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India rice rates up on steady demand; stronger baht props up Thai rates Arpan Varghese 3 MIN READ

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BENGALURU (Reuters) - Rice prices rose in top exporter India this week on healthy demand amid lower supplies, while gains in the local currency and prospects of a deal with the Philippines pushed up rates for the staple grain in Thailand. A woman spreads paddy crop for drying at a rice mill on the occasion of International Women's Day, on the outskirts of Agartala, March 8, 2018. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey/Files

India’s 5 percent broken parboiled rice prices rose by $3 per tonne to $422$426, the second straight week of gains. “Inquiries are rising from African countries. Asian buyers are also showing interest,” said an exporter based in Kakinada in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.


Supplies are falling, forcing exporters to quote higher prices, said another exporter also based in Kakinada. India’s non basmati rice exports during April-December jumped 39.5 percent from a year ago as Bangladesh and Benin raised purchases. Meanwhile, demand for the grain from Bangladesh, which has emerged as a major rice importer since 2017 after floods damaged its crops, would stay strong for the next few months, given the high domestic rates, an official with the food ministry in Bangladesh said on Thursday. In Thailand, benchmark 5 percent broken rice rates climbed to $408-$410 per tonne, free on board (FOB) Bangkok, from $395-$400 last week, amid a stronger baht and hopes of a prospective deal with the Philippines. Speculation is rife that the Philippines will hold an auction later this month to import 250,000 tonnes and many Thai exporters are interested in this deal, a trader said. “The fluctuation in prices at the moment depends on the currency exchange rate only because there’s no actual demand,” a Bangkok-based rice trader said. The baht was on track for its second straight week of gains. [EMRG/FRX] A stronger baht translates to higher export prices in U.S. dollars. “Many exporters have (also) been buying rice now because of low prices recently,” the trader added. Prices rose in Vietnam as well, with rates for its 5 percent broken variety gaining to $418-$425 a tonne from $410-$415 a week earlier as farmers


pinned their hopes on new government-to-government deals, even though shipments out of the country were falling. “We are having difficulty clinching new deals with buyers, as Vietnamese prices are relatively higher now,� said a Ho Chi Minh City-based trader, adding buyers were seeking $405-$408. Vietnam exported 339,706 tonnes of rice in February, down 31 percent from January, but exports in the first two months 2018 rose 13.2 percent from a year earlier to 831,504 tonnes, customs data showed. The country could export 6.5 million tonnes of rice in 2018, the Vietnam News Agency reported on Sunday. Reporting by Rajendra Jadhav in Mumbai, Panu Wongcha-um in Bangkok, Ruma Paul in Dhaka and Khanh Vu in Hanoi; Editing by David Evans Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. SPONSORED

https://in.reuters.com/article/asia-rice/india-rice-ratesup-on-steady-demand-stronger-baht-props-up-thairates-idINKCN1GK1K2

Wheat softens on increased supply PTI | Mar 8, 2018, 14:25 IST

New Delhi, Mar 8 () Wheat prices declined by Rs 10 per quintal at the wholesale grains market today on ample stocks on increased arrivals from growing regions against reduced offtake by flour mills.


Maize also eased on subdued demand from consuming industries. Traders said besides sluggish demand from flour mills, increased supplies from producing belts, mainly led to decline in wheat prices. In the national capital, wheat dara (for mills) shed Rs 10 to Rs 1,790-1,795 per quintal. Atta chakki delivery followed suit and traded lower by a similar margin to Rs 1,800-1,805 per 90 kg. Maize also declined by Rs 10 to Rs 1,400-1,405 per quintal. Following are today's quotations (in Rs per quintal): Wheat MP (desi) Rs 2,080-2,280, Wheat dara (for mills) Rs 1,790-1,795 Chakki atta (delivery) Rs 1,800-1,805, Atta Rajdhani (10 kg) Rs 260-300, Shakti Bhog (10 kg) Rs 255-290, Roller flour mill Rs 960-970 (50 kg), Maida Rs 980-9,90 (50 kg)and Sooji Rs 1,040-1,050 (50 kg). Basmati rice (Lal Quila) Rs 10,700, Shri Lal Mahal Rs 11,300, Super Basmati Rice Rs 9,800, Basmati common new Rs 7,700-7,800, Rice Pusa (1121) Rs 6,700-6,800, Permal raw Rs 2,325-2375, Permal wand Rs 2,375-2,425, Sela Rs 2,800-3,000 and Rice IR-8 Rs 1,975-2,025, Bajra Rs 1,200-1,205, Jowar yellow Rs 1,400-1,450, white Rs 2,800-2,900, Maize Rs 1,400- 1,405, Barley Rs 1,490-1,500. KPS ADI ADI

