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Daily Global, Regional & Local Rice E-Newsletter

December 30,2015

Vol 5 Issue XII

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Chief Editor

RiceBran Technologies and Kentucky Equine Research Sign


Exclusive Supply and Cooperation Agreement for North American
Equine Market
Hyderabad scientist develops iron rich rice
Govts rice procurement increases 31% to 18 MT
S. Korea seeks rice supply-demand balance in 2018: gov't
Shipments of organic rice picking up steam
Government announces measures to sell tonnes of stored paddy
Arkansas Farm Bureau Daily Commodity Report
Ukraine decreases imports of rice in 2015/16 season
Select grains remain up on rising demand
Farmers benefit from duty hike on rice imports
Thai Cabinet gives green light to increased compensation for rice
traders
Rice exports down in first 11 months
APEDA Rice Commodity News
Transcriptional profiling of the leaves of near-isogenic rice lines
SC ruling against Bt Talong cripples food security, hurts farmers science students

Hamlik

Managing Editor

Abdul Sattar Shah


Rahmat Ullah
Rozeen Shaukat

English Editor

Maryam Editor
Legal Advisor
Advocate Zaheer Minhas

Editorial Associates

Admiral (R) Hamid Khalid


Javed Islam Agha
Ch.Hamid Malhi
Dr.Akhtar Hussain
Dr.Fayyaz Ahmad Siddiqui
Dr.Abdul Rasheed (UAF)
Islam Akhtar Khan

Editorial Advisory Board

RiceBran Technologies and Kentucky Equine


Research Sign Exclusive Supply and
Cooperation Agreement for North American
Equine Market
World Leader in Equine Nutrition Partners with Technology Leader in Rice Bran Stabilization
and Processing

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, December 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -RiceBran Technologies (NASDAQ: RIBT and RIBTW) (the "Company" or "RBT"), a
global leader in the production and marketing of value added products derived from rice
bran, today announced that the Company has entered into a 10 year Exclusive Supply and
Cooperation Agreement covering the North American equine market with Kentucky
Equine Research ("KER"), an international equine nutrition, research, and

consultation company serving horse owners and the feed industry.

Dr.Malik Mohammad
Hashim

Assistant Professor, Gomal


University DIK

Dr.Hasina Gul

Assistant Director, Agriculture KPK

Dr.Hidayat Ullah

Assistant Professor, University


of Swabi

Dr.Abdul Basir

Assistant Professor, University


of Swabi

Zahid Mehmood
PSO,NIFA Peshawar

Falak Naz Shah

Head Food Science &


Technology ART, Peshawar

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Under the terms of the agreement, RBT will be the exclusive supplier of stabilized rice bran
("SRB") endorsed by KER for use as a feed and supplement ingredient in equine products sold in
North America. RBT will provide manufacturing, distribution, sales and marketing expertise and
KER will contribute sales and marketing expertise, technical support and research and
development to the partnership.
Dr. Joe Pagan, President and Founder of KER, commented: "We are excited to enter into this
agreement with RiceBran Technologies. In addition to RBT being the technology leader in rice
bran stabilization, their patented processes produce a range of unique rice bran derivatives that
we will jointly develop with the aim of producing high value equine supplements with targeted
nutritional applications."W. John Short, CEO & President of RBT, commented: "Dr. Pagan has
built KER into the leading equine nutrition company in the world. It is a pleasure and an honor
to have the opportunity to cooperate with Joe and KER to increase market penetration for both of
our companies as we work to bring new, high value equine feeds and supplements to the North
American equine market."
About Kentucky Equine Research
Kentucky Equine Research (KER) is an international equine nutrition, research, and consultation
company serving horse owners and the feed industry. KER's goals are to advance the industry's
knowledge of equine nutrition and exercise physiology, apply that knowledge to produce
healthier, more athletic horses, and support the nutritional care of all horses throughout their
lives. For more information about KER, please visit https://ker.com .
About RiceBran Technologies
RiceBran Technologies is a human food ingredient and animal nutrition company focused on the
procurement, bio-refining and marketing of numerous products derived from rice bran. RiceBran
Technologies has proprietary and patented intellectual property that allows us to convert rice
bran, one of the world's most underutilized food sources, into a number of highly nutritious
human food ingredient and animal nutrition products. Our target markets are human food
ingredients and animal nutrition manufacturers and retailers, as well as natural food, functional
food and nutritional supplement manufacturers and retailers, both domestically and
internationally. More information can be found in the Company's filings with the SEC and by
visiting our website athttp://www.ricebrantech.com .
Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, statements about
RiceBran Technologies' expectations regarding recovery of funds from an escrow account
related to the 2008 purchase of Irgovel. These statements are made based upon current
expectations that are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties. RiceBran
Technologies does not undertake to update forward-looking statements in this news release to
reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting such forwardlooking information. Assumptions and other information that could cause results to differ from
those set forth in the forward-looking information can be found in this press release and
in RiceBran Technologies' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its
most recent periodic reports.
Investor Contact:
Ascendant Partners, LLC
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Fred Sommer
+1-732-410-9810
fred@ascendantpartnersllc.com
SOURCE RiceBran Technologies
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ricebran-technologies-and-kentucky-equine-researc

