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September 1,2015

Vol 5.Issue XIII

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Drought Affects 185,451 Hectares of Paddy
Fields in Cambodia
Aug 31, 2015

Persisting dry conditions have affected rice seedlings in about 185,451 hectares of paddy fields
in Cambodia, Khmer Times quoted a report by the Agriculture Minister.
According to the report sent to the Prime Minister, about 9,240 hectares of paddy fields have
been completely damaged. It noted that around 2.12 million hectares of rice fields, or about
82.7% of the total rice acreage of about 2.57 million hectares in the country. Planting usually
begins in May, but it has been delayed due to early-season drought which led to lack of water in
reservoirs.

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USDA estimates Cambodia's average yield per hectare at 2.43 tons. Based on these estimates,
Cambodia may have about 450,000 tons of paddy affected by flooding this year. Cambodia
produced around 9 million tons of paddy rice in 2014, according to the local sources.
USDA estimates Cambodia MY 2014-15 (January 2015 - December 2015) paddy rice production
at around 7.344 million tons (around 4.7 million tons, milled basis), slightly down from around
7.383 million tons (around 4.725 million tons, milled basis) in MY 2013-14. It estimates
Cambodia to export around 1.1 million tons of rice in 2015, up about 10% from an estimated 1
million tons in 2014.

Global Rice Quotes
August 31st, 2015

Long grain white rice - high quality
Thailand 100% B grade 370-380

Vietnam 5% broken

325-335

India 5% broken

365-375

Pakistan 5% broken

320-330

Myanmar 5% broken

415-425

Cambodia 5% broken

425-435

U.S. 4% broken 485-495

Uruguay 5% broken

535-545

Argentina 5% broken

530-540

Long grain white rice - low quality
Thailand 25% broken

340-350

Vietnam 25% broken

310-320

Pakistan 25% broken

295-305

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Cambodia 25% broken 410-420

India 25% broken

340-350

U.S. 15% broken

460-470

Long grain parboiled rice
Thailand parboiled 100% stxd

360-370

Pakistan parboiled 5% broken stxd

415-425

India parboiled 5% broken stxd 355-365

U.S. parboiled 4% broken

570-580

Brazil parboiled 5% broken

545-555

Uruguay parboiled 5% broken NQ

Long grain fragrant rice
Thailand Hommali 92% 830-840

Vietnam Jasmine

455-465

India basmati 2% broken

NQ

Pakistan basmati 2% broken

NQ

Cambodia Phka Mails

830-840

315-325

Vietnam 100% broken 305-315

Brokens
Thailand A1 Super

Pakistan 100% broken stxd
Cambodia A1 Super

280-290

355-365

India 100% broken stxd 295-305

Egypt medium grain brokens

NQ

U.S. pet food

335-345

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Brazil half grain NQ

All prices USD per ton, FOB vessel, oryza.com

India Average Wholesale Rice Prices Increase
Slightly in August 2015
Aug 31, 2015

India average wholesale rice prices increased slightly in August 2015 after declining for last two
months. The increase can be attributed to fears of a shortfall in production due to below-average
monsoon rains.
Average monthly wholesale rice prices in India increased to around Rs.2,663.31 per quintal in
August 2015, slightly up from around Rs.2,650.04 per quintal in July 2015, and down about 18%
from their year-ago levels of around Rs.3,254 per quintal.
In terms of USD per ton, wholesale rice prices in India stand at around $403 per ton (using
current exchange rates) in August 2015, down about 3% from around $416 per ton (using
historical exchange rates) in July 2015, and down about 26% from around $542 per ton (using
historical exchange rates) in August 2014.

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India’s average prices are likely to increase further if India’s production is dampened by a
moderate drought-inducing El Nino weather pattern, which is expected to persist between July
and September. Weather bureaus in Australia and Japan are forecasting an intensifying El Nino
weather pattern, which is already causing dry conditions in South East Asian countries, including
Thailand, North Korea, Indonesia and the Philippines.
The government of India is monitoring the impact of El Nino on monsoon rains in the country,
which are expected to be about 16% below normal during the second half (August-September) of
the monsoon season (June-September). The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasts a
deficit of over 10% in September rainfall.
However, below-average rains have so far not affected this year's kharif rice planting operations.
Total rice planted area stood at around 34.59 million hectares as of August 28, 2015, slightly up
from around 34.55 million hectares planted during the same time last year.
USDA estimates India's 2015-16 (October - September) production at around 104 million tons,
up about 1.5% from an estimated 102.5 million tons in 2014-15. It estimates India's 2015 rice
exports at around 10.2 million tons, slightly up from an estimated 10.15 million tons in 2014.

