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Japan confronts mochi rice-cake death-trap Vietnamese rice most expensive in Asia? Indonesia records surplus rice production of 5.4 mln tons Vietnamese Rice Farmers Abandon Their Fields Chinese official: Soil pollution hurts farming EC has yet to approve Commerce Ministry's rice selling plan 2013 rice exports miss target: Foreign Trade Dept Thailand exports more rice in December Thailand Likely To Export 6.5-6.6 Million Tonnes Of Rice In 2013 Rice basmati strengthens on increased demand Nigerian government to provide incentives to 10,000 dry season rice farmers in Bauchi Nigeria: Review Rice Importation Policy, Maritime Expert Urges Nigerian Government Nigeria: Rice Consumption and Importation in Nigeria, No Solution in Sight Naveen announces bonus on paddy after protest by farmers Odisha announces special assistance for paddy Nagpur Foodgrain Prices Open-Dec 30

NEWS DETAILS: Japan confronts mochi rice-cake death-trap

Published: Tuesday December 31, 2013 MYT 10:50:00 AM

Updated: Tuesday December 31, 2013 MYT 11:14:59 AM BY JUSTIN MCCURRY A Japanese food manufacturer has come up with mochi rice cakes that are easy to swallow. - Filepic

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Safer recipe promised for traditional new year glutinous rice cakes that regularly take the lives of elderly people.A company in Japan believes it has the antidote to an unlikely health risk facing tens of millions of senior citizens hoping to ring in 2014 by eating traditional New Years cuisine safe-to-swallow rice cakes.Mochi glutinous cakes of pounded rice kill several people in Japan each January after they become lodged in the throats of their mainly elderly victims.Eager to keep the death toll as low as possible over the first few days of the New Year, when mochi are traditionally eaten in vast quantities, a firm in Osaka recently unveiled a safer alternative.Fukunao Medical Foods says its mochi rice cakes form part of easy-to-swallow new year feasts the company has made available for preorder, the Japan Timesreported.Other companies have followed suit in an attempt to corner Japans huge population of elderly people, for whom chewing on an innocent-looking mochi can mean taking their lives in their hands. Five traditional confectionery firms in Kyoto say their safe mochi include an enzyme that makes them less sticky, while retaining their familiar starchy taste.The product wont be ready until next year, but the confectioners say they are encouraged by tasting sessions held this year.It still has the flavour of sticky rice, but without the firmness, Takahiro Ueda, one of the firms involved, told the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper.Last new year, two deaths were reported from choking on sticky rice cakes and a further 15 people were rushed to hospital in mochi-related incidents. In 2011, at least eight people died, most of whom were over 70, and another 18 were taken to hospital. Between 2006 and 2009, 18 people died from mochi choking in Tokyo alone, according to fire department figures.Every year emergency services remind people of all ages to cut their mochi into bite-sized pieces before eating them, to chew each morsel into submission before attempting to swallow, and never to eat them alone. In 2010, Japans food safety commission ranked mochi among the top causes of food-related choking incidents, and found that more than 80% of victims were elderly.Methods for dislodging trapped mochi include a sharp slap on the back, the Heimlich manoeuvre and a less conventional method that makes an appearance in the 1985 Juzo Itami film Tampopo sucking it out with a vacuum-cleaner pipe.One medical equipment firm sells a nozzle to be attached to a vacuum cleaner, which it claims can remove the offending piece of rice cake without damaging the victims throat.Mochi are often served in sweet or savoury soup, but can also be toasted and eaten

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with sweetened soya sauce and wrapped in sheets of dried seaweed.Though ubiquitous in supermarkets, many people make their own at year-end neighbourhood events, where steamed white rice is placed in a large mortar and residents take time to pound it until it becomes a viscous - and potentially lethal - white blob.Japanese people consume an average of 1kg of mochi a year each, mostly during the first week of January, according to the mochi trade association. Guardian News & Media

Vietnamese rice most expensive in Asia?

