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December 17, 2015

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Today Rice News Headlines...


RICE SECTOR: PAKISTAN OPPOSES INDIA-LED COUNTRIES' PROPOSAL
Stripper front fits no-till bill
Turning rice farming waste to useful silica compounds
Rice numbers may shake out differently, but result is same: Part II
Govt eyes 300-400K MT addl rice imports in 16 amid El Nio
Vietnam exports around 6.55 tons of rice in 2015: VFA
Mali: rice harvest shoots up by 13% from 2014
Mali produces 2.45 mln T of rice as 2015/16 harvest nears end
Rice Importers Shun Lagos Ports
Arkansas Farm Bureau Daily Commodity Report
APEDA Rice commodity News
Agents Back Lifting of Ban on Rice Importation through Land Borders
LSU AgCenter, LSU College of Agriculture, Southern Ag Center announce faculty, staff
award winners

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RICE SECTOR: PAKISTAN OPPOSES INDIA-LED
COUNTRIES' PROPOSAL
December 17, 2015
MUSHTAQ GHUMMAN
Pakistan has reportedly opposed India-led countries' proposal to purchase crops from farmers
which can massively hit Pakistani rice sector, well informed sources told Business Recorder.
Commerce Minister, Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan is leading Pakistani delegation at the 10th
World Trade Organisation (WTO) that began on December 15 in Nairobi (Kenya). "India-led
countries are urging a permanent solution for public stockholding issue that will allow them to
purchase crops from farmers and we fear that this would hurt Pakistan particularly our rice
sector," sources quoted the Minister as stating.
Pakistan, source said, has taken a firm stance that it will never accept any solution that is harmful
to its farmers. The Commerce Minister held meetings with like-minded countries on this issue
and in his speech will state that Pakistan's Basmati exports have dipped by half during the last
five years. The issue of market access for agricultural goods is an essential part of the DDA
negotiations on agriculture. A substantial improvement in market access for all agricultural and
food products are politically essential for the success of the agreement on agriculture.
Improvement in market access is by and large the most important of the three pillars for Pakistan
in negotiations.
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The fastest growing area in agriculture and food products is the trade occurring between
developing countries. Since Pakistan has already made a considerable progress in unilaterally
liberalising its agriculture trade, it is in its own interest to push for substantial tariff cuts by other
developing countries. These benefits will come at virtually no cost to Pakistan. Thus Pakistan is
expected to propose limited special and differential treatment for developing countries,
especially for the high income developing countries. Under the existing agreement on
agriculture, Pakistan can introduce virtually any amount of green box programs, such as research
and development, marketing assistance, domestic food aid, infrastructure and input subsidies.
In addition, Pakistan can introduce new amber box programs, as long as they do not exceed the
10% de minimus level. In order to gain policy space, Pakistan can push for large reductions in
domestic support in developed countries; Pakistan would need this political cover to defend the
tariff cuts that it may be forced to accept. The cuts in domestic support in the EU & US may
provide benefits to Pakistani exports, the sources added. Commenting on export subsidies, the
source said Pakistan expects that an outcome on export competition in Nairobi should constitute
a very significant and meaningful outcome. Apparently, benefits to Pakistan for their elimination
may, in fact, be negative because of NFIDC status, however, Pakistan is now self sufficient in
staple food supplies, rather "we face issues of competitiveness of agriculture commodities due to
price depressions," sources added.
The Special Safeguard Mechanism (SSM) allows developing countries to raise tariffs
temporarily to deal with import surges and price falls. The SSMs are invoked to protect the poor
and vulnerable farmers with smaller triggers and bigger tariff increases. Pakistan has no
offensive interests in SSM, as this can be used against its exports by developing countries;
therefore, Pakistan will not push it too much. Politically, China and Turkey are pushing for SSM
so Pakistan will not come to the forefront to oppose this decision. Bangladesh, on behalf of the
Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group, presented a draft submission that outlines the group's
priorities in negotiations with fellow WTO members ahead of the organisation's 10th ministerial
conference.
Four elements of interest to LDCs - namely, duty-free quota-free (DFQF) market access, more
favourable rules of origin, the operationalisation of the services waiver, and cotton - led to the
adoption of decisions during the WTO's last ministerial conference in Bali, Indonesia two years
ago. Since then, the group's focus has mainly consisted in turning some of these outcomes into
legally-binding decisions. According to the draft document, WTO members agreed last month at
a dedicated session of the organisation's Committee for Trade and Development that the
secretariat would complete a study on the implementation of Hong Kong ministerial decision on
DFQF market access by mid-November 2015. This study will serve as a tool to provide
"necessary inputs towards finding convergence" in implementing DFQF market access "in time"
for the Nairobi conference, the draft submission says.