India Rice Sellers Increase Some of Their
Quotes Today; Thailand Rice Sellers Lower
Some of Their Quotes
Aug 31, 2015

Thailand rice sellers lowered their quotes for Hommali rice by about $5 per ton to around $830$840 per ton today. India rice sellers increased their quotes for 5% broken rice and 25% broken
rice by about $5 per ton each to around $365-$375 per ton and $340-$350 per ton respectively.
Other Asia rice sellers kept their quotes mostly unchanged today.
5% Broken Rice
Thailand 5% rice is indicated at around $360 - $370 per ton, about $35 per ton premium on
Vietnam 5% rice shown at around $325 - $335 per ton. India 5% rice is indicated at around $365
- $375 per ton, up about $5 per ton from Friday and about $45 per ton premium on Pakistan 5%
rice shown at around $320 - $330 per ton.
25% Broken Rice

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Thailand 25% rice is shown at around $340 - $350 per ton, about $30 per ton premium on
Vietnam 25% rice shown at around $310- $320 per ton. India 25% rice is indicated at around
$340 - $350 per ton, up about $5 per ton from yesterday and about $45 per ton premium on
Pakistan 25% rice shown at around $295 - $305 per ton.
Parboiled Rice
Thailand parboiled rice is indicated at around $360 - $370 per ton. India parboiled rice is
indicated at around $355- $365 per ton, about $60 per ton discount to Pakistan parboiled rice last
shown at around $415 - $425 per
ton.

100% Broken Rice
Thailand broken rice, A1 Super, is indicated at around $315 - $325 per ton, about $10 per ton
from premium on Vietnam 100% broken rice shown at around $305 - $315 per ton. India's 100%
broken rice is shown at around $295 - $305 per ton, about $15 per ton premium on Pakistan
broken sortexed rice shown at around $280 - $290 per ton.

Thai Supreme Court Rejects Former
Premier's Pleas in Rice Pledging Case
Aug 31, 2015

Thailand's Supreme Court has rejected the former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's plea to
allow the trial to be taken up by the Administrative Court as the case was not within jurisdiction
of the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Political Office Holders , according to local
sources. The Court also denied her plea to reject additional documented evidence from 23
witnesses submitted by the prosecutors.
The nine judge panel headed by the Supreme Court's Deputy President denied to transfer the case
to Administrative court on grounds that the ongoing trial against the former Prime Minister is a
criminal case and the Administrative court is not authorized to deal with criminal cases. It also
rejected the other pleas saying it has every right to seek truth by summoning and questioning
more witnesses.
The court adjourned the hearing to October 29. 2015.

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The former Prime Minister is facing charges of dereliction of duty in preventing multi-billion
dollar graft in running the controversial rice pledging scheme introduced by her government in
October 2011. The scheme is estimated to have caused losses to the extent of about 500 billion
baht (around $14 billion) to the government. If proved guilty in the present case, she may have to
face imprisonment for 10 years, according to local sources.

Oryza U.S. Rough Rice Recap - Cash Offers
Firm as Sellers Wait To See Yield Results
Aug 31, 2015

The U.S. cash market was firmer today as many sellers took to the sidelines as the futures market
rallied. Analysts not that sellers are taking a wait and see approach as they would like to see how
their crop yields before they make any pricing decisions.
In the meantime, the USDA estimates that as of August 30th, 97% of the crop had headed which
was the same percentage as this time last year and 2% ahead of the previous 5-year average. As

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of now, the USDA estimates that 99% of the rice crop in Arkansas had headed compared to ,
90% in California, 100% in Louisiana, 98% in Mississippi, 90% in Missouri, and 100% in Texas.
The USDA estimates that 26% of the crop had harvest which was 10% ahead of this time last
year and 1% ahead of the previous 5-year average. As of now, the USDA estimates that 16% of
the rice crop in Arkansas had been harvested compared to , 0% in California, 84% in Louisiana,
22% in Mississippi, 0% in Missouri, and 75% in Texas.
The USDA estimates that 66% percent of the crop is in good to excellent condition, which was
unchanged from last week week and 8% worse than this time last year. As of now, the USDA
estimates that 67% of the crop in Arkansas is in good to excellent condition compared to, 70% in
California, 61% in Louisiana, 71% in Mississippi, 63% in Missouri, and 52% in Texas.