VietNamNet Bridge The November Market Review by global rice market news provider Oryza has shown that that the price of Vietnamese rice remains the most expensive across Asia. According to data released last Friday, Vietnamese five percent broken rice was sold for US$410-420 per tonne, down $20 per tonne from two weeks ago, but higher by $10 per tonne from one month ago.The price of Thai rice (of the same variety), in comparison, declined $15 per tonne to $380 per tonne from two weeks ago. The price was also lower by $25 per tonne from one month ago.Compared with the same period last year, the Vietnamese rice price is higher by $5 per tonne, while the price of Thai rice fell $170 per tonne during the same period.Do Van Hao, an expert at the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development, told Biz Hub that in recent times, there have been a few instances when the export price of Vietnamese rice surpassed that of Thai rice. He pointed out that it was not the first time that the Vietnamese rice price had climbed higher than the Thai rice price because such a phenomenon had occurred in the past, although for very short durations."There are some reasons that have pushed the price of Viet Nam's rice higher than the price of Thai rice recently. First, Viet Nam won a contract to export 500,000 tonnes of rice to the Philippines on November 25. The lowest price under this contract was $462.25 per tonne, while Thai rice fetched a price of $475 per tonne. That has stimulated demand for Vietnamese rice and raised export prices," he said. Second, Thailand has permitted its rice granaries to export rice stored from earlier harvests. Currently, its granaries store tens of millions of tonnes of rice and the increasing exports have led to falling prices, he noted.Third, the exchange rate between the Thai baht and the US dollar has seen an increasing trend, which has lowered the price of rice in the local currency," he added.Echoing the same sentiment, agricultural expert Vo Tong Xuan noted that while Viet Nam is exporting its latest rice harvest, Thailand is selling rice from its granaries, leading to price disparities."Enterprises exporting rice to China and Africa have lowered their reserves. Now, in the middle of December, we cannot purchase rice from farmers because the third crop was harvested in November.

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Lower supply is one of the reasons that have pushed the price higher," he added."I think the current price is suitable because Thailand is not lowering the price of its high-quality rice. Right now, Cambodia is harvesting a new crop and a portion of that will be exported to Viet Nam," he said.Hao shrugged off worries about importing rice from overseas while the price is high, noting that price disparities are currently not too wide. He also pointed out that the variety of rice exported is different from that consumed in Viet Nam.Hao added that "Thai rice could, however, be imported for domestic consumption if its price is much lower than that of Vietnamese rice." "Recently, Viet Nam has imported large quantities of rice from Thailand, and if Thai rice is cheap and of good quality, the level of imports could increase," he said.According to the Viet Nam Food Association (VFA), between January 2013 and December 19, the quantity of rice exports reached 6.325 million tonnes, which had a free-on-board (FOB) value of $2.735 billion and a Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) value of $2.848 billion.Between December 1 and December 19, the quantity of rice exported was 183,897 tonnes, which had an FOB value of $86.569 million and a CIF value of $91.969 million.Speaking to the Vneconomy newspaper, general secretary Huynh Minh Hue said the total quantity of rice exports for 2013 is estimated at around 6.6 million of tonnes, lower than expected. The VFA had set a goal of exporting 7.5 million tonnes of rice at the beginning of 2013.
Source: VNS

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In Snap:Rice is packed for export at Gao Viet Company. The price of Vietnamese rice remains the most expensive across Asia, according to a market review.

Indonesia records surplus rice production of 5.4 mln tons

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Jakarta (ANTARA News) - This year, Indonesia recorded a rice production surplus of 5.4 million tons, according to the Agriculture Ministry. The countrys rice production reached 39.8 million tons, while its rice consumption stood at 34.4 million tons this year, Agriculture Minister Suswono stated here on Monday."This year, a number of agricultural commodities recorded a surplus in production," he remarked at a discussion on Indonesian food and agriculture. Besides rice, other commodities also recorded a production surplus, which include corn recorded at 4.1 million tons, onion at 84 thousand tons, chili at 187.9 thousand tons, and poultry meat and poultry egg at 419.8 thousand tons and 54.6 thousand tons respectively, he claimed.In 2013, corn production touched 18.5 million tons and its consumption reached 14.3 million tons, while onion production stood at 1.02 million tons and its consumption touched 937.2 thousand tons.Meanwhile, chili production reached 1.1 million tons and its consumption stood at 924.4 thousand tons, poultry meat production reached 1.5 million tons and its consumption reached 1.1 million tons, while poultry egg production touched 1.76 million tons and its consumption stood at 1.71 million tons. Sugar production necessary to meet domestic needs, recorded a surplus of 384.3 thousand tons, with production touching 3.03 million and consumption being 2.1 million tons, he added."However, sugar production required to meet national demands, including those from industries or other users, will likely fall short of the targeted

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Vietnamese Rice Farmers Abandon Their Fields

