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Be generous with the spices, get the onion, ginger and (maybe) garlic done just right and then add something to give it body and you’ll have a curry to be proud of. Photograph: Jill Mead/Guardian

The most thrilling moment in the study of any subject comes when you realise that what seems an impossibly complicated discipline is in fact underpinned by a few simple principles. It‘s like that moment when Keanu Reeves learns to read the Matrix. A sudden, exhilarating rush of clarity. The novice piano player experiences it when realising that you only need to learn four chords – E, B, C# minor and A – to play almost all your favourite pop songs. (Lou Reed thought you could narrow it down further. ―One chord is fine. Two chords is pushing it,‖ he said. ―Three chords and you‘re into jazz.‖)


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It happened to me for the first time when, shortly before my A-level physics exam, I realised that you could deduce the answers to any question from just five equations. And I had the same experience recently when being taught to make curry in a small kitchen in a house near Luton by Mamta Gupta, who was helping us develop a curry dish for Leon. Mamta is a master of Indian home cooking and something of an internet phenomenon. She started a recipe blog in 2001, encouraged by her daughters who wanted to use her recipes when they left home (mamtaskitchen.com). But this treasure trove of sound advice soon found a wider audience – it has had more than 15m hits with more, interestingly, coming from India than from the UK. Mamta‘s principles of curry-making are: Principle 1: Be generous with your spices. Spices not only bring flavour but texture to dishes. Most supermarkets sell spices in misleadingly small containers. You can buy bigger packets from Asian supermarkets, which will encourage you to spoon in the spices with a freer hand. (You can store them in the freezer to stop them going stale.) Principle 2: Decide how you are going to cook your onion, ginger, and garlic. This triumvirate provides the deep base flavour of most curries, equivalent to onion, carrot and celery in the French tradition. (NB: garlic is not essential. Some Indians eschew it completely on account of its pungency and it is often left out of food served at weddings to avoid offending guests.) Soften


them without colouring for a lighter curry (as in the first recipe) or cook them longer and caramelise (as in the second) for something richer and darker. Principle 3: Decide what is going to give your curry sauce its body. This will normally be one, or a combination, of the following: tomatoes; pureed peppers or chillies; yoghurt or cream; coconut milk; spinach, or finely diced or pureed onion. Bear these principles in mind, and curry-making will become simple and pleasurable. You will be free to improvise. You will become the master of your very own curry matrix.

Simple chicken and red pepper curry This was inspired by a recipe in Madhur Jaffrey‘s Indian Cookery book. You can make the paste spicy by adding various types of chilli. My collaboratorJane Baxter‘s son David demands that she cook it on a weekly basis.

A Jaffrey-inspired chicken and pepper curry should clear those sinuses out. Photograph: Jill Mead/Guardian

Preparation time: 10 mins Cooking time: 35 mins Serves 4 For the red pepper paste 2 red peppers, deseeded and roughly chopped ½ red onion, roughly chopped 1 x 2cm cube ginger, chopped 5 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tsp ground coriander 2 tsp ground cumin ½ tsp turmeric 70g flaked almonds A pinch of cayenne Optional if you want to make it spicy: dried chilli flakes, red chillies, smoked paprika For the sauce 1 tbsp sunflower oil 8 skinless and boneless chicken thighs cut into 2 or 3 pieces 300ml chicken stock Juice ½ lemon Salt and pepper Fresh coriander, chopped 1 Place all the paste ingredients, with a good pinch of salt, in a food processor or liquidiser and blitz until you have a smooth paste.


2 Heat the oil in a large heavy-based pan or shallow frying pan until hot. Tip in the paste ingredients and fry over a medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 3 Add the chicken pieces, season well and cook for another 10 minutes, turning the chicken over in the paste. Add enough stock to make a thick sauce, and bring up to the boil. Turn the heat down to low and simmer uncovered for another 15 minutes. 4 To finish, add a squeeze of lemon, sprinkle of coriander and check it is seasoned well. Serve with plain boiled rice.

What else you can do •Make a veggie curry by frying the paste and cooking various veggies – for example sweet potato and cauliflower – in it. Add a few cooked tinned pulses to complete the dish. • The cooked paste makes a great warm dressing for boiled or steamed French and runner beans, cauliflower or purple sprouting broccoli. Recipe by Jane Baxter

Mamta’s tomato curry sauce Adapted from mamtaskitchen.com Serves 4 2 medium size onions, peeled and roughly chopped 1cm piece of ginger, peeled 2-3 garlic cloves (optional), peeled 2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped or 200g tinned tomatoes. tomatoes 2-3 tbsp cooking oil 1 tsp cumin seeds A small pinch of asafoetida (optional) ½ tsp turmeric powder (too much makes the curry bitter) ¼ tsp chilli powder (or more or less according to your tastes) 1½ tsp coriander powder Salt, to taste ½ tsp garam masala 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves 1 Wash, then grind, blend, chop, or grate the onions, ginger and garlic, if using. 2 Heat the oil in a pan, add the cumin and asafoetida powder, if using. . Let the seeds splutter. 3 Add the onion, ginger and garlic. Fry until golden to medium-dark brown (not burnt). 4 Add all the powdered spices, except the garam masala, and stir for 10 seconds, to release flavours. Add the tomatoes and stir-fry until the oil separates from the mass. (Professionals will add a tsp water now and stir-fry again until the oil separates again.)Finally, stir in the garam masala, then the salt and chillies, to taste. Remember this curry sauce has to be added to the main curry ingredients, so it has to be stronger at this stage than the finished curry. 5 The sauce can be cooled and kept in the fridge or freezer at this point. Simply stir fry the meat or vegetables you want in your curry and then add the sauce and a little extra water if necessary when cooking it. Finish it with some lemon juice and fresh coriander, plus a sprinkle of garam masala. Henry Dimbleby is co-founder of the natural fast-food restaurant chain Leon(@henry_leon).

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GCC BASMATI RICE MARKET TO CROSS US$ 5 BILLION BY 2023 POSTED ON JUNE 19, 2018

GCC Basmati Rice Market to cross US$ 5 Billion by 2023 The GCC basmati rice market has witnessed a moderate growth over the years. Some of the factors which have given impetus to the market include lack of rice production on account of an unsuitable climatic condition in the region, rapid urbanisation, increasing disposable incomes, etc. The term ‗Basmati‘ is derived from the Hindi language which translates as the word fragrant. In comparison to other varieties of rice, basmati rice is considered as the most flavoursome variant owing to its long and slender grains, exquisite aroma, and nutty flavour. After cooking, basmati rice does not stick together and stays fluffy as well as dry. Rice plays a vital role in the Middle Eastern cuisine as it represents a staple food in the region. As a result, various countries of the GCC region are now the key importers of basmati rice. A new research report by IMARC Group, titled ―GCC Basmati Rice Market: Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2018-2023‖, estimates that the GCC basmati rice market was worth US$ 4 Billion in 2017. The report further anticipates the market to cross US$ 5 Billion by 2023, at a projected CAGR of more than 4% over the forecast period.


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GCC Basmati Rice Market Drivers/Constraints: GCC countries lack in the production of rice on account of unsuitable climatic conditions. As a result, they are extensively dependent on importing basmati rice from Pakistan and India. Moreover, a surge in the demand for better quality rice amongst the consumers is driving the growth prospects of the market. Rising awareness for nutritive products amongst health-consciousness consumers has further propelled the demand for brown rice in the GCC region. Apart from this, the increasing demand for easy-to-cook food items is expected to boost the basmati rice market. Some of the other factors influencing the demand for GCC basmati rice include rising urbanisation, changing demographics, increasing disposable incomes, large emigrant population and flourishing tourism sector. A hike in the prices of rice due to inadequate production in the country of origin acts as one of the crucial factors for impeding the growth of the basmati rice market in the GCC region. Rice Type Insights: On the basis of type, the GCC rice market is segmented as basmati and non-basmati, and parboiled and raw. Currently, the basmati and non-basmati segment exhibits a clear dominance in the GCC region. Want more information about this market? Request a free report sample Pack Size Insights: Based on pack size, the market is segregated as retail packaging and institutional packaging. Amongst these, retail packaging dominates the GCC basmati rice market. Regional Insights: On a geographical front, Saudi Arabia enjoys a leading position in the GCC basmati rice market accounting for the largest share of imports from India. Saudi Arabia is followed by UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain. Based on country of origin, India represents the largest exporter of Basmati rice to the GCC region, followed by Pakistan. Browse related reports: Parboiled and White Rice Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2018-2023 Rice Bran Oil Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 20182023 About Us IMARC Group is a leading market research company that offers management strategy and market research worldwide. We partner with clients in all sectors and regions to identify their highest-value opportunities, address their most critical challenges, and transform their businesses. IMARC‘s information products include major market, scientific, economic and technological developments for business leaders in pharmaceutical, industrial, and high technology organizations. Market forecasts and industry analysis for biotechnology, advanced materials, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, travel and tourism, nanotechnology and novel processing methods are at the top of the company‘s expertise.


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Nagpur, June 20 (Reuters) – Gram and tuar prices firmed up in Nagpur Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) on increased demand from local millers amid weak supply from producing regions. Reports about delay in monsoon, fresh rise in Madhya Pradesh pulses and reported demand from South-based millers also jacked up prices. About 1,600 bags of gram and 700 bags of tuar reported for auction in Nagpur APMC, according to sources. FOODGRAINS & PULSES GRAM * Gram varieties reported higher in open market here on renewed seasonal demand from local traders. TUAR * Tuar varieties recovered strongly in open market on increased seasonal demand from local traders amid thin supply from producing regions. * Udid varieties firmed up in open market on good buying support from local traders. * In Akola, Tuar New – 4,000-4,050, Tuar dal (clean) – 6,000-6,300, Udid Mogar (clean) – 6,900-7,900, Moong Mogar (clean) 7,200-7,900, Gram – 3,300-3,400, Gram Super best – 4,600-4,800 * Wheat, rice and other foodgrain items moved in a narrow range in scattered deals and settled at last levels in thin trading activity. Nagpur foodgrains APMC auction/open-market prices in rupees for 100 kg FOODGRAINS Available prices Previous close Gram Auction 3,000-3,470 3,000-3,400 Gram Pink Auction n.a. 2,100-2,600 Tuar Auction 3,100-3,800 3,000-3,800 Moong Auction n.a. 3,900-4,200 Udid Auction n.a. 4,300-4,500 Masoor Auction n.a. 2,600-2,800 Wheat Mill quality Auction 1,700-1,780 1,700-1,790 Gram Super Best Bold 5,500-6,000 5,200-5,700 Gram Super Best n.a. n.a. Gram Medium Best 4,800-5,100 4,400-4,600 Gram Dal Medium n.a. n.a Gram Mill Quality 3,650-3,700 3,425-3,475 Desi gram Raw 3,550-3,650 3,450-3,550


Gram Kabuli 8,000-10,000 8,000-10,000 Tuar Fataka Best-New 6,200-6,400 5,800-6,000 Tuar Fataka Medium-New 5,800-6,000 5,500-5,700 Tuar Dal Best Phod-New 5,500-5,700 5,400-5,500 Tuar Dal Medium phod-New 5,200-5,400 5,000-5,300 Tuar Gavarani New 3,900-4,100 3,750-3,950 Tuar Karnataka 4,300-4,500 4,200-4,400 Masoor dal best 4,800-5,000 4,800-5,000 Masoor dal medium 4,500-4,700 4,500-4,700 Masoor n.a. n.a. Moong Mogar bold (New) 7,500-8,000 7,500-8,000 Moong Mogar Medium 6,500-7,200 6,500-7,200 Moong dal Chilka New 6,100-7,000 6,100-7,000 Moong Mill quality n.a. n.a. Moong Chamki best 7,500-8,500 7,500-8,500 Udid Mogar best (100 INR/KG) (New) 7,300-8,300 7,000-8,000 Udid Mogar Medium (100 INR/KG) 5,300-6,300 5,000-6,000 Udid Dal Black (100 INR/KG) 5,500-5,900 5,200-5,600 Batri dal (100 INR/KG) 5,250-5,550 5,250-5,550 Lakhodi dal (100 INR/kg) 2,650-2,750 2,650-2,750 Watana Dal (100 INR/KG) 3,850-4,000 3,800-4,000 Watana Green Best (100 INR/KG) 5,300-5,600 5,300-5,600 Wheat 308 (100 INR/KG) 2,000-2,100 2,000-2,100 Wheat Mill quality (100 INR/KG) 2,000-2,075 2,000-2,075 Wheat Filter (100 INR/KG) 2,250-2,400 2,250-2,400 Wheat Lokwan best (100 INR/KG) 2,300-2,450 2,300-2,450 Wheat Lokwan medium (100 INR/KG) 2,100-2,200 2,100-2,250 Lokwan Hath Binar (100 INR/KG) n.a. n.a. MP Sharbati Best (100 INR/KG) 3,200-4,000 3,200-4,000 MP Sharbati Medium (100 INR/KG) 2,400-2,800 2,400-2,800 Rice Parmal (100 INR/KG) 2,100-2,200 2,100-2,200 Rice BPT best (100 INR/KG) 3,200-3,800 3,200-3,800 Rice BPT medium (100 INR/KG) 2,700-2,900 2,700-2,900 Rice Luchai (100 INR/KG) 2,800-3,000 2,800-3,000 Rice Swarna best (100 INR/KG) 2,700-2,800 2,700-2,800 Rice Swarna medium (100 INR/KG) 2,500-2,600 2,500-2,600 Rice HMT best (100 INR/KG) 4,000-4,500 4,000-4,500 Rice HMT medium (100 INR/KG) 3,600-4,000 3,600-4,000 Rice Shriram best(100 INR/KG) 5,200-5,600 5,200-5,600 Rice Shriram med (100 INR/KG) 4,500-4,900 4,500-4,900 Rice Basmati best (100 INR/KG) 9,500-14,000 9,500-14,000 Rice Basmati Medium (100 INR/KG) 5,000-7,500 5,000-7,500 Rice Chinnor best 100 INR/KG) 6,500-6,900 6,500-6,900 Rice Chinnor medium (100 INR/KG) 6,000-6,200 6,000-6,200 Jowar Gavarani (100 INR/KG) 2,000-2,200 2,000-2,100 Jowar CH-5 (100 INR/KG) 1,800-2,000 1,700-2,000 WEATHER (NAGPUR) Maximum temp. 37.0 degree Celsius, minimum temp. 26.2 degree Celsius Rainfall : Nil FORECAST: Partly cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rains or thunderstorm. Maximum and minimum temperature would be around and 37 and 26 degree Celsius respectively. Note: n.a.--not available (For oils, transport costs are excluded from plant delivery prices, but included in market prices). ï‚·

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NFA Davao to receive 300,000 bags of rice

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THE National Food Authority (NFA) Davao is expecting 300,000 bags of NFA rice from Vietnam and Thailand in the coming days. NFA manager Leonila Selpa said there had been 250,000 metric tons (MT) of imported NFA rice expected to arrive in the country. Out of this number, 300,000 bags are allotted for Davao Region which will be distributed to the NFA warehouses in Mati City, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Tagum, Digos City, and General Santos City. The first 200,000 bags, which are from Vietnam, are expected to arrive on Saturday, June 23, while the remaining 100,000 bags are still being loaded awaiting documents to be finalized from Thailand. There is no final schedule yet for the arrival of the 100,000 NFA bags but Selpa assured it will follow shortly after the bags from Vietnam have arrived. While these 300,000 bags are on their way, Selpa said around 100,000 bags of NFA rice from Vietnam also arrived in NFA General Santos City. She said NFA Davao City had been authorized to have 8,000 bags share out of this. The first truck containing 500 bags had already arrived in NFA Davao City last Monday, June 18, and the rest of the truckloads have continued to arrive. Since Monday, there had been six truckloads that have delivered NFA rice from General Santos City. ―As of now, we have not served yet the ones that came from Gensan because it just arrived but as soon as everything is issued, we will try our very best to serve the public immediately,‖ she said. Selpa had earlier clarified that there is no rice shortage in Davao City as Davao Region itself is abundant of commercial rice although these are currently priced high. Aside from their priority buffer stock in warehouses, NFA has also a priority mandate of providing the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the local government units, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, and the other government agencies with NFA rice supplies depending on their requirement. In case of any emergency incident that may need NFA rice supply, Selpa assured that their buffer stock will be adequate.


―We have buffer stock here in our warehouse. And we are thankful for that. Even before distribution to our priority government agencies and even before providing NFA rice to the market, we really make sure we have buffer stock for emergency cases,‖ said Selpa. http://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1748808/Davao/Business/NFA-Davao-to-receive-300000-bags-ofrice

PHILIPPINES TO IMPORT RICE THROUGH 2020 DESPITE RISING OUTPUT - MINISTER 6/19/2018

MANILA, June 19 (Reuters) - The Philippines' paddy rice output is expected to rise to meet 95-96 percent of the country's annual requirement by 2020, from 93 percent last year, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said on Tuesday. The latest forecast misses Piñol's own target for the Philippines to be self-suffient in rice production by 2020, but is in line with comments last week by President Rodrigo Duterte. Piñol said this year's paddy rice harvest is likely to exceed the 2017 record-high level of 19.3 million tonnes, taking into account the 4.6 percent improvement in first-quarter output from a year ago. The Southeast Asian nation is a frequent buyer of rice, mainly from Vietnam and Thailand, usually importing more than a million tonnes of the staple grain each year to meet domestic demand and maintain stockpiles. The region's second most heavily populated nation after Indonesia with about 105 million people, the Philippines consumes roughly 11.7 million tonnes of rice every year. The country limits private rice imports to protect its farmers, buying up to 805,200 tonnes of rice with a 35 percent import tariff, under an annual quota scheme covered by a World Trade Organisation deal. The state grains stockpiling agency, the National Food Authority, also buys rice free of tariffs. Recent rice shortages have pushed up domestic prices and put pressure on inflation. Duterte's economic team has suggested restrictions on the volume of imports should be scrapped in favour of a scheme where


all imports are subject to the tariff, which could push up private imports during poor harvests. (Reporting by Enrico dela Cruz; editing by Richard Pullin) © Copyright Thomson Reuters 2018. Click For Restrictions http://about.reuters.com/fulllegal.asp

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DUTERTE: ‗I DON‘T BELIEVE WE CAN BE RICE SELFSUFFICIENT‘ By Panay News Tuesday, June 19, 2018 0

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte said the country may not achieve its rice selfsufficiency target before his term ends in 2020. ―I do not believe that we can be rice [self-]sufficient,‖ Duterte said in a speech in Malacañang during the signing of the deal for the implementation of the free college tuition law. Earlier Agriculture secretary Manny Piñol projected that the Philippines will achieve rice self-sufficiency in 2020. ―That was only a story,‖ Duterte said in jest. ―If you‘d ask me, in the next how many years, we will just have to import rice.‖ Mindanao used to be the country‘s ―breadbasket‖ but the advent of cash crop reduced farmlands and affected food crop production, he said. ―In Mindanao, the choice lands there were eaten up by the cash crop guys.‖ Moreover the decades-long conflict in Mindanao has been affecting food production, said the President. ―Mindanao could really (be) properly cultivated‖ without war, he claimed. ―Mindanao could supply the food that we are going to eat. If we cannot solve the problem in time, we will have [a] problem.‖


Duterte hopes Congress approves the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law to ―open the door for lasting peace‖ in Mindanao. ―I hope the BBL, however fractured it may be to others, will see the light of day,‖ he said, adding that the contending provisions may be reserved for discussion during the constitutional convention.‖ (PNA) https://www.panaynews.net/du30-i-dont-believe-we-can-be-rice-self-sufficient/


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THAI GOVT, PRIVATE SECTOR TO BUY MORE RICE FROM FARMERS PUBLISHED ON TUE, JUN 19, 2018 6:50 AM

Govt, private sector to buy more rice from farmers

FILE photo BANGKOK, 19th June 2018 (NNT) - The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives and Tesco Lotus have continued their cooperation in buying 9,000 tons of rice from agricultural cooperatives in four northeastern provinces. The rice deal is expected to boost incomes for more than 140,000 farmers. The minister on Monday presided over the opening ceremony of a project to directly buy fragrant jasmine rice from agricultural cooperatives in Ubon Ratchathani, Surin, Roi Et and Si Sa Ket. The rice will be packaged and sold under the Tesco Lotus brand. More than 5,700 tons of fragrant jasmine rice were previously bought by the ministry. The ministry plans to form 6,000 groups of large agricultural land plots this year to reduce the costs of production. Produce from them will be sold to the business sector directly. More than 1,600 companies are expected to participate in the project this year. The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives and the Ministry of Commerce will work together to form committees responsible for each type of agricultural product to learn about the real needs of farmers and plan production based on the market.

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https://news.thaivisa.com/article/22074/thaigovt-private-sector-to-buy-more-rice-fromfarmers Myanmar exports over one million ton of rice from Yangon ports Submitted by Eleven on Tue, 06/19/2018 - 15:02 Writer: Shun Le Win

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Myanmar exported more than one million ton of rice from Yangon ports between 2014-15 FY and 2017-18 FY, according to Myanma Port Authority (MPA).


―Myanmar exported one million ton of rice from Yangon ports within four fiscal years and most of them are exported from Sule port terminal,‖ said Managing Director Ni Aung from the MPA. It exported over 160,000 tons of rice in 2014-15 FY, about 41,000 tons of rice in 2015-16 FY, over 195,000 tons of rice in 2016-17 FY and over 630,000 tons of rice in 2017-18 FY respectively. There are seven jetties in Sule port terminal and four of them are handled between the MPA and a joint venture company. The rest are operated by the MPA alone. The MPA is upgrading the terminal to dock bulk carriers of 300,000 tons deadweight. Myanmar exported about 1.7 million tons of rice in last fiscal year and about 700,000 of them are sent through Sule terminal. Myanmar is expecting to export over four million tons of rice from Yangon ports and the MPA is carrying out dredging work to facilitate transportation of cargoes and installed nautical devices in the ports. Bulk carriers of 300,000 tons deadweight can dock at Yangon port currently. The Asia World port terminal, Myanma Industrial Port, Ahlone International port terminal, Bo Aung Kyaw wharf and Myanmar International Thilawa Terminal are handling cargo ships docked in Yangon harbour area. http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/local/14164

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Rice has become the second most important food staple after maize in Ghana and its consumption keeps increasing as a result of population growth, urbanization and change in consumer habits. Ghanaians have over the years developed a strong appetite for imported rice due to its availability and distribution reach in the market as well as its highly polished and fragranced nature. In view of this, government has set an ambitious target to increase rice production this year as a measure to reduce rice imports to save the economy‘s foreign exchange. The nation‘s value of rice imports has escalated eight-fold – from US$152million in 2007 to a peak of US$1.2billion in both 2014 and 2015. In the same period, the volume of rice imports climbed from 441,000 metric tonnes to 630,000 metric tonnes. According to figures from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) at the end of 2016, Ghana‘s rice production stood at 687,680 metric tonnes. Therefore, plans to increase production by 49% in 2017 means an addition of 337,500 metric tonnes which will put total production this year to a little over one million (1,025,180) metric tonnes. The 337,500 metric tonnes increase expected this year is estimated to translate into GH¢371.2million (GH¢371,250,000) as value of this additional production. This will also create some 226,800 direct and indirect employment comprising 32,400 direct jobs, 194,400 indirect jobs. According to Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto rice production target is one of the five crops this year under the ‗Planting for food and jobs‘, campaign aimed at turning farmlands and backyards into a huge food basket that is expected to cut down the country‘s food import bill drastically. The Avnash Royal Farmers‘ rice Although, there are a number of locally produced paddy rice in Ghana, one brand that stands tall among the rice production industry, with enormous contribution to the country‘s economy over


the years has been the Avansh‘s Royal Farmers Rice produced at Nyankpala in the Tolon District of Northern Region. The locally produced premium parboiled long grain rice, the Royal Farmers Rice, is being produced to meet the rising demand for rice and reduce its importation. https://www.modernghana.com/news/862079/a-glance-at-local-rice-production.html       

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Gov‘t not responsible for farmers being owed by millers for rice shipped to Panama Jun 18, 2018 Government, Ministry of Agriculture, News, Press Releases

“Millers should not use farmers as a bank”, Holder In light of recent reports circulating in the media as it relates to some millers being owed for rice supplied to Panama, Guyana Rice Development Board‘s (GRDB) General Manager, Nizam Hassan has indicated that the Board is not in possession of the funds and is currently working with officials in Panama to ensure that the outstanding balance will be made available for payment at the earliest possible time. The GM further stated that millers are aware that when they supply the Panamanian market, they will receive payments from GRDB when same is received from Panama. ―The Panamanian market is a government market that pays a higher price than other markets. However, payments are sometimes delayed due to government processes. Millers are owed for the two contracted supply – the last contract for 2017 and the first contract for 2018 and not for contracts for any previous years.‖ Hassan said. Many small millers, who supplied rice under the past two contracts, were recently paid by the rice board to the tune of US$1,270,901 from its own resources. Additionally, GRDB recently received US$550,000 from Panama, which is currently being paid to millers. Agriculture Minister Noel Holder indicated that the rice industry is doing well but said that the millers should desist from using the farmers as a bank. Generally, transactions are done through an established letter of credit. The Panamanian market offers a 30% increase in price for rice but given the existing arrangement and the fact that it is not an irrevocable letter of the credit agreement, the millers evidently want to enjoy both sides of the coin. They want both the increased prices as well as the terms outlined in the line of credit agreement. Millers have the option of paying farmers from funds they have or arrange payments through established banking agreements and are urged to do so since the law stipulates that farmers are to be paid two weeks after paddy is supplied to the millers. The General Manager further pointed out that reports of millers securing private deals through the Mexican market has nothing to do with the Board. ―Shipments to the Mexican market are done in a private capacity, henceforth, the Board is not handling any monies for rice supplied to that market.‖ Hassan said. Guyana exported some 540,000 tonnes of rice for 2017, which saw its highest numbers since 2015 when a total of 535,000 tonnes were recorded.

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Diseases, insects, weeds are concerns as Louisiana rice season progresses Weed control in rice should remain a priority for growers and rice diseases ramp up in this year's crop.

Bruce Schultz 1 | Jun 18, 2018 As the 2018 rice crop progresses into the heading stage, farmers should be looking out for diseases and insects, but weed control should also remain a concern, LSU AgCenter scientists advised at the Acadia rice field day June 12. AgCenter plant pathologist Don Groth has received a few reports of blast and sheath blight, although the diseases are usually more prevalent earlier in the growing season. ―With moisture from rainfall, sheath blight will move very quickly once the rice gets into the reproductive stage,‖ said Groth. ―The new Provisia variety is more susceptible to blast.‖ A new fungicide, Amistar Top, has activity against blast as well as sheath blight, and is labeled for second-crop applications. AgCenter entomologist Blake Wilson warns growers that rice will be more susceptible to stink bugs in the first two weeks of heading. Pyrethroids are still effective against stink bugs in Louisiana, but farmers in Texas have reported reduced control, probably because the insecticide also is widely used on grain sorghum there . ―A new product, Tenchu, has good stink bug control,‖ says Wilson. AgCenter rice Extension specialist Dustin Harrell advises farmers growing a second crop should consider tank mixing the plant hormone gibberellic acid with a stink bug insecticide to boost the second-crop yield. ―Nighttime temperatures will be critical in the next few weeks,‖ adds Harrell. ―Higher-than-usual night temperatures will interfere with flowering and pollination, but the long-range forecast does not project aboveaverage night temperatures.‖ Loyant

Sam Rustom, a weed science graduate student, says the rice herbicide, Loyant, is providing good results on cattails and other aquatic weeds. ―Flooding rice on time is essential for good weed control. The longer you wait to establish the flood, the more you‘re going to lose with grass and sedge control,‖ says Rustom. AgCenter weed scientist Eric Webster is testing Loyant to see what varieties show injury from the herbicide. Early testing appears to show that hybrids are affected more than conventional varieties. Ben McKnight, a post-doctoral weed scientist says benzobicyclon is proving to be a good aquatic weed herbicide, and it should be considered by rice farmers who also produce crawfish on fields that are flooded for most of the year. ―The herbicide is good on pickerelweed and burrhead,‖ says McKnight. ―It‘s probably one of the best materials on duck salad I‘ve ever seen.‖ Matt Osterholt, a graduate student in weed science is testing RiceOne herbicide, and graduate student Conner Webster is testing different crop oils to evaluate antagonism of the Provisia herbicide when mixed with other herbicides. AgCenter rice breeder Adam Famoso urged farmers to be patient with Provisia as the new variety will be followed with superior versions that have higher yield potential and


better disease resistance. ―The gene for Cercospora resistance has been identified, and that will help in the development of all rice varieties,‖ says Famoso. AgCenter soybean specialist Todd Spivey says cold weather appears to have suppressed red-banded stink bugs. ―Intensive scouting for diseases should be started for lateplanted soybeans,‖ adds Spivey. Louisiana Master Farmer Program representative Ron Levy, reports that Phase 1 training will be held at the LSU AgCenter‘s H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station on June 26. Attendance at the Rice Research Station field event the following day will satisfy the Phase 2 requirement. Two Other Rice Field Days

On July 16, the St. Landry Parish rice field day will be held at the Charlie Fontenot Farm near Palmetto, and the northeast Louisiana rice field day will be held at the Colvin Farm near Rayville on July 18. http://www.deltafarmpress.com/rice/diseases-insects-weeds-are-concerns-louisiana-rice-seasonprogresses JUNE 18, 2018 / 2:20 PM / 7 DAYS AGO

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Nagpur, June 18 (Reuters) – Gram and tuar prices firmed up again in Nagpur Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) on increased buying support from local millers amid weak supply from producing regions. Reports about delay in monsoon arrival in all over the State, fresh rise in gram on NCDEX, good recovery in Madhya Pradesh pulses and reported demand from South-based millers also boosted prices. About 1,800 bags of gram and 700 bags of tuar reported for auction in Nagpur APMC, according to sources. FOODGRAINS & PULSES GRAM * Desi gram raw reported higher in open market on renewed demand from local traders. TUAR * Tuar tuar Karnataka reported strong here on renewed demand from local traders amid tight supply from producing regions. * Batri dal recovered in open market on increased demand from local traders amid weak supply from producing belts. * In Akola, Tuar New – 4,000-4,050, Tuar dal (clean) – 6,000-6,300, Udid Mogar (clean)


– 6,800-7,800, Moong Mogar (clean) 7,200-7,900, Gram – 3,300-3,400, Gram Super best – 4,600-4,800 * Wheat, rice and other foodgrain items moved in a narrow range in scattered deals and settled at last levels in thin trading activity. Nagpur foodgrains APMC auction/open-market prices in rupees for 100 kg FOODGRAINS Available prices Previous close Gram Auction 3,000-3,400 2,900-3,250 Gram Pink Auction n.a. 2,100-2,600 Tuar Auction 3,300-3,900 3,300-3,750 Moong Auction n.a. 3,900-4,200 Udid Auction n.a. 4,300-4,500 Masoor Auction n.a. 2,600-2,800 Wheat Mill quality Auction 1,700-1,790 1,600-1,780 Gram Super Best Bold 4,800-5,000 4,800-5,000 Gram Super Best n.a. n.a. Gram Medium Best 4,400-4,600 4,400-4,600 Gram Dal Medium n.a. n.a Gram Mill Quality 3,425-3,475 3,425-3,475 Desi gram Raw 3,400-3,500 3,350-3,450 Gram Kabuli 8,000-10,000 8,000-10,000 Tuar Fataka Best-New 5,800-6,000 5,800-6,000 Tuar Fataka Medium-New 5,500-5,700 5,500-5,700 Tuar Dal Best Phod-New 5,400-5,500 5,400-5,500 Tuar Dal Medium phod-New 5,000-5,300 5,000-5,300 Tuar Gavarani New 3,750-3,900 3,750-3,900 Tuar Karnataka 4,200-4,400 4,100-4,300 Masoor dal best 4,800-5,000 4,800-5,000 Masoor dal medium 4,500-4,700 4,500-4,700 Masoor n.a. n.a. Moong Mogar bold (New) 7,500-8,000 7,500-8,000 Moong Mogar Medium 6,500-7,200 6,500-7,200 Moong dal Chilka New 6,100-7,000 6,100-7,000 Moong Mill quality n.a. n.a. Moong Chamki best 7,500-8,500 7,500-8,500 Udid Mogar best (100 INR/KG) (New) 7,000-8,000 7,000-8,000 Udid Mogar Medium (100 INR/KG) 5,000-6,000 5,000-6,000 Udid Dal Black (100 INR/KG) 5,200-5,600 5,200-5,600 Batri dal (100 INR/KG) 5,250-5,550 5,200-5,500 Lakhodi dal (100 INR/kg) 2,650-2,750 2,650-2,750 Watana Dal (100 INR/KG) 3,800-4,000 3,800-4,000 Watana Green Best (100 INR/KG) 5,300-5,600 5,300-5,600 Wheat 308 (100 INR/KG) 2,000-2,100 2,000-2,100 Wheat Mill quality (100 INR/KG) 2,000-2,075 2,000-2,075 Wheat Filter (100 INR/KG) 2,250-2,400 2,250-2,400 Wheat Lokwan best (100 INR/KG) 2,300-2,450 2,300-2,450 Wheat Lokwan medium (100 INR/KG) 2,100-2,200 2,100-2,250 Lokwan Hath Binar (100 INR/KG) n.a. n.a. MP Sharbati Best (100 INR/KG) 3,200-4,000 3,200-4,000 MP Sharbati Medium (100 INR/KG) 2,400-2,800 2,400-2,800 Rice Parmal (100 INR/KG) 2,100-2,200 2,100-2,200 Rice BPT best (100 INR/KG) 3,200-3,800 3,200-3,800 Rice BPT medium (100 INR/KG) 2,700-2,900 2,700-2,900 Rice Luchai (100 INR/KG) 2,800-3,000 2,800-3,000 Rice Swarna best (100 INR/KG) 2,700-2,800 2,700-2,800 Rice Swarna medium (100 INR/KG) 2,500-2,600 2,500-2,600 Rice HMT best (100 INR/KG) 4,000-4,500 4,000-4,500 Rice HMT medium (100 INR/KG) 3,600-4,000 3,600-4,000 Rice Shriram best(100 INR/KG) 5,200-5,600 5,200-5,600 Rice Shriram med (100 INR/KG) 4,500-4,900 4,500-4,900 Rice Basmati best (100 INR/KG) 9,500-14,000 9,500-14,000


Rice Basmati Medium (100 INR/KG) 5,000-7,500 Rice Chinnor best 100 INR/KG) 6,500-6,900 Rice Chinnor medium (100 INR/KG) 6,000-6,200 Jowar Gavarani (100 INR/KG) 2,000-2,200 Jowar CH-5 (100 INR/KG) 1,800-2,000

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WEATHER (NAGPUR) Maximum temp. 39.1 degree Celsius, minimum temp. 26.0 degree Celsius Rainfall : Nil FORECAST: Partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rains or thundershowers. Maximum and minimum temperature would be around and 39 and 26 degree Celsius respectively. Note: n.a.--not available (For oils, transport costs are excluded from plant delivery prices, but included in market prices)

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Rice prices go up after govt hikes import duty Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Jun 19,2018 | Updated: 23:40, Jun 18,2018


A file photo shows a man carrying a sack of rice at a wholesale market in Dhaka. The prices of rice went up in the city‘s wholesale markets following the announcement of budget for the financial year of 2018-19 as the government reinstated 28 per cent import duty on the staple in the budget. — New Age photo

The prices of rice went up in the city‘s wholesale markets following the announcement of budget for the financial year of 2018-19 as the government reinstated 28 per cent import duty on the staple in the budget. Following the announcement of the budget on June 7, importers and millers increased the wholesale prices of rice by Tk 1-2 a kilogram and the wholesale price increase started affecting the retail markets in the city, traders said. ‗Rice importers and mill owners have already raised the wholesale prices of all varieties of rice by Tk 1-2 a kg and they also squeezed the supply of the staple as the government imposed import duty on the item,‘ Syed Monirul Islam, proprietor of Barishal Rice Agency at Mohammadpur Krishi Bazar, told New Age on Monday. He said the importers increased the prices of rice, which were imported under duty facility before the announcement of the budget, in the name of import duty re-imposition. Monirul said that the wholesale prices of rice increased before Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the biggest religious festivals of the Muslims, which was celebrated in the country on Saturday, and the price hike started affecting the retail markets in the city. Last year, the government reduced the import duty on rice to 2 per cent from 28 per cent to meet the shortfall of the crops as flash floods damaged production of boro rice in the haor areas. Considering the bumper rice production this year, finance minister AMA Muhith on June 7 reimposed 25 per cent customs duty and 3 per cent regulatory duty on rice import to protect the interest of the local farmers. Following the re-imposition of duty, the prices of both the imported and locally produced rice went up in the wholesale market and in some cases retail prices also increased. ‗The government has imposed import duty aiming to increase the prices of rice and the decision has already started increasing the prices of all varieties of rice in the market,‘ KM Layek Ali, general secretary of the Bangladesh Auto Major and Husking Mill Owners Association, said. He said that following the imposition of duty on rice import, the prices of paddy started increasing in the


market. It is obvious that the prices of rice would increase as the prices of paddy increased by Tk 70 a mound (40 kg) in last one week, Layek Ali said. According to Layek Ali, the wholesale prices of coarse, medium and fine varieties of rice increased by Tk 50125 a bag (50 kg) in last one week. A kilogram of coarse variety of rice was selling at Tk 42-45 a kg on Monday. The fine variety of Najirshail rice was retailing at Tk 65-70 a kg and its standard variety at Tk 60-64 a kg in the city markets. BR-28 rice was retailing at Tk 50-52 a kg, while Miniket rice was selling at Tk 62-68 a kg. The coarse variety of Miniket rice was retailing at Tk 56-60 a kg. More about:

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Vietnam Rice Exports Growing in 2018

Hanoi, Jun 18 (Prensa Latina) Vietnam aims to strengthen as the world''s third largest rice exporter thanks to its growing production, greater global demand, behavior of its traditional markets and auspicious international prices. Sources from the Ministry for Agriculture and Rural Development stated today that the Philippines and African countries are encouraging buying and selling operations, with consequent opportunities for local distributors.


On the other hand,it is considered that China, the largest Vietnamese rice market, will maintain its demand. Vietnam exported about 452,000 tons of rice in May, increasing 2,660,000 tons the annual average, while the income for that concept in the month amounted to $347 million USD to total $1.4 billion USD until then. During the first five months of 2018, rice sales abroad grew 25.7 percent in quantity and 42.6 percent in value, compared to the same period of 2017. According to the referred ministry, importers prioritize the purchase of high quality rice such as the Japonica variety, of which this nation is an important producer. The ministry also predicted that international prices will continue high in the immediate future. Vietnamese rice reached $460 per ton in the global market in mid-May, the highest level in the last four years, a rise attributed to the large volumes of high quality rice. According to estimates, Vietnam expects to sell around 6,500,000 tons of rice this year. sgl/iff/mem/asg/gdc Temas Relacionados: Economy, Portada Economía, Asia / Oceania, Africa / Middle East,

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Rains delay release of rice imported from Vietnam, Thailand By Azer Parrocha June 18, 2018, 5:07 pm Share  

MANILA -- Malacañang on Monday said that cheaper imported rice distributed by the National Food Authority (NFA) has arrived at the Subic Port but has yet to be released due to the incessant rains brought about by typhoon ―Domeng‖ last week. In a Palace briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that the Department of Agriculture (DA) has confirmed that 250,000 metric tons of rice from Vietnam and Thailand has arrived and will soon be available for purchase in the market. The new rice stocks aimed to boost the NFA's depleted rice stocks were imported through the government to government (G2G) mode, which the agency deems faster than the government to private (G2P) mode. Roque said that the imported staple will be priced at PHP36 to PHP38.


―Commercial rice is now at PHP36 to PHP38 as a result of the arrival of the 250,000 metric tons of NFA rice from Subic,‖ Roque said in a statement. Roque clarified that the imported rice has yet to be unloaded and delivered but once it does, it will be priced even lower. ―However, the rice in Subic has yet to be unloaded because of last week's incessant rains. Once unloaded, it will be sold at NFA price of PHP 27 to PHP 32,‖ he added. Roque, meanwhile, expressed optimism that the prices of rice will soon drop since the imported rice can now be used to boost the NFA‘s nearly depleted stock. He echoed the remark of Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Benjamin Diokno, who earlier said that the higher prices of rice are due to the NFA‘s ―incompetence‖ in declaring a rice shortage. ―Secretary Diokno has been firm that it was gross incompetence for NFA not to have purchased rice during harvest time to ensure na meron silang (that they have) stock,‖ Roque said in a Palace briefing. Diokno earlier said that the NFA did not heed the advice of economic managers to let private companies import rice, which would have cut down prices. Roque clarified that he was not ―justifying‖ the policy of importing rice but noted that the NFA should have purchased enough rice for its stockpile. He said that the government‘s overall strategy to push for rice tariffication to solve the country‘s rice problems by removing unnecessary government intervention in the rice market. ―Ang overall strategy ng gobyero is to resort to tariffication. Hayaan nang pumasok yang mga bigas na „yan, i-subject na lang to tariff para makita natin ang law of supply and demand pagdating sa determinasyon ng presyo(The overall strategy of the government is to resort to tariffication. Allow rice to enter the country and subject them to tariff so we can see the law of supply and demand in terms of determining the prices of rice),‖ Roque said. (PNA)

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DA changes tune on rice self-sufficiency; goal is competitiveness June 18, 2018 | 10:25 pm

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THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said its goal is to improve the competitiveness of rice farmers and now views self-sufficiency as impossible because the government counts any imports, no matter how large, against the 100% goal. Director for field operations Christopher V. Morales told reporters on Monday that President Rodrigo R. Duterte‘s statement that the Philippines cannot achieve rice selfsufficiency in a speech last week was due to the outdated methods of computing for self-sufficiency. ―Whenever there‘s an importation, no matter how many kilos that is, we will never reach 100% because there are imports in the computation,‖ he said. ―Definitely, we‘ll never reach 100%. But if you ask us, the DA and the program, if we are targeting rice self-sufficiency, we‘re not [focusing] on that. We‘re more focused on the competitiveness of the farmers in terms of yield and cost.‖ In a meeting last week, private sector group SRI Pilipinas told the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) that it should also consider other factors such as seed types and related technology in its reports to aid the DA in applying the appropriate interventions. The DA, for its part, also said that Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) should be omitted from the computation as OFWs are not part of the population consuming rice domestically.


Last week, Mr. Duterte said that the country cannot achieve rice self-sufficiency because farmers are planting cash crops and farmland is shrinking. This is in conflict with Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol‘s earlier statements claiming that the Philippines can reach 100% self-sufficiency as early as 2019. The goal suggests output of 21.67 million metric tons (MT) of palay, or unmilled rice, to entirely meet domestic demand. At present, the Philippines is at around 95.01% rice self-sufficiency, PSA reported. Mr. Morales said that the DA through its rice road map has set a target national yield of six metric tons per hectare by 2022. ―The main target of the DA is to improve productivity because if you improve productivity and you lower the costs, definitely you can increase the income of the farmers,‖ he added. In the meantime, Mr. Morales said that importation remains unavoidable. A rice tariffication law is expected to be passed this year. The law seeks to end the National Food Authority‘s monopoly on rice importation by allowing private traders into the trade. It will also remove prescribed volumes for imported rice. Duties imposed on imported rice will help finance a proposed Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund. Philippine Institute for Development Studies senior research fellow Roehlano M. Briones in a meeting on National Rice Security on Monday said that based on study, a maximum of 4 million MT of imported rice will enter the Philippines if ―simulated under [a] completely free trade‖ scenario. ―All these procedures [for importation]… will take time,‖ he added. ―Let‘s just see if domestic production will be enough to supply the domestic demand. If not, then there‘s a need to import,‖ he added. — Anna Gabriela A. Mogato RECOMMENDED 

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25,000 metric tons of rice from Vietnam arrives in Subic

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SUBIC BAY FREEPORT – The National Food Authority (NFA) has unloaded 25,000 metric tons of imported rice Wednesday at the Naval Supply Depot (NSD), 13 days after its arrival. The imported rice shipment from Vietnam arrived on June 2, the same time another shipment arrived in Surigao, but the shipment in Subic had to wait for thirteen days due to inclement weather.

Around 25,000MT of imported rice from Vietnam are being unloaded to trucks at the Naval Supply Depot (NSD) in Subic Bay Freeport Zone Wednesday. (Jonas Reyes / MANILA BULLETIN)

The shipment of imported rice is part of the NFA‘s thrust to provide affordable rice to Filipino consumers. The ports of Surigao and Subic are two of the 14 designated discharge ports for the rice importation across the country as consumers from the Caraga region in Mindanao have benefited from these imported rice since it was made available on June 8. In Agusan Del Norte, the agency has already distributed 655 bags to accredited retailers in the area. The agency has already set up a mobile store in Alegria, Surigao Del Norte that sells rice at P27 per kilo. Currently, a total of 107,600MT of imported rice from Thailand and Vietnam have already arrived in various ports all over the country. 97,040MT of rice are still in the ports waiting to be unloaded. According to NFA officials, these shipments are still waiting for proper documentation to be unloaded while the 10,560MT were already delivered in their designated warehouses. Four vessels are in transit carrying 33,100MT while 60,700MT are still being loaded in Vietnam and Thailand. Both Vietnam and Thailand were awarded the contract to supply 250,000MT of rice to the NFA. https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/06/20/25000-metric-tons-of-rice-from-vietnam-arrives-in-subic/


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15 June 2018 A TRIBUTE TO OUR FOUNDER, DR. JOHN EVANS

A tribute to our founder, Dr. John Evans

John Evans was one of the most remarkable Canadians of his generation, a man who made pioneering contributions to medical and post-secondary education, to research and innovation, global health, philanthropy, public policy, biotech entrepreneurship, business, and to public and non-profit sector governance. He was also a truly remarkable human being—humble, funny and kind. His generosity of spirit was simply astonishing. That is why he was loved by so many people from all walks of life. Dr. Evans was a graduate of UTS, and came to the University of Toronto where he graduated with an MD in 1952, winning the silver medal. He attended Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and completed a DPhil on vitamin B12 metabolism. Following Oxford, Dr. Evans trained in internal medicine and cardiology in Toronto, London and Boston, returning to Toronto in 1960.


Even very early in his career, Dr. Evans sought ways to bring innovation to the medical profession. He brainstormed with other opinion leaders about a new approach to educate medical doctors. His proposal to mount a new program at Sunnybrook Hospital was rejected, but his bold idea was embraced by McMaster University where President Harry Thode was looking for a Dean for the new Medical School. In 1965, at the age of 35, he was appointed as Dean, despite the fact he had not yet risen in the professorial ranks. The McMaster program pioneered problem-based learning and self-directed objective-based learning methods—going against tradition and admitting candidates from many walks of life, setting aside the usual prerequisites. It was decades ahead of its time, but has since been emulated in many places around the world. In 1972, Dr. Evans returned to Toronto as President of the University of Toronto. By 1978, he was recruited by Pierre Elliott Trudeau to run for office. Although his political aspirations were dashed, he was quickly recruited to the World Bank in Washington— again as a pioneer—starting the Division of Population Health and Nutrition, which he led from 1979 to 1983. This work had a huge impact in reshaping population health as a field—and laid the foundation for how we now think about factors affecting health status that sit outside the formal healthcare system. During the 1980s, Dr. Evans held a succession of major roles in a dazzling array of organizations, again often charting new terrain. He was the CEO and Executive Chair of Allelix—one of Canada’s first biotechnology companies. In fact, his search for downtown research space for NPS was catalytic in the creation of MaRS. If there is no place on earth like MaRS, it is because there was no one on earth quite like John Evans. Dr. Evans was the first Canadian to be chairman of the Rockefeller Foundation from 1987 to 1995, and he was the founding chair of the Canada Foundation for Innovation from 1997 to 2007. He was also the chair of Torstar Corporation, chair of Alcan Aluminum, and served on the boards of several other corporations including the Royal Bank of Canada. Dr. Evans’ love of medicine remained a prominent thread throughout his career in business—he may well be the only Canadian to be inducted into both the Canadian Business Hall of Fame and the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. He was the founding chair of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) from 1992 to 1998 and founding chair of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. Dr. Evans was also the founder of MaRS, a place where the many facets of his life and career merged, oddly, back to the old wing of the Toronto General Hospital where he slept and studied as a young medical student in the 1950s. MaRS brought together all the threads of his life—physician, academician and university administrator, biotech entrepreneur, business leader, global health pioneer and master of governance in the non-profit and for-profit sectors. The launch of MaRS—this big idea—called on all of his creative genius, multidimensional expertise, and the broad networks built over his unprecedented career. He brought his unique ability to navigate complexity and uncertainty to MaRS—with its


diverse stakeholders, large personalities and its palpable risk due to the scale, the visibility, the funding uncertainty and the totally new model as an innovation hub that this project represented. He did this navigation with grace, with generosity—and often, with totally off-the-wall humour! Dr. Evans also brought to MaRS—and this is perhaps our greatest debt to him—his aspirations for the innovation community, and his ambitions for Canada. He viscerally believed in this country—the potential of its talented people and their ideas, its excellence, its values and its role in the world. MaRS was Dr. Evans’ last great project, and the one he believed in most fiercely. He devoted every ounce of energy to its creation, until the ravages of Parkinson’s disease took its toll. Right until the end, he wanted to know what was happening here more than anything else. If there is no place on earth like MaRS, it is because there was no one on earth quite like John Evans. — Dr. Ilse Treurnicht, CEO of MaRS Discovery District

Read Dr. Ilse Treurnicht’s eulogy delivered at Dr. John Evans’ funeral.

Dr. John Evans in his own words


On Building Great Teams

―I’m the luckiest in being able to mobilize people who could share a vision of going forward, who accept it as their own vision, and attack it with the energy that is necessary and (have) the staying power that’s necessary to get these new and innovative programs off the ground.‖ ―Not consciously, but I think unconsciously I look for the collection of people – the kinds of individuals who bring their own networks to be part of programs going forward.‖ On Innovation

―I’m very anxious not to reinvent something, I don’t think that’s innovation.‖ On Founding MaRS

―One of my interests was to address the discrepancy between the amount of investment in research and the relatively small portion of that investment that was related to research output that would lead to commercialization.‖ ―Toronto was not doing well in getting money for its science, and if you could look at increased commercial activity it was striking how poor the performance in Southern Ontario in relation to other parts of Canada and the United States. So I thought it was important to have a more concerted approach to submissions to the federal government…and that was not just more money, but for a vision for research in the areas that made better use of the research being carried out.‖

Remembering Dr. John Evans


―It was my very good fortune to get to know John and work with him. In truth, while it was my job as Premier to lead, I was happy to be led by John and inspired by his vision to build a stronger, more innovative Ontario. John was an extraordinary human being. He was as kind and understanding as he was brilliant, accomplished and wise. He truly was a man for all seasons.‖ — Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario 2003-2013

―I had the privilege of working with John when he was a director of RBC, we co-chaired a committee on commercialization and I had the honour, but impossible task of succeeding him as Chairman of MaRS. There are no Canadians that have had such a profound impact on so many different areas of importance including medicine, education, business, social services and philanthropy and of course innovation which culminated with his founding of MaRS. He was a trailblazer with boundless energy but more importantly was a gentleman who was always compassionate and kind. He touched so many people and while I think of John as a mentor he was even more so an inspiration. Simply he was one of the best men that I have ever known.‖ — Gordon M. Nixon, Chair, Board of Directors, MaRS Discovery District

―Dr. Evans’ legacy extends well beyond the University of Toronto, and will endure for generations. He made a profound impact on the advancement of Canadian medical education and higher education, on Canada’s capacity for world-leading research and innovation, and on public policy and philanthropy in Canada and abroad. John Evans will be remembered not only as a champion of excellence and innovation, but also as a delightful man who combined extraordinary brilliance with great personal warmth and irrepressible sense of humour.‖ — Meric S. Gertler, President, University of Toronto

―I would have difficulty thinking of another Canadian who has left such a legacy of achievement, contribution to his city and his country, and affection from all who encountered him. His diminutive frame and gentle manner belied a giant of a man who left an impact everywhere he ventured…he will be greatly missed by all who knew him, and to know him was to love him.‖ — Hon. John P. Manley, Vice Chair, Board of Directors, MaRS Discovery District; President and CEO, Canadian Council of Chief Executives, Ottawa

―I can’t think of any other Canadian who accomplished so much, and in such varied fields, both in Canada and internationally.‖ — Tim Brodhead, Former CEO, JW McConnell Family Foundation

―John Evans was my Nelson Mandela. He had the vision, tenacity and dignity of a Mandela, with a lovely sense of humour and a rare humility. Knowing him and working with him was an inspiration. A highlight of my life.‖ https://www.marsdd.com/tribute-founder-dr-john-evans/

Philippines unlikely to be rice sufficient Khmer Times Share:


Typhoons could force Philippines to import 2 million tonnes of rice next year. Reuters

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines is unlikely to become self-sufficient in rice production, President Rodrigo Duterte said yesterday, appearing to contradict his agriculture minister who had set a 2020 target to produce enough rice to meet the country‘s needs. The Southeast Asian country is a frequent buyer of rice mainly from Vietnam and Thailand, usually importing more than one million tonnes of the staple grain every year to meet domestic demand and maintain stockpiles. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said last year the country could produce enough rice for its own needs by 2020 with the help of free irrigation and other state measures to boost output. Shrinking farmland ―I do not believe we can be rice sufficient,‖ Duterte said in a speech to officials of state universities at the presidential palace. ―If you‘d ask me, in the next how many years, we will just have to import rice,‖ Duterte said. He said shrinking farmland and a growing population made it difficult to produce enough rice to meet domestic needs.


In April, Duterte ordered the National Food Authority (NFA) to build up its depleted rice stockpiles to the equivalent of 60 days of national consumption, or about 1.92 million tonnes. The NFA has so far bought 500,000 tonnes mostly from Vietnam andThailand and is set to import an additional volume of up to 805,200 tonnes. Lower prices Duterte said on Wednesday he wants NFA warehouses to be filled ―up to the ceiling‖ with rice. ―I do not care if we have to sell it at a lower price someday if there‘s a glut in the market,‖ he said. Retail rice prices in the Philippines have risen steadily since the start of the year due to the absence of government-subsidized supply in the market. This has fed inflation which hit its highest level in at least five years in May. https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50501449/philippines-unlikely-to-be-rice-sufficient/

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year highs, India rice rates nudge up By Reuters June 15, 2018 | 03:23 pm GMT+7

Indian farmers working on rice field. Photo by Reuters

Vietnamese rice fell this week after climbing to the highest since January 2012 the week before. Rates for India‘s 5 percent broken parboiled variety rose by $5 to $398-$402 per tonne this week, after hitting the lowest level for the year last week due to sluggish demand from neighbouring Bangladesh. India was the biggest supplier of rice to Bangladesh in 2017. Imports by Bangladesh will likely slow as the government imposed a 28 percent tax on rice imports to support its farmers after local production revived. ―Last year, Bangladesh was buying a lot of Indian rice. With new duty, imports would fall,‖ said M. Adishankar, executive director at Sri Lalitha, a leading rice exporter located in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. ―Chinese imports will boost demand but we don‘t know when it will happen.‖ China last week agreed to amend a protocol on phytosanitary requirements, which will allow Indian exporters to ship non-basmati rice to Beijing. The monsoon has not been progressing well and could delay planting of summer-sown rice, said another exporter based at Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh.


