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13 rice output to exceed year-ago level Thai anti-corruption agency to investigate PM's rice subsidy Rice is part of our shared culture, but few consumers know much about it Against the grain PHL government to consider Thai rice offer Thailand offers rice at a loss as it struggles to pay farmers Palay production up 2.3% Palay production up in 2013 despite typhoons Rice/DU partnership focus of upcoming meeting Brown declares California drought emergency Angry farmers to demand their rice back as government defaults on payments Philippines sees H1 rice output up 5.4 pct Rice farmers rally against government Thailand Rice Quotes Mixed Today; Pakistan Rice Sellers Lower Some of Their Quotes Oryza Global Rice Quotes Rice exports to China Courts in Davao, Manila order release of rice imports Trade bodies are striving to boost Pakistan-Malaysia economic ties' Research and Markets: Prefeasibility Report on a Rice Bran Oil Processing Plant Study examines genetic diversity of indigenous upland rice

News Detail 13 rice output to exceed year-ago level

By Ronnel W. Domingo:Philippine Daily Inquirer
9:51 pm | Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Agriculture officials expect domestic rice output in 2013 to have beaten the record volume of 18.03 million metric tons posted in the previous year despite massive crop losses sustained in the aftermath of strong typhoons.Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala told reporters that based on initial reports from the Department of Agricultures field units, the volume of production last year appeared to have exceeded the 2012

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level.Earlier, officials were expecting that the growth in palay output might have been flat, considering the weather disturbances experienced last year.According to Undersecretary Dante S. Delima, a 1.5-percent production growth in Central Luzon helped shore up the nationwide volume.Delima said that output expansion was expected to be about 4 percent to 5 percent in the next three years, which would be short of the 6 percent needed to meet domestic demand.lcala earlier said the goal to attain full rice selfsufficiency in 2013 was not attained and that the sufficiency level reached only 97 percent to 98 percent.The agriculture chief said the government was now reviewing its food self-sufficiency program (FSSP).The FSSP targets need to be fine-tuned and reviewed because of the magnitude of flooding and storms that hit the country in the past few years, Alcala said in an interview. Earlier projections when the FSSP was conceptualized might not be reasonable given the current situation, Alcala said.Earlier, the Food and Agriculture Organization said the effects of bad weather in the Philippines, along with similar problems in China and Pakistan, contributed to a reduction of 5 million tons in the forecast global rice output for 2013.The United Nations agency said in a report that it had lowered its growth forecast from 1.5 percent to 1.1 percent, with output to reach 741.4 million tons of paddy rice or palayequivalent to 494.2 million tons of milled rice.The deterioration of prospects primarily concerned China, Pakistan and the Philippines, which were hit, in recent months, by erratic climatic events, the FAO said.

Thai anti-corruption agency to investigate PM's rice subsidy

Policy helped Yingluck Shinawatra's Puea Thai party into power but alleged corruption and tax cost has fuelled protests theguardian.com, Thursday 16 January 2014 15.09 GMT Yingluck Shinawatra at a meeting to discuss whether to defer elections she has called for February. Photograph: Gao Jianjun/Rex Features A Thai anti-corruption agency said on Thursday it would investigate a rice subsidy programme that has fuelled opposition to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, as protesters marched through the capital demanding she resign.The unrest flared in November and escalated this week when demonstrators led by former opposition politician Suthep Thaugsuban occupied main road junctions in the capital, Bangkok, although the number of people

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camping out overnight appears to be dropping.The turmoil is the latest episode in an eight-year conflict that pits Bangkok's middle class and royalist establishment against the mostly poorer, rural supporters of Yingluck and her brother, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.Yingluck's Puea Thai party was helped to power in 2011 by offering to buy rice at well above the market price to help poor farmers.Critics say the programme is riddled with corruption and a particular gripe of the more well-heeled protesters that it has cost taxpayers as much as 425bn baht (7.9bn), although that figure would drop if the government managed to find buyers for the rice in state stockpiles ."Those who oversaw the scheme knew there were losses but did not put a stop to it," Vicha Mahakhun, of the National Anti-Corruption Commission, told a news conference.Yingluck is nominally head of the national rice committee and could therefore eventually face charges.The intervention price made Thai grain so expensive Thailand lost its position as the world's top rice exporter, overtaken by India and Vietnam.Thaksin's rural and working-class support has ensured he or his allies have won every election since 2001 and Puea Thai seems certain to win an early election Yingluck has called for February. The anti-government protesters have rejected the election.They want to suspend what they say is a fragile democracy destabilised by Thaksin, whom they accuse of nepotism and corruption. Their goal is to eradicate the political influence of his family by altering electoral arrangements, though in ways they have not spelt out, along with other political reforms.

Rice is part of our shared culture, but few consumers know much about it
Rice is a common part of our shared culture, but few consumers know much about its origins and the roleit plays in reducing poverty, writes Ruth Williams In the January sunshine on the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre's roof garden, a handful of villagers from Choi Yuen Tsuen are cooking and sharing char guar (Hakka teacakes). They roll and shape glutinous rice, then fill them with either a savoury mix of white radish, dried shrimps and celery or crushed peanuts, with chopped Chinese fever vine and mallotus leaves.Neighbours Wong Kwai-chun and Fung Yu-chuk explain how these traditional steamed glutinous rice cakes have acquired a new significance for them and their fellow villagers. In 2009, Choi Yuen Tsuen residents learned their homes would be torn down to make way for the Hong KongGuangzhou high-speed railway. As they took a stand against the plans at the now famous demonstrations outside Legco in late 2009 and early 2010, the villagers made char guar to sustain them during the long hours protesting, and gave them away to their supporters."Food was used as a political method, in a peaceful way, to protest against the government decision, and to show in a very peaceful manner that all they wanted was to keep their homes and to keep their way of life," says Daisy Tam Dic-sze, research assistant professor, department of