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/ind ia-business/wheat-softens-on-increased-

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BENGALURU (Reuters) - Rice prices rose in top exporter India this week on healthy demand amid lower supplies, while gains in the local currency and prospects of a deal with the Philippines pushed up rates for the staple grain in Thailand. A woman spreads paddy crop for drying at a rice mill on the occasion of International Women's Day, on the outskirts of Agartala, March 8, 2018. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey/Files

India’s 5 percent broken parboiled rice prices rose by $3 per tonne to $422$426, the second straight week of gains. “Inquiries are rising from African countries. Asian buyers are also showing interest,” said an exporter based in Kakinada in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. Supplies are falling, forcing exporters to quote higher prices, said another exporter also based in Kakinada. India’s non basmati rice exports during April-December jumped 39.5 percent from a year ago as Bangladesh and Benin raised purchases. Meanwhile, demand for the grain from Bangladesh, which has emerged as a major rice importer since 2017 after floods damaged its crops, would stay strong for the next few months, given the high domestic rates, an official with the food ministry in Bangladesh said on Thursday. In Thailand, benchmark 5 percent broken rice rates climbed to $408-$410 per tonne, free on board (FOB) Bangkok, from $395-$400 last week, amid a stronger baht and hopes of a prospective deal with the Philippines.


Speculation is rife that the Philippines will hold an auction later this month to import 250,000 tonnes and many Thai exporters are interested in this deal, a trader said. “The fluctuation in prices at the moment depends on the currency exchange rate only because there’s no actual demand,” a Bangkok-based rice trader said. The baht was on track for its second straight week of gains. [EMRG/FRX] A stronger baht translates to higher export prices in U.S. dollars. “Many exporters have (also) been buying rice now because of low prices recently,” the trader added. Prices rose in Vietnam as well, with rates for its 5 percent broken variety gaining to $418-$425 a tonne from $410-$415 a week earlier as farmers pinned their hopes on new government-to-government deals, even though shipments out of the country were falling. “We are having difficulty clinching new deals with buyers, as Vietnamese prices are relatively higher now,” said a Ho Chi Minh City-based trader, adding buyers were seeking $405-$408. Vietnam exported 339,706 tonnes of rice in February,

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ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet which met under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday expressed satisfaction over the power situation and resolved to provide uninterrupted power to the consumers during the upcoming summer season and Ramzan.

The meeting also appreciated the efforts of the incumbent as well as former Minister for Power for addressing sectoral issues relating to power. It was emphasized during the meeting to lay greater focus on addressing administrative and management issues viz-a-viz transmission, distribution and recovery of power dues.

Secretary Power Division briefed the cabinet on projections of electricity demand and supply; and the available generation capacity for catering to the power requirements during the summer season particularly during Ramzan.

It was informed that additional power would be added to the national grid from Tarbela-IV and Neelum-Jhelum Hydro-power projects during next months which would further augment the existing generation capacity. The meeting was also briefed about the current loadmanagement plan.

The prime minister stated that as a result of untiring efforts of the government power generation had significantly increased since 2013. He said that provision of uninterrupted power supply had remained the priority of the present government in order to meet domestic, commercial and industrial requirements.


In order to discourage cigarette smoking, the cabinet approved banning of sale of loose cigarettes by amending the ―Prohibition of Sale of Cigarettes to Minors Rules, 2010.

The federal cabinet accorded approval for signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Governments of Somalia and Government of Pakistan for Rendering NADRA‘s Services to Somalia Approval was granted to initiate legislation on Geographical Indications Protection Bill, 2017.

Geographical Indications (GIs) is a form of intellectual property rights which identifies a product originating from a specific area, whose quality or reputation is attributable to its place of origin. Possible GIs for Pakistan can include Basmati Rice, Ajrak and Pashmina shawls, Peshawari Chappal, Truck Art, Apricots, Handicrafts, Ornaments etc.