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"Preference granting countries shall make DFQF market access binding through appropriate
scheduling," the document suggests. The 2013 Bali decision on DFQF market access called on
developed and developing country members in a position to do so "to improve" their existing
DFQF coverage if they have not yet provided such market access for at least 97 percent of
products originating from LDCs. Last year, some countries - China, India, and Chile - made
announcements in that regard, with Chile submitting a formal notification. Many LDCs benefit
from non-reciprocal preferences, which are granted primarily by developed countries. Applying
DFQF to all LDCs, however, could effectively result in some of these countries losing some of
the competitive advantages that these preferences have provided.
With no substantial progress on DFQF in recent years, the debate has focused largely on
potential gains under a 97 percent DFQF scheme versus full coverage and on related rules of
origin. According to some informed sources, the LDC Group is proposing to resolve the DFQF
issue for all LDCs by conducting a tariff line analysis with regards to clothing. The objective is
to determine which tariff lines should be included under DFQF while preserving preferences
under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and the Cotonou Partnership
Agreement. These allow the US and the EU, respectively, to provide trade preferences to specific
LDCs. "If the issue surfaces in Nairobi Ministerial, which is not evident as of now, Pakistan
would reiterate its stance earlier taken in Hong Kong Ministerial and would strongly resist any
decision in this regard," said an official document.
The draft submission also praised the results of indications made at the high-level meeting held
this past February regarding the planned preferential treatment to LDC services and service
suppliers, in line with the 2013 Bali decision on the operationalisation of the services waiver, as
well as the notifications submitted so far. Ahead of the Nairobi ministerial, the document further
encouraged the actual notification of preferences to the Council for Trade in Services (CTS),
including information about "preferential treatment made available, the sectors or sub-sectors
concerned and the period of time during which the member is intending to maintain those
preferences." Some sources indicated that LDCs have also been exploring ways of extending the
waiver beyond market access.
Though there is a provision in the waiver decision to allow such an extension, notifications so far
- with a few exceptions - have restricted themselves to Article 16 of the General Agreement on
Trade in Services (GATS), which deals with market access. Non-market access measures are not
automatically covered, but can be authorised by the WTO CTS. The LDC Group's draft
submission links the definition of "preferential treatment" in the context of the services' waiver to
"the removal of restrictions, and/or the provision of, special access or procedures, in favour of
LDC suppliers over non-LDC suppliers, unless the preference is accorded to LDCs drawn from
other pre-existing or future preferential arrangements." In this vein, the document encourages
preference-granting members which have already notified to improve their notifications.

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According to some experts familiar with the draft submission, the inclusion of a paragraph
related to the reduction of administrative procedures and fees for visas, work permits, resident
permits, and licenses in favour of LDC service suppliers and independent professionals appears
to be important, though is likely to be very sensitive to address. In cases where preferential
treatment was given to LDCs based on existing commitments or from their applied regimes that
contain restrictions, the document stipulates that WTO members "shall remove such restrictions
for LDCs.
" The document also calls for a modification of the duration of the services waiver so that
notified preferences can apply for 15 years from the date of notification. Pakistan has no
objection on the services waiver for LDCs. The draft submission also calls upon preferencegranting countries to streamline and simplify preferential rules of origin (RoO) so that these are
no more barriers to LDCs to fully avail their non-reciprocal market access opportunities. An
informal open-ended consultation on preferential rules of origin for LDCs held on Tuesday
reportedly examined a formal proposal on the subject from the LDC Group, in the context of the
overall Nairobi ministerial preparations.
However, sources familiar with the meeting noted that reactions to the rules of origin proposal
were mixed, with some delegations raising concerns that the terms were too ambitious given the
few weeks remaining before the ministerial conference. Other questions that were raised
included whether some of the proposal's elements would entail creating legally-binding
obligations, along with whether the terms of the proposal were significantly different to what is
covered in the 2013 Bali decision on the subject. "If any ministerial decision is proposed,
Pakistan would analyse the situation and then decide, however, as of now, no such proposal is in
the pipeline. Generally, Pakistan has no defensive interests in this proposal," the sources added.
The draft submission also refers to the difficult issue of cotton, calling for a "satisfactory
solution" on the subject as part of the Nairobi decisions.
The document raises four points related to DFQF market access for cotton and cotton-by
products specifically; the reduction and elimination of domestic support and cotton export
subsidies; as well as technical and financial assistance". Regarding food security, the draft
submission calls for a ban on applying export restrictions by any non-LDC WTO member on
foodstuffs imported by LDCs if the exporting member is a net exporter of the foodstuff
concerned. The text also provides for an exemption of the de minimis calculation for purchase of
food at administered prices by LDCs under public stockholding schemes for food security
purposes. Pakistan has not yet fully committed to DFQF on cotton; however, we have given
positive signals to DFQF on C4 proposal and have also highlighted Pakistan's efforts to
regularise its cotton sector.
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Stripper front fits no-till bill