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humanities and creative writing, Hong Kong Baptist University.The snack has since then become symbolic of the villagers' desire to maintain a sense of community. Reluctant to relocate to urban areas, about 40 of the 150 households opted to pool their compensation money to buy land so they could still farm and live together. Two years ago they began rebuilding homes at Choi Yuen New Village, which is close to their former home. Fung explains that the villagers enjoy cooking together in outdoor open areas, something they are striving to recreate and continue in their new village."Coming together to cook is very important for family and the villagers are our family," says Wong, who gives guided tours of the village that include organic farming and cooking lessons.The cooking demonstration and tasting was held last Sunday in a day of activities titled "In a Grain of Rice: Food & Culture for South & Southeast Asia", part of the Asia Society's "No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia" programmes.Academics, restaurateurs, chefs, farmers, artists and food lovers discussed, cooked and tasted rice dishes as they explored the link between food and culture. The focus was what French culinary great Auguste Escoffier called "the best, the most nutritive and unquestionably the most widespread staple in the world". Panelists and the audience discussed everything from the need to develop high yielding climate change-proof rice to the science of cooking it perfectly. This led to expert advice from restaurateurs such as Drawing Room Concepts' Tony Cheng and Chm Chm's Peter Cuong Franklin on to how to cook the perfect congee and Hainan chicken rice, and how to wrap rice paper rolls.Panelists acknowledged that although restaurants in Hong Kong are increasingly stressing the provenance of their produce, and many foodies can name a dozen grape varieties, few could name a dozen types of rice.In a city where a meal is not complete without some form of rice, there appears to be little interest in knowing more about the origins of that particular food on our tables. The glutinous rice and the rice flour used in Hakka tea cakes, like most rice used in Hong Kong, is imported from Thailand. In fact, for most Hongkongers, Thai jasmine or fragrant rice is regarded as the standard. This has been true for decades. But that is changing.In 2007, rice importers brought in 90 per cent of Hong Kong's rice from Thailand. But over the past seven years, white fragrant rice from Vietnam has grown from less than one per cent of imports to almost 42 per cent, with Thai rice exporters shipping 45 per cent of fragrant rice sold in Hong Kong.Less than a tenth comes from China, with nominal amounts from Australia, the US, and other countries accounting for our wild rice, organic rice, brown rice, basmati, arborio, bomba, sushi rice and other varietals.For researchers at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), based in the Philippines, gaining a detailed understanding of preferences for rice taste and texture is part of their work to reduce poverty and hunger by ensuring rice production is stable and sustainable."IRRI scientists think 10 years in advance. Now we are seeing climate change happening, we have climate change-ready rice ready to go," says Dr Rosa Cuevas, who specialises in grain quality, specifically on the mouthfeel of cooked rice - what makes people prefer one grain over another.Scientists may suggest new varieties of rice to farmers, but if consumers don't like the taste it would be pointless. By relating the starch structure of rice to its mouthfeel, Cuevas and her team seek

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to gauge local and cultural preferences.The IRRI leads the conservation of rice's genetic diversity. It holds in trust some 110,000 rice types, including traditional or heirloom varieties, in two separate locations for security.As the world needs another eight to 10 million tonnes rice each year, or an extra 1.5 per cent per year at a time when water and land supply is diminishing, the IRRI seeks to meet demand for staple and keep rice affordable. Researchers look at ways to enhance the nutritional value of rice varietals, or use more nutritious varietals. But while brown rice contains more vitamins and minerals, and requires less processing, relatively little is eaten by big rice consumers such as India, China, and Indonesia. It is often marketed to the middle class as a gourmet or health food, and is more expensive.While researchers can scientifically measure many aspects of rice grains and cooking, Cuevas says that people are always the best judge of rice quality. The IRRI assembles panels that blind taste rice for aroma, taste and describe how they judge rice's physical qualities such as colour, clarity, chalkiness, grain size and shape. "I want chefs to come and visit the IRRI more often, as their influence in popularising different types of rice is crucial," says Cuevas. Consumers and chefs have a major role to play in influencing whether a greater variety of rice types become more widely available.

This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as Grains of truth

Against the grain

Vietnams farmers are growing a crop that no longer pays its way
Jan 18th 2014 | HANOI AND CHAU DOC | From the print edition

THE prospect from Sam mountain, a rocky outcrop in southern Vietnams Mekong delta, is timeless. Paddy fields shine emerald. Irrigation canals reflect the sunlight like mirrors. Three times a year, farmers in surrounding towns put on their rubber boots and plant rice seedlings in the deep soil. A few months later they sell their sacks of grain to traders, who bring it to riverside mills for processing.

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In its essence, this activity is timeless, too. Rice cultivation is deeply rooted in the Vietnamese psyche. In September 1945, a day after declaring Vietnams independence from France, Ho Chi Minh told his cabinet that dealing with a widespread failure of the rice crop was its priority. He later collectivised the paddies. In the 1980s his successors promoted hybrid seeds and modern irrigation. Today Vietnams $4 billion in rice exports (see chart) accounts for more than a fifth of the global total.Party officials trumpet their rice first agricultural policies. Yet, more and more, Vietnams rice farmers are being left behind. Part of the problem is that Vietnamese rice strains tend to be of low or middling qualitya contrast to the premium varieties grown in Thailand. The costs of fuel, fertilisers and pesticides are rising. And Vietnams rice-export sector is dominated by state-owned firms with links to corrupt officials. Some farmers, especially in the countrys north, are finding it more profitable to let their land lie fallow.In An Giang province, at the heart of the Mekong delta, an average family earns just $100 a month from cultivating rice, or about a fifth of what coffee-growers earn in Vietnams Central Highlands, says Oxfam, an advocacy group. Tran Van Nghia, who farms near Sam mountain, says young people in his area supplement farm incomes by working as hotel porters or construction workers in Ho Chi Minh City and other urban centres.Vietnams rice woes are likely to worsen. Myanmar, long ago South -East Asias rice basket, is emerging again as an export rival. The bulk of Vietnams crop is sold directly to other governments, but some of its biggest clients, including Indonesia and the Philippines, are boosting domestic production. Arup Gupta, a commodities trader in Ho Chi Minh City, adds that as a consequence of a crackpot and expensive campaign in Thailand to subsidise the countrys rice farmers, Vietnam is now being undercut as Thailand unloads stockpiles at bargain-basement prices.Scientists also warn that the Mekong delta, which produces about half of Vietnams rice, is showing signs of environmental stress. The earth dykes that were built to keep seasonal floods from inundating the rice paddies prevent the Mekong rivers alluvial floodwaters from bringing nutrients to the deltas soil.Vo-Tong Xuan, a rice expert who has advised the government on agricultural policies, reckons that many soils in Vietnams rice-growing regions are now so poor in nutrients that they cannot immediately be put to other uses, such as cultivating maize. Other problems, he says, include a lack of farmer representation in the powerful Vietnam Food Association, and resistance by state-owned rice exporters to reforms that would eat into their profits. It does not help that Vietnams new constitution, which passed in late November, calls for state-owned enterprises to keep a central role in the economy.The countryside, for the most part, is a patchwork of tiny plots. The average Vietnamese rice farmer cultivates a little over an acre (0.5 hectares), when two or three hectares is the ideal plot size.Still, a

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new land law coming into force in July will give many farmers 50-year land leases, a big improvement over the current 20 years. The longer leases may help create larger farms producing crops other than rice. Yet the government stubbornly maintains a policy of preserving about 90% of existing rice land in perpetuity.That might make sense if Vietnam still struggled with crushing food insecurity, as it did in the early 1980s. Yet a third of its rice harvest is sold abroadmore, if unofficial exports to China are counted. Meanwhile, rice is falling as a proportion of the national diet; a rising middle class is developing a taste for meat and wheat. Next month in Ho Chi Minh City, the son-in-law of the prime minister, Nguyen Tan Dung, is scheduled to open the countrys first McDonalds. Its local competitor, a fast-food chain whose speciality is the VietMac, a rice burger, has its work cut out. From the print edition: Asia