Hyderabad scientist develops iron rich rice


December 31,2015, 01.42 AM IST | THE HANS INDIA
Study shows college students had improved levels of haemoglobin after consuming the new variety
Hyderabad: The health-conscious lots who
have been constantly worrying about the lack
of iron content in polished rice, consumed by
most of us as a staple food, have good
tidings.A Hyderabad-based scientist from the
Indian Institute of Rice Research (IIRR) has
developed a new variety of iron-rich rice to
address iron deficiency among rice eaters.It
may be mentioned here that the deficiency in
iron is largely responsible for anaemia,
especially among women.Like the polished
rice available in the market, there is no
significant difference in the appearance,
odour, tenderness and taste of the iron-rich rice, said Dr M Mohibbe Azam, Principal Scientist in the
Crop Improvement Section, who developed the new variety of rice at the IIRR.
According to the National Family Health Survey 2005-06, prevalence of anaemia in India is 70 per cent
among children (6-59 months), 55 per cent among women (15-49 years) and 24 per cent among men (1540 years).In general, the iron content in polished rice is between four and five parts-per-million (PPM).
However as per the recommendations of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), an adult should
consume around 21 milligrams to 28 milligrams of iron per day.We had started our research with an aim
to providing fortified iron to lower income groups, who are mostly anaemic, he says. Although many
countries have worked on iron fortified rice, Dr Azam said, The problem with coated rice is that the iron
gets lost when it is rinsed.
Then we thought why not fortify the rice in such a way that the iron gets inside the grain, and there
would be no problem with milling and washing, he explained. As a result, parboiling method has been
adopted to ensure that the iron content is secured inside the grain. In parboiling, the mineral present on the
surface would be retained inside and iron would be distributed uniformly all over the grain. Thus, there
would be no considerable loss of iron when rinsed or cooked in excess water, he said.

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A kilogram of the new variety of rice contains 35 milligram of iron. Upon conducting a study
among anaemic students, it was revealed that the haemoglobin levels of the students have gone
up significantly from 6.77 to 10.36 gm/dl (grams per decilitre). We fed anaemic college
students with 100 gram of iron fortified rice thrice a week for two months. We have seen this
significant improvement in their haemoglobin levels, Dr Azam said.Another interesting feature
is that normal rice, which has a thin coat of oil, is vulnerable to oxidation process leading to
generation of free radicals, which have a harmful effect on consumers. Unlike this, the new
variety with the iron infused inside the grain, there is no possibility of the formation of free
radicals making is a healthy proposition.Fortification of rice can be carried out at the existing
rice mills with an extra cost of Rs 1 per kg which includes the iron to be infused with the rice,
Dr Azam said.
http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/2015-12-31/Hyderabad-scientist-develops-iron-rich-rice-196808

Govts rice procurement increases 31% to 18 MT


Higher figures due to fall in prices of common variety in mandis
By: Sandip Das | December 30, 2015 12:08 AM

