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50 thousand tons of imported rice to enter through Dumai port

Verdict on Indo-Pak fight over basmati likely soon
NSW Riverina growers drop rice
Govt to procure 0.2m tonnes rice at Tk 31 per kg
Govt offers lower price
Rice breeder focuses on new, high-value varieties for Mackay and north Queensland
Farmer Writes: GMO debate has to be open, transparent and based on science
Korea's rice production hits 6-year high in 2015
Seaweed additive can boost rice yield by 65% govt scientists
2016 Outlook: Cotton, Peanut and Rice Questions Linger
Rices bad taste: Poor farmers, health risks
PH Q3 farm output flat as dry weather hits rice
Vietnams rice bowl is sinking
Singaporeans agree rice deal
Rice exports to stay strong, say shippers
Thailand sells an additional 500,000 tons of rice
Ministry moves to keep bad and good rice separated
USA Rice Daily
Arkansas Farm Bureau Daily Commodity Report

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50 thousand tons of imported rice to enter through Dumai
Jumat, 13 November 2015 19:02 WIB | 639 Views
Dumai, Riau (ANTARA News) - Some 50 thousand tons of imported rice from Vietnam and
Thailand will enter Indonesia through the port of Dumai in Riau Province, a regional chief of the
state logistics board said.Head of Dumai Office of the State Logistics Board (Bulog) Titov Agus
Sabelia said that Bulog will soon receive 20 thousand tons of imported rice.
"Some 50 thousand tons of imported rice will enter the Dumai port in March 2016. In first phase,
20 thousand tons will arrive," said Agus on Friday.He added that the government decided to
import rice to reinforce the governments rice stock and prepare it for price control, if there
price instability occurs. It was reported earlier that rice imported by the Indonesian government
has started arriving at some seaports across the country, in a bid to increase the national food
stock as the El Nino-induced drought has affected several regions.

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"Already, (imported rice shipments have entered) not only Jakarta, but also several seaports,"
Vice President Jusuf M. Kalla stated Wednesday.The rice imports are necessary as drought has
delayed paddy harvests in some regions, he noted."The most important aspect is that the
government has provided adequate (rice) stocks nationally, including from imports. It is alright,"
he added.The drought from August to November 2015 has triggered harvest failures and reduced
rice stocks."This decision has been taken for the sake of the people and not to protect a particular
individuals image, no. It is to prevent rice prices from increasing," Kalla explained.On Nov. 4,
some 4.8 thousand tons of rice imported from Vietnam arrived in Manado, North Sulawesi
Province.Some three thousand tons of imported rice from Vietnam was also expected to arrive in
Merauke, Papua, on Nov. 8, 2015.(*)

Verdict on Indo-Pak fight over basmati likely soon

Manish Raj, TNN | Nov 13, 2015, 05.23AM IST

APEDA, in its application to register Basmati GI, had failed to mention the Basmati-cultivating
regions in Pakistan.
CHENNAI: Forget the LOC, cross-border skirmishes and
nuclear threat. Pakistan has opened a new warfront against
India rice. And the battleground will be southern state
of Tamil Nadu Chennai, to be exact.Will the strident
neighbor succeed in getting an exclusive GI or reach a
compromise and settle for joint registration of the tag with
India will be known when the Intellectual Property
Appellate Board (IPAB) delivers its verdict soon.For now,
the IPAB bench comprising its chairman Justice K N
Basha and technical member Sanjeev Kumar Chaswal has
reserved its orders on the legal wrangle for the tag. Verdict
is to be out soon."It is only the area falling within the
territory of Pakistan (the Indo-Gangetic plains in the
Himalayan foothills) that is entitled to the GI 'Basmati' by
virtue of having produced this 'exceptional rice' over a long
period of time," said the petition from Lahore-based Basmati Growers Association (BGA).The
assistant registrar of GI, Chennai has "gravely erred that rice produced in area/region of Madhya
Pradesh, or for that matter any part of India can bear the basmati tag," the appeal added.Earlier,
based on an application of Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development
Authority (APEDA), GI status was granted to Basmati rice cultivated in UP, HP, Uttarakhand,
Haryana, Punjab and J&K. After MP requested its name be included in the list, the registry on

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December 31, 2013, directed APEDA to amend its application and include that state too.
APEDA moved the IPAB challenging the directive.

Bhopal-based New Darban Social Welfare Society has involved itself to uphold IPAB's existing
order. BGA also filed an appeal in IPAB against the registry's order. Despite two extensions,
BGA failed to provide evidence. APEDA moved an interlocutory petition seeking a direction to
quash the opposition petition. The GI registry on December 31, 2013, set aside BGA's petition.
BGA's appeal against the order is pending.Last week, BGA submitted its application saying the
registry's order to include additional areas was a 'grave concern'. "The region of origin of
Basmati rice was carved out in early days itself when rice grown in the erstwhile Punjab drew
attention...for being distinctive," said the application.

