimenting. ―In my village, two or three farmers have started to grow black rice recently for their own consumption,‖ Hazarika said. Black rice has become part of Assamese festivals. ―We eat it on Bihu. We make pitha [rice cake] with it,‖ Hazarika said. He started growing black rice because he liked the taste. ―Now, I am making more money by selling it,‖ he said. But now he is worried. His black rice seeds are lying in fields that have been flooded in the monsoon. ―I am not sure if they will survive the flood to be fit for sowing,‖ he said.
  • 9. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com No marketing support Lack of marketing support from the government is hampering the potential benefits of the crop. ―There is no initiative from the government to motivate the farmers,‖ Bishnu said as he rued the limited market options. ―People still go for traditional varieties because they can find a buyer as soon as they step out of their house,‖ he said. ―For a poor farmer, timely money is more important than big profits.‖ Hazarika had a similar complaint. ―There is no help from the government to market the rice,‖ he said. Last season, he produced one tonne of paddy, which he sold locally. This year he hasn‘t grown more because of market uncertainties. Rabha is worried too. Because of the lockdown, big buyers like the Taj Hotels group haven‘t placed any orders this year. Usually they approach him or come through middlemen in Guwahati. ―The government hasn‘t helped much in marketing,‖ Rabha said. ―Farmers and NGOs are marketing black rice themselves,‖ said Prafulla Mahanta, a deputy director in Assam‘s agriculture department. Manoj Das, managing director of the North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation, said that government intervention is not needed because the production of black rice is limited. ―Black rice has a good market. The current channels are good enough. They get a better price that way,‖ Das said. But the lack of marketing prevents farmers from reaching consumers, including those close to home. Keyaa Das Choudhury, a baker in Guwahati, has never bought black rice from Assam. She makes black rice cakes and cookies using the Manipuri variety. ―I have only heard that black rice grows in Assam,‖ she said. Promise of better varieties The World Bank‘s Assam Agribusiness and Rural Transformation Project may improve the crop‘s prospects. ―This year, we are looking at black and red rice to study
  • 10. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com how to improve their productivity and marketability,‖ said Laya Madduri, project director of Assam Rural Infrastructure and Agricultural Services, APART‘s implementing agency. ―Developing climate-resistant varieties is also our focus,‖ she said. Farmers could soon have improved varieties of black rice. The Assam Agricultural University‘s Regional Agricultural Research Station is close to releasing high-yielding varieties of the traditional black rice. ―Twelve high-yielding black rice lines have already been developed and evaluation is going on. The lines will reach farmers within a year or two,‖ Chetia said. Back in Amguripara, Rabha said that black rice has changed his fortunes. ―From two oxen, I have come far. Now, I am farming with a tractor,‖ he said. This article first appeared on The Third Pole. Support our journalism by subscribing to Scroll+. We welcome your comments at letters@scroll.in. https://scroll.in/article/968268/in-assam-cultivation-of-this-flood-resilient-superfood-has-boosted-farm- income-over-four-years Department of Agriculture of Republic of P : DA aims to make Filipino rice farmers competitive 07/25/2020 | 09:06pm Author: DA Communications Group | 26 July 2020 The Department of Agriculture through the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) is on track in providing rice farmers appropriate machinery and equipment under the Duterte administration's Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) program.
  • 11. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com 'We will continue to boost farm mechanization to reduce production costs, enable our rice farmers produce more harvests, earn bigger incomes, and subsequently compete with their counterparts in ASEAN,' said Agriculture Secretary William Dar. To date, the DA-PhilMech has procured and currently distributing 2,938 farm machinery and equipment worth P2 billion (B) to 625 RCEF-accredited farmers' cooperatives and associations (FCAs) nationwide. The second batch of 4,996 units - worth P3B under the P5-B RCEF farm mechanization component for 2019 - is under a bidding process and expected to be completed by July 31, 2020, said DA-PhilMech director Baldwin Jallorina. Thereafter, the farm machines and equipment will be given to the second batch of 1,068 FCAs. For the 2020 P5-B RCEF farm mechanization budget, Jallorina said the DA-PhilMech has to date validated 2,587 FCA applicants, of which 1,259 FCAs have been shortlisted and qualified to receive 4,543 farm machineries. 'With the sustained and vigorous implementation of the RCEF program, coupled with our Rice Resiliency Project (RRP), we expect Filipino rice farmers to be at par with their counterparts in the ASEAN, in terms of cost efficiency and productivity, in the next three years,' the DA chief said. Currently, Filipino farmers spend an average of P10 on labor, seeds, fertilizers, and other inputs to produce one kilogram (kg) of palay (paddy rice), while the country's average harvest is at four metric tons (MT) per hectare (ha). Farmers in Thailand and Vietnam spend an equivalent P8/kg and P5/kg, respectively, to produce one kilo of palay. Studies conducted by the DA-PhilMech and Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) show that the country's high production cost is attributed to several factors, namely: heavy reliance on manual operations from land preparation to harvesting; high cost of farm inputs, notably fertilizers; lack of irrigation; inaccessible and inadequate credit; usurious loans offered by traders; and low productivity. 'We are confident that with appropriate interventions and assistance under RCEF and RRP, we can reduce our production cost to P8 per kilo and increase our national average yield to six tons per hectare, in the next three years,' said Secretary Dar.