Despite a prospect of a lower output this year because of a deficient monsoon, the rice
procurement by Food Corporation of India (FCI) and state government-owned agencies in the
kharif marketing season (2015-16) has seen a sharp increase of more than 31% so far in
comparison to last year.The government agencies have purchased more than 18 million tonne
(MT) of rice equivalent of paddy since October 1 (when new procurement season began) till
Tuesday, compared to 13.76 MT rice purchased from farmers during same period last year.
Food ministry sources told FE that the higher procurement of rice is also attributed to fall in
prices of common variety of rice in various mandis across the country.
The farmers sold grain to government agencies rather than giving it the private traders in Punjab
and Haryana, where procurement operations have completed, an official said. Even basmati
paddy prices is selling in the range of Rs 2,200 to Rs 2,800 per quintal in the mandis across
Punjab and Haryana, while two years back the prices were around Rs 4,000 per quintal.
According to the latest data, of the total rice equivalent of paddy procurement in Punjab, the
agencies have purchased 9.3 MT of rice from the farmers till now, thus surpassing even the
target of 8.8 MT for the 201516 marketing season. In Punjab, which contributes the highest
volume of rice and wheat to the central pool, 7.7 MT of rice was purchased during same period
last year. In Haryana, state government agencies have purchased more than 2.8 MT of rice
equivalent of paddy by now, thus surpassing the target of 2.3 MT set for the year. Other states
which have commenced rice procurement include Uttar Pradesh (7.6 lakh tonne), Telangana (8.3
lakh tonne), Kerala (1.08 lakh tonne), among others. Even in Chhattisgarh, where the state
government carries out the purchase of paddy from farmers, state agencies have purchased 1.7
MT of rice while in Odisha, more than 4 lakh tonne has been purchased till now.
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Food ministry officials say that if the current trend continues, the overall rice procurement during
the 201516 period would surpass the target of 30 MT. The agencies had purchased 32 MT of
rice till in this period in the 2014-15 marketing year (October-September). Agencies buy paddy
from the farmers, then the grain is given to millers for conversion into rice. The Cabinet
Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) in June had increased the minimum support price
(MSP) of the common variety of paddy by R50 to R1,410 per quintal for the 2015-16 kharif
season. The hike in MSP was in line with the recommendation of the Commission for
Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP).Meanwhile, the food ministry has asked agencies in the
decentralised procurement states Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha, and other nontraditional states Bihar and Jharkhand to maximise the procurement of rice and coarse grains
during next marketing season.
First Published on December 30, 2015 12:08 am

S. Korea seeks rice supply-demand balance in 2018: gov't


2015/12/30 13:34
SEJONG, Dec. 30 (Yonhap) -- South Korea is seeking a balance between the supply and
demand of rice by 2018 through a gradual reduction in the size of paddies and expanding
consumption, the government said Wednesday.The Ministry of Agriculture said it wants to
reduce the amount of arable land set aside to grow rice from 799,000 hectares this year to
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711,000 hectares in 2018. This is significantly smaller than the expected 749,000 hectares of
paddies that would be in service even if no action is taken.
It said that in the next three years the government wants to increase annual per capita rice
consumption to 58.1 kilograms. This is smaller than the 65.1 kg estimated for 2015, but higher
than the 57.4 kg projected if no measures are taken.In addition to reducing the size of arable land
and fueling consumption, the government will reduce the size of rice held in reserve from 1.63
million tons as of November 2015 to just 800,000 tons in October 2018. Smaller reserves
translate into lower costs for the government that has to maintain them."There is a need to deal
with imbalance in supply and demand," said Deputy Agriculture Minister Oh Kyung-tae. He
pointed out that in the last 10 years, Asia's fourth largest economy on average produced 280,000
tons of rice per year more than it consumed.
"If no measures are taken it will still produce 240,000 tons of rice per year more than it needs,"
the official said.As part of this effort, the ministry said it will encourage farmers to raise non-rice
produce on their lands, ask them to produce more high-quality, lower-yield grains, and get
private-sector rice-producing plants to nudge farmers to follow state policy.To increase demand,
the government will move to use more rice to make livestock feed and alcoholic beverages.In the
past, when South Korea did not produce enough rice, such practices were not allowed.
To further increase demand, the government will support the export of processed food that uses
rice as a base ingredient.In the move to lower rice reserves the government plans to release more
grain for animal feed and lower prices of rice given to the socially disadvantaged.The agriculture
ministry said that by taking such action, the government can save upwards of 300 billion won
(US$256 million) on expenses and help stabilize the prices of the staple grain, which can help
farmers.

yonngong@yna.co.kr
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/business/2015/12/30/0501000000AEN20151230004600320.html

Shipments of organic rice picking up steam


Wed, 30 December 2015
Cheng Sokhorng

Cambodian rice millers and exporters are increasingly eyeing the export of organic rice to the
European Union and the United States, after shipments of this niche product increased this
year.Hean Vanhan, deputy general director of the general department of agriculture, said that
organic rice exports were considerably small compared to export of other varieties of rice, with
the Kingdom exporting only 2,800 tonnes for the first 11 months of the year. Exports for the
more popular varieties of rice was close to 457,000 tonnes this year.We cannot put much focus
on organic rice because the yield of organic paddy is lower than normal rice, he said. And only
farming organic rice will not give farmers much income.

