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Oryza Quick Glance at MDA Rice Crop Weather Update U.N. calls for urgent help for Philippine farmers after typhoon Stakeholders React to FG's Planned ban on Imported rice Web tool helps raise rice yield and income UN: PH farmers need $11-M agri rehab aid in wake of typhoon Chinese rice experts to train farmers in Kisumu Price of Foreign Rice May Crash As FG Plans Tariff Cut

 The potential of ‘Golden Rice

NEWS DETAILS: Oryza U.S. Rough Rice Recap – Thanksgiving Holiday Subdues Market Nov 27, 2013

The U.S. cash market was subdued today with very little trading as the market takes a pause for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Meanwhile, the cost of loading out warehouse receipts is currently less than most offers from farmers, and as a result, there were another 10 warehouse receipts canceled overnight leaving only 217 on the exchange (19,747 tons).As of today, offers could still be seen around $15.65-$16.66 per fob farm (about $345-$367 per ton), depending on where they are located in the U.S. mid-South, for December through January shipment. Bids from some mills were reported to be as high as $16.00 per cwt (about $353 per ton ) while bids from exporters were unchanged around $15.56 per cwt (about $343 per ton), both for December delivery, although no trades were reported today. Tags: U.S. rice prices, U.S. rice market

Oryza Quick Glance at MDA Rice Crop Weather Update Nov 28, 2013

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Oryza shares some of MDA’s latest rice crop weather updates: Drier weather will favor harvest of late double crop in China this week. Rainfall may slow remaining harvest in Japan this week. Weather will favor rice harvest in Thailand this week. Rainfall may slow rice harvest in Vietnam this week. Rainfall may slow harvesting in Luzon region in the Philippines this week. Rainfall across Indonesia will favor rice crop there this week. Rainfall will improve moisture supplies for winter crop in southern India. Harvest is expected to progress well in eastern India and Bangladesh this week. Rainfall will favor rice crop in southeastern Nigeria this week. Rainfall will improve moisture supplies for rice supplies in northern areas of Brazil this week. For more complete weather information, contact: www.mdaus.com. Tags: Weekly weather report for rice pdf:

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U.N. calls for urgent help for Philippine farmers after typhoon The online news portal of TV5 ROME - Philippine farmers need urgent assistance to avoid a "double tragedy" befalling rural survivors of the typhoon that hit the country earlier this month, the United Nations' food agency said on Wednesday.The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said more than $11 million is needed to help clean and clear agricultural land and de-silt irrigation canals in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda (international code name: Haiyan), which killed at least 5,500 people when it struck on

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November 8.That is in addition to the $20 million already requested by FAO to help farmers fertilize, irrigate and maintain their crops to ensure the next harvests in 2014, the Rome-based agency said in a statement."It would be a double tragedy if next spring farming families still needed to rely on continued humanitarian food assistance because we haven't been able to support them as they recover from this disaster," said Dominique Burgeon, Director of FAO's Emergency and Rehabilitation Division.Photo: A farmer uproots weeds at a rice farm inside the Manila-based International Rice Research Institute in Los Banos, Laguna province, south of Manila July 16, 2013. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Stakeholders React to FG's Planned ban on Imported rice Discussion in 'Business News' started by Lequte, Wednesday at 6:01 PM.

Mr Olusegun Atho, the Chairman, Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), South-West zone, on Wednesday in Lagos has advised government to put in place proactive measures to meet the country‟s rice demand before banning imported rice.“I don‟t see any reality in this 2014 deadline. Not until when necessary machinery is put in place should government ban imported rice.“Government should equip farmers with the necessary tools, including tractors, organic fertilisers and give adequate training to farmers.

''The RIFAN chairman also advised the government to provide adequate funding by way of grants or loans to farmers.“These factors are very important and must be put into consideration, before the proposed ban.“If these things are not in place, the ban cannot be realistic. Until when government begins to do something about it, that is when we can see the seriousness.''He identified smuggling as the major factor that would hinder any ban on the imported commodity, just as it had adverse effect on local rice production.Atho also appealed to government to construct more dams and provide mini-pumping machines for farmers to prepare them for irrigation farming as well as introduce modern rice production technology.“If government can provide all these to farmers, that is when government can boast of self-sustainability.''