  • 12. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com 'Further, to take optimum advantage of the Duterte administration's farm mechanization program, we will strongly encourage RCEF farmers to collectivize, and consolidate their farms into contiguous clusters of at least 50 to 100 hectares each,' the DA chief added. In fact, Jallorina said the DA-PhilMech prioritizes provision of assistance to clustered FCAs. 'Farm consolidation and clustering is one of the major features of a modern, industrialized, market-driven, sustainable and resilient Philippine agriculture,' Secretary Dar said. 'In all, we need to raise the productivity and incomes of Filipino farmers to enable them to cope with the COVID-19 crisis,' he added said. 'Rest assured, the DA family will do its utmost to propel the agriculture sector as a major player in the nation's economic recovery efforts,' concluded Secretary Dar. ### (DA PhilMech and DA StratComms) Attachments www.marketscreener.com/news/Department-of-Agriculture-of-Republic-of-P-DA-aims- to-make-Filipino-rice-farmers-competitive- DA yet to obligate, disburse 65% of RCEF for this year Published July 27, 2020, 1:15 PM by Madelaine B. Miraflor Seven months into 2020 and the Department of Agriculture (DA) is yet to obligate and disburse 65 percent, or nearly P10 billion, of this year‘s Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF), the tariff collected from rice imports and is supposed to help lower the production cost of Filipino rice farmers. Based on data obtained from the Department of Agriculture (DA), RCEF has P15 billion that must be disbursed within this year, which included the P5-billion
  • 13. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com allotment for mechanization that weren‘t touched last year due to bureaucratic issues. Hence, of this P15 billion, P10 billion is now supposed to go to mechanization, while P3 billion, as usual, will go to seed distribution. The rest would be for the provision of credit and extension services for rice farmers. However, as of July 24, only P4.65 billion of the P15 billion has been obligated, while P606.8 million has been disbursed, of which P574 million was disbursed for seeds distribution, the same data showed. To recall, one of the conditions of the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL) or Republic Act (RA) 11203, which allowed unlimited rice importation in the country, is for the Philippine government to help Filipino rice farmers become more competitive by giving them access to free seeds and modern farm equipment to be funded by RCEF. On top of the rice import tariff, RCEF is supposed to be injected with P10 billion annually from 2019 to 2024. As the DA fell short in RCEF distribution, Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) National Manager Raul Montemayor is also looking for the excess in the rice import tariffs for 2019, which he said stood about P3 billion and should have been appropriated by Congress. Based on RA 11203, if the annual tariff revenues from rice importation exceeded P10 billion in any given year, the excess tariff revenues shall be earmarked by Congress and included in the General Appropriations Act (GAA) of the following year. ―In 2019, I understand total tariff collections was about P13 billion, so the extra P3 billion should be appropriated by Congress this year for additional support programs such as crop insurance, diversification, land titling, etc. I don‘t think this has been done yet. And of course there is the issue of undervaluation of imports and lost tariff collections, which we estimate at P3 billion since 2019,‖ Montemayor told Business Bulletin. Montemayor thinks that if tariff collections for rice importation will exceed again for this year, it will still take a long time for the government to release it and distribute it to farmers.
  • 14. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com ―For the tariff collections in 2019 in excess of P10 billion, BoC will first have to finalize its computations and then Congress will have to appropriate the money. If tariff collections exceed P10 billion again this year, the excess will also be appropriated by Congress. But we have to wait until the end of the year and up to early next year for BoC to determine the exact surplus before Congress can appropriate the money,‖ Montemayor said. ―If there are unused RCEF funds in a given year, it is not a problem because the money just stays in the fund. But for the excess over P10 billion that is appropriated every year, the money has to be spent during the year otherwise it will be lost. It may take until 2022 before we can use this excess tariff from 2019 and 2020,‖ he added. Nevertheless, Montemayor said the DA is already slowly catching up in terms of the release of RCEF, especially with the rice seed distribution component. In a statement, the DA said it is on track in providing rice farmers appropriate machinery and equipment under RCEF. The agency said that to date, Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) has already procured and is currently distributing 2,938 farm machinery and equipment worth P2 billion to 625 RCEF-accredited farmers‘ cooperatives and associations (FCAs) nationwide. The second batch of 4,996 units worth P3 billion is under a bidding process and expected to be completed by July 31, 2020, according to PhilMech Director Baldwin Jallorina. Thereafter, the farm machines and equipment will be given to the second batch of 1,068 FCAs. Jallorina also said that PhilMech has to date validate 2,587 FCA applicants, of which 1,259 FCAs have been shortlisted and qualified to receive 4,543 farm machineries. https://mb.com.ph/2020/07/27/da-yet-to-obligate-disburse-65-of-rcef-for-this-year/
  • 15. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com Rice tariff take seen 44% off 2020 targets ByBernadette D. Nicolas July 27, 2020 CITING the drop in rice import volume amid the pandemic, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) is now eyeing to collect just P14 billion in rice tariffs in 2020—44 percent lower than what it initially hoped for early this year. Customs Assistant Commissioner and spokesman Vincent Philip C. Maronilla told the BusinessMirror they would have been close to hitting the P25-billion mark in rice tariff collection this year if not for the decline in the rice import volume as rice-exporting countries decided to control the volume of exports amid local supply concerns. Despite this, Maronilla still expressed confidence they could exceed the P12.3 billion in rice tariffs that they collected last year.―We expect better volume in the succeeding months, so if our projections in volume hold true, we expect to exceed last year‘s revenue performance,‖ he said. Pressed on their projection on rice tariff collection this year, he said: ―Hard to give specific figures at this time, but hopefully we reach P14 billion.‖ As of July 17, BOC said it was able to collect a total of P10.728 billion in rice tariffs despite the rice import volume falling 24.6 percent year-on-year to 1,651.267 metric tons. The rice tariff collected by BOC for the period is 8 percent higher than the P9.936 billion it collected for the same period in 2019.