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Vanhan said that given the higher cost of organic rice, there were only a few markets that could
afford this rice, including the US and some EU members. He added that while it was assumed
that organic rice was safe and healthy, other varieties sold by the Kingdom were equally
safe.Amru Rice, one of the major rice exporters in Cambodia, started exporting organic rice this
year and has so far shipped 1,100 tonnes to the EU and US. It sees potential in this new market,
according to the firms CEO Song Saran.

A farmer harvests rice at a farm in Battambang province earlier this year. Heng Chivoan

Cambodia has land and labour resources to grow organic rice, he said, adding that his firm
would look to increase shipments to 3,000 tonnes next year.He added that given the price of such
rice was higher, almost $700 to $1,300 per tonne, farmers could see higher margins on these
sales, around 20 to 30 per cent.Amru Rice is currently sourcing its rice from the Preah Vihear
district, after signing a deal with eight farmer cooperatives in the province to purchase 2,500
tonnes of organic fragrant paddy rice.
As consumer and buyer confidence in Cambodias organic rice grew, Yang Phirom, a business
adviser with the Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture, said exports had
increased by 270 tonnes this year to 746 tonnes.Consumers now trust the quality of our organic
rice, which means that demand is increasing, he said. Not only in the international market, but
also in the domestic market too.While the domestic market accounted for 26 per cent of
CEDACs rice sales so far this year, 34 per cent went to the US, 15 per cent to the Netherlands
and 11 per cent to France.
Contact author: Cheng Sokhorng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/shipments-organic-rice-picking-steam

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Government announces measures to sell tonnes of stored paddy


Dec 30, 2015 Tharushan Fernando

The Paddy Marketing Board says that the measures are


being taken to sell paddy stocks in state storage
facilities.The measures come amidst plans to purchase
paddy which is harvested in the Maha season.Board
chairman M.B Dissanayake said that the Nadu in
storage facilities will be sold off following advice
provided. He noted that 250,000 metric tonnes of
paddy are currently in storage facilities
http://newsfirst.lk/english/2015/12/government-announces-measures-to-sell-tonnes-of-storedpaddy/122925

Arkansas Farm Bureau Daily Commodity Report


Rice
High Low
Long Grain Cash Bids
Long Grain New Crop

Futures:

High

Low

Last

Change

Jan '16 1175.5

1101.0

1166.5

+60.5

Mar '16 1203.0

1123.5

1193.5

+61.0

May '16 1215.0

1159.0

1222.0

+60.5

Jul '16 1237.0

1237.0

1249.5

+61.0

Sep '16 1222.5

1200.0

1237.5

+51.5

Nov '16

1240.0

+52.0

Jan '17

1240.0

+52.0

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Rice Comment
Rice prices surged higher as prices broke though resistance near $11.50, and are poised to test
resistance near $12. Today's technical rally will need some some fundamental support for prices
to continue this rally.
http://www.arfb.com/ag-markets-statistics/report/

Ukraine decreases imports of rice in 2015/16 season


Reported by: `CT Report December 30, 2015

KIEV: Since the beginning of the current season Ukraine has imported 21.7 KMT of rice. This is
19% less than during the same time period last year (26.8 KMT).This trend was triggered by
increasing rice production in Ukraine in the 2015/16 season due to expansion of the planted area.
In 2015 gross crop of rice was 34% higher than last year (58.9 KMT compared with 43.9 KMT
in 2014).India and Pakistan still remain the major suppliers of rice to Ukraine. In July-November
of the 2015/16 season their share in the total imports of rice to Ukraine equaled 72.5%.
http://www.customstoday.com.pk/ukraine-decreases-imports-of-rice-in-201516-season/