TOM MCKENNY
17 Dec, 2015 01:00 AM
THEY'RE cheaper on fuel, easier on harvesters and process more grain than straw,
and may fit the bill in no-till, but theyre not for everyone.Thats the feedback
from a series of demonstrations of a Shelbourne Reynolds stripper front run by the
east coast distributor, NSW Deere dealer Hutcheon and Pearce that took
insouthern NSW and Victoria.Farmers from Victorias Streatham district watched
the front in action stripping an Oxford barley crop last week.
Fitted with a rotating
front drum with six
rows of stripping fingers
rather than a standard
draper style feeder, the
Shelbourne has been
extensively used in rice
for many years in
Australia but is making
inroads
into
conventional
cereal
crops
with
interest
coming from no-tillers
wanting to maximise the
preservation of standing
stubble.
Hutcheon and Pearce sales consultant Myles OKane said the fronts were a rice harvesting
favourite as they minimise the amount of trash going through the header which in rice often still
sports shades of green.The Shelbourne has a combing action with fingers guiding the crop into a
keyhole which strips the head off, he said.The hydraulically driven rotating stripper drum has
six rows of stainless steel combing fingers that are fitted in replaceable 60cm sections.Mr
OKane said the drum was designed to run as slow as possible at around 450 to 500 rpm, was
designed for cereal crops and would suit no-till systems.It is a cereal front and you look at the
machine as a tool in your cropping system - it is not a direct replacement for a draper front - it is
another purpose built tool.The demonstration at Streatham saw a Shelbourne XCV42 (42 / 12.8
m) designed to suit 12.2/36 metre CTF application, fitted to an Emmetts supplied John Deere
S680. The demo program has generated keen interest according to Mr OKane.Everyone has
been pretty excited by the results it is leaving - they like the idea that you are not putting all the
straw through the harvester and throwing it out the backside," he said.

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Tom McKenny is the national machinery writer for Fairfax Agricultural Media
Email: tom.mckenny@fairfaxmedia.com.au

http://www.farmweekly.com.au/news/agriculture/machinery/general-news/stripper-front-fitsnotill-bill/2749692.aspx