  • 16. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com BOC attributed the increase in rice tariff collection to its continuous effort to ensure correct valuation of goods and protect government revenue. It added it consistently conducts close monitoring of the declared value on rice importations in view of its strict adherence to global published prices for rice, which serves as a guide when the veracity of the declared values is under dispute. Under the rice tariffication law, Filipino rice farmers are guaranteed with a P10- billion Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) annually until 2024 regardless of whether or not rice tariff collections hit P10 billion. However, any revenue collections in excess of P10 billion would still be earmarked for other interventions aimed at boosting rice farmers‘ yield and improving their global competitiveness. To recall, the Cabinet-level Development Budget Coordination Committee further slashed in May the collection targets of BOC and Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to P520.4 billion and P1.744 trillion, respectively. The new combined collection target this year of the BIR and the BOC—the main collection agencies of the government—is now P2.26 trillion, a 31.66-percent reduction from the original revenue goal set at P3.307 trillion. The downward revision was done on the back of government‘s expectations—as the pandemic gouged almost all sectors—of an economic contraction by 2 percent to 3.4 percent and lower imports, as well as a drop in tax base. BIR‘s collection target for the year is down by 32.3 percent to P1.744 trillion from the initial goal of P2.576 trillion. On the other hand, BOC‘s revised collection target is a 28.8 percent drop from its initial goal of P731 billion.
  • 17. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com FacebookFacebook MessengerTwitterPinterest https://businessmirror.com.ph/2020/07/27/rice-tariff-take-seen-44-off-2020-targets/ Agriculture CS Peter Munya On Kenya‘s Food Security During COVID-19 By Richard Kamau / Monday, 27 Jul 2020 06:46AM / Tags: food security, Peter Munya Agriculture Cabinet Secretary discusses Kenya‘s food security amid the coronavirus crisis.
  • 18. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com Does the country have enough food? Yes, harvesting of most long rains cereal crops (maize, sorghum, rice and millet) commenced from mid-July in many parts of the country. They include the Coast, lower parts of Nyanza and western, central Rift (Baringo, Bomet, Narok, Kajiado and parts of Nakuru) and central. All counties in the lower and upper eastern are harvesting too. Harvesting of pulses (beans, cowpeas and green grams) commenced in all counties from early June, while harvesting of pigeon peas will start from end of the month. Generally, we have had high amounts of rainfall in several parts of the country. Although floods affected some crops such as beans and irrigated rice, the rains also led to increased fodder, raising milk production by 11 per cent especially in the arid and semi-arid counties. Supply of fresh vegetables is also high. This is backed by research. Some 78 per cent of households reported having enough food stocks in a survey carried out by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics in June. Food prices and domestic supply have also remained steady for all the staples. There is adequate food in all markets and in most areas, prices of maize are below or close to the five-year average and remain fairly stable. In June, private millers were supported by the government to import four million bags of maize at a reduced tax of 10 per cent. The maize balance sheet projects that at the end of September, there will be a surplus of 15.7 million 90kg bags and 7.5 million bags of beans. Does this mean food production hasn’t been affected by the Covid-19 crisis?
  • 19. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com No. During the partial lockdown, the ministry, in collaboration with county governments, ensured that agricultural production was not affected. The ministry also worked with the national Covid-19 emergency committee and the Ministry of Health to develop guidelines that facilitated movement of essential service providers. This included suppliers of farm inputs, importers and exporters of essential goods, as well as non-closure of agricultural markets. Moreover, farmers who mostly operate far from their farms were provided with movement permits. The projected production for maize and beans is 36.9 million bags and 4.9 million bags, respectively. We don‘t expect to experience any crisis since projected production will be normal and it is expected that the normal monthly imports of maize, beans, rice and wheat will supplement the domestic stock. But we are not sitting pretty. We have put in place a number of measures to ensure hunger doesn‘t kill anyone. For instance, the ministry established a toll-free call centre to enable the public, especially farmers, to reach us directly and get immediate support to continue their operations. We have also created a ‗food security war room‘ comprising various experts that monitor different aspects of food security such as agricultural productivity, food prices, imports and exports as well as supplies of inputs.