The Cabinet approved appointment of Presiding Officer, Special Court (Offences in Banks), Islamabad.

Cabinet ratified the recommendations of the Cabinet Committee for Disposal of Legislative Cases (CCLC) in its meeting held on 22nd February, 2018 and Cabinet Committee on Privatization held on February 16, 2018.

Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Sartaj Aziz briefed the Cabinet in detail regarding measures to enhance cotton production and exports from Pakistan. Cabinet approved transfer of Pakistan Central Cotton Committee and Cotton related matters from Ministry of Textile Industry to Ministry of National Food Security & Research.


https://www.brecorder.com/2018/03/07/403341/cabinet -expresses-resolve-to-provide-uninterrupted-power-toconsumers-in-summer/

IRRI DG Dr Matthew Morell visits BRRI UNB NEWS Wednesday 07 March, 2018 08:20:17 pm

Dhaka, Mar 7 (UNB) – Director General of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Dr Matthew Morell visited Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) in Gazipur on Wednesday. During the visit BRRI Director General Dr Md Shahjahan Kabir discussed with Dr Morell on ways and means to strengthen collaboration between BRRI and IRRI on some frontier technologies and projects such as Golden Rice, C4 Rice, Zinc Enriched Rice, and Transforming Rice Breeding (TRB) etc.


BRRI Director (Administration and Common Service) Dr Md Ansar Ali, Director (Research) Dr Tamal Lata Aditya, heads of the research divisions of the institute, the senior scientists and officials along with IRRI Representative for South Asia Dr Nafees Meah and IRRI Representative for Bangladesh Dr Humnath Bhandari attended the meeting. Dr Morell‘s visit was aimed at exchanging ideas between scientists and policy makers as well as knowledge sharing on modern rice technologies as well as ongoing collaboration and promotional activities. During the discussion the speakers stressed on the need for quick dissemination of modern rice production technologies including farm machinery, seeds of salt tolerant rice varieties as well as how farmers are trying to cope with unfavourable environments using high yielding rice varieties and other inputs to the farm level especially in the south-western and southern coastal belt of the country. Dr Shahjahan Kabir said ―In collaboration with IRRI we have developed a multi-year work plan through which we will be able to increase rice production of the country.‖ Referring to the impacts of global warming Dr Morell said, ―Rice cultivation in Bangladesh is on the frontline to face the challenges of climate change. And we have to double our efforts to cope with changing climate.‖ IRRI DG also lauded BRRI for transforming rice breeding project related activities and expressed satisfaction after getting some latest information about BRRI technologies and their role in helping the resource poor farmers of the country. He also expressed willingness to extend all out cooperation to BRRI. Dr Morell showed special interest while taking a look at the confined field trial of the Golden Rice project at the BRRI premises. He was also enthusiastic about the BRRI activities on plant breeding, biotechnology, farm mechanization, the Gene Bank and the institute‘s preparedness in facing climate change during the visit. He expects that zinc enriched rice as well as golden rice would play a vital role in ensuring nutrition security of the people of Bangladesh if it gets proper patronization from all the stakeholders here.

http://www.unb.com.bd/bangladesh-news/IRRI-DGDr-Matthew-Morell-visits-BRRI/64812

British-Pakistani among 12 female artists featured on Google’s Women’s Day doodle


Google Doodle featuring 12 artists from around the world. Photo: Geo News screengrab

Google is celebrating International Women‘s Day by featuring doodles of 12 female artists, including a British-Pakistani, on its homepage. On Thursday, the search engine giant displayed interactive illustrations of artists from 12 countries, including the US, Japan, Pakistan and Mexico. According to Google, each story represents ―a moment, person, or event that has impacted their lives as women. While each artist tells a unique story, the themes are universal, reminding us of how much we often have in common.‖ British-Pakistani artist Saffa Khan centered her doodle, titled ‗Homeland‘, around being an immigrant, writing a love letter to her first home in Pakistan.