Unable to make a living, rice cultivators are taking up other livelihoods to make ends meet. Rice may
be a staple in the Vietnamese diet, but the country may face a shortage of the crop as struggling farmers leave their jobs.Some farmers, such as those in the Vietnams Mekong Delta, have been illegally converting their paddies to shrimp farms. Others who come from families that have been cultivating rice for generations have chosen to leave agriculture altogether. Young farmers, in particular, have been flocking to cities to work betterpaying factory jobs.When our children grew up, they rushed to the big city to work in industrial zones, where they earn double or triple what we make growing rice, said one 53-year-old farmer who plans on selling his land. Costs such as seedlings and fertilizer are much higher than in the past and rice prices often fluctuate. In 2013, 42,785 families left over 6,882 hectares of fields untouched, allowing them to be turned into football pitches for children or grazing areas for cattle herders. Moreover, 3,407 families returned over 433 hectares of land, according to official figures. Some farmers state that the income they receive from growing rice has shrunk. A few hundred square meters of land can only provide them $2.37 to $3.79 a month on average. In recent years other major rice exporters such as India have managed to increase their exports while importing countries have increased their domestic output. As a result, Vietnamese farmers are facing increased competition and lower rice prices.In the beginning the land allowed us to feed the six people in the family and send the children to school, said Le Thi Thoi. But now I have to return it since the income from growing rice is very low.Although Vietnam is the largest rice exporter in the world, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Developmentplans on converting 200,000 hectares of rice fields in order to grow more profitable crops such as maize or corn, hoping to attract farmers back to their land and improve their incomes. The move has won support from experts.Rice output may fall in the next few years because farmers will switch, Pham Dong Quang, deputy head of the

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Vietnamese governments crop-production department, told Bloomberg. While the issue of boosting rural incomes has been addressed for some years, its now become much more urgent amid the difficult economic situation and more competitive rice market.

Chinese official: Soil pollution hurts farming

The Associated Press

Published: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 - 12:01 am

BEIJING -- More than 8 million acres of China's farmland is too polluted with heavy metals and other chemicals to use for growing food, a Cabinet official said Monday, highlighting a problem that is causing growing public concern.The threat from pollution to China's food supply has been overshadowed by public alarm at smog and water contamination but is gaining attention following scandals over tainted rice and other crops. The government triggered complaints in February when it refused to release results of a nationwide survey of soil pollution, declaring them a state secret. The figure given at a news conference by Wang Shiyuan, a deputy minister of the Ministry of Land and Resources, would be about 2 percent of China's 337 million acres of arable land.Some scientists have given higher estimates of as much as 60 million acres, or one-fifth of the total, though it is unclear how much of that would be too badly contaminated for farming.The issue poses a dilemma for communist leaders who want to maximize food production but face public pressure to ensure safety after an avalanche of scandals over shoddy infant formula and other goods.The explosive growth of Chinese industry, overuse of farm chemicals and lax environmental enforcement have left swathes of the countryside tainted by lead, cadmium, pesticides and other toxins.Investigations by the Ministry of Environmental Protection have found "moderate to severe pollution" on 3.3 million hectares (8.3 million acres), Wang said at a news conference. "These areas cannot continue farming," Wang said. He did not say whether the information came from the national pollution survey.Farmers already are prohibited from raising crops for human consumption in areas across China that are deemed too badly polluted. But tainted rice and other crops have made their way into the food supply.The ruling Communist Party's latest five-year development plan, which runs through 2015, promises to reduce heavy metal pollution and clean up contaminated areas.Wang said the government is working on a long-range plan and expects to spend several tens of billions of yuan (several billion dollars) a

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year on the effort. He gave no details but scientists say one possible approach is to plant trees or other vegetation that will absorb heavy metals from the soil but will not be consumed by humans. Complaints by farmers about lead and other pollutants in their water supplies have led to protests against battery factories.A key concern among scientists is cadmium, a carcinogenic metal that can cause kidney damage and other health problems and is absorbed by rice, the country's staple grain.In May, authorities launched an investigation of rice mills in southern China after tests found almost half of supplies sold in Guangzhou, a major city, were contaminated with cadmium.In February, the newspaper Nanfang Daily reported tens of thousands of tons of cadmium-tainted rice was sold to noodle makers in southern China from 2009 to this year. It said government inspectors declared it fit only for production of non-food goods such as industrial alcohol but a trader sold most of the rice to food processors anyway.