There was no "public perception" or recognition" of Basmati being originated from MP. It
originated in erstwhile Punjab in Pakistan. "Merely because Basmati germplasm is cultivated in
the region/area of MP, Rajasthan, Bihar and Mizoram, it would not entitle them to the GI tag,
said the petition adding, the registry had "misinterpreted 'Basmati as a product rather than GI."It
also said impleaded parties like Narmada Cereals Pvt Ltd, Daawat Food Ltd and SSA
International were exporters and merely having factories in Madhya Pradesh. So they could not
file an appeal for inclusion of MP in the area for Basmati cultivation. The order of the registry
was silent on the variety of Basmati rice (Pusa variety) being grown in MP. "While variety of
Basmati rice is certainly not the only basis, it should have been one of the most important
factors," said the petition.
APEDA, in its application to register Basmati GI, had failed to mention the Basmati-cultivating
regions in Pakistan. It, however, had said in "forums and courts all across the world" that
Basmati was cultivated in both India and Pakistan, said the petition, requesting the IPAB to
allow its original appeal and set aside the order of the registry.
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By meddling in the market for rice, Asian governments make their own citizens poorer
Nov 14th 2015 | SINGAPORE | From the print edition

NEARLY 16% of Indonesias 250m people survive on $1.90 a day or less, as do more than 6%
of Cambodias 15m people. In both countries, rice is the staple crop, providing more than half
the daily calories of the poor. That puts needy Cambodians at a distinct advantage: between
January of last year and April of this, the average wholesale cost of a kilo of rice in Cambodia
was roughly $0.40, while in Indonesia it was nearly $0.70.
There are a few reasons why rice is more expensive in Indonesia. For one, it is a net importer,
whereas Cambodia grows more than it needs. Indonesia is also a far-flung archipelago with

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abysmal infrastructure, which raises transport costs. But David Dawe of the Food and
Agriculture Organisation (FAO), a division of the United Nations, has found that transport costs
account for only a small share of the gap in prices. Instead, the culprit is policy.

NSW Riverina growers drop rice

NOVEMBER 13, 2015 12:00AM

Water worry: Michael Chalmers planted less than half the rice crop his family grew last year because of low
water allocation in the Murray Valley. Picture: Andy Rogers

RICE plantings have dropped dramatically from last year because of poor water allocations in
the NSW Riverina.Last week the NSW Government announced a one per cent upgrade to 13 per
cent in the general security water allocation for the NSW Murray Valley system, while the
Murrumbidgee Valley allocation remained at 29 per cent.Finley-based agronomist John Lacy
said few growers in the eastern Murray Valley including at Blighty, Oaklands, Jerilderie and
Tocumwal, had planted rice this year.He said when farmers were making decisions to plant in
late August and early September, allocations were at 6 per cent and the outlook for the rice
season wasnt promising.

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They are planting dramatically less than last year. Many farmers were able to grow rice last
year, but most have dropped away this year, he said. A lot of growers werent willing to take
the risk.Michael Chalmers at Noorong, NSW, east of Swan Hill, has planted 292ha of rice
down 72 per cent on last year.Mr Chalmers said he carried over some water from last season and
bought some temporary water in July before the prices got out of control.We rely on the
combination of allocation and temporary trade (water). We need for one and both to be in good
shape the water trade is a concern, he said.At Griffith, Wayne Andreazza, who usually
plants 400ha of rice, will not plant any summer crops, including rice. He said the low general

water allocations and high temporary water prices above $200/ML influenced his
SunRice chief executive Rob Gordon said he anticipated a smaller crop this year but would not
put a number on it.Last month, the company announced a minimum price guarantee of
$415/tonne to try to encourage rice planting.Mr Gordon said the Deniliquin and Leeton rice mills
would be open this year, which had been secured by the fact we announced the guaranteed
minimum price.


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Australian 5 Crown, CIF UK (USD/t)

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Govt to procure 0.2m tonnes rice at Tk 31 per kg

Online Desk | Update: 18:51, Nov 12, 2015

The government has set a target to procure 0.2 million metric tonnes of Aman rice at Tk 31 per
kg in the current season, says news agency UNB.Food minister Qamrul Islam disclosed the
decision on Thursday while talking to reporters after a meeting of food planning and monitoring
committee at the ministry.He said the Aman rice procurement will begin on 15 December and
continue till 15 March.Qamrul Islam said the government has decided to increase duty on rice
import from the existing 10 percent.
The minister said his ministry had earlier proposed to increase duty on rice import but it was
delayed, as a result, Bangladeshi importers imported huge rice from India which made the
market unstable.He said farmers will be affected if duty on rice import is not increased.The
prices of flour and rice under Open Market Sale (OMS) programme will be decreased from the
current prices of Tk 22 and 24 per Kg respectively, he added.Presided over by the Food Minister,

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the meeting was attended, among others, by finance minister AMA Muhith, agriculture minister
Matia Chowdhury, LGRD and cooperatives minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, disaster
management and relief minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury and state minister for food
Nuruzzaman Ahmed.

Govt offers lower price

Staff Correspondent
The government has decided to offer the Aman growers one taka lower price than what it had
offered during rice procurement last Aman season.But to cushion farmers against the impact of
cheaper rice being imported from India, it would soon increase duty on rice import, said Food
Minister Quamrul Islam.The decisions came at a meeting of the Food Planning and Monitoring
Committee held yesterday with food minister in the chair.Briefing reporters after the meeting,
the food minister said the issue of increasing the duty has been discussed, and a decision in this
regard would be taken in a couple of days.The meeting decided that the government would
procure two lakh tonnes of Aman rice this season at Tk 31 per kg from December 15 to March
15.Last year, the government procured Aman rice at Tk 32 per kg.
The price offer is Tk 1 less despite the fact that Aman production cost has increased from last
year's Tk 28 a kg to Tk 28.50 a kg this year.Officials concerned reasoned that as the current price
of rice is cheaper in the market than what it was a year back, the procurement price has been
adjusted accordingly.The procurement season came at a time when the government granaries are
full to the brim with earlier stocks, and that is why, the government is now also planning to slash
the selling prices of open market sale (OMS) of rice and wheat.
The food minister said the price cut in OMS would be announced in a day or two. At present,
rice is being sold at Tk 24 a kg and wheat at Tk 22.As cheaper rice from India got into
Bangladesh market in large volumes earlier this year, putting local rice growers in a tight spot,
the government imposed a 10 percent duty in May amid widespread criticism that the measure
was too little too late.Rice millers recommend increasing the rice import duty to 30
percent.Finance Minister AMA Muhith and Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury attended
yesterday's meeting.