  • 20. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com We are also all set to launch a digitisation strategy that will hasten the adoption of various digital platforms to support farming, including e-subsidy, e-extension and digital food balance sheet. he ministry will also channel certified seeds or seedlings and other farm inputs to the vulnerable small-scale food producers to ensure continued food supply. Insurance is also picking up. For example, 25,200 farmers who took crop insurance in 2019 were compensated some Sh100 million. This has helped farmers build resilience against the effects of climate change. Going forward, should we expect more efforts to boost food production? Yes, we will provide vulnerable households with early maturing seeds, especially in 13 counties that were affected by flooding. These are Kisumu, Tana River, Busia, Mandera, Isiolo, Wajir, Garissa, Kilifi, Migori, Siaya, Turkana, Kakamega and Taita-Taveta. At Sh4 million per county, this will cost Sh52 million. We shall also conduct training and data collection at a cost Sh10 million and enhance operations at the call centre. We also expect to supply kitchen garden kits across the country, which will cost us Sh1 billion, while the supply of fruit tree seedlings (two million of them at Sh300 each) will cost us 600 million. https://nairobiwire.com/2020/07/agriculture-cs-peter-munya-on-kenyas-food-security- during-covid-19.html Bernas helps plight of farmers through Ikhlas Prihatin
  • 21. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com Monday, July 27th, 2020 at , News by HARIZAH KAMEL PADIBERAS Nasional Bhd (Bernas) through its Ikhlas Bernas programme has launched Ikhlas Prihatin to help farmers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Bernas corporate communications department head Rosniza Baharum said the contribution given is one of the company‘s corporate social responsibilities (CSR) to the community, especially farmers. ―Bernas will continue to balance its commercial and social role. CSR is an important part of our business foundation. ―Bernas as a company, which performs social and commercial duties for the country‘s paddy and rice industry, places a high priority on the welfare of the community,‖ she said in a statement. Recently, Bernas handed over donations worth RM2,000 to farmer Muhammad Jamil Dahlan (picture; right), 54, who has been cultivating rice fields since 1985 in Kampung Sungai Leman, Sekinchan, Selangor.
  • 22. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com ―Muhammad Jamil‘s paddy harvests this season have decreased due to various factors, and this has affected his income. ―Donations in the form of cash and necessities such as rice, sugar, spices and others have been handed over to Muhammad Jamil and his family. We hope the donations he received can ease his burden to some extent,‖ added Rosniza. Commenting further, she said the programme will be done continuously. Meanwhile, Muhammad Jamil who is a full-time farmer expressed his gratitude for the donations received, adding that paddy is the main income of his family. ―My wife and I are very grateful to Bernas who is always concerned about the plight of farmers like us. ―God willing, with the help of donations received, we will repair the roof of our house that has been damaged for a long time and also for daily use,‖ he said. Bernas is responsible for overseeing the development of the country‘s paddy and rice industry including rice imports, management and payment of subsidies to farmers. It also manages Bumiputera Paddy Millers Scheme, which is buying paddy from farmers at a guaranteed minimum price and acting as the last buyer of paddy from farmers. https://themalaysianreserve.com/2020/07/27/bernas-helps-plight-of-farmers-through- ikhlas-prihatin/ Exports to Qatar, Saudi Arabia rise despite Covid-19 Mubarak Zeb KhanUpdated 26 Jul 2020 Qatar has allowed imports of Pakistani-origin rice after a ban of more than seven years. ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Commerce informed the National Assembly that exports have seen an upsurge in few countries despite the global economic slowdown since March. The ministry shared details with the lower house in response to a series of questions demanding explanations on government-led measures towards promoting exports.
  • 23. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com In the post-Covid-19 period, exports have seen a sizable increase in two major destinations: Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Despite Covid-19, Saudi Arabia has emerged as one of the top export destinations for Pakistani goods in the Middle East as exports to the peninsula increased by 34 per cent in June. The volume of bilateral trade between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia increased to $2.181 billion in FY20. Exports to Saudi Arabia have seen a consistent increase from $336.9 million in FY17 to $342.08m in FY19 and $446.18m FY20. However, the imports from Saudi Arabia have declined from $3.213bn FY18 to $1.735bn in FY20. Meanwhile, in the March-June period, exports to Qatar also increased to $50.13m compared to $39.33m in March-June FY19. Over the last few years, Pakistan‘s trade with Qatar has increased. In FY20, exports to the country jumped 36pc. Despite the pandemic, Pakistan‘s exports to Qatar have seen an upward trend throughout Feb-June. Exports in June alone increased by 40pc.
  • 24. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com Qatar has also allowed import of Pakistani-origin rice after several years of ban after low quality rice consignments were sent to the country back in 2012. So far, Pakistan has exported 4,000 tonnes of basmati rice to Qatar. Bilateral trade between Pakistan and Singapore was recorded at $679m in FY20 with the trade balance heavily in favor of the latter. Pakistan‘s exports to Singapore stood at $52m while imports were recorded at $632m FY20. Pakistan is also exploring the possibility of setting up an institutional mechanism such as the Joint Trade Committee with Singapore. Such an institutional arrangement will play a key role in deepening trade ties as well as economic diplomacy between the two countries. Trade between Norway and Pakistan is showing gradual increase with the balance in favor of Pakistan. Pak-Norway bilateral trade has increased from $69.06m in 2013-14 to $81.47m in 2018-19. Pakistan‘s exports to the country have increased from $55.16m in 2013-14 to $57.46m in 2018-19. To promote trade relations and gain access to the Norwegian market, the government has initiated negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) states, namely Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, and Liechtenstein. Collectively, these countries offer an import market of around $360bn. The government is actively engaging with the EFTA states for concluding an FTA between the two in areas including trade in goods, services, and investment. Meanwhile, Pakistan‘s exports to Denmark increased from $102.13m in FY14 to $184.91m in FY19 whereas imports decreased from $176.31m in FY14 to $90.46m in FY19. On the other hand, Pakistan‘s exports to Bangladesh dropped from $752.67m in FY19 to $654.79m FY20. Even though the trade remained in surplus this year, the overall volume, including exports and imports, decreased in the wake of Covid-19. Read: Pakistan's top export destinations have been devastated by Covid-19. What does it mean for our trade?