EC has yet to approve Commerce Ministry's rice selling plan

Saturday, 28 December 2013 By NNT The Commerce Ministry has put a break on its plan to make Government-to-Government (G-to-G) rice deals as the Election Commission (EC) has yet to give it a nod on the matter.According to Mr. Surasak Riangkrue, the Director General of the Department of Foreign Trade (DFT), the Commerce Ministry will have to put on the back burner its plan to sell rice in its stockpile through G-to-G deals given it has to wait for the EC's official decision whether to allow it to proceed with the plan.He has, however, reassured rice farmers that the DFT will keep negotiating with foreign countries, asking them to buy more rice. His department has in the past sold over 140 billion baht worth of rice and the amount has already been returned to the Finance Ministry. He also expects the department to return another 140 billion baht to the Commerce Ministry next year.

2013 rice exports miss target: Foreign Trade Dept

Saturday, 28 December 2013 By MCOT

BANGKOK, Dec 27 - The Thai Ministry of Commerce's Foreign Trade Department conceded Thursday that rice exports this year missed the target but expected the volume of rice exports could reach 8-10 million tonnes next year.Foreign Trade

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Department director general Surasak Riangkrul said Thailand exported only 6.4 million tonnes of rice this year, below the target of 8-8.5 million tonnes due to the higher price of Thai rice when compared with competing varieties from other countries as well as the decline in their rice imports as a result of natural disasters.From January through December 16, Thailand exported total 6.4 million tonnes of rice. The country earned some Bt4.2 billion, at an average of Bt657 million a tonne.Mr Susasak said his department has targeted to export up to 8-10 million tonnes of Thai rice next year.He said Thailand has attempted to maintain the country's rice quality and standards, while increasing market share to Africa and other markets. He added that the higher price should not affect the distribution process as the quality of Thai rice is in better grade. Thailand also seeks varied channels to expedite rice sales.The director general expressed optimism that Thailand would get through the current political turmoil. However, He said rice distribution under the government-to-government contracts is now suspended until the new government is elected.

Thailand exports more rice in December

Monday, 30 December 2013 By NNT The Thai Rice Exporters Association has projected that the Thai rice exports in 2013 will stay between 6.5-6.6 million tons with an increase in December, following lower rice prices in the global market. 600,000-650,000 tons of Thai rice would be exported in December this year increasing from the previous month, said the association. Apart from the falling rice prices in the global market, continuously higher jasmine rice imports by the U.S., China and Hong Kong during this long holiday was another factor in the rice export increase in December.However, Thai rice exports in November dropped by 41% compared to October while jasmine rice exports increased by 32%. From January to November, Thailand exported 5.9 million tons of rice worth 120.8 billion baht, decreasing by 5.4% in quantity and 8.8% in value compared to the same period last year.Thailands top five rice importers include Benin, Iraq, South Africa, the U.S. and Ivory Coast.As of 18 December 2013, Thailand has sold 5%-white rice at 450 U.S. dollars/ton, higher than its major competitors such as Vietnam and India by approximately 30 U.S. dollars/ton.

Thailand Likely To Export 6.5-6.6 Million Tonnes Of Rice In 2013

BANGKOK, Dec 28 (Bernama) -- The Thai Rice Exporters Association has forecast that Thailand's rice exports this year should reach 6.5-6.6 million tonnes, with shipments of Thai rice to overseas markets in December 2013 alone expected to total 600,000-650,000 tonnes, reports Thai News Agency (TNA).In its press release issued on Saturday, the Thai Rice Exporters Association said that the projected figures were based on the fact that the prices of Thai rice have been declining to now become competitive with those of rival countries on the world market.According to the Thai Rice Exporters Association, major importers of Thai fragrant, or "Hom Mali" rice, including the US, China and Hong Kong, have also steadily purchase the high-quality Thai rice for their domestic consumption, especially during annual festivals.Besides, Thai exports of steamed rice have been on the rise, as Nigeria is reportedly reviewing its rice import tariffs, which is beneficial to Thai rice exporters.

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The Thai Rice Exporters Association acknowledged, however, that the volume of Thailand's rice exports in the first 11 months of 2013 totalled 5.9 million tonnes, a 5.4 per cent year-on-year fall, while the total value of Thai rice exports during the January-November 2013 period stood at 120.84 billion baht, a 8.8 per cent year-on-year fall, with five major importers of Thai rice including Benin (855,636 tonnes), Iraq (703,869 tonnes), South Africa (373.698 tonnes), the US (347,733 tonnes) and Ivory Coast (271,935 tonnes).The volume of Thai fragrant rice exports in November 2013 alone, however, soared by 32 per cent from a month earlier to stand at 189,452 tonnes, with key importing markets including the US, China, Hong Kong and Ghana.