Turning rice farming waste to useful silica compounds


UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
The researcher who developed the process says it could save approximately six tons of carbon
emissions per ton of silica compounds produced. He estimates the cost of the technique to be 90
percent less than the current process, with virtually no carbon footprint.Developed by Richard
Laine, a professor of materials science and engineering, the new technique is believed to be the
first simple, inexpensive chemical method for producing high-purity silica compounds from
agricultural waste.Much of the world's agricultural waste contains silica, and the search for a
practical way to extract it stretches back 80 years.
While the new process could be used to produce silica and silicon-containing chemicals from
many types of agricultural waste, Laine focused on using the hulls left over from processing
rice.The hull is the outermost layer of the rice grain. It's removed when rice is processed.
Hundreds of millions of tons of the hulls are produced around the world every year. Many are
burned to produce electricity, and the ash that's left over contains high levels of silica. Some of
this ash is used in construction or as insulation, but much of it is dumped in landfills.But while
the world is awash in silica-rich rice hull ash, getting that silica out has proven to be a major
challenge. The difficulty stems mostly from the incredibly strong chemical bond between silicon
and oxygen, one of the strongest that exists in nature.
Laine found two easy and inexpensive ways to break that bond: ethylene glycol, or antifreeze,
and ethanol, or grain alcohol. The antifreeze combined with a small amount of sodium hydroxide
weakens the chemical bonds between the silica and the rice hull ash at the beginning of the
process, dissolving the silica into a liquid solution.The solution is then heated to 390 degrees
Celsius, forming a polymer of silica and antifreeze. While this stage does require energy, it's
more than offset by the energy produced when the rice hulls are burned at the beginning of the
process. And because the carbon released when the hulls are burned was previously absorbed by
the rice plant, the process is considered carbon-neutral. The heating produces a silica-antifreeze
polymer that's then filtered to remove the ash.
Grain alcohol is then added at the end of the process. It's chemically similar to antifreeze, so it
easily swaps in to replace the antifreeze, which is then recycled. The liquid silica can then be
distilled out of this second solution and used to make a high-purity precipitated silica product for
industrial use.Laine has formed a Michigan company, Mayasil, to commercialize the technology.
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Headquartered in Ann Arbor, It's in the process of building a 'pre-pilot' plant that will be used to
develop a scaled up manufacturing process. If the scale-up is successful, Laine predicts that it
will fundamentally change the way silica products are made and used."I think eventually, we'll
be producing high-purity silica and other silicon compounds right next to the rice fields," Laine
said. "It will be possible to process rice and produce high-grade silica in a single location with
little or no carbon footprint. It's really very exciting."
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Laine recently received the 2015 Michigan Green Chemistry Governor's Award from the Michigan
Department of Environmental Quality for his work on this. Mayasil is a spinoff of Mayaterials, a company
Laine founded in 2003 i

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-12/uom-trf121715.php

Rice numbers may shake out differently, but result is same:


Part II
Dec 17, 2015Forrest Laws | Delta Farm Press

The Rice Outlook Conference typically includes state outlook reports where Extension economists
look at their crystal balls and try to figure out what growers will plant the following year.
Unfortunately, most of the crystal ball gazing is producing negative numbers for 2016, says Texas
A&M Universitys Joe Outlaw. Its not just rice, but other crops arent looking any better at this
juncture, he says
http://deltafarmpress.com/rice/rice-numbers-may-shake-out-differently-result-same-part-ii

Govt eyes 300-400K MT addl rice imports in 16 amid El


Nio
By: Ben O. de Vera
@BenArnolddeVera
Philippine Daily Inquirer
01:40 AM December 18th, 2015
THE GOVERNMENT may have to import a lower volume of excess rice ranging between
300,000 and 400,000 metric tons in the first half of 2016 on improved domestic production
prospects, the countrys chief economist said on Thursday.We have the results of the latest
survey of the areas or hectares actually planted [with rice] and farmers intention to plant. This
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was done after Typhoon Lando. It turned out that the expected production for the first quarter
of next year and even the harvest this year would be higher than what was initially estimated,
National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) Director-General and Economic
Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan told reporters.
Earlier, Balisacan said the government may have to import up to 1.3 million metric tons of rice
on top of the 500,000 metric tons already ordered for the first half of 2016.We dont need that
much of rice imports now. We probably need to import around 300,000 to 400,000 metric tons,
Balisacan said.This intervention formed part of the Roadmap to Address the Impact of El Nio
(Rain), aimed at mitigating the dry spells impact on food supply, ensuring stability of food
prices, as well as providing assistance to farmers and households in affected areas.
The budget needed to be spent on El Nio mitigation projects may reach P19 billion, Balisacan
said.The Neda chief said President Aquino approved the budget for Rain last week, of which
P6.6 billion was already appropriated in the 2015 budget while the rest would be sourced from
government savings.Balisacan added that also to be part of Rain are an assistance package for
affected farmers and well as a cash for work program.There will be additional sources of
income for farmers or rural population who would be adversely affected by the drought. With
these interventions, we would expect to generate an additional 200,000 or 300,000 metric tons
[of rice], so that in effect reduces substantially the need to import, he said
http://business.inquirer.net/204284/govt-eyes-300-400k-mt-addl-rice-imports-in-16-amid-el-nino#ixzz3ufFLYZ3o