Select grains remain up on rising demand


Press Trust of India | New Delhi December 30, 2015 Last Updated at 14:57 IST
Amid rising demand from consuming industries and restricted supplies from producing regions, prices of
select grains strengthened up to Rs 50 per quintal at the wholesale grains market today.
However, non-basmati rice ended lower due to sluggish demand. Marketmen said increased demand from
consuming industries in the face of restricted supplies from producing regions mainly kept select grains
prices higher. They said, however, muted demand from retailers dragged down non-basmati rice prices.
In the national capital, bajra and maize advanced by Rs 10 and Rs 30 to Rs 1,430-1,435 and Rs 1,7201,740 per quintal, respectively. Jowar yellow and white also gained another Rs 50 each to Rs 1,650-1,750
and Rs 3,150-3,250 per quintal, respectively. Barley too edged up by Rs 10 to Rs 1,460-1,470 per
quintal.
On the other hand, non-basmati rice permal raw, wand and sela settled lower at Rs 1,925-1,975, Rs 2,1502,200 and Rs 2,500-2,600 against last close of Rs 1,950-2,000, Rs 2,200-2,275 and Rs 2,750-2,850 per
quintal respectively.
Following are today's quotations (in Rs per quintal):
Wheat MP (desi) Rs 2,000-2,600, Wheat dara (for mills) Rs 1,675-1,705, Chakki atta (delivery) Rs 1,7051,720, Atta Rajdhani (10 kg) Rs 230, Shakti Bhog (10 kg) Rs 230, Roller flour mill Rs 880-885 (50 kg),
Maida Rs 935-940 (50 kg) and Sooji Rs 1,040-1,045 (50 kg).
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Basmati rice (Lal Quila) Rs 10,700, Shri Lal Mahal Rs 11,300, Super Basmati Rice Rs 9,700, Basmati
common new Rs 5,400-5,500, Rice Pusa (1121) Rs 4,100-4,800, Permal raw Rs 1,925-1.975, Permal
wand Rs 2,150-2,200, Sela Rs 2,500-2,600 and Rice IR-8 Rs 1,700-1,720, Bajra Rs 1,430-1,435, Jowar
yellow Rs 1,650-1,750, white Rs 3,150-3,250, Maize Rs 1,720-1,740, Barley Rs 1,460-1,470.
http://news.thaivisa.com/thailand/thai-cabinet-gives-green-light-to-increased-compensation-for-rice

Farmers benefit from duty hike on rice imports

Sohel Parvez

Paddy prices have increased at the growers' end as rice imports slumped owing to a duty hike
earlier this month."Both demand and prices rose in recent weeks. It allowed me to earn more
than what I used to get a month ago," said Mohammad Mokhlesur, a farmer at Adamdighi in
Bogra.He sold 50 maunds of swarna paddy, a relatively slimmer or medium variety of rice
compared to the hybrid or coarse ones, at Tk 625 a maund, up from around Tk 600 a month ago.
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Prices of the thinner quality of paddy also rose, said millers and traders."The duty hike has
benefitted me though the current prices will not bring me profits," the farmer said.
On December 8, the National Board of Revenue issued a notification, doubling the import duty
on rice to 20 percent, in a bid to curb rice imports and protect the interest of the farmers.Rice
imports plunged 65 percent to 2.04 lakh tonnes year-on-year in July-December of fiscal 2015-16.
It was 14.9 lakh tonnes in fiscal 2014-15.The recent duty spike as well as good stocks at the
government warehouses has had a negative impact on imports, said Nurul Islam, a rice miller
and importer in Naogaon. On December 27, the stock of cereals at public storages stood at 15.08
lakh tonnes, which is 17 percent higher year-on-year, according to food ministry data. Rice
accounted for 75 percent of total food grain stocks.
"Farmers are getting better prices for paddy than before, following the duty hike," Islam said.Md
Layek Ali, general secretary of Bangladesh Auto, Major and Husking Mills Association, said
purchases by millers to supply rice to the public godowns have also contributed to the recent
paddy price hike.The government earlier announced to buy two lakh tonnes of aman rice this
season at Tk 31 a kilogram from December 15 to March 16.The price is Tk 1 lower than the
purchase price set last year, despite the fact that aman production costs increased from Tk 28 a
kilogram last year to Tk 28.50 this year.
Nirod Boron Saha, a rice and paddy wholesaler and commission agent in Naogaon, said farmers
would have got better prices had the government bought a higher quantity of rice.Aman accounts
for 38 percent of the annual rice output. The Department of Agricultural Extension targeted to
ensure a production of 1.35 crore tonnes of rice during the current aman season, up from an
actual production of 1.31 crore tonnes last year.The government expects to meet the target for
conducive weather, despite some early setbacks due to floods in the northern districts, according
to a report by food planning and monitoring unit under the food ministry.
http://www.thedailystar.net/business/farmers-benefit-duty-hike-rice-imports-194245