―Being an immigrant, I want people to simply be able to empathise and visualise this small fragment of my most cherished memories of the home I had to leave behind,‖ Saffa told Huffington Post. ―And to understand that the love and support received from strong womanhood can help you accomplish anything.‖

Photo: Geo News screengrab

Explaining what International Women‘s Day means to her, Saffa said, ―International Women‘s Day is not only to celebrate numerous achievements of women across the fields of science, arts and humanities, but also to recognise the sacrifices and changes made by women as they fight for recognition and equality everyday in a society dominated by men.‖ Saffa‘s story of her homeland featured on her doodle reads, ―On the roads of my homeland, you will find queues of vibrant trucks and rickshaws full of poetry.‖


Photo: Geo News screengrab

―Every Sunday, my family and I would go to our local Itwar Bazaar for fresh samosas in winter and sweetest mangoes in the summer. Mama would spend a lot of time hand-picking garments to make clothes for us to wear on Eid,‖ Saffa recalled. The artist further wrote, ―I went to the smallest school in the city, but I was taught by the strongest women with the biggest hearts.‖


Photo: Geo News screengrab

―This was my home for nine years: Mama‘s little jungle, our tiny secure bubble. Depite not having electricity most days, or clean water, we made it work. Thank you, Mama and Baba; home is wherever you are,‖ she concluded. The Google Doodle highlights artists Anna Haifisch, Chihiro Takeuchi, Estelí Meza, Francesca Sanna, Isuri, Karabo Poppy Moletsane, Kaveri Gopalakrishnan, Laerte, Philippa Rice, Saffa Khan, Tillie Walden and Tunalaya Dunn. Google is also encouraging other women across the world to share their own stories for International Women‘s Day with the hashtag ―#HerStoryOurStory.‖


https://www.geo.tv/latest/185420-british-pakistaniamong-12-female-artists-featured-on-googles-womensday-doodle

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RICE will thrust into the spotlight at Yanco next week. Hundreds of rice growers, researchers and agribusiness representatives will meet at the Yanco Agricultural Institute on March 15 to attend the annual rice industry field day. NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) southern cropping director, Deb Slinger, said the event will showcase results from the Australian Rice Partnership, which links NSW DPI, SunRice and AgriFutures Australia. ―Results for current rice varieties from 14 NSW DPI experiments in the Murrumbidgee and Murray Valleys investigating water, nitrogen and agronomic management, are highlights of the field day,‖ Ms Slinger said. ―NSW DPI researchers are helping to fine-tune agronomic practices which deliver water savings and can increase gross margins by up to 59 per cent. ―A combination of direct drill sowing and delayed permanent water can save growers up to 4.5 megalitres per hectare compared with aerial sowing and traditional rice irrigation, and that extra water is available to grow more rice and increase gross margins.‖ NSW DPI‘s rice breeding program is a major focus of the partnership and the field day will feature trials of new varieties due for potential release in the near future. The latest results from a joint project between NSW DPI and Charles Sturt University, through the Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Functional Grains, will focus on factors affecting whole rice grain yield. The project explores how irrigation management, plant densities, nitrogen rates and timing of nitrogen application affect grain quality to identify management practices which can improve grain quality and profitability. Growers will hear the latest information on pest and disease management, grain and milling quality research results and see precision rice sowing and harvesting equipment. A bus tour of NSW DPI‘s Yanco Agricultural Institute and Leeton Field Station will inspect research trials designed to inform and boost rice production. The field day will run from 9.30 am until 1.30 pm, with a complimentary lunch followed by a SunRice update.


https://www.irrigator.com.au/story/5271823/mammoth -event-will-throw-rice-into-the-deep-end-at-yanco/

PM briefed on power situation in country ahead of summer 

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Cabinet approves ban on sale of loose cigarettes to discourage smoking

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chaired a meeting of the federal cabinet at Prime Minister‘s Office Tuesday where he was briefed on projections of electricity demand and supply and the available generation capacity for catering to the power requirements during the summer season, particularly during Ramzan. It was informed that additional power would be added to the national grid from Tarbela-IV and Neelum-Jhelum hydropower projects during next months, which would further augment the existing generation capacity. The meeting was also briefed about the current loadmanagement plan. The prime minister stated that as a result of untiring efforts of the government, power generation had significantly increased since 2013. He added that the provision of the uninterrupted power supply has remained the priority of the present government in order to meet domestic, commercial and industrial requirements. The cabinet expressed satisfaction over the power situation and resolved to provide uninterrupted power to the consumers during the upcoming summer season and the holy month of Ramzan. The meeting also appreciated the efforts of the incumbent, as well as former minister for power for addressing sectoral issues. It was