  • 25. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com The government has included Bangladesh in the List ‗A‘ countries since October 2019 facilitating travel of businessmen to Pakistan. However, the Bangladesh government is yet to reciprocate the offer. Pakistan‘s exports to Kyrgyzstan stood at $1.75m in FY20 against $1.81m in the previous year, while imports stood at $0.114m during the year under review. Pakistan‘s major exports to Kyrgyzstan are medicament mixtures, razors and razor blades, instruments, and appliances used in medical, surgical, dental, fruit and vegetable juices - unfermented. Pakistan‘s major imports from Kyrgyzstan include dried vegetables and live animals. Draft memorandum of understanding to establish a Joint Working Group to enhance trade cooperation has been shared with the Kyrgyz Republic. However, Kyrgyz side is yet to respond. The National Assembly was also informed about several measures to promote trade with Japan, Turkey, and China. Published in Dawn, July 26th, 2020 https://www.dawn.com/news/1571194/exports-to-qatar-saudi-arabia-rise-despite-covid- 19 1. Global methane emissions have reached the highest levels on record Global methane emissions have reached the highest levels on record The current levels could lead to 3-4°C of warming by the end of the century. By Jason Goodyer 26th July, 2020 at 08:00 Between 2000 and 2017, levels of the potent greenhouse gas methane barrelled up toward amounts that could lead to 3-4°C of warming before the end of this century, researchers at Stanford University have found.
  • 26. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com Increases are being driven primarily by the growth of emissions from coal mining, oil and natural gas production, cattle and sheep ranching, and landfills, contributing to climate change, and could lead to an increase in natural disasters, including wildfires, droughts and floods they say. Methane is a colourless, odourless gas that is 28 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at trapping heat over a 100-year period. In 2017, the Earth‘s atmosphere absorbed nearly 600 million tons of methane, a nine per cent rise since the early 2000s, with more than half of all emissions coming from human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels and agriculture. In terms of warming potential, adding this much extra methane to the atmosphere since 2000 is akin to putting 350 million more cars on the world‘s roads, the researchers say. Read more about fossil fuel emissions: ―We still haven‘t turned the corner on methane,‖ said Rob Jackson, a professor of Earth system science in Stanford‘s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences (Stanford Earth). ―Emissions from cattle and other ruminants are almost as large as those from the fossil fuel industry for methane. People joke about burping cows without realising how big the source really is.‖ Curbing methane emissions will require reducing fossil fuel use and controlling errant emissions such as leaks from pipelines and wells, as well as changes to the way we feed cattle, grow rice and eat, the researchers say. ―We‘ll need to eat less meat and reduce emissions associated with cattle and rice farming, and replace oil and natural gas in our cars and homes,‖ Prof Jackson said. Do we really know what climate change will do to our planet? Asked by: Jennifer Cowsill, via email There is no doubt that greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans are changing our climate, resulting in a progressive rise in global average temperatures. The scientific consensus on this is comparable to the scientific consensus that smoking causes lung cancer.
  • 27. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com Our climate is a hugely intricate system of interlinking processes, so forecasting exactly how this temperature increase will play out across the globe is a complex task. Scientists base their predictions on powerful computer models that combine our understanding of climatic processes with past climate data. Many large-scale trends can now be calculated with a high degree of certainty: for instance, warmer temperatures will cause seawater to expand and glaciers to melt, resulting in higher sea levels an UK agrees in principle to continue EU trade facilities for Pakistan’ KARACHI: The United Kingdom has agreed in principle to keep the European Union‘s tax incentives intact for Pakistan even after leaving the 27-member block next year, a government official said on Saturday. Kamal Shahryar, adviser of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan generalised scheme of preferences plus said the negotiation between Pakistan and UK is continuing for getting the similar facility, which Pakistan is enjoying under EU GSP plus. ―UK has not shared conditions of new trade agreement but in principle agreed for similar level of facilities,‖ Shahryar said addressing a webinar. ―After Brexit the border trade with EU will not take place for moving goods in EU member countries. UK has started revision of its MFN (most favoured nation) tariff for all countries which will also benefit Pakistan.‖ Pakistan has been benefiting from the standard GSP regime of the EU and exports to the EU have been subjected to 20 percent less duty than the normal MFN duties charged by the EU since 2014.