In Vietnam, the world‘s third-largest exporter of the grain, prices of 5 percent broken rice fell to $450-$455 a ton this week after climbing to the highest since January 2012 at $465-$475 the week before. ―Prices are expected to ease further in the coming weeks on rising domestic supplies, as the spring-summer harvest will peak late this month,‖ a Ho Chi Minh City-based trader said. Vietnam exported 763,707 tons of rice in May, up 5.9 percent from April, according to the government‘s official customs data. Meanwhile, Thailand‘s benchmark 5 percent broken rice was little changed between $430 and 435 per ton this week, free on board (FOB) Bangkok, from $430-$432 last week. Traders in Bangkok said demand from abroad was still flat this week following sales to the Philippines earlier this month and last month. Slow logistics due to rain also meant slow trade, traders said. Thailand‘s rainy season starts in late May and lasts until mid-October. ―It‘s been raining, so ships can‘t sail here to pick up orders. Now the warehouses are full, with trucks lining up outside waiting to offload more rice. It‘s all stuck, so the market is still,‖ a trader said. https://e.vnexpress.net/news/business/vietnam-prices-ease-from-multi-year-highs-india-rice-ratesnudge-up-3764193.html

Philippines unlikely to be rice sufficient Khmer Times Share:


Typhoons could force Philippines to import 2 million tonnes of rice next year. Reuters

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines is unlikely to become self-sufficient in rice production, President Rodrigo Duterte said yesterday, appearing to contradict his agriculture minister who had set a 2020 target to produce enough rice to meet the country‘s needs. The Southeast Asian country is a frequent buyer of rice mainly from Vietnam and Thailand, usually importing more than one million tonnes of the staple grain every year to meet domestic demand and maintain stockpiles. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said last year the country could produce enough rice for its own needs by 2020 with the help of free irrigation and other state measures to boost output. Shrinking farmland ―I do not believe we can be rice sufficient,‖ Duterte said in a speech to officials of state universities at the presidential palace. ―If you‘d ask me, in the next how many years, we will just have to import rice,‖ Duterte said. He said shrinking farmland and a growing population made it difficult to produce enough rice to meet domestic needs.


In April, Duterte ordered the National Food Authority (NFA) to build up its depleted rice stockpiles to the equivalent of 60 days of national consumption, or about 1.92 million tonnes. The NFA has so far bought 500,000 tonnes mostly from Vietnam andThailand and is set to import an additional volume of up to 805,200 tonnes. Lower prices Duterte said on Wednesday he wants NFA warehouses to be filled ―up to the ceiling‖ with rice. ―I do not care if we have to sell it at a lower price someday if there‘s a glut in the market,‖ he said. Retail rice prices in the Philippines have risen steadily since the start of the year due to the absence of government-subsidized supply in the market. This has fed inflation which hit its highest level in at least five years in May. https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50501449/philippines-unlikely-to-be-rice-sufficient/

Rice exports to decline by 10% on restrictions from importing countries Bangladesh imposes 18% import duty, EU introduces stringent quality norms; a part of decline to compensate through export to China Dilip Kumar Jha | Mumbai Last Updated at June 15, 2018 23:21 IST AddThis Sharing Buttons Share to Facebook5Share to TwitterShare to Google+Share to LinkedInShare to More


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ALSO READ SCO summit 2018: Indian rice finds road to China; two nations sign protocol Basmati rice stocks rally; KRBL up 8% on fund buying MP Basmati rice to 'kadaknath' chicken: How tough it is to get a GI tag Amid weak prices of agri commodities, robust rice demand bucks the trend

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After a bumpy ride last year, India's rice exports are likely to decline this year by up to 10 per cent this year due to restrictions imposed by importing countries. While Bangladesh has imposed 28 per cent import duty on rice to restrict its exports largely from India, the European Union also made its quality norms stringent with introduction of new pesticides limit. With this, non-basmati rice export to Bangladesh and basmati rice shipment to the European Union is set to decline. The restrictions from importing countries assume significance as Bangladesh contributes over 18 per cent India's 8.5 million tonnes of non-basmati rice exports, the European Union shares nearly 10 per cent of India's basmati rice exports annually. A part of this decline, however, is likely to offset with the beginning of direct import from China, possibly in the second half of the current financial year. "Overall rice exports from India are set to decline this year due to stringent quality norms introduced by the European Union. For immediate future, therefore, India may lose its entire


400,000 tonnes of European Union markets in the immediate term. The scenario, however, would improve with growers to reduce pesticides use in basmati rice in the long term. Also, Indian exporters would lose the entire Bangladesh market in the immediate term,‖ said Gurnam Arora, Joint Managing Director, Kohinoor Foods, one of India‘s largest basmati rice exporters which sells its aromatic rice under Kohinoor brand. Data compiled by the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda) showed a bumpy ride of both basmati and non-basmati rice exports during the last financial year. India emerged as a large supplier of rice to the South East Asian (SEA) countries due to a devastating flood in this region last year. Consequently, India's both non-basmati rice exports jumped by a staggering 28 per cent to 8.65 million tonnes for the financial year 2017-18 compared to 6.77 million tonnes in the previous financial year. India‘s basmati rice exports, however, stagnated at around 4 million tonnes in three years. In value terms, however, non-basmati rice exports from India jumped by a staggering 41 per cent to $3564.39 million for FY17-18 versus $2531.47 million in the previous financial year. ―A part of the decline in non-basmati rice export would get compensated through shipment to China for which Apeda has started registering exporters,‖ said a senior official with a large rice exporting company. A study from India Rating (Ind-Ra) believes India‘s export price is likely to remain competitive in the international market and the recent decline in India‘s rice export prices could attract buying from African countries, as Indian rice has become more competitive while a decline in rupee is cushioning exporters‘ margins. Indian rice prices softened as rice exports from India declined in April 2018, due to a decline in the exports of basmati rice to Saudi Arabia and non-basmati rice to Bangladesh along with a subdued demand from African countries. Ind-Ra believes imports by Bangladesh are likely to reduce in 2018-2019, as its domestic output rebounds due to a crop recovery and expansion in area sown because of high prices in 2017. As a result, India‘s exports could reduce by 0.5 million tonnes to 1 million tonnes. In May 2017, Chinese authority had identified 14 rice exporters from India to be considered for its shipment to China. But registration of interested exporters started recently. Meanwhile, according to the third advance estimate for 2017 - 2018, India is set to achieve a record rice production of 111.5 million tonnes against the target of 108.5 million tonnes this year breaching its previous record of 109.7 million tonnes for 2016-2017.

Rice exports to decline by 10% on restrictions from importing countries Bangladesh imposes 18% import duty, EU introduces stringent quality norms; a part of decline to compensate through export to China Dilip Kumar Jha | Mumbai Last Updated at June 15, 2018 23:21 IST AddThis Sharing Buttons Share to Facebook5Share to TwitterShare to Google+Share to LinkedInShare to More


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ALSO READ SCO summit 2018: Indian rice finds road to China; two nations sign protocol Basmati rice stocks rally; KRBL up 8% on fund buying MP Basmati rice to 'kadaknath' chicken: How tough it is to get a GI tag Amid weak prices of agri commodities, robust rice demand bucks the trend

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After a bumpy ride last year, India's rice exports are likely to decline this year by up to 10 per cent this year due to restrictions imposed by importing countries. While Bangladesh has imposed 28 per cent import duty on rice to restrict its exports largely from India, the European Union also made its quality norms stringent with introduction of new pesticides limit. With this, non-basmati rice export to Bangladesh and basmati rice shipment to the European Union is set to decline. The restrictions from importing countries assume significance as Bangladesh contributes over 18 per cent India's 8.5 million tonnes of non-basmati rice exports, the European Union shares nearly 10 per cent of India's basmati rice exports annually. A part of this decline, however, is likely to offset with the beginning of direct import from China, possibly in the second half of the current financial year. "Overall rice exports from India are set to decline this year due to stringent quality norms introduced by the European Union. For immediate future, therefore, India may lose its entire


400,000 tonnes of European Union markets in the immediate term. The scenario, however, would improve with growers to reduce pesticides use in basmati rice in the long term. Also, Indian exporters would lose the entire Bangladesh market in the immediate term,‖ said Gurnam Arora, Joint Managing Director, Kohinoor Foods, one of India‘s largest basmati rice exporters which sells its aromatic rice under Kohinoor brand. Data compiled by the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda) showed a bumpy ride of both basmati and non-basmati rice exports during the last financial year. India emerged as a large supplier of rice to the South East Asian (SEA) countries due to a devastating flood in this region last year. Consequently, India's both non-basmati rice exports jumped by a staggering 28 per cent to 8.65 million tonnes for the financial year 2017-18 compared to 6.77 million tonnes in the previous financial year. India‘s basmati rice exports, however, stagnated at around 4 million tonnes in three years. In value terms, however, non-basmati rice exports from India jumped by a staggering 41 per cent to $3564.39 million for FY17-18 versus $2531.47 million in the previous financial year. ―A part of the decline in non-basmati rice export would get compensated through shipment to China for which Apeda has started registering exporters,‖ said a senior official with a large rice exporting company. A study from India Rating (Ind-Ra) believes India‘s export price is likely to remain competitive in the international market and the recent decline in India‘s rice export prices could attract buying from African countries, as Indian rice has become more competitive while a decline in rupee is cushioning exporters‘ margins. Indian rice prices softened as rice exports from India declined in April 2018, due to a decline in the exports of basmati rice to Saudi Arabia and non-basmati rice to Bangladesh along with a subdued demand from African countries. Ind-Ra believes imports by Bangladesh are likely to reduce in 2018-2019, as its domestic output rebounds due to a crop recovery and expansion in area sown because of high prices in 2017. As a result, India‘s exports could reduce by 0.5 million tonnes to 1 million tonnes. In May 2017, Chinese authority had identified 14 rice exporters from India to be considered for its shipment to China. But registration of interested exporters started recently. Meanwhile, according to the third advance estimate for 2017 - 2018, India is set to achieve a record rice production of 111.5 million tonnes against the target of 108.5 million tonnes this year breaching its previous record of 109.7 million tonnes for 2016-2017. https://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/rice-exports-to-decline-by-10-onrestrictions-from-importing-countries-118061500820_1.html

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Nagpur Foodgrain Prices Open- JUN 15, 2018 Reuters Staff 6 MIN READ

Nagpur Foodgrain Prices – APMC/Open Market-June 15, 2018

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Nagpur, June 15 (Reuters) – Gram and tuar prices reported strong in Nagpur Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) on good demand from local millers amid thin supply from producing regions. Fresh hike in gram on NCDEX, upward trend in Madhya Pradesh pulses and reported demand from South-based millers also jacked up prices. About 2,000 bags of gram and 900 bags of tuar reported for auction in Nagpur APMC, according to sources. FOODGRAINS & PULSES GRAM * Gram varieties ruled steady in open market here but demand was poor. TUAR * Tuar gavarani and tuar Karnataka firmed up here on good buying support from local traders. * Lakhodi dal recovered in open market on increased demand from local traders amid weak supply from producing belts. * In Akola, Tuar New – 4,000-4,050, Tuar dal (clean) – 6,000-6,300, Udid Mogar (clean) – 6,800-7,800, Moong Mogar (clean) 7,200-7,900, Gram – 3,300-3,400, Gram Super best – 4,600-4,800 * Wheat, rice and other foodgrain items moved in a narrow range in scattered deals and settled at last levels in thin trading activity. Nagpur foodgrains APMC auction/open-market prices in rupees for 100 kg FOODGRAINS Available prices Previous close Gram Auction 2,950-3,230 2,900-3,180 Gram Pink Auction n.a. 2,100-2,600 Tuar Auction 3,300-3,740 3,100-3,600 Moong Auction n.a. 3,900-4,200 Udid Auction n.a. 4,300-4,500 Masoor Auction n.a. 2,600-2,800 Wheat Mill quality Auction 1,700-1,790 1,600-1,780 Gram Super Best Bold 4,800-5,000 4,800-5,000 Gram Super Best n.a. n.a. Gram Medium Best 4,400-4,600 4,400-4,600 Gram Dal Medium n.a. n.a Gram Mill Quality 3,425-3,475 3,425-3,475 Desi gram Raw 3,350-3,450 3,350-3,450 Gram Kabuli 8,000-10,000 8,000-10,000 Tuar Fataka Best-New 5,800-6,000 5,800-6,000 Tuar Fataka Medium-New 5,500-5,700 5,500-5,700 Tuar Dal Best Phod-New 5,400-5,500 5,400-5,500 Tuar Dal Medium phod-New 5,000-5,300 5,000-5,300 Tuar Gavarani New 3,750-3,900 3,700-3,850 Tuar Karnataka 4,150-4,350 4,100-4,300 Masoor dal best 4,800-5,000 4,800-5,000 Masoor dal medium 4,500-4,700 4,500-4,700 Masoor n.a. n.a. Moong Mogar bold (New) 7,500-8,000 7,500-8,000 Moong Mogar Medium 6,500-7,200 6,500-7,200 Moong dal Chilka New 6,100-7,000 6,100-7,000 Moong Mill quality n.a. n.a.


Moong Chamki best 7,500-8,500 7,500-8,500 Udid Mogar best (100 INR/KG) (New) 7,000-8,000 7,000-8,000 Udid Mogar Medium (100 INR/KG) 5,000-6,000 5,000-6,000 Udid Dal Black (100 INR/KG) 5,200-5,600 5,200-5,600 Batri dal (100 INR/KG) 5,200-5,500 5,200-5,500 Lakhodi dal (100 INR/kg) 2,650-2,750 2,600-2,700 Watana Dal (100 INR/KG) 3,800-4,000 3,800-4,000 Watana Green Best (100 INR/KG) 5,300-5,600 5,300-5,600 Wheat 308 (100 INR/KG) 2,000-2,100 2,000-2,100 Wheat Mill quality (100 INR/KG) 2,000-2,075 2,000-2,075 Wheat Filter (100 INR/KG) 2,250-2,400 2,250-2,400 Wheat Lokwan best (100 INR/KG) 2,300-2,450 2,300-2,450 Wheat Lokwan medium (100 INR/KG) 2,100-2,200 2,100-2,250 Lokwan Hath Binar (100 INR/KG) n.a. n.a. MP Sharbati Best (100 INR/KG) 3,200-4,000 3,200-4,000 MP Sharbati Medium (100 INR/KG) 2,400-2,800 2,400-2,800 Rice Parmal (100 INR/KG) 2,100-2,200 2,100-2,200 Rice BPT best (100 INR/KG) 3,200-3,800 3,200-3,800 Rice BPT medium (100 INR/KG) 2,700-2,900 2,700-2,900 Rice Luchai (100 INR/KG) 2,800-3,000 2,800-3,000 Rice Swarna best (100 INR/KG) 2,700-2,800 2,700-2,800 Rice Swarna medium (100 INR/KG) 2,500-2,600 2,500-2,600 Rice HMT best (100 INR/KG) 4,000-4,500 4,000-4,500 Rice HMT medium (100 INR/KG) 3,600-4,000 3,600-4,000 Rice Shriram best(100 INR/KG) 5,200-5,600 5,200-5,600 Rice Shriram med (100 INR/KG) 4,500-4,900 4,500-4,900 Rice Basmati best (100 INR/KG) 9,500-14,000 9,500-14,000 Rice Basmati Medium (100 INR/KG) 5,000-7,500 5,000-7,500 Rice Chinnor best 100 INR/KG) 6,500-6,900 6,500-6,900 Rice Chinnor medium (100 INR/KG) 6,000-6,200 6,000-6,200 Jowar Gavarani (100 INR/KG) 2,000-2,200 2,000-2,100 Jowar CH-5 (100 INR/KG) 1,800-2,000 1,700-2,000 WEATHER (NAGPUR) Maximum temp. 39.1 degree Celsius, minimum temp. 26.0 degree Celsius Rainfall : Nil FORECAST: Partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rains or thundershowers. Maximum and minimum temperature would be around and 39 and 26 degree Celsius respectively. Note: n.a.--not available (For oils, transport costs are excluded from plant delivery prices, but included in market prices)

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Monsoon takes a break, but basic features intact VINSON KURIANT+ T-


IMD says the progress of monsoon may slow down after current expansive phase. File Photo - The Hindu

Heavy rains to continue in Kerala THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, JUNE 14 Kerala, and to an extent the North-East, has been receiving very heavy rainfall despite the monsoon going into a weak phase over the rest of the country. The fundamentals continue to be just fine with the monsoon system as a whole, with strong crossequatorial flows turning smartly off the Horn of Africa and further ahead across the Maldives and Sri Lanka.

No sign of low These flows are also reaching India‘s West Coast, more so across Kerala and coastal Karnataka, leading to a sustained precipitation as they blast into the orographic features,the Western Ghats. The flows are being generated mostly due to storm activity in the North-West Pacific; they precipitate as they encounter land features over Maldives, Lakshadweep, India‘s West Coast, the Bay of Bengal and South-East Asia. There are currently two storms in the North-West Pacific, and both are travelling in a north-easterly direction, which doesn‘t help the Indian monsoon. Ideally, a low-pressure area in the Bay would have tapped into these flows midway and redirected some of it back towards the hinterland and brought in rain. But there is no sign of a ‗low‘ forming just yet.

Activity next week The best bet for it continues to be the June 25 to 29 window suggested by the US National Centres for Environmental Prediction when it sees some activity getting initiated in the North Bay. The Thiruvananthapuram Met Office said heavy rainfall (7-11cm in 24 hours) and very heavy rainfall (12-20cm in 24 hours) will continue for another three to four days. Strong winds mainly from a westerly direction with speeds reaching 35- to 45 km/hr gusting to 55 km/hr are lilely along Karnataka, Kerala coasts and over Lakshadweep area. Rough seas and high waves are predicted along Karnataka (11- 12 ft); Kerala (11 ft) and Lakshadweep (11-12 ft). Fishermen are advised not to venture into sea along these coasts.


Rains likely Strong winds and high waves have been forecast also along the Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat coasts. The 24 hours ending on Thursday morning saw active monsoon conditions over Kerala with Manjeri and Nilambur (in Malappuram district) reporting extremely heavy rainfall of 23 cm and 21 cm respectively. Extended forecast until Thursday (June 21) said widespread rainfall with isolated heavy falls is likely along the West coast. https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/monsoon-takes-a-break-but-basic-featuresintact/article24165592.ece

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LAHORE - Pakistan has come out of the crisis of low exports, which was observed during the last three years, as the rice exports have increased by around 30 percent to $1.58 billion during the first 10 months of the current fiscal year (2017-18) as exporters pushed fresh cargoes to Indonesia, Kenya and other markets. Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan chairman Samee Ullah Ch said that value of rice export trade has been showing improvement due to the coordination of REAP members with the Trade


Development Authority of Pakistan and customs. ―Our members are putting in untiring efforts, and aggressive marketing to increase rice exports and to earn valuable foreign exchange,‖ he added. He said rice exporters are making investments to install modern rice processing machinery and using value-addition technology. He said the association is sending trade delegations to various countries for rice marketing. ―Last month our delegation came back after a successful visit to Iran, which is very lucrative and a potential market for basmati rice. Around 100,000 tons of rice has so far been exported to Iran during the current season.‖ He hoped that a handsome amount of foreign exchange would be fetched by Pakistani rice exporters. He said that rice exports amounted to $1.23 billion during the corresponding period last year. Samee Ullah Ch said exports increased 15 percent to 3.23 million tons during the 10 months of the current fiscal year of 2017/18. He said exports of non-basmati rice to Indonesia increased during the period. ―We exported 50,000 tons of non-basmati rice to Indonesia during the July-April period. Kenya remained the largest buyer of Pakistani non-basmati rice, buying 323,000 tons of rice amounting to $118 million. China is also one of the largest importers of Pakistani non-basmati rice.‖ He said demand for rice in the international markets is increasing. The crop was good in terms of both quality and quantity this year, he added.

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Nigeria Rice Imports Seen Rising 12% on Demand, Lower Output Ruth Olurounbi June 15, 2018, 4:01 AM GMT+5 Updated on June 15, 2018, 12:10 PM GMT+5 

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Nigeria, the world‘s third-biggest rice importer, will likely receive 12 percent more of the grain from foreign sources in the 2018-19 season as demand spikes at a time of declining output due to higher costs and insecurity, an industry body said. ―We foresee a significant drop in rice production this year,‖ Mohammed Sahabi, chairman of the rice farmers‘ association in Kebbi, a state that‘s one of the country‘s top three producers of the grain, said by phone from the local capital, Birnin Kebbi. The amount of land allocated to rice in the Kebbi area has likely fallen by half this year from the 200,000 hectares (494,200 acres) cultivated in 2017, he said. Other major producing states such as Kogi and Ebonyi are dealing with an increasing number of clashes between nomadic herders and farmers, which keep planters from tilling their land.

Internally Displaced Nigeria‘s rice imports are set to increase to 2.9 million metric tons in the 2018-19 season from 2.6 million tons in 2017-18, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Reasons cited included conflict, population growth and more people giving up traditional coarse grains in their meals in favor of rice. Nigeria is Africa‘s most-populous nation with almost 200 million inhabitants. The forecast output-drop is a setback for government plans to stop rice imports by the end of this year to save foreign currency. Production had increased more than 50 percent over the past five years to 3.7 million tons last year. Domestic demand rose 4 percent to 6.7 million tons in the 2017-18 year that ended in May. President Muhammadu Buhari, 75, is seeking to diversify Nigeria‘s oil-dependent economy by boosting agriculture, especially rice production. Elected in 2015, he has overseen investments of almost $1 billion in rice farming and milling, virtually banned importers of the grain from buying foreign exchange, raised tariffs and pushed the central bank to lend to farmers. At the same time, rice smuggling through neighboring Benin and Niger has soared over the past years. (Adds president‘s efforts to boost rice production in last paragraph.)

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ASIA RICE-INDIA RATES NUDGE UP, VIETNAM PRICES EASE FROM MULTIYEAR HIGHS 6/14/2018

* Vietnam rates pull back from 6-1/2 year high * Rains dampen trade in Thailand- traders By Apeksha Nair BENGALURU, June 14 (Reuters) - Rice export prices rose this week in India on hopes for increased buying from China, while rates in Vietnam eased from a multi-year peak with the outlook for higher domestic supply. Rates for India's 5 percent broken parboiled variety <RI-INBKN5-P1> rose by $5 to $398-$402 per tonne this week, after hitting the lowest level for the year last week due to sluggish demand from neighbouring Bangladesh. India was the biggest supplier of rice to Bangladesh in 2017. Imports by Bangladesh will likely slow as the government imposed a 28 percent tax on rice imports to support its farmers after local production revived. "Last year, Bangladesh was buying a lot of Indian rice. With new duty, imports would fall," said M. Adishankar, executive director at Sri Lalitha, a leading rice exporter located in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. "Chinese imports will boost demand but we don't know when it will happen." China last week agreed to amend a protocol on phytosanitary requirements, which will allow Indian exporters to ship non-basmati rice to Beijing. The monsoon has not been progressing well and could delay planting of summer-sown rice, said another exporter based at Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh. In Vietnam, the world's third-largest exporter of the grain, prices of 5 percent broken rice fell to $450-$455 a tonne this week after climbing to the highest since January 2012 at $465-$475 the week before.


"Prices are expected to ease further in the coming weeks on rising domestic supplies, as the spring-summer harvest will peak late this month," a Ho Chi Minh City-based trader said. Vietnam exported 763,707 tonnes of rice in May, up 5.9 percent from April, according to the government's official customs data. Meanwhile, Thailand's benchmark 5 percent broken rice <RI-THBKN5-P1> was little changed between $430 and 435 per tonne this week, free on board (FOB) Bangkok, from $430-$432 last week. Traders in Bangkok said demand from abroad was still flat this week following sales to the Philippines earlier this month and last month. Slow logistics due to rain also meant slow trade, traders said. Thailand's rainy season starts in late May and lasts until mid-October. "It's been raining, so ships can't sail here to pick up orders. Now the warehouses are full, with trucks lining up outside waiting to offload more rice. It's all stuck, so the market is still," a trader said. (Reporting by Patpicha Tanakasempipat in Bangkok, Khanh Vu in Hanoi, Rajendra Jadhav in Mumbai and Ruma Paul in Dhaka Editing by Edmund Blair) Š Copyright Thomson Reuters 2018. Click For Restrictions http://about.reuters.com/fulllegal.asp Read more about Markets Newswire https://www.agriculture.com/markets/newswire/asia-rice-india-rates-nudgeup-vietnam-prices-ease-from-multi-year-highs

Popular rice variety gets extra gene power to fight bacterial attacks KOLLEGALA SHARMAT+ T-


MYSURU, JUNE 14 Researchers at the Hyderabad-based Indian Institute of Rice Research have developed a new variety of the popular Improved Samba Mahsuri (ISM) rice that can resist bacterial blight disease. Bacterial blight disease, which affects rice crop, is caused by bacteria, Xanthomonas oryzae, and drastically reduces rice productivity. The high yielding ISM variety is already protected against bacterial blight by three genes, but the new variety has been developed by adding another gene, Xa38, that increases the resistance. ―Till now about 41 resistant genes have been identified from diverse sources. These genes differ from each other in their mode of action. While some are broad spectrum, others are narrow in their resistance spectrum,‖ explained Dr Gouri Sankar Laha, who led the study, while speaking to India Science Wire. The researchers used Marker assisted Backcross Breeding or MABB technique to accomplish the gene insertion. Unlike transgenic techniques used in genetically modified crops, MABB is less laborious but more efficient than traditional methods of ‗gene‘ transfer. Besides it does not require regulatory clearances necessary for transgenic crops. ISM is popular and has been grown in over 80,000 hectares in south and east India since its release in 2008. However, of late it was observed in experiments that when deliberately infected, ISM plants had longer lesions – infected spot - than the earlier ones, indicating emergence of a new strain of Xanthomonas. Xanthomonas is virulent, meaning its infection spreads fast and wide. It also evolves very quickly. Thus plants that seem to be resistant now might turn susceptible later as the pathogen evolves into different strains. ―It is, therefore, necessary that we keep developing new resistant varieties. Also rice plant resistant to Xanthomonas in a particular area may not be resistant to the bacteria in another place,‖ explained Dr C A Deepak, a rice breeder at the University of Agricultural Sciences, Karnataka, who is not associated with the work. The breed improvement for bacterial blight disease is a continuous process. The new breed has been field tested in farms across several states and has been exposed to various strains of Xanthomonas. ―We have done three backcrossing and six generations of improvement. It has taken five years including selection of parents and initial crossing,‖ said Dr Laha. The effort has resulted in several improved lines of ISM with novel, broad-spectrum blight-resistant gene Xa38 that show high levels of blight resistance to different types of Xanthomonas. These plants are better both in yield and in other traits than their ISM parent lines. After more field tests in different parts of the country, it will be ready for commercial release, Dr. Laha added.


The research team included Arra Yugander, Raman M. Sundaram, Kuldeep Singh, Duraisamy Ladhalakshmi, Lella V. Subba Rao, Maganti Sheshu Madhav, Jyothi Badri and Madamsetty Srinivas Prasad. The research results have been published in the journal PLOS One. (India Science Wire) Twitter handle: @kollegala

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IRAQ BANS RICE PLANTING BECAUSE OF WATER SHORTAGES 6/14/2018

By Moayed Kenany BAGHDAD, June 14 (Reuters) - Iraq has banned farmers from planting rice and other water-intensive crops in the face of increasing shortages because of drought and shrinking river flows, an agriculture ministry official said on Thursday. A letter from the Minister of Water Resources Hassan al-Janabi to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's office seen by Reuters showed the ministry had decided to exclude rice and corn from the government's summer agriculture plan to prioritise drinking water, industry and vegetables. The agriculture ministry was not happy about the decision but could do nothing to stop it, its spokesman said. "Rice and yellow corn are out of the summer agriculture plan due to lack of water. As a ministry we are embarrassed, especially as the crops are strategic and farmers had already prepared their land to plant them," spokesman Hameed al-Nayef said. "The Ministry of Agriculture cannot plant a single donhum without the approval of the Ministry of Water Resources." Iraq planted 100,000 donhums of rice last season, he said. One Iraqi donhum is equal to 2,500 square metres. Problems with drought and shrinking water levels are further complicated by Turkey's plan to fill a huge dam on the Tigris, which had already started but was paused after complaints from Iraq. About 70 percent of Iraq's water resources flow from neighbouring countries, with the Tigris and Euphrates rivers -which run through Turkey -- particularly important sources.


Prime Minister Abadi has said the government plans to provide water to farmers, especially for Iraq's strategic wheat crop, but that it would reduce plots of land reserved for planting other crops that consume a lot of water. (Reporting by Moayed Kenany Writing by Ahmed Aboulenein Editing by David Goodman) Š Copyright Thomson Reuters 2018. Click For Restrictions http://about.reuters.com/fulllegal.asp https://www.agriculture.com/markets/newswire/iraq-bans-rice-plantingbecause-of-water-shortages

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The commodities company says that the hike follows a crisis on the rice markets in Thailand and India.

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Kimberly Clark, Sano raise prices of toiletries Israeli food manufacturer Sugat is putting up rice prices by between 16% and 30%, sources inform "Globes," due to price rises on the Asian rice market. The products going up in price are Basmati rice, Persian rice and Jasmine rice. Sugat is currently informing the retail chains about the new price rises, which will presumably be passed onto consumers. <p>Sugat had a controlling 63% stake in the Israeli rice market in 2017 and it is likely that other Israeli rice producers will follow suit and raise prices and pass on at least part of increased costs to consumers. <p>Sources in the market told "Globes" that there are two factors pushing up rice prices. The first is that Thailand's currency has strengthened against the dollar - most of the Persian and Jasmine rice consumed in Israel is imported from Thailand. The second is that recent Thai rice yields have been diminished and of poorer quality. There is also a crisis in India's rice market, pushing up prices there. The crisis in the Asian rice market is likely to continue for at least the next 12 months.


<p>Sugat, owned by British commodities merchants ED&F Man controls a 1% of Israel's food market. In addition to rice it has 95% of Israel's white sugar market and 75% of the brown sugar market and 54% of the pulses and legumes market. <p>The rise price rises are part of a wave of price rises over the past few weeks, which includes the toiletries products of Sano and Kimberly Clark, as well as imported frozen meat and tuna. <p>Sugat said, "The rise in the prices of different rice categories stems from a deep crisis in the quality rice markets of Thailand and India. It is important to clarify that the vrise in prices on the Israeli market does not reflect the full strength of the crisis and the rise is lower than the rise in prices in India and Thailand. We are making maximum effort to provide consumers with Sugat rice of excellence quality and the required availability. The price to the consumer is set by the retailer." <p><i>Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - <a href=http://www.globesonline.com>www.globes-online.com</a> - on June 14, 2018</i> <p><i>© Copyright of Globes Publisher Itonut (1983) Ltd. 2018</i>

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Nagpur Foodgrain Prices Open- JUN 14, 2018 Reuters Staff 6 MIN READ

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Nagpur, June 14 (Reuters) – Gram and tuar prices firmed up again in Nagpur Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) on increased demand from local millers amid weak supply from producing regions. Good recovery in Madhya Pradesh gram prices and reported demand from South-based millers also helped to push up prices here. About 1,500 bags of gram and 400 bags of tuar reported for auction in Nagpur APMC, according to sources. FOODGRAINS & PULSES GRAM * Desi gram prices reported higher in open market on renewed seasonal buying support from local traders. TUAR * Tuar varieties ruled steady in open market here on subdued demand from local traders amid ample stock in ready position. * Moong dal Chilka recovered in open market on increased demand from local traders amid weak supply from producing belts. * In Akola, Tuar New – 4,000-4,050, Tuar dal (clean) – 6,000-6,300, Udid Mogar (clean)


– 6,800-7,800, Moong Mogar (clean) 7,200-7,900, Gram – 3,300-3,400, Gram Super best – 4,600-4,800 * Wheat, rice and other foodgrain items moved in a narrow range in scattered deals and settled at last levels in thin trading activity. Nagpur foodgrains APMC auction/open-market prices in rupees for 100 kg FOODGRAINS Available prices Previous close Gram Auction 2,975-3,190 2,900-3,310 Gram Pink Auction n.a. 2,100-2,600 Tuar Auction 3,100-3,670 3,000-3,520 Moong Auction n.a. 3,900-4,200 Udid Auction n.a. 4,300-4,500 Masoor Auction n.a. 2,600-2,800 Wheat Mill quality Auction 1,600-1,780 1,600-1,780 Gram Super Best Bold 4,800-5,000 4,800-5,000 Gram Super Best n.a. n.a. Gram Medium Best 4,400-4,600 4,400-4,600 Gram Dal Medium n.a. n.a Gram Mill Quality 3,425-3,475 3,425-3,475 Desi gram Raw 3,350-3,450 3,300-3,400 Gram Kabuli 8,000-10,000 8,000-10,000 Tuar Fataka Best-New 5,800-6,000 5,800-6,000 Tuar Fataka Medium-New 5,500-5,700 5,500-5,700 Tuar Dal Best Phod-New 5,400-5,500 5,400-5,500 Tuar Dal Medium phod-New 5,000-5,300 5,000-5,300 Tuar Gavarani New 3,700-3,850 3,700-3,850 Tuar Karnataka 4,100-4,300 4,100-4,300 Masoor dal best 4,800-5,000 4,800-5,000 Masoor dal medium 4,500-4,700 4,500-4,700 Masoor n.a. n.a. Moong Mogar bold (New) 7,500-8,000 7,500-8,000 Moong Mogar Medium 6,500-7,200 6,500-7,200 Moong dal Chilka New 6,100-7,000 6,000-7,000 Moong Mill quality n.a. n.a. Moong Chamki best 7,500-8,500 7,500-8,500 Udid Mogar best (100 INR/KG) (New) 7,000-8,000 7,000-8,000 Udid Mogar Medium (100 INR/KG) 5,000-6,000 5,000-6,000 Udid Dal Black (100 INR/KG) 5,200-5,600 5,200-5,600 Batri dal (100 INR/KG) 5,200-5,500 5,200-5,500 Lakhodi dal (100 INR/kg) 2,600-2,700 2,600-2,700 Watana Dal (100 INR/KG) 3,800-4,000 3,800-4,000 Watana Green Best (100 INR/KG) 5,300-5,600 5,300-5,600 Wheat 308 (100 INR/KG) 2,000-2,100 2,000-2,100 Wheat Mill quality (100 INR/KG) 2,000-2,075 2,000-2,075 Wheat Filter (100 INR/KG) 2,250-2,400 2,250-2,400 Wheat Lokwan best (100 INR/KG) 2,300-2,450 2,300-2,450 Wheat Lokwan medium (100 INR/KG) 2,100-2,200 2,100-2,250 Lokwan Hath Binar (100 INR/KG) n.a. n.a. MP Sharbati Best (100 INR/KG) 3,200-4,000 3,200-4,000 MP Sharbati Medium (100 INR/KG) 2,400-2,800 2,400-2,800 Rice Parmal (100 INR/KG) 2,100-2,200 2,100-2,200 Rice BPT best (100 INR/KG) 3,200-3,800 3,200-3,800 Rice BPT medium (100 INR/KG) 2,700-2,900 2,700-2,900 Rice Luchai (100 INR/KG) 2,800-3,000 2,800-3,000 Rice Swarna best (100 INR/KG) 2,700-2,800 2,700-2,800 Rice Swarna medium (100 INR/KG) 2,500-2,600 2,500-2,600 Rice HMT best (100 INR/KG) 4,000-4,500 4,000-4,500 Rice HMT medium (100 INR/KG) 3,600-4,000 3,600-4,000 Rice Shriram best(100 INR/KG) 5,200-5,600 5,200-5,600 Rice Shriram med (100 INR/KG) 4,500-4,900 4,500-4,900 Rice Basmati best (100 INR/KG) 9,500-14,000 9,500-14,000


Rice Basmati Medium (100 INR/KG) 5,000-7,500 Rice Chinnor best 100 INR/KG) 6,500-6,900 Rice Chinnor medium (100 INR/KG) 6,000-6,200 Jowar Gavarani (100 INR/KG) 2,000-2,200 Jowar CH-5 (100 INR/KG) 1,800-2,000

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WEATHER (NAGPUR) Maximum temp. 37.7 degree Celsius, minimum temp. 26.9 degree Celsius Rainfall : Nil FORECAST: Partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rains or thundershowers. Maximum and minimum temperature would be around and 38 and 27 degree Celsius respectively. Note: n.a.--not available (For oils, transport costs are excluded from plant delivery prices, but included in market prices).

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Rice Prices as on : 14-06-2018 12:19:14 PM Arrivals in tonnes;prices in Rs/quintal in domestic market. Arrivals Current

Price % change

Season cumulative

Modal

Prev. Modal

Prev.Yr %change

Rice Risia(UP)

320.00

6.67

7448.40

1700

1600

-

Varanasi(Grain)(UP)

310.00

-11.43

10243.00

2285

2290

-0.65

Akbarpur(UP)

285.00

714.29

3660.00

2215

2180

1.14

Baxirhat(WB)

226.00

-2.59

1386.00

2900

2900

26.09

Siliguri(WB)

164.00

1.23

6822.00

2700

2700

NC

Asansol(WB)

120.00

-1.64

5744.00

2900

2900

11.54

Lucknow(UP)

100.00

NC

1865.00

2275

2250

5.81

Kalna(WB)

95.00

-1.04

2860.00

3350

3350

6.35

Basti(UP)

74.00

34.55

2663.00

2130

2140

0.71

Ghaziabad(UP)

70.00

27.27

3200.00

2675

2675

11.46


Bindki(UP)

45.00

-10

24945.00

2270

2250

-

Cachar(ASM)

40.00

-33.33

2120.00

2400

2400

9.09

Lakhimpur(UP)

40.00

14.29

1547.00

2230

2250

3.24

Jayas(UP)

35.00

-2.78

1448.50

2115

2115

8.46

Gazipur(UP)

34.00

41.67

914.00

2285

2285

7.53

Sahiyapur(UP)

32.50

6.56

2156.50

2155

2160

-

Muzzafarnagar(UP)

29.50

1.72

1378.00

2690

2690

-

Sirsaganj(UP)

28.00

-6.67

786.00

2650

2650

12.77

Naanpara(UP)

27.50

-19.12

1262.80

2225

2225

0.45

Toofanganj(WB)

25.20

1.61

148.20

2900

2900

26.09

Bharthna(UP)

25.00

25

6286.00

2400

2400

-

Purulia(WB)

24.00

50

318.00

2680

2700

14.04

Bazpur(Utr)

20.10

34

1857.50

2400

2400

-2.04

Auraiya(UP)

20.00

NC

919.70

2450

2420

11.36

Jafarganj(UP)

20.00

33.33

731.00

2200

2050

-

Robertsganj(UP)

18.00

-16.28

491.80

2245

2270

13.67

Saharanpur(UP)

18.00

5.88

973.50

2690

2690

13.74

Dhekiajuli(ASM)

17.00

6.25

236.00

2400

2400

4.35

Karsiyang(Matigara)(WB)

16.50

1.85

576.80

3000

3000

11.11

Badayoun(UP)

15.00

7.14

509.00

2410

2450

-

Kicchha(Utr)

13.80

-76.65

613.40

1850

1850

-

Giridih(Jha)

12.34

13.42

399.31

3500

3500

NC

Madhoganj(UP)

12.00

NC

2265.00

2240

2240

4.67

9.00

-21.74

945.10

2280

2275

-

Paliakala(UP)


Muradabad(UP)

8.00

14.29

289.50

2425

2380

-

Kottayam(Ker)

6.00

NC

61.00

3700

3900

-11.90

Kosikalan(UP)

6.00

9.09

101.00

2525

2530

-

Mirzapur(UP)

5.50

-15.38

566.50

2230

2220

-

Bonai(Bonai)(Ori)

5.00

NC

310.40

3000

3000

20.00

Dibrugarh(ASM)

3.00

-52.38

437.20

2920

2920

29.78

Balarampur(WB)

1.82

-1.09

47.80

2660

2660

13.19

Tundla(UP)

1.50

50

113.00

2540

2530

-

Fatehpur Sikri(UP)

0.90

28.57

29.20

2550

2560

0.79

Khairagarh(UP)

0.70

-12.5

82.90

2560

2560

1.59

Ujhani(UP)

0.60

-40

4.50

2380

2300

-

Published on June 14, 2018

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State and Regional Rice Crop on Track Thursday, June 14, 2018 Times-Democrat News Staff Rice crops in Clay County, such as this field east of McDougal, are about two weeks ahead of schedule for the 2018 growing season. TD photo/Tim Blair Taken into account as the nation‘s No. 1 rice producer, Arkansas can have an outsized effect on U.S. rice production one year to the next, depending on fates largely tied to the weather. And, according to officials 2018 is shaping up to be anything but simple — or predictable. ―The rice crop looks great at the moment, but it‘s been a difficult season,‖ said Jarrod Hardke, extension rice agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. ―One of the coldest Aprils on record followed by the hottest May on record has a lot to do with it.‖ As of last week, nearly 100 percent of planned rice acreage throughout the state had already emerged, with growers rating 70 percent of the crop as being in ―good‖ or


―excellent‖ condition, according to the June 4 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture‘s National Agricultural Statistics Service. But cool weather and rain in April hindered the application — and likely the effectiveness — of herbicides, which may have consequences later in the season,‖ Hardke said. ―Emergence on early planted rice was extremely delayed by the cold April weather and so we didn‘t benefit much from early residual herbicide applications,‖ he said. ―Once we got to May and things warmed up and dried out, they stayed dry and our herbicides didn‘t work very well again. Many acres also needed to be flushed to relieve the drought stress conditions and to activate residual herbicides.‖ Sporadic rains also interfered with the crop‘s ideal fertilization window, leaving growers to try to ―play catch-up‖ during a recent window of dry weather. Here in Clay County many producers have been able to take advantage of the early planting season, and are now well ahead of schedule. ―The early planted rice is approaching mid-season. There are several mid-season fertilizer applications scheduled for this week and next week,‖ noted Allison Howell, Clay County Extension Agent, Agriculture. ―There are a wide range of maturities this year, but it is all growing very rapidly. The rice is around two weeks ahead of schedule because of the hot temperatures.‖ Howell noted local rice farmers continue to maintain, and have not reported many issues. ―So far we haven‘t had any disease or insect problems and everything seems to be going pretty well,‖ she concluded. The June 2, storm which impacted several areas throughout northeastern Arkansas, particularly St, Francis County between Colt and Forest City, appears to have done relatively little damage to rice growers, although a full assessment of crop damage is incomplete. ―The area that was most impacted was relatively small,‖ Hardke said. ―I know there were some levee issues, but it was a smaller scale and a not all rice in the area has gone to flood yet.‖ Hardke said the recent high heat, dry conditions and variable winds have also resulted in some reports of off-target herbicide drift. One measure of the extremity of the 2018 season is the DD50 program, which measures days during which the temperature rises about 50 degrees Fahrenheit to predict the growth of rice. ―In April, we accumulated the fewest DD50 units in the past 30 years. In May we accumulated the most DD50 units in the past 30 years,‖ Hardke said. ―Quite a swing. What a season,‖ he said. ―And we‘re not even halfway through.‖ Those wanting to learn more about row crops in Arkansas may contact their local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit www.uaex.edu Howell may be reached at he Piggott office at 870 598-2246.


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Water shortage likely to badly affect rice sowing The severe water shortage in the country may negatively affect rice sowing and the production target of 7.2 million tons is unlikely to be achieved, official sources revealed to Business Recorder. Rice is a major Kharif crop and if water supply is not improved, sowing starting in July will be affected and resultantly the production target of 7.2 million tons as well as the growth rate of 3.8 percent set by the government for agricultural sector for 2018-19 would be affected. Sources said that rice is an important food as well as cash crop. After wheat, it is the second main staple food crop and second major exportable commodity after cotton, contributing 3.1 percent of value added in agriculture and 0.6 percent in GDP. The government has set a target of covering 7.05 million acres with rice to achieve the production target of 7.2 million tons with 1,022 kg per acre yield. However, if water supply is not improved, the sowing as well as production is unlikely to be achieved, official added. Pakistan Meteorological Department has estimated that snow cover during the winter season was 20 to 25 percent less than the average. Further rainfalls during April-June were forecast to be less than normal, while the temperature is expected to remain one to two centigrade warmer than the normal. Crops would remain under stress due to subsequent water shortage during Kharif season. Talking to Business Recorder, General Secretary Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) Kashif Rehman said that the country would achieve $2 billion export target of rice this year, but there are several issues in increasing production. He said that country lacks the latest technology to get huge crop with lesser water. The country is facing severe water shortage and affecting rice sowing target. He further said that there are seed as well as supply chain problems, starting from growers to exporters, which are hindering increase in production as well as exports target. Another official said that Pakistan rice export to Qatar has been banned for the last five years though Qatar had been a major rice buyer of Pakistan. Pakistan exported over 50,000 metric tons of basmati rice worth $50 million along with 36,000 metric tons of non-basmati rice worth more than $21 million in 2012-13. But the export graph went downward to 15,000 metric tons of basmati in 2014-15. Pakistan is pursuing an application for the inclusion of Pakistan in the list of importers of rice, said the official, adding that Commerce Ministry needs to utilize all available diplomatic channels in this regard. The Commerce Ministry should take strenuous efforts to enhance Pakistan's trade volume with Qatar. The ministry, in this regard, can fully activate the commercial section at the Pakistani embassy in Doha, which would help in increasing rice exports, official added. Pakistan would also benefit from the price competitiveness against its competitors, Thailand, Vietnam etc. As Indian rice has lost its market in European countries due to excessive pesticide residue, Pakistani rice exporters have the opportunity to capture the EU market. Author Name: https://fp.brecorder.com/2018/06/20180614381887/

Climate change will make rice less nutritious


RICE is the primary food source for more than 3 billion people around the world. Many are unable to afford a diverse and nutritious diet that includes complete protein, grains, fruits and vegetables. They rely heavily on more affordable cereal crops, including rice, for most of their calories. My research focuses on health risks associated with climate variability and change. In a recently published study, I worked with scientists from China, Japan, Australia and the United States to assess how the rising carbon dioxide concentrations that are fueling climate change could alter the nutritional value of rice.

We conducted field studies in Asia for multiple genetically diverse rice lines, analysing how rising concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere altered levels of protein, micronutrients and B vitamins. SEE ALSO: Suicides and forced migration: The reality of climate change in South Asia Our data showed for the first time that rice grown at the concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide scientists


expect the world to reach by 2100 has lower levels of four key B vitamins. These findings also support research from other field studies showing rice grown under such conditions contains less protein, iron and zinc, which are important in fetal and early child development. These changes could have a disproportionate impact on maternal and child health in the poorest rice-dependent countries, including Bangladesh and Cambodia. image: https://cdn.asiancorrespondent.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/file-20180611-191962177718c.jpg

Many of poorest regions in Asia rely on rice as a staple food. Source: IRRI, CC BY-NC-SA via The Conversation

Carbon dioxide and plant growth Plants obtain the carbon they need to grow primarily from carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and draw other required nutrients from the soil. Human activities â&#x20AC;&#x201C; mainly fossil fuel combustion and deforestation â&#x20AC;&#x201C; raised atmospheric CO2 concentrations from about 280 parts per million during pre-industrial times to 410 parts per million today. If global emission rates continue on their current path, atmospheric CO2 concentrations could reach over 1,200 parts per million by 2100 (including methane and other greenhouse gas emissions). Higher concentrations of CO2 are generally acknowledged to stimulate plant photosynthesis and growth. This effect could make the cereal crops that remain the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most important sources of food, such as rice, wheat and corn, more productive, although recent research suggests that predicting impacts on plant growth is complex. Concentrations of minerals critical for human health, particularly iron and zinc, do not change in unison with CO2 concentrations. Current understanding of plant physiology suggests that major cereal crops


– particularly rice and wheat – respond to higher CO2 concentrations by synthesising more carbohydrates (starches and sugars) and less protein, and by reducing the quantity of minerals in their grains.

The importance of micronutrients Worldwide, approximately 815 million people worldwide are food-insecure, meaning that they do not have reliable access to sufficient quantities of safe, nutritious and affordable food. Even more people – approximately 2 billion – have deficiencies of important micronutrients such as iron, iodine and zinc. Insufficient dietary iron can lead to iron deficiency anemia, a condition in which there are too few red blood cells in the body to carry oxygen. This is the most common type of anemia. It can cause fatigue, shortness of breath or chest pain, and can lead to serious complications, such as heart failure and developmental delays in children. Zinc deficiencies are characterised by loss of appetite and diminished sense of smell, impaired wound healing, and weakened immune function. Zinc also supports growth and development, so sufficient dietary intake is important for pregnant women and growing children. Higher carbon concentrations in plants reduce nitrogen amounts in plant tissue, which is critical for the formation of B vitamins. Different B vitamins are required for key functions in the body, such as regulating the nervous system, turning food into energy and fighting infections. Folate, a B vitamin, reduces the risk of birth defects when consumed by pregnant women.


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Prices of different variety of rice are seen in a public market in Kamuning in Quezon City, metro Manila, May 21, 2018. Source: Reuters/Dondi Tawatao SEE ALSO: Feeding Asia: Collaboration is key to combating malnutrition

Significant nutrition losses We carried out our field studies in China and Japan, where we grew different strains of rice outdoors. To simulate higher atmospheric CO2 concentrations, we used Free-Air CO2 Enrichment, which blows CO2 over fields to maintain concentrations that are expected later in the century. Control fields experience similar conditions except for the higher CO2 concentrations. On average, the rice that we grew in air with elevated CO2 concentrations contained 17 percent less vitamin B1 (thiamine) than rice grown under current CO2 concentrations; 17 percent less vitamin B2 (riboflavin); 13 percent less vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid); and 30 percent less vitamin B9 (folate). Our study is the first to identify that concentrations of B vitamins in rice are reduced with higher CO2. We also found average reductions of 10 percent in protein, 8 percent in iron and 5 percent in zinc. We found no change in levels of vitamin B6 or calcium. The only increase we found was in vitamin E levels for most strains.

Worsening micronutrient deficiencies At present, about 600 million people â&#x20AC;&#x201D; mostly in Southeast Asia â&#x20AC;&#x201D; get more than half of their daily calories and protein directly from rice. If nothing is done, the declines we found would likely worsen the overall burden of undernutrition. They also could affect early childhood development through impacts that include worsened effects from diarrheal disease and malaria. The potential health risks associated with CO2-induced nutritional deficits are directly correlated to the lowest overall gross domestic product per capita. This suggests that such changes would have serious potential consequences for countries already struggling with poverty and undernutrition. Few people would associate fossil fuel combustion and deforestation with the nutritional content of rice, but our research clearly shows one way in which emitting fossil fuels could worsen world hunger challenges.


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A farmer harvests rice on a rice paddy field outside Hanoi, Vietnam, June 7, 2018. Source: Reuters/KhamĂ&#x160;


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How could climate change affect other key plants? Unfortunately, today there is no entity at the federal, state or business level that provides long-term funding to evaluate how rising CO2 levels could affect plant chemistry and nutritional quality. But CO2-induced changes have significant implications, ranging from medicinal plants to nutrition, food safety and food allergies. Given the potential impacts, which may already be occurring, there is a clear and urgent need to invest in this research. It is also critical to identify options for avoiding or lessening these risks, from traditional plant breeding to genetic modification to supplements. Rising CO2 concentrations are driving climate change. What role these emissions will play in altering all aspects of plant biology, including the nutritional quality of the crops that we use for food, feed, fiber and fuel, remains to be determined. Read more at https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/06/climate-change-will-make-rice-lessnutritious/#qbBj7vXTmLMuyzPC.99 Author Name: https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/06/climate-change-will-make-rice-lessnutritious/#jKAlTLY7RwCT8VrL.97

Rice farmers happy with new farming technologies

Rice Farmers in Limulunga district of Western have expressed satisfaction with the improved rice farming technology and the use of new rice varieties under the Agricultural Productivity Programme in Southern Africa (APPSA). Speaking during an exchange visit in Nangila area, Kamwezi Shanika who had been empowered with SUPA MG new rice and used controlled spacing said she used few seeds but the yield is more unlike when she used recycled seed. And Likando Nyambe of Usha area applauded government for taking a bold decision to inculcate the promotion of rice growing adding she was able to fill bags and secure food for her household. Government has been making strides through the US$200,000 APPSA project that


has been rolling out its implementation since 2015 by empowering farmers with 1 Kilogram of Rice to demonstrate to how improved farming technology and certified rice varieties would promote higher yield. And speaking when addressing farmers at Nangili area of Limulunga District, Mongu Senior field Crops Officer said 20 lead farmers and 400 follower farmers in Western Province have been benefiting from the Agricultural Productivity Programme in Southern Africa APPSA. She encouraged the local people to ensure that the certified seeds are stored for other members in the community to appreciate the new farming Initiative. And Limulunga District Commissioner Litambo Ndombo told ZANIS in an interview that government is committed to ensuring that people in rural Zambia are empowered to increase their levels of agriculture productivity. Mr. Ndombo said it was gratifying that people have seen the need to improve their farming adding that cultivation should move handy with higher productivity. He urged the local farmers to take advantage of the initiative because it would contribute to alienating hunger as well as to promote the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s food security. The programme which has rounded Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia is been carried out in Northern, Muchinga and Western Province and has been benefiting Kalabo, Mongu, Senanga and Limulunga districts in selected areas. Author Name: https://www.lusakatimes.com/2018/06/14/rice-farmers-happy-with-new-farmingtechnologies/ Date: 14-Jun-2018

Rice farmers happy with new farming technologies

Rice Farmers in Limulunga district of Western have expressed satisfaction with the improved rice farming technology and the use of new rice varieties under the Agricultural Productivity Programme in Southern Africa (APPSA). Speaking during an exchange visit in Nangila area, Kamwezi Shanika who had been empowered with SUPA MG new rice and used controlled spacing said she used few seeds but the yield is


more unlike when she used recycled seed. And Likando Nyambe of Usha area applauded government for taking a bold decision to inculcate the promotion of rice growing adding she was able to fill bags and secure food for her household. Government has been making strides through the US$200,000 APPSA project that has been rolling out its implementation since 2015 by empowering farmers with 1 Kilogram of Rice to demonstrate to how improved farming technology and certified rice varieties would promote higher yield. And speaking when addressing farmers at Nangili area of Limulunga District, Mongu Senior field Crops Officer said 20 lead farmers and 400 follower farmers in Western Province have been benefiting from the Agricultural Productivity Programme in Southern Africa APPSA. She encouraged the local people to ensure that the certified seeds are stored for other members in the community to appreciate the new farming Initiative. And Limulunga District Commissioner Litambo Ndombo told ZANIS in an interview that government is committed to ensuring that people in rural Zambia are empowered to increase their levels of agriculture productivity. Mr. Ndombo said it was gratifying that people have seen the need to improve their farming adding that cultivation should move handy with higher productivity. He urged the local farmers to take advantage of the initiative because it would contribute to alienating hunger as well as to promote the country’s food security. The programme which has rounded Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia is been carried out in Northern, Muchinga and Western Province and has been benefiting Kalabo, Mongu, Senanga and Limulunga districts in selected areas. Author Name: https://www.lusakatimes.com/2018/06/14/rice-farmers-happy-with-new-farmingtechnologies/ Date: 14-Jun-2018

Rice exports up by 30pc to $1.58b in 10 months

LAHORE - Pakistan has come out of the crisis of low exports, which was observed during the last three years, as the rice exports have increased by around 30 percent to $1.58 billion during the first 10 months of the current fiscal year (2017-18) as exporters pushed fresh cargoes to Indonesia, Kenya and other markets. Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan chairman Samee Ullah Ch said that value of rice export trade has been showing improvement due to the coordination of REAP members with the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan and customs. “Our members are putting in untiring efforts, and aggressive marketing to increase rice exports and to earn valuable foreign exchange,” he added. He said rice exporters are making investments to install modern rice processing machinery and using value-addition technology. He said the association is sending trade delegations to various countries for rice marketing. “Last month our delegation came back after a successful visit to Iran, which is very lucrative and a potential market for basmati rice. Around 100,000 tons of rice has so far been exported to Iran during the current season.” He hoped that a handsome amount of foreign


exchange would be fetched by Pakistani rice exporters. He said that rice exports amounted to $1.23 billion during the corresponding period last year. Samee Ullah Ch said exports increased 15 percent to 3.23 million tons during the 10 months of the current fiscal year of 2017/18. He said exports of non-basmati rice to Indonesia increased during the period. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We exported 50,000 tons of non-basmati rice to Indonesia during the July-April period. Kenya remained the largest buyer of Pakistani non-basmati rice, buying 323,000 tons of rice amounting to $118 million. China is also one of the largest importers of Pakistani non-basmati rice.â&#x20AC;? He said demand for rice in the international markets is increasing. The crop was good in terms of both quality and quantity this year, he added. Author Name: https://nation.com.pk/15-Jun-2018/rice-exports-up-by-30pc-to-1-58b-in-10-months Date: 15-Jun-2018

Vietnam Rice Exports Growing in 2018

Hanoi, Jun 18 (Prensa Latina) Vietnam aims to strengthen as the world''s third largest rice exporter thanks to its growing production, greater global demand, behavior of its traditional markets and auspicious international prices. Sources from the Ministry for Agriculture and Rural Development stated today that the Philippines and African countries are encouraging buying and selling operations, with consequent opportunities for local distributors. On the other hand,it is considered that China, the largest Vietnamese rice market, will maintain


its demand. Vietnam exported about 452,000 tons of rice in May, increasing 2,660,000 tons the annual average, while the income for that concept in the month amounted to $347 million USD to total $1.4 billion USD until then. During the first five months of 2018, rice sales abroad grew 25.7 percent in quantity and 42.6 percent in value, compared to the same period of 2017. According to the referred ministry, importers prioritize the purchase of high quality rice such as the Japonica variety, of which this nation is an important producer. The ministry also predicted that international prices will continue high in the immediate future. Vietnamese rice reached $460 per ton in the global market in mid-May, the highest level in the last four years, a rise attributed to the large volumes of high quality rice. According to estimates, Vietnam expects to sell around 6,500,000 tons of rice this year. Author Name: http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=29751&SEO=vietnam-rice-exports-growing-in2018 Date: 18-Jun-2018

Basmati is the pride of our subcontinent Lack of popular perception can’t serve as a ground for a non-inclusive approach to GI tagging of basmati rice Factors favouring the cultivation of basmati — temperature, humidity, daylight and soil conditions — are abundant in states such as Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu &Kashmir, Delhi, Haryana and MP. India is the world’s leading producer and exporter of Basmati rice with an annual production of 60 lakh tonnes. (Virendra Singh Gosain/HT) In the film Basmati Blues, Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson is a scientist who creates a new fast-growing super-rice and tries to woo villagers to switch. Basmati Blues is now at the centre-stage but with a new context. In this instance, I am referring to the issue of geographical tagging of Basmati rice. India is the world’s leading producer and exporter of Basmati rice with an annual production of 60 lakh tonnes. Experts say Basmati is a produce of India. Countries such as the United States have tried to claim Basmati as their production but failed so far. RiceTec, a US company selling Basmati (grown in the US) under the trademark Texmati and Kasmati, was even granted a US patent. The government of India reacted and a high-level interministerial group from the ministries of commerce and agriculture along with the All India Rice Exporters Association (AIREA) and Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) were able to furnish evidence to support their case. The patent was declared void. Basmati, the scented pearl, has been the pride of our subcontinent for centuries with earliest records of cultivation in 1766. Scented rice from the royal kitchens of Emperor Akbar included Mushkin (red Basmati). Real transcripts recorded in the Ain-i-Akbari, Akbar’s 16th-century biography, refer to Basmati being grown in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh (MP). Records from the British era indicate cultivation of Basmati in several parts of the country including MP. As an agricultural scientist I am intrigued by the response of apex bodies such as the APEDA and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research to the GI tagging of basmati, stating that certain states such as MP cannot be granted the GI tag owing to “lack of popular perception”. Scientific records and historical documents have been completely ignored in this. Factors favouring the cultivation of Basmati — temperature, humidity, daylight and soil conditions — are abundant in states such as Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu &Kashmir, Delhi, Haryana and MP. These are valid reasons for all of them being granted the GI tag.