Web tool helps raise rice yield and income Thursday, 28 November 2013 09:06

Launched today in the Philippines, Rice Crop Manager puts the power of technology into action to help farmers manage their rice crops better and earn more.

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Rice Crop Manager can be used by extension officers to help farmers improve the productivity of their rice crop “The use of the Rice Crop Manager will hopefully bring an increase in yield or productivity, and also raise the income of farmers by about Php 4,000 per crop per hectare,” said Dr. Manny Regalado, acting deputy director for research at the Department of Agriculture - Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice).Rice Crop Manager is an application that can be accessed via a smartphone or a computer with Internet connection. It allows extension officers to give farmers a specific recommendation on nutrient, pest, weed, or water management, depending on the specific variety they used, their yield from the previous season, and the site-specific conditions of their field.Rice Crop Manager can be accessed for free athttp://webapps.irri.org/ph/rcm. It can also be downloaded for free as an app named „RCM PH‟ via the Google play store. It builds on the success of its predecessor, Nutrient Manager for Rice, which was only focused on nutrient management advice. Through improved crop and nutrient management, Rice Crop Manager aims to add 300kg of unmilled rice to each crop per season, per hectare. This additional production for the country would amount to an extra 20,000 metric tons of milled rice for each 100,000 hectares of rice cultivation per season.“Using Rice Crop Manager, extension workers, who bring technical knowhow and technologies to farmers through the Food Staples Sufficiency Program, will be empowered to provide farmers intelligent recommendations based on technical data on rice crop management,” explained Dr. Regalado.“IRRI fully supports the provision of relevant technologies and decision support tools, like Rice Crop Manager, that improve farm production and help the Philippines in its goal to be rice self-sufficient,” said Mr. Julian Lapitan, head of Partnerships and the Philippine Desk at IRRI. Rice Crop Manager is currently being field-tested in two municipalities in each of five provinces in the Philippines: Echague and Cauayan, Isabela; Muñoz and Talugtug, Nueva Ecija; Catubig and Las Navas, Northern Samar; Buenavista and Jabonga, Agusan del Norte;and, Calapan and Naujan, Oriental Mindoro. In each municipality, 20 farmers are receiving recommendations via Rice Crop Manager. With the help of an extension officer, Rice Crop Manager provides advice after a farmer answers a series of questions. Then it allows an extension officer to save, print, or send the recommendations to the farmer‟s phone by email or SMS.Rice Crop Manager was developed by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) as a product of a research collaboration with the Department of Agriculture - Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice).

UN: PH farmers need $11-M agri rehab aid in wake of typhoon By: Catherine Hornby, Reuters:November 27, 2013 11:32 PM

The online news portal of TV5

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ROME - Philippine farmers need urgent assistance to avoid a "double tragedy" befalling rural survivors of the typhoon that hit the country earlier this month, the United Nations' food agency said on Wednesday.The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said more than $11 million is needed to help clean and clear agricultural land and de-silt irrigation canals in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda (international code name: Haiyan), which killed at least 5,500 people when it struck on November 8.That is in addition to the $20 million already requested by FAO to help farmers fertilize, irrigate and maintain their crops to ensure the next harvests in 2014, the Rome-based agency said in a statement."It would be a double tragedy if next spring farming families still needed to rely on continued humanitarian food assistance because we haven't been able to support them as they recover from this disaster," said Dominique Burgeon, Director of FAO's Emergency and Rehabilitation Division. Photo: farmer uproots weeds at a rice farm inside the Manila-based International Rice Research Institute in Los Banos, Laguna province, south of Manila July 16, 2013. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Chinese rice experts to train farmers in Kisumu Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY JUSTUS OCHIENG

RESEARCHERS from the China National Rice Research Institute are in Kisumu to explore avenues of boosting rice farming The researchers include Shihua Cheng and Liyong Cao (rice breeding specialists), Longxing Tao and Danying Wang (rice technology specialists) and Ju Luo (rice breeder). The five met with the Kisumu Deputy Governor Ruth Odinga before going to the field to collect data on rice farming.Speaking in her office yesterday, Odinga said the farmers will benefit from a technology transfer and training from the Chinese institute. “Today I hosted the researchers here before they went to the field to explore the challenges facing rice farming in Kisumu County in order to help improve the farming,” Odinga said. She said being the second county in rice farming, she will work with the national government to improve the industry. Odinga said once the researchers complete the exercise, they will compile a report and recommend ways of boosting the rice industry. “We hope they will help farmers in capacity building so that the youth and women are trained on running the rice projects,” she said.Odinga, who was accompanied by agricultural officer Joash Owiro, emphasised on the need for value addition to attract more funds. The researchers will visit Busia county and Mwea rice scheme for a similar exercise.President Uhuru Kenyatta visited China in August where he secured Sh425 billion loans, which will be spent in different projects including rice farming in the country. He said rice farmers will benefit from a technology transfer and training from the institute.