Thai Cabinet gives green light to increased compensation for


rice traders
By editor on 2015-12-30 Thailand

Cabinet gives green light to increased compensation for rice traders


BANGKOK, 30 December 2015 (NNT) The Cabinet on Tuesday approved an increase in
compensation for rice traders in 2016 by 204 million baht. It also decided to extend the
Village Fund program to 3 March next year or until the programs budget is depleted.
Government Spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha
instructed all ministries to follow up on their projects and set periodic targets. They were also
told to try to make the public see the results of their works clearly.The PM asked national
security units to ensure the publics confidence in transportation, travel, economy and safety
during the New Year holiday.As for the drought situation, Gen.
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Prayut acknowledged the countrys water information compiled by units in the district level.
According to them, Thailand now has 21 billion cubic meters of water, of which 18 19 billion
cubic meters are expected to be used by August September next year. The 21 billion cubic
meters are therefore considered as sufficient for the next dry season.The Cabinet stressed that a
water use plan was necessary after the number of farmers who planted second-season rice did not
decrease as expected.The Cabinet gave nods to the 204-million-baht increase in compensation
for rice traders due to the speculation that next years rice price will be lower than 8,000
baht/ton.The Village Fund program will be extended to 31 March 2016 or until the 60-billionbaht budget is all used up so that potential villages will receive funding from the program.
National News Bureau of Thailand

Rice exports down in first 11 months

30 Dec 2015 at 14:51


WRITER: ONLINE REPORTERS

Thai rice exports were down about 10% by volume and value year-on-year in the first 11 months
of 2015. (Photo by Pattanapong Hirunard)
Thai rice exports to the end of November this year were down 9.6% year-on-year to 8.6 million
tonnes and the value down by 10.2% to US$4.1 billion, the Thai Rice Exporters Association
said.The association expected Thailand would export about 1 million tonnes of rice in December,
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lifting the total for the year to about 9.6 million tonnes, Thai media reported.The association said
foreign customers continued to order new and old rice, with continued demand for new rice for
the Chinese New Year festival.Exporters were delivering rice to China, Indonesia and the
Philippines under government-to-government deals.The association also said Thai rice should
become more competitive because the huge supply had cut prices and the baht was weaker.

APEDA Rice Commodity News


International Benchmark Price
Price on: 29-12-2015

Product

Benchmark Indicators Name

Price

Turkish No. 2 whole pitted, CIF UK (USD/t)

4875

Turkish No. 4 whole pitted, CIF UK (USD/t)

4375

Turkish size 8, CIF UK (USD/t)

3625

Australian 5 Crown, CIF UK (USD/t)

2867

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

2559

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

1900

CZCE White Sugar Futures (USD/t)

843

Kenya Mumias white sugar, EXW (USD/t)

691

Pakistani refined sugar, EXW Akbari Mandi (USD/t)

506

Apricots

Sultanas

White Sugar

Source:agra-net

For more info

Market Watch
Commodity-wise, Market-wise Daily Price on 29-12-2015

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Domestic Prices
Product

Unit Price : Rs per Qty

Market Center

Variety

Min Price

Max Price

Manjeri (Kerala)

Other

2800

3800

Solapur (Maharashtra)

Other

2125

5150

Samsi (West Bengal)

Fine

2790

2820

Bangalore (Karnataka)

Local

2600

3200

Dahod (Gujarat)

Lokwan

1700

1860

Sainthia (West Bengal)

Other

1650

1670

Aroor (Kerala)

Other

2400

2600

Barnala (Punjab)

Other

700

1000

Una (Himachal Pradesh)

Other

2000

2500

Barnala (Punjab)

Other

1100

1300

Jatni(Orissa)

Other

1400

1800

Vasai (Maharashtra)