Rice breeder focuses on new, high-value varieties for

Mackay and north Queensland
QLD Country Hour
By David Sparkes
Posted earlier today at 6:32am
PHOTO: Agronomist and rice breeder Ben Ovenden from the NSW Department of Primary
Industries speaks at an information session near Mackay.

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Agronomists in New South Wales are working to come up with new rice varieties to be
grown in the Mackay region and further afield in north Queensland.
Ben Ovenden, from the NSW Department of Primary Industries, is one of just two scientists in
Australia who can call themselves 'rice breeders', and this week he spoke with sugar cane
growers in Mackay about progress on developing rice varieties for the region.
"We're really excited about the potential for new rice varieties in this
region," Mr Ovenden said."With the tropical climate it is really
suited to a whole range of different varieties."We have started doing
selections here, because basically if you breed for something in the
environment that it's going to be grown in, hopefully you are going
to get a good performer."Mr Ovenden was speaking at
an information session near Mackay, where sugar cane growers were
updated on the potential of rice in their region.Most of Mr Ovenden's work in the past has
focused on rice breeding for the Riverina region in NSW, but for the past decade he and his
department have been working on a small scale with cane grower Andrew Barfield to come up
with varieties suited to Mackay's climate and conditions.That work resulted in the selection of
doongara as the variety for the Mackay region's first commercial rice crop this year.
PHOTO: Mackay cane grower Andrew Barfield has been hosting trials of new rice varieties on
his property.(David Sparkes)
While doongara is seen as a highly
reliable option, Mr Ovenden said he and
his team were now working on other,
more niche varieties."We think that the
Thai jasmine fragrant varieties would be
an ideal niche for producers in this area,
and we've focused a lot of our work on
starting to breed a lot of the high value
varieties," he said."There is a variety
called topaz, which was released in
southern New South Wales, which fills
that market niche."It's a fragrant long
grain, but we don't expect it to be as
agronomically suited up here as it is down in the Riverina."We'd like to breed something with
high yield potential as well as really good quality that's targeted for this growing region."Mr
Ovenden said it took about 10 years of crossbreeding and trials to come up with a new rice
variety for commercial use.

Farmer Writes: GMO debate has to be open, transparent

and based on science
By Contributor on 12 November 2015


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On a trip to the Philippines earlier this year, Brian Rushe visited the
International Rice Research Institute and saw first-hand the
difference a genetically engineered crop can make for humans
This year, as part of my Nuffield Scholarship travels, I had the
opportunity to visit the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
in the Philippines, where I got to see the incredible difference a
genetically engineered crop can truly make.IRRI was founded in
1960 with the help of the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations. The
work being done there is both lifesaving and inspirational and a real
example of what independent agricultural research can achieve.IRRI
has made a difference since it started the green revolution that
resulted in the avoidance of famine, ensured political stability and
provided the basis for the current explosion in economic growth we are now seeing in Asia. Its
sole mandate is to provide free research and extension to over 200 million rice farmers in that
region. Among its current major funders are the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the
United Nations.
Vitamin deficiency
Currently, IRRI is leading the development of a vitamin A-enriched genetically engineered variety of rice
called golden rice. In developing countries, an estimated 250,000 to 500,000 vitamin A-deficient children
become blind every year, half of them dying within 12 months of losing their sight. The poor in the
developing world, especially those who rely heavily on rice as their major source of nutrition, are
particularly exposed to vitamin A deficiency.For you and I, this is never a problem. We get our vitamins
from a varied and balanced diet. Failing that, we can always pop down to our local pharmacy and buy our
vitamins in a bottle.

However, for a massive amount of the worlds population, this is simply not an option.This side of the
GMO debate is never publicised or spoken about. Stories like IRRI and golden rice dont seem to sell
papers or encourage website hits. Unfortunately, in most of todays media bad news, negativity and
sensationalism seems to trump stories of amazingly innovative people and organisations that have focused
on solutions rather than problems.The GMO debate has to be open, transparent and based on science.
Peoples concerns should be addressed with understanding and humility, but most importantly, it needs to
be a conversation.


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Korea's rice production hits 6-year high in 2015

Published : 2015-11-13 14:27
Updated : 2015-11-13 14:27
South Korea's rice production hit a six-year high in 2015 caused by greater yield per cultivated
land, government data showed Friday.According to the data from Statistics Korea, South Korea
produced a total of 4.32 million tons of rice this year, up 2 percent from 4.24 million tons a year
earlier. This marked the third straight year of growth in rice output. The growth came in spite of
a 2-percent drop in the country's rice-growing area from a year earlier.
"Lack of serious typhoons and pest damage pushed up output," the agency said. "Good weather
conditions particularly in August and September helped." It added that enhanced production
efficiency also played a role in propping up rice output.The amount of rice harvested from 1,000
square meters of land increased 4.2 percent to 542 kilograms from the previous year's 520
kilograms, according to the data. By region, South Jeolla Province ranked No. 1 with total output
hitting 866,000 tons, followed by South Chungcheong Province reporting 828,000 tons.