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Price of Foreign Rice May Crash As FG Plans Tariff Cut November 28, 2013

Franklin Alli and Wale Oshikoya

The price of foreign rice may fall ahead of this yuletide as the federal government wants to review downward the 110 percent import duty and levy it slammed on the commodity January this year to boost local production. Currently, the market price for full bag of rice goes for N9, 500 and N4, 800 half bag depending on the brand. Chairman, Presidential Committee on Trade Malpractices , Alhaji Dahiru Ado-Kurawa, who gave the hint while fielding questions from journalists in Lagos said the decision by government to review the tariff downward was because the policy has escalated smuggling of the commodity and loss of revenue to the government to the tune of N2 billion in the past eleven months. " Benin Republic is one of the highest importers of parboiled rice this year. This is the country that ordinarily imports about 230,000 tons per annum. The two million tons parboiled rice imported from Benin was all smuggled to Nigeria ," said Ado-Kurawa. According to him, the stakeholders met recently in Abuja and part of the resolution was to advice the federal government to review the rice policy and sift out the grey areas where improvements could be made with a view to ensuring that the government's quest to halt rice import was achieved. According to him, the review is not a policy somersault but an approach to create a healthy mechanism for Nigeria to be self sufficient in rice production and earn income from imported rice The chairman disclosed that the government would also give incentive to to rice millers into backward integration According to him, government's policy on rice has greatly deepened local production, which was geared towards attaining self-sufficiency in the product. He noted that local milling capacity has increased to 200 percent and there has been an increment in production of about four million tons of local rice, thereby driving the production of paddy rice to an all-time high. President, Millers, Importers and Distributors Association of Nigeria , Mr. Tunji Owoeye , commended the federal government for looking into the challenges facing the rice sub-sector. He listed the challenges as smuggling of foreign rice brands through the Benin Republic border as well as incentives to rice farmers and processors. For more stories on investments and markets, please see HispanicBusiness' Finance Channel

The potential of ‘Golden Rice’ Posted by Online on Nov 29th, 2013 A High-nutrient variety called “Golden Rice” will be commercially available in the Philippines, after it is proved to be safe, matches farmers‟ and consumers‟ expectations for high-quality rice with improved vitamin A status, and is affordable for poor Filipinos.Researchers of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Baños, Laguna, and Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) in Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, said the first biotechnology Golden Rice could be approved for production in the country in two years. It has passed testing in laboratory, screenhouse, and confined field tests, and

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is now undergoing multi-location field trials nationwide. It has to pass three more tests – a regulatory safety assessment, a market test, and a nutrition study. If approved for planting for human consumption, Golden Rice seeds will be turned over to PhilRice which will distribute them to companies that will develop the rice and sell to farmers. It is expected to raise food security due to higher yield compared to conventional crops, and it resists tungro and bacterial blight.Golden Rice is genetically modified (GM) to contain beta carotene, a source of Vitamin A for healthy eyesight, and other carotenoids. IRRI is working with nutrition and agricultural research organizations to develop Golden Rice as a way to reduce Vitamin A deficiency that afflicts children, pregnant women, and breast-feeding mothers.Genetic engineering is transferring genes from one organism to another for the second organism to develop desirable traits like higher nutritional value, resistance to pests, and resilience in drought and flooding. IRRI and PhilRice assured that GMO regulation in the Philippines is the “most strict and most advanced in the world” and it has a biosafety regulatory system for every stage of research and development.We congratulate the Philippine Rice Research Institute headed by Executive Director Eufemio T. Rasco Jr. and International Rice Research Institute Director-General Dr. Robert S. Zeigler, in their partnership to develop the Golden Rice to boost global food security, improve Vitamin A status and reduce malnutrition, including in our Republic of the Philippines. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!

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