“Lack of popular perception” cannot serve as a ground for such non-inclusive approach to the GI tagging of Basmati rice. Such a subjective approach has a detrimental effect on the interest of producers and growers in states like MP. Read more o

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Futuristic farmers: Spicing it up with chilli farming “Basmati” derives its roots in two Sanskrit words “Vas” meaning “aroma” and “Mati” meaning ingrained from the origin. Hence the word “Basmati” means “the one containing aroma”. “Basmati” does not per se signify any indication of its geographical origin unlike Darjeeling tea or Kancheepuram silk. It is precisely for this reason that the use of “popular perception” or the lack thereof as a parameter to deny states such as MP and its farmers the GI tag for Basmati is beyond comprehension. Uma Ahuja is former professor of genetic and plant breedng, College of Agriculture, Hisar The views expressed are personal Author Name: https://www.hindustantimes.com/analysis/basmati-is-the-pride-of-our-subcontinent/storyt9HqBjZbkQ7INRoxlytBeL.html

A Glance At Local Rice Production Rice has become the second most important food staple after maize in Ghana and its consumption keeps increasing as a result of population growth, urbanization and change in consumer habits. Ghanaians have over the years developed a strong appetite for imported rice due to its availability and distribution reach in the market as well as its highly polished and fragranced nature. In view of this, government has set an ambitious target to increase rice production this year as a measure to reduce rice imports to save the economy’s foreign exchange. The nation’s value of rice imports has escalated eight-fold – from US$152million in 2007 to a peak of US$1.2billion in both 2014 and 2015. In the same period, the volume of rice imports climbed from 441,000 metric tonnes to 630,000 metric tonnes. According to figures from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) at the end of 2016, Ghana’s rice production stood at 687,680 metric tonnes. Therefore, plans to increase production by 49% in 2017 means an addition of 337,500 metric tonnes which will put total production this year to a little over one million (1,025,180) metric tonnes. The 337,500 metric tonnes increase expected this year is estimated to translate into GH¢371.2million (GH¢371,250,000) as value of this additional production. This will also create some 226,800 direct and indirect employment comprising 32,400 direct jobs, 194,400 indirect jobs. According to Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto rice production target is one of the five crops this year under the ‘Planting for food and jobs’, campaign aimed at turning farmlands and backyards into a huge food basket that is expected to cut down the country’s food import bill drastically. The Avnash Royal Farmers’ rice Although, there are a number of locally produced paddy rice in Ghana, one brand that stands tall among the rice production industry, with enormous contribution to the country’s economy over the years has been the Avansh’s Royal Farmers Rice produced at Nyankpala in the Tolon District of Northern Region. The locally produced premium parboiled long grain rice, the Royal Farmers Rice, is being produced to meet the rising demand for rice and reduce its importation. Royal Farmers Rice is a product of Avnash Rice Mill, located at Nyankpala in the Tolon District of Northern Region, which buys quality rice from local farmers for processing. The rice processing plant, a stateof-the-art facility and a fully automated mill of Buhler make has which has a capacity to process 500 metric tons of paddy rice per day, has been installed and is capable of feeding the country with the highest quality of rice. The Avnash Rice Mill expects increased rice production by both smallholder farmers and a few commercial rice producers, who have cultivated over 1,200-acre under cultivation within the Northern and Upper East Regions to help meet local demand. The commissioning of the Avnash Rice Mill last year


reinforces the company’s commitment to its five-year plan to support and create one million direct and indirect jobs for Ghanaians by 2022. Its Chief Executive Officer, Jai Mirchandani, in a recent statement said the processing plant, a state-of-the-art facility with a capacity to process 500 metric tons of paddy rice per day, is capable of feeding the country with the highest quality of rice. “This year, we estimate some 32,000 farmers to benefit from this Rice Mill, while transporters, aggregators, mechanised service suppliers, inputs providers, and their families of an estimated 20,000 people will also benefit,” he said. Avnash Industries Ghana Limited has so far invested about US$150million from 2007 into its agro-business operations and is aimed at adding value to the country’s agricultural produce and creating employment for wealth-creation. The company is also ready to increase its rice milling capacity once the existing capacity is exceeded by the supply of paddy. “We are confident in the hardworking abilities of our farmers and the efforts and support being offered by government will boost the production volumes of rice” said Jai Mirchandani. The company is well known for its businesses in edible oil, rice, soaps and detergents, packaging of its products – including PET and hard plastic containers. Author Name: https://www.modernghana.com/news/862079/a-glance-at-local-rice-production.html

Myanmar exports over one million ton of rice from Yangon ports

Myanmar exported more than one million ton of rice from Yangon ports between 2014-15 FY and 2017-18 FY, according to Myanma Port Authority (MPA). “Myanmar exported one million ton of rice from Yangon ports within four fiscal years and most of them are exported from Sule port terminal,” said Managing Director Ni Aung from the MPA. It exported over 160,000 tons of rice in 2014-15 FY, about 41,000 tons of rice in 2015-16 FY, over 195,000 tons of rice in 2016-17 FY and over 630,000 tons of rice in 2017-18 FY respectively. There are seven jetties in Sule port terminal and four of them are handled between the MPA and a joint venture company. The rest are operated by the MPA alone. The MPA is upgrading the terminal to dock bulk carriers of 300,000 tons deadweight.


Myanmar exported about 1.7 million tons of rice in last fiscal year and about 700,000 of them are sent through Sule terminal. Myanmar is expecting to export over four million tons of rice from Yangon ports and the MPA is carrying out dredging work to facilitate transportation of cargoes and installed nautical devices in the ports. Bulk carriers of 300,000 tons deadweight can dock at Yangon port currently. The Asia World port terminal, Myanma Industrial Port, Ahlone International port terminal, Bo Aung Kyaw wharf and Myanmar International Thilawa Terminal are handling cargo ships docked in Yangon harbour area. Author Name: http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/local/14164

https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/rice-farmerssupport-closure-of-border-257068.html126K bags of Vietnam rice arrive at Tabaco City port ByPTV News - CD Posted on June 20, 2018 SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL

LEGAZPI CITY â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A total of 126,000 bags of imported rice from Vietnam are now being unloaded from a cargo vessel at the Tabaco City Port to be distributed to National Food Authority warehouses of the six provinces of Bicol next week, a top NFA official in the region said. Edna De Guzman, regional director of NFA-Bicol, said Tuesday the 126,000 bags of rice comprise the first tranche of 400,000 bags of rice to be delivered from Vietnam under the G2G or government to government procurement program. The vessel carrying the rice arrived last June 15 but because of bad weather, unloading of the bags only started last Saturday, June 17. As of today, Tuesday, 18,000 bags have been unloaded. De Guzman said they expect to finish the unloading very soon and will start to distribute the Vietnamese grains as NFA rice next week to answer the needs of consumers for lower priced commodity. She said they would allocate provisions to all six provinces of Bicol but the number of bags will depend upon the needs of the population and situation of every province. Albay will receive 25,000 bags; Camarines Norte, 13,000 bags; Catanduanes, 14,000 bags; Masbate, 14,000 bags; Sorsogon, 15,000 bags and Camarines Sur, the biggest allocation of 35,000 bags. The regional office of NFA will also have its initial reserve buffer stock of 10,000 bags.


According to de Guzman, they have started supplying NFA rice to public markets and accredited retailers in Legazpi City, offering a lower price of PHP27 per kilo. She also said they are planning to launch an NFA outlet inside their regional office compound in this city for walk-in consumers. ―Maybe next week we will start the truck to truck distribution of NFA rice in Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay and Sorsogon. We are now also preparing for the distribution in the island provinces of Masbate and Catanduanes that will start on July 1,‖ de Guzman added. https://ptvnews.ph/126k-bags-vietnam-rice-arrive-tabaco-city-port/

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The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) has commended the federal government’s decision to shut down a neighbouring country through which rice is smuggled on a large scale into Nigeria. Alhaji Aminu Goronyo, President Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday that the closure of the border would encourage the patronage of local rice. ―If adequate measure is not taken to stop the activities of the smugglers, it would have adverse effects on the bumper harvests expected from the rice revolution and create rice glut,’’ he said. Chief Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, had announced that government would shut down a neighbouring border soon. The minister explained that rice are being smuggled into Nigeria through the unnamed country in spite of efforts to prevail on the country to curb the menace. Goronyo said the move has become imperative because the ongoing Rice Revolution undertaken by many state governments and Strategic Interventions by the Federal Government Agencies must not be jeopardised. ―It is a step in the right direction to ensure self-sufficiency, for the country to make progress, crash the market prices of locally produced rice and for the huge investment on rice production to be meaningful. He said even though the importation of rice through the land borders was banned since April 2016 with an extension to the restriction of rice into the


Nigerian market from the Export Processing Zones (EPZ), yet smugglers still engaged in the unwholesome act. Goronyo said that long before now RIFAN and the Nigeria Customs Service has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to fight rice smuggling through land border into the country. RIFAN President said the joint efforts has reduced the activities of the smugglers because the smuggled rice coming into Nigeria is just five per cent of what we consume, and the rice is coming through the informal sector. ―Any smuggler bringing rice into the Nigerian market will have to think twice because it is no longer a profitable venture the landing cost of a 50kg bag of imported rice is now N20, 000. ―So calculate how much will it be sold for the venture to be a profitable one, it’s not worth the smuggling,’’ he said. He said to achieve the laudable feat the Comptroller-General ordered the deployment of capable officers and men to borders to enforce the order. Goronyo added that the customs had also re-organised its anti-smuggling patrols to provide additional capability, to enforce the ban of rice import through the land borders. The RIFAN President commended the customs officials for taking the giant stride to reinstate the confidence of the RIFAN and assuring the farmers of adequate markets for their products. Goronyo said that the annual rice production in Nigeria has increased from 5.5 million tonnes in 2015 to 5.8 million tonnes in 2017. He said that in 2015, Nigerians spent not less than N1 billion daily on rice consumption, adding that while spending had drastically reduced, consumption had increased because of increased local production of the commodity. Goronyo said available data showed that the consumption rate now is 2 million tonnes, while the production rate is 5.9 tonnes per annum. He commended the efforts of President Buhari for investing adequately in rice production adding that his policies had enhanced the progress made so far in the country. Goronyo assured Nigerians that with the sustained implementation of the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme RIFAN is working towards achieving selfsufficiency in rice production by 2020 (NAN)

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Haryana Minister of State for Food and Supplies, Karan Dev Kamboj on Tuesday said that criminal case would be lodged against such mill owners who do not deposit hundred per cent payments for the Custom Milled Rice (CMR) by June 30. The district food and supplies officer concerned will also be proceeded against, said Kamboj. He said that this decision had been taken after assessing the recovery of CMR from the rice millers. The defaulter firms would be blacklisted and would not be allowed to buy paddy in future. The state has so far recovered payment for 99 per cent of CMR which is required to be increased to hundred per cent. During 2017-18 out of the total CMR was 18,53,083 metric tonnes (MT), payment for 18,28,291 metric tonnes has been deposited by the rice mill owners with the State Government, said the Minister. The pending payment for CMR yet to be recovered includes 11,376 MT from Karnal, 6,190 MT from Kurukshetra, 3,696 MT from Kaithal, 2,105 MT from Yamunanagar, and 1,426 MT from Ambala. Thus, district food and supplies officers and the millers are expected to deposit the payment by June 30, Kamboj added.

https://www.dailypioneer.com/stateeditions/chandigarh/criminal-cases-tobe-lodged-against-defaulter-millowners.htmlFood & Supplies dept looks to ensure adequate paddy procurement in districts Team MP | 19 Jun 2018 11:14 PM Kolkata: The state Food and Supplies department is taking all necessary steps to ensure adequate procurement of paddy in West Midnapore, Jhargram, Bankura and Purulia. Jyotipriya Mallick, the state Food and Supplies minister, will be visiting the districts in the end of June. Senior officials of the department will also be visiting the places along with the minister. They will be visiting the places to oversee the procurement of paddy. This comes at a time when a target of procuring 35 lakh MT paddy has been set in the boro season. So far, the procurement of 29.5 lakh MT has become possible. The process of procuring the remaining quantity of paddy is going on in full swing to reach the target. Mallick held a high level meeting in Khadya Bhavan on Tuesday. The state Agriculture minister Asish Banerjee, Pradip Mazumder, advisor to the Chief Minister on agriculture, senior officials of the Food and Supplies department, district controllers and representatives of both Bengal Rice Millers' Association and District Rice Millers' Association, were also present in the meeting. After the meeting, Mallick said: "I, along with officials of my department, will be visiting the districts in the end of June to oversee the procurement of paddy." During the minister's visit to the district, he will hold meeting with administrative officers, distributors and dealers there. He further said that rice cannot be stocked for than two months in any district. So, directions have been given in Tuesday's meeting, to disburse the excess quantity of rice after maintaining a stock of two to three months. There are districts including West Midnapore, Purulia, Bankura and Jhargram, where paddy will be sent from Burdwan and Birbhum. It will help in ensuring adequate stock of rice in all districts. Mallick said: "Our target is to support farmers and to ensure that they get the right price so that they do not have to go for distress sell." With steps taken by the Mamata Banerjee government, there was hardly any case


of distress sell in the past seven years, since her government came to power http://www.millenniumpost.in/kolkata/food-supplies-dept-looks-to-ensure-adequate-paddy-procurement-indistricts-305328http://www.millenniumpost.in/kolkata/food-supplies-dept-looks-to-ensure-adequate-paddyprocurement-in-districts-305328

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Anna Okon Rice millers in the country have welcomed the decision of the Federal Government to shut the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s borders with an unnamed neighbouring country in an effort to stem the influx of smuggled rice and grow the local industry. However, the Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani, and the Director-General, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr Muda Yusuf, said closing the borders would not be the solution to rice smuggling. The Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, had stated on Monday while speaking with youths at a leadership clinic under the auspices of the Guardians of the Nations International that shutting the borders had become necessary to encourage local production of rice and sustain the Nigerian economy. Commending the pronouncement, the President, Rice Millers, Importers and Distributors of Nigeria, Mr Tunji Owoeye, said the decision should have been taken long before now. â&#x20AC;&#x2022;They should have shut the border a long time ago. Stakeholders have invested a lot to grow the rice sector and it is smuggling that can mess up the entire efforts,â&#x20AC;&#x2013; he told our correspondent in a telephone in interview. According to him, without smuggling, Nigeria will be self-sufficient in rice production in two years. The Managing Director, Stine Industries, millers of the Anambra Rice, Mr Akai Egwuonwu, said the decision was a good one and would reduce the appetite of Nigerians for foreign rice, make local millers work harder to fill the demand gap that would be created, and in the process, there would be employment opportunities for people in the rice value chain. He maintained that even though enforcement was usually a problem with such a move, the fact that the government had pronounced it would send signals to importers that bringing rice across the border was now illegal.


Egwuonwu stated that the situation would make it easy to have statistics of local rice demand to guide the local millers on the volume they needed to supply. While the millers have commended the decision, other players in the economy, however, expressed reservations about it. Sani stated that the decision was a wrong one. ―It‘s wrong to shut down the land borders because of rice smuggling. Our layers of security operatives should be able to combat or prevent smuggling without suffocating legitimate businesses and stifling border communities,‖ he noted in a tweet on Tuesday. The LCCI DG, Yusuf, stated that the approach was a wrong one. According to him, smuggling is a symptom of a problem and the best way to tackle it is to deal with the cause. He listed the causes of smuggling as the high cost of local rice, high tariff on imports, and weak and compromised government officials at the borders. Yusuf maintained that shutting the borders would hurt innocent small business operators who make a living by exporting goods to neighbouring countries. According to him, the Nigerian economy is not all about rice, and the ministers of the Interior, Foreign Affairs and, Industry, Trade and Investment should be consulted on the matter. Copyright PUNCH. All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from PUNCH. Contact: theeditor@punchng.com (Visited 258 times, 1 visits today)

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Market Outlook (2017-2026)‖ which contains global key player‘s survey information and forecast to 2026. Overview of the Global Rice Transplanter Machine Market: The Global Rice Transplanter Machine Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 11.5% during the forecast period. Growing investment opportunity in the agricultural sector rise in machinery size and proliferation of various types of machines is a key driving factors for the market growth. However, lack of investments for small farmers to replace old machinery is limiting the expansion of the rice transplanter machine market. Moreover, manufacturing of farming plant equipment, engines and construction equipment‘s will also boost the opportunities for players in this market. One of the major trends in the market is setting up of research and development centers by such major player. Get a Sample Copy of this Report @ www.marketprognosis.com/sample-request/14237 . Based on Distribution Channel, Offline Distribution Channel segment is anticipated to dominate the market during forecast period. It is generally divided into three types, which are direct-to-consumer, distributors and dealers. The merchants build business collaborated directly with users such as farmers and farming corporations in direct-to-consumer channel. Dealers and distributors as well as international distributors and country distributors contributed almost 80% of revenue to the offline rice planting machine segment because farmers are not technologically advanced to buy the product online. Geographically, Asia Pacific is the largest growing market owing to the growing the requirement for better machinery. Countries such as China, India, and Indonesia have huge implementation of rice transplanter machines. Purchase this report online with 155 Pages, Top Key Players Analysis and List of Tables & Figure @ www.marketprognosis.com/buyReport/14237 . Major Key Players: 1 Yanmar Co., Ltd. 2 Iseki & Co., Ltd. 3 Jiangsu World Agriculture Machinery 4 Changfa Agricultural Equipment 5 Kubota 6 TYM 7 CLAAS 8 Shandong Fuerwo Agricultural Equipment and More……….. Market Segment by Distribution channels: 1 Offline 2 Online Market Segment by Products: 1 Manual 2 Mechanical


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Alarmed by an increase in abandoned rice paddies amid the Westernization of the Japanese diet and a graying population, a Kyushu dealer of major agricultural machinery-maker Kubota Corp. began producing rice flour in 2010 as an ingredient for bread and pasta to make up for declines in rice consumption. After trial and error, the Kumamoto Prefecture-based company discovered that using paste instead of flour could be cost effective for bread and pasta production and turned its attention to brown rice, whose bran outer layer is rich with nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and fiber. The layer is polished off in the production of white rice. Consequently, brown rice paste was born. ―Many people know brown rice is healthy, but don‘t make it a part of their diet because its cooking process is rather troublesome. Also, brown rice is harder to chew and digest than white rice,‖ said Tadahiko Nishiyama, president of Nakakyushu–Kubota Co., which invented the paste. Brown rice needs to be soaked in water for 12 hours before being cooked, but the paste allows consumers to skip this tedious process. Bread made from brown rice sold at Genkido, the company‘s specialized bakery in Kumamoto, has attracted customers from inside and outside the prefecture since its opening in 2014, according to the operator of the bakery. ―The paste can be easily used and its particle size is as fine as starch, making the food made from it moist and doughy. It can also be used to make dressings and sauces,‖ Nishiyama explained in a recent interview. In addition to the Kumamoto bakery, the company opened a new outlet in Tokyo‘s Shibuya Ward on June 14 by tying up with a Tokyo public relations agency. The restaurant, Genmai Genkido, features dishes made from the brown rice paste, including pasta, pancakes and canapes. The new eatery targets health-conscious customers, especially those allergic or sensitive to wheat or proteins found in wheat, as its dishes are free of gluten, Nishiyama said. ―I liked the texture of the pasta. It was elastic,‖ said a female customer in her 30s who ate spaghetti Bolognese made from the brown rice paste on the restaurant‘s opening day. A 60-year-old woman, who had brown rice risotto, said, ―I always had the impression that brown rice was hard to chew, but today‘s rice was not.‖ Genmai Genkido aims to serve only high-purity brown rice products and offers bread wholly made from the grain, as it strives to become a restaurant known for gluten-free dishes. Gluten-free diets have been slowly gaining awareness in Japan, after former World No. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic, who used to be sponsored by Uniqlo, revealed in his 2013 book that going gluten-free transformed his health and pushed him to the sport‘s pinnacle. Technically speaking, processing brown rice into paste has advantages compared with making rice flour from the grain, as the simpler process mitigates damage to the product and reduces production costs, according to Nishiyama. When brown rice powder is made, bran containing fatty and sugar content tends to stick to milling machines. The powder also oxidizes quickly, making it tougher to keep for long periods of time. But when brown rice, including the bran it contains, is made into paste, it doesn‘t stick to machines. The product can then be frozen and kept for up to six months, meaning it can be conveniently shipped and widely distributed. ―We learned (brown) rice flour has limitations, so we started the business of baking bread with brown rice paste, following the advice of a former farm ministry bureaucrat,‖ Nishiyama said.


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Arkansas is commonly referred to as the Natural State, but it could also be called the rice state. Rice farmers in the state planted 1.161 million acres last year, about 47.1% of all rice acres planted in the U.S., according to the B.R. Wells Arkansas Rice Research study issued by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. Those acres accounted for 82.6 million hundredweight of rice, and it represented 46.4% of the 178.2 million hundredweight produced in the country. During the last three years, Arkansas has accounted for more than 47% of the nation‘s total rice production, the report found. Per acre, farmers had a yield of 164.4 bushels per acre or 7,400 pounds. It was the third highest yield on record in the state and a 570 pound per acre uptick from 2016. Six counties – Poinsett, Lawrence, Lonoke, Jackson, Greene, and Arkansas – account for 43.6% of the rice crop in state in 2017. Planting during the last year outpaced the five-year average, the report found. By mid-April, farmers had planted 68% of the rice crop, as compared to the 38% average by mid-April on average. By the end of that month 89% had been planted, about 24% of ahead of normal pace. There are a number of factors that have led to Arkansas becoming the top rice-producing state, Craighead County extension chair Branon Thiesse told Talk Business & Politics. Water retention is key to creating a successful rice paddy. ―We‘ve got lots of soils that hold water really well,‖ he said. Many parts of the state and especially in the eastern section have flat land that is easy to flood, he said. Clay is a common sub-soil in the region, and it doesn‘t allow water to penetrate. The weather is suited to growing rice, and until recently the ground water supply was plentiful, he added. Several other states grow rice, but none have enough suitable land to grow the same volume as the Natural State. Rice is grown in 40 of Arkansas‘ 75 counties and is predominately grown in the eastern section of the state. The first rice crop was grown on a single acre in Lonoke County in 1902, although there are reports of the crop in the state before the Civil War, according to historians. Rice acres


steadily grew from then and by 1955 the federal government initiated a set of controls capping the number of rice acres at 500,000. Controls were lifted in the 1970s, and the number of rice acres continued to grow. The state set its all-time rice acreage record in 2010 when farmers planted 1.785 million acres. TRADE CONCERNS A UA Division of Agriculture report published March 8 estimated a negative impact on Arkansas‘ rice crop if countries retaliate to tariffs and other trade barriers proposed by President Donald Trump. The UA economists assumed that only Canada, South Korea, Mexico, Turkey, Japan, the European Union and Taiwan would retaliate to U.S. trade actions. ―Both the U.S. long grain and medium grain rice markets stand to lose from the retaliatory measures of the selected importing countries,‖ Alvaro Durand-Morat, assistant professor of agriculture, noted in the report. ―We estimate total U.S. rice production and exports to drop 1.3 percent and 3 percent, respectively, and domestic consumption increases marginally, as a result of the implementation of import tariffs on U.S. rice.‖ Other report findings include: • The total value of U.S. rice production would decrease by $151 million due to a combination of lower producer prices and output; • Rice producers‘ welfare, measured by the producer surplus, would decrease by $118 million; • U.S. consumers would benefit from the trade restrictions through lower prices, increasing their welfare some $66 million; and • Exports to Mexico and Canada would decrease significantly, but the impact would be much smaller in Japan because it already imposes high restrictions on rice imports. RICE RESEARCH The crop is so important to the state that a new research center is being built to study rice production. The Arkansas Rice Research Promotion Board has dedicated $4 million toward the construction of a rice research center in Poinsett County. The center will sit on a 614 acre swath about five miles south of Jonesboro on Arkansas 1 just over the border in Poinsett County. How much the center will cost has not been determined, and final plans are still being formulated, he said. A timetable for work to begin on the project was not released, but officials hope the facility will be operational by 2021. The Division of Agriculture now conducts research on rice production in Stuttgart at the Rice Research and Extension Center and at the Northeast Research and Extension Center in Keiser. Soil differences are the reason why another research facility is needed, officials said.

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http://dailyjournalnow.com/basmati-ricemarket-analysis-growth-opportunitiestrends-forecast-and-outlook-2025/ * IRRI to provide technical assistance to Sri Lanka to restore selfsufficiency in rice Tue, Jun 19, 2018, 09:56 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 19, Colombo: The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has agreed to provide necessary technical assistance to Sri Lanka to reduce the impact of climate change on the island's rice production utilizing satellite technology and to restore self-sufficiency in rice. The IRRI offered its assistance to Sri Lanka when a delegation of the institute led by its Director General Dr. Matthew Morell met with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena at the President's Official Residence in Colombo, today (19).


During the meeting with President Sirisena, the Director General emphasized the importance of being self-sufficient to meet the demand for rice consumption nationally amid the climatic changes faced by the countries in the region. The Director General said the IRRI is keen to work with Sri Lanka's Department of Agriculture to increase the quality of rice production in Sri Lanka and to provide technical assistance to reduce post-harvest losses. He also said that it is expected to introduce new techniques to promote the value addition of rice. President Sirisena noting that the country's rice production has suffered due to climatic changes experienced in the recent past said the objective of the Government is to transform Sri Lanka into a nation self-sufficient in food while facing such challenges. Extending his gratitude to the IRRI Director General, the President said Sri Lanka is looking forward to exchange the new technical knowledge and experiences with the other countries in the region. As a first step to begin restoring the country's rice self-sufficiency, the Sri Lankan Ministry of Agriculture and the IRRI signed an agreement today to identify priority areas for Sri Lanka's agriculture and outline broad areas for collaboration.


Dr. WMW Weerakoon, Director General of Agriculture, Department of Agriculture, on behalf of Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera and Director General for IRRI Dr. Matthew Morell signed the agreement, which will guide the planning and implementation of strategic initiatives in the country to re-invigorate Sri Lanka's rice sector and support the government in achieving their key goal of self-sufficiency in rice. �Sri Lanka's drive to restore rice self-sufficiency aligns with our goal in ensuring food and nutrition security in the region,� said Dr. Morell. �The Heads of Agreement that has been formalized now will help the Institute coordinate its efforts in supporting the Government of Sri Lanka as it strengthens the resilience of its rice and rice-based agrifood systems against climate change,� he added. Rice is the staple food in Sri Lanka and, until recently, the country had achieved selfsufficiency in rice production. In recent years, however, rice production in the country has been constantly challenged by the increasing impacts of climate change and last year, the country was forced to import 700,000 tons of rice due to untimely flooding and its worst drought after 37 years. In addition, stagnation in yield growth; high costs of production, particularly labor costs; low private sector investment/engagement in rice-based agri-food systems; and weakening national rice research capacity all challenged the rice production. These recent challenges highlight the requirement for innovative solutions and partnerships to maintain Sri Lanka's rice self-sufficiency, the IRRI noted. The 50-year long partnership between the IRRI and Sri Lanka has contributed to the country's rice self-sufficiency. Supported by IRRI's research, Sri Lanka currently cultivates 95% of the land that is available for rice cultivation with rice varieties that produce stable yields, require fewer inputs, and are climate resilient. The institute also helps the conservation of genetic diversity of Sri Lanka's rice varieties through its rice gene bank The IRRI-Sri Lanka partnership is keen to prioritize opportunities in: improving the exchange of rice varieties and germplasm; developing hybrid rice; ensuring efficiency in rice-based agri-food systems, water use, mechanization, and climate change resilient


rice production systems; as well as strengthening national agriculture leadership capacity. An official work plan is also expected to be signed by the two parties in the near future, to outline a precise plan of action for furthering food and nutrition security via ricebased agri-food systems in Sri Lanka, the IRRI said.

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Rice within the octagon in this field is part of an experiment to grow rice under different levels of carbon dioxide. Toshihiro Hasegawa, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization of Japan Plants need carbon dioxide to live, but its effects on them are complicated. As the level of carbon dioxide in the air continues to rise because of human activity, scientists are trying to pin down how the plants we eat are being affected. Mounting evidence suggests that many key plants lose nutritional value at higher CO2 levels, and scientists are running experiments all over the world to try to tease out the effects. Rows of controlled chambers that look kind of like industrial refrigerators are testing how plants react to different levels of CO2 at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Adaptive Cropping Systems Laboratory outside of Washington, D.C. On a recent afternoon, Lewis Ziska, who's a plant physiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, demonstrates an experiment there with a crop important to many of us â&#x20AC;&#x201D; coffee. The chamber is really bright to mimic the sun. A few neat rows of green coffee plants are growing. The air that they're absorbing has about the same amount of CO2 as in the preindustrial age, about 250 years ago. Across the hall, we can see a possible glimpse of the plant's future. Here, there's a chamber with plants growing at CO2 levels projected for the end of this century. "Some of the varieties, you ought to see that they're bigger," says Ziska. They've all been growing for the same amount of time, but the high CO2coffee plants are larger. The extra CO2 seems to be making them grow faster.


ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY COLLABORATIVE Levees Make Mississippi River Floods Worse, But We Keep Building Them Scientists have noticed that in many kinds of plants, higher CO2 produces bigger crops. That sounds like a good thing. But there's a problem. Bigger doesn't necessarily mean better. And while they're still testing what this means for coffee's quality, scientists have seen that other crops have lost some of their nutritional value under higher CO2 conditions. One example is rice, a primary food source for more than 2 billion people. Ziska recently teamed up with an international group of scientists to study whether high CO2 had an effect on the rice's nutrition. "Was it changing not just how the plant grew, but the quality of the plant?" he asked. They tested how 18 different kinds of rice responded to CO2 levels that are projected by the end of the century, based on conservative estimates, Ziska says. The technique they used, called free-air CO2 enrichment, allowed them to grow the rice and add CO2 to the air immediately surrounding the plants using a big hoop in the middle of a field, Ziska explains. They did this over multiple years in facilities in Japan and China. And the effect was clear: Higher CO2 reduced multiple key measures of rice's nutritional value. Across the different types of rice, they observed average decreases of 10 percent in protein, 8 percent in iron and 5 percent in zinc. Four important B vitamins decreased between 13 and 30 percent. The research was recently published in Science Advances. Higher carbon dioxide is not just affecting rice. There's evidence that the scope of this is much bigger. Harvard's Sam Myers, who studies the impact of climate change on nutrition, has tested CO2's impact on the protein, iron and zinc of a number of staple crops using the same free-air CO2 enrichment technique.


"Most of the food crops that we consume showed these nutrient reductions," Myers says.

THE TWO-WAY Climate Change Means 'Virtually No Male Turtles' Born In A Key Nesting Ground The effects varied somewhat â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he says wheat showed declines in protein, iron and zinc, and soybeans and field peas showed declines in iron and zinc. Maize and sorghum were less affected. These studies are enough to raise concerns about the impact on human health, he says. "Under what circumstances would this be a big problem?" Most likely, he says, it would be in situations where someone is "living relatively near a threshold of nutrient insufficiencies, so you're just barely getting enough of that particular nutrient." And secondly, it would more harmful when that person gets a meaningful amount of a nutrient from the crop that's losing nutritional value. "There's quite high global vulnerability to these effects, and we're likely to see really significant health impacts from these nutrient changes," he adds. At the same time, the exact health effects of this are still unclear, says Naomi Fukagawa, the director of the USDA's Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, who was part of the team researching rice. She says it's hard to know how a person's health will be affected by changes to the nutritional quality of a specific food in a mixed diet. "We don't quite have all the answers yet," she says. But if this is indeed found to negatively impact people's health, she says, "what we need to then know, is what else do we have that's part of their diet that's culturally sensitive that can make up for those differences?" Scientists also don't understand what it is about higher CO2 that causes plants to become less nutritious, Ziska says, though they have some theories. "We don't have one simple explanation as to what might be happening," he says. One possibility is that it could be a simple dilution effect â&#x20AC;&#x201C; "as the plants grow more, they become carbon-rich but nutrient-poor."


However, Myers notes that if this were the cause, all of the nutrients would be decreasing at approximately the same rate. And that's not necessarily the case. For example, with the recent rice study, most of the minerals and vitamins tested went down, but vitamin E went up. Another theory, Ziska says, is that the rising carbon dioxide levels change how water moves through the plant, which could also affect some of the nutrients. "There's a lot about this that we don't understand yet," he says. "And the need to understand this in terms of the potential implications for food quality, and of course for human health, are imperative." CorrectionJune 20, 2018

A previous photo credit misspelled Toshihiro Hasegawa's last name as Jasegawa. Previously posted on June 19: In previous audio and Web versions of this story, we stated that carbon dioxide levels in the Earth's atmosphere are rising because of climate change. In fact, they are rising because of human activity.

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FEATURE By NILO E. COLINARES ―PH to import 250,000 tons of rice from Vietnam, Thailand‖ ―Rice importation still needed, says PhilRice.‖ When headlines such as these hog the front pages of major dailies, one is wont to ask: Why all the fuss on importation with no mention of production? Some say that there is a need to import rice to feed the burgeoning population of the country, and to enable consumers access to more affordable rice. Others, on the other hand, aver that importation ―aggravates the situation of the hurting rice sector‖ because farmers cannot compete with cheaper and usually subsidized rice imports. Controversies of this nature bring us to the role State Universities and Colleges (SUC) – Colleges of Agriculture play on rice production. Erstwhile CHED Commissioner Carlito S. Puno stated in a Keynote speech ―SUCs as Leaders of Economic Development‖ delivered during the Mid-Year Conference of the Philippine Association for State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) and in a ―Symposium on the Rationalization of Public HEIs: Some thirty years ago, we taught the Thailanders how to plant rice. In five years‘ time, they became self-sufficient in rice and in another five years, they became the world‘s number one exporter of rice.‖ In the same manner, 40 years ago there was hunger in South Korea so they sent their agriculturists to the Philippines to learn how to increase their rice production. Our engineers were also tapped to construct the first four-story building and other infrastructure projects in South Korea. In ten years‘ time, the situation was reversed. Commissioner Puno further observed that among our state universities and colleges, a good number are in agriculture. Our agricultural faculty members and researchers, he opined, are world-class academicians. We can see them providing leadership and expertise in international and regional institutions here and abroad. But why has the country‘s agricultural sector not been so efficient?


Simply stated, why are we still importing rice despite the agricultural expertise of SUCs?. Every national government administration promises to remedy this situation, Thus, a few years ago, the DA secretary assured the country that there will no longer be rice importation by 2013 under DA‘s Agri-Pinoy program. The secretary told farmers, irrigators, local leaders, and various stakeholders at a Farmers Forum in Kalinga, that the Philippines will achieve rice sufficiency in three years and will stop importing rice from other countries. It is now 2018 and the recent headlines speak for themselves. As to the SUCs‘ rice production record, we take as sample a state university in the province — the University of Eastern Philippines, which celebrates its centennial anniversary today. Founded in 1918 as the Catarman Farm School, it metamorphosed into a National Agricultural High School, to a state college as the Samar Institute of Technology, later converted into the University of Eastern Philippines, a comprehensive university currently with nine colleges producing board topnotchers in nursing, engineering, teacher education, veterinary medicine, accounting; and agriculture, criminology board passers and bar passers. Rice production did not spread out much to the province. The agricultural school, however, had its moments of seeming abundance, ironically when the agricultural school was converted into the Samar Institute of Technology. Under the watch of its first president Lt. Col. Emeterio Asinas, faculty members and employees – from the president down to the lowliest gardener, were receiving a sack of rice and 2 dozen eggs every month, to the point that a few began selling rice and eggs in sari-sari stores. But nowhere was the plentiful rice due to the presence of the agricultural college in the university. And the same may be said of the presence of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the UP Los Baños, or any big-name agricultural school in an SUC. Not one can claim to have averted rice importation in a province, region and/or country because of its production. What then is the answer to the past commissioner‘s comment on the efficiency of the agricultural sector? SUCs may claim that their main function is to teach and not necessarily to produce. In fact, the Chinese proverb, ―Give a man fish and he will live for a day; teach a man to fish, and he will have food for life,‖ is now being paraphrased in the joke, ―Teach a man to plant rice and he will know how to import.‖ Time was when the SUCs tripod functions were Reseach, Instruction, and Extension. Now a fourth one has been added: Production, with many implications inclusive of manpower production, instructional materials, agricultural technology flyers research outputs, bookwriting, consultancy, and community services. Rice importation they say, is not a technical question, nor an academic problem to be solved by the SUCs ―world class academicians‖ and expert agriculture faculty and researchers. So, to import or not to import? To produce or not to produce? The question is political, to be addressed by the state and not by the academe.

https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/06/19/sucs-andrice-importation/

oal plant waste helps build environmentally-friendly, cementless concrete MATERIALS

Michael Irving June 19th, 2018 2 PICTURES


A scanning electron microscope image of fly ash particles, which have been used to make an environmentally friendly binder for concrete production that requires no cement(Credit:Multiscale Materials Laboratory) V I E W G AL L E R Y - 2 I M AG E S

Concrete production is one of the largest sources of carbon dioxide emissions in the world, after transportation and energy. To make the ubiquitous building material more environmentally friendly, the industry has been adding byproducts from coal-fired power plants, but doing so had its own problems. Now, researchers at Rice University have developed a new composite binder that can almost completely replace cement, and reduce waste from power plants at the same time. Fly ash is made up of the loose, airborne particles created as coal is burned in power plants. This material is usually captured, and while some is recycled, most ends up in landfill. Concrete is one of the main uses of recycled fly ash, since binders based on that waste material don't need the same hightemperature, energy-intensive processing that Portland cement does. In turn, that cuts back on the emissions generated during concrete production, plus it can also make the resulting concrete stronger and more resistant to corrosion. But most of these mixtures only use a relatively small amount of fly ash, and worse, it requires larger amounts of sodium-based activators. That can cancel out both the environmental and cost benefits. "The industry typically mixes five to 20 percent fly ash into cement to make it green, but a significant portion of the mix is still cement," says Rouzbeh Shahsavari, co-author of the study. "And in the end it was more expensive than cement."

Using Taguchi analysis, the Rice researchers were able to determine the most effective recipe and mixing strategies for their new composite. That allowed them to settle on an optimal balance of about 80 percent fly ash, five percent of a sodium-based activator, and the rest made up of nanosilica and calcium oxide. The mixture is completely free of Portland cement, the team says. The type of fly ash used is key. Most other projects use what's known as type F fly ash, rich in silicon and aluminum. The Rice team however used type C, which has a higher calcium content.


"A majority of past works focused on so-called type F fly ash, which is derived from burning anthracite or bituminous coals in power plants and has low calcium content," says Shahsavari. "But globally, there are significant sources of lower grade coal such as lignite or sub-bituminous coals. Burning them results in high-calcium, or type C, fly ash, which has been more difficult to activate. Our work provides a viable path for efficient and cost-effective activation of this type of high-calcium fly ash, paving the path for the environmentally responsible manufacture of concrete." In tests, concrete made using the new fly ash binder was found after seven days to have compressive strength of 16.18 MPa, which is comparable to conventional concrete made with Portland cement. While these early results are promising for a more environmentally friendly concrete that's just as strong as the regular stuff, the team says it plans to further investigate the properties of the new material, including its long-term behavior, shrinkage and durability. The research was published in the Journal of the American Ceramics

https://newatlas.com/fly-ash-concrete-stronggreen/55087/ Director General of IRRI met with President PMD News (Ge) Tuesday June 19th, 2018


The Director General of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) said that they are ready to provide required technical assistance in utilizing satellite technology to reduce the impact of climate change on the country‘s rice production. The Director General of the IRRI Dr. Matthew Morell made these remarks when he and his delegation met with President MaithripalaSirisena at the President‘s Official Residence in Colombo, today (19). During this meeting he emphasized the importance of being self-sufficientto meet the demand forrice consumption nationallywith the climatic changes faced by the countries in the region. The Director General said that their institutionis keen to work with the Department of Agriculture to increase the quality of rice production in Sri Lanka and to provide technical assistance to reduce postharvest losses. He also said that it is expected to introduce new techniques to promote the value addition of rice. Expressing his views President Sirisenasaid that the country‘s rice production has been affected due to climatic changes that were experienced in the recent past. The President said that the objective of the Government is to transform Sri Lanka into a self-sufficient nation while facing such challenges and further said that it is expected to exchange the new technical knowledge and experiences with the other countries in the region. The President extended his gratitude to the Director General of the International Rice Research Institute for visiting Sri Lanka and said that he wish to visit the IRRI in Philippines in the near future.

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Replacing Potatoes or Rice with Lentils Lowers Blood Glucose Jun 19, 2018 by News Staff / Source ÂŤ Previous | Next Âť

A new study from the University of Guelph shows that replacing half of the available carbohydrates from potatoes or rice with cooked lentils can lower blood glucose levels by more than 20% in healthy adults. The study appears in the Journal of Nutrition.


Lentils significantly reduce blood glucose. Image credit: Maxmann. ―Pulses, such as lentils, are extremely nutrient-dense food that have the potential to reduce chronic diseases associated with mismanaged glucose levels,‖ said Professor Alison Duncan, from the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph. ―They contain components that inhibit enzymes involved in absorption of glucose, and fiber contained in these foods can encourage the production of short-chain fatty acids, which can also help to reduce blood glucose levels.‖ In the study, Professor Duncan and co-authors aimed to determine the extent to which the blood glucose response is lowered when half of the available carbohydrates from rice or potato is replaced with cooked lentils. They involved 24 healthy adults fed four dishes: white rice only, half white rice and half large green lentils, half white rice and half small green lentils, and half white rice and half split red lentils. They measured glucose levels in the participants‘ blood before they ate and during two hours afterward. They repeated the process for white potatoes alone and the same combinations of potatoes and lentils. ―We mixed the lentils in with the potatoes and rice because people don‘t typically eat pulses on their own, but rather consume them in combination with other starches as part of a larger meal, so we wanted the results to reflect that,‖ Professor Duncan explained. Blood glucose fell by similar amounts when half of the starch was replaced with each of the three types of lentils. ―Replacing half a serving of rice with lentils caused blood glucose to drop by up to 20%,‖ the scientists said. ―Replacing potatoes with lentils led to a 35% drop.‖


Blood glucose comprises sugar found in the blood during digestion in the upper digestive tract and depends on the starch content of foods consumed. Pulses can slow digestion and the release of sugars found in starch into the bloodstream, ultimately reducing blood glucose levels. ―This slower absorption means you don‘t experience a spike in glucose,‖ Professor Duncan said. ―Having high levels over a period of time can lead to mismanagement of blood glucose, which is the hallmark of type 2 diabetes. Essentially, eating lentils can lower that risk.‖ _____ Dita Moravek et al. 2018. Carbohydrate Replacement of Rice or Potato with Lentils Reduces the Postprandial Glycemic Response in Healthy Adults in an Acute, Randomized, Crossover Trial. Journal of Nutrition 148 (4): 535-541; doi: 10.1093/jn/nxy018

http://www.sci-news.com/medicine/lentilsblood-glucose-06114.html Warned 30 years ago, global warming 'is in our living room' June 19th, 2018by Associated Pressin NewsRead Time: 4 mins.


FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2017 file photo, smoke rises behind a destroyed apartment complex as a wildfire burns in Ventura, Calif. In the 30 years since 1988, the number of acres burned in the U.S. by wildfires has doubled. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

SALIDA, Colo. (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; We were warned. On June 23, 1988, a sultry day in Washington, James Hansen told Congress and the world that global warming wasn't approaching â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it had already arrived. The testimony of the top NASA scientist, Rice University historian Douglas Brinkley said, was "the opening salvo of the age of climate change."


Thirty years later, it's clear Hansen and other doomsayers were right. However, the change has been so sweeping that it is easy to lose sight of effects large and small — some obvious, others less conspicuous. Earth is noticeably hotter, the weather stormier and more extreme. Polar regions have lost billions of tons of ice; sea levels have been raised by trillions of gallons of water. Far more wildfires rage. Over 30 years — the time period climate scientists often use in their studies in order to minimize natural weather variations — the world's annual temperature has warmed nearly 1 degree, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And the temperature in the United States has gone up even more — nearly 1.6 degrees. "The biggest change over the last 30 years, which is most of my life, is that we're no longer thinking just about the future," said Kathie Dello, a climate scientist at Oregon State University in Corvallis. "Climate change is here, it's now and it's hitting us hard from all sides." Warming hasn't been just global, it's been all too local. According to an Associated Press statistical analysis of 30 years of weather, ice, fire, ocean, biological and other data, every single one of the 344 climate divisions in the Lower 48 states — NOAA groupings of counties with similar weather — has warmed significantly, as has each of 188 cities examined. The effects have been felt in cities from Atlantic City, New Jersey, where the yearly average temperature rose 2.9 degrees in the past 30 years, to Yakima, Washington, where the thermometer jumped a tad more. In the middle, Des Moines, Iowa, warmed by 3.3 degrees since 1988. South central Colorado, the climate division just outside Salida, has warmed 2.3 degrees on average since 1988, among the warmest divisions in the contiguous United States. When she was a little girl 30 years ago, winery marketing chief Jessica Shook used to cross country ski from her Salida doorstep in winter. It was that cold and there was that much snow. Now, she has to drive about 50 miles for snow that's not on mountain tops, she said. "T-shirt weather in January, that never used to happen when I was a child," Shook said. When Buel Mattix bought his heating and cooling system company 15 years ago in Salida, he had maybe four air conditioning jobs a year. Now he's got a waiting list of 10-15 air conditioning jobs long and may not get to all of them. And then there's the effect on wildfires. Veteran Salida firefighter Mike Sugaski used to think a fire of 10,000 acres was big. Now he fights fires 10 times as large. "You kind of keep saying 'How can they get much worse?' But they do," said Sugaski, who was riding his mountain bike on what usually are ski trails in January this year. In fact, wildfires in the United States now consume more than twice the acreage they did 30 years ago. The statistics tracking climate change since 1988 are almost numbing. North America and Europe have warmed 1.89 degrees — more than any other continent. The Northern Hemisphere has warmed more than the Southern, the land faster than the ocean. Across the United States, temperature increases were most evident at night and in summer and fall. Heat rose at a higher rate in the North than the South. Since 1988, daily heat records have been broken more than 2.3 million times at weather stations across the nation, half a million times more than cold records were broken. Doreen Pollack fled Chicago cold for Phoenix more than two decades ago, but in the past 30 years night time summer heat has increased almost 3.3 degrees there. She said when the power goes out, it gets unbearable, adding: "Be careful what you ask for." The Associated Press interviewed more than 50 scientists who confirmed the depth and spread of warming. Clara Deser, climate analysis chief at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, said when dealing with 30-year time periods in smaller regions than continents or the globe as a whole, it would be unwise to say all the warming is man-made. Her studies show in some places in North


America — though not most — natural weather variability could account for as much as half of local warming. However, when you look at the globe as a whole, especially since 1970, nearly all the warming is man-made, said Zeke Hausfather of the independent science group Berkeley Earth. Without extra carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, he said, the Earth would be slightly cooling from a weakening sun. Numerous scientific studies and government reports calculate that greenhouse gases in the big picture account for more than 90 percent of post-industrial Earth's warming. "It would take centuries to a millennium to accomplish that kind of change with natural causes. This, in that context, is a dizzying pace," said Kim Cobb, a climate scientist at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Since the 1800s scientists have demonstrated that certain gases in Earth's atmosphere trap heat from the sun like a blanket. Human activities such as burning of coal, oil and gasoline are releasing more of those gases into the atmosphere, especially carbon dioxide. U.S. and international science reports say more than 90 percent of the warming that has happened since 1950 is man-made. Others cautioned that what might seem to be small increases in temperature should not be taken lightly. "One or two degrees may not sound like much, but raising your thermostat by just that amount will make a noticeable effect on your comfort," said Deke Arndt, NOAA's climate monitoring chief in Asheville, North Carolina, which has warmed nearly 1.8 degrees in 30 years. Arndt said average temperatures don't tell the entire story: "It's the extremes that these changes bring." The nation's extreme weather — flood-inducing downpours, extended droughts, heat waves and bitter cold and snow — has doubled in 30 years, according to a federal index.

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Scientists develop eco-friendly concrete from fly ash Fly ash binder does not require the high-temperature processing of cement, yet tests showed it has the same compressive strength after seven days of curing.PTI | June 19, 2018, 15:40 IST NewsletterA A inShare


Washington: Scientists have developed a material using fly ash - a byproduct of coal-fired power plants - that can replace cement in concrete, paving the way for greener buildings and structures in the future. Fly ash binder does not require the high-temperature processing of cement, yet tests showed it has the same compressive strength after seven days of curing. It also requires only a small fraction of the sodium-based activation chemicals used to harden cement. The material is cementless and environment friendly, said Rouzbeh Shahsavari, an assistant professor at the Rice University in the US. Brand Solutions

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Over 20 billion tonnes of concrete are produced around the world every year in a manufacturing process that contributes 5 to 10 per cent of carbon dioxide to global emissions, surpassed only by transportation and energy as the largest producers of the greenhouse gas.


Manufacturers often use a small amount of silicon- and aluminum-rich fly ash as a supplement to Portland cement in concrete. "The industry typically mixes 5 to 20 per cent fly ash into cement to make it green, but a significant portion of the mix is still cement," said Shahsavari. Previous attempts to entirely replace cement with a fly ash compound required large amounts of expensive sodium-based activators that negate the environmental benefits, he said. "And in the end it was more expensive than cement," he said. "A majority of past works focused on so-called type F fly ash, which is derived from burning anthracite or bituminous coals in power plants and has low calcium content," Shahsavari said. "But globally, there are significant sources of lower grade coal such as lignite or sub-bituminous coals. Burning them results in high-calcium, or type C, fly ash, which has been more difficult to activate," he said. "Our work provides a viable path for efficient and cost-effective activation of this type of high-calcium fly ash, paving the path for the environmentally responsible manufacture of concrete. Future work will assess such properties as long-term behaviour, shrinkage and durability," he added. Shahsavari suggested the same strategy could be used to turn other industrial waste, such as blast furnace slag and rice hulls, into environmentally friendly cement-like materials without the use of cement.

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EPA Staff Explores California Rice Country By Lydia Holmes

California farmer Mike DeWitt

SACRAMENTO, CA -- Last week USA Rice and the California Rice Commission (CRC) hosted five staff from across the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs to experience rice growing and milling in California firsthand. With the need for new plant protection products ever growing, these tours bring EPA personnel, new and experienced, out to the farm to inform them of key pesticide issues facing rice growers across the country. "USA Rice arranged a similar tour of Louisiana rice country last year," said USA Rice Regulatory Affairs and Food Safety Committee Chairman Ray Vester. "It served as a bridge building exercise between the regulatory agency and the rice industry, and all involved deemed it an unqualified success. Continuing the tour this year was a no brainer." Stops on the tour included several rice farms to learn about how rice is grown and to see pesticide application by ground sprayer, a rice mill to learn how rice gets from farm to grocery store shelves, a flying service to discuss aerial pesticide application, the California Rice Experiment Station to learn more about key pests and diseases, and another rice farm to observe the immense wildlife that call rice fields home. A special interest of the EPA scientists was water modeling, so a large focus of the week was the role of water in rice production, and water monitoring done in the area for pesticide residue, as required by the State of California through the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board and the Department of Pesticide Regulation. The group had plenty of opportunities to interact with all segments of the rice industry and see firsthand many things directly related to their day-to-day work. And of course, before they left town, they got to enjoy world-class sushi made with California rice to round out a week of learning. "We really appreciate the hospitality of all California industry members who generously took time from their schedules to share knowledge with the U.S. EPA guests," said Roberta Firoved, CRC manager of industry affairs. "Fostering relationships with the U.S. EPA is invaluable in seeking new chemistry and maintaining products for the benefit of the rice industry."