Seaweed additive can boost rice yield by 65% govt scientists

Carrageenan, a substance found in seaweed, can help Filipino rice farmers earn and
save more, according to government research
Pia Ranada
Published 6:00 PM, November 13, 2015
Updated 6:00 PM, November 13, 2015

OCEAN'S BOUNTY. A seaweed farmer in Tawi-Tawi bundles his harvested seaweed. Photo by
Pia Ranada/Rappler
MANILA, Philippines Government research into how a substance from seaweed can increase
the productivity of rice fields across the country has paid off.Carrageenan, a carbohydrate found
in edible seaweeds, was found to increase rice yield by 63.6% to 65.4%, according to scientists
from the National Crop Protection Center (NCPC) at the University of the Philippines Los
Baos, the countrys premiere agricultural school.The findings were the result of a field trial
conducted in Bulacan. The trial showed that adding small portions of carrageenan to fertilizer led
to higher grain weight, thereby increasing rice yields.
The team led by Gil Magsino of NCPC found that adding 20 milliliters per liter of carrageenan to
3 to 6 bags of fertilizer per hectare led to an increased grain weight of 450 and 455 grams. This is
compared to 275 grams of grain weight produced after applying 9 bags per hectare the usual
practice of Filipino farmers.The research was funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture
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Technology.Previous studies showed that when carrageenan is degraded or reduced to tiny sizes
through irradiation technology, it can promote growth in rice plants and make it resistant to
certain pests. Thus, at very small doses, it becomes an effective natural fertilizer.

Higher yield, more savings

Carrageenan can improve rice productivity by strengthening rice stems which, according to the
Department of Agriculture, helps prevent lodging or when stems become too weak to carry the
weight of the rice grains that they fall to the field.The substance can also promote resistance to
rice plant diseases like the rice tungro virus and bacterial leaf blight.This innovation of applying
seaweed as fertilizer empowers our farmers to have access to cheaper but highly effective plant
growth enhancers that boils down to improved harvest and increased income, said Science
Secretary Mario Montejo.
Because the use of carrageenan was found to decrease the number of bags of fertilizer needed per
hectare, this could mean bigger savings for farmers who devote much of their expenses to
farming inputs.The governments finding could also impact other agricultural workers, namely
seaweed farmers, by boosting demand for the substance.Seaweed is heavily farmed in places like
Tawi-Tawi, Zamboanga, Bohol, Cebu, Leyte, Samar, and Antique.
In fact, the Philippines is a major global supplier of carrageenan. In 2011, it reportedly supplied
80% of the world's seaweed needs.It is commonly used as a thickener or stabilizer for food
products like ice cream and salad dressing, or as a binding agent for toothpaste and shampoo.


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2016 Outlook: Cotton, Peanut and Rice Questions Linger

NOVEMBER 12, 2015 11:30 AM

While cotton acreage could likely increase in 2016, the price outlook shows scant signs of improvement.

Editor's note: This is one of ten 2016 marketing outlooks, the editors are providing
to help you succeed and be profitable in the coming year. Please check back each Monday and
Thursday for another outlook.
When the crop market outlook isnt too shiny, sometimes a farmer is forced to pick the best pig
in the pen. Producers make planting decisions based on market signals, and one key signal is the
price of competing crops. Yet, there is no clarion call for additional cotton, peanut or rice acres
in 2016.
Cotton Rut
Cotton is stuck in the doldrums with a demand creep showing scant signs of improvement. As
projections forecast a carryover of 3.1 million bales going into 2016, prices appear stuck at 60plus cents. Cotton consumption rides in tandem with overall prosperity, but the limping U.S. and
global economy is likely to continue. Because of oversupply, I have a hard time seeing cotton
prices getting out of the 60-cent range. Thats not profitable and wont cut it for farmers, says