emphasised during the meeting to lay greater focus on addressing administrative and management issues relating to transmission, distribution and recovery of power dues. The meeting also accorded approval for signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Pakistan and Somalia for rendering NADRA‘s services to the latter. Furthermore, approval was granted to initiate legislation on Geographical Indications Protection Bill, 2017. Geographical Indications (GIs) is a form of intellectual property rights which identifies a product originating from a specific area, whose quality or reputation is attributable to its place of origin. Possible GIs for Pakistan can include basmati rice, ajrak and pashmina shawls, Peshawri chappal, truck art, apricots, handicrafts and ornaments etc. The cabinet also approved the appointment of presiding officer for special court (offences in banks), Islamabad. It ratified the recommendations of Cabinet Committee for Disposal of Legislative Cases (CCLC) in its meeting held in February, and of Cabinet Committee on Privatization whose meeting was also held last month. In order to discourage cigarette smoking, the cabinet approved banning of the sale of loose cigarettes by amending the Prohibition of Sale of Cigarettes to Minors Rules, 2010.


Moreover, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Sartaj Aziz briefed the cabinet in detail regarding measures to enhance cotton production and exports from Pakistan. Approval was also accorded for the transfer of Pakistan Central Cotton Committee and cotton related matters from Ministry of Textile Industry to Ministry of National Food Security and Research.

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/03/06/pmbriefed-on-power-situation-in-country-ahead-ofsummer/

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Why corrupt politicians want Buhari out – Taiwo Published 1 day ago on March 8, 2018 By WALE ELEGBEDE reports


Hon. Musibau Taiwo is a former Deputy Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly. In this interview, he speaks on the state of the nation, the anti-corruption war of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and his plans to vie for the House of Representatives seat in 2019, among other issues. WALE ELEGBEDE reports What is your assessment of the Muhammadu Buhari’s administration? We need to give thanks and appreciation to God. If the United States of America is God‘s own country, I would say God lives in Nigeria. If we look at where we are coming from, we will see that it is not easy and we should thank God for where we are. Yes, we had a problem, a very serious economic meltdown, I always wonder why President Muhammdu Buhari took over, when we had economic meltdown, why didn‘t former president Goodluck Jonathan come back and let people see what will happen.


But, because Nigeria is where God lives, it didn‘t happen that way, if it happens in some other countries serious crisis would have happened. We have a mini-economy, we have just one source of income, we depend totally on oil and economic meltdown attacked oil and people are not looking at that.

The price of a barrel of oil went as low as $28 per barrel and it was being produced at $30 per barrel, which means we were producing at a loss. That was when someone took over power and there was nothing in our foreign reserves. People did not ask how the government of Jonathan was paying workers salaries, they were borrowing money to pay salaries of workers before he left office.

Fortunately for us, God gave us a president that is not interested in our money. I don‘t even know what Buhari wants because I always pray to God that if I get to his age, I don‘t want to bother myself about Nigerian problem again. He came and campaigned with change, he talked about security and anti-corruption. You want to combine two serious things. I always tell people that if you want to fight corruption, you must be very smart because if you are not smart, you don‘t know the number of people you are fighting with.

Also, corruption is more powerful than the state, corruption is more exposed than the state, corruption is more intelligent than the people that are fighting it. You don‘t even know the number of people you are fighting. Corruption starts from the office, from the office attendants, the secretary in the office. You should start from those ones first that is what Buhari wants to fight.

He was able to present himself to Nigerians through his records and what he has done in the past. Science and Quran have proven many things to us. Science has proven that no two fingerprints are the same, which means no two human beings can be the same.


But, he must look for people he could work with not that they have the same minds with him, but he recruited them. Because corruption is more powerful than the government, corrupt people decided to exchange naira to the dollar at any cost.

Then we were at the lowest ebb and we were having fewer dollars in the system, we were selling naira based on demand and supply and the cost of buying dollar went up. The value of your local currency is synonymous to the value of the nation. Today, we need to give credit to the President for the anti-corruption crusade because it has brought about changes. We need to praise Buhari and encourage him to go further.