Rice basmati strengthens on increased demand


Rice basmati prices firmed up to Rs 100 per quintal in an otherwise steady wholesale grains market on Saturday on increased demand against restricted supplies from producing belts. However, other grains held steady in limited deals.Traders said besides increased demand, restricted arrivals from producing regions mainly led to rise in rice basmati prices.In the national capital, rice basmati common and Pusa-1121 variety rose by Rs 100 and Rs 50 to Rs 8,700-8,900 and Rs 8,000-8,500 per quintal respectively. The following were todays quotations per quintal: Wheat MP (deshi) 2,070-2,270, Wheat dara (for mills) 1,670-1,675, Chakki atta (delivery) 1,675-1,680 Atta Rajdhani (10 kg) 220, Shakti bhog (10 kg) 220, Roller flour mill 920-930 (50 kg), Maida 970-990 (50 kg) and Sooji 1,010-1,030 (50kg). Basmati rice (Lal Quila) 10,400, Shri Lal Mahal 10,000, Super Basmati Rice, 9,500, Basmati common new 8,700-8,900, Rice Pusa-(1121) new 8,000-8,500, Permal raw 2,100-2,200, Permal wand 2,275-2,300, Sela 2,950-2,975 and Rice IR-8-1,875-1,900, Bajra 1,300-1,305, Jowar yellow 1,400-1,450, white 2,300-2,500, Maize 1,405-1,410, Barley 1,400-1,410, Rajasthan 1,080-1,090. (This article was published on December 28, 2013)

Nigerian government to provide incentives to 10,000 dry season rice farmers in Bauchi

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Farmers would receive fertilisers and rice seeds

The Federal Government on Monday said it would provide incentives to 10,000 dry season rice farmers in Bauchi State as part of effort to ensure food security in the country.The Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture in the state, Mohammed Yusuf, said in Bauchi that the initiative would be provided under the Growth Enhancement Support, GES, scheme.He said each farmer would receive three bags of fertiliser at 50 per cent discount and 25kg of improved rice seeds.The state government will also get 40 (3HP) and 13 (7HP) water pumps at 75 per cent discount, which will serve the farmers registered for the programme. More than 400,000 farmers from 19 participating states are being supported with the inputs to help boost their production capacity under the 2013/2014 dry season GES scheme, Mr. Yusuf said.He added that the effort produced more than one million tonnes of rice during last years dry season farming with just over 200,000 farmers drawn from 10 states.We intend to double or even triple the production this year. We have already carried out sensitisation campaign across the state, identified genuine farmers, enlightened them and assessed their level of preparedness in respect of land and source of water. I am happy to inform you that our farmers are ready; they have prepared their lands in clusters and ready for planting. Very soon, we will commence distribution of the inputs, he said.The director advised the farmers to utilise the inputs to expand their production capacity, adding that the problems of processing and marketing had been addressed through value chain initiative.He said 15 integrated rice mills had been established in Kano, Lagos, Benue, Kebbi, Jigawa, Anambra, Imo, and Niger.According to him, the mills have a combined capacity to process 850,000 tonnes of rice.The Federal Government, in collaboration with USAID, is also planning to establish rice collection centres across the federation for easy evacuation of paddy by the millers. I assure you that the government is doing everything possible to make rice farming profitable, he said. (NAN)

Nigeria: Review Rice Importation Policy, Maritime Expert Urges Nigerian Government
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The spokesperson of the Seaport Terminal Operators of Nigeria (STOAN) on Friday urged the Federal Government to review the policy on rice importation in the interest of the nation's economy.Mr. Akinola made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.He said that Nigeria was losing an average of N1billion daily to the subsisting policy on rice importation and the attendant high level smuggling of the commodity into the country."Before January 2013, rice importers paid a 60 per cent duty, but when it was increased to 110 per cent, importers shun Nigerian ports for neighbouring countries."No rice vessel has berthed at any port in Nigeria in close to a year now. What that means is that government is losing revenue that the Customs should have collected. "The vessels just go to neigbouring ports where they will pay far less duty and the smugglers end up bringing the same rice into the country illegally," he said.He said that the policy has affected the revenue of the Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service from rice import.Mr. Akinola said the Command had so far collected only N11 million as duty on rice as against what it used to be."The Area Controller of Apapa Customs said that rice was the highest revenue-earner for them, but this year, the Command collected only N11 million as import duty on rice."In 2012 and 2011 about N138 billion and N135 billion respectively was collected as revenue on rice importation. You can see the monumental loss to the Nigerian government," Mr. Akinola said. Mr. Akinola said it was evident that the plan to develop the local production of rice still needed time because during this yuletide Nigerians ate imported rice and not locally-produced ones."During this celebration period people ate the same imported rice, not the one grown in Abakaliki or Ofada," he said.The Federal Government wants to make Nigeria self sufficient in rice production and has thus put in place policies to discourage importation. Statistics from the Agriculture Ministry indicate that Nigeria currently produces about half of the amount of rice consumed annually in the country.