Other

1000

1800

Rice

Wheat

Papaya

Onion

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Rs per 100 No

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Product

Market Center

Price

Ahmedabad

444

Chittoor

421

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3

Nagapur

400

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Variety

Low

Onions Dry

High
Package: 40 lb cartons

Atlanta

Peru

Yellow

24

26

Chicago

Washington

Yellow

25

25

Dallas

California

Yellow

20

20

Cucumbers

Package: cartons film wrapped

Atlanta

Mexico

Long Seedless

14.50

14.50

Chicago

Canada

Long Seedless

19.50

19.50

Dallas

California

Long Seedless

14.50

15.50

Grapefruit

Package: 4/5 bushel cartons

Atlanta

Florida

Red

21

23.50

Chicago

Florida

Red

19.50

23

Miami

Florida

Red

25

56

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Transcriptional profiling of the leaves of near-isogenic rice


lines with contrasting drought tolerance at the reproductive
stage in response to water deficit.
BMC Genomics. 2015 Dec 29;16(1):1110. doi: 10.1186/s12864-015-2335-1.Moumeni A1, Satoh
K2, Venuprasad R3,4, Serraj R5,6, Kumar A7, Leung H8, Kikuchi S9.

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Author information
Abstract
BACKGROUND:
Drought tolerance is a complex quantitative trait that involves the coordination of a vast array of
genes belonging to different pathways. To identify genes related to the drought-tolerance
pathway in rice, we carried out gene-expression profiling of the leaves of near-isogenic lines
(NILs) with similar genetic backgrounds and different set of QTLs but contrasting drought
tolerance levels in response to long-term drought-stress treatments. This work will help
differentiate mechanisms of tolerance in contrasting NILs and accelerate molecular breeding
programs to improve drought tolerance in this crop.
RESULTS:
The two pairs of rice NILs, developed at the International Rice Research Institute, along with the
drought-susceptible parent, IR64, showed distinct gene-expression profiles in leaves under
different water-deficit (WD) treatments. Drought tolerance in the highly drought-tolerant NIL
(DTN), IR77298-14-1-2-B-10, could be attributed to the up-regulation of genes with calcium ion
binding, transferase, hydrolase and transcription factor activities, whereas in the moderate DTN,
IR77298-5-6-B-18, genes with transporter, catalytic and structural molecule activities were upregulated under WD. In IR77298-14-1-2-B-10, the induced genes were characterized by the
presence of regulatory motifs in their promoters, including TGGTTAGTACC and
([CT]AAC[GT]G){2}, which are specific to the TFIIIA and Myb transcription factors,
respectively.
In
IR77298-5-6-B-18,
promoters
containing
a
GCAC[AG][ACGT][AT]TCCC[AG]A[ACGT]G[CT] motif, common to MADS(AP1), HD-ZIP,
AP2 and YABBY, were induced, suggesting that these factors may play key roles in the
regulation of drought tolerance in these two DTNs under severe WD.
CONCLUSIONS:
We report here that the two pairs of NILs with different levels of drought tolerance may
elucidate potential mechanisms and pathways through transcriptome data from leaf tissue. The
present study serves as a resource for marker discovery and provides detailed insight into the
gene-expression profiles of rice leaves, including the main functional categories of droughtresponsive genes and the genes that are involved in drought-tolerance mechanisms, to help
breeders identify candidate genes (both up- and down-regulated) associated with drought
tolerance and suitable targets for manipulating the drought-tolerance trait in rice.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26715311