PHL government to consider Thai rice offer

By DANESSA O. RIVERA, GMA NewsJanuary 17, 2014 3:09pm
Tags: phlthailand

The Philippines will consider any good offer from rice suppliers, including Thailand, under the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) trade agreements , a National Food Authority (NFA) official said Friday.But that's if Thailand renews its rice supply agreement."Lahat naman, we consider them. Kung sino ang mababa ang offer at kayang mag-supply, 'yun ang pipiliin namin," spokesman Rex Estoperez told GMA News Online on Friday. "It's just that Thailand's agreement expired last year," he said.Bangkok, which is battling a campaign to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, offered to sell rice at a huge loss to be able to pay farmers under its rice intervention scheme, Reuters reported.The offers continued until Yingluck dissolved parliament last month to counter the campaign against her administration, leaving the caretaker government lack of authority to take major decisions which include the export of state rice stocks, the wire service added.The Philippines is required to import at least 350,000 metric tons (MT) of rice to meet its minimum access volume (MAV) as part of the WTO agreement. MAV is "the amount of imports of an agricultural product allowed to be imported into the country at a customs duty lower than the out-quota [or the regular] customs duty," according to the Tariff Commission.Under the WTO commitment, the 350,000 MT of rice may enter the Philippines at 40 percent duty lower than the 50

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percent tariff levied outside MAV. Other countries with existing rice supply agreements are member states of the ASEAN. Last November, the NFA said Vietnam Food Association bagged the deal to supply 500,000 MT or rice to replenish the country's inventory following the wrath of Typhoon Yolanda on Nov. 8. Vietnam offered the lowest bid of $462.25 per metric ton during the November tender, beating Thailand's $475 offer.After awarding the deal to Vietnam, Estoperez said a representative from Thailand came here to discuss grains and gave a lower offer in a bid to bag the deal."Thailand offered $462, pero tapos na ang bidding. Though advantageous to government, it's not the procedure and we already came out with a decision," he said.On Thursday, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said palay production last year is expected to have exceeded the 18.03 million MT yield in 2012 despite damage from the typhoon.However, he did not say whether the 2013 target of 19 million MT was reached. The rice subsector incurred P2.4 billion worth of damage from Yolanda, keeping the Philippines from achieving self-sufficiency and requiring government to augment the country's depleted stock after the staple grain was distributed to hard-hit areas.Agriculture Undersecretary Dante Delima earlier said the country has achieved 97 percent self-sufficiency but with only about 60 to 70 days buffer stock.Rice self-sufficiency means covering the yearly domestic consumption level plus 90 days of buffer stock.Last April, Delima told GMA News Online the Philippines would still have to import rice to fulfill its international trade agreements even after achieving rice self-sufficiency. VS, GMA News

Thailand offers rice at a loss as it struggles to pay farmers


BANGKOK/SINGAPORE - Thailand's embattled government offered to sell rice at a huge loss, officials said, as it sought to shore up Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's support among farmers who are concerned that the administration could run out of money to pay them.The government, battling a campaign to oust Yingluck that has pitted the royalist, Bangkok establishment against her mainly rural supporters, offered rice at around 30 percent below cost on the export market to continue funding a rice intervention scheme, a Thai and a Philippine official said.The offers continued until Yingluck dissolved parliament last month to counter the campaign against her government.Her caretaker government lacks the authority to take major decisions, including the export of state rice stocks, and has to rely on domestic sales to pay the mounting bills it owes rice farmers in Yingluck's provincial strongholds.The government does not disclose at what prices it offloads rice in the

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domestic market, but traders estimate they will be substantially below anything offered on the international market."We need to adjust ourselves in order to sell rice at appropriate prices to get liquidity to run the ricebuying scheme," said Surasak Riangkrul, director-general of the Foreign Trade Department, which oversees sales of the government's rice stocks.He declined to disclose the exact price Thailand is offering but another official in the commodity trade department said Bangkok quoted $475 a tonne in a government-to-government deal with Manila last month to supply 500,000 tonnes.This is almost a third below the estimated cost of 22,000 baht ($669) per tonne the government incurred on buying paddy from farmers, milling and storage. At the time, rice prices in the world market were around $400-$420 a tonne. A spokesman of the National Food Authority (NFA) in the Philippines said Thailand reduced the offer price further to $462 per tonne as it tried to outbid Vietnam, which quoted $462.25, highlighting Bangkok's desperation."But it was too late because we had already decided to award the deal to Vietnam," said Rex Estoperez, NFA's spokesman.The subsidy, which has cost the government billions of dollars, has fueled the political crisis that is being played out on the streets of Bangkok.Protesters are seeking to topple the government, which swept to power in 2011 with support from rural voters, many of them rice farmers who had welcomed the generous intervention scheme. City dwellers are angered that their taxes are paying for the subsidy.However, hundreds of farmers, some unpaid since October, have also joined the demonstrations against Yingluck, disillusioned by the government's inability to reliably fund the controversial program.Farmers who have not been paid by the state for rice bought under the scheme threatened to block roads in 26 provinces last month.Thailand is sitting on a massive rice stockpile, estimated between 15 and 17 million tonnes.


But in a reprieve for the government, Thailand's state-backed farm bank, which runs the rice scheme, raised 32.58 billion baht ($991.33 million) in a domestic debt issue that was far better subscribed than expected, officials said on Thursday. It had aimed to raise 20 billion baht.Earlier this week, Thai rice prices slipped as fears of payment disruptions under the rice-buying scheme forced farmers to unload the grain in the market, despite higher prices offered by the government, traders said.The money raised in the bond issue looks set to be used to pay farmers since rice sales are limited by the ban on exports. "The caretaker government has no authority to seal any state binding agreements, including rice deals, so government-to-government rice sales will halt automatically," Surasak said.Thailand sold 1 million tonnes of rice to China in November to be supplied over a period of one year but the shipments have been held up as the Election Commision says the caretaker government cannot enact long-term contracts that would commit any

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new government, an official of the commission said.The rice-buying program made Thai rice more expensive in the global market, and in 2012 the country lost its crown as the world's top exporter, with India taking over.Anti-Yingluck protesters say the rice scheme is corrupt and has helped wealthy farmers and regional politicians more than the poor.Protesters brought parts of Bangkok to a near-standstill this week but the government is sticking to a plan for a Feb 2 election as it believes support for the leader of the agitation is waning. The protesters have rejected the proposal to hold elections and want an unelected "people's council" to take power.Nevertheless, rival exporters Vietnam and India fear losing market share when Thailand resumes exports with reduced prices."Definitely there's a big chance that we will buy more from Thailand if they offer a better price," said Estoperez of the Philippines' NFA, one of the world's biggest buyers of rice. "Whether it is a government-to-government deal or a private transaction, the price and quality are always important for us." Reuters