  • 28. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com Currently, trade between Pakistan and UK is going on under EU GSP plus scheme, which will end for UK from January 1, 2021. Aaisha Makhdum, joint secretary of ministry of commerce said UK‘s conventions are same which Pakistan has already ratified under EU GSP plus. Sultan Rehman, vice president of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) said UK played a key role in economic and social development of Pakistan. At present, the balance of trade between Pakistan and UK is in favour of Pakistan. Pakistan‘s exports to UK stood at $1.7 billion and Pakistan is mainly exporting textiles cotton fabrics, knitwear, readymade garments, bed wear and rice to UK. Zakaria Usman, former president of FPCCI said Pakistani exporters have made huge investment in textile sector in accordance with EU GSP plus requirements, ―which should not be affected with Brexit‖. Asim Yousuf, vice president of Pakistan-UK Chamber of Commerce and Industry said there are huge opportunities for exports in agriculture, textile and food items to UK. There is a need of early formulation of a trade delegation to UK for getting new orders from there. Sheikh Muhammad Tariq, chairman of Pakistan UK Business Council of FPCCI said more than 250 million new custom declarations will be filed and processed after completion of Brexit.
  • 29. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com ―Pakistan should comply with standards and sanitary and phytosanitary measures as UK is importing 1.2 million ton of meat,‖ said Tariq. He also underlined the need of developing Pakistani business center in UK as UK is establishing business hub wherein all the countries are establishing their offices. The participants said the State Bank of Pakistan should sign agreement with the central bank of England for trading in property of UK on collateral basis like India has signed. This agreement will also facilitate transfer of remittances from UK to Pakistan. UK should also follow registered exporter system – certification of origin of goods based on a principle of self-certification – after Brexit, which is convenient to Pakistani exporters, they said. https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/692052-uk-agrees-in-principle-to-continue-eu-trade- facilities-for-pakistan Department of Agriculture of Republic of P : DA aims to make Filipino rice farmers competitive 07/25/2020 | 09:06pm Author: DA Communications Group | 26 July 2020 The Department of Agriculture through the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) is on track in providing rice farmers appropriate machinery and equipment under the Duterte administration's Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) program.
  • 30. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com 'We will continue to boost farm mechanization to reduce production costs, enable our rice farmers produce more harvests, earn bigger incomes, and subsequently compete with their counterparts in ASEAN,' said Agriculture Secretary William Dar. To date, the DA-PhilMech has procured and currently distributing 2,938 farm machinery and equipment worth P2 billion (B) to 625 RCEF-accredited farmers' cooperatives and associations (FCAs) nationwide. The second batch of 4,996 units - worth P3B under the P5-B RCEF farm mechanization component for 2019 - is under a bidding process and expected to be completed by July 31, 2020, said DA-PhilMech director Baldwin Jallorina. Thereafter, the farm machines and equipment will be given to the second batch of 1,068 FCAs. For the 2020 P5-B RCEF farm mechanization budget, Jallorina said the DA-PhilMech has to date validated 2,587 FCA applicants, of which 1,259 FCAs have been shortlisted and qualified to receive 4,543 farm machineries. 'With the sustained and vigorous implementation of the RCEF program, coupled with our Rice Resiliency Project (RRP), we expect Filipino rice farmers to be at par with their counterparts in the ASEAN, in terms of cost efficiency and productivity, in the next three years,' the DA chief said. Currently, Filipino farmers spend an average of P10 on labor, seeds, fertilizers, and other inputs to produce one kilogram (kg) of palay (paddy rice), while the country's average harvest is at four metric tons (MT) per hectare (ha). Farmers in Thailand and Vietnam spend an equivalent P8/kg and P5/kg, respectively, to produce one kilo of palay. Studies conducted by the DA-PhilMech and Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) show that the country's high production cost is attributed to several factors, namely: heavy reliance on manual operations from land preparation to harvesting; high cost of farm inputs, notably fertilizers; lack of irrigation; inaccessible and inadequate credit; usurious loans offered by traders; and low productivity. 'We are confident that with appropriate interventions and assistance under RCEF and RRP, we can reduce our production cost to P8 per kilo and increase our national average yield to six tons per hectare, in the next three years,' said Secretary Dar.
  • 31. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com 'Further, to take optimum advantage of the Duterte administration's farm mechanization program, we will strongly encourage RCEF farmers to collectivize, and consolidate their farms into contiguous clusters of at least 50 to 100 hectares each,' the DA chief added. In fact, Jallorina said the DA-PhilMech prioritizes provision of assistance to clustered FCAs. 'Farm consolidation and clustering is one of the major features of a modern, industrialized, market-driven, sustainable and resilient Philippine agriculture,' Secretary Dar said. 'In all, we need to raise the productivity and incomes of Filipino farmers to enable them to cope with the COVID-19 crisis,' he added said. 'Rest assured, the DA family will do its utmost to propel the agriculture sector as a major player in the nation's economic recovery efforts,' concluded Secretary Dar. ### (DA PhilMech and DA StratComms) Department of Agriculture of the Republic of the Philippines published this content on 26 July 2020 and is solely responsible for the information contained therein. Distributed by Public, unedited and unaltered, on 26 July 2020 01:05:05 UTC Https://www.marketscreener.com/news/Department-of-Agriculture-of-Republic-of-P- DA-aims-to-make-Filipino-rice-farmers-competitive—3099 PHL to see lower rice production cost by 2023’ ByJasper Y. Arcalas July 27, 2020
  • 32. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com Despite the delays in the distribution of free farm equipment to rice planters, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said the country is on track to reducing palay production cost to P8 per kilogram by 2023. The DA said the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) is on schedule to distribute thousands of free farm machines to rice farmers this year, including those funded by the 2019 Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF). Under the rice trade liberalization law of 2019, rice farmers are entitled to receive a guaranteed P10-billion worth of interventions annually to boost their productivity. Half of the amount is for the distribution of farm equipment. ―We will continue to boost farm mechanization to reduce production costs, enable our rice farmers produce more harvests, earn bigger incomes, and subsequently compete with their counterparts in Asean,‖ Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar said in a statement. To date, PhilMech has procured and is currently distributing 2,938 farm machinery and equipment worth P2 billion to 625 RCEF-accredited farmers‘ cooperatives and associations (FCAs) nationwide, the DA said. The farm equipment were still part of the 2019 RCEF farm mechanization with the remaining P3 billion still undergoing the bidding process, which will be completed by the end of the month, PhilMech Executive Director Baldwin Jallorina said. The P3-billion worth of farm machinery would be distributed to 1,068 FCA, according to DA. For the 2020 RCEF farm mechanization fund, the PhilMech has already validated 2,587 FCA applicants, of which 1,259 FCAs have been shortlisted and qualified to receive 4,543 farm machineries, Jallorina said.