How would you explain to the common man the benefit of the anticorruption crusade of this government? I remember before the last election when they were talking about the performance of former President Jonathan in agriculture. Now we have been able to see the efforts of the current government on changing the system. Due to the devaluation of naira and over-dependence on grains from abroad, the price of a bag of rice went as high as N20,000, nobody asked how the price went down to about N14,000 a bag. For instance, Lagos and Kebbi states government collaborated to cultivate rice through partnership, which was brought about LAKE Rice and that encouraged others.

Today, Ogun State is working on Ofada rice. Research has shown that foreign rice is one of the agents of diabetes, but we know that Ofada rice is the best treatment for a diabetic patient. Those are for the common men. They came up with the Treasury Single Account (TSA). The President is interested in making money for Nigeria elsewhere. We are looking at our Internally Generated Revenue (IGR). We are now looking elsewhere to make Nigeria stronger. Lagos State is building rice processing machine to meet the quality of Lagos. In the past, we could not cook Nigerian Jollof from LAKE Rice, but now that is possible. Now, we can see that there is a solution to our problems.

People are interested in the corrupt minded Nigerians that want to fight back, they want to fight Buhari. I am happy with Buhari, the economic recession in America lasted about 10 years, but we are almost out of it. Look at what Alhaji Aliko Dangote is doing by building a refinery in Nigeria.


This is not just about oil production, but we will get several by-products of oil from that and it would help our economy. Now I am not in government, so I can say this. I am not saying the government is 100 per cent, but they are trying. They are now encouraging people to bring that money back, which would increase the quality of naira and that would help the value of naira as they would use the money to buy naira.

But despite this, the Transparency International has rated the Buhari government low… I don‘t know the criteria they are using. But, they listen to news; nobody will expect Nigeria to be free from corruption overnight. All these things are in the news because we are now looking for the money. The money had been there, Transparency International will keep talking about corruption because it is still in the news. I was in power and I know the amount of money I could get legally. People are now talking of billions of naira, they are stealing more money than they need. We are still corrupt now, that is why they say monkey and snake eat money.

Do you think the APC will still do well in the 2019 elections with all the divisions in the party now? It is a normal thing for democracy. For instance, I contested with 10 aspirants in 2015. We don‘t have factions in the party. That is why President Buhari told our National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to go round and make peace in the party and I can assure you that he will unite all because of his pedigree. You should remember that we are strange bedfellows, we are a rainbow coalition.

So, you should expect that. In the past, we used to talk about true federalism, devolution of power, state police and others under the Action Congress (AC) and Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), but now they are all embracing those things. It is not easy to bring people from different parts of the country together.

People say that the governors would oppress people with state police during elections, but the election is just six months out of four years, what of the other over three years that there are no elections. It is a process when people talk about party ideology, I


laugh. Ideology comes over time, it doesn‘t come on a day. So, they are now thinking along our thoughts. Inter party crisis is normal.

Where do you expect to be in 2019 having been out of office for some years now… I am not going back to the Lagos State House of Assembly. I am interested in the House of Representatives. I have so many things I want to discuss there.

For instance, I worked on Anti- Trust Fund in the state Assembly and I did my research and went as far as the US. But, when I got to a stage, I was told that anything trust is on the exclusive list. Trust has to with a lot of things. For instance, you want to open a company, it has to do with trust. Even in the consumer protection, they need the law to put things right.

There is another thing that bothers me, in the United States, if you are not born there, you cannot be their president.

There is nothing like indigeneship in our constitution, we only have citizenship. People from the east or any part of the country could contest for any position in Lagos State, they have contested for state and federal assembly, they even want to contest for the position of the governor. If we want it to be that way, it has to be across board, it should not be only in Lagos State. Share this:         

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Lawyers to Ekweremadu: Coup not an option Published 9 hours ago on March 9, 2018 By Correspondents