Nigeria: Rice Consumption and Importation in Nigeria, No Solution in Sight


Nigeria has been a major consumer and importer of rice in Africa. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina recently revealed that the country spends over N356 billion on yearly importation of rice, out of which about N1 billion is used per day.The country today is a net importer of rice, which had also adversely affected local production tantamount to the cabal involved in rice importation.Akinwumi also stated in an interview with a media organisation that, "Nigeria, as I said, is running a prodigal consumption pattern in the sense that we are spending billions of Naira everyday importing rice from Thailand and India when we can grow that rice here."If you go to Sokoto or to Kebbi , Kano, Katsina, Niger, Kogi, Ofada rice in Ogun State, down to Abakaliki and to the Niger-Delta, we have up-land rice, low-land rice, Fadama rice, all types of rice that can be grown here, yet we are buying rice." Challenges in Nigeria's rice production Some of the issues include high input costs like cost of credit, and imported equipment, agrochemicals due to taxes (legal and illegal), tariffs and duties. There is also the problem of policy instability (ban, unban, tariffs)

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that makes decision-making and planning highly uncertain and put investments at great risk.Other unattractive conditions include low technology base (mechanization), decaying infrastructure, high interest rates, weak institutions (such as poorly-funded research institutes, public extension system, and seeds certification), and corruption-ridden fertilizer distribution system and low public sector investments in agriculture.The rice farmers have been frustrated with the scarcity and high input costs. This has led to farmers not using inputs such as fertilizers and other agrochemicals and those who use them use sub - optimal proportions of the inputs resulting in low and poor quality yields.Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria, RIFAN, has the objectives of supporting their members on production, processing and marketing of rice as well as the possibility of supplying inputs at low prices, but these objectives have not seen the light of the day.

Naveen announces bonus on paddy after protest by farmers

Government will exempt two per cent each on market fee and CST, he says Four days after a large group of agitated farmers jumped before Chief Minister Naveen Patnaiks cavalcade blocking his entry into the State Secretariat here, Mr. Patnaik on Friday announced bonus of Rs.100 per quintal over and above the minimum support price of paddy.Mr. Patnaik, who announced the bonus at a public meeting in Bargarh district, also said that the State government will exempt two per cent each on market fee and Central Sales Tax (CST) for the benefit of farmers.Claiming that he was running a farmers government, Mr. Patnaik said that the farmers selling their produce will get the benefit till the end of the kharif season.In fact, a decision about bonus on paddy was taken at a meeting of the State Cabinet on Thursday evening. But it was not made public in view of model code of conduct being in force for the ensuing civic polls in the Capital city.Meanwhile, convener of Navnirman Krushak Sangathan Akshay Kumar, who was on hunger strike since December 9, ended his fast following Mr. Patnaiks announcement.Mr. Kumar was arrested along with 25 other activists of the Sangathan and remanded to judicial custody after they staged a demonstration in front of the Chief Ministers cavalcade on December 24.The Sangathan leader, who had been lodged in the local jail after his arrest, was admitted to the Capital hospital on Friday after his health condition deteriorated. The Sangathan had demanded bonus of Rs. 500 per quintal of paddy for the farmers and monetary compensation of Rs. 2,000 per month to each family of farmers in the Phailin affected areas till the next harvest season.A large group of Sangathan activists had blocked the movement of Mr. Patnaiks cavalcade in front of the State Secretariat by displaying national flags and squatting on the road after they were not called for a