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John Robinson, Texas A&M University Extension cotton economist.Robinson expects U.S.
cotton acreage to remain close to 2015 levels.
Cotton should stay the same at about 9 million planted acres in 2016; theres nothing right now
to swing them back. Low grain futures might pull back a few cotton acres, but probably not
many.Pared down, Robinson expects a 2016 similar to the dismal cotton year of 2015. Farmers
are going into next year with a bad taste in their mouths from low prices and tough growing
conditions. They arent thrilled and their bankers arent thrilled either. Such sentiment will keep
a lid on acreage.An economic boom in key cotton consuming countries carries the likelihood of
a snowflake in summer. China is rubbing against a hard economy and holds huge cotton
reserves. However, import increases in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Vietnam have helped offset
the drop from China.
Turkey is also a big U.S. cotton consumerthe second-largest customer in the last five years,
but the current anti-dumping investigation could affect Turkeys import status.Soil moisture
conditions, particularly in cotton-heavy Texas, are predicted to be better in 2016 than in previous
years, but the El Nino effect may last into the spring of 2016, which could affect planting. If
planting conditions are favorable, we should see an increase in cotton acreage in some areas as
compared to 2015, says Jody Campiche, vice president of Economics and Policy Analysis,
National Cotton Council.What does Campiche expect from acreage levels? Right now, feed
grain prices are generally low. Even sorghums favorable basis has declined. This could lead to
more cotton acreage in 2016. However, with a stagnant world market and record levels of
cotton stocks, she anticipates similar price conditions in the 2016 crop year.
Peanut Plenty
Peanut supply estimates arent solid yet, but point toward 3.1 million tons for 2015. If that
number holds, it will result in a carryover into next season of roughly 1.4 million tons. That
would place the U.S. peanut industry in an oversupply situation and press against already low
prices.The price on peanuts cant go much further down and still entice farmers to plant in 2016,
says Tyron Spearman, executive secretary of the National Peanut Buying Points Association.
Prices have been running around $400 per farmer stock ton, but dropped to $380 per farmer
stock ton. The price support is $355 and I dont think farmers will plant at $355. In 2015,
farmers planted at around $400 per farmer stock ton and then you received $75 from the PLC
That puts it at $475, and so if you can average 4,000-5,000 lbs., you can stay alive, but you
wont be bringing in profit.Exports play an increasingly big peanut role. Our problem is
Argentina and theyve been successful in the European market by being priced lower than U.S.
peanuts, describes Spearman. Theyre at $1,000 per metric ton; were at $1,100 and thats the
best we can do. Right now, we just have to be ready and on time when Europe needs U.S.
peanuts.Brian Williams, agricultural economist, Mississippi State University, says peanut
demand has been strong, but not robust enough to keep up with the huge 2015 crop. I suspect
prices will drop with the big supply.
At a minimum, profitable crop options will play at least a small role in 2016 peanut planting
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Spearman believes 2016 acreage will drop from the 1.6 million acres of 2015, with the decline
tempered by a lack of crop alternativescotton in the 60-cent range, corn below $4, or soybeans
hovering above $8.50. If the alternatives remain unattractive, producers may fall back on peanuts
again. Getting close to planting time, peanut acreage will really play off the price performance
of corn and cotton, Spearman says.
Rice Shift?
Based on the whims of 2015, rice acreage might appear headed down in 2016, but numbers may
remain steady after commodity realization. A lot of rice is still held on-farm as producers wait
for price improvements. Many operations equipped with adequate storage are holding rice at
least into 2016. If they can get close to $6 per bushel rice, theyll pull the trigger. However,
reaching such a price is very unlikely, says Jarrod Hardke, University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture rice Extension agronomist.
A lot of that will be dictated by production estimates in January 2016.Rice growers wont run
to $8.50 soybeans. Ballpark input costs come in at $350 per acre on soybeans and $700 per acre
on rice. Soybeans are a safer bet, but rices yield potential can bring a windfall. Beans in the
teens would be a different conversation, says Hardke.As the No. 1 rice-producing state,
Arkansas yield is estimated at 164 bu. per acre, compared to 168 bu. per acre in 2014. Hardke
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Arkansas rice footprint1.3 million acres. Ultimately, I feel itll be 155-160 bu. per acre.
Move the yield from 164 to below 160 and youll see a market impact.Certainly, 2015 prices
arent getting farmers charged to plant rice in 2016. Yet, Louisiana State University AgCenter
economist Kurt Guidry doesnt see a shift away from rice. I think acreage will remain steady
and might even come with a slight increase. We had 2.6 million U.S. rice acres in 2015 and I

In Louisiana, most of the rice crop is in the southern part of the state where theres not much
choice related to crop alternatives. Its almost rice or nothing, Guidry says. With a short crop,
maybe prices will strengthen. There has to be more than a small change to get producers excited
about planting rice next year.On the export side of the table, Cubas historical demand for U.S.
rice and its proximity bode well for rice farmers, says Williams. Also, the Trans-Pacific
Partnership will remove trade barriers. Despite those international benefits on the horizon, they
probably wont influence 2016 plantings.Cubas market would consume a significant
percentage of U.S. rice. China is also on the sidelines, and its purchasing power would pull a
deep scoop from the U.S. marketing bin. If all the international stars line up, rice acreage could
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Estimates dictate the markets for cotton, peanuts and rice. The acreage and price needles will
shift multiple times as the next year unfolds. Competing crops, economic temperature,
international pressure and Mother Nature will hold sway in a sluggish market as watch-and-wait
producers take it all in and prepare for 2016.

Rices bad taste: Poor farmers, health risks

By: Kimmy Baraoidan
Inquirer Southern Luzon
12:15 AM November 13th, 2015
RICE PLANTING is back-breaking work that also exposes farmers to diseases and other
hazards, according to an agriculture expert. EDWIN BACASMAS

LOS BAOS, LAGUNABefore you put that spoonful of rice in your mouth, think about this
Rice production in the Philippines is doing more harm than good to farmers, the environment and
consumers, according to an agriculture expert.Dr. Eufemio T. Rasco Jr., member of the National
Academy for Science and Technology and former executive director of the Philippine Rice
Research Institute (PhilRice), said the first ugly effect of rice is on farmers involved in its
production.At a lecture in the University of the Philippines Los Baos (UPLB), Rasco said rice
farmers in the Philippines suffer physically and economically as a result of the way rice is being
produced.Farmers, he said, bend for long hours to plant and harvest rice, causing lower back
pains.Farmers are also exposed to diseases like schistosomiasis, malaria, fungal and bacterial
infections and hazards like snake bites, he added.


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Income decline
According to Rasco, farmers are also at the losing end because they get the least out of rice
production, getting only P50,000 each year after other players in the rice supply chain had gotten
their shares.Farmers income, he said, is expected to further decline at the start of the economic
integration of countries belonging to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) which
would melt down trade barriers, like duties and tariffs, and pave the way for the free exchange of
goods.Under Asean economic integration, farm gate prices of agricultural produce are expected
to further go down, said Rasco.On the environment, rice production in the Philippines is also
harmful because of monocropping, said Rasco.So much water is wasted in rice production, he
said, that to produce a kilogram of rice, at least 5,000 liters of water is used.Rice farming, he
said, also helps worsen soil, water and air pollution and increases greenhouse gas emissions.
Health risks
Health-wise, according to Rasco, rice is also not an ideal food but Filipinos are heavy rice eaters.
In the Philippines, he said, per capita consumption of rice in 2009 (119) is more than double the
global average (65).Regular rice eaters, he said, suffer increased risks of having diabetes because
of rices, especially the white varietys, high glycemic index.Other conditions associated with
excessive rice consumption are heart disease, stroke and atherosclerosis, to name a few, he
added.Humans, Rasco said, do not need to eat rice, adding that humans started to eat rice only
some 200,000 years ago. Hunters and gatherers, before the invention of fire and cooking,
survived on meat and plants.
He argued that the human body has not adapted [yet] to grains consumption, including
rice.Rasco, however, said not all kinds of rice are bad. This is our savior, brown rice, he said.
Brown rice has more nutrients and lower glycemic content (50) than white rice (70).But given
the arguments against rice, why do farmers continue to produce it? Two reasons, Rasco said, are
that most land is suitable only for rice production and farmers lack other skills.To reduce
dependence on rice by farmers and consumers, Rasco said an answer would be
diversification.Instead of planting only rice, farmers can plant other crops and grow poultry and
livestock alongside crops.Rasco said he hoped consumers would eventually realize that rice is
not good for them.