Palay production up 2.3%

By Ronnel W. Domingo
Philippine Daily Inquirer 11:33 pm | Friday, January 17th, 2014

The Philippines produced 18.44 million metric tons of palay in 2013, a new record that exceeded by 2.3 percent the previous one set in 2012, according to the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics.The BAS said in a report that the harvest volume improved in most regions in the country, except those that were heavily affected by typhoons.The significant (increase in output) in some regions has offset the losses incurred in regions affected by the series of typhoons in the second half of the year, the agency said.Also, the BAS said the rice yield rose because of the increase in the use of hybrid and high-yield seeds as well as fertilizer, enough water supply, and lesser occurrence of pests and diseases. In addition, output gains were attributed to the expansion in the harvest area and improvement in yield, particularly in Central Luzon, Caraga, Soccsksargen, Bicol and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.Overall, nationwide harvest area grew by 1.2 percent to 4.75 million hectares, while yield expanded by one percent to 3.89 MT per hectare.For the first half of 2014, the BAS forecasts a 5.4-percent rise in palay output to 8.43 million MT.In the same period, harvest area is expected to expand by 3.7 percent to 2.12 million hectares, while yield may go up by 1.7 percent to 3.9 MT per hectare.Earlier, agriculture officials expected flat growth in the production of palay because of the weather disturbances last year. Last December, Alcala said the goal to attain full rice self-sufficiency this year would not be attained and that the sufficiency level ranged from 97 percent to 98 percent.The agriculture chief said the government would review its food self-sufficiency program (FSSP) after it failed to reach its targets in 2013.The FSSP targets

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need to be fine-tuned and reviewed because of the magnitude of flooding and storms that hit the country in the past few years, Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said in an interview.Earlier projections, when the FSSP was conceptualized, might not be reasonable given the current situation, he added.

Palay production up in 2013 despite typhoons



POSTED ON 01/17/2014 6:22 PM | UPDATED 01/17/2014 8:17 PMHIGHER OUTPUT. Palay output grew in 2013 despite typhoons.Photo by

MANILA, Philippines Palay production increased by 2.3% in 2013 despite the havoc caused by the typhoons that struck the country in the second half of last year.Data released by the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) on Thursday, January 16, showed that unmilled rice production for last year amounted to 18.44 million metric tons (MT), higher than the 18.03 million MT of 2012.The country was visited by typhoons Santi, Vinta, and Yolanda in the second half of 2013, causing high production losses in palay-producing areas. Damage to agriculture due to Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) alone was more than P18 billion. The Department of Agriculture (DA) said it will need more than P9 billion to rehabilitate the agriculture and fisheries sector in the affected areas.The government also noted that the country will not be self-sufficient in rice due to the havoc brought by Yolanda.The BAS said the total production output last year was pulled up by the increased rice production in other regions barely affected by Yolanda.The bureau said higher rice production output were recorded in Central Luzon, Caraga, Soccsksargen, Bicol, and the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) regions. This is due to the expansion of harvest areas.The follow-through on the quick turn-around program of the DA which involves 5 croppings in 2 years also helped.On a national level, total harvest area expanded to 4.75 million hectares in 2013, an increase of 1.2% from the 4.69 million hectares in 2012.Harvest area during the 4th quarter of the year expanded to 1.83 million hectares, up by 7.4% from 1.71 million hectares in the same period in 2012.

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Palay production Palay yield per hectare also increased to 3.89 MT, up by 1% from 3.84 MT.Palay production for the last quarter of 2013 increased by 8.62% to 7.08 million, from 6.54 million recorded in the same period in 2012.Palay production output is expected to increase by 5.4%, reaching 8.43 million MT in the 1st half of 2014.Harvest area, on the other hand, is likely to expand by 3.7% to 2.12 million also in the 1st semester of 2014.Yield per hectare is likely to improve from 3.91 MT to 3.98 MT in the 1st half of 2014.Palay production in the first quarter of 2014 may increase by 8.5%, reaching 4.53 million MT, while harvest area may expand to1.18 million hectares from 1.11 million hectares also in the 1st quarter of 2014.Yield per hectare is also expected to reach 3.83 MT in the first 3 months of 2014 from the 3.75 MT recorded in the same period in 2013.Majority of the harvest for the 1st quarter of 2014 will likely come from Western Visayas, Central Luzon, ARMM, Northern Mindanao, and the Zamboanga Peninsula."Harvest area may expand in these regions due to the immediate replanting of damaged areas affected by typhoons Santi and Yolanda, early plantings due to sufficiency of irrigation water and rainfall, utilization of in-fallow areas and availability of quality seeds from the seed banking program," BAS noted. Corn production Corn production in 2013 fell by 0.4% to 7.38 million MT, from 7.1 million MT in 2012. This is due to insufficient soil moisture in the 1st half of the year and damage caused by strong typhoons in the 2ndhalf of the year.Corn harvest areas also fell to 2.56 million hectares from 2.59 million hectares in 2012.Production reached 1.45 million MT, 3.5% for the last quarter of 2013. This is lower than the 1.51 million MT produced in 2012.Harvest area contracted to 554,000 hectares from 576,000 hecares in 2012."Expansion in harvest area maybe attributed to the utilization of in-fallow areas, early plantings, seed assistance from local government units, and financial support from traders, shifting from sugarcane and banana, and additional green corn areas," BAS said. Rappler.com

Rice/DU partnership focus of upcoming meeting

Begins at 9 a.m. at the Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart, Ark.

Jan. 17, 2014Ed Phillips | Delta Farm Press The U.S. rice industry and Ducks Unlimited are working together to preserve and expand the benefits that waterfowl, rice fields and water contribute to society. Rice production and waterfowl conservation will lead the topics at the Jan. 30 annual meeting of the Arkansas Rice Council and theArkansas Rice Farmers.

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Rice production and waterfowl conservation will lead the topics at the Jan. 30 annual meeting of the Arkansas Rice Council and the Arkansas Rice Farmers. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart, Ark.Dale Hall, Ducks Unlimited CEO, will headline the event.The meeting will provide information on the rice industrys new stewardship partnership with Ducks Unlimited, said Ben Noble, Arkansas Rice Federations executive director.We are excited to work alongside a conservation group to preserve and expand the benefits that waterfowl, rice fields and water contribute to society, said Noble.USA Rice Federation and Ducks Unlimited announced its new partnership in February 2013.In March 2013 representatives for the two groups met to develop an agenda of activities to conserve and improve working rice lands, waterfowl and water. Also featured will be Betsy Ward, USA Rice Federation president and CEO. She will present an update on USA Rice activities, share recent successes, and outline future efforts to promote the industry.Arkansas Rice Farmers will also hold an election for the board of directors District 5 position, which includes Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Pope, Yell, Conway, Perry, Saline, Pulaski, Faulkner, Lonoke, White, Cleburne, Stone and Independence counties. The Arkansas Rice Annual Meeting is sponsored in part by Ag-Pro Companies.An awards luncheon will follow the meeting for all registered guests. Register online atwww.arkansasricefarmers.org/registration2014 or call (501) 375-1100.