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discussion even after staging a dharna for a fortnight on the Mahatma Gandhi Marg. In another development, opposition Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party criticised the State government for announcing bonus on paddy keeping an eye on the forthcoming elections.Social activists and prominent citizens have announced to stage a dharna outside the Raj Bhavan here on Saturday to demand unconditional release of the 26 Sangathan activists. Keywords: Naveen Patnaik, paddy, minimum support price, Phailin, Mahatma Gandhi marg, Navnirman Krushak Sangathan Akshay Kumar In Photo: The HinduAkhaya Kumar (sitting) and his associate of Nabanirman Krushak Sangathan are being treated in the corridor at Capital Hospital after their hunger strike reached 19 days in Bhubaneswar on Friday. Photo: Lingaraj

Odisha announces special assistance for paddy


The Odisha government on Friday announced a special assistance of Rs 100 per quintal of paddy for the farmers hit by cyclone Phailin and subsequent floods.The farmers will get special assistance of Rs 100 per quintal, over and above the minimum support price of paddy, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said at a pu blic meeting in Baragarh.Claiming that he was running a farmers government, he said: The government considered the plight of the farmers sympathetically and made this decision to help the peasants affected by the twin calamities.Patnaik said the farmers would get the benefit of special assistance till the end of Kharif season which was mostly till April next year.The state is likely to bear an estimated additional expenditure of Rs 150 crore, a senior official said, adding, the assistance would be given to a farmer up to 100 quintals of paddy.The farmers disposing more paddy would get the benefit up to 100 quintal. This apart, the government has also decided to exempt CST on paddy, which is generally two per cent, in case farmers sell their product in other states, he said.The state government has targeted to procure about 30 lakh quintals of paddy during the ongoing Kharif season, sources said.The decision was reportedly taken at the state cabinet meeting last night, but was not made public in view of model code of conduct being in force for the ensuing Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation elections.Patnaik had also held a separate meeting with BJD leaders on the subject. Earlier, a group of MLAs from western districts had sought payment of bonus on paddy.The decision comes three days after Patnaiks convoy was obstructed by angry farmers near the State Secretariat on December 24. At least 26 members of the Navanirman Krushak Sanagathan (NKS), were arrested on charge of obstructing the Chief Ministers convoy. While demanding bonus for affected farmers, the NKS activists had also demonstrated inside the Assembly during the winter session of the House.Both Congress and BJP, however, slammed the state government for making the announcement of special assistance on paddy keeping any eye on next general elections.Patnaiks

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announcement exposes the governments narrow political motive. It would be better if the government announces Rs 300 bonus per quintal of paddy, Congress chief spokesman N Mishra said. Senior BJP leader B B Harichandan also alleged that the announcement was made keeping in view the next elections (This article was published on December 27, 2013) Keywords: Odisha, government, special assistance, paddy, cylone Phailin, floods, farmers

Nagpur Foodgrain Prices Open-Dec 30

Mon Dec 30, 2013 2:52pm IST Nagpur, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Gram prices in Nagpur Agriculture Produce and Marketing Committee (APMC) moved down on lack of demand from local millers amid high moisture content arrival. Fresh fall on NCDEX and downward trend in Madhya Pradesh gram prices also affected prices in weak trading activity, according to sources. * * * *

FOODGRAINS & PULSES GRAM * Desi gram raw recovered in open market here on renewed demand from local traders amid tight supply from producing regions. TUAR * Tuar varieties ruled steady in open market matching the demand and supply position. * Udid varieties reported higher in open market on good buying support from local traders amid weak supply from producing belts. * In Akola, Tuar - 4,300-4,450, Tuar dal - 6,700-6,700, Udid at 4,800-5,100, Udid Mogar (clean) - 5,700-6,000, Moong - 7,000-7,300, Moong Mogar (clean) 7,900-8,100, Gram - 2,800-3,000, Gram Super best bold - 4,000-4,200 for 100 kg. * Wheat, rice and other commodities remained steady in open market in thin trading activity, according to sources. Nagpur foodgrains APMC auction/open-market prices in rupees for 100 kg FOODGRAINS Available prices Previous close