Some senior lawyers have expressed concerns over a statement credited to the Senate deputy president, Ike Ekweremadu that the country‘s democracy is receding and as such it is not unlikely for the military to take over. The lawyers, who spoke in separate interviews with New Telegraph, were unanimous that despite the numerous challenges the country is facing, military coup should not be an option to be considered by anyone. According to them, the era of military regime in the country is gone for good because the worst form of democratic government is better than the best military regime. Among those who spoke with our correspondents include Chief Mike Ahamba (SAN), Seyi Sowemimo (SAN), Vice President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Monday Ubani and Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN). Others are the president of Public Interest Lawyers League (PILL), Dr. Abdul Mahmud, a rights activist and public analyst, Rotimi Wusu; Abuja based lawyer, Fred Itoro; a former chairman of NBA, Oyo branch, Mr. Adekunle Babalola and the chairman, NBA, Abeokuta branch, Ibrahim Atanda Though they agreed with Ekweremadu that the nation‘s democracy is indeed under threat, they said rather than a military intervention, the political elite must close ranks to address the country‘s challenges. Chief Ahamba said those presiding over the country‘s affairs should be alive to their responsibilities and avoid creating an enabling environment for the military to take over. He said: ―We should not create an enabling environment for the military to take over the affairs of the country. The enabling environment will arise when anarchy is allowed to take over the country. In that situation, it is either a civil war or coup. So, let us not allow this situation to continue. ―Those presiding over the country‘s affairs should take charge and put things in proper perspective. However, I don‘t think the military should take over under any circumstance.


But, if things go out of hand, we might have a repeat of what happened in Zimbabwe here. ―We have to be careful. A situation whereby citizens of a country are being murdered in cold blood as it happened in Benue State and other areas in Nigeria calls for concern. The situation might go out of hand if the relations of these victims of the dastardly acts decided to take revenge. No one can know to what extent it will go. So, let those in charge act towards prevention rather than waiting for a cure. I believe what the Senate deputy president is trying to alert the nation to is the need to prevent rather than cure.‖ Sowemimo (SAN), on his part, said Ekweremadu‘s statement should be taken in positive light with a word of caution. According to him, ―the statement by the Senate deputy president, Ike Ekweremadu, goes to really reinforce what Nigerians might be thinking now about our democracy, which is really under threat. There is the need for us to be cautious in our approaches to issues between now and the next election. So, we must take his utterances as words of caution and try to amend our ways by retracing our steps. ―Though some people might see the statement as tantamount to treason and capable of undermining democracy, I think we shouldn‘t see it that way. Except we want to deceive ourselves, a lot of Nigerians are worried with the situation of the country. So, I want to advise that we see the statement in positive light and take it with a word of caution.‖ Ubani, who described the statement of the Senate deputy president as unwarranted, said the solution to Nigeria‘s problems does not lie in the taking over of its affairs by the military. His words: ―I don‘t expect that kind of statement from somebody of his status. Is he not the Senate deputy president? Are they not the one in power? If they wittingly or unwittingly invite the military, all of them will bear the consequence. So, I don‘t think it is an appropriate statement for him to make. ―They should find solutions to whatever the problems are and I don‘t think military rule is the best solution to our problems. The political elites must come together and proffer solutions to the challenges confronting the country.‖ Also reacting to the comment, Ozekhome (SAN), however said the Senate deputy president was right even as he described the military‘s involvement in politics as an aberration. ―Sure, he (Ekweremadu) is right. Although, I do not support a military take over for the simple reason that it conscripts the democratic space, the point must be made that studies of the political temperature, using the barometer of lack of democracy dividends, blatant violation of human rights, rule of law and total abnegation of democratic concepts, Ekweremadu should be commended for this timely warning. Nigerians have