PH Q3 farm output flat as dry weather hits rice

Posted at 11/13/15 10:34 AM
MANILA - The Philippines' agricultural output in the third quarter grew a marginal 0.04 percent
from a year earlier, as crop losses due to El Nino-induced dry weather offset gains in livestock,
poultry and fisheries, the government said on Friday.Crops output contracted 4.86 percent, with
paddy harvest down 15.71 percent to 2.6 million tonnes, while corn production dropped 1.7
percent, the Philippine Statistics Authority said in a report issued ahead of the third quarter GDP


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data due later this month.Livestock output grew 3.25 percent while poultry production rose 8.76
percent. Fisheries managed to grow 1.8 percent.

Vietnams rice bowl is sinking

VietNamNet Bridge - Part of the Mekong Delta home to 20% of Vietnams population and 50%
of its rice production - is at risk of disappearing as sea levels rise.

A field with saltwater in Ca Mau.

Passing from one field to another in the region, we saw the same things: The water showed a
dingy yellowish color and rice grew in wispy rows. Bui Van Sim, a farmer in Le Giao village,
Thoi Binh district of Ca Mau Province, explained: "This year's crop is totally lost. Saltwater has
appeared everywhere. There is no rain; almost 100% of the rice has died."Ca Mau is a lowland,
of which some parts are about to be under sea level, so flooding and seawater encroachment
happen frequently. In recent years, under the impact of global warming and sea level rise, 40%
of Ca Mau area faces the threat of being submerged by seawater.Locals like Sim once were
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The rainy season was from June to November when water from upstream overflows. This is the
time that people desalt the fields to grow rice. After harvest, they let the fields dry and pump
saltwater into them to breed shrimp. However, this script is changing. Tran Thi Diep, also living
in Le Giao, said that usually the period between July and August is the time of abundant fresh
water, but this year, there has been nothing even though it is early November.
This means that the golden rice bowl of Vietnam is experiencing many changes.Of the 13
provinces in the Mekong Delta, Ca Mau and Kien Giang are most seriously affected. 80% of Ca
Mau is at risk of submersion. The province has nearly 10,000 hectares of agricultural land
affected by salinity. Moreover, sea dikes are seriously degraded.
Kien Giang is heavily influenced by climate change, especially flooding and sea level rise every
year. If the sea level rises about 85-105 cm, most of Kien Giang province will be
submerged.Furthermore, according to the calculations of scientists, along with the issue of rising
sea levels, the ground of the Mekong Delta is also in danger of serious sinking, pushing the risk
of disappearance of the most fertile fields. The average level of sinking measured in Can Gio
District, Ho Chi Minh City is 26.3mm/year; at the estuary of the Hau River (a branch of the
Mekong River) in Can Tho, it is 14.2mm/year, while in Ca Mau it is 23.4mm/year.

Additionally, erosion at riverbanks, islets and coastal areas is causing great difficulties for people
and local governments. A few months ago, Long Khanh islet, Hong Ngu District, Dong Thap
Province eroded almost completely. Water invaded residential areas, endangering peoples lives.
Hundreds of households need to be relocated, pushing the government into the uneasy situation
of finding funds for new land.In the lowlands like the two provinces of Ca Mau and Kien Giang,
the high sea level rise and the sinking have put the interlocking canal system in disorder.

Singaporeans agree rice deal

Drought concerns are prompting countries to go on a rice-buying spree, with Singaporean buyers
sealing a deal yesterday to buy rice worth 720 million baht from the Thai private
sector.Published: 13/11/2015 at 03:25 AM

Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn, who last week led Singaporean importers to visit and
observe rice cultivation in Ubon Ratchathani, said they would buy the entire 22,000 tonnes of
Hom Mali rice produced in the province in the 2015-16 harvest season.The Singaporeans also
plan to buy glutinous rice, but deals have yet to be signed because they believe the price
is relatively high.Singapore is one of Thailand's main rice export markets, both for domestic


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consumption and re-export.The city state bought 126,013 tonnes worth 3.99 billion baht in
2013 and 162,577 tonnes worth 5.76 billion baht last year.In the first 10 months of this year,
Singapore imported 99,216 tonnes of Thai rice worth 2.77 billion baht.
Charoen Laothamatas, president of the Thai Rice Exporters Association, said Thailand was
expected to produce 6 million tonnes of Hom Mali paddy or 3 million tonnes of milled rice in the
2015-16 season, close to last season's figures.However, he expects the Hom Mali rice in this
year's main crop will be much better in quality thanks to low rainfall that will make it more
aromatic."We're concerned about the short-term price prospects of Hom Mali rice, as
simultaneous harvests nationwide may affect prices to certain extent," Mr Charoen said.In a bid
to stabilise rice prices ahead of the main crop's new release of supply this month and next,
the rice policy and management committee last month agreed to delay sales of highquality rice in state stocks.
The panel will allow the sale of 2 million tonnes of low-quality rice, mainly for industrial
use.The government controls 13.5 million tonnes of rice stocks, down from a combined 18
million tonnes amassed from previous rice schemes.In a move to stabilise Hom Mali paddy
prices, exporters also pledged to buy Hom Mali paddy at a target price of 13,500 baht a tonne or
about 26,000 baht a tonne for milled rice from December-February.Drought conditions are
prompting many countries to buy more rice, with the Philippines and Indonesia expected to buy
more stocks, Mrs Apiradi said.