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Diseases, insects, weeds are concerns as Louisiana rice season progresses Weed control in rice should remain a priority for growers and rice diseases ramp up in this year's crop.

Bruce Schultz 1 | Jun 18, 2018 As the 2018 rice crop progresses into the heading stage, farmers should be looking out for diseases and insects, but weed control should also remain a concern, LSU AgCenter scientists advised at the Acadia rice field day June 12. AgCenter plant pathologist Don Groth has received a few reports of blast and sheath blight, although the diseases are usually more prevalent earlier in the growing season. ―With moisture from rainfall, sheath blight will move very quickly once the rice gets into the reproductive stage,‖ said Groth. ―The new Provisia variety is more susceptible to blast.‖ A new fungicide, Amistar Top, has activity against blast as well as sheath blight, and is labeled for second-crop applications. AgCenter entomologist Blake Wilson warns growers that rice will be more susceptible to stink bugs in the first two weeks of heading. Pyrethroids are still effective against stink


bugs in Louisiana, but farmers in Texas have reported reduced control, probably because the insecticide also is widely used on grain sorghum there . ―A new product, Tenchu, has good stink bug control,‖ says Wilson. AgCenter rice Extension specialist Dustin Harrell advises farmers growing a second crop should consider tank mixing the plant hormone gibberellic acid with a stink bug insecticide to boost the second-crop yield. ―Nighttime temperatures will be critical in the next few weeks,‖ adds Harrell. ―Higher-than-usual night temperatures will interfere with flowering and pollination, but the long-range forecast does not project aboveaverage night temperatures.‖ Loyant

Sam Rustom, a weed science graduate student, says the rice herbicide, Loyant, is providing good results on cattails and other aquatic weeds. ―Flooding rice on time is essential for good weed control. The longer you wait to establish the flood, the more you‘re going to lose with grass and sedge control,‖ says Rustom. AgCenter weed scientist Eric Webster is testing Loyant to see what varieties show injury from the herbicide. Early testing appears to show that hybrids are affected more than conventional varieties. Ben McKnight, a post-doctoral weed scientist says benzobicyclon is proving to be a good aquatic weed herbicide, and it should be considered by rice farmers who also produce crawfish on fields that are flooded for most of the year. ―The herbicide is good on pickerelweed and burrhead,‖ says McKnight. ―It‘s probably one of the best materials on duck salad I‘ve ever seen.‖ Matt Osterholt, a graduate student in weed science is testing RiceOne herbicide, and graduate student Conner Webster is testing different crop oils to evaluate antagonism of the Provisia herbicide when mixed with other herbicides. AgCenter rice breeder Adam Famoso urged farmers to be patient with Provisia as the new variety will be followed with superior versions that have higher yield potential and better disease resistance. ―The gene for Cercospora resistance has been identified, and that will help in the development of all rice varieties,‖ says Famoso. AgCenter soybean specialist Todd Spivey says cold weather appears to have suppressed red-banded stink bugs. ―Intensive scouting for diseases should be started for lateplanted soybeans,‖ adds Spivey. Louisiana Master Farmer Program representative Ron Levy, reports that Phase 1 training will be held at the LSU AgCenter‘s H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station on June 26. Attendance at the Rice Research Station field event the following day will satisfy the Phase 2 requirement. Two Other Rice Field Days

On July 16, the St. Landry Parish rice field day will be held at the Charlie Fontenot Farm near Palmetto, and the northeast Louisiana rice field day will be held at the Colvin Farm near Rayville on July 18. Source: LSU AgCenter News LSUAgCenterNews@agcenter.lsu.edu

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nominations to fill open seats on its board of directors. The following seats are open by district: • District 1 (Butte County) – 2 member; 3 alternate • District 2 (Colusa County) – 2 member; 4 alternate • District 3 (Glenn, Tehema and north) – 2 member; 3 alternate • District 4 (Yuba, Sutter) – 1 member; 1 alternate • District 5 (Sacramento, San Joaquin and south) – no open seats Producer members serve three-year terms. Nomination forms were mailed on June 15 and are due back by July 9. If you need another form, contact Laura Blickle in the commission’s office at 916-387-2264 or officemanager@calrice.org.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 3:15 PM - Rice is the primary food source for more than 3 billion people around the world. Many are unable to afford a diverse and nutritious diet that includes complete protein, grains, fruits and vegetables. They rely heavily on more affordable cereal crops, including rice, for most of their calories. My research focuses on health risks associated with climate variability and change. In a recently published study, I worked with scientists from China, Japan, Australia and the United States to assess how the rising carbon dioxide concentrations that are fueling climate change could alter the nutritional value of rice. We conducted field studies in Asia for multiple genetically diverse rice lines, analyzing how


rising concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere altered levels of protein, micronutrients and B vitamins. Our data showed for the first time that rice grown at the concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide scientists expect the world to reach by 2100 has lower levels of four key B vitamins. These findings also support research from other field studies showing rice grown under such conditions contains less protein, iron and zinc, which are important in fetal and early child development. These changes could have a disproportionate impact on maternal and child health in the poorest rice-dependent countries, including Bangladesh and Cambodia.


Many of poorest regions in Asia rely on rice as a staple food. IRRI, CC BY-NC-SA

Carbon dioxide and plant growth Plants obtain the carbon they need to grow primarily from carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and draw other required nutrients from the soil. Human activities – mainly fossil fuel combustion and deforestation – raised atmospheric CO2 concentrations from about 280 parts per million during pre-industrial times to 410 parts per million today. If global emission rates continue on their current path, atmospheric CO2 concentrations could reach over 1,200 parts per million by 2100 (including methane and other greenhouse gas emissions). Higher concentrations of CO2 are generally acknowledged to stimulate plant photosynthesis and growth. This effect could make the cereal crops that remain the world’s most important sources of food, such as rice, wheat and corn, more productive, although recent research suggests that predicting impacts on plant growth is complex. Concentrations of minerals critical for human health, particularly iron and zinc, do not change in unison with CO2 concentrations. Current understanding of plant physiology suggests that major cereal crops – particularly rice and wheat – respond to higher CO2 concentrations by synthesizing more carbohydrates (starches and sugars) and less protein, and by reducing the quantity of minerals in their grains.


After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger appears to be on the rise, affecting 11 percent of the global population. FAO, CC BY-ND

The importance of micronutrients Worldwide, approximately 815 million people worldwide are food-insecure, meaning that they do not have reliable access to sufficient quantities of safe, nutritious and affordable food. Even more people â&#x20AC;&#x201C; approximately 2 billion â&#x20AC;&#x201C; have deficiencies of important micronutrients such as iron, iodine and zinc. Insufficient dietary iron can lead to iron deficiency anemia, a condition in which there are too few red blood cells in the body to carry oxygen. This is the most common type of anemia. It can cause fatigue, shortness of breath or chest pain, and can lead to serious complications, such as heart failure and developmental delays in children. Zinc deficiencies are characterized by loss of appetite and diminished sense of smell, impaired wound healing, and weakened immune function. Zinc also supports growth and development, so sufficient dietary intake is important for pregnant women and growing children. Higher carbon concentrations in plants reduce nitrogen amounts in plant tissue, which is critical for the formation of B vitamins. Different B vitamins are required for key functions in the body, such as regulating the nervous system, turning food into energy and fighting infections. Folate, a B vitamin, reduces the risk of birth defects when consumed by pregnant women.


Anemia affects one-third of women of reproductive age globally â&#x20AC;&#x201C; or about 613 million women.FAO, CC BY-ND

Significant nutrition losses We carried out our field studies in China and Japan, where we grew different strains of rice outdoors. To simulate higher atmospheric CO2 concentrations, we used Free-Air CO2 Enrichment, which blows CO2 over fields to maintain concentrations that are expected later in the century. Control fields experience similar conditions except for the higher CO2 concentrations. On average, the rice that we grew in air with elevated CO2 concentrations contained 17 percent less vitamin B1 (thiamine) than rice grown under current CO2 concentrations; 17 percent less vitamin B2 (riboflavin); 13 percent less vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid); and 30 percent less vitamin B9 (folate). Our study is the first to identify that concentrations of B vitamins in rice are reduced with higher CO2. We also found average reductions of 10 percent in protein, 8 percent in iron and 5 percent in zinc. We found no change in levels of vitamin B6 or calcium. The only increase we found was in vitamin E levels for most strains.


Rice within the octagon in this field is part of an experiment designed to grow rice under different atmospheric conditions. Rice grown under carbon dioxide concentrations of 568 to 590 parts per million is less nutritious, with lower amounts of protein, vitamins and minerals. Dr. Toshihiro HASEGAWA, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization of Japan, CC BY-ND

Worsening micronutrient deficiencies At present, about 600 million people — mostly in Southeast Asia — get more than half of their daily calories and protein directly from rice. If nothing is done, the declines we found would likely worsen the overall burden of undernutrition. They also could affect early childhood development through impacts that include worsened effects from diarrheal disease and malaria. The potential health risks associated with CO2-induced nutritional deficits are directly correlated to the lowest overall gross domestic product per capita. This suggests that such changes would have serious potential consequences for countries already struggling with poverty and undernutrition. Few people would associate fossil fuel combustion and deforestation with the nutritional content of rice, but our research clearly shows one way in which emitting fossil fuels could worsen world hunger challenges.

How could climate change affect other key plants? Unfortunately, today there is no entity at the federal, state or business level that provides long-term funding to evaluate how rising CO2 levels could affect plant chemistry and nutritional quality. But CO2induced changes have significant implications, ranging from medicinal plants to nutrition, food safety and food allergies. Given the potential impacts, which may already be occurring, there is a clear and urgent need to invest in this research. It is also critical to identify options for avoiding or lessening these risks, from traditional plant breeding to genetic modification to supplements. Rising CO2 concentrations are driving climate change. What role these emissions will play in altering all aspects of plant biology, including the nutritional quality of the crops that we use for food, feed, fiber and fuel, remains to be determined. Kristie Ebi, Professor of Global Health and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

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Lentils significantly reduce blood glucose levels, U of G study reveals Replacing potatoes or rice with pulses can lower your blood glucose levels by more than 20 per cent, according to a first-ever University of Guelph study UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH SHARE PRINT E-MAIL


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Replacing potatoes or rice with pulses can lower your blood glucose levels by more than 20 per cent, according to a first-ever University of Guelph study. Prof. Alison Duncan, Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, and Dan Ramdath of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, found that swapping out half of a portion of these starchy side dishes for lentils can significantly improve your body's response to the carbohydrates. Replacing half a serving of rice with lentils caused blood glucose to drop by up to 20 per cent. Replacing potatoes with lentils led to a 35-per-cent drop. "Pulses are extremely nutrient-dense food that have the potential to reduce chronic diseases associated with mismanaged glucose levels," said Duncan, who worked on the study with PhD student Dita Moravek and M.Sc. students Erica Rogers, Sarah Turkstra and Jessica Wilson. Yet very few Canadians eat lentils, she added. "Canada has a huge production of lentils, but we export most of it and only 13 per cent of Canadians eat them on any given day," said Duncan. "We are hoping this research will make people more aware of the health benefits of eating pulses." Published and specially featured in the Journal of Nutrition, the study involved 24 healthy adults fed four dishes - white rice only, half white rice and half large green lentils, half white rice and half small green lentils, and half white rice and half split red lentils. Researchers measured glucose levels in the participants' blood before they ate and during two hours afterward. They repeated the process for white potatoes alone and the same combinations of potatoes and lentils. "We mixed the lentils in with the potatoes and rice because people don't typically eat pulses on their own, but rather consume them in combination with other starches as part of a larger meal, so we wanted the results to reflect that." Blood glucose fell by similar amounts when half of the starch was replaced with each of the three types of lentils. Blood glucose comprises sugar found in the blood during digestion in the upper digestive tract and depends on the starch content of foods consumed. Pulses, such as lentils, can slow digestion and the release of sugars found in starch into the bloodstream, ultimately reducing blood glucose levels, said Duncan.


"This slower absorption means you don't experience a spike in glucose. Having high levels over a period of time can lead to mismanagement of blood glucose, which is the hallmark of Type 2 diabetes. Essentially, eating lentils can lower that risk." Pulses contain components that inhibit enzymes involved in absorption of glucose, and fibre contained in these foods can encourage the production of short-chain fatty acids, which can also help to reduce blood glucose levels, added Duncan. Health Canada requires a 20-per-cent reduction in blood glucose levels before a health claim about blood glucose lowering can be approved, said Duncan. "We are hoping that building evidence for approval of a health claim for pulses will further encourage people to add pulses to their side dishes." ### Contact: Prof. Alison Duncan amduncan@uoguelph.ca https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/uog-lsr061318.php

Lentils significantly reduce blood glucose levels, study reveals June 13, 2018, University of Guelph

Dan Ramdath of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, U of G Ph.D. student Dita Moravek and U of G Prof. Alison Duncan. Credit: University of Guelph

Replacing potatoes or rice with pulses can lower your blood glucose levels by more than 20 per cent, according to a first-ever University of Guelph study. Prof. Alison Duncan, Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, and Dan Ramdath of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, found that swapping out half of a portion of these starchy side dishes for lentils can significantly improve your body's response to the carbohydrates. Replacing half a serving of rice with lentils caused blood glucose to drop by up to 20 per cent. Replacing potatoes with lentils led to a 35-per-cent drop.


"Pulses are extremely nutrient-dense food that have the potential to reduce chronic diseases associated with mismanaged glucose levels," said Duncan, who worked on the study with Ph.D. student Dita Moravek and M.Sc. students Erica Rogers, Sarah Turkstra and Jessica Wilson. Yet very few Canadians eat lentils, she added. "Canada has a huge production of lentils, but we export most of it and only 13 per cent of Canadians eat them on any given day," said Duncan. "We are hoping this research will make people more aware of the health benefits of eating pulses." Published and specially featured in the Journal of Nutrition, the study involved 24 healthy adults fed four dishesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;white rice only, half white rice and half large green lentils, half white rice and half small green lentils, and half white rice and half split red lentils. Researchers measured glucose levels in the participants' blood before they ate and during two hours afterward. They repeated the process for white potatoes alone and the same combinations of potatoes and lentils. "We mixed the lentils in with the potatoes and rice because people don't typically eat pulses on their own, but rather consume them in combination with other starches as part of a larger meal, so we wanted the results to reflect that." Blood glucose fell by similar amounts when half of the starch was replaced with each of the three types of lentils. Blood glucose comprises sugar found in the blood during digestion in the upper digestive tract and depends on the starch content of foods consumed. Pulses, such as lentils, can slow digestion and the release of sugars found in starch into the bloodstream, ultimately reducing blood glucose levels, said Duncan. "This slower absorption means you don't experience a spike in glucose. Having high levels over a period of time can lead to mismanagement of blood glucose, which is the hallmark of Type 2 diabetes. Essentially, eating lentils can lower that risk." Pulses contain components that inhibit enzymes involved in absorption of glucose, and fibre contained in these foods can encourage the production of short-chain fatty acids, which can also help to reduce blood glucose levels, added Duncan. Health Canada requires a 20-per-cent reduction in blood glucose levels before a health claim about blood glucose lowering can be approved, said Duncan. "We are hoping that building evidence for approval of a health claim for pulses will further encourage people to add pulses to their side dishes." Explore further: Consumption of legumes associated with lower risk of diabetes More information: Dita Moravek et al, Carbohydrate Replacement of Rice or Potato with Lentils Reduces the Postprandial Glycemic Response in Healthy Adults in an Acute, Randomized, Crossover Trial, The Journal of Nutrition (2018). DOI: 10.1093/jn/nxy018 https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-06-lentils-significantly-blood-glucose-reveals.html

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Michael Maze. Cattle are a much bigger factor than rats and mice in spreading the devastating disease leptospirosis in northern Tanzania, University of Otago research suggests.

''Livestock are a major source, that's really important,'' Michael Maze, of Otago's Centre for International Health, said this week. Leptospirosis is a major cause of febrile illness and death in Africa, and is transmitted from animals to people, but little is known about risk factors for human infection. The disease affects more than 1million people worldwide each year, and causes about 59,000 deaths. Dr Maze said the findings from two research papers, which have just been published in the scientific journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, had implications for potential control of leptospirosis in Africa. The Otago-led studies amounted to a ''significant step forward'' and, given a ''finite resource'' of health funding, provided a clear indication the disease could be countered by improving health protection linked to cattle and rice-farming.


Dr Maze, who holds an MBChB from Otago University, has been based in Moshi, Tanzania. He is a lead investigator in the studies, which involved research he undertook for his PhD thesis. The studies are part of a larger collection investigating zoonotic infections in Tanzania that are led by Otago centre co-director Prof John Crump, and also involve Associate Prof Katrina Sharples of the Otago department of medicine, and overseas researchers. The new research has shown that exposure to cattle and rice farming are risk factors for the disease in northern Tanzania, but that rodents, identified as related problems elsewhere, were not the main threat in this area. In one study, the researchers tested rodents, cattle, goats and sheep for Leptospira infection and found cattle had a high prevalence of infection (7%), goats (1.2%) and sheep (1.1%). Among 384 trapped rodents, no animals were found to carry the infection. The researchers also investigated risk factors for the disease among 1293 patients with fever attending hospitals in northern Tanzania between 2012 and 2014. The researchers identified work in rice fields as an important risk factor for human leptospirosis, where humans were infected through prolonged contact with water that may be contaminated by infected animal hosts. https://www.odt.co.nz/rural-life/dairy/cattle-major-link-disease

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conducted field studies in Asia for multiple genetically diverse rice lines, analyzing how rising concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere altered levels of protein, micronutrients and B vitamins. Our data showed for the first time that rice grown at the concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide scientists expect the world to reach by 2100 has lower levels of four key B vitamins. These findings also support research from other field studies showing rice grown under such conditions contains less protein, iron and zinc, which are important in fetal and early child development. These changes could have a disproportionate impact on maternal and child health in the poorest rice-dependent countries, including Bangladesh and Cambodia.


Many of poorest regions in Asia rely on rice as a staple food. IRRI, CC BY-NC-SA

Carbon dioxide and plant growth Plants obtain the carbon they need to grow primarily from carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and draw other required nutrients from the soil. Human activities – mainly fossil fuel combustion and deforestation – raised atmospheric CO2 concentrations from about 280 parts per million during pre-industrial times to 410 parts per million today. If global emission rates continue on their current path, atmospheric CO2 concentrations could reach over 1,200 parts per million by 2100 (including methane and other greenhouse gas emissions). Higher concentrations of CO2 are generally acknowledged to stimulate plant photosynthesis and growth. This effect could make the cereal crops that remain the world’s most important sources of food, such as rice, wheat and corn, more productive, although recent research suggests that predicting impacts on plant growth is complex. Concentrations of minerals critical for human health, particularly iron and zinc, do not change in unison with CO2 concentrations. Current understanding of plant physiology suggests that major cereal crops – particularly rice and wheat – respond to higher CO2 concentrations by synthesizing more carbohydrates (starches and sugars) and less protein, and by reducing the quantity of minerals in their grains.


After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger appears to be on the rise, affecting 11 percent of the global population. FAO, CC BY-ND

The importance of micronutrients Worldwide, approximately 815 million people worldwide are food-insecure, meaning that they do not have reliable access to sufficient quantities of safe, nutritious and affordable food. Even more people â&#x20AC;&#x201C; approximately 2 billion â&#x20AC;&#x201C; have deficiencies of important micronutrients such as iron, iodine and zinc. Insufficient dietary iron can lead to iron deficiency anemia, a condition in which there are too few red blood cells in the body to carry oxygen. This is the most common type of anemia. It can cause fatigue, shortness of breath or chest pain, and can lead to serious complications, such as heart failure and developmental delays in children. Zinc deficiencies are characterized by loss of appetite and diminished sense of smell, impaired wound healing, and weakened immune function. Zinc also supports growth and development, so sufficient dietary intake is important for pregnant women and growing children. Higher carbon concentrations in plants reduce nitrogen amounts in plant tissue, which is critical for the formation of B vitamins. Different B vitamins are required for key functions in the body, such as regulating the nervous system, turning food into energy and fighting infections. Folate, a B vitamin, reduces the risk of birth defects when consumed by pregnant women.


Anemia affects one-third of women of reproductive age globally â&#x20AC;&#x201C; or about 613 million women.FAO, CC BY-ND

Significant nutrition losses We carried out our field studies in China and Japan, where we grew different strains of rice outdoors. To simulate higher atmospheric CO2 concentrations, we used Free-Air CO2 Enrichment, which blows CO2 over fields to maintain concentrations that are expected later in the century. Control fields experience similar conditions except for the higher CO2 concentrations. On average, the rice that we grew in air with elevated CO2 concentrations contained 17 percent less vitamin B1 (thiamine) than rice grown under current CO2 concentrations; 17 percent less vitamin B2 (riboflavin); 13 percent less vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid); and 30 percent less vitamin B9 (folate). Our study is the first to identify that concentrations of B vitamins in rice are reduced with higher CO2. We also found average reductions of 10 percent in protein, 8 percent in iron and 5 percent in zinc. We found no change in levels of vitamin B6 or calcium. The only increase we found was in vitamin E levels for most strains.


Rice within the octagon in this field is part of an experiment designed to grow rice under different atmospheric conditions. Rice grown under carbon dioxide concentrations of 568 to 590 parts per million is less nutritious, with lower amounts of protein, vitamins and minerals. Dr. Toshihiro HASEGAWA, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization of Japan, CC BY-ND

Worsening micronutrient deficiencies At present, about 600 million people — mostly in Southeast Asia — get more than half of their daily calories and protein directly from rice. If nothing is done, the declines we found would likely worsen the overall burden of undernutrition. They also could affect early childhood development through impacts that include worsened effects from diarrheal disease and malaria. The potential health risks associated with CO2-induced nutritional deficits are directly correlated to the lowest overall gross domestic product per capita. This suggests that such changes would have serious potential consequences for countries already struggling with poverty and undernutrition. Few people would associate fossil fuel combustion and deforestation with the nutritional content of rice, but our research clearly shows one way in which emitting fossil fuels could worsen world hunger challenges.

How could climate change affect other key plants? Unfortunately, today there is no entity at the federal, state or business level that provides long-term funding to evaluate how rising CO2 levels could affect plant chemistry and nutritional quality. But CO2induced changes have significant implications, ranging from medicinal plants to nutrition, food safety and food allergies. Given the potential impacts, which may already be occurring, there is a clear and urgent need to invest in this research. It is also critical to identify options for avoiding or lessening these risks, from traditional plant breeding to genetic modification to supplements. Rising CO2 concentrations are driving climate change. What role these emissions will play in altering all aspects of plant biology, including the nutritional quality of the crops that we use for food, feed, fiber and fuel, remains to be determined. Kristie Ebi, Professor of Global Health and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

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LSU Ag Center continues series of field days in Acadia Parish Posted: Jun 14, 2018 3:29 AM PSTUpdated: Jun 14, 2018 3:48 AM PST

The LSU Ag Center is continuing its series of field days in Acadia Parish this week. The event is held to help rice farmers learn about the latest practices to improve their crop production. Experts gave presentations on development fertility and controlling problems. "This is a time when our growers and consultants can get a closer look of the different herbicide technologies that are out there and available to producers," said Dustin Harrell, Research Coordinator, LSU Ag. "It's probably one of the highlights of the weed research for rice in the state." http://www.katc.com/story/38419027/lsu-ag-center-continues-series-of-field-days-in-acadia-parish

Lentils significantly reduce blood glucose levels Date: June 13, 2018 Source: University of Guelph Summary: Replacing potatoes or rice with pulses can lower your blood glucose levels by more than 20 per cent, according to a new study. Researchers found that swapping out half of a portion of these starchy side dishes for lentils can significantly improve your body's response to the carbohydrates. Replacing half a serving of rice with lentils caused blood glucose to drop by up to 20 per cent. Replacing potatoes with lentils led to a 35-per-cent drop. Share: FULL STORY


This is Dan Ramdath of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, U of G Ph.D. student Dita Moravek and U of G Prof. Alison Duncan. Credit: University of Guelph

Replacing potatoes or rice with pulses can lower your blood glucose levels by more than 20 per cent, according to a first-ever University of Guelph study. Prof. Alison Duncan, Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, and Dan Ramdath of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, found that swapping out half of a portion of these starchy side dishes for lentils can significantly improve your body's response to the carbohydrates. Replacing half a serving of rice with lentils caused blood glucose to drop by up to 20 per cent. Replacing potatoes with lentils led to a 35-per-cent drop. "Pulses are extremely nutrient-dense food that have the potential to reduce chronic diseases associated with mismanaged glucose levels," said Duncan, who worked on the study with PhD student Dita Moravek and M.Sc. students Erica Rogers, Sarah Turkstra and Jessica Wilson. Yet very few Canadians eat lentils, she added. "Canada has a huge production of lentils, but we export most of it and only 13 per cent of Canadians eat them on any given day," said Duncan. "We are hoping this research will make people more aware of the health benefits of eating pulses." Published and specially featured in the Journal of Nutrition, the study involved 24 healthy adults fed four dishes -- white rice only, half white rice and half large green lentils, half white rice and half small green lentils, and half white rice and half split red lentils. Researchers measured glucose levels in the participants' blood before they ate and during two hours afterward. They repeated the process for white potatoes alone and the same combinations of potatoes and lentils. "We mixed the lentils in with the potatoes and rice because people don't typically eat pulses on their own, but rather consume them in combination with other starches as part of a larger meal, so we wanted the results to reflect that." Blood glucose fell by similar amounts when half of the starch was replaced with each of the three types of lentils. Blood glucose comprises sugar found in the blood during digestion in the upper digestive tract and depends on the starch content of foods consumed. Pulses, such as lentils, can slow digestion and the release of sugars found in starch into the bloodstream, ultimately reducing blood glucose levels, said Duncan. "This slower absorption means you don't experience a spike in glucose. Having high levels over a period of time can lead to mismanagement of blood glucose, which is the hallmark of Type 2 diabetes. Essentially, eating lentils can lower that risk." Pulses contain components that inhibit enzymes involved in absorption of glucose, and fibre contained in these foods can encourage the production of short-chain fatty acids, which can also help to reduce blood glucose levels, added Duncan. Health Canada requires a 20-per-cent reduction in blood glucose levels before a health claim about blood glucose lowering can be approved, said Duncan. "We are hoping that building evidence for approval of a health claim for pulses will further encourage people to add pulses to their side dishes." Story Source: Materials provided by University of Guelph. Note: Content may be edited for style and length. Journal Reference: 1. Dita Moravek, Alison M Duncan, Laura B VanderSluis, Sarah J Turkstra, Erica J Rogers, Jessica M Wilson, Aileen Hawke, D Dan Ramdath. Carbohydrate Replacement of Rice or Potato with Lentils Reduces the Postprandial Glycemic Response in Healthy Adults in an Acute, Randomized, Crossover Trial. The Journal of Nutrition, 2018; 148 (4): 535 DOI: 10.1093/jn/nxy018 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180613162701.htm


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 IS LA M A B A D The severe water shortage in the country may negatively affect rice sowing and the production target of 7.2 million tons is unlikely to be achieved, official sources revealed to Business Recorder.Rice is a major Kharif crop and if water supply is not improved, sowing starting in July will be affected and resultantly the production target of 7.2 million tons as well as the growth rate of 3.8 percent set by the government for agricultural sector for 2018-19 would be affected. Sources said that rice is an important food as well as cash crop. After wheat, it is the second main staple food crop and second major exportable commodity after cotton, contributing 3.1 percent of value added in agriculture and 0.6 percent in GDP. The government has set a target of covering 7.05 million acres with rice to achieve the production target of 7.2 million tons with 1,022 kg per acre yield. However, if water supply is not improved, the sowing as well as production is unlikely to be achieved, official added. Pakistan Meteorological Department has estimated that snow cover during the winter season was 20 to 25 percent less than the average. Further rainfalls during April-June were forecast to be less than normal, while the temperature is expected to remain one to two centigrade warmer than the normal. Crops would remain under stress due to subsequent water shortage during Kharif season. Talking to Business Recorder, General Secretary Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) Kashif Rehman said that the country would achieve $2 billion export target of rice this year, but there are several issues in increasing production. He said that country lacks the latest technology to get huge crop with lesser water. The country is facing severe water shortage and affecting rice sowing target. He further said that there are seed as well as supply chain problems, starting from growers to exporters, which are hindering increase in production as well as exports target. Another official said that Pakistan rice export to Qatar has been banned for the last five years though Qatar had been a major rice buyer of Pakistan. Pakistan exported over 50,000 metric tons of basmati rice worth $50 million along with 36,000 metric tons of non-basmati rice worth more than $21 million in 201213. But the export graph went downward to 15,000 metric tons of basmati in 2014-15. Pakistan is pursuing an application for the inclusion of Pakistan in the list of importers of rice, said the official, adding that Commerce Ministry needs to utilize all available diplomatic channels in this regard. The Commerce Ministry should take strenuous efforts to enhance Pakistan's trade volume with Qatar. The ministry, in this regard, can fully activate the commercial section at the Pakistani embassy in Doha, which would help in increasing rice exports, official added. Pakistan would also benefit from the price competitiveness against its competitors, Thailand, Vietnam etc. As Indian rice has lost its market in European countries due to excessive pesticide residue, Pakistani rice exporters have the opportunity to capture the EU market.

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Pakistan is suffering from climate-changing effect. In 2010, we have witnessed a flood that still haunts us and those who suffered from it are still recovering from that disaster. The effect of such climate disasters are very catastrophic for a developing nation and it takes a long time to recover from it. Pakistan is at 7th number in the list of countries suffering from climate change. This change in the climate possesses a threat not only for Pakistan but for the world as well. As the climate is changing day by day – which is harmful to everyone on this planet – it is constantly giving us signals about its mass destruction abilities through the different type of natural disaster. This climate change is melting our glaciers down in Himalayan and its melting rate is increasing with each passing day. It is also affecting our timing of monsoon season and the strength of rainfall in this season which is directly affecting our agriculture sector and energy sector as our agriculture sector and farmer are financially very weak. They are not adaptive to rapid changes. As result, their productivity and efficiency are decreasing and their output is being affected. Our farmers are uneducated and they don‘t have any knowledge of geographical and demo-graphical changes so it is necessary that we give them information about changing pattern of the weather so they can plan accordingly. Due to climate change, people are migrating and this migration is taking place from environmentally fragile areas of Pakistan. This climate change migration is producing environmental refugees for which the government of Pakistan has to formulate the strategies and make the policies in a way which will help these migrants. This issue must be addressed properly so that the migrants who are facing the socio-economic problem and health problem are resolved. This problem must not be taken for granted because this is a humanitarian issue and the better policy must be introduced in accordance with it. As we are living in an era of industrialization and the industries are developed all over the world. These industries are focused on mass production and as a result, these are emitting gases which have a high temperature. These gases are called greenhouse gases. When these gases are emitted into the atmosphere they lead to global warming and our climate changes. The environmental scientists have said that if these emitting gases are not reduced then the global temperature will be raised in future from 1.1 to 6.5-degree centigrade. The major industrialized countries which are contributing to global warming are United State, Canada, Russia, Germany, United Kingdom, Australia, Korea and Japan.


The truth is that the developing countries and underdeveloped countries are not responsible for this climate change and these countries contribute only 10 percent in the emission of carbon dioxide in annual emission but these least developed or developing countries are highly affected by this climate change. The reason behind this is their geographical location, socioeconomic factors, and many other factors as well. Pakistan is facing the similar situation. Our country only emits 0.43 percent of greenhouse gases which is nothing as compared to other developed countries and comes at the 135th number in the world for emission of carbon dioxide and yet it is at 7th in the world among those countries which are facing changing climate problem. In Pakistan, the main reason for climate change is deforestation. Trees are responsible to reduce 50 percent of carbon dioxide from the environment. We have to plant new trees in our forest and in our cities so that this threat of climate change can be minimized. According to report 13 million hectares of forests all around the globe are cut down yearly. https://blogs.dunyanews.tv/21975/ Edition: Global | ‫ | اردو‬中文 |⌛ Mon Jul 09 2018 7:36:19 PM

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AfDB to invest $120m to boost cassava, rice, maize, sorghum, millet, wheat production in Africa ShareFacebookTwitterWhatsAppGoogle+ June 13, 2018109 views0 comments

The African Development Bank (AfDB) says it would invest $120 million in the next three years to boost cassava production and transform production of eight other commodities, the bank said at a conference on the produce. Martin Fregene, AfDB’s director of agriculture, who spoke at the ongoing conference on Global Cassava Partnerships (GCP) for the 21st Century in Cotonou, Republic of Benin, the fourth in its series, listed the nine commodities as cassava, rice, maize, sorghum, millet, wheat, livestock, aquaculture, high iron beans, orange-fleshed sweet potatoes. He said that transforming cassava on the African continent would help African nations to cut imports and redirect about $1.2 billion into African domestic economies. “The bank’s investment in cassava comes at a time when African governments are scaling up efforts to end food imports and create wealth. Cassava is a strategic crop for Africa food security and wealth creation for youth and women. Another dimension to the importance of cassava is in nutrition, where cassava can enhance the nutrition of children directly or as feed for poultry and other livestock,” Fregene said. According to him, the largest volume of cassava coming from Africa supported more than 350 million people. Kenton Dashiell, deputy director-general for partnerships for delivery at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), said that unlocking the potential of cassava required partnerships. He stated that close collaboration of partners in the cassava value chain would address constraints facing the crop. He commended the GCP21 for filling the gaps in cassava research and development by organising conferences, thereby enabling experts to share knowledge on innovations in cassava. https://www.businessamlive.com/afdb-to-invest-120m-to-boost-cassava-rice-maize-sorghum-milletwheat-production-in-africa/

Rice Fruit Co. busy with a wide range of retail, import, facility improvements BY CHRISTINA DIMARTINO | JUNE 14, 2018 Leading Pennsylvania apple producer and shipper, Rice Fruit Co., headquartered in Gardners, PA, is currently in the final quarter of marketing its 2017 crop. In mid-May, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Brenda Briggs, said market demand in recent weeks had been stronger than expected. ―Additionally, we are working with our retail partners on programs and promotions for the upcoming season,‖ said Briggs. ―And we are working with industry partners to provide quality


control, storage and packing for import programs. Everything combined, we are in the midst of a great deal of activity and energy moving these initiatives forward.‖

Brenda Briggs, vice president of sales and marketing, and Ben Rice, president of Rice Fruit Co.Rice Fruit Co. has a long and strong history. In 1790 Daniel Rice, the first Rice family member to settle in Adams County after emigrating from Germany, recognized that the scenic foothills of South Mountain, the eastern-most ridge of the Appalachians, had ideal soil and a perfect climate for growing many kinds of fruit, and especially apples. Rice Fruit Co. was founded in 1913 by Daniel Rice. For the next four generations the Rice family continued to plant orchards as the notoriety of Adams County-grown fruit began to spread. In 1955, Arthur Rice Jr., built the current packing facility in Gardners. He also formed a partnership with William Lott to form R&L Orchards, which grew most of the fruit packed by Rice Fruit. This partnership still continues. Today, Rice Fruit receives, stores, packages and markets fruit for over 40 farm families in the surrounding areas. Briggs said that over the next few months the company has several important facility projects scheduled that will keep it operating with the newest advancement in packing technologies. ―These projects include upgrading our packing line vision system to Compac‘s new Spectrim platform, which will enhance our defect and blemish grading capabilities,‖ she explained. ―We will also be upgrading our internal quality sorting platform to Compac‘s latest-generation Inspectra 2 model, which will allow us to leverage our advanced internal quality sorting capabilities. She pointed out that these next-generation technologies are powerful tools that bring efficiency and precision to Rice Fruit‘s packing operation. ―As we kick off the new apple marketing season in August, we will have additional packing power with additional bag and pouch packing machinery,‖ added Briggs. Rice Fruit Co. will also be installing a solar system on its north storage building with the assistance of a grant from the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Financing Authority and the PA Department of Community and Economic Development. This initiative will reduce its use of purchased electricity and further its commitment to social responsibility and sustainable practices. ―We are completing several improvements to the wet end of our main packing line,‖ noted Briggs. ―By incorporating the latest hygienic design principles, we are further building upon our very comprehensive food-safety initiatives.‖ The company is always on top of its food-safety and traceability initiatives. Briggs said the company continues to maintain a diligent environmental monitoring program to ensure the highest quality, safest fruit. ―In recent weeks improvements have been made to our packing line equipment to further perfect the quality of our grading and wax finish,‖ she said. Rice Fruit is strongly engaged with the locally grown movement, and it works closely with its retail partners to promote and highlight the premium fruit grown in Pennsylvania. ―We are working on collaborative initiatives to continue building relationships with our local consumers who seek to support their community, know where the food is grown and enjoy the quality of food grown in their region of the world,‖ said Briggs. Rice Fruit does a strong business with D‘Arrigo Bros. Co. of New York, whose headquarters in on the Hunts Point Produce Market. ―Hunts Point Market is amazing in its diversity and sheer volume of product that moves through it to retailers, food service, small grocers and restaurants,‖ Briggs pointed out.


―After nearly three decades in this market, we have developed a strong following for our apples and peaches through our partnership with D‘Arrigo Bros.‖ http://www.producenews.com/more-company-profiles/company-profiles/24287-rice-fruit-co-busywith-a-wide-range-of-retail-import-facility-improvements

Rice Transplanter Machines Market 2018 | Trends by Key Players, Manufacturing Process, Raw Materials, Cost and Revenue 2022 13 June 2018 - by Frank Beck

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Alibaba to help cultivate and sell saline soil rice Source: Xinhua| 2018-06-14 15:00:39|Editor: mmm


BEIJING, June 14 (Xinhua) -- Alibaba has pledged to cooperate with a saline soil rice research and development (R&D) team to increase production and farmers' incomes, according to Thursday's Beijing Youth Daily. The saline soil rice R&D team of Yuan Longping, China's "father of hybrid rice," will be supported by Alibaba in retail and big data. The saline soil rice will be cultivated on a large scale with the cooperation of Yuan's team and Alibaba, vice president of the e-commerce giant Wang Jianxun told the newspaper. And Alibaba will help explore the sale of saline soil rice. There are over 99 million hectares of alkaline land in China, which is 10 percent of the world's total. Cultivating the saline soil rice could both increase the country's grain yield and help farmers shake off poverty, the newspaper said. Yuan Longping, 88, said that if 6.7 million hectares of saline land could be used to grow saline-alkali tolerant rice, the country could produce an extra 30 billion kg of rice. The yield of 30 billion kg a year is enough to feed 80 million people. Yuan began theoretical research of hybrid rice 50 years ago. His hybrid rice development has greatly enhanced China's rice yields and contributed to ensuring the country's food security, as about 65 percent of Chinese people depend on rice as a staple food. In north China's Hebei Province last year, Yuan's experimental fields achieved a yield of 17.2 tonnes per hectare. KEY WORDS:Alibaba

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Climate change will make rice less nutritious, putting millions of the world‘s poor at risk

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Kristie Ebi, University of Washington (THE CONVERSATION) Rice is the primary food source for more than 3 billion people around the world. Many are unable to afford a diverse and nutritious diet that includes complete protein, grains, fruits and vegetables. They rely heavily on more affordable cereal crops, including rice, for most of their calories. My research focuses on health risks associated with climate variability and change. In a recently published study, I worked with scientists from China, Japan, Australia and the United States to assess how the rising carbon dioxide concentrations that are fueling climate change could alter the nutritional value of rice. We conducted field studies in Asia for multiple genetically diverse rice lines, analyzing how rising concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere altered levels of protein, micronutrients and B vitamins. Our data showed for the first time that rice grown at the concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide scientists expect the world to reach by 2100 has lower levels of four key B vitamins. These findings also support research from other field studies showing rice grown under such conditions contains less protein, iron and zinc, which are important in fetal and early child development. These changes could have a disproportionate impact on maternal and child health in the poorest rice-dependent countries, including Bangladesh and Cambodia. Plants obtain the carbon they need to grow primarily from carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and draw other required nutrients from the soil. Human activities – mainly fossil fuel combustion and deforestation – raised atmospheric CO2 concentrations from about 280 parts per million during pre-industrial times to 410 parts per million today. If global emission rates continue on their current path, atmospheric CO2 concentrations could reach over 1,200 parts per million by 2100 (including methane and other greenhouse gas emissions). Higher concentrations of CO2 are generally acknowledged to stimulate plant photosynthesis and growth. This effect could make the cereal crops that remain the world‘s most important sources of food, such as rice, wheat and corn, more productive, although recent research suggests that predicting impacts on plant growth is complex. Concentrations of minerals critical for human health, particularly iron and zinc, do not change in unison with CO2 concentrations. Current understanding of plant physiology suggests that major cereal crops – particularly rice and wheat – respond to higher CO2 concentrations by synthesizing more carbohydrates (starches and sugars) and less protein, and by reducing the quantity of minerals in their grains. Worldwide, approximately 815 million people worldwide are food-insecure, meaning that they do not have reliable access to sufficient quantities of safe, nutritious and affordable food. Even more people – approximately 2 billion – have deficiencies of important micronutrients such as iron, iodine and zinc. Insufficient dietary iron can lead to iron deficiency anemia, a condition in which there are too few red blood cells in the body to carry oxygen. This is the most common type of anemia. It can cause fatigue, shortness of breath or chest pain, and can lead to serious complications, such as heart failure and developmental delays in children. Zinc deficiencies are characterized by loss of appetite and diminished sense of smell, impaired wound healing, and weakened immune function. Zinc also supports growth and development, so sufficient dietary intake is important for pregnant women and growing children. Higher carbon concentrations in plants reduce nitrogen amounts in plant tissue, which is critical for the formation of B vitamins. Different B vitamins are required for key functions in the body,


such as regulating the nervous system, turning food into energy and fighting infections. Folate, a B vitamin, reduces the risk of birth defects when consumed by pregnant women. We carried out our field studies in China and Japan, where we grew different strains of rice outdoors. To simulate higher atmospheric CO2 concentrations, we used Free-Air CO2 Enrichment, which blows CO2 over fields to maintain concentrations that are expected later in the century. Control fields experience similar conditions except for the higher CO2 concentrations. On average, the rice that we grew in air with elevated CO2 concentrations contained 17 percent less vitamin B1 (thiamine) than rice grown under current CO2 concentrations; 17 percent less vitamin B2 (riboflavin); 13 percent less vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid); and 30 percent less vitamin B9 (folate). Our study is the first to identify that concentrations of B vitamins in rice are reduced with higher CO2. We also found average reductions of 10 percent in protein, 8 percent in iron and 5 percent in zinc. We found no change in levels of vitamin B6 or calcium. The only increase we found was in vitamin E levels for most strains. At present, about 600 million people â&#x20AC;&#x201D; mostly in Southeast Asia â&#x20AC;&#x201D; get more than half of their daily calories and protein directly from rice. If nothing is done, the declines we found would likely worsen the overall burden of undernutrition. They also could affect early childhood development through impacts that include worsened effects from diarrheal disease and malaria. The potential health risks associated with CO2-induced nutritional deficits are directly correlated to the lowest overall gross domestic product per capita. This suggests that such changes would have serious potential consequences for countries already struggling with poverty and undernutrition. Few people would associate fossil fuel combustion and deforestation with the nutritional content of rice, but our research clearly shows one way in which emitting fossil fuels could worsen world hunger challenges. Unfortunately, today there is no entity at the federal, state or business level that provides longterm funding to evaluate how rising CO2 levels could affect plant chemistry and nutritional quality. But CO2-induced changes have significant implications, ranging from medicinal plants to nutrition, food safety and food allergies. Given the potential impacts, which may already be occurring, there is a clear and urgent need to invest in this research. It is also critical to identify options for avoiding or lessening these risks, from traditional plant breeding to genetic modification to supplements. Rising CO2 concentrations are driving climate change. What role these emissions will play in altering all aspects of plant biology, including the nutritional quality of the crops that we use for food, feed, fiber and fuel, remains to be determined. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article here: http://theconversation.com/climate-change-will-make-rice-less-nutritious-putting-millions-ofthe-worlds-poor-at-risk-97914. Copyright Š 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed. https://wtop.com/living/2018/06/climate-change-will-make-rice-less-nutritious-putting-millions-of-theworlds-poor-at-risk/

The Philippines to help Bihar better its rice Sanjeev Kumar Verma Jun 14, 2018 00:00 IST


EYE ON FUTURE: Agriculture minister Prem Kumar (left) with Matthew Morell at Vikas Bhavan in Patna on Wednesday. Picture by Manoj Kumar

Patna: Matthew Morell, the director general of International Rice Research Institute, Manila, The Philippines, on Wednesday had a meeting with state agriculture minister Prem Kumar and other senior department officials. The participants discussed the avenues through which the premier research institute could help Bihar to enhance rice productivity and help the state in providing seeds of paddy of such a quality which could withstand vagaries of weather. Morell said: "We see a very good opportunity to work with Bihar farmers and universities in the state for enhancing rice productivity and add more value to the crop."

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The institute had introduced seven new varieties of paddy in the state last year, and this year too it has introduced two new varieties ahead of the kharif season when paddy cultivation is mainly done in the state. The institute is going to work in close cooperation with the Bihar Agriculture University and the state agriculture department for collecting data from the field to assess the outcome of its efforts by introducing new varieties of paddy. The international institution has also set up its south Asia regional centre at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. Agriculture minister Prem Kumar said he urged the institute team to provide paddy varieties to Bihar which could withstand the vagaries of nature as Bihar had 21 flood-prone districts in its northern parts and 17 drought-prone districts in the southern region. "I have been informed that International Rice Research Institute has developed a paddy variety whose plant does not get damaged even if it remains under water for 15 days. This could be very useful for north Bihar districts and urged the team to develop such a variety which could survive up to one month despite being under water. Similarly, I drew the team's attention towards the water problem in south Bihar districts and requested to provide varieties which could give good productivity even when there is a scarcity of water," Prem said while sharing the details of the meeting. Paddy cultivation is being done in 33 lakh hectares in Bihar and the state produced around 71 lakh metric tonnes of rice last year. Productivity-wise the state stands at sixth place in the country. Even within the state there are wide variations in productivity and while it is around 2,000kg per hectare in the Bhojpur region, its level comes down to around 1,000 kg per hectare in the Bhagalpur region. The minister also announced that the agriculture department would provide land to the International Rice Research Institute in its farms both in north and south Bihar so that the institute could demonstrate the benefits of using its paddy varieties among farmers. More from Bihar      

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Lentils help lower blood glucose levels by up to 35% Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Blood sugar levels can be easily reduced by swapping out some starches such as potatoes or rice with lentils, according to a study. Researchers from the University of Guelph found that replacing some starchy side dishes with lentils, also known as pulses, can improve the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s response to the carbohydrates, lowering blood glucose levels by more than 20%. Published in the Journal of Nutrition, 24 healthy adults had the glucose levels in their blood measured before and two hours after they were given four dishes: white rice only, half white rice and half large green lentils, half white rice and half small green lentils, and half white rice and half split red lentils. The four dishes were repeated using white potatoes instead of rice.


―We mixed the lentils in with the potatoes and rice because people don’t typically eat pulses on their own, but rather consume them in combination with other starches as part of a larger meal, so we wanted the results to reflect that,‖ said Professor Alison Duncan from the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences. There was a similar reduction in blood glucose when half of the starch was replaced with each of the three types of lentils, but replacing potatoes was particularly beneficial. Replacing half a serving of rice with lentils caused blood glucose to drop by up to 20%, while this increased to a 35% drop when replacing potatoes. This is because pulses help slow digestion and the release of sugars found in starch into the bloodstream, which reduces blood glucose levels. Duncan said nutrient-dense pulses help reduce chronic diseases associated with mismanaged glucose levels, such as diabetes. ―This slower absorption means you don’t experience a spike in glucose. Having high levels over a period of time can lead to mismanagement of blood glucose, which is the hallmark of Type 2 diabetes. Essentially, eating lentils can lower that risk,‖ she explained. Despite these benefits, the researchers said that pulses are not commonly consumed but they hope these results will highlight their health benefits and encourage people to increase their intake. Lentils are similar to rice and potatoes, so it is hoped that consumers should easily be able to replace some starches without overhauling their diet. Image credit: ©stock.adobe.com/au/andriigorulko

https://www.foodprocessing.com.au/content/i ngredients/article/lentils-help-lower-bloodglucose-levels-by-up-to-35--1509641123 PHILIPPINES TO IMPORT RICE THROUGH 2020 DESPITE RISING OUTPUT - MINISTER 6/19/2018

MANILA, June 19 (Reuters) - The Philippines' paddy rice output is expected to rise to meet 95-96 percent of the country's annual requirement by 2020, from 93 percent last year, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said on Tuesday. The latest forecast misses Piñol's own target for the Philippines to be self-suffient in rice production by 2020, but is in line with comments last week by President Rodrigo Duterte.


Piùol said this year's paddy rice harvest is likely to exceed the 2017 record-high level of 19.3 million tonnes, taking into account the 4.6 percent improvement in first-quarter output from a year ago. The Southeast Asian nation is a frequent buyer of rice, mainly from Vietnam and Thailand, usually importing more than a million tonnes of the staple grain each year to meet domestic demand and maintain stockpiles. The region's second most heavily populated nation after Indonesia with about 105 million people, the Philippines consumes roughly 11.7 million tonnes of rice every year. The country limits private rice imports to protect its farmers, buying up to 805,200 tonnes of rice with a 35 percent import tariff, under an annual quota scheme covered by a World Trade Organisation deal. The state grains stockpiling agency, the National Food Authority, also buys rice free of tariffs. Recent rice shortages have pushed up domestic prices and put pressure on inflation. Duterte's economic team has suggested restrictions on the volume of imports should be scrapped in favour of a scheme where all imports are subject to the tariff, which could push up private imports during poor harvests. (Reporting by Enrico dela Cruz; editing by Richard Pullin) Š Copyright Thomson Reuters 2018. Click For Restrictions http://about.reuters.com/fulllegal.asp Read more about Markets Newswire

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Imports lower rice prices, says NFA posted June 19, 2018 at 01:40 am by Vito Barcelo    

Commercial rice is now priced at P36 to P38 per kilo due to the arrival of the 250,000 metric tons of National Food Authority rice from Vietnam and Thailand, the Palace said Monday. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque also announced that the price of NFA rice will be sold at P27 to P32 per kilo as soon as the imported rice is transferred to Subic, in Pampanga, and distributed to Metro Manila. The Palace official said prices of rice should go down with the presence of more NFA rice in the market. President Rodrigo Duterte earlier ordered the NFA to proceed with the rice importation following a shortage in the government rice inventory. The low NFA buffer stock has reportedly led to the sudden increase in the prices of commercial rice. The additional 250,000 MT of rice will ensure the affordability of the staple, Roque said. The Philippines has existing rice supply agreements with Vietnam and Thailand—two major exporters of the staple in the region. To boost the country’s rice supply, Roque said the government wants to prioritize the purchase of local grains from Filipino farmers over rice importation. He said the NFA has already been reminded to buy palay from local farmers during harvest season to avoid a repeat of the shortage in government stocks.

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Rice prices go up after govt hikes import duty Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Jun 19,2018 | Updated: 23:40, Jun 18,2018


A file photo shows a man carrying a sack of rice at a wholesale market in Dhaka. The prices of rice went up in the city‘s wholesale markets following the announcement of budget for the financial year of 2018-19 as the government reinstated 28 per cent import duty on the staple in the budget. — New Age photo

The prices of rice went up in the city‘s wholesale markets following the announcement of budget for the financial year of 2018-19 as the government reinstated 28 per cent import duty on the staple in the budget. Following the announcement of the budget on June 7, importers and millers increased the wholesale prices of rice by Tk 1-2 a kilogram and the wholesale price increase started affecting the retail markets in the city, traders said. ‗Rice importers and mill owners have already raised the wholesale prices of all varieties of rice by Tk 1-2 a kg and they also squeezed the supply of the staple as the government imposed import duty on the item,‘ Syed Monirul Islam, proprietor of Barishal Rice Agency at Mohammadpur Krishi Bazar, told New Age on Monday. He said the importers increased the prices of rice, which were imported under duty facility before the announcement of the budget, in the name of import duty re-imposition. Monirul said that the wholesale prices of rice increased before Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the biggest religious festivals of the Muslims, which was celebrated in the country on Saturday, and the price hike started affecting the retail markets in the city. Last year, the government reduced the import duty on rice to 2 per cent from 28 per cent to meet the shortfall of the crops as flash floods damaged production of boro rice in the haor areas. Considering the bumper rice production this year, finance minister AMA Muhith on June 7 reimposed 25 per cent customs duty and 3 per cent regulatory duty on rice import to protect the interest of the local farmers. Following the re-imposition of duty, the prices of both the imported and locally produced rice went up in the wholesale market and in some cases retail prices also increased. ‗The government has imposed import duty aiming to increase the prices of rice and the decision has already started increasing the prices of all varieties of rice in the market,‘ KM Layek Ali, general secretary of the Bangladesh Auto Major and Husking Mill Owners Association, said.


He said that following the imposition of duty on rice import, the prices of paddy started increasing in the market. It is obvious that the prices of rice would increase as the prices of paddy increased by Tk 70 a mound (40 kg) in last one week, Layek Ali said. According to Layek Ali, the wholesale prices of coarse, medium and fine varieties of rice increased by Tk 50125 a bag (50 kg) in last one week. A kilogram of coarse variety of rice was selling at Tk 42-45 a kg on Monday. The fine variety of Najirshail rice was retailing at Tk 65-70 a kg and its standard variety at Tk 60-64 a kg in the city markets. BR-28 rice was retailing at Tk 50-52 a kg, while Miniket rice was selling at Tk 62-68 a kg. The coarse variety of Miniket rice was retailing at Tk 56-60 a kg.

http://www.newagebd.net/article/43893/riceprices-go-up-after-govt-hikes-import-duty DA changes tune on rice self-sufficiency; goal is competitiveness June 18, 2018 | 10:25 pm

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THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said its goal is to improve the competitiveness of rice farmers and now views self-sufficiency as impossible because the government counts any imports, no matter how large, against the 100% goal. Director for field operations Christopher V. Morales told reporters on Monday that President Rodrigo R. Duterte‘s statement that the Philippines cannot achieve rice selfsufficiency in a speech last week was due to the outdated methods of computing for self-sufficiency. ―Whenever there‘s an importation, no matter how many kilos that is, we will never reach 100% because there are imports in the computation,‖ he said. ―Definitely, we‘ll never reach 100%. But if you ask us, the DA and the program, if we are targeting rice self-sufficiency, we‘re not [focusing] on that. We‘re more focused on the competitiveness of the farmers in terms of yield and cost.‖ In a meeting last week, private sector group SRI Pilipinas told the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) that it should also consider other factors such as seed types and related technology in its reports to aid the DA in applying the appropriate interventions. The DA, for its part, also said that Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) should be omitted from the computation as OFWs are not part of the population consuming rice domestically.