Brown declares California drought emergency

By Josh Richman and Paul Rogers POSTED: 01/17/2014 09:09:42 AM PST | UPDATED: ABOUT 20 HOURS AGO SAN FRANCISCO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday declared a drought emergency in California as the state struggles with the least amount of rainfall in its 153-year history, reservoir levels fall and firefighters remain on

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high alert."We are in an unprecedented, very serious situation," said Brown, who asked California residents and businesses to voluntarily reduce their water consumption by 20 percent. "Hopefully, it will rain eventually. But in the meantime, we have to do our part."The drought declaration also streamlines the rules for water agencies to transfer extra water from one part of the state to another, easing shortages. It also directs the state to hire more seasonal firefighters, limits the landscaping of highways and raises public awareness. Brown was governor in 1976 and 1977, one of California's most severe dry periods in the 20th century. The most recent extended drought was from 1987 to 1992.The last governor to declare a drought emergency was Arnold Schwarzenegger, who did so during a period of low rainfall in 2008 and 2009. Brown lifted that declaration in 2011 after a wet winter.Asked how his prior experience as governor during a drought might help now, he replied, "I don't know that I kept my notebook from 1977."However, the state won't hesitate to redirect whatever resources are necessary, Brown told reporters. "When the house is burning down," he said, "you have to pour water on the fire, and if that costs money, we'll spend money."Although California has a Mediterranean climate and periodically experiences drought, current conditions are particularly dry. The Sierra Nevada snowpack on Thursday was 17 percent of normal. And last year, most cities in the state received the lowest amount of rain in any living Californian's lifetime. The rainfall records go back to 1850.For the past 13 months, a huge high-pressure ridge in the atmosphere has sat off the West Coast, diverting storms that normally would bring winter rain northward to Canada.As a result, reservoir levels are low, farmers and ranchers are suffering, and fire danger is at an extreme level.Brown's declaration generally won praise from Republicans and Democrats, environmental groups and farmers. "It's entirely appropriate for the governor to declare a drought emergency, and we appreciate his timely action," said Paul Wenger, president of the California Farm Bureau Federation.He called for more state spending on dams and reservoirs, which he hopes will be included in a water bond proposed for the November ballot."Farmers across California face wrenching decisions today, as well as in coming months," Wenger said. "Will they have enough water to plant crops, to water their livestock, and keep trees and vines alive?"An additional concern is how many people they may have to lay off as a result of water shortages. Any way the state and federal governments can provide assistance in adding water to the system will help.

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"So far, farmers have been affected more by the dry conditions than most California residents.Although many residents think that population growth is the main driver of water demand statewide, it actually is agriculture. In an average year, farmers use 80 percent of the water used by people and businesses -- 34 million acre-feet from a total of 43 million acre-feet that is diverted from rivers, lakes and groundwater, according to the state Department of Water Resources.Most of the water goes to irrigate crops. Without rain, many farmers have been heavily pumping groundwater in the Central Valley, and some areas expect that thousands of acres of fields will be fallowed this summer.In the Bay Area, large water districts that serve the majority of residents say they will wait until March or April to make a decision about whether to put mandatory restrictions in place. Those include the Santa Clara Valley Water District, the East Bay Municipal Utility District, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and the Contra Costa Water District.The reason for the delay, officials said Friday, is that many have water in storage and have been running conservation and rebate programs for years, so they are not in a crisis."If it remained bone dry, we would have to look at restrictions," said Contra Costa Water District spokeswoman Jennifer Allen. "But it's still too early to say what supply we will have."The Santa Clara Valley Water District has a year's supply stored in underground aquifers, and another year's supply is stored underground at the Semitropic Water District near Bakersfield."We are hoping we can wait until the end of the rainy season to propose a target," said Marty Grimes, a spokesman for the Santa Clara Valley Water District. "What happens in February and March could change the situation."
Brown's declaration also: state agencies, led by the Department of Water Resources, to execute a statewide campaign to encourage and promote water conservation, with a goal of reducing water usage by 20 percent. ditional seasonal firefighters.

public buildings and along highways.

can break ground this year. California normally receives nearly all its annual rainfall during the winter. However, time is running out on this winter.

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On Thursday, the drought outlook worsened, as the U.S. Drought Monitor, a weekly update of drought conditions by federal agencies and researchers at the University of Nebraska, classified large sections of Northern California, including the Bay Area, as the fourth most severe of five drought categories: "extreme drought."The update showed that 63 percent of California's land is at that level of drought now, including the Bay Area, up from 27 percent the week before. Worse, scientists at the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center in Maryland issued a 90day precipitation outlook that said it is likely that California will continue to receive below-normal rainfall at least through April.Staff writer Denis Cuff contributed to this report. Paul Rogers covers resources and environmental issues. Contact him at 408-920-5045. Follow him at Twitter.com/PaulRogersSJMN.

Angry farmers to demand their rice back as government defaults on payments

Sayan Chucham,Surachai Piraksa The Nation January 18, 2014 1:00 am Phichit-based farmers are planning to take their rice back from the government's rice-pledging scheme today because it has delayed the payment for far too long. "We want our harvest back now. It can be sold for money elsewhere," Prakasit Jamjumrus said yesterday as he led a group of protesters to block a key road in the province. Farmers in several other provinces are also planning to stage roadblocks in their hometowns and join the anti-government rallies in Bangkok if payments are delayed further. Prasit Booncheuy, president of the Thai Rice Farmers Association, said yesterday that farmers who had pledged their rice under the scheme want to be paid by January 25."If the government fails to meet this deadline, the farmers will close down roads in their provinces and will also join the People's Democratic Reform Committee [PDRC] rallies in Bangkok," he said. Prasit was speaking after attending a discussion with representatives of farmers from Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Phetchaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram and Prachuap Khiri Khan. Kessara Daengdee, a 43-year-old farmer from Phitsanulok, said she had

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received a certificate to claim Bt350,000 under the rice-pledging scheme since October last year. "But the money has still not arrived," she said.As of press time, about 3,000 farmers had blocked most lanes of traffic on Highway 117 at the Pho Sai Ngarm intersection in Phichit's Bung Narang district. Farmers from nearby provinces, namely Nakhon Sawan, Kamphaeng Phet, Sukhothai and Phitsanulok, also joined the protest. Siwaroj Jitniyom, who chairs Kanchanaburi's Tambon Nong Sarai Farmer Group, said the delayed payment had seriously affected farmers' lives. "Without this money, they have to turn to loan sharks to cover their daily expenses," he said, adding that his group had raised the issue with the governor of Kanchanaburi earlier and had been promised the payment by January 15. "But that deadline has passed and no money came to the farmers," he said. In Buri Ram, a group of rice farmers joined PDRC supporters who were protesting in front of the provincial hall, saying they were angry about the delay in payment for their pledged rice. Prasit said caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her Cabinet should be held responsible for this.In a related development, caretaker Finance Minister Kittiratt NaRanong said at a press conference that the government had proceeded with the scheme for two years now, buying rice for four seasons and paying out a total of Bt680 billion. He insisted that every baht spent on the scheme had gone into farmers' hands through the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC). The government has also released rice from its stockpiles and earned Bt200 billion from its sale. "The government will continue selling rice," Kittiratt said, adding that it would also secure funding, be it from the state budget, BAAC's liquidity or loans, to pay the farmers.