  • 33. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com ―With the sustained and vigorous implementation of the RCEF program, coupled with our Rice Resiliency Project [RRP], we expect Filipino rice farmers to be at par with their counterparts in the Asean, in terms of cost efficiency and productivity, in the next three years,‖ Dar said. ―We are confident that with appropriate interventions and assistance under RCEF and RRP, we can reduce our production cost to P8 per kilo and increase our national average yield to 6 tons per hectare, in the next three years.‖ Currently, Filipino farmers spend an average of P10 on labor, seeds, fertilizers, and other inputs to produce 1 kg of palay (paddy rice), while the country‘s average harvest is at 4 metric tons (MT) per hectare (ha), according to DA. In comparison, rice farmers in Thailand and Vietnam spend P8/kg and P5/kg, respectively, to produce 1 kilo of palay, DA added. The DA attributed the country‘s high production cost to heavy reliance on manual operations from land preparation to harvesting; high cost of farm inputs, notably fertilizers; lack of irrigation; inaccessible and inadequate credit; usurious loans offered by traders; and low productivity. Prices The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said the nationwide average farm-gate price of dry palay as of the third week of June was pegged at P18.86 per kg, 5.7 percent higher than last year‘s P17.85 per kg. However, the latest farm-gate price of dry palay was slightly lower than the previous week‘s P18.96 per kg, preliminary PSA weekly price monitoring report showed.
  • 34. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com From June 17 to June 23, the highest average farm-gate price of dry palay was recorded in the Northern Mindanao region at P20.34 per kg while the lowest average quotation was in Caraga region at P17.75 per kg, PSA data showed. PSA report also showed that both the average wholesale and retail prices of well-milled rice registered downward movements during the reference period. ―The average wholesale price of well-milled rice plunged to P39.36 per kg or by 0.4 percent during the week from its price level of P39.53 per kg in the previous week,‖ it said. ―Compared with its level of P39.29 per kg during the same period of the previous year, it registered a slower annual increase of 0.2 percent.‖ At the retail trade, the average price of well-milled rice dipped to P42.61 per kg, or by 0.3 percent from last week‘s P42.75 per kg, PSA said. The latest average quotation was 0.7 percent lower than last year‘s P42.91 per kg price level.‖ The average wholesale and retail quotations of regular-milled rice also declined during the reference week, PSA said. ―The average wholesale price of regular-milled rice fell to P35.71 per kg or by 0.4 percent during the week, from its level of P35.85 per kg in the previous week,‖ it said. ―Meanwhile, it inched up at an annual rate of 0.9 percent from its level during the same week of the previous year of P35.4 per kg.‖ PSA said the average retail price of regular-milled rice dropped slightly to P38.47 per kg from last week‘s P38.52 per kg.
  • 35. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com ―It also declined at an annual rate of 0.1 percent from its level of P38.52 per kg during the same week of the previous year.‖ FacebookFacebook MessengerTwitterPinterestTumblrGmailWhatsAppPush to KindleViberYahoo MailEvernoteInstapaperLinkedInSMSPrintFriendly https://businessmirror.com.ph/2020/07/27/phl-to-see-lower-rice-production-cost-by- 2023/ KAU to adopt villages for enhancing farm output SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT THRISSUR , JULY 26, 2020 00:02 IST Minister inaugurates paddy cultivation by Thekkumkara grama panchayat The Kerala Agricultural University will adopt villages and provide the farmers technical support as part of the Subhiksha Keralam Mission, the flagship initiative of the government of Kerala to accomplish food security. Minister for Local Self Governments A.C. Moideen inaugurated KAU‘s initiative to adopt villages, at Thekkumkara panchayat on Saturday as part of a series of extension programmes for providing technical support to local bodies. He also inaugurated paddy cultivation by the Thekkumkara grama panchayat and Department of Agriculture supported by the KAU on a piece of land that was lying fallow for 11 years. Another initiative of the KAU to establish a seed village for producing quality seed materials of tuber crops was inaugurated by Mary Thomas, District Panchayat President.