Last week, Mr. Duterte said that the country cannot achieve rice self-sufficiency because farmers are planting cash crops and farmland is shrinking. This is in conflict with Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol‘s earlier statements claiming that the Philippines can reach 100% self-sufficiency as early as 2019. The goal suggests output of 21.67 million metric tons (MT) of palay, or unmilled rice, to entirely meet domestic demand. At present, the Philippines is at around 95.01% rice self-sufficiency, PSA reported. Mr. Morales said that the DA through its rice road map has set a target national yield of six metric tons per hectare by 2022. ―The main target of the DA is to improve productivity because if you improve productivity and you lower the costs, definitely you can increase the income of the farmers,‖ he added. In the meantime, Mr. Morales said that importation remains unavoidable. A rice tariffication law is expected to be passed this year. The law seeks to end the National Food Authority‘s monopoly on rice importation by allowing private traders into the trade. It will also remove prescribed volumes for imported rice. Duties imposed on imported rice will help finance a proposed Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund. Philippine Institute for Development Studies senior research fellow Roehlano M. Briones in a meeting on National Rice Security on Monday said that based on study, a maximum of 4 million MT of imported rice will enter the Philippines if ―simulated under [a] completely free trade‖ scenario. ―All these procedures [for importation]… will take time,‖ he added. ―Let‘s just see if domestic production will be enough to supply the domestic demand. If not, then there‘s a need to import,‖ he added. — Anna Gabriela A. Mogato

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Trailer loads of smuggled rice seized by Nigerian customs along Lagos-Badagry Expressway recently By Nita Karume :

The Federal Government of Nigeria has said that it will shut down its border with a neighboring country on account of rice smuggling. Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said as much earlier on this week while speaking at a Guardians of the Nation International (GOTNI)-sponsored forum. Mr Ogbeh, however, failed to mention the particular country and border. He further endorsed this move necessary in order to encourage local production and sustain the economy of the country. Among the countries Nigeria shares borders with are Niger, Chad, Benin and Cameroon. The minister went on to explain the unprecedented risks that come with the consumption of said rice. According to him, rice planted in certain parts of the land could lead to poisoning of the same. Furthermore, some of the countries around the Delta there have been reports of arsenic found in the rice. This is in instances where rice is planted in the same place for six years consecutively. Mr. Ogbeh also said that the Federal Government had in two years managed to reduce rice importation by 95%. This is while the number of rice farmers increased from five to 30m. In 2014, the smuggling had taken a turn for the worst with rice traders and importers attributing the same of the tariff increase on imported rice by the Federal Government. As a result, some marketers in Lagos as well as the dealers resulted to smuggling of the product. Unfortunately, the high tariff placed on rice at the Nigerian port to discourage smuggling of the product has not been effective. The President of Rice Millers and Importers Association noted that smuggling, while destroying the Nigerian economy, is boosting the economy of other developing countries. He is of the opinion that increased tariff will help increase patronage for locally produced rice in Nigeria.

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http://www.farmersreviewafrica.com/nigeriashut-border-neighboring-country-curb-ricesmuggling/ Rice imported from Vietnam arrives in Albay, GenSan 18.06.2018 | UkrAgroConsult Over 100,000 sacks of rice have arrived in the Philippines from Vietnam, as part of the imported buffer stock ordered by the National Food Authority (NFA). According to a report on GMA's "24 Oras Weekend" on Sunday, some 100,000 sacks from Vietnam arrived in the port of Tabaco in Albay. The shipments will be discharged on Monday, and will be distributed to the Bicol region.

Another batch arrived in the port of General Santos, which has been temporarily stored in an NFA warehouse in the area. The supply will be distributed to commercial areas in Sarangani and in General Santos.


The Philippines last month ordered an additional supply of 250,000 metric tons (MT) of rice to increase the stock in the country: 130,000 MT from Vietnam, and the remaining balance of 120,000 MT from Thailand. The NFA earlier said the additional imports would arrive in the Philippines by the end of May, and would effectively stabilize rice prices by June. The state grains agency last week, however, said the delivery was stalled due to enhanced rains brought about by Typhoon Domeng.

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Why price for rice is going up Supply expected to increase starting next month Kampala, Uganda | ISAAC KHISA | The price of rice, which had dropped by around 30% last year, has spiked again owing to low off-season production and increased import costs, according to millers and traders. In the past three months, the commodity’s price has increased by more than 33% to Shs4, 500 per kilogram – meaning consumers have to pay more. This is the same price that the commodity traded at in April last year prior to government intervention. Phillip Idro, the managing director of Upland Rice Millers Company Limited, who also doubles as the chairperson of Rice Millers Council of Uganda, told The Independent in an interview that the surge in the price of the household commodity is attributed to low off-season production early in the year leading to rice scarcity. ―At the moment, it is off-season and there is no rice to mill,‖ he said. ―We expect some of the crop to start maturing next month and this could drive the price downwards.‖


Idro, who claims to have more than 30,000 rice out growers, however, said, the current commodity price could have been even higher had it not been for the imports from Tanzania that boosted supply. However, he could not state the amount of rice imported into the country. Geoffrey Adito, the director for technical services and development at FOL Group, the company behind the production of Kingdom Rice, said the current surge in price is as a result of high cost of imports and scarcity of locally produced rice to mill. ―As I talk now, we have not been processing rice in the last two months because of scarcity,‖ he said. He said the company has also failed to import unprocessed rice, commonly known as brown rice, into the country to mill as a result of the government’s decision to re-instate import taxes on the commodity. The government had in April last year waived taxes on import of brown rice to increase supply and make the commodity affordable to buy and consume. This was after the price per kilo had risen by 30% starting January. Last year, the surge in the price was attributed to the prolonged drought that led to food shortage in different parts of the country. Currently, importing a metric tonne of rice attracts US$345 or 75% of the value of import whichever is higher as a tax irrespective of the type of ricehusked, milled, processed or packed ready for distribution. ―Since the re-instatement of taxes…importing brown rice for processing locally has become uneconomical. We are now simply waiting for our rice in Northern Uganda to mature and start milling again,‖ Adito said. FOL Group, with a capacity to process at 300 tonnes of rice per day, acquired 14,000 acres of land sometime back in Nwoya district, with 1,000 acres already under rice cultivation. On the other hand, sources at the SWT Tanners, the company behind the Pakistan SWT Rice, said weakening of the shilling against US dollar has also contributed to the surge in rice prices countrywide. Data from Bank of Uganda shows the shilling has since December last year lost its value against the US dollar by approx.6.5% to Shs3, 820. This development comes amidst several demands that rice farmers have put before government. In the recent weeks, farmers and dealers under their umbrella organisation Rice Association of Uganda cried out to government to rethink a policy that is encouraging more imports of the commodity – which they say is pushing them out of business. Need for import subsidy Farmers and other dealers in this trade appear to be pushing for different interests. For instance, in a two-page appeal published in The Daily Monitor, the farmers said they are alarmed by the ―ongoing dilution of the East African


Common External Tariff policies and the shift towards increasing importation of rice‖. The publication was in response to reports that Rice Millers Council Uganda had met President Yoweri Museveni asking for a reduction in import duty on brown rice from US$345 per tonne to around US$150. Share on: WhatsApp Page: 1 2

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Warming weather could reduce the nutritional value of rice Reuters

Hundreds of millions of people in Asia rely on rice not only as a staple but as their main source of nutrition. But new research suggests the rice they eat will become less nutritious due to rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. The study found that rice exposed to elevated levels of carbon dioxide contains lower amounts of several important nutrients. Currently, levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere average around 410 parts per million, up from 350 parts per million in the 1980s, largely due to the burning of fossil fuels. The researchers, a New York Times articleexplains, looked at how crops responded to levels of around 580 parts per million, which could prove tough to avoid this century without drastic changes. The research involved exposing experimental rice fields in China and Japan to the same elevated levels of carbon dioxide that are expected to occur worldwide later this century. What did the study find? The scientists found that the chemical composition of a plant depends on the balance of the carbon dioxide it takes in from the air and the nutrients it absorbs from the soil. Upset this balance, and the plant can change in unexpected ways. â&#x20AC;&#x2022;A strong correlation between the impacts of elevated CO2 on vitamin content based on the molecular fraction of nitrogen within the vitamin was observed,â&#x20AC;&#x2013; says the study. â&#x20AC;&#x2022;Potential health risks associated with anticipated CO2-induced deficits of protein, minerals, and vitamins in rice were correlated to the lowest overall gross domestic product per capita for the highest


rice-consuming countries, suggesting potential consequences for a global population of approximately 600 million,‖ it concludes. ―We used multiyear, multilocation in situ FACE (free-air CO2 enrichment) experiments for 18 genetically diverse rice lines, including Japonica, Indica, and hybrids currently grown throughout Asia,‖ the authors write. ―While these CO2 enrichment experiments do indicate the threat climate change poses to nutrition security, rice breeding programmes across the world all breed and select under conditions of increasing CO2 and many are cognizant of the need to maintain and increase nutrient concentration in newly released rice varieties,‖ says Oliver Frith, Head of Business Development at the International Rice Research Institute.

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Rice is the primary food source for 3.5 billion people, and production will need to increase significantly by 2050 to meet global demand. One challenge is the likely scarcity of water for rice production due to competing demands for water, environmental degradation and the effects of climate change. Another conundrum for policymakers is that rice also accounts for 911 per cent of global emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. This could be significant, given that for every one billion people added to the global population, an additional 100 million tons of rice needs to be produced every year. Atmospheric methane (CH4) is recognized as one of the most important greenhouse gases and may account for 20 per cent of anticipated global warming. ―We know that higher concentrations of atmospheric CO2 can lead to significant reductions in the amount of zinc, iron and protein in staple crops like rice,‖ says Montira Pongsiri, former Commissioner of the Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health. ―Particularly in Asia-Pacific, this has important implications for nutritional security – in fact, this is a nutritional insecurity issue for Asia-Pacific communities.‖ UN Environment‘s rice work In October 2017 UN Environment and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) signed a partnership agreement to promote climate-smart and innovative technologies for rice production in developing countries. Furthermore, the proposed Global Environment Facility (GEF) programme Inclusive Sustainable Rice Landscapes - securing multiple environmental benefits and improved farmer welfare is under development by a multi-stakeholder consortium led by UN Environment and the Food and Agriculture Organization, in partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. ―The programme builds on the efforts of the Sustainable Rice Platform – hosted by UN Environment, and its 87 institutional members to work with governments and value chain actors at landscape level to drive adoption of proven climate-smart best practices and innovative technologies to reduce the environment


footprint of the sector, as well as to benefit farmers‘ welfare,‖ says UN Environment ecosystems expert Max Zieren. The above partners will host a side event during the GEF Assembly in Da Nang, Viet Nam, on 25 June to introduce this new multistakeholder initiative. For further information: Max Zieren zieren[at]un.org or William Wyn Ellis (Coordinator, Sustainable Rice Platform) ellisw[at]un.org TOPICS  Climate change  Ecosystems  Biodiversity  Agriculture  Global environment facility  Health  Sustainable development

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Well-hidden—perhaps deliberately—behind the President’s usual abrasive language is what appears to be a patient strategy to put milestone reforms in place, one at a time, by making periodic breakthroughs that need to be followed up with a lot of work by his people. On the issue of federalism, a key plank of his platform, Duterte had lately been sounding positively negative, saying that the country may not be ready for it, around the same time an opinion poll showed that most of the public opposed it, wanted to postpone it, or were either indifferent or uninformed. But I didn’t hear a lot of this negativism among the grassroots leaders—from the youth, farmers, and indigenous people—who trooped to a briefing organized by the Department of the Interior and Local Government earlier this week in Dumaguete, the first of several such regional briefings planned throughout the country. If anything, the grassroots was even more aggressive. One elderly gentleman called the proposed 12-year transition period ―kalokohan‖ (clearly he wants to see federalism in his lifetime). A local mayor wanted to push a mini-PIRMA movement among the country’s mayors to show Duterte and Congress their support for this changeover. *** Perhaps sensing this positive undercurrent, the President reiterated his unilateral opposition to the current unitary state during his Eid’l Fitr speech in Davao City. He also promised to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law, asked MNLF founder Nur Misuari to join the BBL talks, and reiterated that he will step down in any transition to a new leader. We hope that last point has reached the ears of his consultative commission, whose draft charter reportedly may allow a public official who’s finished two consecutive fouryear terms to run again after an elapsed period (during which time their relatives within the second degree also cannot run for the same office). It’s an eminently reasonable proposition, of course. But you can count on the opposition to attack it as another attempt by a sitting president to overstay in office. This has always been the bete noire of previous attempts at charter change. Perhaps the commissioners will consider writing an explicit prohibition against Duterte running after 2022, just to deny the opposition a most tempting bogeyman. The President also put his name behind the TRAIN tax reform program—another key part of his governance—after it came under increasing flak for allegedly causing the current spike in inflation (the real culprits are actually rising oil prices, higher tobacco tax compliance, and price profiteering by traders). The man obviously isn’t easily scared by what’s unpopular. *** Also courting unpopularity was Duterte’s flat-out statement that the Philippines will always have to import rice, simply because of overpopulation and lack of arable land. To our recollection, it’s the first time any President has spoken so definitively on this


issue, especially since his own Agriculture secretary had promised that the country will become self-sufficient in rice by 2020. In fairness to that Cabinet member, it’s a promise that’s been made again and again by other administrations before this one. It’s an irresistible part of our populist folklore. But it seems that Duterte, being the practical local mayor that he is, won’t waste time running after a dream that’s simply no longer achievable. The rice shortage crisis we narrowly avoided last month made it clear that ―rice security, not rice self-sufficiency‖ is the proper mantra for us. The President’s unequivocal declaration ought to lead to innovative new policies in this sector—from signing longterm purchase agreements with rice-surplus neighbors like Thailand and Vietnam to using the tariff revenues from higher rice imports to subsidize poor rice farmers here, to exploring alternative crops and even occupations for those same rice farmers. *** In peace and order, Duterte finally lowered the boom on the communist Left, with whom he’s been playing a game of on-again, off-again peace talks. Lately, CPP founder Joma Sison claimed there would be an initial ―stand-down‖ by both sides by June 21, preparatory to resuming peace talks on June 28 in Oslo. Sison even boasted that government had already agreed to two parts of the Comprehensive Agreement on Socioeconomic Reforms (CASER) being pushed by the CPP. But Duterte countered by saying that he wanted to hold the talks in Manila and that he wanted to get the advice of everyone in his team before deciding about resuming talks. Having been denied his chance to pull off a fast-break, a disappointed Sison said his group has no choice but to resume their ―revolutionary people’s war.‖ The old man will have to wait some more before seeing his homeland again, if ever. Less spectacularly, Duterte has resumed his crackdown on vagrants in the streets, whom he’s instructed his policemen to throw into the Pasig River if they refuse to cooperate. It’s another earthy comment that his critics won’t be able to resist lambasting again, like a fish that’s drawn irresistibly to the worm on the hook. As the vernacular puts it, ―madali silang pasakayin.‖ *** China is one issue where we think Duterte could be taking tougher stances. The public’s dander is up over stories of our fishermen from Pangasinan, Zambales and Bataan being forced by elements of the Chinese Coast Guard to give up their best catch in exchange for noodles, cigarettes and cheap alcohol. Harassing our fishermen like this is obviously not essential to the grand strategic maritime plans of the Chinese. And it was President Xi himself who promised Duterte that this kind of behavior wouldn’t happen. This is clearly an issue that we ought to bring up, loudly and repeatedly, to Beijing’s attention. Having said that, though, we wouldn’t go as far as Magdalo Congressman Gary Alejano, who’s accused government-owned PTV-4 of ―betraying the country‖ by agreeing to air Chinese TV shows, dubbed in Tagalog. We’re certainly impressed by the militance of Alejano, a former Navy officer. At this rate, he may be warning us soon that eating mami and siopao is like surrendering to a Chinese invasion. After all, who knows what they could be slipping into those delicious buns and noodles? Readers can write me at gbolivar1952@yahoo.com.


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The Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) is evaluating the packaging standards for commodities like flour and rice. Consumers will be inspired to only purchase products, which meet the packaging and labeling criteria. BSJ standards division director Julia Bonner Douette said the objective is to ensure that all heavily consumed food items have similar packaging standards like sugar. Douette noted that the bureau is deliberating the technicalities to implement standards. The adequate packaging will extend the shelf life of a product, which will enable to significantly prevent any waste such as leakage or deterioration that is expected to occur during transportation and distribution, said Douette. She also added that proper packaging is essential in order to keep food safe and ensure accurate environmental conditions until it is consumed. Douette further added: ―A good package should provide a barrier against dirt and other contaminants, thus keeping the product clean. ―It should protect food against physical and chemical damage, for example, the harmful effects of air, light, insects, and rodents, and it should help the customers to identify the food, instruct them how to use it correctly as well as inform them when it was manufactured and when it expires. All sugar sold to the public is needed to be packaged, sealed, and labeled, effectively 1 July 2017. Additionally, all pre-packers need to be registered with the NCRA, which carries out testing and other functions formerly undertaken by the BSJ. The decision is in line with the revised mandatory standards for brown cane sugar, gazetted on 30 December, 2016, which defined the needs for labelling, packaging and safety of sugar. As per the Standards Act, a fine of $3m and one year in prison will be charged for non-compliance with the labeling and packaging standards for sugar sold in the retail market. Source: http://foodproducts.packaging-business-review.com/news/bsj-evaluates-packaging-standards-for-flour-andrice-180618-6209511 Share| ContributeCopyright Policy


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Rice prices go up after govt hikes import duty Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Jun 19,2018 | Updated: 23:40, Jun 18,2018


A file photo shows a man carrying a sack of rice at a wholesale market in Dhaka. The prices of rice went up in the city‘s wholesale markets following the announcement of budget for the financial year of 2018-19 as the government reinstated 28 per cent import duty on the staple in the budget. — New Age photo

The prices of rice went up in the city‘s wholesale markets following the announcement of budget for the financial year of 2018-19 as the government reinstated 28 per cent import duty on the staple in the budget. Following the announcement of the budget on June 7, importers and millers increased the wholesale prices of rice by Tk 1-2 a kilogram and the wholesale price increase started affecting the retail markets in the city, traders said. ‗Rice importers and mill owners have already raised the wholesale prices of all varieties of rice by Tk 1-2 a kg and they also squeezed the supply of the staple as the government imposed import duty on the item,‘ Syed Monirul Islam, proprietor of Barishal Rice Agency at Mohammadpur Krishi Bazar, told New Age on Monday. He said the importers increased the prices of rice, which were imported under duty facility before the announcement of the budget, in the name of import duty re-imposition. Monirul said that the wholesale prices of rice increased before Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the biggest religious festivals of the Muslims, which was celebrated in the country on Saturday, and the price hike started affecting the retail markets in the city. Last year, the government reduced the import duty on rice to 2 per cent from 28 per cent to meet the shortfall of the crops as flash floods damaged production of boro rice in the haor areas. Considering the bumper rice production this year, finance minister AMA Muhith on June 7 reimposed 25 per cent customs duty and 3 per cent regulatory duty on rice import to protect the interest of the local farmers. Following the re-imposition of duty, the prices of both the imported and locally produced rice went up in the wholesale market and in some cases retail prices also increased. ‗The government has imposed import duty aiming to increase the prices of rice and the decision has already started increasing the prices of all varieties of rice in the market,‘ KM Layek Ali, general secretary of the Bangladesh Auto Major and Husking Mill Owners Association, said. He said that following the imposition of duty on rice import, the prices of paddy started increasing in the


market. It is obvious that the prices of rice would increase as the prices of paddy increased by Tk 70 a mound (40 kg) in last one week, Layek Ali said. According to Layek Ali, the wholesale prices of coarse, medium and fine varieties of rice increased by Tk 50125 a bag (50 kg) in last one week. A kilogram of coarse variety of rice was selling at Tk 42-45 a kg on Monday. The fine variety of Najirshail rice was retailing at Tk 65-70 a kg and its standard variety at Tk 60-64 a kg in the city markets. BR-28 rice was retailing at Tk 50-52 a kg, while Miniket rice was selling at Tk 62-68 a kg. The coarse variety of Miniket rice was retailing at Tk 56-60 a kg. More about:

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Reeling under rabi blow, paddy ryots shying away from kharif K N Murali Sankar KAKINADA, JUNE 19, 2018 00:47 IST SHARE ARTIC LE

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They suffered losses due to rain damage, ‘irregularities in procurement’ The absence of the minimum support price (MSP) for paddy during the last rabi season had its cascading effect on the transplantations during the current kharif season in the rice-rich East Godavari and West Godavari districts. Most of the farmers are looking for finances to meet the input costs, as it proved to be difficult for them to meet both the ends from the meagre sums they earned by selling their produce in the last crop season. As a result, paddy transplantation is moving at a snail‘s pace in both the districts. Paddy had been transplanted in about four lakh acres each in the East and West Godavari districts and the yield had been about 12.5 lakh metric tonnes and 12 lakh metric tonnes, respectively. The State government fixed the MSP at ₹1,192.5 for a 75kg bag of A-grade variety and ₹1,162.5 for the ‗Common‘ variety, besides setting up paddy procurement centres to ensure that the prices were honoured. ―The untimely rain at the fag end of the rabi season had spoiled the paddy market. Branding the grain as ‗discoloured‘ and less or more moist, millers and traders ruled the roost, whereas the officials remained mute spectators,‖ says M. Rajasekhar, secretary of the A.P. Koulu Rythula Sangham‘s East Godavari district unit. ―Till last year, paddy procurement centres used to remit the amounts against purchase of the grain directly into the bank accounts of farmers. Absence of the practice has paved the way for


irregularities, including custom milling of paddy from neighbouring districts and States,‖ he alleges.

‘Official-miller nexus’ The same is the situation in West Godavari district, where the official statistics indicate procurement of nine lakh metric tonnes of paddy through procurement centres. ―A thorough inquiry has to be ordered into the reported irregularities in paddy procurement. The nexus between paddy procurement centres and rice millers has resulted in a price drop. When it comes to farmers, lowering of prices has been forced by citing either abnormal moisture levels or colour of the grain,‖ points out K. Srinivas, secretary of the A.P. Pradesh Rythu Sangham‘s West Godavari district unit. ―Even as the water release into the irrigation canals has been scheduled for June 1, it has taken about 10 days for the water to reach the tail-end areas. In the absence of cash in hand and reluctance of banks to release crop loans, small and marginal farmers are not in a position to go for paddy transplantation,‖ says K. Trinadha Reddy, YSRCP farmers‘ leader.

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Nigeria to shut down border with neighboring country to curb rice smuggling June 19, 2018

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Trailer loads of smuggled rice seized by Nigerian customs along Lagos-Badagry Expressway recently By Nita Karume :

The Federal Government of Nigeria has said that it will shut down its border with a neighboring country on account of rice smuggling. Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said as much earlier on this week while speaking at a Guardians of the Nation International (GOTNI)-sponsored forum. Mr Ogbeh, however, failed to mention the particular country and border. He further endorsed this move necessary in order to encourage local production and sustain the economy of the country. Among the countries Nigeria shares borders with are Niger, Chad, Benin and Cameroon. The minister went on to explain the unprecedented risks that come with the consumption of said rice. According to him, rice planted in certain parts of the land could lead to poisoning of the same. Furthermore, some of the countries around the Delta there have been reports of arsenic found in the rice. This is in instances where rice is planted in the same place for six years consecutively. Mr. Ogbeh also said that the Federal Government had in two years managed to reduce rice importation by 95%. This is while the number of rice farmers increased from five to 30m. In 2014, the smuggling had taken a turn for the worst with rice traders and importers attributing the same of the tariff increase on imported rice by the Federal Government. As a result, some marketers in Lagos as well as the dealers resulted to smuggling of the product. Unfortunately, the high tariff placed on rice at the Nigerian port to discourage smuggling of the product has not been effective. The President of Rice Millers and Importers Association noted that smuggling, while destroying the Nigerian economy, is boosting the economy of other developing countries. He is of the opinion that increased tariff will help increase patronage for locally produced rice in Nigeria.


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Global rice shortage caused by El Nino threatens price crisis Experts say a bad monsoon season could see grain costs spiral by the end of the year    

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The world is expected to suffer a major rice shortage after global production was hit by extreme weather patterns - potentially fuelling an international price crisis. Hot weather and droughts brought on by the El Nino system continue to affect production in India, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam, where 60% of the world‘s rice is grown. Grain stocks in those countries are forecast to plummet to 19 million tons by the end of the year, down from a peak of 43 million tons in 2013.

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Dr Samarendu Mohanty from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) told The Independent: ―There is no doubt that the supply situation is very tight, and this will inevitably cause a spiral in demand. ―The extent of this crisis all depends on what happens during the upcoming monsoon season. If it goes badly in India and Indonesia and the crops don‘t get the rain, there could be real trouble ahead.‖ The monsoon season in India lasts from July to September and supplies up to four-fifths of the country‘s annual rain.


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He continued: ―At the moment it looks like the situation won‘t be as serious as in 2008 but the countries affected must act more rationally this time rather than panicking, and they must learn from the mistakes of the past.‖ El Nino is a major fluctuation in the Earth's climate system and see changes in the sea-surface temperature of the tropical Pacific Ocean every few years. During the 2008 crisis in Asia, lower rice output caused by El Nino prompted India to impose a blanket ban on exports and prices hit a record $1,000 per ton worldwide. The benchmark price for a ton of rice last month was $389.50, the strongest since July last year, and rates continue to increase. Top 10 islands in the world 2016

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Thailand‘s last major crop haul was around half the peak production from 2013 and output is expected to fall to just 15.8 million tons this year. Meanwhile, 593,000 acres of paddy fields have been destroyed by recent drought and salination in Vietnam‘s Mekong Delta region. The situation has not been helped by the one million wells built in the country since the 1960s, which have worsened the saline problem and contaminated the Vietnamese product. The Phillippines is weighing up whether to import an extra 500,000 tons of rice this year in an effort to boost state reserve stocks in case of a future crisis.

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Published: 19th June 2018 03:18 AM | Last Updated: 19th June 2018 06:33 AM | A+A ABy Express News Service RAYAGADA: Slow evacuation of custom milled rice from the mills in Rayagada district has hampered the delivery process posing problems for the millers.Nearly 2.7 lakh quintals of milled rice is now stocked at Odisha State Warehousing Corporation godown in Rayagada town. Of this, 70,000 lakh quintals wait to be lifted by the Gajapati district as per the direction of Civil Supplies Minister Surya Narayan Patra. The Minister, during his visit in March, had directed the evacuation of rice to Gajapati district and accordingly, an official instruction was issued by the department concerned. But, delay in implementation of the order has left the millers of Rayagada at their witâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s end. With August 31 deadline set up by Odisha State Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd for delivery of custom milled rice (CMR) for Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2017-18 and with the date barely a month-and-a-half away, the millers are worried that if the rice is not lifted, the quality would deteriorate leading to losses. During this KMS, the district has procured more paddy than the requirement under PDS and other schemes. To streamline timely realisation of custom milled rice from millers, the Government has been making plans from time to time. As per such a plan, 70,000 quintals of CMR is to be moved from Rayagada to Gajapati district to facilitate receipt of CMR within the deadline. But, things have failed to fall in place for the millers who fear that with the onset of monsoon, the rice in the godowns is likely to deteriorate and lead to reduction in purchase cost. Meanwhile, Civil Supplies Officer Purosottam Lenka said lifting for Gajapati district started recently and all efforts are being made for timely realisation of CMR as per Government schedule.

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By Jesica Kincaid ARLINGTON, VA -- The Trump administration announced on Friday an additional 25 percent import duty on $34 billion worth of high tech imports from China. China immediately responded by announcing a similar duty hike on $34 billion worth of U.S. imports, including U.S. rice. Both countries' actions are effective July 6, 2018. The 25 percent duty on U.S. rice imports is consistent with China's approach to retaliate against a wide variety of agriculture imports including soybeans, corn, wheat, cotton, beef, cranberries, orange juice, tobacco, and whiskies. In Friday's announcement, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) stated that higher duties on an additional $16 billion of imports from China are authorized, bringing the total value of trade affected to $50 billion. China's release also contained pending duty increases on an additional $16 billion of U.S. imports. According to USTR, "[Friday's] action comes after an exhaustive Section 301 investigation in which USTR found that China's acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation are unreasonable and discriminatory, and burden U.S. commerce." Section 301 is a part of U.S. trade law that allows the President to take certain actions, including raising U.S. import duties, to counter unfair foreign trade practices. "The U.S. Sec. 301 investigation and the administration's action are unrelated to rice trade," said USA Rice COO Bob Cummings. "We are disappointed in China's response and we will continue our decade-long press for access for U.S. rice in China. At the same time, we encourage the U.S. and China to resolve differences on technology transfer and intellectual property so duties on both sides can be removed."

Rice Millers' Convention Focuses on Trade, Future of Retail, and Regulatory Impact By Jesica Kincaid

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV -- The USA Rice Millers' Association (RMA) held its 119th Annual Convention at the historic Greenbrier Resort here last week. Rice millers and allied industry participants heard from a variety of speakers on a wide range of topics including a workshop on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), methods to minimize waste by converting rice hulls into higher value products, and a fast-paced, eye-opening presentation on the future of retail by USA Rice Domestic Promotion Committee Chairman Paul Galvani. Ambassador Gregg Doud, chief agriculture negotiator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, spoke about critical trade topics including the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), retaliatory tariffs and market access for U.S. rice in China, the status of ongoing World Trade Organization (WTO) rice-related cases, and the outlook of the Trump Administration's trade agenda. RMA continued the convention tradition of a breakfast presentation by a National Geographic photojournalist. This year's speaker, Annie Griffiths, shared a variety of her photographs from


around the world and promoted a message of global awareness. She also mentioned witnessing the positive impact of food assistance programs, in which many RMA members participate. A highpoint of this year's convention was the awarding of RMA's Distinguished Service Award to two longtime members. Bill Dore and Bob Watts, with decades of combined service to the industry, were honored at the conclusion of Friday's general session. Dore is a third generation rice miller with deep ties to Louisiana rice milling and Watts served the industry at leadership positions in mills in Texas and California. Both men served as past chairmen of the RMA. "Bill and Bob's achievements are a testament not only to their outstanding personal qualities but also to what makes the RMA great -- a collection of individuals building on over a century of service to the rice industry," said RMA Chairman Alex Balafoutis. "We meet each year in business and fellowship to move the industry forward, and it's the association's integrity, vision, and collaborative spirit that keeps RMA going strong."


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Week-long activities lined-up for Dapitan City‘s 55th Charter Day June 18, 2018 Emmanuel D. Taghoy

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DAPITAN CITY, Zamboanga del Norte, June 18 (PIA) – The City of Dapitan is celebrating is 55th Charter Day which kicked-off last week, June 15, with Senator Cynthia Villar as the guest of honor and keynote speaker.


Villar joined local officials in the ribbon cutting for the opening of the 2nd “Balanghoy” (Cassava) Festival held after the conduct of foot parade which was attended by personnel of the City Government, some representatives from national government agencies, members of non-government organizations, academe and local media, among others. In her message, the senator stressed that with assistance to farmers in mechanization of farming, use of high yielding rice variety, and right training on farm management, “we can be rice-sufficient in three years.” According to the Senator, the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PRRI) has developed the high producing rice variety and is now being introduced to farmers. "If we use that variety of rice that can produce six metric tons per hectare, then we can increase rice production by 50 percent. Or even with only 20 percent increase, we can be rice-sufficient,” she said. Simultaneously, the weeklong Agro-Industrial Fair was also opened on the same date at the Dapitan City Aqua-Marine Park (DAMPA). City Agriculturist Cyril Patangan said the activity showcases the different agricultural products of the city in the various booths. There will also be nightly presentations. The week-long event highlights sports activities such as inter-agency basketball and volleyball tournament, fun run, motor boat race, badminton tournament, invitational tennis, National OFF Road Competition and marathon. During the LGU-Night, the Most Outstanding Dapitanon 2018 will be announced. Moreover, loyalty awards will be given to deserving employees of the local government unit, including service awards to retiring Dapitan officials and personnel.

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Short-Grain Rice Seed Market Report 2018: Global Production, Type and Application with Region Forecast To 2025 By Prince Melendres June 18, 2018 29 0


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Scientists from the canadian University of Guelph have conducted a study and found which foods can improve the endocrine and cardiovascular systems of the body. They claim that the dishes of green and red lentils are extremely beneficial to people suffering from diabetes or hypertension. As noted, the researchers conducted a study involving 24 adults. They were offered two ways of eating is to eat just rice and potatoes, and their mixtures in the ratio of 1:1 with green and red lentils. The participants of the experiment measured the levels of blood sugar and pressure within two hours before meals and after. The results showed that the use of rice and lentils sugar level in the blood was 20% lower in comparison with indicators when used only rice. In the case of potatoes, this difference was 35%. In addition, after eating dishes with lentils and decreased the level of cholesterol in the blood, were observed normalization of pressure. Scientists have noted that this result is due to the high content in lentils valuable vitamins and minerals, informs Health.


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DUSHANBE: President Mamnoon Hussain is visiting Tajikistan to participate in an international conference on the International Decade for Action â&#x20AC;&#x2022;Water for Sustainable Developmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2013; 2018-28 being held in Tajik capital on June 20 and 21. The conference being hosted by Tajikistan in cooperation with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and other partners, will focus on sustainable development and integrated management of water resources for the achievement of social, economic and environmental objectives; implementation and promotion of related programmes and projects; and the furtherance of cooperation and partnerships at all levels in order to help achieve internationally agreed water-related goals and targets, including those contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


It will also highlight the importance of promoting the efficiency of water usage at all levels, taking into account the water, food, energy, environment nexus, including the implementation of national development programmes. Besides attending the conference the President during his four-day official visit to Tajikistan will also hold bilateral talks with Tajik leadership to further strengthen Pakistan‘s relations with this brotherly Central Asian state in diverse areas. Pakistan‘s Ambassador to Tajikistan Tariq Iqbal Soomro told APP that President Mamnoon Hussain and President Emomali Rahmon during their talks will discuss the whole range of bilateral ties to further strengthen and diversify these relations in different fields for mutual benefit. He said as the current volume of annual bilateral trade between the two countries stood at around US $ 42 million (FY 2016-17) and did not commensurate with the strong political ties, the two leaders will discuss ways and means to boost bilateral trade level upto US $ 500. President Mamnoon Hussain during his first visit to Tajikistan will also meet the prime minister of Tajikistan as well as the Speaker of Lower House of Tajik parliament. Pakistan‘s major exports to Tajikistan were sugar, dairy products, fruit, vegetables, rice, textile products, and minerals, whereas Pakistan imported cotton fiber, fruit, vegetables and unprocessed hides. Ambassador Tariq Iqbal hoped that the visit of President Mamnoon Hussain, on the invitation of Tajik President, will further strengthen the already existing close and friendly relations between the two brotherly nations. To a question, he said, the water conference was first of the series that Tajikistan planned to hold on a bi-annual basis to facilitate implementation of the New Decade for Water for Sustainable Development. The ambassador said that the official visit of President Mamnoon Hussain to Tajikistan as well as recent visits of Pakistani prime minister were reflective of the country''s vision to strengthen relations with neighbouring and regional countries and further regional connectivity.

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NDO/VNA â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Good prospect is forecast in the export of several agricultural products, including rice, in the rest of the year as demand in importing markets has shown optimistic signs, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD). The ministry predicted that domestic rice prices will continue to stay high until the end of June 2018, buoyed by hope for resuming exports to the Philippines. According to a report by the General Department of Vietnam Customs, in the first five months of 2018, rice shipments overseas rose 25.7% in volume and 42.6% in value, with prices picking up 13.4% over the same period last year. Statistics showed that 452,000 tonnes of rice were shipped abroad in May for US$347 million, pushing the five-month rice export volume to 2.66 million tonnes with value of US$1.45 billion. China was still the biggest market of Vietnamese rice. Vietnamese rice quality has gradually approached international standards, prompted by the shift in world demand for rice of higher quality. According to the MARD, importing countries now prioritise the import of fragrant and Japonica rice varieties. Currently, African countries are also increasing rice imports, creating opportunities for Vietnamese firms in the markets. Meanwhile, exports of aquatic products in May fetched US$700 million, raising total value in the first five months of 2018 to US$3.1 billion, up 11% over the same period last year. Particularly, export volume of tra fish in May was estimated at 104,000 tonnes, a year on year rise of 11.6%, marking a record growth rate in many years. The US, Japan, China and the Republic of Korea were the top markets of Vietnamese


aquatic products, which consumed over 50% of total exported volume. High growth was seen in many markets, including the Netherlands (60%), China (27%), the UK (27%), Germany (26%), and the Republic of Korea (21%). At the same time, chicken meat is also among products with high hope for growth in latter half of the year. Since the beginning of 2018, export volume of the product expanded three times compared to that in 2017.

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Eating Too Much Rice And Pasta Likely to Cause Early Menopause By Aiman Bilal June 17, 2018

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As per a new study in London, the excessive use of refined carbohydrates—especially white pasta and rice, may lead to an earlier menopause by a year and a half earlier. The findings were published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, according to which high intake of healthy foods like oily fish, green beans, fresh legumes and peas are the commodities associated with a later onset of menopause. The study lead author—Yashvee Dunneram—a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Leeds—Britain said that there are several factors that are taken into consideration for developing the relationship between age and the start of menopause, including the generic factors or behavioural and environmental exposure. However, a limited study has been done that looks at the impact of diet on menopause. Also Read: Movenpick to Open Exclusive Coffee Shops in Pakistan The study used the data gathered from fourteen thousand one hundred and fifty women, residing in Britain. They were asked to fill a detailed diet questionnaire along with an initial survey which was done to collect information on the reproductive health and history.


Later after four years when a follow-up survey and questionnaire was done, the researchers were able to analyse the diets of the women who have experienced the onset of natural menopause in the interim. The average age of the women of Britain for menopause is 51 years. More than nine hundred women were found to have experienced the natural start of their menopause at the time of the follow up survey, their ages ranging in between 40 and 65, which means that they must have menstruated for at least twelve months consecutively and menopause had not been brought on by factors like surgery, or cancer or pharmaceutical treatments. Their diet analysis revealed high intake of oily fish which are liked to a delayed start of menopause by almost three years. A diet full of refined pasta and rice displayed that menopause was more probably to occur one-and-a-half years before than the average age. As per the BBC reports the new study is observational and cannot prove any factor, the researchers, however, have some possible explanations behind their findings. For example, legumes contain antioxidants which could preserve menstruation for a longer span of time. Similarly, omega-3 fatty acids which are found in the oily fish also leads to stimulating the capacity of antioxidants in the body. As per the report, the increased use of refined carbs could also raise the risk of insulin resistance, which could hinder with the sex hormone activity and increase the oestrogen levels which might lead to an increase in the number of menstrual cycles causing the supply of eggs to finish faster

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Placer County Ag Tour To Showcase Rice Industry


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322SHARES28711 Artemio Dumlao (philstar.com) - June 17, 2018 - 11:24am BAGUIO CITY, Philippines â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Seeds of the highland region's famed centuries-old heirloom rice are being kept in storage to ensure that they will not be wiped out. Through the Heirloom Rice Project, a collaboration among the Department of Agriculture, International Rice Research Institute and Philippine Rice Research Institute, the seeds will be stored in a black box to keep them safe for between 25 to 40 years. Currently, 69 heirloom rice landraces â&#x20AC;&#x201D; particular strains that have evolved and have been cultivated over time â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from Benguet, Ifugao, Mountain Province and Kalinga are kept in separate genebanks maintained by IRRI and PhilRice. An additional 126 inherited races will be included this year from the project's expansion barangays, bringing the number of samples to 195. PhilRice said the threat of losing these valuable materials such as the heirloom rice makes conservation efforts increasingly more urgent and important. The project also discovered through community consultations that some landraces that are no longer being planted while others are on the verge of extinction. "The rice we ate, which was planted by our forefathers, are long gone and have been replaced," Rosa Dungawan, 73, said. She said she regrets that even though she had the opportunity to taste the heirloom rice, her grandchildren did not. Agriculturist May Ann Tuba-ang said that in case of unforeseen events that endanger the current landraces, the community can retrieve the seeds from IRRI and PhilRice for reproduction.


Aside from the conservation of heirloom rice, the project also aims to preserve the rice through increased production to encourage farmers to continue producing the rice passed down by their ancestors.

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Popular rice variety gets extra gene power to fight bacterial attacks Pyramiding of multiple BB-resistant genes into rice varieties. By Pranjal Mehar June 16, 2018

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Rice is considered essential for millions of Asians because of the immense influence on their culture, diets and economic condition and is the most important and dominant staple food crop in Asia. Approximately 92% of rice is grown and consumed in Asia, which encompasses 55% of the world population. Now, scientists at the Hyderabad-based Indian Institute of Rice Research have developed a new variety of the popular Improved Samba Mahsuri (ISM) rice that can resist bacterial blight (BB) disease. BB caused by Xanthomonas oryzae PV. oryzae (Xoo) remains a primary production constraint in rice in India and in most of the east and southeast Asian countries. This disease primarily occurs in epidemic proportions in monsoon (wet) season, particularly in irrigated and rain-fed lowland ecosystems. The disease affects rice crop, is caused by bacteria, Xanthomonas oryzae, and drastically reduces rice productivity. Dr Gouri Sankar Laha, co-author of the study said, ―Till now about 41 resistant genes have been identified from diverse sources. These genes differ from each other in their mode of action. While some are broad spectrum, others are narrow in their resistance spectrum.‖ Using Marker-assisted Backcross Breeding or MABB technique, scientists succeeded in gene insertion in genetically modified crops efficiently. Xanthomonas is virulent, meaning its infection spreads fast and wide. It also evolves very quickly. Thus plants that seem to be resistant now might turn susceptible later as the pathogen evolves into different strains. Dr Laha said, ―The new breed has been field tested in farms across several states and has been exposed to various strains of Xanthomonas. We have done three backcrossing and six generations of improvement. It has taken five years including a selection of parents and initial crossing.‖ ―The effort has resulted in several improved lines of ISM with a novel, broadspectrum blight-resistant gene Xa38 that show high levels of blight resistance to different types of Xanthomonas. These plants are better both in yield and in other traits than their ISM parent lines. After more field tests in different parts of the country, it will be ready for commercial release.‖ Other co-authors include Arra Yugander, Raman M. Sundaram, Kuldeep Singh, Duraisamy Ladhalakshmi, Lella V. Subba Rao, Maganti Sheshu Madhav, Jyothi Badri and Madamsetty Srinivas Prasad. Their study is published in the journal PLOS One.

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Villar graces Dapitan‘s festival, sees rice sufficiency in 3 years By Gualberto Laput June 16, 2018, 7:52 pm


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Rosalina Jalosjos, and Jose Rizal Memorial State University President Dr. Daylinda Luz Reluya-Laput (right to left) lead the opening on Saturday of the "Balanghoy (Cassava) Festival in Dapitan City. (Photo by: Gualbert M. Laput),

DAPITAN CITY, Zamboanga del Norte--Senator Cynthia Villar on Saturday said that the Philippines could be rice sufficient by 2020, but added that "it all depends on us if we will solve our problems‖ within that timetable. ―If we help our farmers in mechanization of farming; if we have them use high yielding rice variety; if we teach them how to manage their farms; yes, I believe we can be rice sufficient in three years,‖ Villar said at a press conference here. Villar, chairperson of the Senate‘s Committee on Agriculture, was guest of honor on Saturday in the opening of Dapitan's second ―Balanghoy (Cassava) Festival‖ that will culminate with this city's 55th Charter Day celebration on June 22. Villar explained that the country remains short of rice supply, but only by about seven percent. "If we use that variety of rice that can produce six metric tons per hectare, then we can increase rice production by 50 percent. Or even with only 20 percent increase, we can be rice sufficient,‖ she said. The senator said that the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PRRI) has developed the high producing rice variety and is now being introduced to farmers. ―We have traditionally been using the variety of rice that produces only four metric tons per hectare,‖ Villar said. She also lamented that agriculture contributes only about 10 percent of our gross domestic product as of now. ―And there's a prediction by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization that there will be food shortage in the world by 2050, or 32 years from now. That is because the world population will be nine billion by that time from the present seven billion,‖ Villar said. She added that the world has to increase food production by 70 percent, ―that is why we have to take care of our agriculture. You Dapitanons and the rest of the people in the province should not forget it.‖ As the average age of farmers has gone down to 57, Villar asked the academe to attract the young back to agriculture. Praising Dapitanons for giving emphasis to cassava, this city's most popular produce, Villar asked the farmer and Zamboanga del Norte residents to give importance to agriculture because two thirds of Filipinos depend on it. She said a third of our population are farmers while the other third are in agriculture-related businesses. ―You know, agriculture is also business. We should not think of agriculture as planting alone, our schools should also teach farm management. Our farmers should learn to borrow from banks, not from 5-6 (or loan sharks),‖ she said. (PNA)

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By Dr. Emil Q. Javier Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) continues to be a major public health concern worldwide. It is estimated that 250,000–300,000 vitamin A-deficient children become blind every year, with half of them dying within a year after getting blind. Here at home, not only are we not making progress, the problem is getting worse. VAD incidence among children increased from 15.2% in 2008 to 20.4% in 2013. According to the UNICEF study on the Economic Burden of Malnutrition in the Philippines (2016), there are 1,840 childhood deaths per year due to VAD. Clearly our current programs to eliminate VAD by promoting production and consumption of vitamin A-rich fruits and vegetables, distribution of vitamin A capsule supplements and mandatory vitamin A fortification of vegetable cooking oil are not enough. Another complementary way to increase vitamin A intake is by biofortification of foods vulnerable populations regularly consume. This is accomplished by enriching the beta carotene (pro-vitamin A) content of foods by conventional plant breeding and/or by use of modern transgenic methods (GMOs). We eat a lot of rice but the rice endosperm is devoid of beta carotene. Unfortunately, there are no landraces nor related rice species which carry the genes for beta carotene in the grains. The recourse is to transfer the beta carotene genes from other species which do not normally interbreed with rice. After years of effort, scientists have succeeded in transferring such genes, first from the golden daffodil, and then later, from yellow corn. Scientists at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) have incorporated these beta carotene genes from yellow corn into our popular varieties (baptized as Golden Rice). And now Golden Rice is ready for formal assessment for food and feed safety, for bio-efficacy, and finally for field testing in farmers‘ fields. Applications are now pending since last year with the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) of the Department of Agriculture (DA). In the meantime, Golden Rice has passed the assessments of three other national regulatory agencies for food and feed safety, namely by the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), Health Canada, and the US Food and Drug Administration (US-FDA). Following are the exact quotes from the assessments of Golden Rice by these national regulatory bodies: FSANZ:… ―No potential public health and safety concerns have been identified in the assessment of GR2E (technical code for Golden Rice). On the basis of the data provided in the present Application, and other available information, food derived for GR2E is considered to be safe for human consumption as food derived from conventional rice varieties.‖ Health Canada: ―Changes made in this rice variety did not pose a greater risk to human health than rice varieties currently available in the Canadian market,… Further, GR2E would have no impact on allergies, and that there were no differences in the nutritional value of GR2E compared to other traditional rice varieties available for consumption except for increased levels of provitamin A.‖ US-FDA: Concurred with the assessment of IRRI and declared that: ―Based on the safety and nutritional assessment IRRI has conducted, it is our understanding that IRRI concludes that human and animal food from GR2E rice is not materially different in composition, safety, or other relevant parameters from rice-derived food currently on the market except for the intended beta carotene change in GR2E rice… We have no further questions concerning human or animal food derived from GR2E rice at this time.‖ Needless to say, these competent national regulatory agencies of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States, are as concerned with the safety of their citizens as all other national bodies. They conduct their assessments based on concepts and principles developed over more than two decades by international organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organizations (FAO)


of the United Nations, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC). What further assurances do we need! We raised a furor over the alleged wrongful deaths from the mis-application of the Sanofi Dengvaxia vaccine against dengue (in the order of perhaps, less than a hundred). Should not we be even more concerned with the 1,840 needless deaths every year of poor Filipino children from vitamin A deficiency? How much longer do we have to wait until Golden Rice is made available as an economic, sustainable option to eliminate vitamin A deficiency? UP singing ambassadors — proudly filipino Last Wednesday, I had the fortune of attending one of the four farewell concerts ―The Reason We Sing‖ of the UP Singing Ambassadors (UPSA) at the Ayala Museum together with former UP Regent Nelia Teodoro Gonzalez. I was so moved by their musicality, harmony, choreography, and over-all stage presence so much so that when I was singled out in the crowd and asked to extemporaneously say a few words, all I could say was ―You make us proud.‖ Indeed as a collection of music-minded students from different colleges in UP Diliman, first organized by conductor Ed Lumbera Manguiat as a freshman choir at the Kalayaan Residence Hall, UPSA has gone a long way and conquered the world, figuratively. Since then, UPSA has toured Europe and parts of the world many times; competed in 21 international choral competitions, and in the process garnered five grand prizes and 23 first prizes, bringing honor and fame to the country and to the University of the Philippines. Among their Grand prizes were 1) 4th International Choir Festival. Sopot, Poland (May 2008); 2) Festival Choral International de Neuchatel. Neuchatel, Switzerland (August 2008); 3) 3rd International Choir Competition of Sacred Musi., Prague, Czech Republic (July 2005), and 4) 4th Concorso Polifonico ―Guido d‘Arezzo.‖ Arezzo, Italy (2001). Locally, UPSA has excelled well. UPSA received the ―Ani ng Dangal‖ award by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) ―for achieving the highest levels of artistic excellence and bringing honor to the country,‖ in 2009 and 2012. UPSA was also adjudged Best Chorale Group at the annual ALIW AWARDS in 2002, 2010 and 2011, and had been elevated to the Aliw Hall of Fame. UPSA‘s amiable conductor, Dr. Ed Lumbera Manguiat, honoris causa, has the distinction of being the first Asian conductor to win the Grand Prize of the prestigious Concorso Polifonico choral competition in Arezzo, Italy, in 2001. He likewise was awarded the Conductor‘s Award (Dirigentenpreis) at the second JOHANNES BRAHMS International Choir Competition in Germany in 2001. And the Special Prize for Excellent Conducting Performance at the BELA BARTOK International Choral Competition in Debrecen, Hungary in 2012. You have to hear and see them to believe, and be proud of them as Filipinos. UPSA has two remaining concerts before they leave for their coming European tour to Berlin, Germany; Torrevieja, Spain; Florence, Italy and Arezzo, Italy. You can watch them at the UP Bahay ng Alumni in UP Diliman campus this Sunday, June 17 at 5 p.m. And on June 18 at the UP Film center at 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from P300 to P1,000. Students get 50% discount; seniors, the usual 20%.

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Jiangxi Province, Related Stories China, on has donated modern farm equipment to the Northern Regional Coordinating Council (NRCC) to improve rice and maize farming. The equipment, which were handed over to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research-Savannah Agricultural Research Institute (CSIR-SARI), Tamale, for trying and testing were to enhance farming, harvesting and processing of farm produce as well as reduce cost of labour. The equipment included: two rice threshers, jack planter and a maize Sheller. Mr Salifu Saeed, the Northern Regional Minister, who received the equipment on behalf of the SARI expressed gratitude and said the gesture of Jiangxi Province was part of the efforts to strengthen the partnership they had with the northern region. He said the SARI in collaboration with CSIRSARI was committed to seeking guidance from Jiangxi Province to the farmers in the region to add value to their farming activities. Dr Wilson Dogbe, Head of Rice Research and Development Programme at CSIR-SARI said the equipment are labour saving and would boost farming especially rice and maize production in the region.

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DAPITAN CITY, Zamboanga del Norte–Senator Cynthia Villar on Saturday said that the Philippines could be rice sufficient by 2020, but added that ―it all depends on us if we will solve our problems‖ within that timetable.


―If we help our farmers in mechanization of farming; if we have them use high yielding rice variety; if we teach them how to manage their farms; yes, I believe we can be rice sufficient in three years,‖ Villar said at a press conference here. President Rodrigo Duterte had peviously declared that Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol‘s goal of making the Philippines self sufficient in rice was just a ―story‖ that was unlikely to be fulfilled. Villar, chairperson of the Senate‘s Committee on Agriculture, was guest of honor on Saturday in the opening of Dapitan‘s second ―Balanghoy (Cassava) Festival‖ that will culminate with this city‘s 55th Charter Day celebration on June 22. Villar explained that the country remains short of rice supply, but only by about seven percent. ―If we use that variety of rice that can produce six metric tons per hectare, then we can increase rice production by 50 percent. Or even with only 20 percent increase, we can be rice sufficient,‖ she said. The senator said that the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PRRI) has developed the high producing rice variety and is now being introduced to farmers. ―We have traditionally been using the variety of rice that produces only four metric tons per hectare,‖ Villar said. She also lamented that agriculture contributes only about 10 percent of our gross domestic product as of now. ―And there‘s a prediction by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization that there will be food shortage in the world by 2050, or 32 years from now. That is because the world population will be nine billion by that time from the present seven billion,‖ Villar said. She added that the world has to increase food production by 70 percent, ―that is why we have to take care of our agriculture. You Dapitanons and the rest of the people in the province should not forget it.‖ As the average age of farmers has gone down to 57, Villar asked the academe to attract the young back to agriculture. Praising Dapitanons for giving emphasis to cassava, this city‘s most popular produce, Villar asked the farmer and Zamboanga del Norte residents to give importance to agriculture because two thirds of Filipinos depend on it. She said a third of our population are farmers while the other third are in agriculture-related businesses. ―You know, agriculture is also business. We should not think of agriculture as planting alone, our schools should also teach farm management. Our farmers should learn to borrow from banks, not from 5-6 (or loan sharks),‖ she said. (PNA)

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Global Protein Supplement Market by Applications, Classifications, Analysis, Consumption, Performance Report 2017-2025 Global Protein Supplement Market: Global Market Synopsis, Growth Factors, Industry Segmentation, Regional Analysis And Competitive Analysis 2017 - 2025

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Protein supplements are bodybuilding supplements that are used by individuals, who are involved in bodybuilding, weightlifting, mixed martial arts, and other athletics to gain muscles, body weight, improve athletic performance with respect to reduce excess body fat. These supplements are necessary to consume with a proper diet to increase dietary protein intake. The major reason for more intakes of protein supplements by most of the body builders is convenient to use, easy preparation, and to lower the consumption of fats and carbohydrates. However, there is no scientific harmony regarding performance benefits associated with protein supplementation. Protein supplements are available in ready-to-drink shakes, bars, meal replacement products, bites, oats, gels, and powders. From which protein powders is considerably used before or after exercise and blend with water, milk or fruit juice. Further, protein powders are the source of protein from animals or plants such as dairy, eggs, peas or rice. These powders are available in three major forms such as protein concentrates, protein isolates, and protein hydrolysates. Protein concentrates are created by extracting proteins from daily diet food using enzymes. Additional fats and carbohydrates get removed in protein isolation process. Further, the main benefit of protein hydrolysates powder is that it allows the body to absorb protein more quickly as it is produced by the additional heating process. Factors Influencing Market Scenario: There is no scientific consensus regarding performance benefits associated with protein supplementation. Increasing number of health and fitness centers across the developing countries and growing health awareness among the wealthy population are the major driving factors for protein supplement market across the globe. Further, increase in obesity issues due to unhealthy and junk food consumption and spreading fitness related disorders risking youth population and compelling towards fitness clubs, and gym facilities for staying fit that is expected to drive the protein supplement market.The Global Protein Supplement Market is highly segmented and is based on new product launches and proven results of products. Hence, the leading industry pioneers have made use of different approaches, such as new clinical trials, product launches, high investments on R&D, market initiatives, agreements, joint ventures, partnerships, collaborations, mergers, acquisitions, and others to increase their footholds in this market. The Global Protein Supplement Market business intelligence report will characterize the analysis of all the segments with the market data during the forecast period, the data on historical, present market size, CAGR for all segments, market share and market forecast by all the segments and by region, and as well as the SWOT analysis for the market, competitive analysis, industry trends, and several qualitative and as well as quantitative data with regards to the market. The report covers comprehensive competitive outlook containing the market share and company profiles of the key players functioning in the global market. Key players profiled in the report include XXXX. Some of the key geographies covered in the Protein Supplement market:  North America  Europe


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Rise in Rice Imports Close to 178,000 tons of rice worth more than $183.5 million were imported into Iran during the first two months of the current Iranian year (March 21-May 21), registering a 22.1% and 9.1% decline in weight and value respectively compared with the similar period of last year. Figures released by the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration also showed that this amount of rice purchases accounted for 3.4% and 2.7% of the volume and value of Iranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s total imports over the period respectively, Mehr News Agency reported. Iranians consume 3.2 million tons of the grain every year while domestic production stands at 2.2 million tons.