Vietnam exports around 6.55 tons of rice in 2015: VFA


The Vietnam Food Administration (VFA), the country's food safety watchdog, said that Vietnam
exported nearly 6.55 tons of rice of all kinds, of which high-grade white rice and fragrant rice
accounted for 47 percent.VFA said that the country is likely to export around 1.5 million tons of
corss-border rice to China. High-grade and fragrant rice continued keeping high proportion in
export of the agricultural produce.
For instance, in the first 11 months of the year, high-grade white rice accounted for nearly 28.5
percent of the whole amount of rice for export, an increase of 36.5 percent compared to same
period of 2014 and fragrant rice was 23 percent of total amount of rice for export, an increase of
18.5 percent compared last year.Major market for Vietnam rice export is nation in Asia with the
percentage of 74 percent. Price of exported rice maintains US$375 per ton, an increase of US$35
a ton compared to October. VFA predicted it is a difficult year for the countrys rice export
because of low demand in the first two month of 2016.In addition, it will face fierce competition
with Thais rice in stockpile.
http://www.saigon-gpdaily.com.vn/Business/2015/12/116807/
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Mali: rice harvest shoots up by 13% from 2014


Mali has produced 2,451,321 tonnes of rice as it
approaches the end of the 2015/16 harvest, up 13
percent from last season but short of an initial
forecast, government statistics showed on
Thursday.The landlocked country, the secondlargest rice producer in Africa behind Nigeria,
will largely finish harvesting this month and
continue marketing its production next year.The
remaining harvesting is unlikely to add
significantly to the season's total output.
"The increase this year is generally explained by good rain, an increase in planted land, new
strains like 'Nerica', the use of more fertiliser especially with the help of subsidies," said Balla
Keia, head the rural development ministry's statistics division.Last season, the West African
country produced 2,166,830 tonnes of paddy rice and had projected a record 2,599,450 tonne rice
crop, with a surplus of 285,000 tonnes above expected domestic consumption.
http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/world/Mali-rice-harvest-shoots-up-by-13-from-2014401590

Mali produces 2.45 mln T of rice as 2015/16 harvest nears


end
Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:27pm GMT
BAMAKO Dec 17 (Reuters) - Mali has produced 2,451,321 tonnes of rice as it approaches the
end of the 2015/16 harvest, up 13 percent from last season but short of an initial forecast,
government statistics showed on Thursday.The landlocked country, the second-largest rice
producer in Africa behind Nigeria, will largely finish harvesting this month and continue
marketing its production next year.The remaining harvesting is unlikely to add significantly to
the season's total output.
"The increase this year is generally explained by good rain, an increase in planted land, new
strains like 'Nerica', the use of more fertiliser especially with the help of subsidies," said Balla
Keia, head the rural development ministry's statistics division.Last season, the West African
country produced 2,166,830 tonnes of paddy rice and had projected a record 2,599,450 tonne rice
crop, with a surplus of 285,000 tonnes above expected domestic consumption. (Reporting by
Tiemoko Diallo; writing by Makini Brice; editing by Joe Bavier and Jason Neely)
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http://af.reuters.com/article/nigeriaNews/idAFL8N1462IR20151217

Rice Importers Shun Lagos Ports


17 Dec 2015

Comptroller-General of Customs, Colonel Hameed Ali (retired)