Nepal's Rice Import Value Surges Sharply in
FY 2014-15, Says NRB
Aug 31, 2015

Nepal has imported rice worth Rs.24.75 billion (around $231 million) in the fiscal year 2014-15
(August - July), up about 43% from around Rs.17.26 billion (around $161 million) during FY
2013-14, local sources quoted the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB).
The increase in imports is attributed to poor summer harvests. The country's paddy output has
declined by about 258,435 tons or about 5.1% to around 4.78 million tons in this fiscal year due
to a late monsoon and untimely rainfall, according to the Agriculture Ministry. Most of the
imports are from India, according to local sources.
Agriculture experts told local sources that the Agriculture Ministry's plan to reduce rice import
bill by about two-thirds to about Rs.6 billion (around $56 million) in FY 2014-15 has miserably
failed. They said a drop in paddy production has put pressure on imports and is likely to continue
in FY 2015-16 as well. “The country is also likely to see significant imports of rice this fiscal as
droughts in most of the Tarai districts, the country’s food basket, have affected paddy
transplantation,” an agro expert and scientist was quoted. Based on the current paddy
transplantation estimates, he noted that that rice import value could cross Rs.40 billion (around
$373 million) next fiscal year.

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The Agriculture Ministry has also estimated that the country would lose paddy worth Rs.25
billion (around $233 million) this year, the expert added. He noted that the government should
give more importance to paddy production as it contributes to about Rs.100 billion (around $932
million) to the country's GDP. He suggested that the government come up with a long-term plan
to avoid the impact of perennial droughts or floods on the country's paddy production.
USDA estimates Nepal to import around 400,000 tons of rice in 2015. It estimates Nepal’s MY
2014-15 (October 2014 – September 2015) paddy rice production to decline to about 4.655
million tons (around 3.1 million tons, basis milled) from an estimated 5 million tons (around 3.36
million tons, basis milled) in MY 2013-14.

Thailand Plans to Sell 732,806 Tons of
Stockpiled Rice on September 8, 2015
Aug 31, 2015

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The government of Thailand is planning to auction about 732,806 tons of stockpiled rice on
September 8, 2015, Reuters quoted a statement from the Commerce Ministry.Qualified bidders'
names will reportedly be announced on September 7, according to the statement.This is the sixth
auction this year and tenth one after the military government took over in May 2014.The
government sold around 4.31 million tons of rice raising around 46.3 billion baht (around $1.3
billion) from the first nine auctions.
The Thai military government is still holding about 14 million tons of stocks accumulated from
the rice pledging scheme introduced by the previous government.

USDA Post Estimates Thailand Milled Rice
Production to Decline 7% y/y in MY 2015-16
Due to Drought
Aug 31, 2015

USDA Post forecasts Thailand's milled rice
production in MY 2015-16 (January - December
2015) at around 18 million tons (around 27.3
million tons, basis paddy), down about 7% from
around 19.35 million tons (around 29.35 million
tons, basic paddy) in MY 2014-15 due to drought
conditions that had impacted planting operations of
the country's main season rice crop.Planting for the
2015-16 main rice crop planting is complete in
major growing areas. According to the Ministry of Agriculture's Disaster Center report, around
one million rai (around 160,000 hectares) of main rice crop had been affected by drought,
particularly in the lower northern region and central plains.
The Post reports that reservoir levels in major dams (that supply irrigation for main-crop rice in
the northern and central plain regions) in August 2015 are lower than the previous year due to
lack of rain. The Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) reported that cumulative rainfall was
about 15% below normal as of August 19. The TMD expects slightly below normal rainfall
between August and October. This is likely to result in lower reservoirs for next dry-season crop
in 2016.In its July report, the Post estimated Thailand's 2015 rice exports at around 10 million
tons against the earlier estimated 11 million tons due to a competition from Vietnam especially
for 5% broken white rice.

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