SC ruling against Bt Talong cripples food security, hurts


farmers - science students
By: Diego Mora, InterAksyon.com
December 30, 2015 6:28 PM
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InterAksyon.com means BUSINESS
LOS BANOS, Laguna - The Supreme Court decision
mandating the scrapping of field testing ofBacillus
thuringiensis (Bt) eggplant is a blow for superstition and
seriously undermines food security, industry and the
livelihood of nearly half a million farmers, thousands of
science students said in a statement.The same SC verdict
also threw out Administrative Order No. 08, series of
2002 of the Department of Agriculture (DA) that spelled
out the biosafety policy of the Philippine government on
genetically-modified (GM) plants, according to the biotechnology, biology and medical students.
In a six-page statement, the University of the Philippines League of Agricultural Biotechnology
Students (UPLabs) - supported by students from UP Diliman, UP Manila, the Rizal
Technological University (RTU) and the Our Lady of Fatima University Quezon Campus
(OLFUQC) - expressed dismay over the ruling on a petition for reconsideration on the issuance
of a writ of kalikasan against the field testing of Bt eggplant.
They claimed the decision will punish farmers who have been losing up to 90 percent of their
eggplants due to persistent attacks by fruit borers. The ruling will force them to apply pesticides
at
least
12
times
on
their
vegetables
to
protect
them.
Eggplant is the most popular vegetable in the country; its production volume is second only to
tomatoes, which are actually fruits rather than vegetables.By applying the rule retroactively in
contravention of judicial practice, UP Labs warned that the corn industry is also taking a hit
because at least 750,000 hectares of farms now produce Bt corn, which was commercialized in
2002.Once the importation of banned Bt corn seeds is imposed, the P90-billion corn industry will
be in peril. The incomes of 415,000 farmers would be cut and the livestock and poultry industry
will then have rely on imported feed.
Research by the Biotechnology Information Center of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for
Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) shows practically 100 percent of the
soyabean used for poultry feed is now GM.Earlier, several other leading entities expressed
dismay over the SC decision, notably, the UP Los Banos Foundaiton, Inc. (UPLBFI), Bureau of
Plant Industry (BPI), Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA), the Envirnmental Management
Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and the International
Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA.)
UP Labs said the SC dcision favoring Greenpeace and Masipag, a group of scientists and farmers
promoting traditional rice varieties and other crops through organic agriculture, turns back the
wheel of time and sets back the goal of attaining food security.UP Labs noted also that while
the Philippines stopped the field tests - actually completed before Greenpeace attacked the field
testing site in Laguna several years ago - Bangladesh, a developing country, not only approved
Bt eggplant testing but also permitted its commercialization. Bengallis have been consuming Bt
eggplant since 2014. Since its market release, not a single case of harmful effects on humans and
the environment has been reported.
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Today, Bengali farmers have cut the use of pesticides for their Bt eggplants anywhere from 70
percent to 90 percent and their incomes soared, a consequence attributed to their cultivation
of the GM eggplant, the UP Labs said.It noted as well that the Biosafety Regulatory Framework
of Bangladesh was influenced by the Philippine Biosafety Guidelines of 1991, which called for
approvals of biotech crops only if they are safe both as food and animal feed. This feature is not
included in the US guidelines for the approval of biotech crops.UP Labs pointed out as well that
there has not been a single case of toxicity or mortality traced to Bt corn cultivation anywhere in
the Philippines the last 13 years. UP Labs expressed dismay over the SCs nullification of DA
AO 08, series of 2002, the Biosafety Policy on GM Crops in the country.
The expanded decision of the SC will be a major setback for the stakeholders in Philippine
agriculture and industry, UP Labs stressed.With the administrative order gone on the basis of
the SCs finding that it antedated Executive Order No. 514which was issued by President
Arroyo to cover biotech products, UP Labs said the BPI would now be barred from issuing
permits for the importation of plants and plant products derived from biotechnology, thus
crippling the work of plant breeders in both the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice),
the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), as well as in academic institutions like UP
Diliman and UPLB.
We believe that the biosafety regulatory policy through DA AO 08-2002 is a workable, yet
highly monitored protocol for processing products of modern biotechnology, the students
said.In its 13 years of implementation parallel to the approval of Bt corn, no environmental and
health problems from the production and consumption of the crop was reported. This was
because before the approval, strict food and environmental safety tersts were conducted. Also,
the safe use of Bt can be traced back to the 1920s. This product has also neen accepted by
organic farmers for more than 50 years, UP Labs stressed.
Its campaign to reverse the ruling against Bt Talong is supported by: Biology Majors Alliance of
the Philippines (BMAP); UP College of Agriculture Student Council (UP CASC); UP College of
Science Student Council (UP CSSC) in UP Diliman; UP School of Statistics Student Council,
(UP Stat SC) in UP Diliman; Rizal Technological University College of Arts and Sciences
Student Council (RTU CASSC); UP Agricultural Society (UP AgriSoc); UP Los Baos
Chemical Society (UPLB ChemSoc); UPLB Genetics Society (UPLB GeneSoc); UP Pabvlvm
Scientia Sodalitas (UP PSS); UPLB DOST Scholars Society (UPLB DOST SS); UP Beta Kappa
Fraternity (UP BK); UP Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Society (UP MBBS); UP
Physician-Scientists Association (UP PSA)
Of UP Manila; RTU Organization of Biotechnology Students (RTU ORBITS); Our Lady of
Fatima University-Quezon Campus League of Biology Enthusiasts (OLFU-QC LOBE), and;
RTU Interactive Psychology Students Association (RTU IPSA.)
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