Philippines sees H1 rice output up 5.4 pct

Reuters Posted at 01/17/2014 8:14 PM | Updated as of 01/17/2014 8:14 PM

MANILA - Unmilled rice output in the Philippines, one of the world's biggest importers of the grain, is forecast to grow 5.4 percent in the first half of this year on expectations of higher yields, the government said on Friday.The Southeast Asian country's total rice output last year rose 2.3 percent to 18.44 million tonnes. That was about 2 million tonnes lower, as expected, than the government's target set under its food self-sufficiency programme.Rice production from January to June this year is forecast to hit 8.43 million tonnes as the harvest area may expand 3.7 percent while yields per hectare may improve 1.7 percent, the agriculture department's statistics agency said in a report.The Philippines may need to import as much as 2 million tonnes of the grain to meet 2014 requirements after several calamities, including strong typhoons, destroyed crops and depleted stocks.

Rice farmers rally against government

Published: 17 Jan 2014 at 16.43

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Rice growers in the North on Friday blocked the Asian highway in Phichit demanding government payment for rice sold under the rice-pledging scheme, while farmers in Buriram surrounded the provincial government complex for the same reason.Around 3,000 farmers from Phichit, Sukhothai, Pitsanulok, Kamphaengphet and Nakhon Sawan used farm trucks to completely block two inbound lanes of the Asian highway at Pho Sai-ngam intersection in Bueng Narang district, northern Phichit. The farmers demanded immediate payment for rice pledged under the government's rice subsidy scheme and threatened to intensify the rally unless their demand is met today.Police were deployed near the rally site to direct traffic and maintain law and order. They advised motorists to avoid using the Asian Highway near the Pho Sai-ngam intersection and to use other alternative routes instead.In the northeastern province of Buriram, thousands of rice growers from 23 districts and supporters of the Peoples Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) sealed off the gates to the provincial government complex on Highway No 266 Buriram-Samed in Muang district.The growers claimed they have still not been paid for rice pledged four months ago, and said they have no money to service loans borrowed from banks and loan sharks.More than 100 policemen and territorial defence volunteers were deployed inside and around the provincial government complex to ensure peace and order. Rampueng Parinram, 62, a rice grower from tambon Kasang in Muang district, said he joined the rally because he wants government to pay him the money he is owed.He argued that government should not have encouraged farmers to join its rice scheme if it does not have the funds to pay for the initative. If they had not joined the scheme, farmers could have sold their rice to millers to earn money to pay for debts at the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives, Mr Rampueng said.Reports said a total of 50,313 farmers who sold rice under the scheme have still not been paid for rice with a combined worth of 4.17 billion baht.

Thailand Rice Quotes Mixed Today; Pakistan Rice Sellers Lower Some of Their Quotes
Jan 17, 2014

Thailand rice sellers lowered their quotes for 5% broken rice (for new crop) by about $5 per ton to about $435 $445 per ton and increased their quotes for 25% broken rice and parboiled rice by about $5 per ton each to about $390 - $400 per ton and $455 - $465 per ton respectively today. Pakistan rice sellers lowered their quotes for parboiled rice by about $15 per ton to about $410 - $420 per ton. Vietnam and India rice sellers kept their quotes mostly unchanged. 5% Broken Rice Thai 5% rice (of new crop) is quoted around $435 - $445 per ton, down about $5 per ton from yesterday and about a $35 per ton premium over Viet 5% rice shown around $400 - $410 per ton. Thai 5% rice of the old crop is shown around $370 - $380 per ton. Indian 5% rice is quoted around $405 - $415 per ton, about a $10 per ton premium over Pak 5% rice quoted around $395 - $405 per ton. 25% Broken Rice

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Thai 25% rice (of new crop) is quoted about $390 - $400 per ton, up about $5 per ton from yesterday and about a $15 per ton premium over Viet 25% rice shown around $375 - $385 per ton. Thai 25% rice of the old crop is shown around $345 - $355 per ton. Indian 25% rice is quoted about $360 - $370 per ton, about a $15 per ton premium over Pak 25% rice quoted around $345 - $355 per ton. Parboiled Rice Thai parboiled rice of the old crop is quoted around $455 - $465 per ton, up about $5 per ton from yesterday. Indian parboiled rice is quoted around $395 - $405 per ton, about a $15 per ton discount to Pak parboiled rice quoted around $410 - $420 per ton, down about $15 per ton from yesterday. 100% Broken Rice Thai broken rice, A1 Super, of the old crop is quoted around $305 - $315 per ton, about a $50 per ton discount to Viet broken rice shown around $355 - $365 per ton. Indian broken sortexed rice is quoted about $295 - $305 per ton, about a $20 per ton discount to Pak broken sortexed rice quoted around $315 - $325 per ton.
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Oryza Global Rice Quotes

January 17th, 2014 Long grain white rice - high quality Thailand 100% B grade 445-455 Vietnam 5% broken 400-410 India 5% broken 405-415 Pakistan 5% broken 395-405 Cambodia 5% broken 450-460 U.S. 4% broken 585-595 Uruguay 5% broken 625-635 Argentina 5% broken 625-635 Long grain white rice - low quality Thailand 25% broken 390-400 Vietnam 25% broken 375-385 Pakistan 25% broken 345-355 Cambodia 25% broken 425-435 India 25% broken 360-370 U.S. 15% broken 565-575 Long grain parboiled rice Thailand parboiled 100% stxd 455-465 Pakistan parboiled 5% broken stxd 410-420 India parboiled 5% broken stxd 395-405 U.S. parboiled 4% broken 660-670

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Rice exports to China

Published 2014-01-18 07:59:37 KARACHI: Following a successful visit to China, a potential rice market, the Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (Reap) hopes that rice exports will increase to 1 million tonnes this fiscal year as compared to last when 0.5m tonnes were exported.A 25-member rice exporters delegation led by senior vice chairman Reap Chela Ram K.K. visited China from January 5 to 15 and visited Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Zhongshan, a press release said.The delegation held meetings with Chinese authorities and leading rice importers and was able to book huge export orders on the spot.Besides, many Chinese importers also placed orders on trial basis. After fulfillment of these orders Pakistani rice exporters expects to get huge quantity of orders, the release added. Already Pakistani rice is fetching a premium of $20 per tonne over Vietnamese rice and on further value-addition, rice exports from Pakistan to China could even get better price, Reap said.