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Gram Auction 2,500-2,580 2,500-2,690 Gram Pink Auction n.a. 2,100-2,600 Tuar Auction n.a. 3,800-4,050 Moong Auction n.a. 4,400-4,600 Udid Auction n.a. 4,300-4,500 Masoor Auction n.a. 2,600-2,800 Gram Super Best Bold 3,800-4,200 3,800-4,200 Gram Super Best n.a. Gram Medium Best 3,600-3,800 3,600-3,800 Gram Dal Medium n.a. n.a. Gram Mill Quality 3,100-3,300 3,100-3,300 Desi gram Raw 2,850-2,950 2,750-2,850 Gram Filter Yellow n.a. n.a. Gram Kabuli 7,800-10,200 7,800-10,200 Gram Pink 7,700-8,100 7,700-8,100 Tuar Fataka Best 6,600-6,800 6,600-6,800 Tuar Fataka Medium 6,100-6,300 6,100-6,300 Tuar Dal Best Phod 5,900-6,100 5,900-6,100 Tuar Dal Medium phod 5,500-5,700 5,500-5,700 Tuar Gavarani 4,250-4,350 4,250-4,350 Tuar Karnataka 4,450-4,550 4,450-4,550 Tuar Black 7,100-7,200 7,100-7,200 Masoor dal best 5,300-5,400 5,300-5,400 Masoor dal medium 5,000-5,100 5,000-5,100 Masoor n.a. n.a. Moong Mogar bold 8,400-8,600 8,400-8,600 Moong Mogar Medium best 7,800-8,000 7,800-8,000 Moong dal super best 7,200-7,600 7,200-7,600 Moong dal Chilka 6,800-7,000 6,700-6,900 Moong Mill quality n.a. n.a. Moong Chamki best 6,000-6,800 6,000-6,800 Udid Mogar Super best (100 INR/KG) 6,600-7,000 6,500-6,800 Udid Mogar Medium (100 INR/KG) 5,900-6,100 5,800-6,000 Udid Dal Black (100 INR/KG) 4,7800-5,000 4,600-4,800 Batri dal (100 INR/KG) 3,800-4,000 3,800-4,000 Lakhodi dal (100 INR/kg) 3,000-3,100 3,000-3,100 Watana Dal (100 INR/KG) 3,200-3,300 3,200-3,300 Watana White (100 INR/KG) 3,100-3,200 3,100-3,200 Watana Green Best (100 INR/KG) 4,550-4,900 4,550-4,900 Wheat 308 (100 INR/KG) 1,750-1,850 1,750-1,850 Wheat Mill quality(100 INR/KG) 1,700-1,750 1,700-1,750 Wheat Filter (100 INR/KG) 1,700-1,900 1,700-1,900

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Wheat Lokwan best (100 INR/KG) 2,000-2,500 2,000-2,500 Wheat Lokwan medium (100 INR/KG) 1,950-2,100 1,950-2,100 Lokwan Hath Binar (100 INR/KG) n.a. n.a. MP Sharbati Best (100 INR/KG) 3,200-3,600 3,200-3,600 MP Sharbati Medium (100 INR/KG) 2,700-2,900 2,700-2,900 Wheat 147 (100 INR/KG) 1,550-1,650 1,550-1,650 Wheat Best (100 INR/KG) 1,600-1,700 1,600-1,700 Rice BPT (100 INR/KG) 3,300-3,500 3,300-3,500 Rice Parmal (100 INR/KG) 1,900-1,950 1,900-1,950 Rice Swarna Best (100 INR/KG) 2,600-2,750 2,600-2,750 Rice Swarna Medium (100 INR/KG) 2,350-2,500 2,350-2,500 Rice HMT (100 INR/KG) 4,300-4,500 4,300-4,500 Rice HMT Shriram (100 INR/KG) 4,800-5,200 4,800-5,200 Rice Basmati best (100 INR/KG) 11,000-13,500 11,000-13,500 Rice Basmati Medium (100 INR/KG) 6,300-7,600 6,300-7,600 Rice Chinnor (100 INR/KG) 5,500-5,900 5,500-5,900 Rice Chinnor Medium (100 INR/KG) 5,100-5,400 5,100-5,400 Jowar Gavarani (100 INR/KG) 1,450-1,600 1,450-1,600 Jowar CH-5 (100 INR/KG) 1,750-1,850 1,750-1,850 WEATHER (NAGPUR) Maximum temp. 28.0 degree Celsius (82.4 degree Fahrenheit), minimum temp. 14.8 degree Celsius (58.6 degree Fahrenheit) Humidity: Highest - 88 per cent, lowest - 48 per cent. Rainfall : nil FORECAST: Clear sky. Maximum and Minimum temperature likely to be around 28 and 12 degree Celsius respectively. Note: n.a.--not available (For oils, transport costs are excluded from plant delivery prices, but included in market prices.)

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