The government through the Foreign Trade Department will sign a government-to-government
(G-to-G) deal this week to sell 500,000 tonnes of newly harvested rice worth 8 billion baht to
Indonesia's rice-buying agency Bulog.Of the total, 15% white rice will make up 450,000 tonnes,
with 5% white rice making up the rest. Delivery is scheduled from this month to next
March.Since Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha took office, Thailand has sold more than 2
million tonnes under G-to-G contracts, with 1 million to be delivered this year.

In September, the government secured a deal to sell 300,000 tonnes of rice to the Philippines'
National Food Authority under a G-to-G deal at cost, insurance and freight prices of US$426.60
a tonne. Delivery is due between now and next January.The government is also set to sign a deal
to sell 1 million tonnes of rice to China, with delivery due next year.The grains, mainly new 5%
white rice and Hom Mali rice, are part of a 2-million-tonne lot for which a memorandum of
understanding was signed last December

Rice exports to stay strong, say shippers

Freight News 13/11/2015

The countrys rice prospects are brightening, with exports expected to stay
strong at 9.5 to 10 million tonnes next year, says the Thai Rice Exporters
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purchase orders under government-to-government (G-to-G) contracts with the Philippines and
China, president Charoen Laothammatas said yesterday.He expects Thai paddy prices will
remain steady at 8,000 to 8,500 baht a tonne next year. The government is hoping to sell more
rice from its stocks in the year to come due to lower output resulting from drought conditions.
Drought is forecast to cut second-crop output next year by 50% to 4-5 million tonnes of paddy
from 8-10 million tonnes.The government through the Foreign Trade Department will sign a Gto-G deal this week to sell 500,000 tonnes of newly harvested rice worth 8 billion baht to
Indonesias rice-buying agency, Bulog. Of the 500,000 tonnes, 15% white rice will make up
450,000 tonnes, with 5% white rice making up the rest.
Delivery is scheduled from this month to next March. Since Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha
took office, Thailand has sold more than 2 million tonnes under G-to-G contracts, 1 million of
which is to be delivered this year. In September, the government secured a deal to sell 300,000
tonnes of rice to the Philippines National Food Authority under a G-to-G deal at cost, insurance
and freight prices of US$426.60 a tonne. Delivery is due between now and next January. The
government is also set to sign a deal to sell 1 million tonnes of rice to China, with delivery
scheduled for next year.The grains, mainly new 5% white rice and Hom Mali rice, are part of a
2-million-tonne lot for which Thailand and China signed a memorandum of understanding last
December. The contract will be made through the China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs
Corporation, the giant state enterprise that oversees rice imports, as a way of ensuring

The transaction with China is unrelated to an earlier deal for 1 million tonnes struck by the
Yingluck Shinawatra government. Thailand has already delivered 700,000 tonnes as part of that
deal. Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn last week said drought conditions prompted many
countries to go on a rice-buying spree, with the Philippines and Indonesia expected to buy more
rice.The scenario presents a good opportunity for Thai rice exports and rice prices, she said,
adding that authorities also expected to sell more rice to Iran, Singapore and Hong Kong. In a bid
to stabilise domestic prices ahead of the main crops new release of supply this month and next,
the rice policy and management committee recently agreed to delay sales of high-quality rice
from state stocks. The panel will allow the sale of 2 million tonnes of low-quality rice, mainly
for industrial use.
Source: Bangkok Post

Thailand sells an additional 500,000 tons of rice

Friday, 13 November 2015From Issue Vol. XXIII No. 46By NNT


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Commerce Minister Apiradee Tantraporn said the Foreign Trade Department will sign on behalf
of the Thai government a G2G contract with the Indonesian government, in which the latter will
purchase 500,000 tons of rice from Thailand.The deal would consist of 50,000 tons of five
percent rice and 450,000 tons of 15 percent white rice. The rice, which is from the latest crop

season, will be delivered in batches starting this month until March next year.
The government has also been able to sell 300,000 tons of rice to the Philippines and another
300,000 tons to China. The government is currently in the process of signing another G2G
contract with China, to sell an additional amount of one million tons of rice. The total G2G rice
deals have amounted to 2 million tons.Meanwhile, many countries have suffered from droughts,
the impacts of which are expected to be felt through to next year. Therefore, demand for rice is
set to increase, creating a good opportunity for Thai rice exports. The Commerce Minister
expressed confidence that rice exports this year will meet the 10-million-ton target.

Ministry moves to keep bad and good rice separated

The Nation November 13, 2015 3:27 pm
The Commerce Minister has launched a measure designed to control the transportation of rice in
order to prevent enterprises combining rotten rice with rice fit for consumption.The new
regulation aims to ensure rotten rice is used only in the industrial sector or for biomass
productionm said Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn Friday.The ministry plans to auction
2,000 tonnes of rotten rice.About 1.29 million tonnes of rice from a total of 13 million tonnes in
the government's stockpiles is rotten.


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USA Rice Daily

Missouri Hosts First Rice Conservation Field Day
Packed in
PORTAGEVILLE, MO -- Yesterday morning, more than 50 rice farmers and conservation professionals
gathered at the Delta Fisher Research Center in Portageville, Missouri, for the first

ever Southeast Missouri Rice Conservation Field Day.