John Iwori
As the Yuletide countdown
begins, Nigerian importers
have shunned the nations
seaports situated in Nigerias
commercial centre, Lagos,
THISDAY
checks
have
revealed.Lagos is home to
Nigerias busiest port, Apapa.
It is also home to the largest
port in the country, Tin Can
Island Port (TCIP), Apapa,
among
other
terminals
dedicated
to
specific
cargoes.THISDAY
checks
showed that Nigerias staple food and the most sought after commodity in this period of the year,
rice is no longer imported into the country through the nations seaports, especially the ones
situated in Lagos.It was gathered that most importers now prefer using the international land
borders, particularly Seme and Idiroko.
This followed the decision of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to lift the ban on the use of the
international land borders to import rice into the country.Already, NCS has revealed that not less
than N1.2 billion has been raked in as revenue generated from rice imports through the land
borders in October and November 2015.It also said a total quantity of rice imported through the
land borders stood at 17.596 metric tons (MT). The amount generated has given credence to the
decision of the NCS to allow importers and licensed customs agents to use of Nigerias
international borders to import the staple commodity into the country.CS said in a statement that
these figures were disclosed at a strategy session convened by the Comptroller-General of
Customs, Colonel Hameed Ali (retired).
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Ali was said to have convened the meeting at NCS Headquarters, Abuja which was attended by
the top echelon of the service to review revenue performance for 2015.According to the
statement, two months ago, the Comptroller-General of NCS had approved the removal of the
restriction placed on importation of rice through the land borders.The removal was predicated
on the large scale rice smuggling through the land borders, resulting to huge revenue loss and
distortions in the price of the item in the local markets .
The huge collection in just two months has vindicated our position. If we had stuck to our
previous directive, this much quantum of rice would still have been smuggled anyway, and we
would have lost over a billion naira revenue as this critical period of our economic downtown,
NCS said.Meanwhile, data collated by the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) and obtained by
THISDAY showed the vessels and various cargoes expected in the country from now till January
1, 2016.The data popularly called Shipping Position showed that out of the 30 vessels expected
within the period under review, none of them is laden with rice.
The Shipping Position, also revealed that within the period under review none of the vessels is
carrying the staple commodity.According to the data, three key terminals in Lagos Port Complex
(LPC), Apapa known for the handling of bulk cargo including rice were not any vessel laden
with the commodity. The terminals, ENL, ABTL and GDNL were not expecting to receive rice
in the period under review.The NPA document shows that the ENL Terminals would receive
12,895 MT of general cargoes, which are not likely to include rice. Other cargoes expected at the
bulk terminals include 3,496MT of fish and 27,500MT of bulk fertiliser expected to arrive at
ENL Terminals this month.
Tags: Nigeria, Featuered, Business, NSC, Colonel Hameed

http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/rice-importers-shun-lagos-ports/228265/

Arkansas Farm Bureau Daily Commodity Report


Rice
High Low
Long Grain Cash Bids - - -

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Long Grain New Crop - - -

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Futures:

High

Low

Last

Change

Jan '16 1099.5

1086.0

1095.5

+5.5

Mar '16 1126.0

1113.0

1122.0

+5.0

May '16 1155.5

1150.0

1152.0

+5.5

Jul '16 1170.0

1170.0

1178.0

+4.5

Sep '16 1175.0

1175.0

1178.5

+1.5

Nov '16

1180.0

+1.5

Jan '17

1180.0

+1.5

Rice Comment
Rice futures may be attempting to stabilize after the recent downturn which took over $1.50 off
the market in a matter of a few short days. January is holding just below $11 but could retest
support at the recent low of $10.76. Below that level, support is the contract low of $10.20. The
domestic cash market is quiet and export demand is slow as well, which is typically the case
around the holidays. Global rice stocks are forecast to decrease for the third year in a row as
consumption is expected to outpace production, which means there could be some upside
potential in this market
http://www.arfb.com/ag-markets-statistics/report/

APEDA Rice commodity News


International Benchmark Price
Price on: 17-12-2015

Product

Benchmark Indicators Name

Price

CZCE Early Rice Futures (USD/t)

396

Pakistani 100%, FOB Karachi (USD/t)

318

Pakistani 15% Broken (USD/t)

315

Rice

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Wheat
1

CZCE Wheat Futures (USD/t)

404

NYSE Liffe Feed Wheat Futures (USD/t)

166

NYSE Liffe Milling Wheat Futures (USD/t)

191

Australian 5 Crown, CIF UK (USD/t)

2879

South African Orange River, CIF UK (USD/t)

2569

Turkish No 9 standard, FOB Izmir (USD/t)

1900

Sultanas

Source:agra-net

For more info

Market Watch
Commodity-wise, Market-wise Daily Price on 17-12-2015
Domestic Prices
Product

Unit Price : Rs per Qty

Market Center

Variety

Min Price

Max Price

Davangere (Karnataka)

Local

1300

1450

Rahata (Maharashtra)

Other

1350

1375

Dahod (Gujarat )

Yellow

1475

1525

Pulpally (Kerala)

Other

1800

2000

Dehgam (Gujarat)

Other

1320

1375

Sainthia (West Bengal)

Common

1030

1050

Ropar (Punjab)

Other

1000

1800

Maize

Paddy(Dhan)