  • 36. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com The Minister observed that the Subhiksha Keralam Mission had evoked enthusiasm among the people. He said that the programme, aimed at the comprehensive development of the productive sectors by enhancing the productivity of agricultural crops, meat, milk, poultry, and fish, envisaged joint action by various departments, local self government institutions, and co-operative institutions. The programme had components to institute procurement, processing, value- addition, and marketing by involving different institutions. The guidelines for project formulation by local bodies and subsidies had been revised according to the priorities of Subhiksha Keralam. The Minister urged the scientific community to connect with farmers.
  • 37. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com Explaining the initiative by the KAU devised jointly with the grama panchayat and the Department of Agriculture, Vice Chancellor Chandrababu said a multi- disciplinary team of scientists would be deployed to support the fallow land cultivation and the seed village programme. ―A six-acre plot selected for fallow land cultivation will be a Farmer Field School to facilitate training of farmers in sustainable practices of rice production through experiential learning. A scientific production protocol based on soil test results and other parameters will be followed for paddy cultivation. Seed village programme will be able to provide farmers with quality seed materials of tubers in sufficient quantities by the next season. High-yielding varieties of tubers developed by KAU and CTCRI (Central Tuber Crops Research Institute) will be demonstrated for wider adoption among farmers. Anil Akkara, MLA, presided over the function. Thekkumkara panchayat president Sreeja V.P. and vice president Sunil Kumar, Dr. Jiju P. Alex, Director of Extension, KAU, and Sujith P.G., Agriculture Officer, spoke. https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/kau-to-adopt-villages-for-enhancing- farm-output/article32193735.ece Fruits worth$431.27m, vegetables $299.29m exported in FY 2019-20 APP July 27, 2020 ISLAMABAD-Fruits and vegetables exports from the country during fiscal year ended on June 30,2020 witnessed 3.80 per cent and 27.95 per cent respectively as compared the exports of the corresponding period of last year.
  • 38. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com During the period from July-June, 2019-20, the country earned $431.272 million by exporting about 807,313 metric tonnes of fruits as against the exports of $415.497 million 755,688 metric tonnes of same period of last year. Meanwhile, 836,330 metric tonnes of vegetables valuing $299.290 million also exported during the period under review as against the exports of $233.910 million of same period last year. Rice exports from the country during the period under review registered about 5.12 per cent growth as about 4,166,123 metric tonnes of rice worth $2.175 billion exported, according the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. The rice export from the country during the same period of last year was recorded at 4,120,137 metric tonnes valuing $2.096 billion, it added.
  • 39. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com Pakistan largely controlled Covid-19 pandemic in short period: PM Imran Meanwhile, the country earned $790.792 million by exporting about 890,207 metric tonnes of Basmati rice in 12 months of fiscal year ended on June 30, 2020 as against the exports of 659,571 metric tonnes valuing $634.532 million of same period of last year. Meanwhile, 3,275,923 tonnes rice other then Basmati worth $1.384 billion also exported during last year as against the exports of 3,460,555 metric tonnes valuing $1.435 billion of same period last year. It may be recalled that food group exports during fiscal year 2019-20 decreased by 5.38 per cent as it went down from $4.607 billion to $4.361 billion. The decreasing trend in exports of food commodities were mainly attributed to COVID-19 Pandemic, which has also effected the other economies of the world. The exports of food commodities from the country during month of June, 2020 also decreased by 3.38 per cent as compared the exports of the corresponding month of last year. https://nation.com.pk/27-Jul-2020/fruits-worth-dollar-431-27m-vegetables-dollar-299-29m-exported-in- fy-2019-20 Fruits worth$431.272 million, vegetables $299.290 million exported in FY 2019-20
  • 40. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com July 26, 2020 ISLAMABAD, Jul 26 (APP):Fruits and vegetables exports from the country during fiscal year ended on June 30,2020 witnessed 3.80 percent and 27.95 percent respectively as compared the exports of the corresponding period of last year. During the period from July-June, 2019-20, the country earned $431.272 million by exporting about 807,313 metric tons of fruits as against the exports of $415.497 million 755,688 metric tons of same period of last year. Meanwhile, 836,330 metric tons of vegetables valuing $299.290 million also exported during the period under review as against the exports of $233.910 million of same period last year. Rice exports from the country during the period under review registered about 5.12 percent growth as about 4,166,123 metric tons of rice worth $2.175 billion exported, according the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. The rice exports from the country during the same period of last year was recorded at 4,120,137 metric tons valuing $2.096 billion, it added. Meanwhile, the country earned $790.792 million by exporting about 890,207 metric tons of Basmati rice in 12 months of fiscal year ended on June 30, 2020 as against the exports of 659,571 metric tons valuing $634.532 million of same period of last year.
  • 41. www.riceplusmagazine.blogspot.com Meanwhile, 3,275,923 tons rice other then Basmati worth $1.384 billion also exported during last year as against the exports of 3,460,555 metric tons valuing $1.435 billion of same period last year. It may be recalled that food group exports during fiscal year 2019-20 decreased by 5.38 percent as it went down from $4.607 billion to $4.361 billion. The decreasing trend in exports of food commodities were mainly attributed to COVID-19 Pandemic, which has also effected the other economies of the world. The exports of food commodities from the country during month of June,2020 also decreased by 3.38 percent as compared the exports of the corresponding month of last year. https://www.app.com.pk/business/business/fruits-worth431-272-million-vegetables-299-290-million- exported-in-fy-2019-20/