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By Madelaine B. Miraflor A policy that will completely change the way rice is being sold in the Philippines is now in the offing. This means that soon rice can no longer be bought in sacks but in specific per kilo packages. For the sake of food safety and traceability, Agriculture Emmanuel Piñol said he is now pushing for an overhaul in rice packaging system in the Philippines — which will do away with the traditional way of selling different variety of rice by having them exposed in open containers with their price tags on it. This has always been the practice in every wet market in the country. This move will be formalized by a policy that the Department of Agriculture (DA) is going to draft. ―This will not be implemented right away. But we will go towards this direction in the context of food safety and traceability,‖ Piñol said. In ensuring food safety, Piñol said the current system now, which allows everyone to easily touch the rice, is not hygienic, while his per kilo packaging proposal will help consumers identify where their rice was produced, who produced it, and when it was milled. As for the additional cost this will entail consumers, Piñol shrugged this off, saying it will only add about R1 in the overall retail cost of rice. If ever, this proposal by Piñol will complement the move of Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOSTPCAARRD) to develop green packaging technology using eco-friendly materials for rice and other commodities. The project is intended to design an environment-friendly process protocol in developing packaging materials for specialty rice and other food commodities. On Wednesday, Piñol said the government is already at the tailend of its computations on how much Suggested Retail Price (SRP) to impose on basic food commodities like rice, fish, and vegetables. It forms part of the government‘s effort to address the rising prices of basic crops, which is being blamed to the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law — the first tax reform to be implemented in the Philippines in many years. https://business.mb.com.ph/2018/06/16/da-wants-to-overhaul-rice-packaging/

Popular rice variety gets extra gene power to fight bacterial attacks Pyramiding of multiple BB-resistant genes into rice varieties. By Pranjal Mehar June 16, 2018


Image: Pixabay Rice is considered essential for millions of Asians because of the immense influence on their culture, diets and economic condition and is the most important and dominant staple food crop in Asia. Approximately 92% of rice is grown and consumed in Asia, which encompasses 55% of the world population. Now, scientists at the Hyderabad-based Indian Institute of Rice Research have developed a new variety of the popular Improved Samba Mahsuri (ISM) rice that can resist bacterial blight (BB) disease. BB caused by Xanthomonas oryzae PV. oryzae (Xoo) remains a primary production constraint in rice in India and in most of the east and southeast Asian countries. This disease primarily occurs in epidemic proportions in monsoon (wet) season, particularly in irrigated and rain-fed lowland ecosystems. The disease affects rice crop, is caused by bacteria, Xanthomonas oryzae, and drastically reduces rice productivity. Dr Gouri Sankar Laha, co-author of the study said, â&#x20AC;&#x2022;Till now about 41 resistant genes have been identified from diverse sources. These genes differ from each other in their mode of action. While some are broad spectrum, others are narrow in their resistance spectrum.â&#x20AC;&#x2013; Using Marker-assisted Backcross Breeding or MABB technique, scientists succeeded in gene insertion in genetically modified crops efficiently. Xanthomonas is virulent, meaning its infection spreads fast and wide. It also evolves very quickly. Thus plants that seem to be resistant now might turn susceptible later as the pathogen evolves into different strains.


Dr Laha said, ―The new breed has been field tested in farms across several states and has been exposed to various strains of Xanthomonas. We have done three backcrossing and six generations of improvement. It has taken five years including a selection of parents and initial crossing.‖ ―The effort has resulted in several improved lines of ISM with a novel, broadspectrum blight-resistant gene Xa38 that show high levels of blight resistance to different types of Xanthomonas. These plants are better both in yield and in other traits than their ISM parent lines. After more field tests in different parts of the country, it will be ready for commercial release.‖ Other co-authors include Arra Yugander, Raman M. Sundaram, Kuldeep Singh, Duraisamy Ladhalakshmi, Lella V. Subba Rao, Maganti Sheshu Madhav, Jyothi Badri and Madamsetty Srinivas Prasad. Their study is published in the journal PLOS One. https://www.techexplorist.com/popular-rice-variety-gene-power-fight-bacterial-attacks/14888/

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Looking for a way to lower your blood glucose levels? One plant may be able to help, according to a new report. » RELATED: This common legume can help lower your blood pressure, study says Researchers from the University of Guelph in Canada recently conducted a small study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, to determine the association between lentils, a type of pulse, and reduced blood glucose levels. High blood glucose levels can lead to Type 2 diabetes. To do so, they examined 24 healthy adults, who were fed four dishes: white rice only, half white rice and half large green lentils, half white rice and half small green lentils, and half white rice and half split red lentils. The analysts measured the subjects‘ blood glucose levels before they ate and two hours afterward. They then repeated the same experiment this time using white potatoes alone and the same combination of potatoes and lentils. ―We mixed the lentils in with the potatoes and rice because people don‘t typically eat pulses on their own, but rather consume them in combination with other starches as part of a larger meal, so we wanted the results to reflect that,‖ coauthor Alison Duncan said in a statement. » RELATED: at this meat twice a week to avoid heart attacks and strokes


After analyzing the results, they found that replacing half a serving of rice with lentils caused blood glucose to drop by up to 20 percent. Replacing potatoes with lentils resulted in a 35 percent decrease. They explained that pulses, such as lentils, can encourage the production of short-chain fatty acids and slow digestion and the release of sugars into the bloodstream, which can lower blood glucose levels. ―This slower absorption means you don‘t experience a spike in glucose,‖ Duncan said. ―Having high levels over a period of time can lead to mismanagement of blood glucose, which is the hallmark of Type 2 diabetes. Essentially, eating lentils can lower that risk.‖ The scientists now plan to further their investigations and collaborate with more health experts to explore the benefits of lentils. ―We are hoping,‖ Duncan said, ―that building evidence for approval of a health claim for pulses will further encourage people to add pulses to their side dishes.‖ » RELATED: You can avoid strokes and heart attacks with these two household fruits, study says

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Looking for a way to lower your blood glucose levels? One plant may be able to help, according to a new report. » RELATED: This common legume can help lower your blood pressure, study says Researchers from the University of Guelph in Canada recently conducted a small study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, to determine the association between lentils, a type of pulse, and reduced blood glucose levels. High blood glucose levels can lead to Type 2 diabetes. To do so, they examined 24 healthy adults, who were fed four dishes: white rice only, half white rice and half large green lentils, half white rice and half small green lentils, and half white rice and half split red lentils. The analysts measured the subjects‘ blood glucose levels before they ate and two hours afterward. They then repeated the same experiment this time using white potatoes alone and the same combination of potatoes and lentils.


―We mixed the lentils in with the potatoes and rice because people don‘t typically eat pulses on their own, but rather consume them in combination with other starches as part of a larger meal, so we wanted the results to reflect that,‖ coauthor Alison Duncan said in a statement. » RELATED: at this meat twice a week to avoid heart attacks and strokes After analyzing the results, they found that replacing half a serving of rice with lentils caused blood glucose to drop by up to 20 percent. Replacing potatoes with lentils resulted in a 35 percent decrease. They explained that pulses, such as lentils, can encourage the production of short-chain fatty acids and slow digestion and the release of sugars into the bloodstream, which can lower blood glucose levels. ―This slower absorption means you don‘t experience a spike in glucose,‖ Duncan said. ―Having high levels over a period of time can lead to mismanagement of blood glucose, which is the hallmark of Type 2 diabetes. Essentially, eating lentils can lower that risk.‖ The scientists now plan to further their investigations and collaborate with more health experts to explore the benefits of lentils. ―We are hoping,‖ Duncan said, ―that building evidence for approval of a health claim for pulses will further encourage people to add pulses to their side dishes.‖ » RELATED: You can avoid strokes and heart attacks with these two household fruits, study says

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Pakistan. Rice exports up by 30pc to $1.58b in 10 months 15.06.2018 | UkrAgroConsult Pakistan has come out of the crisis of low exports, which was observed during the last three years, as the rice exports have increased by around 30 percent to $1.58 billion during the first 10 months of the current fiscal year (2017-18) as exporters pushed fresh cargoes to Indonesia, Kenya and other markets.

Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan chairman Samee Ullah Ch said that value of rice export trade has been showing improvement due to the coordination of REAP members with the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan and customs. ―Our members are putting in untiring efforts, and aggressive marketing to increase rice exports and to earn valuable foreign exchange,‖ he added. He said rice exporters are making investments to install modern rice processing machinery and using value-addition technology. He said the association is sending trade delegations to various countries for rice marketing. ―Last month our delegation came back after a successful visit to Iran, which is very lucrative and a potential market for basmati rice. Around 100,000 tons of rice has so far been exported to Iran during the current season.‖ He hoped that a handsome amount of foreign exchange would be fetched by Pakistani rice exporters. He said that rice exports amounted to $1.23 billion during the corresponding period last year.


Samee Ullah Ch said exports increased 15 percent to 3.23 million tons during the 10 months of the current fiscal year of 2017/18. He said exports of non-basmati rice to Indonesia increased during the period.

New paddy variety bursts onto East Godavari Agency scene B.V.S. BHASKAR V.R. PURAM (EAST GODAVARI) , JUNE 16, 2018 00:38 IST SHARE ARTIC LE

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DRR Dhan 44, developed by Indian Institute of Rice Research, has come out with flying colours in field trials A new paddy variety introduced on a trial basis in eight Agency villages of Vara Ramachandrapuram mandal in East Godavari district holds promise for farmers of the region. DRR Dhan 44, developed by the Indian Institute of Rice Research (IIRR), has fared better than MTU 1001, a common variety in this area. In addition to yielding four bags more than other varieties, Dhan 44 has withstood well the long dry spells. ICRISAT is giving 50 % input subsidy to identified farmers.

Consortium approach The consortium approach has evoked a good response with tribal farmers coming forward to cultivate new varieties of paddy, pulses and other crops. This project has been taken up under Rythu Kosam in Andhra Pradesh (AP Primary Sector Mission) and trials were conducted by ICRISAT under the guidance of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) located on its campus in Hyderabad with the help of the Andhra Pradesh Agriculture Department, the IIRR, and ASDS, an NGO. Cooking quality of this variety has also been found good like basmati. This variety yields more under minimal fertilizer application making it most suitable for the Agency area where farmers don‘t buy much fertilizer. This year, more farmers have came forward to take part in participatory demonstrations. IRRI senior scientist A. Narayana Rao said with the confidence gained from the VR Puram demonstrations, the approach will be tried out in Gangavaram and Y Ramavaram mandals in the East Godavari Agency area.

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Interacting with the farmers of Gangavaram and Yarlagadda villages, he highlighted the success stories of DRR Dhan 44 and other varieties in VR Puram mandal. About 20 farmers, four groups, five members in each group came forward to participate in the demonstration during kharif 2018 with DRR Dhan 44, KNM 118, RNR 15048 and DRR Dhan 46 along with other crops such as sorghum, ragi, and groundnut which are being upscaled in these mandals for the last two years. Rajesh Nune, visiting scientist, ICRISAT, said there was a possibility of growing green manure and chickpea during the rabi season if cattle were constrained to non-crop areas for grazing. He suggested setting up of â&#x20AC;&#x2014;community groupsâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC; to prevent cattle from entering fields https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/new-paddy-variety-bursts-onto-eastgodavari-agency-scene/article24176221.ece https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhrapradesh/new-paddy-variety-bursts-onto-east-godavari-agency-scene/article24176221.ece https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/new-paddy-variety-bursts-onto-eastgodavari-agency-scene/article24176221.ece http://www.uniindia.com/popular-rice-variety-gets-extra-gene-power-to-fight-bacterialattacks/india/news/1261896.html

Protein-packed and rich in fibre, researchers have found another reason to eat lentils Substituting rice and potatoes with lentils can significantly lower blood sugar levels, University of Guelph study shows LAURA BREHAUT Updated: June 14, 2018


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They‘re high in fibre, full of complex carbohydrates and 25 per cent protein. As a pantry staple, they‘re inexpensive and versatile. And new research out of the University of Guelph has found yet another compelling reason to eat lentils: they can significantly lower blood sugar levels. In a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, researchers discovered that making a simple swap in familiar starchy side dishes could have profound effects. Substituting half a serving of rice with lentils resulted in a 20 per cent drop in blood glucose, while the same substitution with potatoes showed a 35 per cent decrease. ―Pulses are extremely nutrient-dense food that have the potential to reduce chronic diseases associated with mismanaged glucose levels,‖ said Prof. Alison Duncan of the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, explaining that they can decelerate digestion and help stabilize sugars in the bloodstream.


―This slower absorption means you don’t experience a spike in glucose. Having high levels over a period of time can lead to mismanagement of blood glucose, which is the hallmark of Type 2 diabetes. Essentially, eating lentils can lower that risk.‖ The study looked at the blood glucose readings of 24 healthy adults after eating four dishes: ―white rice only, half white rice and half large green lentils, half white rice and half small green lentils, and half white rice and half split red lentils.‖ Researchers took blood glucose readings before the participants ate, and then again two hours afterwards. They then repeated the process with white potatoes, using the same combination of lentils as with the rice. The legumes were mixed in with the starches to better reflect how people tend to eat them, the researchers said, and the results were similar for each of the three types of lentils. ―Canada has a huge production of lentils, but we export most of it and only 13 per cent of Canadians eat them on any given day,‖ Duncan said. ―We are hoping this research will make people more aware of the health benefits of eating pulses.‖ https://vancouversun.com/life/food/protein-packed-and-rich-in-fibre-researchers-have-found-anotherreason-to-eat-lentils/wcm/70532e74-6a1e-4a33-8f72-7aa324601e18

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A study by University of Guelph researchers is pointing to the health benefits of eating lentils and other pulses. Professor Alison Duncan of the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences says Canada has a huge production of lentils, but most are exported and only about 13 per cent of Canadians eat them. Duncan says pulses are extremely nutrient-dense foods that have the potential to reduce chronic diseases associated with mismanaged glucose levels. The study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, shows that replacing potatoes or rice with pulses can lower blood glucose levels by more than 20 per cent. The study involved 24 healthy adults fed four dishes, including white rice only and combinations of rice and various lentils. https://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/guelph/lentils-pulses-provide-significant-health-benefits-u-of-g-research1.3975191

DA mulls over rice packaging system By: Karl R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:35 AM June 16, 2018

The country‘s agriculture chief is looking at the possibility of requiring standard rice packaging in markets as the agency reviews food safety practices in the rice retail industry. If implemented, rice will no longer be sold in open stalls, a practice that Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol described as ―unhygienic.‖ ―We‘re looking at marketing rice in packages of one, two, and five kilos. This is also to ensure that there would be traceability for the protection of consumers,‖ said Piñol in an interview. ―If you go to public markets anybody can touch the rice … And wouldn‘t it be nice when you go to the market and you don‘t have to worry if you‘re being cheated with the scale since everything is already packaged?‖ he added. The secretary said the planned policy would be implemented in phases, and may start after the imposition next week of suggested retail prices of various basic commodities. While the new policy may entail additional costs to retailers, Piñol said it was a small price to pay in the name of food safety. Piñol said the policy could be crafted under the Food Safety Law. The new policy will complement plans to ―properly classify‖ rice varieties. The thorough review of the rice retail industry comes at a time when the country is set to transition to a ―rice tariff regime,‖ under which the government will remove its import quota on rice and instead slap an additional tariff.


This will open the country to more rice imports and is seen to benefit consumers as retail prices of rice are expected to fall by P4 to P7 a kilo, according to the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s economic managers. Don't miss out on the latest news and information. Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

Read more: http://business.inquirer.net/252566/da-mulls-rice-packagingsystem#ixzz5Kqbph5aZ Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook http://business.inquirer.net/252566/da-mulls-rice-packaging-system State to provide training to farmers in Malda for aromatic rice cultivation Pradip Chatterjee | 15 Jun 2018 10:53 PM Kolkata: State agriculture department has decided to impart training to the farmers of Malda district, where the department is planning to produce Tulaipanji and other aromatic rice in large scale. A team of research wing at Uttar Banga Krishi Vishwavidyalaya will soon visit Malda district not only to carry out a detailed survey but also to encourage the farmers to cultivate Tulaipanji and other scented rice. The step is a part of the overall initiative of the state Agriculture department to increase the production of aromatic rice. The research wing of Uttar Banga Krishi Vishwavidyalaya will identify the places where these rice could be grown on a large scale. They will encourage the farmers into new ventures and training would be given to them. The department will provide seeds to the farmers in the district at a cheaper rate so that more number of farmers show their interest. The state government will extend all possible benefits to the farmers to make the attempt a success, sources in the department said. Agriculture department will carry out a detailed study, examine the nature of the land where Tulaipamji and other aromatic rice could be grown in North Bengal. State agriculture minister recently held a high-level meeting with the researchers of Uttar Banga Krishi Vishwavidyalaya and other senior officials of the department, chalking out an elaborate plan on how to increase the production of aromatic rice. It may be mentioned here that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during her recent visit to the North Bengal, asked the senior government officials to take necessary steps so that Tulaipanji, Gobindobhog and other aromatic rice can be produced on a large scale. The main purpose of the move is to ensure that the people get these rice at a lesser price. Proded by the Chief Minister, the agriculture department is also leaving no stone unturned to make it possible. It may be mentioned here that state Agriculture department has already been taking help from the research fellows of Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya and Uttar Banga Krishi Vishwavidyalaya who will provide assistance to the department in this regard. The main purpose is to increase the production of fragrant rice in the state. Asish Banerjee, state Agriculture minister said his department has set a target to increase the production of various aromatic rice including Tulaipanji and Gobindabhog in various districts. A research wing of Uttar Banga Krishi Vishwavidyalaya has chosen Malda district where Tulaipanji could be grown on a large scale. A team will soon visit the district to identify the areas. http://www.millenniumpost.in/kolkata/state-to-provide-training-to-farmers-in-malda-for-aromatic-ricecultivation-304697


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Scientists have discovered some surprisingly awesome side-effects to eating lentils. When you think of the word 'superfood,' I bet lentils are one thing that do not come to mind right away. Some interesting new science from the University of Guelph, however, could skyrocket this humble little legume to the status of dietary darling. Lentils are astoundingly effective at lowering blood glucose levels, researchers have discovered. When carbohydrates such as rice and potatoes are swapped out for lentils, it can lower blood glucose by up to 35 percent. In the study, which is the first of its kind, 24 adult participants were given four dishes to eat -one with plain rice, half white rice and half large green lentils, half white rice and small green lentils, and half white rice with small red lentils. Researchers measured blood glucose levels prior to eating and two hours after. The process was repeated with two more dishes -- white potatoes alone and half white potatoes with lentils. Study author Allison Duncan, professor at the Department of Human Health and Nutrition, said,


"We mixed the lentils in with the potatoes and rice because people don't typically eat pulses on their own, but rather consume them in combination with other starches as part of a larger meal, so we wanted the results to reflect that." The rice-and-lentil combinations saw in a 20 percent drop in blood glucose levels, while replacing potatoes with lentils led to a 35 percent decrease. This is a valuable discovery because it could help many people who struggle with chronic diseases that are associated with mismanaged glucose levels, not to mention improving the overall health of the general population.

"Pulses, such as lentils, can slow digestion and the release of sugars found in starch into the bloodstream, ultimately reducing blood glucose levels, said Duncan. "This slower absorption means you don't experience a spike in glucose. Having high levels over a period of time can lead to mismanagement of blood glucose, which is the hallmark of Type 2 diabetes. Essentially, eating lentils can lower that risk." The University of Guelph is located in Canada, which grows 65 percent of the world's lentils, the vast majority of which come from the province of Saskatchewan. Despite this, only 13 percent of Canadians eat lentils on any given day; unfortunately they are far from being the dietary staple here that they are in India and the Middle East. The researchers hope that this study will boost culinary interest in lentils, and that Health Canada will pay attention: "We are hoping that building evidence for approval of a health claim for pulses will further encourage people to add pulses to their side dishes." We at TreeHugger don't need any further encouragement! We love lentils. If you're new to them, check out some recipes from our archives: 38 recipes for beans and lentils for superfood meals Weekday Vegetarian: Lentil Soup Lentil salad with roasted vegetables and lemon-rosemary vinaigrette (vegan) Curried wild rice, lentil, and orzo salad Weekday Vegetarian: Healthy and Delicious Lentil Patties https://www.treehugger.com/green-food/why-you-should-eat-more-lentils.html

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(Bloomberg) -- Nigeria, the world‘s third-biggest rice importer, will likely receive 12 percent more of the grain from foreign sources in the 2018-19 season as demand spikes at a time of declining output due to higher costs and insecurity, an industry body said. ―We foresee a significant drop in rice production this year,‖ Mohammed Sahabi, chairman of the rice farmers‘ association in Kebbi, a state that‘s one of the country‘s top three producers of the grain, said by phone from the local capital, Birnin Kebbi. The amount of land allocated to rice in the Kebbi area has likely fallen by half this year from the 200,000 hectares (494,200 acres) cultivated in 2017, he said. Other major producing states such as Kogi and Ebonyi are dealing with an increasing number of clashes between nomadic herders and farmers, which keep planters from tilling their land.

Internally Displaced Nigeria‘s rice imports are set to increase to 2.9 million metric tons in the 2018-19 season from 2.6 million tons in 2017-18, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Reasons cited included conflict, population growth and more people giving up traditional coarse grains in their meals in favor of rice. Nigeria is Africa‘s most-populous nation with almost 200 million inhabitants.


The forecast output-drop is a setback for government plans to stop rice imports by the end of this year to save foreign currency. Production had increased more than 50 percent over the past five years to 3.7 million tons last year. Domestic demand rose 4 percent to 6.7 million tons in the 2017-18 year that ended in May. President Muhammadu Buhari, 75, is seeking to diversify Nigeriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s oil-dependent economy by boosting agriculture, especially rice production. Elected in 2015, he has overseen investments of almost $1 billion in rice farming and milling, virtually banned importers of the grain from buying foreign exchange, raised tariffs and pushed the central bank to lend to farmers. At the same time, rice smuggling through neighboring Benin and Niger has soared over the past years. https://www.bloombergquint.com/business/2018/06/15/nigeria-rice-imports-seen-rising-12-ondemand-lower-output

China suspends rice imports from Myanmar after bank freezes Submitted by Eleven on Sat, 06/16/2018 - 11:56 Writer: Zeyar Nyein

Muse 105th mile trade zone in Myanmar-China border. Chinese merchants have suspended its rice imports from China-Myanmar border after a freeze on bank accounts of merchants, said Than Oo, secretary of Bayintnaung Rice Brokerage Center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rice prices remain unchanged as China has suspended rice imports from Myanmar. Rice prices will go up when there are high demands from China. Rice trading is not working well as China makes a crackdown on contrabands,â&#x20AC;? he added.


China has frozen bank accounts of traders in China-Myanmar border very often. Remittance services have suspended since June 12 as there are some problems with money transfer, according to merchants in Muse border. Khin Maung Lwin, assistant permanent secretary of Commerce Ministry said: “Commerce Ministry will sign a MoU with Yunnan province government to officially export rice, sugar, maize and other agro products to China in June. Under the MoU, Myanmar will import farm equipment, electronics, steel and steel products which are equivalent to export volumes, from China. Myanmar’s rice exports via border area declined in April and May as China reduced its Minimum Support Rice (MSP), according to Lu Maw Myint Maung, joint general-secretary of Myanmar Rice Federation. Myanmar exported more than 70 per cent of rice via border trade and the rest via marine trade.

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Twitter OPPOSITION Sen. Paolo Benigno Aquino 4th on Friday expressed concern about the possibility of the imported rice procured by the National Food Authority (NFA) ending up in the hands of rice traders again, leaving the buffer stock of the grains agency depleted. Aquino raised such possibility since the corruption allegation surrounding NFA Administrator Jason Aquino has not been acted upon by Malacañang. ―The government should look into allegations against Aquino rather than entrust him with the task of importing thousands of metric tons of rice,‖ the opposition senator said. The NFA administrator was blamed for the depletion of NFA buffer stock early this year, which led to the sudden spike on the prices of commercial rice in the market. ―It was his blunder that caused the rice price increase and added to the burden of Filipino families,‖ Sen. Aqiuno pointed out. The initial shipments of the 250,000 metric tons of imported rice approved by the NFA council last February arrived in the country early this month in Subic and Surigao. The 16,000 tons of rice were distributed in provinces surrounding Subic and Surigao to stabilize rice prices in the area. The supply for Metro Manila and other regions in the country are expected to arrive in succeeding trenches. ―What happened to the allegations against the NFA leadership? Now the imported rice has started to arrive, we should make sure that things would not happen again wherein the NFA rice and its buffer stock would just end up in hands of rice traders,‖ Aquino added. During a Senate hearing on the rice issue, the NFA admitted it failed to comply with the required 15-day buffer stock since last year because of natural and man-made calamities experienced by the country in 2017, including the five-month Marawi siege. The NFA head claimed that the agency anticipated the rice shortage and submitted a request for rice importation as early as October 2017 to the NFA Council, but its request to


import 250,000 metric tons (MT) of rice in January was denied due to the stable price in commercial rice and the good local rice production forecast. But some resource persons who attended the hearing alleged that while the NFA is only allowed to sell rice to retailers, the agency allowed its stocks to be sold to favored rice traders through dummy rice retailers. Allegations were also made that the NFA rice was illegally sold to traders who then rebagged and sold it as commercial rice at P42 to P45, or about 55 to 66 percent higher than the NFA selling price of P27 to P32. Mayor Teresa Alegado of Cebu during the hearing noted that the practice was so blatant that traders were selling the NFA rice without even bothering to re-bag this. Rice watchdog Bantay Bigas also pointed out that smugglers are taking advantage of the entry of the rice imported by the NFA fromVietnam and Thailand as it coincides with the scheduled arrival of the rice imports. ―Rice importation only breeds rice smuggling,‖ Bantay Bigas spokesperson Cathy Estavillo said in reaction to the interception Thursday of shipment of 100,000 sacks of Thailand rice worth P187 million by the Bureau of Customs (BoC) at the Manila International Container Port (MICP). Based on BoC’s assessment, the shipments came from Vietnam and consigned to Sta. Rosa Farm Products Corporation. The current rice importation policy is causing the increasing number of smuggling cases in the country as it only gives opportunity for illegal rice imports from private traders to enter the Philippines, Bantay Bigas said. Experience tells us that rice importation permits sold to private traders were used to create an opportunity for illegally imported rice to enter the country,‖ Estavillo said. According to her, the proposed rice tariffication would even worsen rice smuggling as the government welcomes any private trader who can afford to import rice. Despite the NFA controversies President Rodrigo Duterte has retained Aquino as NFA head but returned the agency under the control of the Department of Agriculture. The president also ordered the removal of the powers of NFA Council chairman and Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr., a move which Sen. Aquino said was unnecessary and leaves the NFA even more prone to corruption and impunity. Evasco was pushing for a government-to-private mode of procurement to make the process more transparent while Aquino wanted a government-to-government mode, which is prone to corruption. http://www.manilatimes.net/nfa-rice-may-end-up-with-rice-traders-again/408549/#

Anheuser-Busch Joins Forces with USA Rice to Strengthen American Rice Industry By Josh Hankins

JONESBORO, AR -- Anheuser-Busch and USA Rice are proud to announce a major new investment in water efficiency, rice-land preservation, and wildlife protection through the Rice Stewardship Partnership. Rice is one of the four natural ingredients in many Anheuser-Busch great-tasting beers ever since Adolphus Busch first added it to Budweiser to set the brew apart from other lagers. An investment in the Rice Stewardship Partnership will bring the nation's leading brewer - and largest end user of American rice - together with growers, environmental groups, and


government agencies to strengthen the U.S. rice-growing industry through innovation, knowledge-sharing, and supporting sustainable and efficient practices. Anheuser-Busch's investment will help fund strategies to protect working ricelands, including conservation planning, irrigation efficiencies, nutrient management, and education of decisionmakers on water, agriculture, and wildlife habitats. The Partnership will also help improve air quality, conserve energy, and support rice growers' bottom line by testing new irrigation strategies. These efforts will help advance Anheuser-Busch's 2025 Sustainability Goals announced earlier this year, which include connecting 100 percent of their direct farmers to new technology and empowering them to try new agricultural practices, as well as engaging 100 percent of their facilities in water efficiency efforts. "From seed to sip, every step of our brewing process is focused on responsible and sustainable water stewardship and smart agricultural practices," said Jess Newman, Anheuser-Busch's director of U.S. agronomy. "The last ten years have seen us reduce water usage in our facilities by 38 percent and we are excited to keep moving in this positive direction." "USA Rice's partnership with Ducks Unlimited and with great members like Anheuser-Busch has enabled us to provide much-needed financial and technical support to conservation minded rice farmers who are working to continuously improve their operations and hopefully see a positive return on their investments in both future profits and achieving their sustainability goals," said USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward. Anheuser-Busch's 15 agricultural facilities across the country include a rice facility in Jonesboro, Arkansas - a proud part of the $4 billion Arkansas rice industry. Most of the rice milled at the Jonesboro facility is sourced within a 30-minute drive from local farming families, and byproducts are used as inputs in the feed industry, providing a key element for cattle feed. To celebrate and thank the Arkansas rice-growing community, Anheuser-Busch hosted a Grower Appreciation Dinner for their local growers last night. The event included presentations from senior leadership and local industry members. "We're thrilled that this new Rice Stewardship Partnership will enable us to play an even stronger role supporting the Arkansas rice industry," said Bill Jones, rice agronomy manager at the Arkansas rice mill. "At Anheuser-Busch, we're constantly looking for ways to build a more sustainable industry and even stronger local growing communities."

Rice exports to decline by 10% on restrictions from importing countries


Bangladesh imposes 18% import duty, EU introduces stringent quality norms; a part of decline to compensate through export to China Dilip Kumar Jha | Mumbai Last Updated at June 15, 2018 23:21 IST

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After a bumpy ride last year, India's rice exports are likely to decline this year by up to 10 per cent this year due to restrictions imposed by importing countries. While Bangladesh has imposed 28 per cent import duty on rice to restrict its exports largely from India, the European Union also made its quality norms stringent with introduction of new pesticides limit. With this, non-basmati rice export to Bangladesh and basmati rice shipment to the European Union is set to decline. The restrictions from importing countries assume significance as Bangladesh contributes over 18 per cent India's 8.5 million tonnes of non-basmati rice exports, the European Union shares nearly 10 per cent of India's basmati rice exports annually. A part of this decline, however, is likely to offset with the beginning of direct import from China, possibly in the second half of the current financial year.


"Overall rice exports from India are set to decline this year due to stringent quality norms introduced by the European Union. For immediate future, therefore, India may lose its entire 400,000 tonnes of European Union markets in the immediate term. The scenario, however, would improve with growers to reduce pesticides use in basmati rice in the long term. Also, Indian exporters would lose the entire Bangladesh market in the immediate term,‖ said Gurnam Arora, Joint Managing Director, Kohinoor Foods, one of India’s largest basmati rice exporters which sells its aromatic rice under Kohinoor brand. Data compiled by the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda) showed a bumpy ride of both basmati and non-basmati rice exports during the last financial year. India emerged as a large supplier of rice to the South East Asian (SEA) countries due to a devastating flood in this region last year. Consequently, India's both non-basmati rice exports jumped by a staggering 28 per cent to 8.65 million tonnes for the financial year 2017-18 compared to 6.77 million tonnes in the previous financial year. India’s basmati rice exports, however, stagnated at around 4 million tonnes in three years. In value terms, however, non-basmati rice exports from India jumped by a staggering 41 per cent to $3564.39 million for FY17-18 versus $2531.47 million in the previous financial year. ―A part of the decline in non-basmati rice export would get compensated through shipment to China for which Apeda has started registering exporters,‖ said a senior official with a large rice exporting company. A study from India Rating (Ind-Ra) believes India’s export price is likely to remain competitive in the international market and the recent decline in India’s rice export prices could attract buying from African countries, as Indian rice has become more competitive while a decline in rupee is cushioning exporters’ margins. Indian rice prices softened as rice exports from India declined in April 2018, due to a decline in the exports of basmati rice to Saudi Arabia and non-basmati rice to Bangladesh along with a subdued demand from African countries. Ind-Ra believes imports by Bangladesh are likely to reduce in 20182019, as its domestic output rebounds due to a crop recovery and expansion in area sown because of high prices in 2017. As a result, India’s exports could reduce by 0.5 million tonnes to 1 million tonnes. In May 2017, Chinese authority had identified 14 rice exporters from India to be considered for its shipment to China. But registration of interested exporters started recently.


Meanwhile, according to the third advance estimate for 2017 - 2018, India is set to achieve a record rice production of 111.5 million tonnes against the target of 108.5 million tonnes this year breaching its previous record of 109.7 million tonnes for 2016-2017. https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:S-FuaQEyQzgJ:https://www.businessstandard.com/article/economy-policy/rice-exports-to-decline-by-10-on-restrictions-from-importingcountries-118061500820_1.html+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=pk

New rice research center coming to Poinsett Co. Thursday, June 14th 2018, 8:20 pm PKTFriday, June 15th 2018, 2:55 am PKT Posted by Region 8 Newsdesk, Digital CONNECT

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The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture has announced plans to build a rice research facility in Poinsett County. A news release Tuesday from the university states the facility will be built on 614 acres. A $4 million gift from the Arkansas Rice Promotion Board helped purchase the land. The division is working to get more funding for facility construction, equipment, and other expenses. The purpose of the rice research center is to "enhance production techniques best management practices for the grain in areas north of I-40 and west of Crowley‘s Ridge." According to Talk Business & Politics, a timetable for construction on the project was not released. However, officials hope the facility will be operational by 2021. The university also conducts research on rice production in Stuttgart and Keiser. Copyright 2018 KAIT. All rights reserved. http://www.kait8.com/story/38424873/new-rice-research-center-coming-to-poinsett-co

PRRI trains Pangasinan farm techs on crop management By Monique Danielle A. Fernando June 14, 2018 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter

Pangasinan-based local farmer technicians (LFTs) were trained by the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) on proper crop management to help their province sustain and even improve its rice production. PhilRice said some 30 LFTs participated in a weeklong specialized course on “pest identification, disease diagnosis and damage assessment.” Ev P. Angeles, training coordinator of PhilRice’s technology management and services division, said LFTs are trained to help their fellow farmers in identifying, assessing and managing major pests and diseases in rice. Angeles added it is vital to enhance the skills and capabilities of local LFTs as they are being tapped by the Department of Agriculture “to complement local agricultural extension workers in providing technical assistance to farmers.” LFTs are model farmers in farming communities, according to Angeles. “We chose participants from major rice-producing areas of the province who need to strengthen their pest and disease diagnostic skills or those who have not undergone other intensive field diagnostic and pest management skills training,” she was quoted as saying in a statement. “Through practical, hands-on exercises, we hoped to enhance their competence in this critical aspect of rice crop management,” she added. From June 4 to 8, the LFTs learned principles on the following topics: integrated pest management, agroecosystems analysis and the PalayCheck system.


These topics would help the LFTs in “making more informed decisions in pest and disease management,” according to PhilRice. Carolina Badaguas, 54, from Sual, Pangasinan, said the training taught her how to do proper weed management. “Weeds are rampant in our area and my fellow farmers often resort to spraying generous amount of herbicide,” Badaguas was quoted in the same statement as saying. “We learned that practicing thorough land preparation is important in managing weeds, as it helps facilitate good management of water, nutrients and pests.” Another participant, Solomon C. Ibay of Asingan, Pangasinan, said he learned the importance of getting accurate diagnosis of rice diseases. “When we know how to identify the kind of disease that infects our field, it is easier for us to make the right decisions in implementing the needed management practices,” the 56-year-old Ibay was quoted saying. “We also learned about harmful and friendly organisms.” Pangasinan is the country’s third top rice-producing province in 2017, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority. The province produced 1.125 million metric tons of palay last year, which was 1.35 percent higher than the 1.11 MMT recorded output in 2016, PSA data showed. FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestTumblrGoogle GmailWhatsAppKindle ItViberYahoo MailEvernoteInstapaperLinkedIn

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Popular rice variety gets extra gene power to fight bacterial attacks KOLLEGALA SHARMAT+ T-

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Researchers at the Hyderabad-based Indian Institute of Rice Research have developed a new variety of the popular Improved Samba Mahsuri (ISM) rice that can resist bacterial blight disease. Bacterial blight disease, which affects rice crop, is caused by bacteria, Xanthomonas oryzae, and drastically reduces rice productivity. The high yielding ISM variety is already protected against bacterial blight by three genes, but the new variety has been developed by adding another gene, Xa38, that increases the resistance. ―Till now about 41 resistant genes have been identified from diverse sources. These genes differ from each other in their mode of action. While some are broad spectrum, others are narrow in their resistance spectrum,‖ explained Dr Gouri Sankar Laha, who led the study, while speaking to India Science Wire. The researchers used Marker assisted Backcross Breeding or MABB technique to accomplish the gene insertion. Unlike transgenic techniques used in genetically modified crops, MABB is less laborious but more efficient than traditional methods of ‗gene‘ transfer. Besides it does not require regulatory clearances necessary for transgenic crops. ISM is popular and has been grown in over 80,000 hectares in south and east India since its release in 2008. However, of late it was observed in experiments that when deliberately infected, ISM plants had longer lesions – infected spot - than the earlier ones, indicating emergence of a new strain of Xanthomonas. Xanthomonas is virulent, meaning its infection spreads fast and wide. It also evolves very quickly. Thus plants that seem to be resistant now might turn susceptible later as the pathogen evolves into different strains. ―It is, therefore, necessary that we keep developing new resistant varieties. Also rice plant resistant to Xanthomonas in a particular area may not be resistant to the bacteria in another place,‖ explained Dr C A Deepak, a rice breeder at the University of Agricultural Sciences, Karnataka, who is not associated with the work. The breed improvement for bacterial blight disease is a continuous process. The new breed has been field tested in farms across several states and has been exposed to various strains of Xanthomonas. ―We have done three backcrossing and six generations of improvement. It has taken five years including selection of parents and initial crossing,‖ said Dr Laha. The effort has resulted in several improved lines of ISM with novel, broad-spectrum blight-resistant gene Xa38 that show high levels of blight resistance to different types of Xanthomonas. These plants are better both in yield and in other traits than their ISM parent lines. After more field tests in different parts of the country, it will be ready for commercial release, Dr. Laha added. The research team included Arra Yugander, Raman M. Sundaram, Kuldeep Singh, Duraisamy Ladhalakshmi, Lella V. Subba Rao, Maganti Sheshu Madhav, Jyothi Badri and Madamsetty Srinivas Prasad. The research results have been published in the journal PLOS One. (India Science Wire) Twitter handle: @kollegala https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/science/popular-rice-variety-gets-extra-gene-power-tofight-bacterial-attacks/article24163623.ece

What makes some varieties of rice resistant to drought? Share6


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1. In thirty years, the global population of 7 billion will increase by 30% to a staggering 9.1 billion people. Feeding everyone with the same amount of land that is available today will undoubtedly be a challenge. Along with expanding cities gobbling up agricultural and forest land, changing climatic conditions with frequent spells of droughts also spell doom for food production. Hence, researchers around the world are developing drought-resistant varieties of food grains. In one such attempt, researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, offer critical insights into the intrinsic nature of certain types of rice that can resist drought. Rice, a water-intensive crop grown by humans for thousands of years, is a staple in many countries and the Asian rice, Oryza sativa, is the most widely cultivated rice of the genus Oryza. The crop fails during a drought, and water scarcity affects more than 23 million hectares of rainfed rice production areas in South and Southeast Asia. While some varieties have the potential for drought adaptations, the researchers of the study are exploring the mechanism behind this through phenomics—the study of interactions of genes with changes in the environment.

“India has 34.5% of total irrigated area, which indicates that the rest of the farming area depends mostly on rain. Even after constructing 91 major reservoirs, only 162 billion cubic meters


of water can be stored. Recently in India, eleven states out of twenty-nine were affected by drought, resulting in a 40% yield loss, amounting to $800 million. Therefore, our work aims at exploring the traits that can be used in selecting droughtresistant crop”, says Prof. Archana Chugh, from IIT Delhi and an author of the study published in the journal Plant Physiology and Biochemistry. The study was supported by the National Agricultural Science Fund (NASF) under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). The researchers of the study investigated three varieties of rice; Sahabhagidhan—a local drought-tolerant variety, and two drought-sensitive varieties: IR64 and MTU-1010. The researchers simulated the drought condition by cutting off water supply to these plants for five consecutive days. They then explored the genetic factors that help these varieties tolerate drought and correlated them with the plant‘s response to the applied stress with the aim of developing a reliable 'marker' for drought resistance, which indicates the plant's ability to survive periods of extreme water scarcity. ―A successful marker can be helpful in selection of drought-tolerant varieties at different levels like morphological, anatomical, biochemical, physiological and molecular. They should be easily detectable and stable. Secondary traits such as root attributes, xylem diameter, stomatal aperture, proline, and malondialdehyde can be used as selection criteria by plant breeders for high yield production and drought tolerance in rice‖, explains Prof. Chugh in an interview with Research Matters. But, what exactly happens to a plant during a drought? Lack of adequate water limits its growth and affects its morphology, physiology, and biochemistry. Leaves reduce in size, the stem and roots elongate, there is a reduction in photosynthesis, transpiration and biomass, and an imbalance in nutrients. The roots are the first to experience stress due to drought as they grow beneath the soil. Hence, to survive, they either become more dense, holding the soil together and maintaining the water potential or grow deeper to access more water. The authors found that Sahabhagidhan, the drought-tolerant variety, continued to grow its roots during the stress, while the drought sensitive varieties showed a reduction in the rate of growth. Also, they observed that in Sahabhagidhan, the xylem vessel, which carries water in plants, had reduced its area and its numbers to survive the stress. This modification maintains water supply by avoiding the formation of air bubbles, known as cavitation. The study also found a significant correlation between the morphological traits in these roots and the expression of aquaporin genes. Aquaporins are proteins that form pores in cell membranes. They regulate water uptake along with other small molecules. The researchers investigated two aquaporins, OsPIP2;5 and OsNIP2;1, and found that the drought tolerant variety showed an increase in OsPIP2;5, which may be useful to increase the intake of water and thus supply to aerial organs. A decrease of OsNIP2;1 in the same plant indicates another method of drought avoidance—decreasing the membrane permeability to avoid excess water loss. Correspondingly, the drought sensitive variety showed a significantly lower content of proline— an amino acid used to synthesise proteins, than the drought-resistant variety. The researchers


believe this is because the proline proteins assist in maintaining the stiffness of cell membrane during water deficient periods, enabling the cell to carry on functioning. As a result of drought, plants produce malondialdehyde (MDA), a known marker of oxidative damage, a condition wherein due to chemical imbalances, the plant is unable to detoxify itself of damaging elements. Oxidative damage can eventually lead to cell death. A 1.5 fold reduction in MDA content in Sahabhagidhan, as compared to the drought sensitive variety, implies the formerâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s superior resistance to drought.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Improvement of drought tolerance in rice is a challenging task due to the high complexity of the traits and poor understanding of plant response against drought. Wide knowledge of various attributes can achieve yield stability under most devastating drought stress. Our study contributes more towards selectively breeding from the thousands of cultivars available,â&#x20AC;? says Dr. Chugh when probed about the potential for findings of the study. Marker-assisted selection (MAS), discussed in this research, can help feed the millions by intelligently selecting plants with desired traits. https://researchmatters.in/news/what-makes-some-varieties-rice-resistant-drought

Alibaba backs saline rice Source:Agencies Published: 2018/6/14 21:13:40 1

Alibaba has pledged to cooperate with a saline soil rice research and development (R&D) team to increase production and farmers' incomes, according to Thursday's edition of the Beijing Youth Daily. The saline soil rice R&D team of Yuan Longping, China's "father of hybrid rice," will be supported by Alibaba in retail and big data. The rice will be cultivated on a large scale with the cooperation of Yuan's team and Alibaba, vice president of the e-commerce giant Wang Jianxun told the newspaper. Alibaba will help explore the sale of saline soil rice. There are more than 99 million hectares of alkaline land in China, which is 10 percent of the world's total.

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Congress demands patents for rice varieties developed by Vidarbha farmer Dadaji Khobragade Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan says the central and state governments should address the demands made by the Khobragade family to honour the innovative farmer who died in utter penury Last Published: Thu, Jun 14 2018. 09 22 PM IST Abhiram Ghadyalpatil

Congress president Rahul Gandhi paying tribute to rice innovator Dadaji Khobragade in Nanded village in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra on Wednesday. Photo: PTI

Mumbai: The Congress in Maharashtra has demanded that the varieties of rice that Vidarbha farmer Dadaji Khobragade developed be patented in his name to consecrate his contribution and also prevent theft of intellectual property rights.


Khobragade died on 3 June and on 13 June Congress president Rahul Gandhi visited his native place Nanded in Chandrapur district of Vidarbha to console the family. The Congress president‘s visit to the Khobragade family was a significant part of his farm and Dalit outreach in Maharashtra. Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan, who had accompanied Gandhi, said at a press conference here on Thursday that the central and state governments should address the demands made by the Khobragade family to honour the innovative farmer who died in utter penury. The Dalit farmer had developed as many as 8 varieties of rice, the most famous among them being the HMT rice variety. He developed most of these varieties in the 1980s in his marginal 1.5 acre farm. Since Khobragade did not patent his varieties, the Nagpur-based Punjabrao Deshmukh Krushi Vidyapeeth (PKV Agriculture University) had released the HMT variety as PNB HMT following which Khobragade fought a long but unsuccessful legal battle to claim ownership of the HMT rice. His struggle and claim got somewhat acknowledged in 2005 and 2006 when he won the National Innovation Foundation‘s award for original innovation and Maharashtra government‘s Krushi Bhushan Puraskar, respectively. Chavan said since Khobragade died as a poor farmer despite such a voluminous contribution that had changed the lives of millions of rice farmers, the Centre and Maharashtra government should now patent those varieties to commemorate Khobragade‘s work. Chavan said the family made this and some other demands during their meeting with Rahul Gandhi. The Maharashtra Congress president also demanded that rice research centre be set up over 100 acres at Khobragade‘s native village and a Dadasaheb Khobragade Krushi Bhushan Puraskar be instituted to encourage innovation in agriculture. First Published: Thu, Jun 14 2018. 09 22 PM IST https://www.livemint.com/Politics/pFnIN2mbCpzGiZtj1tWw5M/Congress-demands-patents-for-ricevarieties-developed-by-Vid.html

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Scientists have discovered some surprisingly awesome side-effects to eating lentils. When you think of the word 'superfood,' I bet lentils are one thing that do not come to mind right away. Some interesting new science from the University of Guelph, however, could skyrocket this humble little legume to the status of dietary darling. Lentils are astoundingly effective at lowering blood glucose levels, researchers have discovered. When carbohydrates such as rice and potatoes are swapped out for lentils, it can lower blood glucose by up to 35 percent. In the study, which is the first of its kind, 24 adult participants were given four dishes to eat -one with plain rice, half white rice and half large green lentils, half white rice and small green lentils, and half white rice with small red lentils. Researchers measured blood glucose levels prior to eating and two hours after. The process was repeated with two more dishes -- white potatoes alone and half white potatoes with lentils.


Study author Allison Duncan, professor at the Department of Human Health and Nutrition, said,

"We mixed the lentils in with the potatoes and rice because people don't typically eat pulses on their own, but rather consume them in combination with other starches as part of a larger meal, so we wanted the results to reflect that." The rice-and-lentil combinations saw in a 20 percent drop in blood glucose levels, while replacing potatoes with lentils led to a 35 percent decrease. This is a valuable discovery because it could help many people who struggle with chronic diseases that are associated with mismanaged glucose levels, not to mention improving the overall health of the general population.

"Pulses, such as lentils, can slow digestion and the release of sugars found in starch into the bloodstream, ultimately reducing blood glucose levels, said Duncan. "This slower absorption means you don't experience a spike in glucose. Having high levels over a period of time can lead to mismanagement of blood glucose, which is the hallmark of Type 2 diabetes. Essentially, eating lentils can lower that risk." The University of Guelph is located in Canada, which grows 65 percent of the world's lentils, the vast majority of which come from the province of Saskatchewan. Despite this, only 13 percent of Canadians eat lentils on any given day; unfortunately they are far from being the dietary staple here that they are in India and the Middle East. The researchers hope that this study will boost culinary interest in lentils, and that Health Canada will pay attention: "We are hoping that building evidence for approval of a health claim for pulses will further encourage people to add pulses to their side dishes." We at TreeHugger don't need any further encouragement! We love lentils. If you're new to them, check out some recipes from our archives: 38 recipes for beans and lentils for superfood meals Weekday Vegetarian: Lentil Soup Lentil salad with roasted vegetables and lemon-rosemary vinaigrette (vegan) Curried wild rice, lentil, and orzo salad Weekday Vegetarian: Healthy and Delicious Lentil Patties https://www.treehugger.com/green-food/why-you-should-eat-more-lentils.html http://www.kuenselonline.com/bhutan-joins-seeds-without-borders/

Congress demands patents for rice varieties developed by Vidarbha farmer Dadaji Khobragade Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan says the central and state governments should address the demands made by the Khobragade family to honour the innovative farmer who died in utter penury Last Published: Thu, Jun 14 2018. 09 22 PM IST


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Congress president Rahul Gandhi paying tribute to rice innovator Dadaji Khobragade in Nanded village in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra on Wednesday. Photo: PTI

Mumbai: The Congress in Maharashtra has demanded that the varieties of rice that Vidarbha farmer Dadaji Khobragade developed be patented in his name to consecrate his contribution and also prevent theft of intellectual property rights. Khobragade died on 3 June and on 13 June Congress president Rahul Gandhi visited his native place Nanded in Chandrapur district of Vidarbha to console the family. The Congress presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s visit to the Khobragade family was a significant part of his farm and Dalit outreach in Maharashtra. Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan, who had accompanied Gandhi, said at a press conference here on Thursday that the central and state governments should address the demands made by the Khobragade family to honour the innovative farmer who died in utter penury. The Dalit farmer had developed as many as 8 varieties of rice, the most famous among them being the HMT rice variety. He developed most of these varieties in the 1980s in his marginal 1.5 acre farm. Since Khobragade did not patent his varieties, the Nagpur-based Punjabrao Deshmukh Krushi Vidyapeeth (PKV Agriculture University) had released the HMT variety as PNB HMT following which Khobragade fought a long but


unsuccessful legal battle to claim ownership of the HMT rice. His struggle and claim got somewhat acknowledged in 2005 and 2006 when he won the National Innovation Foundation‘s award for original innovation and Maharashtra government‘s Krushi Bhushan Puraskar, respectively. Chavan said since Khobragade died as a poor farmer despite such a voluminous contribution that had changed the lives of millions of rice farmers, the Centre and Maharashtra government should now patent those varieties to commemorate Khobragade‘s work. Chavan said the family made this and some other demands during their meeting with Rahul Gandhi. The Maharashtra Congress president also demanded that rice research centre be set up over 100 acres at Khobragade‘s native village and a Dadasaheb Khobragade Krushi Bhushan Puraskar be instituted to encourage innovation in agriculture. https://www.livemint.com/Politics/pFnIN2mbCpzGiZtj1tWw5M/Congress-demands-patents-for-ricevarieties-developed-by-Vid.html

Bhutan joins Seeds Without Borders June 15, 2018 News Leave a comment 1,213 Views

Bhutan can now import improved variety seeds without much hassle from six countries in the region. The country joined the Seeds Without Borders protocol with the agriculture secretary Rinzin Dorji formally signing the agreement on June 13 in Thimphu. Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Sri Lanka are the other members of the network agreement. The agreement initiated by International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) was first signed between Bangladesh, and India in 2013. The agreement started with rice seeds. The seed agreement covers a number of rice-based crops such as maize, wheat, vegetables, pulses and other crops with the possibility to include many more in future.


Agriculture director Kinlay Tshering said that the seed sharing agreement offers a unique opportunity to exchange high yielding varieties. ―Countries with limited resources and technical capacity to develop varieties, like Bhutan, will benefit the most by accessing seeds from similar agro-ecological conditions from partner countries,‖ Kinlay Tshering said. Agriculture officials said breeding and development takes time and it‘s a continuous process to keep pace with the breeding techniques in the situation of evolving biotic and abiotic stresses as well as emerging needs of various stakeholders. ―The agreement includes both inbreed and hybrid varieties,‖ she said. She said that in an increasingly restrictive regime of accessing crop germplasm due to intellectual property rights related concerns, the agreement is a rare opportunity for like-minded countries to share commercial crop varieties to enhance crop production and food and nutrition security. The vision is to ultimately have countries freely share their improved crop varieties of seeds with each other for the benefit of farmers, producers and consumers, especially the disadvantaged population. ―We‘ll take advantage of the agreement for the advancement of the agriculture sector, and food and nutrition security,‖ director Kinlay Tshering said. The representative from IRRI country office in Bangladesh, Humnath Bhandari signed the agreement as a witness. The Bhutan-IRRI relationship began in early 1980s with the project on rice farming system. The IRRI shuttle-breeding programme helped to bring different rice germplasms from IRRI Philippines and tested, developed and released some varieties of seed in Bhutan. ―Bhutan can bring suitable seeds from other countries, test and release them here which will save time, and energy resources,‖ he said. Rice specialist with agriculture research centre in Bajo, Mahesh Ghimerey said that this agreement does not mean that other countries would take endemic Bhutanese varieties and commercialise. ―Within this agreement, there are protocols on how the seeds can be shared and what member countries cannot do,‖ he said. The agreement will not cover movement of seeds of genetically modified varieties. Any pertaining Intellectual Property Rights issues will be discussed through consultations and mutual agreements. The member country, in case of unforeseen circumstances, reserves that right to withdraw with mutual consent. http://www.kuenselonline.com/bhutan-joins-seeds-without-borders/

Data Driven Documentation Of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Rice Market: 2018-2025 Jack Brittain — June 15, 2018 0 comment


The latest report by Questale on the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Rice market is an in-depth industry research that focuses on the market and future prospects of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Rice Market. The research is attached with substantial information in the form of graphs and tables to understand important market trends, drivers and challenges. The study is segmented by latest market trends, market forecast till 2025, major market players, application users the important geographical regions where EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Rice Market is based. The critical and significant data in the study makes the research a very important tool for experts, analysts and managers to get ready-to-access analysis by the industry professionals. Basic Outline EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Rice Market    

It covers the current market size of the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Rice along with the growth rate over the years. It also includes historical data of 5 previous years pertaining to company profiles of key players/manufacturers in the industry. It will enable market researchers to monitor future profitability and make vital decisions for sustainable growth. The market is growing at a very rapid pace and has witnessed ethe ntrance of many local and regional vendors offering specific application products for multiple end-users. But this new entrants are faced with cut throat competition due to innovative technology, quality services and diligence of international vendors.

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What will the be the market size of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Rice market in 2025? What will be the growth rate of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Rice market? What are the major market trends in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Rice market? What is driving EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Rice market? Who are the leading vendors in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Rice market? What are the challenges to market growth of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Rice market? What market trends are impacting the growth of the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Rice market? What are the key outcomes of the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Rice market report?