The Field Day was organized by USA Rice and Ducks Unlimited to provide outreach to rice
farmers in the Missouri Bootheel for their National Rice Regional Conservation Partnership
Program (RCPP) project, Sustaining the Future of Rice. The Natural Resources Conservation
Service (NRCS) in Missouri in conjunction with the University of Missouri's Fisher Delta
Research Center handled most of the local outreach and planning for the event.
Participants had an opportunity to hear presentations on behalf of the Missouri NRCS State
Conservationist's office, NRCS headquarters in Washington, Ducks Unlimited, and a legislative
update from USA Rice Vice President of Government Affairs Ben Mosely.


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Mosely told the crowd, "It is great to get so many people together with positive common goals
and share our respective visions for the RCPP and the USA Rice-Ducks Unlimited Stewardship
Partnership. USA Rice looks forward to continuing to build relationships in the Bootheel and
deliver additional funding to the Missouri rice industry."
Blake Gerard, Missouri rice farmer and chairman of the USA Rice Farmers also attended the
event, and said, "I was thrilled to see how receptive my friends and neighbors were towards this
Field Day, and it was imperative that conservation staff were in the room and able to answer
specific, technical questions for folks."
Gerard concluded, "Our region needs to be implementing as many conservation practices as
possible as preventative measures in today's environmentally sensitive society. This project is
bringing the incentive right to our front door to make sure we continue to responsibly care for
our land."
Applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program portion of the National Rice
RCPP project are due to Missouri and Louisiana NRCS offices by November 20.
Contact: Peter Bachmann (703) 236-1475

USA Rice Leadership Class Alumni Visit Thailand

Robb Dedman, Park Eldridge, and
Chad Duckworth get up close
with Thai Jasmine rice.
BANGKOK, THAILAND -- In early November, the 2015 International Rice Leadership Class toured
Thailand to get an overview of the Thai rice market. The group met with a diverse group of industry
representatives including Thai exporters/traders, farmers, millers, rice research stations, and U.S.
government officials working in Thailand.

Members of this year's International Rice Leadership Class are alumni from previous Rice
Leadership Development classes and include: Rance Daniels, Hornersville, MO; Robb Dedman,
Rison, AR; Chad Duckworth, Jonesboro, AR; Park Eldridge, Gillette, AR; and Timothy Gertson,


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Lissie, TX. In Bangkok, the country's capital city, the class met first with U.S. Agricultural
Counselor Bobby Richey, who gave an overview of the Thai rice industry, before visiting the
Thailand Rice Department (School of Rice) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives.
Next stop was the Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture (UPA) project where people who live in
apartments are being taught how to grow food items on their rooftops. Rice merchant Park
Eldridge commented on the idea, "I can see how this could be done in our large cities and how it
would help reduce food costs for city dwellers."The highlight at the Prachinburi Rice Research
Center was the In-Situ Conservation site for wild rice and deep water rice ecosystem. "It was
amazing to see wild rice growing in water as deep as seven feet, and they don't fertilize it or
anything," said Texas producer Timothy Gertson.
After visiting a rice seed production facility, the class boarded a plane and flew to northeast
Thailand to see first-hand the harvest of Thai Jasmine. "Everyone in the rice industry knows
about Thai Jasmine and to see it being harvested and hearing how it is grown in a rain-fed
ecosystem was very interesting," said rice consultant Robb Dedman.
MO producer Rance Daniels examines floating rice varieties. "It was fascinating to see the way
the Thai processors purchased rice from the farmers and then dumped it on a concrete slab to be
sun dried before being milled," said Missouri producer Rance Daniels.Chad Duckworth, with
Armor Seed, summed up the week-long trip, saying, "Having an opportunity to sit down with a
group of Thai rice farmers and visit with them about how they grow rice and then talk about how
we grow it, was amazing. I understand now how beneficial this program is and how exposure to
every aspect of rice production, both in the U.S. and abroad, can help all of us here give
thoughtful, educated input when it comes to making decisions about how we do things at home."
The Rice Leadership Development Program is sponsored by John Deere Company, American
Commodity Company, and RiceTec, Inc. through a grant to The Rice Foundation and is
managed by the USA Rice Federation.
Contact: Chuck Wilson (870) 673-7541

Arkansas Farm Bureau Daily Commodity Report

High Low
Long Grain Cash Bids - - - - - Long Grain New Crop - - - - - -


Nov '15
Jan '16 1232.0
Mar '16 1251.5
May '16 1270.0
Jul '16



Last Change
1196.0 -15.0
1214.5 -21.5
1240.5 -22.0
1269.0 -22.0
1295.0 -21.5

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Nov '16
Jan '17


Rice Comment
Rice futures were lower across the board. The USDA production report raised total US
production by 3 million cwt to 190.8 million cwt due entirely to higher yields. Total long grain
production was projected at 132.4 million cwt, with medium and short-grain production pegged
at 58.4 million. Ending stocks are projected at 39.8 million cwt, which is unchanged from last
month due to increased domestic use and export projections. The average long-grain price is
projected down $1.30 from last month to $11.50 to $12.50. Global ending stocks for 15/16 were
raised by 3 percent (2.7 million tons) due to an increase in beginning stocks and a decrease in

CME Group/Closing Rough Rice Futures

CME Group (Prelim): Closing Rough Rice Futures for November 13



Net Change

November 2015


- $0.150

January 2016


- $0.215

March 2016


- $0.220

May 2016


- $0.220

July 2016


- $0.215

September 2016


- $0.215

November 2016


- $0.215

January 2017