Orange

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2

Chala (Kerala)

Other

2000

2100

Mechua (West Bengal)

Other

2300

2700

Thodupuzha (Kerala)

Other

2800

3200

Shillong(Meghalaya)

Other

1700

2300

Ahmedabad (Gujarat)

Other

1000

1600

Cauliflower

Source:agmarknet.nic.in

For more info

Egg

Rs per 100 No
Price on 17-12-2015
Product

Market Center

Price

Pune

443

Chittoor

418

Hyderabad

403

Source: e2necc.com

Other International Prices

Unit Price : US$ per package


Price on 17-12-2015

Product

Market Center

Origin

Variety

Low

Onions Dry

High
Package: 50 lb sacks

Atlanta

Texas

Yellow

13.50

13.50

Chicago

Nevada

Yellow

13

14

Dallas

Colorado

Yellow

15

16.75

Cabbage
1

Package: 50 lb cartons
Atlanta

Georgia

Round Green Type

10

10

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2

Detroit

Texas

Round Green Type

16.50

16.50

Miami

Georgia

Round Green Type

12

14

Grapefruit

Package: 4/5 bushel cartons

Atlanta

Florida

Red

22

22

Chicago

Florida

Red

19.50

23

Miami

Florida

Red

17

18

Source:USDA

Agents Back Lifting of Ban on Rice Importation through


Land Borders
17 Dec 2015

Association of Licensed Customs Agents


Sandra Ukele
Licensed customs agents in the country have hailed the decision of the Comptroller-General of
Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Colonel Hameed Ali (rtd) to lift the ban on rice importation
through the land borders.Describing it as a welcome development, the customs licensed agents
said the move would help Nigeria curtail the losses arising from the old policy.
They, however, stated that rice millers are now importing the staple commodity into the country
instead of producing it.
The agents, under the auspices of the Association of Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Seme
Chapter told journalists in Seme that the idea behind the new pronouncement by the CGC should
be encouraged.They argued that the move was a way of creating the needed job opportunity in
the country and boost the nations economy through farming in this sector besides helping to
diversify the economy from depending on oil.According to the agents, the only way to stop
smuggling of the product was to stop the millers of the same staple food from turning themselves
into importers rather than concentrate on their milling business.

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One of the agents who did not
want his name in print said: I
think we should not look at this
issue from any sentiment but
from logical point of view. My
view is that I do not think
anybody will go through the
borders to incur extra cost unless
there is an intention to defraud
government. I think as of now
this process of going through the
land borders does not do that.We must support our local farmers. We strongly advise the
Customs to suspend the lifting of ban on rice through land borders and continue to operate
through the sea borders. Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) PAKRISTO
Maritime Company Limited Mr. Patrick Ozobialu said: When you talk about rice production in
a country, it is not something you start today and tomorrow you start getting result. It is a gradual
thing.
It takes over a ten years planning."But now you cannot say because you want to stop the
importation of rice through the land border. That means they should be coming in through the
sea. And through the sea you know that it is only one man that is licensed to bring rice through
there So what they are saying is that rice should not come through any other source except
through the sea and we know that it is only one man that is importing rice through the sea and
now he is using a proxy in the senate to champion this his course.
Ozobialu added: I it should not be sold more than N6,000. So you see when one a civil servant
collects N18,000 minimum wage, he goes to market to buy a bag of rice at either N9,800 or
N11,000 how would the person buy other things needed in the house and does such worker meet
up with other necessities of the family? But normally with crayfish and pepper you can prepare
this staple food for the family but if we are paid such ridiculous amount as wages and we buy
rice at N11,000 then how much would be left for other expenses?
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LSU AgCenter, LSU College of Agriculture, Southern