To get free research sample of this report, click here:https://questale.com/report/emea-europemiddle-east-and-africa-rice-market-report-2018/300063 Methodology Below mentioned are the key parameters that would be covered in the report that will comprise of highly factual and detailed information: Product Details The most important thing about the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Rice market is the differentiation of products on the basis of the major categories. Here are the major categories of product in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Rice market:   

Household Food Services Food Industry

User Applications Another important categorization is dividing products on the basis on the end user application. This will include all broad level user profiles that are included on the basis of their demand in the market. These are as follows: 

Basmati Rice


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Jasmine Rice Long Grain Rice Others

Market Standings It is important to provide the market share distribution of the standing companies in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Rice market for a reader to get a grip of what is happening in terms of numbers in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Rice market. So here are all the basic standings of the current companies that have been included in the statistical image below:

Market Players No market is incomplete without major manufacturers in the market. Hence we will also include the top and mid-level players and discuss in depth about their company profiling, the prices they charge as well as the profitable gross margin and so on. Here‘s the list:            

Asia Golden Rice Capital Rice Group Thanasan Group Ake Rice Mill Co., Ltd Alobha Kohinoor Lal Qilla Daawat ADM Rice American Rice Gulf Rice Milling, Inc REI Agro Ltd


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Countries and Geographies Another important aspect is knowing regional level divisions of the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Rice market to get a good idea about the revenue and sales figures. Here are the major geographical divisions of the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Rice market: Key Highlights Of The 2018-2025 EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Rice Market This report will provide a detailed assessment of majorly the following:        

Product overview and scope of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Rice market Revenue and sales of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Rice by type and application (2017 – 2025) Major players in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Rice market EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Rice players/suppliers Profiles and Sales data Marketing strategy analysis and development trends Emerging niche segments and regional markets An empirical assessment of the trajectory of the market Historical, present, and prospective size of the market in terms of value and volume.

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DA mulls over rice packaging system By: Karl R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:35 AM June 16, 2018

The country‘s agriculture chief is looking at the possibility of requiring standard rice packaging in markets as the agency reviews food safety practices in the rice retail industry. If implemented, rice will no longer be sold in open stalls, a practice that Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol described as ―unhygienic.‖ ―We‘re looking at marketing rice in packages of one, two, and five kilos. This is also to ensure that there would be traceability for the protection of consumers,‖ said Piñol in an interview. ―If you go to public markets anybody can touch the rice … And wouldn‘t it be nice when you go to the market and you don‘t have to worry if you‘re being cheated with the scale since everything is already packaged?‖ he added. The secretary said the planned policy would be implemented in phases, and may start after the imposition next week of suggested retail prices of various basic commodities. While the new policy may entail additional costs to retailers, Piñol said it was a small price to pay in the name of food safety. Piñol said the policy could be crafted under the Food Safety Law. The new policy will complement plans to ―properly classify‖ rice varieties. The thorough review of the rice retail industry comes at a time when the country is set to transition to a ―rice tariff regime,‖ under which the government will remove its import quota on rice and instead slap an additional tariff. This will open the country to more rice imports and is seen to benefit consumers as retail prices of rice are expected to fall by P4 to P7 a kilo, according to the government‘s economic managers.

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Rice exports up by 30pc to $1.58b in 10 months Share:

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LAHORE - Pakistan has come out of the crisis of low exports, which was observed during the last three years, as the rice exports have increased by around 30 percent to $1.58 billion during the first 10 months of the current fiscal year (2017-18) as exporters pushed fresh cargoes to Indonesia, Kenya and other markets. Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan chairman Samee Ullah Ch said that value of rice export trade has been showing improvement due to the coordination of REAP members with the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan and customs. ―Our members are putting in untiring efforts, and aggressive marketing to increase rice exports and to earn valuable foreign exchange,‖ he added. He said rice exporters are making investments to install modern rice processing machinery and using value-addition technology. He said the association is sending trade delegations to various countries for rice marketing. ―Last month our delegation came back after a successful visit to Iran, which is very lucrative and a


potential market for basmati rice. Around 100,000 tons of rice has so far been exported to Iran during the current season.‖ He hoped that a handsome amount of foreign exchange would be fetched by Pakistani rice exporters. He said that rice exports amounted to $1.23 billion during the corresponding period last year. Samee Ullah Ch said exports increased 15 percent to 3.23 million tons during the 10 months of the current fiscal year of 2017/18. He said exports of non-basmati rice to Indonesia increased during the period. ―We exported 50,000 tons of non-basmati rice to Indonesia during the July-April period. Kenya remained the largest buyer of Pakistani non-basmati rice, buying 323,000 tons of rice amounting to $118 million. China is also one of the largest importers of Pakistani non-basmati rice.‖ He said demand for rice in the international markets is increasing. The crop was good in terms of both quality and quantity this year, he added. https://nation.com.pk/15-Jun-2018/rice-exports-up-by-30pc-to-1-58b-in-10-months

ice exports observes 31pc increase in 11 months of FY2017-18 Last Updated On 14 June,2018 09:58 pm

Rafique has shown serious concerns on the recent news about shortage of water

(Dunya News) – Rice exports from Pakistan have seen a sizeable growth of overall 31percent in the 11 months of current fiscal year 2017-2018, Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) Senior Vice Chairman Rafique Suleman said. Talking to media, he shared the figures of rice exports during the period of July to May 2018. He said that at the end of May 2018, rice exports for fiscal year 201718 (July to May 2018) a significant growth of 31% has been observed as compared to Last fiscal year 2016-17 (July to May 2017).


Suleman said that this year we exported total 3.51million metric tons of rice amounting to US$1.74 billion, whereas last fiscal year in the same period we had exported 2.97million metric tons of rice amounting to US$1.32 billion, which shows over all a significant growth of 31% in terms values and 18% in terms of quantity. The REAP senior vice chairman was pleased to inform that by the grace of Almighty Allah, we have come out of the crisis which we have been observing since few years. Further due to the coordination of REAP Office Bearers with Trade Development Authority of Pakistan and Customs, value of rice export trade is showing improvement which is a good sign for our country. Only Basmati rice exports showing 35% increase in value for the said term. Further, this growth was also become possible due to the recent two tenders of Indonesian authority BULOG for total 200,000 metric tons of Pakistani rice, which fetched a remarkable foreign exchange for our country. Rafique has shown serious concerns on the recent news about shortage of water. He said that other countries like Thailand, Vietnam, China etc avail 2-3 rice crops in a year and their annual production of rice is approx. 100 million tons, whereas our annual rice production is hardly 7 million tons, that is why our rice export is stagnant to approx. 4 million tons since last many years. As per our information during this year, hybrid rice is being frown in maximum areas, whose yield is far better than conventional rice seeds. He said that we get waters from Mountains and rivers but approx. 20% share of water has been wasted in sea every year and we have to take preventive measures on war footing basis to save this water. Many countries constructs dams every year to save the water but in our country construction of very important Kala Bagh Dam has been delayed since many decades. This Dam is very instrumental for the growth of our country‘s economy. ―We can preserve the water and like other countries, we can also get more than One Crop of rice per years which will make revolution in our agricultural industry. We may generate huge quantity of very low cost electricity which will be useful to cover the shortfall of energy crisis of our country. Every province of the country will be able to get additional millions of acre feet water after the construction of Kala Bagh dam.‖ He added that as per the international experts next war will be spread over water, rice and other food items. Therefore, it is the need of hour that government of Pakistan should allow rice sowing in more lands, so that we can get more rice and we will be able to export more rice to get more foreign exchange. He added that Pakistani rice exporters are putting their extra ordinary efforts for fetching valueable foreign exchange for the growth of economy of our beloved country and making huge investment for installing world‘s latest rice machinery


and most modern technology for value addition in rice. REAP has already requested State Bank of Pakistan for allowing Islamic Financing facility for storage of Agricultural produce, so that maximum Rice Exporters may get benefit of this facility. He informed that REAP is continuously sending trade delegation to various countries for the forceful marketing of Pakistani rice. In this regard, a delegation is planned to visit Brazil, Argentine and Chili under the leadership of Ch. Sami, Chairman. Whereas another delegation is planned to visit West African countries led by Rafique Suleman, Senior Vice Chairman REAP. https://dunyanews.tv/en/B usiness/443905-Rice-exports-observes-31pc-increase-in-11-months-of-FY2017-18

Cong seeks govt help for patent to Khobragade's rice varieties Press Trust of India | Mumbai Last Updated at June 14, 2018 19:55 IST

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Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan today urged the state government to help the family of late rice innovator Dadaji Khobragade to get the nine varietes of paddy developed by him patented. Addressing a press conference here, Chavan saidCongress President Rahul Gandhi had met Khobragade's family at his native village in Chandrapur district yesterday. "The family discussed with Gandhi a few of their demands. We will follow them up. We will write to the government soon. We urge the state govt to consider the family's demands," Chavan said. "Their prominent demands include patent to the family for the nine varieties of rice, including HMT and DRK; helping them set up paddy research centre in Chandrapur; financial help for godown facilities; government jobs to two of the family members and an agriculture award in Khobragade's name," Chavan said. Gandhi met the family of Khobragade, the rural inventor who revolutionised rice farming, and apologised for the nation's "apathy" towards his achievements. Khobragade had invented the revolutionary HMT variety of paddy, but died "largely forgotten and in penury", Gandhi noted. The 78-year-old rice innovator died earlier this month after a prolonged illness. "Dadaji Khobragade, a Dalit farmer-scientist, invented the revolutionary HMT variety of paddy. But, he died largely forgotten and in penury. I visited his home in Nanded, Maharashtra, to condole with


his family and to apologise for our apathy as a nation, to his achievements," Gandhi had said on Twitter. Chavan also lashed out at Shiv Sena for its "double speak" on the proposed oil refinery project at Nanar in Ratnagiri district. "On April 24, in the presence of (Sena chief) Uddhav Thackeray at Nanar, Industries Minister Subhash Desai had announced that the notification of land acquisition (for the project) will be withdrawn. "But Desai recently said in Pune that the withdrawal of notification is in the last stage. Sena is fooling the people," he charged. (This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.) https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:faichwVZm58J:https://www.businessstandard.com/article/pti-stories/cong-seeks-govt-help-for-patent-to-khobragade-s-rice-varieties118061401126_1.html+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=pk

June 14, 2018 Senate Agriculture Committee Advances Farm Bill By Jamison Cruce

WASHINGTON, DC -- The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held the markup for its version of the Farm Bill, The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (S. 3042), yesterday. Nearly 200 amendments were filed, but only a handful received consideration during the hearing. Of those amendments considered, 66 were included and passed as an en bloc manager's amendment. Several "messaging amendments," or signals to Committee leadership of either displeasure for the lack of inclusion of proposed provisions or the request for an item to be considered at a later time by the Committee or on the Senate floor, were proposed but withdrawn. Those amendments receiving discussion and an affirmative vote by the Committee aren't considered detrimental to rice interests. After just three hours of discussion, the committee passed the bill by a roll call vote of 20-1, with only Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) voting nay. "USA Rice commends Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow for their efforts in moving the farm bill out of committee," said Joe Mencer, Arkansas rice farmer and chairman of USA Rice Farmers. "We're hopeful that both chambers can complete their work and conference a bill that will provide certainty to the rice industry in the current farm economy." Overall, the bill preserves the core structure of commodity support programs. The Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program's operating structure will be maintained as-is; however, to make tweaks to the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) program, the bill tightens means testing to qualify for commodity support and conservation programs by lowering the


adjusted gross income (AGI) cap from $900,000 to $700,000. The conservation title of the bill received no cuts to the overall funding baseline, but changes were made to several programs that reflect "marker bills" introduced throughout the 115th Congress. Most notably for the rice industry is additional funding for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), but funding for working lands programs, the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), was reduced in part to pay for RCPP and the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). The largest conservation program, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), received a one million acre increase in its acreage cap to 25 million acres. Other prominent pieces of the Committee-passed bill include changes to the trade title, specifically food aid programs, the inclusion of an amendment directing the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation to conduct research and development on alternate wetting and drying and furrow irrigated rice practices, and a provision that will require the revision of USDA and the Department of Interior's regulations clarifying that certain practices for rice producers, when carried out as part of a normal agricultural operation, do not constitute baiting of Migratory Game Birds. In regard to food aid program changes, the bill proposes what could become substantial changes over time by shifting a large amount of program funding toward cash in lieu of commodities and allowing for the use of commodities to be sourced from foreign countries. USA Rice will be advocating for the elimination of these harmful changes in hopes the Senate will understand how critical these programs are to spreading the global good will of our nation through the distribution of American grown products, sent in bags branded as "from the American people." "I want to thank the members of the USA Rice Farm Policy Task Force for their diligent and devoted work so far in this process," said Blake Gerard, Missouri rice farmer and chairman of the USA Rice Farm Policy Task Force. "The policies that were developed and defined by our task force are instrumental as we continue to advocate for the rice industry's farm bill priorities." Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee, and during his opening statement, reiterated his priority of a full Senate vote on the Farm Bill prior to the July 4th week-long recess.


In addition to Senate action, it's still expected that the House of Representatives will reconsider and vote on its version of the Farm Bill, H.R. 2, on or before June 22. House leadership announced late Tuesday evening that two votes will be held on immigration reform next week, hopefully clearing the roadblock and garnering enough support for the successful passage of a House Farm Bill. Current farm legislation expires this year on September 30, leaving just over three months for Congress to act and the President to sign the 2018 bill into law. USA Rice

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rice on high cost, taste preference by JOSEPHINE OKOJIE June 15, 2018 | 2:30 am

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Not only do Nigerians prefer imported rice varieties to local rice, they balk at the price of the grain in domestic markets, BusinessDay investigations found. Consumers who spoke with BusinessDay attributed the low patronage of Nigeriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s rice to individualsâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC; unwillingness to change taste preference, high cost of the local varieties and the inability to easily find them in nearby markets. â&#x20AC;&#x2022;I am a caterer and I buy only imported rice varieties because the local rice is more expensive and have shorter grains. The imported rice varieties are less starchy


with longer grains and appeals more to my customers,‖ Comfort Ezeonwu, a rice buyer at Mile 12 market told BusinessDay. ―Apart from Lake Rice that is subsidised by the Lagos state government, a 50 kg of other local varieties is sold between N15,000 and N16,000, while the imported varieties sells between N13,000 and N14,000. For this reason, I buy only the imported brands,‖ Ezeonwu said. Nigeria is a major market for white rice with long grains, but most of the locally grown rice have shorter grains. Another buyer at Daleko market Aderemi Odetola , told BusinessDay that she has never patronised the local rice before, saying that the imported rice is still better milled and more convenient to prepare. ―You cannot use the local rice to prepare fried rice and that is my favourite meal. I still do not believe that our local rice is properly milled so I do not buy them,‖ Odetola said. Apart from consumers‘ preference, pricing is another major issue responsible for low patronage. In spite of farmers getting subsidised inputs from the Federal Government through the Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP), an average price of a bag of rice paddy still sells for N11,250, a price that is too high for rice millers to compete relative to imported varieties. As a result, Nigeria has continued to see high rate of smuggling of cheaper imported rice through the country‘s porous borders, to meet up with the ever increasing demand mostly driven by large population growth and increasing urbanisation. According to the USDA 2018 Grain Report on Nigeria, the country‘s 2018 rice imports entering through informal cross-border channels are expected to increase by about 12 percent to 2.9 million tons, from 2.6 million tons reported in 2017 season. ―The integrated rice milling operations are unable to purchase paddy from local farmers as paddy prices are too high for products of the formal and integrated mills to be competitive relative to the imported rice smuggled through numerous informal border routes,‖ the USDA 2018 Grain Report for Nigeria states. ―This has continued to limit the potential for increased domestic rice production,‖ the report added. BusinessDay survey at Daleko and Mile 12 domestic markets, found that only two local brands; Mama Pride and Lake Rice were available in very few stores, with imported brands flooding the entire markets. A bag of Lake Rice sells for N13,000 while Mama Pride goes between N15,000 and N16,000 in Lagos depending on the customers bargaining ability. ―Our local rice is not competitive because of the cost of paddy which constitutes 70 percent of the total price of rice processing. Millers need to be competitive to


remain in business and pricing is very vital for this to happen. A metric ton of paddy rice now cost about N234,000 and the ABP subsidising inputs for farmers is not sustainable,‖ AfricanFarmer Mogaji, chief executive officer, X-Ray Farms Consulting Limited said in a response to questions. ―We need to drive down farmers production cost and we cannot do this without tractors. A lot of farmers still do not have access to tractors to clear and till their lands, resulting to manual labour that has continued to drive up their production cost,‖ Mogaji said. He also added that substandard inputs had also prevented farmers from increasing their yields per hectare, saying that most input suppliers under government interventions are always providing farmers with low quality inputs. Nigeria‘s major rice cultivation states are Kebbi, Sokoto, Ogun, Ebonyi, Enugu, Anambra, Niger and Kogi. Planting is done in May and June, while the peak of harvest is November and December. The current rice production is put at 5.7 million metric tons, according to a report by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), inching the country closer to the projected demand of 7 million by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture. To address the issues, stakeholders have called for sensitisation of consumers on the high nutritional value in local rice while driving down farmer‘s production costs to make millers competitive. Tags: Lagos Rice

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DA eyes label and package rules for rice after farm produce SRP By Jasper Y. Arcalas June 14, 2018 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter

JUST as the Department of Agriculture (DA) is moving to implement a suggested retail price (SRP) system on farm products, it is now mulling over, as well, imposing labelling and packaging requirements on rice products in the market to ensure food safety. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. PiĂąol said the DA is now scrutinizing some of the current practices in rice trade, including the way the staple is packaged and labelled by retailers and millers.


The imposition of a labelling requirement on rice products would aid the DA’s monitoring in its implementation of SRP on the staple, which is slated to start next week, Piñol said. “We are now reviewing from the policy side of DA the practice of rice retailers in the industry wherein they will just put-up all sorts of tags to their rice like blue diamond, long grain. We’re doing to it to justify pricing,” Piñol told reporters in a recent interview. “It should be properly labelled [based on its variety] like, is it well-milled, regular-milled or fancy rice? So we can regulate the price,” Piñol added. The agriculture chief is cognizant that the rice market enjoys a free trade environment, but argued that players “cannot just allow anybody to claim whatever” brand they want on their products. “This is what the President is saying during our last Cabinet meeting about truth in advertising,” Piñol said. “For example, if this is denorado variety, then it should be true to its price.” Furthermore, Piñol said they are also considering requiring rice millers and retailers to package their products with proper labelling and weight indication. This measure ensures the food safety of rice, as the staple is merely sold in open boxes in the market, according to Piñol. “In the context of ensuring food safety, we are even looking at implementing in the future a system where rice should not be sold in open boxes in stalls. It is not hygienic,” he said. “What if a buyer coughs, then the virus gets into the rice. What if a leper touches the rice?” he added. One of the measures that the DA is looking into is requiring rice retailers and millers to package their products in 1-kilogram, 2-kilogram, 5-kilogram weight variations, according to Piñol. Having such a requirement, he added, “will allow us to have a traceability [system]. We would know from what specific rice mill this product came from.” Food Safety Act Piñol said the measure will not be implemented right away but it will be a key policy direction in terms of food safety. Piñol said they will leverage the Food Safety Act of 2013 as basis for this packaging and labelling requirement. The Food Safety Act of 2013 makes it the DA’s responsibility to ensure food safety in the “primary production and post-harvest stages of the food-supply chain and locally produced or imported” products. “The DA shall be responsible for the development and enforcement of food safety standards and regulations for food in the primary production and postharvest stages of the food supply chain,” Section 16 of the law states. “It shall monitor and ensure that the relevant requirements of the law are complied with by farmers, fisherfolk and food-business operators,” it added. The Food Safety Act also cites the need for a traceability system in the country’s food chain.


“Traceability shall be established for foods at relevant stages of production, post harvest handling, processing or distribution, when needed to ensure compliance with food-safety requirements,” it read. “The rule on traceability shall also cover production inputs such as feeds, food additives, ingredients, packaging materials and other substances expected to be incorporated into a food or food product,” it added. https://businessmirror.com.ph/da-eyes-label-and-package-rules-for-rice-after-farm-produce-srp/

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Not only do Nigerians prefer imported rice varieties to local rice, they balk at the price of the grain in domestic markets, BusinessDay investigations found. Consumers who spoke with BusinessDay attributed the low patronage of Nigeria‘s rice to individuals‘ unwillingness to change taste preference, high cost of the local varieties and the inability to easily find them in nearby markets. ―I am a caterer and I buy only imported rice varieties because the local rice is more expensive and have shorter grains. The imported rice varieties are less starchy with longer grains and appeals more to my customers,‖ Comfort Ezeonwu, a rice buyer at Mile 12 market


told BusinessDay. ―Apart from Lake Rice that is subsidised by the Lagos state government, a 50 kg of other local varieties is sold between N15,000 and N16,000, while the imported varieties sells between N13,000 and N14,000. For this reason, I buy only the imported brands,‖ Ezeonwu said. Nigeria is a major market for white rice with long grains, but most of the locally grown rice have shorter grains. Another buyer at Daleko market Aderemi Odetola , told BusinessDay that she has never patronised the local rice before, saying that the imported rice is still better milled and more convenient to prepare. ―You cannot use the local rice to prepare fried rice and that is my favourite meal. I still do not believe that our local rice is properly milled so I do not buy them,‖ Odetola said. Apart from consumers‘ preference, pricing is another major issue responsible for low patronage. In spite of farmers getting subsidised inputs from the Federal Government through the Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP), an average price of a bag of rice paddy still sells for N11,250, a price that is too high for rice millers to compete relative to imported varieties. As a result, Nigeria has continued to see high rate of smuggling of cheaper imported rice through the country‘s porous borders, to meet up with the ever increasing demand mostly driven by large population growth and increasing urbanisation. According to the USDA 2018 Grain Report on Nigeria, the country‘s 2018 rice imports entering through informal cross-border channels are expected to increase by about 12 percent to 2.9 million tons, from 2.6 million tons reported in 2017 season. ―The integrated rice milling operations are unable to purchase paddy from local farmers as paddy prices are too high for products of the formal and integrated mills to be competitive relative to the imported rice smuggled through numerous informal border routes,‖ the USDA 2018 Grain Report for Nigeria states. ―This has continued to limit the potential for increased domestic rice production,‖ the report added. BusinessDay survey at Daleko and Mile 12 domestic markets, found that only two local brands; Mama Pride and Lake Rice were available in very few stores, with imported brands flooding the entire markets. A bag of Lake Rice sells for N13,000 while Mama Pride goes between N15,000 and N16,000 in Lagos depending on the customers bargaining ability. ―Our local rice is not competitive because of the cost of paddy which constitutes 70 percent of the total price of rice processing. Millers need to be competitive to remain in business and pricing is very vital for this to happen. A metric ton of paddy rice now cost about N234,000 and the ABP subsidising inputs for farmers is not sustainable,‖ AfricanFarmer Mogaji, chief executive officer, X-Ray Farms Consulting Limited said in a response to questions.


―We need to drive down farmers production cost and we cannot do this without tractors. A lot of farmers still do not have access to tractors to clear and till their lands, resulting to manual labour that has continued to drive up their production cost,‖ Mogaji said. He also added that substandard inputs had also prevented farmers from increasing their yields per hectare, saying that most input suppliers under government interventions are always providing farmers with low quality inputs. Nigeria‘s major rice cultivation states are Kebbi, Sokoto, Ogun, Ebonyi, Enugu, Anambra, Niger and Kogi. Planting is done in May and June, while the peak of harvest is November and December. The current rice production is put at 5.7 million metric tons, according to a report by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), inching the country closer to the projected demand of 7 million by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture. To address the issues, stakeholders have called for sensitisation of consumers on the high nutritional value in local rice while driving down farmer‘s production costs to make millers competitive. Tags: Lagos Rice

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Rice is the primary food source for more than 3 billion people around the world. Many are unable to afford a diverse and nutritious diet that includes complete protein, grains, fruits and vegetables. They rely heavily on more affordable cereal crops, including rice, for most of their calories. My research focuses on health risks associated with climate variability and change. In a recently published study, I worked with scientists from China, Japan, Australia and the United States to assess how the rising carbon dioxide concentrations that are fuelling climate change could alter the nutritional value of rice. We conducted field studies in Asia for multiple genetically diverse rice lines, analysing how rising concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere altered levels of protein, micronutrients and B vitamins. Also Read: Climate Change Linked to 59,300 Farmer Suicides in India: Study Our data showed for the first time that rice grown at the concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide scientists expect the world to reach by 2100 has lower levels of four key B vitamins. These findings also support research from other field studies showing rice grown under such conditions contains less protein, iron and zinc, which are important in foetal and early child development.  

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Many of poorest regions in Asia rely on rice as a staple food.(Photo Courtesy: IRRI, CC BY-NCSA)


Carbon Dioxide Needed for Plant Growth Plants obtain the carbon they need to grow primarily from carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and draw other required nutrients from the soil. Human activities, mainly fossil fuel combustion and deforestation raised atmospheric CO2 concentrations from about 280 parts per million during pre-industrial times to 410 parts per million today. If global emission rates continue on their current path, atmospheric CO2 concentrations could reach over 1,200 parts per million by 2100 (including methane and other greenhouse gas emissions).  

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After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger appears to be on the rise, affecting 11 percent of the global population.(Photo Courtesy: FAO, CC BY-ND)

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Lack of Micronutrients Worldwide, approximately 815 million people worldwide are food-insecure, meaning that they do not have reliable access to sufficient quantities of safe, nutritious and affordable food. Even more people – approximately 2 billion – have deficiencies of important micronutrients such as iron, iodine and zinc.  

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Loss of Significant Nutrients We carried out our field studies in China and Japan, where we grew different strains of rice outdoors. To simulate higher atmospheric CO2 concentrations, we used Free-Air CO2 Enrichment, which blows CO2 over fields to maintain concentrations that are expected later in the century. Control fields experience similar conditions except for the higher CO2 concentrations. ď&#x201A;ˇ ď&#x201A;ˇ

On average, the rice that we grew in air with elevated CO2 concentrations contained 17 percent less vitamin B1 (thiamine) than rice grown under current CO2 concentrations; 17 percent less vitamin B2 (riboflavin); 13 percent less vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid); and 30 percent less vitamin B9 (folate). Our study is the first to identify that concentrations of B vitamins in rice are reduced with higher CO2. We also found average reductions of 10 percent in protein, 8 percent in iron and 5 percent in zinc. We found no change in levels of vitamin B6 or calcium. The only increase we found was in vitamin E levels for most strains.


Rice within the octagon in this field is part of an experiment designed to grow rice under different atmospheric conditions. Rice grown under carbon dioxide concentrations of 568 to 590 parts per million is less nutritious, with lower amounts of protein, vitamins and minerals.Dr. Toshihiro HASEGAWA, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization of Japan, CC BYND

Consequences for Countries Struggling With Undernutrition At present, about 600 million people, mostly in Southeast Asia get more than half of their daily calories and protein directly from rice. If nothing is done, the declines we found would likely worsen the overall burden of undernutrition.  

They also could affect early childhood development through impacts that include worsened effects from diarrheal disease and malaria. The potential health risks associated with CO2-induced nutritional deficits are directly correlated to the lowest overall gross domestic product per capita. This suggests that such changes would have serious potential consequences for countries already struggling with poverty and undernutrition. Few people would associate fossil fuel combustion and deforestation with the nutritional content of rice, but our research clearly shows one way in which emitting fossil fuels could worsen world hunger challenges.

Climate Change to Affect Other Key Plants? Unfortunately, today there is no entity at the federal, state or business level that provides longterm funding to evaluate how rising CO2 levels could affect plant chemistry and nutritional quality. But CO2-induced changes have significant implications, ranging from medicinal plants to nutrition, food safety and food allergies. Given the potential impacts, which may already be occurring, there is a clear and urgent need to invest in this research. It is also critical to identify options for avoiding or lessening these risks, from traditional plant breeding to genetic modification to supplements. Rising CO2 concentrations are driving climate change. What role these emissions will play in altering all aspects of plant biology, including the nutritional quality of the crops that we use for food, feed, fiber and fuel, remains to be determined. Also Read: Climate Change: A Possible Cause Behind the Nipah Outbreak (This was first published on The Conversation and has been republished with permission.) (The Quint is now on WhatsApp. To receive handpicked stories on topics you care about, subscribe to our WhatsApp services. Just go to TheQuint.com/WhatsApp and hit the Subscribe button.) BloombergQuint Hindi Quint Neon Fit

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Rice is the primary food source for more than 3 billion people around the world. Many are unable to afford a diverse and nutritious diet that includes complete protein, grains, fruits and vegetables. They rely heavily on more affordable cereal crops, including rice, for most of their calories. My research focuses on health risks associated with climate variability and change. In a recently published study, I worked with scientists from China, Japan, Australia and the United States to assess how the rising carbon dioxide concentrations that are fuelling climate change could alter the nutritional value of rice. We conducted field studies in Asia for multiple genetically diverse rice lines, analysing how rising concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere altered levels of protein, micronutrients and B vitamins. Also Read: Climate Change Linked to 59,300 Farmer Suicides in India: Study Our data showed for the first time that rice grown at the concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide scientists expect the world to reach by 2100 has lower levels of four key B vitamins. These findings also support research from other field studies showing rice grown under such conditions contains less protein, iron and zinc, which are important in foetal and early child development.  

These changes could have a disproportionate impact on maternal and child health in the poorest rice-dependent countries, including Bangladesh and Cambodia.


Many of poorest regions in Asia rely on rice as a staple food.(Photo Courtesy: IRRI, CC BY-NCSA)


Carbon Dioxide Needed for Plant Growth Plants obtain the carbon they need to grow primarily from carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and draw other required nutrients from the soil. Human activities, mainly fossil fuel combustion and deforestation raised atmospheric CO2 concentrations from about 280 parts per million during pre-industrial times to 410 parts per million today. If global emission rates continue on their current path, atmospheric CO2 concentrations could reach over 1,200 parts per million by 2100 (including methane and other greenhouse gas emissions).  

Higher concentrations of CO2 are generally acknowledged to stimulate plant photosynthesis and growth. This effect could make the cereal crops that remain the world‘s most important sources of food, such as rice, wheat and corn, more productive, although recent research suggests that predicting impacts on plant growth is complex. Concentrations of minerals critical for human health, particularly iron and zinc, do not change in unison with CO2 concentrations. Current understanding of plant physiology suggests that major cereal crops – particularly rice and wheat – respond to higher CO2 concentrations by synthesizing more carbohydrates (starches and sugars) and less protein, and by reducing the quantity of minerals in their grains.


After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger appears to be on the rise, affecting 11 percent of the global population.(Photo Courtesy: FAO, CC BY-ND)

Also Read: Fighting climate change: How a 'crazy' engineer solved Ladakh's water crisis

Lack of Micronutrients Worldwide, approximately 815 million people worldwide are food-insecure, meaning that they do not have reliable access to sufficient quantities of safe, nutritious and affordable food. Even more people – approximately 2 billion – have deficiencies of important micronutrients such as iron, iodine and zinc.  

Insufficient dietary iron can lead to iron deficiency anemia, a condition in which there are too few red blood cells in the body to carry oxygen. This is the most common type of anemia. It can cause fatigue, shortness of breath or chest pain, and can lead to serious complications, such as heart failure and developmental delays in children. Zinc deficiencies are characterized by loss of appetite and diminished sense of smell, impaired wound healing, and weakened immune function. Zinc also supports growth and development, so sufficient dietary intake is important for pregnant women and growing children. Higher carbon concentrations in plants reduce nitrogen amounts in plant tissue, which is critical for the formation of B vitamins. Different B vitamins are required for key functions in the body, such as regulating the nervous system, turning food into energy and fighting infections. Folate, a B vitamin, reduces the risk of birth defects when consumed by pregnant women.


Anemia affects one-third of women of reproductive age globally â&#x20AC;&#x201C; or about 613 million women.(Photo Courtesy: FAO, CC BY-ND)


Loss of Significant Nutrients We carried out our field studies in China and Japan, where we grew different strains of rice outdoors. To simulate higher atmospheric CO2 concentrations, we used Free-Air CO2 Enrichment, which blows CO2 over fields to maintain concentrations that are expected later in the century. Control fields experience similar conditions except for the higher CO2 concentrations. ď&#x201A;ˇ ď&#x201A;ˇ

On average, the rice that we grew in air with elevated CO2 concentrations contained 17 percent less vitamin B1 (thiamine) than rice grown under current CO2 concentrations; 17 percent less vitamin B2 (riboflavin); 13 percent less vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid); and 30 percent less vitamin B9 (folate). Our study is the first to identify that concentrations of B vitamins in rice are reduced with higher CO2. We also found average reductions of 10 percent in protein, 8 percent in iron and 5 percent in zinc. We found no change in levels of vitamin B6 or calcium. The only increase we found was in vitamin E levels for most strains.


Rice within the octagon in this field is part of an experiment designed to grow rice under different atmospheric conditions. Rice grown under carbon dioxide concentrations of 568 to 590 parts per million is less nutritious, with lower amounts of protein, vitamins and minerals.Dr. Toshihiro HASEGAWA, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization of Japan, CC BYND

Consequences for Countries Struggling With Undernutrition At present, about 600 million people, mostly in Southeast Asia get more than half of their daily calories and protein directly from rice. If nothing is done, the declines we found would likely worsen the overall burden of undernutrition. ď&#x201A;ˇ ď&#x201A;ˇ

They also could affect early childhood development through impacts that include worsened effects from diarrheal disease and malaria. The potential health risks associated with CO2-induced nutritional deficits are directly correlated to the lowest overall gross domestic product per capita. This suggests that such changes would have serious potential consequences for countries already struggling with poverty and undernutrition. Few people would associate fossil fuel combustion and deforestation with the nutritional content of rice, but our research clearly shows one way in which emitting fossil fuels could worsen world hunger challenges.

Climate Change to Affect Other Key Plants? Unfortunately, today there is no entity at the federal, state or business level that provides longterm funding to evaluate how rising CO2 levels could affect plant chemistry and nutritional quality. But CO2-induced changes have significant implications, ranging from medicinal plants to nutrition, food safety and food allergies. Given the potential impacts, which may already be occurring, there is a clear and urgent need to invest in this research. It is also critical to identify options for avoiding or lessening these risks, from traditional plant breeding to genetic modification to supplements. Rising CO2 concentrations are driving climate change. What role these emissions will play in altering all aspects of plant biology, including the nutritional quality of the crops that we use for food, feed, fiber and fuel, remains to be determined. Also Read: Climate Change: A Possible Cause Behind the Nipah Outbreak (This was first published on The Conversation and has been republished with permission.) (The Quint is now on WhatsApp. To receive handpicked stories on topics you care about, subscribe to our WhatsApp services. Just go to TheQuint.com/WhatsApp and hit the Subscribe button.)


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Replace your rice and potatoes with lentils! Eating pulses reduces blood glucose levels by up to 35% and lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes, study reveals rice-less-nutritious-affect-millions

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Swapping half a bowl of rice or potato with lentils lowers post-meal blood sugar Lentils are less starchy and slow down digestion, reducing glucose spikes The healthy foods could be used to help prevent or manage type 2 diabetes By SAM BLANCHARD FOR MAILONLINE PUBLISHED: 16:05 BST, 14 June 2018 | UPDATED: 16:37 BST, 14 June 2018

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Eating lentils instead of rice or potatoes could help prevent or manage type 2 diabetes, a study has found. The vegetarian staple can reduce blood glucose levels by slowing down digestion and the release of sugars into the bloodstream. Scientists at the University of Guelph in Canada discovered replacing half a serving of rice or potatoes with lentils caused blood sugar to fall by up to 35 per cent. This could lead to dietary advice for people with type 2 diabetes or those at risk of the condition, in which high glucose levels are a key factor. The food could be preventative too; consistently high blood sugar in healthy people can contribute to the insulin resistance which causes diabetes. The researchers say lentils – which have in the past been found to lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol – are nutrient rich and hope their findings will encourage more people to eat them.


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The Canadian scientists carried out a study on 24 healthy adults in which they were fed either white rice, white potatoes, or either of those mixed with red or green lentils. Participants' blood sugar levels were measured before they ate and then for two hours afterwards. Those who ate half rice and half lentils had up to 20 per cent lower blood glucose than when they ate just rice. Replacing half the potatoes with lentils led to a 35 per cent lower level than eating just potatoes.

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Iraq stops rice farming because of water shortage Rice and yellow corn are out of the summer agriculture plan due to lack of water, spokesman says.


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Iraq has banned farmers from planting rice and other water-intensive crops in the face of increasing shortages because of drought and shrinking river flows, an agriculture ministry official said on Thursday. A letter from the Minister of Water Resources Hassan al-Janabi to Prime Minister Haider alAbadi's office seen by Reuters showed the ministry had decided to exclude rice and corn from the government's summer agriculture plan to prioritise drinking water, industry and vegetables. The agriculture ministry was not happy about the decision but could do nothing to stop it, its spokesman said. "Rice and yellow corn are out of the summer agriculture plan due to lack of water. As a ministry, we are embarrassed, especially as the crops are strategic and farmers had already prepared their land to plant them," spokesman Hameed al-Nayef said. "The Ministry of Agriculture cannot plant a single donhum without the approval of the Ministry of Water Resources." Iraq planted 100,000 donhums of rice last season, he said. One Iraqi donhum is equal to 2,500 square metres. Problems with drought and shrinking water levels are further complicated by Turkey's plan to fill a huge dam on the Tigris, which had already started but was paused after complaints from Iraq. About 70 percent of Iraq's water resources flow from neighbouring countries, with the Tigris and Euphrates rivers -- which run through Turkey -- particularly important sources. Prime Minister Abadi has said the government plans to provide water to farmers, especially for Iraq's strategic wheat crop, but that it would reduce plots of land reserved for planting other crops that consume a lot of water. https://www.devdiscourse.com/Article/23902-iraq-bans-rice-planting-because-of-water-shortages JUNE 14, 2018 / 5:47 PM / A MONTH AGO

India rice rates nudge up, Vietnam prices ease from multi-year highs Apeksha Nair 3 MIN READ

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BENGALURU (Reuters) - Rice export prices rose this week in India on hopes for increased buying from China, while rates in Vietnam eased from a multi-year peak with the outlook for higher domestic supply. Labourers remove dried grass from a rice field on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, August 30, 2016. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

Rates for India‘s 5 percent broken parboiled variety rose by $5 to $398-$402 per tonne this week, after hitting the lowest level for the year last week due to sluggish demand from neighbouring Bangladesh. India was the biggest supplier of rice to Bangladesh in 2017. Imports by Bangladesh will likely slow as the government imposed a 28 percent tax on rice imports to support its farmers after local production revived. ―Last year, Bangladesh was buying a lot of Indian rice. With new duty, imports would fall,‖ said M. Adishankar, executive director at Sri Lalitha, a leading rice exporter located in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. ―Chinese imports will boost demand but we don‘t know when it will happen.‖ China last week agreed to amend a protocol on phytosanitary requirements, which will allow Indian exporters to ship non-basmati rice to Beijing. The monsoon has not been progressing well and could delay planting of summer-sown rice, said another exporter based at Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh. In Vietnam, the world‘s third-largest exporter of the grain, prices of 5 percent broken rice fell to $450-$455 a tonne this week after climbing to the highest since January 2012 at $465-$475 the week before. ―Prices are expected to ease further in the coming weeks on rising domestic supplies, as the spring-summer harvest will peak late this month,‖ a Ho Chi Minh City-based trader said. Vietnam exported 763,707 tonnes of rice in May, up 5.9 percent from April, according to the government‘s official customs data. Meanwhile, Thailand‘s benchmark 5 percent broken rice was little changed between $430 and 435 per tonne this week, free on board (FOB) Bangkok, from $430-$432 last week. Traders in Bangkok said demand from abroad was still flat this week following sales to the Philippines earlier this month and last month. Slow logistics due to rain also meant slow trade, traders said. Thailand‘s rainy season starts in late May and lasts until mid-October. ―It‘s been raining, so ships can‘t sail here to pick up orders. Now the warehouses are full, with trucks lining up outside waiting to offload more rice. It‘s all stuck, so the market is still,‖ a trader said. Reporting by Patpicha Tanakasempipat in Bangkok, Khanh Vu in Hanoi, Rajendra Jadhav in Mumbai and Ruma Paul in Dhaka; Editing by Edmund Blair Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.


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Duterte says truth on rice – Roque By: Christine O. Avendaño, Tina G. Santos - @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 04:06 AM June 15, 2018

Malacañang doubled down on President Duterte‘s statement that the Philippines would never be self-sufficient in rice but the President‘s spokesperson admitted he did not know what basis the President had in saying it. Harry Roque, presidential spokesperson, said President Duterte was just speaking the truth when he said the country was not self-sufficient in rice and will never be. Roque said he guessed the President‘s basis for saying so was ―the historical fact that all administrations have attempted to be self-sufficient in rice‖ but failed. Told that Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol had projected the country to be selfsufficient in rice this year, Roque said ―obviously it‘s not happening this year.‖ Imported rice seized Roque made the statements as the Bureau of Customs (BOC) continued its antismuggling campaign, seizing 100,000 sacks of Thai white rice among other contraband. The National Food Authority (NFA) had been allowed to import up to 200,000 metric tons of rice to restore the supply of NFA rice in the market that would stabilize prices. The government was set to import rice this month from Vietnam. The Thai rice seized by the BOC on Thursday was illegally shipped. Biggest haul The cargo, kept in 200 shipping containers, was the biggest haul of smuggled rice since Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña assumed his post as BOC chief. The shipment, said Lapeña, was not authorized by the NFA. The importer of the shipment, Sta. Rosa Farm Products Corp., would be charged with agricultural smuggling among others. Hurting producers Presenting the contraband to reporters, Lapeña said agricultural smuggling ―does not only put local producers at a disadvantage but also puts at risk the health of Filipino consumers.‖ He said the seized rice could be disposed of either by auction, destruction or donation. The bureau, he said, could consider requests to keep the rice as ―buffer stock.‖


The BOC, he said, also destroyed P22 million worth of other smuggled goods that included fake cigarettes, motorcycle parts and accessories, office supplies and clothes, and shoes consigned to Zafari Trading. The fake cigarettes bore the brands Mighty and Philip Morris. Other goods consigned to Trikris Enterprises had been seized. Don't miss out on the latest news and information. Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

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opular rice variety gets extra gene power to fight bacterial attacks KOLLEGALA SHARMAT+ T-

MYSURU, JUNE 14 Researchers at the Hyderabad-based Indian Institute of Rice Research have developed a new variety of the popular Improved Samba Mahsuri (ISM) rice that can resist bacterial blight disease. Bacterial blight disease, which affects rice crop, is caused by bacteria, Xanthomonas oryzae, and drastically reduces rice productivity. The high yielding ISM variety is already protected against bacterial blight by three genes, but the new variety has been developed by adding another gene, Xa38, that increases the resistance. â&#x20AC;&#x2022;Till now about 41 resistant genes have been identified from diverse sources.


These genes differ from each other in their mode of action. While some are broad spectrum, others are narrow in their resistance spectrum,‖ explained Dr Gouri Sankar Laha, who led the study, while speaking to India Science Wire. The researchers used Marker assisted Backcross Breeding or MABB technique to accomplish the gene insertion. Unlike transgenic techniques used in genetically modified crops, MABB is less laborious but more efficient than traditional methods of ‗gene‘ transfer. Besides it does not require regulatory clearances necessary for transgenic crops. ISM is popular and has been grown in over 80,000 hectares in south and east India since its release in 2008. However, of late it was observed in experiments that when deliberately infected, ISM plants had longer lesions – infected spot - than the earlier ones, indicating emergence of a new strain of Xanthomonas. Xanthomonas is virulent, meaning its infection spreads fast and wide. It also evolves very quickly. Thus plants that seem to be resistant now might turn susceptible later as the pathogen evolves into different strains. ―It is, therefore, necessary that we keep developing new resistant varieties. Also rice plant resistant to Xanthomonas in a particular area may not be resistant to the bacteria in another place,‖ explained Dr C A Deepak, a rice breeder at the University of Agricultural Sciences, Karnataka, who is not associated with the work. The breed improvement for bacterial blight disease is a continuous process. The new breed has been field tested in farms across several states and has been exposed to various strains of Xanthomonas. ―We have done three backcrossing and six generations of improvement. It has taken five years including selection of parents and initial crossing,‖ said Dr Laha. The effort has resulted in several improved lines of ISM with novel, broad-spectrum blight-resistant gene Xa38 that show high levels of blight resistance to different types of Xanthomonas. These plants are better both in yield and in other traits than their ISM parent lines. After more field tests in different parts of the country, it will be ready for commercial release, Dr. Laha added. The research team included Arra Yugander, Raman M. Sundaram, Kuldeep Singh, Duraisamy Ladhalakshmi, Lella V. Subba Rao, Maganti Sheshu Madhav, Jyothi Badri and Madamsetty Srinivas Prasad. The research results have been published in the journal PLOS One. (India Science Wire) https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/science/popular-rice-variety-gets-extra-gene-power-tofight-bacterial-attacks/article24163623.ece

What makes some varieties of rice resistant to drought? Share6 Namitha Jassem Delhi Jun 15, (Research Matters):


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1. In thirty years, the global population of 7 billion will increase by 30% to a staggering 9.1 billion people. Feeding everyone with the same amount of land that is available today will undoubtedly be a challenge. Along with expanding cities gobbling up agricultural and forest land, changing climatic conditions with frequent spells of droughts also spell doom for food production. Hence, researchers around the world are developing drought-resistant varieties of food grains. In one such attempt, researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, offer critical insights into the intrinsic nature of certain types of rice that can resist drought. Rice, a water-intensive crop grown by humans for thousands of years, is a staple in many countries and the Asian rice, Oryza sativa, is the most widely cultivated rice of the genus Oryza. The crop fails during a drought, and water scarcity affects more than 23 million hectares of rainfed rice production areas in South and Southeast Asia. While some varieties have the potential for drought adaptations, the researchers of the study are exploring the mechanism behind this through phenomics—the study of interactions of genes with changes in the environment.

“India has 34.5% of total irrigated area, which indicates that the rest of the farming area depends mostly on rain. Even after constructing 91 major reservoirs, only 162 billion cubic meters of water can be stored. Recently in India, eleven states out of


twenty-nine were affected by drought, resulting in a 40% yield loss, amounting to $800 million. Therefore, our work aims at exploring the traits that can be used in selecting droughtresistant crop”, says Prof. Archana Chugh, from IIT Delhi and an author of the study published in the journal Plant Physiology and Biochemistry. The study was supported by the National Agricultural Science Fund (NASF) under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). The researchers of the study investigated three varieties of rice; Sahabhagidhan—a local drought-tolerant variety, and two drought-sensitive varieties: IR64 and MTU-1010. The researchers simulated the drought condition by cutting off water supply to these plants for five consecutive days. They then explored the genetic factors that help these varieties tolerate drought and correlated them with the plant‘s response to the applied stress with the aim of developing a reliable 'marker' for drought resistance, which indicates the plant's ability to survive periods of extreme water scarcity. ―A successful marker can be helpful in selection of drought-tolerant varieties at different levels like morphological, anatomical, biochemical, physiological and molecular. They should be easily detectable and stable. Secondary traits such as root attributes, xylem diameter, stomatal aperture, proline, and malondialdehyde can be used as selection criteria by plant breeders for high yield production and drought tolerance in rice‖, explains Prof. Chugh in an interview with Research Matters. But, what exactly happens to a plant during a drought? Lack of adequate water limits its growth and affects its morphology, physiology, and biochemistry. Leaves reduce in size, the stem and roots elongate, there is a reduction in photosynthesis, transpiration and biomass, and an imbalance in nutrients. The roots are the first to experience stress due to drought as they grow beneath the soil. Hence, to survive, they either become more dense, holding the soil together and maintaining the water potential or grow deeper to access more water. The authors found that Sahabhagidhan, the drought-tolerant variety, continued to grow its roots during the stress, while the drought sensitive varieties showed a reduction in the rate of growth. Also, they observed that in Sahabhagidhan, the xylem vessel, which carries water in plants, had reduced its area and its numbers to survive the stress. This modification maintains water supply by avoiding the formation of air bubbles, known as cavitation. The study also found a significant correlation between the morphological traits in these roots and the expression of aquaporin genes. Aquaporins are proteins that form pores in cell membranes. They regulate water uptake along with other small molecules. The researchers investigated two aquaporins, OsPIP2;5 and OsNIP2;1, and found that the drought tolerant variety showed an increase in OsPIP2;5, which may be useful to increase the intake of water and thus supply to aerial organs. A decrease of OsNIP2;1 in the same plant indicates another method of drought avoidance—decreasing the membrane permeability to avoid excess water loss. Correspondingly, the drought sensitive variety showed a significantly lower content of proline— an amino acid used to synthesise proteins, than the drought-resistant variety. The researchers believe this is because the proline proteins assist in maintaining the stiffness of cell membrane


during water deficient periods, enabling the cell to carry on functioning. As a result of drought, plants produce malondialdehyde (MDA), a known marker of oxidative damage, a condition wherein due to chemical imbalances, the plant is unable to detoxify itself of damaging elements. Oxidative damage can eventually lead to cell death. A 1.5 fold reduction in MDA content in Sahabhagidhan, as compared to the drought sensitive variety, implies the formerâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s superior resistance to drought.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Improvement of drought tolerance in rice is a challenging task due to the high complexity of the traits and poor understanding of plant response against drought. Wide knowledge of various attributes can achieve yield stability under most devastating drought stress. Our study contributes more towards selectively breeding from the thousands of cultivars available,â&#x20AC;? says Dr. Chugh when probed about the potential for findings of the study. Marker-assisted selection (MAS), discussed in this research, can help feed the millions by intelligently selecting plants with desired traits. https://researchmatters.in/news/what-makes-some-varieties-rice-resistant-drought

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OUR STAFF REPORT June 15, 2018

LAHORE - Pakistan has come out of the crisis of low exports, which was observed during the last three years, as the rice exports have increased by around 30 percent to $1.58 billion during the first 10 months of the current fiscal year (2017-18) as exporters pushed fresh cargoes to Indonesia, Kenya and other markets. Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan chairman Samee Ullah Ch said that value of rice export trade has been showing improvement due to the coordination of REAP members with the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan and customs. ―Our members are putting in untiring efforts, and aggressive marketing to increase rice exports and to earn valuable foreign exchange,‖ he added. He said rice exporters are making investments to install modern rice processing machinery and using value-addition technology. He said the association is sending trade delegations to various countries for rice marketing. ―Last month our delegation came back after a successful visit to Iran, which is very lucrative and a potential market for basmati rice. Around 100,000 tons of rice has so far been exported to Iran during the current season.‖ He hoped that a handsome amount of foreign exchange would be fetched by Pakistani rice exporters. He said that rice exports amounted to $1.23 billion during the corresponding period last year. Samee Ullah Ch said exports increased 15 percent to 3.23 million tons during the 10 months of the current fiscal year of 2017/18. He said exports of non-basmati rice to Indonesia increased during the period.


―We exported 50,000 tons of non-basmati rice to Indonesia during the July-April period. Kenya remained the largest buyer of Pakistani non-basmati rice, buying 323,000 tons of rice amounting to $118 million. China is also one of the largest importers of Pakistani non-basmati rice.‖ He said demand for rice in the international markets is increasing. The crop was good in terms of both quality and quantity this year, he added. Share: Share Tweet Google+ inShare

OUR STAFF REPORT June 15, 2018

LAHORE - Pakistan has come out of the crisis of low exports, which was observed during the last three years, as the rice exports have increased by around 30 percent to $1.58 billion during the first 10 months of the current fiscal year (2017-18) as exporters pushed fresh cargoes to Indonesia, Kenya and other markets. Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan chairman Samee Ullah Ch said that value of rice export trade has been showing improvement due to the coordination of REAP members with the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan and customs. ―Our members are putting in untiring efforts, and aggressive marketing to increase rice exports and to earn valuable foreign exchange,‖ he added. He said rice exporters are making investments to install modern rice processing machinery and using value-addition technology. He said the association is sending trade delegations to various countries for rice marketing. ―Last month our delegation came back after a successful visit to Iran, which is very lucrative and a


potential market for basmati rice. Around 100,000 tons of rice has so far been exported to Iran during the current season.‖ He hoped that a handsome amount of foreign exchange would be fetched by Pakistani rice exporters. He said that rice exports amounted to $1.23 billion during the corresponding period last year. Samee Ullah Ch said exports increased 15 percent to 3.23 million tons during the 10 months of the current fiscal year of 2017/18. He said exports of non-basmati rice to Indonesia increased during the period. ―We exported 50,000 tons of non-basmati rice to Indonesia during the July-April period. Kenya remained the largest buyer of Pakistani non-basmati rice, buying 323,000 tons of rice amounting to $118 million. China is also one of the largest importers of Pakistani non-basmati rice.‖ He said demand for rice in the international markets is increasing. The crop was good in terms of both quality and quantity this year, he added.

Rice exports observes 31pc increase in 11 months of FY2017-18 Last Updated On 14 June,2018 09:58 pm

Rafique has shown serious concerns on the recent news about shortage of water

(Dunya News) – Rice exports from Pakistan have seen a sizeable growth of overall 31percent in the 11 months of current fiscal year 2017-2018, Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) Senior Vice Chairman Rafique Suleman said. Talking to media, he shared the figures of rice exports during the period of July to May 2018. He said that at the end of May 2018, rice exports for fiscal year 201718 (July to May 2018) a significant growth of 31% has been observed as compared to Last fiscal year 2016-17 (July to May 2017). Suleman said that this year we exported total 3.51million metric tons of rice amounting to US$1.74 billion, whereas last fiscal year in the same period we had


exported 2.97million metric tons of rice amounting to US$1.32 billion, which shows over all a significant growth of 31% in terms values and 18% in terms of quantity. The REAP senior vice chairman was pleased to inform that by the grace of Almighty Allah, we have come out of the crisis which we have been observing since few years. Further due to the coordination of REAP Office Bearers with Trade Development Authority of Pakistan and Customs, value of rice export trade is showing improvement which is a good sign for our country. Only Basmati rice exports showing 35% increase in value for the said term. Further, this growth was also become possible due to the recent two tenders of Indonesian authority BULOG for total 200,000 metric tons of Pakistani rice, which fetched a remarkable foreign exchange for our country. Rafique has shown serious concerns on the recent news about shortage of water. He said that other countries like Thailand, Vietnam, China etc avail 2-3 rice crops in a year and their annual production of rice is approx. 100 million tons, whereas our annual rice production is hardly 7 million tons, that is why our rice export is stagnant to approx. 4 million tons since last many years. As per our information during this year, hybrid rice is being frown in maximum areas, whose yield is far better than conventional rice seeds. He said that we get waters from Mountains and rivers but approx. 20% share of water has been wasted in sea every year and we have to take preventive measures on war footing basis to save this water. Many countries constructs dams every year to save the water but in our country construction of very important Kala Bagh Dam has been delayed since many decades. This Dam is very instrumental for the growth of our country‘s economy. ―We can preserve the water and like other countries, we can also get more than One Crop of rice per years which will make revolution in our agricultural industry. We may generate huge quantity of very low cost electricity which will be useful to cover the shortfall of energy crisis of our country. Every province of the country will be able to get additional millions of acre feet water after the construction of Kala Bagh dam.‖ He added that as per the international experts next war will be spread over water, rice and other food items. Therefore, it is the need of hour that government of Pakistan should allow rice sowing in more lands, so that we can get more rice and we will be able to export more rice to get more foreign exchange. He added that Pakistani rice exporters are putting their extra ordinary efforts for fetching valueable foreign exchange for the growth of economy of our beloved country and making huge investment for installing world‘s latest rice machinery and most modern technology for value addition in rice. REAP has already requested State Bank of Pakistan for allowing Islamic Financing facility for storage


of Agricultural produce, so that maximum Rice Exporters may get benefit of this facility. He informed that REAP is continuously sending trade delegation to various countries for the forceful marketing of Pakistani rice. In this regard, a delegation is planned to visit Brazil, Argentine and Chili under the leadership of Ch. Sami, Chairman. Whereas another delegation is planned to visit West African countries led by Rafique Suleman, Senior Vice Chairman REAP. https://dunyanews.tv/en/Business/443905-Rice-exports-observes-31pc-increase-in-11-months-ofFY2017-18

ASIA RICE-INDIA RATES NUDGE UP, VIETNAM PRICES EASE FROM MULTIYEAR HIGHS 6/14/2018

* Vietnam rates pull back from 6-1/2 year high * Rains dampen trade in Thailand- traders By Apeksha Nair BENGALURU, June 14 (Reuters) - Rice export prices rose this week in India on hopes for increased buying from China, while rates in Vietnam eased from a multi-year peak with the outlook for higher domestic supply. Rates for India's 5 percent broken parboiled variety <RI-INBKN5-P1> rose by $5 to $398-$402 per tonne this week, after hitting the lowest level for the year last week due to sluggish demand from neighbouring Bangladesh. India was the biggest supplier of rice to Bangladesh in 2017. Imports by Bangladesh will likely slow as the government imposed a 28 percent tax on rice imports to support its farmers after local production revived. "Last year, Bangladesh was buying a lot of Indian rice. With new duty, imports would fall," said M. Adishankar, executive director at Sri Lalitha, a leading rice exporter located in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. "Chinese imports will boost demand but we don't know when it will happen." China last week agreed to amend a protocol on phytosanitary requirements, which will allow Indian exporters to ship non-basmati rice to Beijing.