Courts in Davao, Manila order release of rice imports

Written by Joel San Juan.THE

Bureau of Customs (BOC) has softened on its stance not to release rice shipments that were brought into the country without import permits.In a statement, Customs Commissioner John Sevilla admitted that he has no other option but to comply with the orders issued by

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several trial courts stopping the agency, as well as the National Food Authority (NFA) from seizing various rice shipments of Starcraft International Trading Corp. represented by Eugene Pioquinto, a certain businessman identified as Joseph Mangupag Ngo and Bold Bidder Marketing and General Merchandise.Sevilla lamented that the courts ruling allowing rice imports wil have a devastating effect on local farmers. Ikinalulungkot po namin na gawa ng ilang huwes sa Davao, Maynila at Batangas, pansamantalang hindi namin mahihinto ang pagpasok ng bigas na walang import permit sa mga lugar na iyon. Humihingi kami ng pangunawa sa mga magsasakang alam naming maapektuhan nito. Sa ayaw namin o gusto, wala po kaming choice kung hindi sumunod sa korte, Sevilla said.On December 20, 2013, Judge Maria Paz Reyes-Yson of Branch 54 of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Manila granted Starcrafts petition for injunction against the BOC, NFA headed by Orlan Calayag and Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, in his capacity as chairman of the NFA Council.The RTC in Manilas directive was the second injunction order that stops the respondent government agencies from seizing rice imports even without the required import permits. Starcraft posted a P10-million cash bond for the issuance of the injunction order.The first injunction order, in favor of Ngo, was issued by the Judge Emmanuel Carpio of Branch 16 of the RTC in Davao City.The third was issued by Executive Judge Eutiquio L. Quitain of the RTC in Lemery, Batangas. It was in favor of Bold Bidder.The said courts, in their separate injunction orders prevent the BOC, the NFA and the NFA Council from implementing NFA Circular AO 2K13-03-003, requiring the procurement of an import permit for all rice importations by the petitioners.The courts also order the BOC and NFA to release the shipments of the petitioners that previously arrived in the country without import permits. The said agencies were also barred from issuing seizure, or hold orders in the future against rice shipments of Starcraft and Bold Bidder.Sevilla said the BOC would be releasing a total of 167 container vans containing 3.3 tons of rice that are the subject of nine specific bills of lading which the RTC in Davao City ordered to be released.Sevilla issued the release order despite insisting that Ngo is not a registered importer with the BOC and is not a consignee under the import entries for the rice shipments.The 167 containers are part of nearly 2,000 containers which have been held by the BOC for lack of import permits since September 2013. Selective compliance? SEVILLA, however, did not say if the BOC would also release the rice shipments of Starcraft and Bold Bidder that were previouslty seized by the agency for lack of import permits.The two companies earlier criticized the BOC for its refusal to release their shipments is which they branded as an open defiance to the judiciary an d utter disrespect of judicial proceedings.The BOC chief, however, vowed to contest the injunction orders before the higher court.The uncontrolled entry of rice into the Philippines will have a devastating effect on our farmers. We will continue to vigorously challenge these court orders in the proper courts. In that endeavor, we hope to have the support of farmers, the general public and the rest of the government, Sevilla said. Rice importers have been challenging the position of the BOC and NFA that an import permit is still necessary for rice importations.

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Starcraft, for instance, argued that the country has lost its right to impose quantitative restrictions on rice importations since the restriction has already expired on June 30, 2012, and has not been extended by the World Trade Organization (WTO).Thus, it argued that the BOC is illegally holding its shipment in the Davao port.Quantitative restrictions allow member-countries of the WTO to restrict the importation of sensitive agricultural products.Earlier, the Vietnam Food Association (VFA), Vietnams official regulatory body of rice exporters, has asked the BOC for a definitive stance over the issue on the lifting of the quantitative restrictions (QR).The VFA insisted that the said restriction has already expired on June 30, 2012 and has not been extended, thus, rice importations should be allowed entry to the country even without import permits as long as the corresponding taxes are paid. Thus, the VFA added rice exporting countries like the Socialist Republic of Vietnam can now export rice to the Philippines with or without these QR or import permits or import quotas provided the applicable tariff rate of 50 percent is paid by importing entity after compliance with Customs procedures.It can also be recalled that former BOC Commissioner Rozzano Rufino Biazon also warned that the government is facing a string of civil and criminal suits due to impasse on the issue of QR.The BOC has adopted the position of the NFA to continue imposing quantitative restrictions on rice importations by virtue of Republic Act 8178, also known as the Agricultural Tariffication Act which excludes rice from the lifting of the WTO quantitative restrictions on agricultural products. Group assails release of hot rice in Davao THE battle against rice smuggling has taken on a new twist after a court in Davao City ordered the release of 167 containers of rice consigned to companies believed to be owned by businessman Davidson Bangayan, who has been alleged as the same David Tan who controls rice smuggling in the country.Bangayan has already been placed on the Bureau of Immigrations (BI) look-out bulletin after the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) claimed that Bangayan and David Tan are one and the same person.The businessman has denied any role in rice smuggling but his lawyers are also the ones representing five companies in Davao City and elsewhere who demand that a total of 2,000 containers of rice held by the BOC since September 2013 under the request of the NFA be released. In reaction to the release of the rice shipment on January 16 after lawyers paid the P5-million bond required by the court, the Alyansa Agrikultura (AA) and R1, a rice watchdog, said in a news briefing that the court order sets a dangerous precedent that could lead to the release of the rice under the BOC custody in Davao City. So serious is the concern of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte that he has warned that he would shoot rice smugglers operating in his city, a threat that has sent chills down the spines of businessmen like Bangayan.AA Chairman Ernesto Ordoez, a former undersecretary at the Department of Agriculture (DA) said the release of the 167 containers of rice could have been prompted by a statement by BOC lawyer Edward James Dy Buco before the sala of Judge Emmanuel Carpio that QR on rice imports had been lifted and thus anyone is at liberty to import rice from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and even the United States.Ordonez claimed that he has already submitted to the BOC documents from the WTO ministerial meeting held in Indonesia from December 3 to 7 which clearly showed that the WTO was not objecting to Philippine rice QR, thus shooting down Dy Bucos statement and proving that he did not brush up on the matter.