Ag Center announce faculty, staff award winners
By Maddy Williams | mwilliams@ktalnews.tv
Published 12/17 2015 04:47AM
Updated 12/17 2015 04:47AM
Writer: Craig Gautreaux
BATON ROUGE, La.
The LSU AgCenter, the LSU College of Agriculture and the Southern University AgCenter
announced the winners of their annual faculty and staff awards at a ceremony held Dec. 16 at the
LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden.Jimmy Meaux, Calcasieu Parish county agent, was
the recipient of the Floyd S. Edmiston Award for his exceptional work with the Louisiana
Cooperative Extension Service. Meaux spent 20 years working with youth during the early part
of his career but is now primarily responsible for agricultural and natural resources within his
parish, including work with row crops and animal enterprises such as crawfish and cattle.
The Extension Excellence award went to Terrebonne Parish county agent Barton Joffrion. He has
spent his entire 39-year career in the parish. He started as a 4-H agent, served as a fisheries agent
and now is primarily doing horticultural work. Joffrion played an instrumental role in
establishing an urban forestry board in Houma and is working on a research project with area
Master Gardeners pertaining to the crape myrtle bark scale.Dustin Harrell, the LSU AgCenter
rice specialist stationed at the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station in Crowley, received the
G&H Seed Company Inc. Research Award. Harrell helped identify a nutrient deficiency problem
in Louisiana rice fields that was causing significant yield loss and came up with
recommendations to rectify the problem. He has also done extensive work in ratoon stubble
management leading to higher yields on ratoon or second-growth rice crops.
The recipient of the Doyle Chambers Research Award was Eric Webster, a weed scientist with
the AgCenter. He is responsible for developing rice weed management strategies, which in
Louisiana are unique because of the abundance of fields that are used for both rice and crawfish
production. Webster is also responsible for testing new rice varieties and their susceptibility to
damage from herbicides.The Denver T. and Ferne Loupe Extension Team Award was presented
to the Louisiana Master Farmer Program group. Team members are Ernest Girouard, Master
Farmer coordinator; James Hendrix, northeast region Master Farmer agent; Allen Hogan,
southern region Master Farmer agent; and Donna Morgan, central region Master Farmer agent.
The Louisiana Master Farmer program was established by an act of the Louisiana legislature,
and more than 200 farmers have completed the program and are certified Master Farmers.

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The Rice Sheath Blight Resistance Team was named the Tipton Team Research Team Award
winners. Members of the team are plant pathologists Don Groth and Jong Ham, rice breeder
Steve Linscombe and agronomist Jim Oard. The group is responsible for developing new rice
varieties that are resistant the sheath blight, the most common and prevalent disease found in rice
produced throughout the southern U.S. The team also makes recommendations on rice growing
methods that can reduce the incidences of sheath blight.
Vermilion Parish 4-H agents Shannan Waits and Hilton Waits received the 4-H Youth
Development Faculty Award. The two were instrumental in the development of a new servicelearning project called Keeping Louisiana on the Map. The project focuses on raising
environmental awareness of coastal erosion and includes activities such as beach sweeps,
wetlands planting and field trips to important coastal research centers.
Two staff members were recognized for their efforts. Carol LeDoux, administrative program
specialist for the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station and Southwest Region in Crowley,
received the Ganelle Bullock Outstanding Service Award. Gerry Romero, a research associate at
the Central Research Station in Baton Rouge, was named the winner of the Outstanding Service
Award for Associates.
Richard Keim, associate professor in the AgCenters School of Renewable Natural Resources,
was the winner of the 2015 Article of the Year for Louisiana Agriculture magazine with his
article on water management on Catahoula Lake and the implications of woody vegetation. Also,
service awards were presented to two faculty members for their three years of service on the
magazines editorial board. They are Dustin Harrell, agronomist and state rice specialist, and
Michael Blazier, a forestry associate professor at the Hill Farm Research Station in Homer.
For the Southern University Ag Center, Fatemah Malekian, professor in nutrition and food
science, was named the winner of the Chancellors Outstanding Research Scientist Award.
Kenyetta Nelson-Smith, associate specialist in community and economic development received
the Chancellors Outstanding Specialist Award. The winner of the Chancellors Outstanding
Faculty Award was Andra Johnson, assistant director of research in the School of Agriculture,
Research, Extension and Applied Sciences at Alcorn State University.
Receiving the LSU College of Agriculture Teaching Awards were Kayanush Aryana, professor
in the School of Animal Sciences; Jeff Beasley, associate professor in the School of Plant,
Environmental and Soil Sciences; Brian Marx, professor in the Department of Experimental
Statistics; Georgianna Turri, associate professor in the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences;
and Maud Walsh, a professor in the School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences.
http://www.arklatexhomepage.com/news/lsu-agcenter-lsu-college-of-agriculture-southern-agcenter-announce-faculty-staff-award-winners
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