The monsoon has not been progressing well and could delay planting of summer-sown rice, said another exporter based at Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh. In Vietnam, the world's third-largest exporter of the grain, prices of 5 percent broken rice fell to $450-$455 a tonne this week after climbing to the highest since January 2012 at $465-$475 the week before. "Prices are expected to ease further in the coming weeks on rising domestic supplies, as the spring-summer harvest will peak late this month," a Ho Chi Minh City-based trader said. Vietnam exported 763,707 tonnes of rice in May, up 5.9 percent from April, according to the government's official customs data. Meanwhile, Thailand's benchmark 5 percent broken rice <RI-THBKN5-P1> was little changed between $430 and 435 per tonne this week, free on board (FOB) Bangkok, from $430-$432 last week. Traders in Bangkok said demand from abroad was still flat this week following sales to the Philippines earlier this month and last month. Slow logistics due to rain also meant slow trade, traders said. Thailand's rainy season starts in late May and lasts until mid-October. "It's been raining, so ships can't sail here to pick up orders. Now the warehouses are full, with trucks lining up outside waiting to offload more rice. It's all stuck, so the market is still," a trader said. (Reporting by Patpicha Tanakasempipat in Bangkok, Khanh Vu in Hanoi, Rajendra Jadhav in Mumbai and Ruma Paul in Dhaka Editing by Edmund Blair) https://www.agriculture.com/markets/newswire/asia-rice-india-rates-nudge-up-vietnam-prices-easefrom-multi-year-highs JUNE 14, 2018 / 5:47 PM / A MONTH AGO

India rice rates nudge up, Vietnam prices ease from multi-year highs


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BENGALURU (Reuters) - Rice export prices rose this week in India on hopes for increased buying from China, while rates in Vietnam eased from a multi-year peak with the outlook for higher domestic supply. Labourers remove dried grass from a rice field on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, August 30, 2016. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

Rates for India‘s 5 percent broken parboiled variety rose by $5 to $398-$402 per tonne this week, after hitting the lowest level for the year last week due to sluggish demand from neighbouring Bangladesh. India was the biggest supplier of rice to Bangladesh in 2017. Imports by Bangladesh will likely slow as the government imposed a 28 percent tax on rice imports to support its farmers after local production revived. ―Last year, Bangladesh was buying a lot of Indian rice. With new duty, imports would fall,‖ said M. Adishankar, executive director at Sri Lalitha, a leading rice exporter located in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. ―Chinese imports will boost demand but we don‘t know when it will happen.‖ China last week agreed to amend a protocol on phytosanitary requirements, which will allow Indian exporters to ship non-basmati rice to Beijing. The monsoon has not been progressing well and could delay planting of summer-sown rice, said another exporter based at Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh. In Vietnam, the world‘s third-largest exporter of the grain, prices of 5 percent broken rice fell to $450-$455 a tonne this week after climbing to the highest since January 2012 at $465-$475 the week before. ―Prices are expected to ease further in the coming weeks on rising domestic supplies, as the spring-summer harvest will peak late this month,‖ a Ho Chi Minh City-based trader said. Vietnam exported 763,707 tonnes of rice in May, up 5.9 percent from April, according to the government‘s official customs data. Meanwhile, Thailand‘s benchmark 5 percent broken rice was little changed between $430 and 435 per tonne this week, free on board (FOB) Bangkok, from $430-$432 last week. Traders in Bangkok said demand from abroad was still flat this week following sales to the Philippines earlier this month and last month. Slow logistics due to rain also meant slow trade, traders said. Thailand‘s rainy season starts in late May and lasts until mid-October. ―It‘s been raining, so ships can‘t sail here to pick up orders. Now the warehouses are full, with trucks lining up outside waiting to offload more rice. It‘s all stuck, so the market is still,‖ a trader said.


Reporting by Patpicha Tanakasempipat in Bangkok, Khanh Vu in Hanoi, Rajendra Jadhav in Mumbai and Ruma Paul in Dhaka; Editing by Edmund Blair Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. https://in.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-syria/assad-aided-by-russia-poised-to-snuff-out-cradle-ofrevolt-idINKBN1K01C5 https://in.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-syria/assad-aided-by-russia-poised-to-snuff-out-cradle-ofrevolt-idINKBN1K01C5

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Data Driven Documentation Of Global Electric Rice Cooker Market: 2018-2025 Jack Brittain — June 14, 2018 0 comment

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Stuttgart resident among Arkansas Rice interns HIDE CAPTION Cade Bethea

By Special to The Commercial Posted Jun 14, 2018 at 1:35 PMUpdated Jun 14, 2018 at 2:06 PM

Cade Bethea from Stuttgart is among two public relations interns for the summer at the Arkansas Rice Federation. Bethea is the son of James and Kim Bethea of Stuttgart and the grandson of Carl and Janis Brothers of Stuttgart. Bethea graduated from Texas Christian University in May with a degree in strategic communications and minors in communication studies and film, TV and digital media. ―Cade has developed his passion for writing, design, and interest for public relations through serving in multiple leadership roles while at TCU and building his own lifestyle brand, Southern and Thankful,‖ according to the news release. ―I so look forward to my time at Arkansas Rice learning the in‘s and out‘s of public relations in the political and agriculture fields. Attending college in a different state gave me a new appreciation for Arkansas, my home state, and I‘m excited to be back,‖ he said. Bethea said he knows with this opportunity, he will grow and learn as a young professional. Alyssa Johnson, the other intern, is the daughter of John and Ledna Johnson of Greenbrier. Johnson is pursuing a bachelor‘s degree in public relations and minors in agriculture and political science at Arkansas Tech University. The interns are in Arkansas Rice‘s Little Rock office for 10 weeks, where they working with developing communications strategies, member engagement, and also attending industry events on behalf of Arkansas Rice. They are also working with social media and creative content cultivation and implementation, according to the release. The Arkansas Rice Federation is the umbrella organization representing the state‘s rice industry. It is comprised of the Arkansas


Rice Farmers, Arkansas Rice Council, Arkansas Rice Millers and Arkansas Rice Merchants. Details: http://arkansasrice.org/about-us/ http://www.pbcommercial.com/news/20180614/stuttgart-resident-among-arkansas-rice-interns

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―We‘re looking to work in digital health on remote monitoring of patients, prescriptive intelligence, how analytics are delivered and diagnostic prescriptive analytics that show the chances of a patient getting cancer and the recommended treatment course,‖ says Richard Zane, MD, chief innovation officer and an emergency specialist at UCHealth. The project will use wearable medical-grade monitoring devices such as Fitbits and the Apple Watch to establish an accurate physiology of a patient, Zane explains. ―The goal is to have the ability to build data science to improve decision making at the point of care.‖

Richard Zane, MD This fall, UCHealth expects to bring a team of 70 employees to the University of Colorado Innovations Office, an incubator commonly called CU-Innovation. ―This is where their jobs will be based,‖ Zane says. ―Artificial intelligence, big data, decision support, virtual health and wearables are rapidly disrupting healthcare as we know it. We are committed to being at the forefront of this change and partnering with other innovators to improve the quality, experience and safety of healthcare while helping control costs.‖ Zane‘s personal wish list of what he wants to work on in Colorado includes leukemia, glucose management and behavioral health. Also See: Rice researchers seek to develop wearable imaging device A major project in Colorado will be designing the hospital room of the future with the ability to deliver centralized patient monitoring and clinical intelligence. A bedroom or nursing home could be turned into a mini hospital with high-fidelity wireless service and Generation 5 wireless communication. By experimenting with virtual health options, wearable monitors and the electronic health record, healthcare organizations might be able to transform a patient‘s bedroom into a space where medicine is delivered in a novel way that is both convenient and comforting, says Steve Hess, CIO at UCHealth. ―We are now in the dawn of a new era of medicine, one in which the electronic health record and artificial intelligence work hand in hand with medical providers to support and inform clinical decisions,‖ Hess contends. ―By working together with some of the brightest minds, we will accelerate innovation and develop novel ways of healing patients and keeping the public healthy.‖

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Lentils Significantly Reduce Blood Glucose Levels Thu, 06/14/2018 - 3:23pm by University of Guelph

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Replacing potatoes or rice with pulses can lower your blood glucose levels by more than 20 percent, according to a first-ever University of Guelph study. Alison Duncan, professor in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, and Dan Ramdath of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, found that swapping out half of a portion of these starchy side dishes for lentils can significantly improve your body‘s response to the carbohydrates. Replacing half a serving of rice with lentils caused blood glucose to drop by up to 20 percent. Replacing potatoes with lentils led to a 35 percent drop. ―Pulses are extremely nutrient-dense food that have the potential to reduce chronic diseases associated with mismanaged glucose levels,‖ Duncan said. Yet very few Canadians eat lentils, she added. ―Canada has a huge production of lentils, but we export most of it and only 13 percent of Canadians eat them on any given day,‖ Duncan said. ―We are hoping this research will make people more aware of the health benefits of eating pulses.‖ Published and featured in the Journal of Nutrition, the study involved 24 healthy adults fed four dishes, white rice only, half white rice and half large green lentils, half white rice and half small green lentils, and half white rice and half split red lentils.


Researchers measured glucose levels in the participants‘ blood before they ate and during two hours afterward. They repeated the process for white potatoes alone and the same combinations of potatoes and lentils. ―We mixed the lentils in with the potatoes and rice because people don‘t typically eat pulses on their own, but rather consume them in combination with other starches as part of a larger meal, so we wanted the results to reflect that," the researchers said. Blood glucose fell by similar amounts when half of the starch was replaced with each of the three types of lentils. Blood glucose comprises sugar found in the blood during digestion in the upper digestive tract and depends on the starch content of foods consumed. Pulses, such as lentils, can slow digestion and the release of sugars found in starch into the bloodstream, ultimately reducing blood glucose levels, Duncan said. ―This slower absorption means you don‘t experience a spike in glucose. Having high levels over a period of time can lead to mismanagement of blood glucose, which is the hallmark of Type 2 diabetes. Essentially, eating lentils can lower that risk," the researchers said. Pulses contain components that inhibit enzymes involved in absorption of glucose, and fibre contained in these foods can encourage the production of short-chain fatty acids, which can also help to reduce blood glucose levels, Duncan said. Health Canada requires a 20 percent reduction in blood glucose levels before a health claim about blood glucose lowering can be approved. ―We are hoping that building evidence for approval of a health claim for pulses will further encourage people to add pulses to their side dishes," the researchers said. https://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2018/06/lentils-significantly-reduce-blood-glucose-levels

'Sustainable pioneers' Lotus Foods innovates with heirloom coloured rice By Niamh Michail 14-Jun-2018 - Last updated on 14-Jun-2018 at 14:45 GMT AddT his Sharing Buttons

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Lotus Foods Using heirloom coloured rice, Lotus Foods' premium products pack a nutritional punch and are grown in a sustainable way that yields 'more crop per drop'. "I don‘t know of any other farming system that does both environmental and social achievements in this way,‖ says its cofounder. Providing half of the world‘s population – over 3.5 billion people – with 60 to 70% of their daily calories and over two billion people with their main source of livelihood, rice is of massive importance. Its cultivation, however, can also have a massively negative impact on both the environment and those who grow it. ―Rice-based systems are nexus of all complex food problems,” the cofounder and joint CEO of US company Lotus Foods, Caryl Levine, told


delegates at the Sustainable Food Summit in Amsterdam last week. ―Conventional rice production is just not sustainable. It uses between one quarter and one third of the world‟s fresh water and there is a huge cost of input, which means many farmers are burdened with debt. “There is an especially high impact on women. They do most of the physical activity in the paddy fields where they are exposed to leeches, parasites and water-borne diseases. After years of harvesting rice, many are unable to walk upright and so are continually bent over. This is not acceptable.” Thriving, not surviving

Lotus Foods therefore works with farmers to find heirloom rice varieties that are cultivated according to its trademarked ‗More Crop per Drop‘ technique, an organic version of a sustainable growing process called System of Rice Intensification (SRI). Founded in 1995 when Caryl Levine and Ken Lee began importing black rice to the US after trying it during their travels around China, its range includes Mekong Flower rice, so-called because of its floral aroma; Madagascan pink rice with a cinnamon and clove aroma; black ‗Forbidden‘ rice grown in Sechuan, China with a roasted nutty flavour; and red and brown volcanic rice from Java in Indonesia. The company, which scooped up second place in Ecovia Intelligence's Sustainable Food Awards last week for being a ‗sustainable pioneer‘, sells its products

© Lotus Foods online and has retail listings throughout the US. According to the SRI method, farmers plant smaller, younger seedlings that reduces transplant shock and plant them at wider spacing in rows – rather than randomly in clumps – which minimises competition and facilitates weeding.


Farmers also keep the soil moist but not flooded, which saves water and keeps the soil healthier. “Rice is not an aquatic plant. It can survive in water but it doesn‟t thrive in water,” Levine explained. Supported by the United Nation‘s Food and Agriculture (FAO) and NGOs such as Oxfam and WWF for its positive impact, SRI allows rice to be harvested upright in fields, meaning safer working conditions for the farmers. Lotus Foods claims the some 5000 households in Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Madagascar and Thailand that supply it rice have seen a three-fold increase in yields since adopting More Crop per Drop practices, and higher income through the organic and fair trade Fair For Life premiums. Farmers also require 90% fewer seeds than conventional rice varieties, meaning savings on inputs. “The impact of SRI is even more exciting when seen in context of global warming,” Levine added. ―We are going beyond organic to promote a system that saves water, reduces methane emissions, preserves biodiversity and empowers women. I don‟t know of any other farming system that does both environmental and social achievements in this way.” The SRI techniques save Lotus Foods‘ farmers around 500 million gallons of water annually and cut methane gas emissions by around 40%.

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Despite the some 130,000 varieties of rice that exist in the international gene bank, recent years have seen a dramatic loss in biodiversity as countries switch to modern agricultural techniques. According to Levine, getting Westerners ―who don‟t have a culture of eating rice and no awareness of coloured rice” to embrace new varieties has been a


challenge. This means that new product development is an important part of Lotus Foods‘ strategy to increase uptake. In addition to selling the whole, unprocessed rice, the company manufactures flavoured rice crackers, ramen and instant noodle soups and ‗heat-and-eat‘ microwaveable rice bowls. The coloured varieties also have healthier profiles than the typical white Basmati or Thai rice. A single 60 g serving of black Forbidden rice provides 120% of the recommended daily allowance of manganese, 35% molybdenum; 20% magnesium and 20% phosphorous, while the Jade Green rice is ‗infused‘ with bamboo extract, giving a green colour and a nutrition boost. “We want to give consumers healthier alternatives with value-added innovations – products that are not just premium but have a high nutritional value.” Protecting biodiversity

Levine gave the example of Thailand to illustrate just how quickly crop biodiversity – essential in making farmers more adaptable to climate change – can disappear. In the 1960‘s, the Thai government launched a so-called ‗green revolution‘, encouraging farmers to switch to new strains of seeds that were optimised for agro-chemicals.

© Lotus Foods ―Before the green revolution, Thai farmers grew around 16,000 varieties of rice. Today, they grow fewer than 37,‖ Levine said. ―There is good news, however,‖ she added. ―There are still thousands of varieties and in India, there is a renewed interest in ancient varieties. Pigmented and heirloom varieties are growing in popularity.”


This interest is also growing in the Western world. In Italy, the Principato di Lucedio used non-GMO techniques to cross a Chinese black rice with a local Italian variety, producing the Venere black rice while earlier this year, researchers from Cornell University and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) developed a whole-grain red rice, called Scarlett. “Yesterday I was in a Coop shop and saw black and red rice. You wouldn‟t have seen that 20 years ago,” Levine said. Copyright - Unless otherwise stated all contents of this web site are © 2018 William Reed Business Media Ltd - All Rights Reserved - Full details for the use of materials on this site can be found in the Terms & Conditions RELATED TOPICS: Bakery, Organics, Market Trends, Healthy foods, Prepared foods, Snacks, Sustainability, Cereals and bakery preparations, Fruit, vegetable, nut ingredients, Health and nutritional ingredients Subscribe to our FREE newsletter Subscribe

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Defaulter rice mill owners in Haryana to face action PTI | Jun 19, 2018, 22:32 IST

Chandigarh, Jun 19 () Criminal case will be initiated against those mill owners who fail to deposit hundred per cent payments for the custom milled rice (CMR) by June 30, Haryana's Minister of State for Food and Supplies Karan Dev Kamboj said here today.


The concerned district food and supplies officer will also be proceeded against, Kamboj said in an official release. Kamboj said this decision had been taken after assessing the recovery of CMR from the rice millers. The defaulter firms would be blacklisted and would not be allowed to buy paddy in future, he said in the release. The state has so far recovered payment for 99 per cent of CMR, which is required to be increased to hundred per cent. During 2017-18, out of the total CMR was 18,53,083 metric tonne (MT) and payment for 18,28,291 metric tonne has been deposited by the rice mill owners with the state government, the minister said. The pending payment for CMR yet to be recovered includes 11,376 MT from Karnal, 6,190 MT from Kurukshetra, 3,696 MT from Kaithal, 2,105 MT from Yamuna Nagar, and 1,426 MT from Ambala. Thus district food and supplies officers and the millers are expected to deposit the payment by June 30, Kamboj added. SUN BAL BAL

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Popular rice variety gets extra gene power to fight bacterial attacks

New Delhi, June 15 (UNI) Researchers at the Hyderabad-based Indian Institute of Rice Research have developed a new variety of the popular Improved Samba Mahsuri (ISM) rice that can resist bacterial blight disease, says the India Science Wire. The research results have been published in the journal PLOS One. The bacterial blight disease, which affects rice crop, is caused by bacteria, Xanthomonas oryzae, and drastically reduces rice productivity. The high yielding ISM variety is already protected against bacterial blight by three genes, but the new variety has been developed by adding another gene, Xa38, that increases the resistance. â&#x20AC;&#x2022;Till now about 41 resistant genes have been identified from diverse sources. These genes differ from each other in their mode of action. While some are broad spectrum, others are narrow in their resistance spectrum,â&#x20AC;&#x2013; explained Dr Gouri Sankar Laha, who led the study, while speaking to India Science Wire.


The researchers used Marker assisted Backcross Breeding or MABB technique to accomplish the gene insertion. Unlike transgenic techniques used in genetically modified crops, MABB is less laborious but more efficient than traditional methods of ‗gene‘ transfer. Besides it does not require regulatory clearances necessary for transgenic crops. "Till now about 41 resistant genes have been identified from diverse sources. These genes differ from each other in their mode of action. While some are broad spectrum, others are narrow in their resistance spectrum" explained Dr Gouri Sankar Laha. ISM is popular and has been grown in over 80,000 hectares in south and east India since its release in 2008. However, of late it was observed in experiments that when deliberately infected, ISM plants had longer lesions – infected spot - than the earlier ones, indicating emergence of a new strain of Xanthomonas. Xanthomonas is virulent, meaning its infection spreads fast and wide. It also evolves very quickly. Thus plants that seem to be resistant now might turn susceptible later as the pathogen evolves into different strains. ―It is, therefore, necessary that we keep developing new resistant varieties. Also rice plant resistant to Xanthomonas in a particular area may not be resistant to the bacteria in another place,‖ explained Dr CA Deepak, a rice breeder at the University of Agricultural Sciences, Karnataka, who is not associated with the work. The breed improvement for bacterial blight disease is a continuous process. The new breed has been field tested in farms across several states and has been exposed to various strains of Xanthomonas. ―We have done three backcrossing and six generations of improvement. It has taken five years including selection of parents and initial crossing,‖ said Dr Laha. The effort has resulted in several improved lines of ISM with novel, broad-spectrum blightresistant gene Xa38 that show high levels of blight resistance to different types of Xanthomonas. These plants are better both in yield and in other traits than their ISM parent lines. After more field tests in different parts of the country, it will be ready for commercial release, Dr Laha added. The research team included Arra Yugander, Raman M Sundaram, Kuldeep Singh, Duraisamy Ladhalakshmi, Lella V Subba Rao, Maganti Sheshu Madhav, Jyothi Badri and Madamsetty Srinivas Prasad. UNi SNU 1748 More News

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anonymous persons for rice miller‘s murder TNN | Updated: Jul 8, 2018, 09:25 IST

Representative image PILIBHIT: An FIR was lodged against four anonymous persons on Saturday after the son of rice miler, Ghanshyam Dixit, who had died mysteriously on June 30, filed a written complaint with Puranpur Kotwali police. This was the same rice miller against whom 11 wheat farmers had levelled charges of embezzling an amount of Rs 34 Lakh and had filed a written complaint to the district magistrate, Akhilesh Kumar Mishra, on Friday. They had allegedly not been paid for their produce at an FCI purchase center. The deceased’s son, Adarsh Dixit, insisted that he had been poisoned. Dixit, a resident of village Sabalpur Khas under Puranpur Kotwali police station, said his father, who was a partner in Satsai rice industries in Puranpur, had gone to Ikottar Nath temple, which is around 4 kilometers from his home village, near Mandanpur forest in the early morning on June 30.

It was there that he was given poison by four anonymous persons, who had an enmity with him and who had followed the deceased’s car on bikes, Dixit claimed. The SHO of Puranpur Kotwali police station, Keshav Tiwari, said that an FIR was lodged against four anonymous persons under section 302 (murder) of the IPC.

State to provide training to farmers in Malda for aromatic rice cultivation


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Kolkata: State agriculture department has decided to impart training to the farmers of Malda district, where the department is planning to produce Tulaipanji and other aromatic rice in large scale.


A team of research wing at Uttar Banga Krishi Vishwavidyalaya will soon visit Malda district not only to carry out a detailed survey but also to encourage the farmers to cultivate Tulaipanji and other scented rice. The step is a part of the overall initiative of the state Agriculture department to increase the production of aromatic rice. Read This - JU authorities urge students to end hunger strike

The research wing of Uttar Banga Krishi Vishwavidyalaya will identify the places where these rice could be grown on a large scale. They will encourage the farmers into new ventures and training would be given to them. The department will provide seeds to the farmers in the district at a cheaper rate so that more number of farmers show their interest. The state government will extend all possible benefits to the farmers to make the attempt a success, sources in the department said. Read This - Nigerian woman carrying drugs arrested in Kolkata

Agriculture department will carry out a detailed study, examine the nature of the land where Tulaipamji and other aromatic rice could be grown in North Bengal. State agriculture minister recently held a high-level meeting with the researchers of Uttar Banga Krishi Vishwavidyalaya and other senior officials of the department, chalking out an elaborate plan on how to increase the production of aromatic rice. It may be mentioned here that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during her recent visit to the North Bengal, asked the senior government officials to take necessary steps so that Tulaipanji, Gobindobhog and other aromatic rice can be produced on a large scale. The main purpose of the move is to ensure that the people get these rice at a lesser price. Proded by the Chief Minister, the agriculture department is also leaving no stone unturned to make it possible. It may be mentioned here that state Agriculture department has already been taking help from the research fellows of Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya and Uttar Banga Krishi Vishwavidyalaya who will provide assistance to the department in this regard. The main purpose is to increase the production of fragrant rice in the state. Asish Banerjee, state Agriculture minister said his department has set a target to increase the production of various aromatic rice including Tulaipanji and Gobindabhog in various districts. A research wing of Uttar Banga Krishi Vishwavidyalaya has chosen Malda district where Tulaipanji could be grown on a large scale. A team will soon visit the district to identify the areas. Like Us :


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ICAR scientists give important suggestions for major crops and animal resource in Tripura

Udaipur, Jun 15 (UNI) The scientists of ICAR Tripura have given suggestion to farmers of Tripura in case of major crops in order to minimize the losses of agricultural productions and they suggested to obey the suggestions that will help to farmers for reducing their loss in the nick of flood situation. The scientists group said,'Weather may generally be cloudy and light to medium rain may occur in one or two places till June 17. Heavy rain is expected at isolated place on 13 June.


Day and night temp may vary from 28 to 32 and 25 to 26 degrees respectively. Wind may high and mostly south easterly with average speed of 12 km per hour. Humidity may vary from 72 to 96 per cent.' The scientists have suggested for major crops in Tripura and the major crops of this state are Aus Rice, Cowpea, Maize, Groundnut, Jhum Rice and Mango. The important animal resources are Cattle and Pig, the scientists of ICAR have suggested following the respective animal husbandry resources.According to scientists' suggestion, Aus Rice in trans planting stage and need to use most common variety is NDR 97 which is short duration crop. Sowing is mostly over. Maintain 2-3 cm of water in the field. Field to field irrigation should be avoided. After 30 days of transplanting, maintain 2 to 5 cm of water. Cowpea are in pod formation not to allow the water to stand in the field. For Maize need field preparation and it is needed to complete the sowing of Maize in upland and medium upland. Collect certified seed from authentic sources. Treat the seed with systematic fungicide like Bavistin. Recommended varieties are DMH- 849, 117, HQPM 1, BQPM 9 etc. It is the time for showing Groundnut and need to collect certified seed from authentic sources. Grade the seed and remove all infected/ toxic seed. Treat the seed with systematic fungicide like Bavistin. Recommended varieties are TAG 24, TG 37A, ICGS 76 etc. Seed rate: 100 to 120 kg for bunch type and 80 to 100 kg for spreading type. Spacing: for bunch type 30X10 cm and spreading type 40X10 cm. In case shoot borer attack on Mango, find the hole and put kerosene into the hole and plug the hole with mud. Occasional high wind may break the branches of tree; provide support to the branch to prevent breakage and wastage of fruit. It is suggested by scientists of ICAR that De-worming is very important for Cattle, during heavy rain or squally wind, animal are advised to keep under shade. Vaccination is mandatory for the cattle to protect from disease like Anthrax, Black Quarter, Foot Mouth Disease, Duck Plague. Pig affect due to Piglet Diarrhoea, causes by bacteria and sudden change in feed and temperature, managed by Furazolidone, streptomycin.

ICAR scientists give important suggestions for major crops and animal resource in Tripura


Udaipur, Jun 15 (UNI) The scientists of ICAR Tripura have given suggestion to farmers of Tripura in case of major crops in order to minimize the losses of agricultural productions and they suggested to obey the suggestions that will help to farmers for reducing their loss in the nick of flood situation. The scientists group said,'Weather may generally be cloudy and light to medium rain may occur in one or two places till June 17. Heavy rain is expected at isolated place on 13 June. Day and night temp may vary from 28 to 32 and 25 to 26 degrees respectively. Wind may high and mostly south easterly with average speed of 12 km per hour. Humidity may vary from 72 to 96 per cent.' The scientists have suggested for major crops in Tripura and the major crops of this state are Aus Rice, Cowpea, Maize, Groundnut, Jhum Rice and Mango. The important animal resources are Cattle and Pig, the scientists of ICAR have suggested following the respective animal husbandry resources.According to scientists' suggestion, Aus Rice in trans planting stage and need to use most common variety is NDR 97 which is short duration crop. Sowing is mostly over. Maintain 2-3 cm of water in the field. Field to field irrigation should be avoided. After 30 days of transplanting, maintain 2 to 5 cm of water. Cowpea are in pod formation not to allow the water to stand in the field. For Maize need field preparation and it is needed to complete the sowing of Maize in upland and medium upland. Collect certified seed from authentic sources. Treat the seed with systematic fungicide like Bavistin. Recommended varieties are DMH- 849, 117, HQPM 1, BQPM 9 etc. It is the time for showing Groundnut and need to collect certified seed from


authentic sources. Grade the seed and remove all infected/ toxic seed. Treat the seed with systematic fungicide like Bavistin. Recommended varieties are TAG 24, TG 37A, ICGS 76 etc. Seed rate: 100 to 120 kg for bunch type and 80 to 100 kg for spreading type. Spacing: for bunch type 30X10 cm and spreading type 40X10 cm. In case shoot borer attack on Mango, find the hole and put kerosene into the hole and plug the hole with mud. Occasional high wind may break the branches of tree; provide support to the branch to prevent breakage and wastage of fruit. It is suggested by scientists of ICAR that De-worming is very important for Cattle, during heavy rain or squally wind, animal are advised to keep under shade. Vaccination is mandatory for the cattle to protect from disease like Anthrax, Black Quarter, Foot Mouth Disease, Duck Plague. Pig affect due to Piglet Diarrhoea, causes by bacteria and sudden change in feed and temperature, managed by Furazolidone, streptomycin.

Lentils lower blood glucose levels by 20 pc Ontario, June 15 (UNI) Adding healthy options like pulses in place of starchy foods like potatoes and rice can reduce blood glucose levels by more than 20 per cent, a first-ever study has found. According to a study conducted by the researchers of University of Guelph and published in the Journal of Nutrition, replacing half a serving of rice with lentils dropped blood glucose by up to 20 per cent, while substituting potatoes with lentils led to a 35 per cent drop in 24 adults. According to Prof Alison Duncan, Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences and Dan Ramdath of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, who conducted the study, "Pulses are extremely nutrient-dense food that have the potential to reduce chronic diseases associated with mismanaged glucose levels." The study involved feeding 24 healthy adults being fed with four dishes - white rice only, half white rice and half large green lentils, half white rice and half small green lentils, and half white rice and half split red lentils. Researchers measured glucose levels in the participants' blood before they ate and during two hours afterward. They repeated the process for white potatoes alone and the same combinations of potatoes and lentils. "We mixed the lentils with the potatoes and rice because people don't typically eat pulses on their own, but rather consume them in combination with other starches as part of a larger meal, so we wanted the results to reflect that." Blood glucose fell by similar amounts when half of the starch was replaced with each of the three types of lentils. Blood glucose comprises sugar found in the blood during digestion in the upper digestive tract and depends on the starch content of foods consumed. Pulses, such as lentils, can slow digestion and the release of sugars found in starch into the bloodstream, ultimately reducing blood glucose levels, said Duncan. "This slower absorption means you don't experience a spike in glucose. Having high levels over a period of time can lead to mismanagement of blood glucose, which is the hallmark of Type 2 diabetes. Essentially, eating lentils can lower that risk," Dr Duncan told Science Daily. Pulses contain components that inhibit enzymes involved in absorption of glucose, and fibre contained


in these foods can encourage the production of short-chain fatty acids, which can also help to reduce blood glucose levels, he added. UNI XC RJ 1316

Pakistani-American mom writes novel to voice her views

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Author Almas Akhtar used her experience as an immigrant from Pakistan to inform her novel ―The Fearful Lion.‖ Courtesy Almas AkhtarAuthor Almas Akhtar used her experience as an immigrant from Pakistan to inform her novel ―The Fearful Lion.‖ 

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Osama Ali Khan was abandoned by his parents as a baby and subjected to ethnic stereotypes as an adult. But his life changes when he meets Sarah at the University of Michigan, in Almas Akhtar‘s novel, ―The Fearful Lion.‖ Inkwater PressOsama Ali Khan was abandoned by his parents as a baby and subjected to ethnic stereotypes as an adult. But his life changes when he meets Sarah at the University of Michigan in Almas Akhtar‘s novel, ―The Fearful Lion.‖      

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When Almas Akhtar moved with her husband from Pakistan to Michigan, the biggest adjustment was accepting the bitter cold winters.


But communicating with her new neighbors wasn‘t a problem. As a girl, Akhtar loved reading Archie comics and watching American TV shows such as ―Full House,‖ ―Growing Pains,‖ and ―Perfect Strangers.‖ So she could read and write English when she came to the United States at 20. She made friends easily and cooked meals for them, such as chicken tikka with basmati rice. Akhtar enjoyed being a mother of three children and living in West Bloomfield Township. Life was good — until the fateful day of Sept. 11. A week after the horrific terrorist attacks, her oldest child came home from her first-grade class in tears. ―My daughter told us the little girl who sat next to her said she is scared sitting with my daughter because she is bad and we are bad people,‖ Akhtar says. The next day Akhtar and her husband, Sterling Heights oncologist Adil Akhtar, who is affiliated with Beaumont Hospital-Troy, went to their daughter‘s school to talk to the class. He told the students that he helps all sorts of patients at the hospital each day. Almas Akhtar told the children that she volunteers at the school, helping plan class parties and field trips. They said they are not bad people. ―The class clapped and hugged us. That little girl, too!‖ Akhtar says. Akhtar, who now lives in Bloomfield Hills and considers herself a born storyteller, decided it was important to use her voice to tell the world her point of view — and that of the children of immigrants. Although her children are a full-time job and her priority, after she gets them off to school, Akhtar likes to sit in a quiet place where she can capture her thoughts. She blogs at ―Tuesday Talk‖ on Facebook, where she and members of her group discuss immigrant perspectives and celebrate the American Dream. Akhtar also writes short stories about everyday people and their struggles and successes. ―I want people to know we love America,‖ she says. ―Like anyone else, we are huge fans of Hollywood movies and Disney World. We enjoy fireworks on the Fourth of July. ―There are good and bad people everywhere, but please don‘t label everyone bad on the basis of just a handful.‖ Akhtar further wanted to convey her message of acceptance when she sat down to write her first novel, ―The Fearful Lion.‖ The book follows a young man named Osama Ali Khan, who was abandoned by his parents as a baby, and subjected to wrong assumptions and ethnic stereotypes as an adult. As he works through his insecurities, his life changes when he meets Sarah on the campus of the University of Michigan. Khan thinks his life is perfect, until Sept. 11, 2001. But the book has a positive message. ―America is a beautiful country where people from different backgrounds become your friends and mentors and stand by you in tough situations,‖ the author says. ―The Fearful Lion‖ can be purchased online at the thefearfullion.com, http://www.thenewsherald.com/downriver_life/pakistani-american-mom-writes-novel-to-voice-herviews/article_dbe398f0-16dd-518f-98dd-e14ad894c760.html

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½ teaspoon salt ½ bag baby spinach Indian Lamb ½ brown onion 1 carrot 450g lamb mince 1 clove minced garlic 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger 1-2 tablespoons Indian spice mix (see recipe below) 1 tablespoon flour ¼ teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon tomato sauce 1 cup chicken or beef stock 125g frozen peas Indian spice mix 1 tablespoon mild curry powder 1 teaspoon garam masala 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground coriander Tomato salsa 1 tomato 2 tablespoons chopped mint leaves Combine rice, water, turmeric and salt in a medium pot and bring to the boil. As soon as it boils, cover with a tightfitting lid and reduce to lowest heat to cook for 12 minutes. Turn off heat and leave to steam, still covered, for a further 8 minutes. Do not lift lid at any time during cooking. While the rice is cooking; finely chop spinach and set aside; finely dice onion; peel and grate carrot and set aside together. For the tomato salsa, dice tomatoes ½cm and place in a small bowl. Chop mint and add to tomato with a drizzle of olive oil and season to taste. Set aside. Heat a drizzle of oil in a large fry-pan on high heat. Cook onion, carrot and lamb mince for 5-6 minutes until starting to brown. Add garlic, ginger, Indian spice mix, flour and salt and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring often, until fragrant. Reduce heat to medium and slowly stir through stock and tomato sauce. Add peas and cook for a further 5-6 minutes till thicken. Fluff up cooked rice with a fork and stir through spinach. To serve, divide rice onto each plate top with Indian lamb and sprinkle over tomato salsa. My Food Bag is excited to be rolling out delivery of their fresh ingredients and delicious recipes across the country. To find out more and explore the range, head to myfoodbag.co.nz. Please note that they are unable to deliver to rural addresses.

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Meera Sodha's vegan recipe for wild rice salad with two dressings

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My family has been picnicking in England since 1972, when they arrived here after being expelled from Uganda by Idi Amin. They bought a campervan, a job lot of flares and enough Tupperware to last a lifetime. Mostly we‘d eat spiced vegetables in some form, herbed rice and salad, with chutneys to accompany. Here, 46 years later, I‘ve combined all of those elements for, in my eyes, the perfect picnic meal. Wild rice, chickpea and aubergine salad with a tamarind and ‘yoghurt’ dressing Prep 20 min Cook 50 min Rest 10 min Serves 4 For the rice 1 red onion, peeled ½ large cauliflower (about 600g) 350g baby aubergines (ie, about 4 slim ones) 300g vine tomatoes, halved Rapeseed oil 1 tsp salt 3 garlic cloves, unpeeled 250g basmati and wild rice (I like Tilda) 400g tin chickpeas 15g fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped For the tamarind dressing 1 tbsp tamarind paste 1 ½ tbsp date syrup 1 tbsp rapeseed oil ¼ tsp ground red chilli ½ tsp ground cumin Salt


Sign up to hear about our weekend newspapers Read more For the ‗yoghurt‘ dressing 100ml non-dairy yoghurt Salt Heat the oven to 180C/350F/gas 4 and line two large oven trays with foil. Chop the onion from above into wedges, separate into ―petals‖, then arrange on one half of one tray. Break down the cauliflower into bite-sized pieces and put these on the other half of the tray. Cut the aubergines lengthways into quarters, and put them on one half of the second tray; lay the tomatoes on the other half. Whisk four tablespoons of oil with a teaspoon of salt, pour this over all the vegetables, then toss with your hands to coat all the surfaces and get into the nooks and crannies. Bash the garlic cloves with the back of a knife and put on the aubergine tray, then roast the onion and cauliflower for 20-25 minutes and the aubergine, tomatoes and garlic for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, wash the rice in a sieve under the cold tap until the water runs clear, then tip into a large saucepan. Drain the chickpeas, add to the rice, then cover with plenty of cold water and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and leave to simmer for 18 minutes, or until tender. Drain into a sieve, then cover with a clean tea towel and leave for 10 minutes. Now make the dressings. In a small bowl, mix the tamarind paste, date syrup and oil with a tablespoon of water. Add the chilli, cumin and a quarterteaspoon of salt, and mix again.


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New Times' annual Best of Miami issue is live. For hundreds of our staff's picks on the finest places to eat and drink and the most notable people and personalities who defined South Florida over the past year, check out the full issue. Miami is teeming with restaurants serving global cuisine. From Italian to Cuban, here are some of this year's winners. Best Argentine Restaurant: Fiorito. More than 30 years have passed since Diego Maradona's infamous "Hand of God" goal, which gave Argentina a 2-1 lead over the English in the 1986 World Cup quarterfinals. To this day, soccer fans remain incensed by the fact that the brash Argentine used his hand to drive a ball into the back of the net. And while the five-foot, five-inch footballer's mug graces the walls of this Little Haiti hideaway, the dishes brothers Maximiliano and Cristian Alvarez put out could make you forgive even the greatest sins. For their choripán, creamy roasted sweetbreads are veneered with a gorgeous smoky crust highlighted by a fragrant leek chimichurri ($9). The way they make a steak Milanesa ($11) so tender and juicy inside with such a shatteringly crisp crust defies all logic. It's akin to the referee's refusal to blow a whistle when Maradona hand-balled that goal home. Amazing. 5555 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-754-2899;fioritomiami.com.

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Best Brazilian Restaurant: Ofa Restaurant Courtesy of Ofa Restaurant

Best Brazilian Restaurant: Ofa Restaurant. You should definitely start your meal at Ofa Restaurant with the pão de queijo ($7). A handful of these hot, doughy cheese balls arrives on a wooden board in a small brown bag beside a jar of requeijão, a creamy dairy spread that's sweet like cream cheese yet far more spreadable. It's a satisfyingly simple start to any traditional Brazilian meal, but even if tradition isn't your thing, you'll be happy here. The best part about Ofa is the ambiance. This isn't the been-there-done-that Brazilian steakhouse touting massive skewers of meat that bop from table to table. And it's not a nostalgic momand-pop that focuses on hearty, homestyle dishes served family-style. Instead, Ofa specializes in contemporary takes on South American dishes via progressive menu items, many of which are gluten-free and vegan. Try the farofa, a nutty-flavored, toasted, buttered cassava-flour dish. It's often served with meats, beans, and stews, but here it's a shareable bowl in a rainbow of flavors, from garlic to bacon to lemon-ginger to banana ($5). Or try bobo de vegetais, a dish that often contains shrimp in a purée of cassava meal with coconut milk but here is made vegetarian with peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, and plantains ($22). Brazilian sweets


include brigadeiros â&#x20AC;&#x201D; traditional chocolate truffles made with dark or milk chocolate and condensed milk. The drink menu, created by Brazilian bartender Jean Ponce, lists the usual caipirinhas, but try his riffs on South American classics such as the Abacaxi, a tropical libation that fuses fresh pineapple purĂŠe with artisanal white cachaça ($12).1929 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach; 305-7638766; ofarestaurant.com.

Best Chinese Restaurant: CY Chinese Restaurant CY Chinese

Best Chinese Restaurant: CY Chinese Restaurant. The moment you step into this North Miami Beach hideaway, your senses are overcome by the overwhelming perfume of rendered beef fat and chili oil. Though Sichuan-style restaurants are popping up across Miami, none holds truer to the fiery cuisine of the Chinese province than this first U.S. project by Chongqing native and chef Yang Xian Guang. That beef fat is the central ingredient of Yang's hot pot. That rich, savory aroma is the yardstick by which most Chinese folks judge hot pot, he explains. The recipes include three or more kinds of chilies, a mountain of Sichuan peppercorns, cinnamon sticks, garlic, ginger, star anise, fermented black beans, and a litany of secrets he refuses to share. A simple chicken broth, made by simmering carcasses


with ginger and garlic for three hours, is poured on top just before the dish is sent out to the dining room. So whether you opt for the Chinese yam, the fatty beef, the pork blood, or just a tousle of vegetables, you're guaranteed an experience like no other. 1242 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach; 305-947-3838; cychinesefl.com. Best Cuban Restaurant: Puerto Sagua. It's hard for a Cuban restaurant to stand out in a town with more Cuban restaurants than any city off the island. This cuisine should be simple, unpretentious, and delicious. You should be able to taste the garlic before your meal even hits the table, and nothing should be served without a slice of lime on the plate. Puerto Sagua checks those boxes, but that's not what makes it stand out. It's the kind of place you'd expect to find in Little Havana or Hialeah, but this no-frills joint is on the corner of Seventh Street and Collins Avenue in South Beach, where glitz and glamour reign supreme — and most of the old school has been bought up and buried under the new. From 7 a.m. till 2 p.m. seven days a week, Puerto Sagua serves Cuban standards such as masitas de puerco con arroz moros y yuca ($15.25) and ropa vieja con maduros ($11.95) that are as good as you'll find anywhere — including your abuela's dinner table. 700 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-1115. Best French Restaurant: Otentic Fresh Food. Escargots can go two ways. When dining out, you'll either get pitifully small mollusks smothered in so much butter it just might instantly clog your arteries. Or, if you're lucky, you'll get the real thing: giant burgundy snails sautéed with a hint of butter, minced shallots, and garlic. That's exactly how you'll find this dish at Otentic Fresh Food Restaurant in South Beach. A dozen escargots are seasoned to taste, finished with fresh-chopped parsley, and arrive plump and tender for $13. It's just one of the well-executed French specialities you'll find at this 40-seat bistro offering an intimate, unpretentious setting for traditional French fare. That includes the country's quintessential dishes, served from 11 a.m. to late into the night. Try it all, from those colossal escargots to custardy quiche Lorraine to Nutella-stuffed crêpes. Prices encourage sampling too: Appetizers start at $7, crêpes run $12 to $14, and entrées cost $15 to $31. 538 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-5311464; otenticrestaurant.com.


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Best Greek Restaurant: Kiki on the River Photo by Paul Stoppi

Best Greek Restaurant: Kiki on the River. A former fish market, the glamorous Greek restaurant Kiki on the River transports diners to the Mediterranean. The food, executed by veteran chef Steve Rhee, includes tender seasoned octopus ($18), lightly fried saganaki cheese ($16), grilled then baked sea bass (MP), and fried


potatoes with lemon and oregano ($9). Find a table around sunset on the restaurant's charming patio overlooking the Miami River. The view, along with the rustic furnishings, whitewashed walls, and lush greenery, is enchanting. You might even forget you're in Miami. Hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, noon to 11 p.m. Thursday, noon to midnight Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. to midnight Sunday. 450 NW North River Dr., Miami; 786-5023243;kikiontheriver.com. Best Indian Restaurant: Kebab Indian Restaurant. Why try Kebab Indian Restaurant? How about warm naan baked in a tandoor and seasoned with garlic butter ($3.95); crisp vegetable samosas stuffed with potatoes, peas, and Indian spices ($4); and a plate of chicken biryani, in which tender pieces of poultry are cooked and simmered with rice, nuts, and korma sauce ($13.95). Those are just three of the more than 150 items served at this traditional Indian restaurant tucked away on NE 167th Street in North Miami Beach. The unassuming space allows Kebab's blend of aromatic spices, basmati rice, vegetables, and meat to shine. And if you visit during lunch, take advantage of the all-you-can-eat buffet for less than $10. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. 514 NE 167th St., North Miami Beach; 305940-6309; kebabindianmiami.com.


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Best Italian Restaurant: Fratelli La Bufala. When it comes to Neapolitan pizzerias in Miami, there is only one that can claim to be the first and best: Fratelli La Bufala. But this hidden gem isn't just known for phenomenal pizzas; it's the pastas, salads, and fresh bufala mozzarella that's made this Italian restaurant a staple in South Beach for more than ten years. Buffalo mozzarella is much sweeter than the cow's-milk version; it's also juicier and creamier. If you haven't tried fresh bufala mozzarella, do it ASAP. Fratelli La Bufala (FLB) is one of the few establishments in Miami to have fresh bufala mozzarella delivered almost daily. Whether placed on the restaurant's wood-oven pizzas or the fresh house-made pastas, this rare and exotic cheese is a game changer. FLB's signature appetizer, La Bufalata ($23), is a beautiful platter of bufala mozzarella served with cured Italian


meats and fresh vegetables. The way the fresh mozzarella oozes over the meats and vegetables is out of this world. Another highlight is the cost. This underrated spot is not only extremely authentic but also reasonably priced, making it a favorite for Italians visiting Miami. If you're looking for some of the most delicious pizza and pasta in Miami, run, don't walk, to Fratelli La Bufala. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday through Sunday. 437 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-532-0700;flbmiami.com. Best Spanish Restaurant: XixĂłn Spanish Restaurant. XixĂłn Spanish Restaurant opened in 2001 as a market and today has grown to include a fine-dining restaurant. Consider the Asturian fabada, a rich bean stew that's the signature dish of Spain's Asturian region. The traditional version served here is so labor-intensive it's offered only Saturday ($16). It's rife with white fava beans, blood sausage, chorizo, and a salty Jabugo ham, all simmered for four hours in a hearty saffronflavored broth. The steak tartare ($18) uses ingredients so fresh the dish is available only Wednesday. Of course, you might want to visit just for the rice dishes. The menu touts four kinds of paella, such as con bogavante, which includes shrimp, clams, mussels, squid, and Maine lobster. If you still have room for postre, a serious dessert menu lists more than a dozen delectables you won't find anywhere else, including a carpaccio de piĂąa, which includes a house-made mint ice cream ($7). 2101 Coral Way, Miami; 305-854-9350;xixonspanishrestaurant.com.


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Best Thai Restaurant: Atchana's Homegrown Thai. It's bold to name a dish "the perfect bite," but Atchana Capellini has done just that. The miang kham ($15) is a delight handed down through the generations. A plate holds wrinkly pale-pink dried shrimp, toasted coconut flakes, and tiny slices of ginger. Even the leaves look different. Rather than the ruffled bright-green fronds of butter lettuce, these betel leaves are deep green and spade-shaped, with an almost unnoticeable flavor.


Combine all of this with a few bits of crushed peanuts, a squeeze of lime, and a dash of spicy-sweet tamarind sauce, and you'll soon be reaching for a napkin to dab the tears of joy cascading down your cheeks. See, Atchana's family has been cooking these dishes at home for years while also dishing out coconut curries in some of the city's best-known Thai spots. Only recently has she had the confidence to give Miami all of this, and we can only be grateful it happened. 3194 Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove; 305-774-0404;atchanas.com. Next Thursday, June 21, X Miami will host New Times' Best of Miami party, where you can enjoy bites from more than a dozen of the area's best restaurants while sipping unlimited cocktails and jamming to live music. Purchase tickets for $50 in advance, or pay $60 at the door. A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit Miami Lighthouse for the Blind. New Times' Best of Miami Party. 8 to 11 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at X Miami, 230 NE Fourth St., Miami. Tickets cost $50 via 305-571-7579 or newtimesbestofmiami.com or $60 at the door. Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, has been featured on 

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Miami Spice 2018: Restaurant Menus Online Today LAINE DOSS | JULY 5, 2018 | 11:30AM     

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Miami Spice returns this August with prix fixe menus for some of the area's best restaurants at the reduced price of $23 for lunch and brunch, and $39 for dinner. Running from August 1 through September 30, the program was started 17 years ago by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau as a way to promote


Miami's restaurants to visitors and locals. Since its inception, the program has grown to include hundreds of participating restaurants.

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So far, 206 restaurants will feature Miami Spice menus in 2018, including two dozen new eateries like Planta, Chotto Matte, Habitat Miami Beach, Palat, and Azabu. Returning favorites include Scarpetta, Edge Steak & Bar, Red the Steakhouse, and Palme d'Or. This year, Miami Spice will partner with Slow Food Miami, the local nonprofit that recognizes restaurants and businesses that practice sustainability and authenticity in their food and beverage programs. The Spice website will note the restaurants that have earned Slow Food's Snail of Approval. Starting today, the official 2018 Miami Spice website, ilovemiamispice.com, will release sample menus from participating restaurants. Of course, these menus are always subject to change based on the availability of ingredients. Some restaurants choose to have a rotating menu of dishes, while others will change the Miami Spice menu halfway through the promotion period. Here are menu highlights from some Miami Spice participants: Stiltsville Fish Bar (Miami Spice offered daily for lunch, brunch, and dinner). Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth offer a host of seafood-centric items on their restaurant's Miami Spice menus. Dinner starters include roasted oysters, smoked fish dip, cobia tiradito, sweet corn spoon bread, or a hammock salad. There are several entrees including fried chicken, fish wings, and pan seared fish and grits, or you can opt for the local catch of the day, offered grilled or steamed. Finish with a warm gooey chocolate cobbler. Eating healthy is easy at Stiltsville — just look for the "skinny mermaid" items. 1787 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach; 786-3530477;stiltsvillefishbar.com. IF YOU LIKE THIS STORY, CONSIDER SIGNING UP FOR OUR EMAIL NEWSLETTERS. SHOW ME HOW

Bazaar Mar (Miami Spice offered for dinner Tuesday through Saturday). Chef José Andrés' colorful seafood restaurant serves whimsical creations. For starters, try the hamachi cone or the bagel and lox featuring Russ & Daughters' smoked salmon on air bread with cream cheese and pickled onions. Entrees include a fried whole snapper or the Po Boy, Jose, filled with fried baby squid and palayoon a steamed brioche bun. The master chef, himself, chooses your dessert. 1300 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-615-5859;sbe.com/restaurants/locations/bazaar-mar. Pubbelly Sushi (Miami Spice offered for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday). If you'd rather skip dessert and have another savory dish instead, Pubbelly Sushi has a menu for you. For your first course, choose between Japanese bravas, salmon tartare taquitos, or the screaming orgasm (seared tuna, spicy ponzu, daikon,


and masago roe). Second-course options include a butter "krab" roll, hamachi ceviche arrozpegao, and truffle corn robata. Finally, decide between pork belly yakisoba, wagyu beef slider, or PB Steak anticucho robata. Various locations;foodcommahospitality.com. Byblos (Miami Spice offered for dinner nightly). If you like extras, Byblos is a good choice. Start by choosing two items from the mezze section. Choices include toasted red beets, lamb ribs, duck kibbeh, shakshouka, snapper crudo, creamed spinach pide, and more. Entrées include Middle Eastern fried chicken, local snapper, yogurt-baked Atlantic cod, short-rib kebab, tah-dig, and a Byblos burger. You also get to choose a side from sweet jeweled couscous, blistered beans, Persian kale rice, and rock shrimp rice. Finish the evening with pizelle with pistachio ice cream, loukoumades, or sorbet. 1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305508-5041;byblosmiami.com. Miami Spice. August 1 through September 30 at over 200 Miami-area restaurants. ilovemiamispice.com. Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, has been featured on 

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After a bumpy ride last year, India's rice exports are likely to decline this year by up to 10 per cent this year due to restrictions imposed by importing countries. While Bangladesh has imposed 28 per cent import duty on rice to restrict its exports largely from India, the European Union also made its quality norms stringent with introduction of new pesticides limit. With this, non-basmati rice export to Bangladesh and basmati rice shipment to the European Union is set to decline. The restrictions from importing countries assume significance as Bangladesh contributes over 18 per cent India's 8.5 million tonnes of non-basmati rice exports, the European Union shares nearly 10 per cent of India's basmati rice exports annually. A part of this decline, however, is likely to offset with the beginning of direct import from China, possibly in the second half of the current financial year.


"Overall rice exports from India are set to decline this year due to stringent quality norms introduced by the European Union. For immediate future, therefore, India may lose its entire 400,000 tonnes of European Union markets in the immediate term. The scenario, however, would improve with growers to reduce pesticides use in basmati rice in the long term. Also, Indian exporters would lose the entire Bangladesh market in the immediate term,‖ said Gurnam Arora, Joint Managing Director, Kohinoor Foods, one of India‘s largest basmati rice exporters which sells its aromatic rice under Kohinoor brand. Data compiled by the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda) showed a bumpy ride of both basmati and non-basmati rice exports during the last financial year. India emerged as a large supplier of rice to the South East Asian (SEA) countries due to a devastating flood in this region last year. Consequently, India's both non-basmati rice exports jumped by a staggering 28 per cent to 8.65 million tonnes for the financial year 2017-18 compared to 6.77 million tonnes in the previous financial year. India‘s basmati rice exports, however, stagnated at around 4 million tonnes in three years. In value terms, however, non-basmati rice exports from India jumped by a staggering 41 per cent to $3564.39 million for FY17-18 versus $2531.47 million in the previous financial year. ―A part of the decline in non-basmati rice export would get compensated through shipment to China for which Apeda has started registering exporters,‖ said a senior official with a large rice exporting company. A study from India Rating (Ind-Ra) believes India‘s export price is likely to remain competitive in the international market and the recent decline in India‘s rice export prices could attract buying from African countries, as Indian rice has become more competitive while a decline in rupee is cushioning exporters‘ margins. Indian rice prices softened as rice exports from India declined in April 2018, due to a decline in the exports of basmati rice to Saudi Arabia and non-basmati rice to Bangladesh along with a subdued demand from African countries. Ind-Ra believes imports by Bangladesh are likely to reduce in 2018-2019, as its domestic output rebounds due to a crop recovery and expansion in area sown because of high prices in 2017. As a result, India‘s exports could reduce by 0.5 million tonnes to 1 million tonnes. In May 2017, Chinese authority had identified 14 rice exporters from India to be considered for its shipment to China. But registration of interested exporters started recently. Meanwhile, according to the third advance estimate for 2017 - 2018, India is set to achieve a record rice production of 111.5 million tonnes against the target of 108.5 million tonnes this year breaching its previous record of 109.7 million tonnes for 2016-2017. https://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/rice-exports-to-decline-by-10-onrestrictions-from-importing-countries-118061500820_1.html

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