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In a statement, AA and R1 said we believe that the Davao injunction, which has already been similarly done in Manila and Batangas courts, sets a dangerous precedent that makes a mockery of the goal of inclusive growth. The government is effectively rewarding rice smugglers violating the law with impunity. At the same time, it is punishing poor farmers by depriving them of their livelihood instead of including them in a genuine inclusive growth strategy.R1 slammed the court for what it claimed to be a hasty process of release, with the court bending over backwards to give the lawyers of the consignees more time to comment on the allegations made by the BOC, as what the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) also claimed. The case for the release of the rice shipment was filed by Joseph Ngo, who was not the importer, on December 5 and the court immediately summoned the BOC to appear for a hearing on December 10, giving the bureau only a full day to prepare since December 7 and 8 are Saturday and Sunday.On December 13 the court issued the preliminary injunction against BOC after the posting of a P5-million bond.OSG filed a motion for reconsideration (MR) on December 27 but the same court has not issued any decision yet.AA and R1 want the release order to be rescinded, arguing that no order must be issued by the court until such time that the judge has decided on the MR filed by OSG. The unprecedented successful seizure of smuggled rice shipments is seriously undermined by the release of the initial batch of containers. It will irreparably damage the credibility of the governments anti -smuggling drive, which has achieved significant gains under the new BOC management, Trining Domingo of the Rural Womens Congress said.For his part, Jimmy Tadeo of the National Council of Rice Farmers said: More important, it will kill the rice industry because of the entry of subsidized cheap rice imports. We will never achieve our goal of rice self-sufficiency, a pillar of our desired food security. With unstable prices and uncertain supply at a time of climate change, both our consumers and rice farmers will suffer greatly. With Marvyn Benaning

Trade bodies are striving to boost Pakistan-Malaysia economic ties'

January 18, 2014 RECORDER REPORT

Pakistan- Malaysia Business Council of FPCCI has organised an event in the honour of Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Malaysian Minister for Plantation Industries and Commodities here at a hotel. A big number of businessmen, members of Pakistan Malaysia Business Council and FPCCI and others participated in the event. Bashir Jan Mohammad, Chairman Pakistan Malaysia Business Council, that Pak-Malaysia Business Council in Karachi as well as Malaysia-Pakistan Business Council in Kuala Lumpur are playing active role in promoting our shared objective of enhancing economic and investment ties between Pakistan and Malaysia. He said that Pakistan and Malaysia have historically enjoyed close ties based on common beliefs, culture and values. Our relations go back to the days of silk route trade through the Straits of Malacca. Trade relations between the two countries have improved substantially over the years, he added.

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He said that main commodities exported from Pakistan to Malaysia are Cotton Yarn, Rice, Fish and Fish products, vegetables, Made-up Textile articles, Cereals, Man-made Filament and Yarn, fruits, Leather goods, ready-made garments, towels, knitwear, sport goods, furniture, cutlery and etc. Bashir said that major Pakistan's imports from Malaysia include Palm Oil & its products, rubber, chemicals, electrical & electronic equipments, machineries, parts and accessories. He added that historically Pakistan has been third largest importer of Palm oil and its products from Malaysia since Palm oil happens to be the less expensive and quality edible oil for its Vanaspati/ cooking oil industry . Pakistan imports about two million tons of edible oils annually in which the major portion is of Palm Oil, which at an average is about 1.900 Million tons. Pakistan and Malaysia have to find new areas of mutual co-operation and try to further boost trade and economic ties", he added. He further said that Pakistan & Malaysia signed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in November 2007, which is operational since year 2008. This is Pakistan's 1st bilateral comprehensive FTA between two Muslim countries. He said that Malaysian companies have invested in Pakistan in joint ventures in the field of Edible Oil Refinery, Liquid Cargo Terminal (Jetty), Bulking Installation of Edible Oil Storage, Rice, Energy, Infrastructure sectors, Oil Exploration and many other industrial projects. There is ample goodwill for expansion of trade and establishment of joint Ventures in various industrial sectors including ship breaking, pharmaceuticals, Palm oil refining, Food processing, sports goods and construction sectors. "We need urgent help in exploration of gas and project in energy sector", he stressed. Bashir said that Pakistan-Malaysia Business Council has been taking all necessary steps for resolving some factors and problems in the way of smooth enhancement in trade between both the countries such as: Non-availability of direct Shipping Line for general cargo between Pakistan and Malaysian ports. Absence of direct flights from Karachi to Kuala Lumpur (except for two weekly flights by PIA) to further foster the exports of fruits and fresh vegetables from Pakistan. Similarly, he said, the council deals with issues as export duty on crude palm oil which has caused significant drop in volume of its export to Pakistan. Lack of Pakistan Exhibitors forum/place in Kuala Lumpur limited quota for rice export from Pakistan because of more concentration on ASEAN countries and tough competition in Textile sector from countries like Thailand, China and Indonesia because of proximity, he added. On the occasion, Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah thanked Bashir Jan Mohammad and FPCCI for arranging such a great event in his honour. He assured that he will continue his efforts for the enhancement of Malaysia-Pak trade relations.

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Study examines genetic diversity of indigenous upland rice

Category: Agri-Commodities 17 Jan 2014 Written by Alladin S. Diega A STUDY by government scientists showed that Arakan Valleys indigenous upland rice is highly diverse with desirable characteristics.A document by the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) uploaded on its web site on January 1, said a study of the 14 indigenous upland rice in Arakan Valley, Cotabato, revealed twoMalundiang

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and Ulipapahave 30 percent to 50 -percent associated genes that possess the desirable qualities of being early maturing and having high yield potential.The other 12 collected from local farmers include Azucena, Bungulan, Dabao, Dinorado, Hinumay, Kapalawan, Kawilan, Magalitok, Mal-os, Manisi, Mubpon and Sinulid.They were subjected under laboratory and greenhouse experiments to characterize their seeds and plant structure. These include plant height, number of tillers per plant, number of days to flowering, number of panicles per plant, panicle length and 1,000-grain weight, the document said.The study, led by Juliet Bangi of the University of the Philippines-Natural Sciences Research Institute, aimed to determine the desirable rice-gene characteristics of the indigenous upland rice in the valley.Understanding the structure and diversity of indigenous rice is needed by our scientists and researchers in the conservation and preservation of genetic resources that have potential uses for future breeding purposes, the BAR document, written by Anne Camille B. Brion, said. The study further revealed that the tallest plants are the Azucena and Hinumay, while Kawilan had the highest number of tillers per plant, as well as the panicles produced. The Malundiang had the earliest flowering period. The longest panicle [a group or cluster of flowers] was produced by Magalitok, and Ulipapa, and Bungulan had the heaviest 1,000-grain weight.The study also discovered that the Bungulan, Mubpon, Sinulid, and Mal-os have diverse genes, and are found to have desirable genetic makeup based from their morphogenetic characteristics.Bungulan, Manisi, Kapalawan, Magalitok, Sinulid, Mal-os, and Dinorado have varied and narrow genetic distance indicative of having distinct genes. With a dissimilarity index of 3.32, Kawilan and Kapalawan are upland rice with different genes, the study further discovered.The BAR document said these results reflect the diversity of the indigenous upland rice in the Arakan Valley Complex based on their genetic makeup, and those that were studied are part of the genetic pool of resources in the locality.High-yielding varieties with promising potentials may emerge in the future as breeding efforts using our indigenous upland rice result in the successful improvement of grain quality, resistance to pests and diseases, and reduction in the maturity period, among many others. The BAR said these varieties would be substantial in meeting the ever-increasing demand for food [if breeding efforts] are effectively managed and used.
Alladin S. Diega

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