never been so democratically trashed as now,‖ he said. Dr. Mahmud, who described Ekweremadu‘s statement as reckless, said: ―It‘s a reckless statement made by the Senate deputy president. No matter the imperfections and flaws of our civil governance, it does not call for the return of military autarchy. ―The constitution is the basic law and any contraption not recognised by section 1(2) CFRN 1999 is illegal. In fact that section clearly states that our republic shall be governed in accordance with the provisions of the CFRN 1999. ―Is military rule possible in Nigeria? No! The ills of our country today can be traced to the era of military autarchy and the likes of Ekweremadu should be using legislative instruments to purge our country of the vestiges of that era.‖ Wusu also condemned Ekweremadu‘s statement. ―The worst democracy is better than military rule. That is to say Nigeria, as it is today is not ready for a military rule. ―Nigeria‘s democracy is not under threat. Rather it is the political class under threat of losing their grip on power. Nigerians are now more aware about governance and 2019 gives us a big opportunity to change the narratives to suit the people,‖ he said. Itoro, on his part, noted that Ekweremadu had just spoken out the truth and that his advice should be taken before it is too late. His words: ―His statement is purely the truth and nothing but the truth. When you look at the trend of governance, you will agree with the deputy Senate President that the Democracy of the country is under threat.‖ Babalola who also faulted Ekweremadu said: ―It is just unfortunate that such a statement is coming from the Senate deputy president, who is expected to uphold and protect the tenets of democracy. He should be arrested for treasonable felony for even suggesting the likelihood of military takeover.‖ Also speaking, Atanda said Nigerians do not want the military to return to power and that the people will not welcome an unconstitutional idea. He said: ―In the first instance, military rule is absolutely unconstitutional. So, the issue of whether we are even ready or not does not even come in. It is something that is legal that you can say maybe it can come or not. It‘s absolutely unconstitutional.‖ The Akure chapter of the NBA also faulted Ekeremadu‘s claim. Chairman of the chapter, Mr. Tunji Oso, said the statement credited to the Senate deputy president was unfortunate, uncalled for and an invitation to a coup. Oso said there are enough institutional frameworks to deal with any infractions to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and so, there is no need for a military putsch. According to him, the judiciary should be strengthened so that whoever feels aggrieved could go to court and challenge the actions of those in government. ―We are no longer secure, people are killed in their hundreds on daily basis and this is a government that ought to protect lives and property of its citizens. We saw children of


underage voting in Kano during the local government election and they are saying it did not happen; that it happened in Kenya, when actually it happened in Kano. The government has been all lies all through, it has never told Nigerians the truth,‖ he said. Share this:

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Labour vows to resist military intervention Published 9 hours ago on March 9, 2018 By Correspondents


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The organised labour, yesterday, vowed to ensure that Nigeria‘s democracy is not short lived by any form of military intervention. This is as a cross section of Nigerians also rejected the idea of military takeover, saying it is not only unconstitutional but no longer fashionable. They were reacting to Wednesday‘s warning by the Senate Deputy President, Dr. Ike Ekweremadu, that Nigeria risks military intervention if the ugly trend of incessant political violence, intimidation and killings were not tackled by the present administration. Labour under the aegis of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), in their separate reactions, said they will resist any incursion into the polity by the military. The General Secretary of the NLC, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, told one of our correspondents in Abuja that under no circumstance will Nigerian workers support military rule in the country. According to him, the era of military junta in the country is a thing of the past and no longer welcome to resurface in the nation‘s polity. His words: ―For the NLC, We believe the era of military intervention in our politics is over and we must give a chance for democratic culture to grow and deepen. Under no circumstance will we support any military intervention. We will resist any attempt by the military to truncate democracy in Nigeria,‖ he said.


TUC president, Comrade Bobboi Kaigama, on his part, said Nigerians will not allow the military to destroy the hard work put in place in ensuring a democratic process in the country. ―Democracy has come a long way and no military junta can play on the intelligence of Nigerians. It is unacceptable and Nigerians will march out and say no to them. Our democracy has come to stay,‖ he said. The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which also condemned in strong terms the idea of coup in the country, said military takeover, can never be an alternative to a people-oriented government. ASUU president, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, in an exclusive interview with New Telegraph, said what Nigeria is experiencing is an intra-class crisis among the ruling class, but warned that the series of violence may drive the country towards anarchy. He, however, said: ―Military can never be an alternative to a people-oriented government. We have experienced their incursions in the past, but what was the result? What we are experiencing is an intra-class struggle among the ruling elite and the violence is a reaction from the people, the impoverished as a result of their primitive accumulation of wealth. ―To address this challenge, we must have a people-oriented government which will afford Nigerians the opportunity to run their government themselves rather than the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other imperialist institutions dictating the control of the economy.‖ The Joint Action Front (JAF), a coalition of labour unions and rights group, in its reaction suggested that rather than allowing the return of military in Nigeria, the people should organise themselves and enthrone a people-oriented government. Secretary of JAF, Comrade Abiodun Aremu, said he could not fathom any reason why someone would ever imagine military take-over in Nigeria. ―All I will say is that the people should organise and take over their own government,‖ he said. Chairman of Oyo State chapter of the NLC, Comrade Waheed Olojede, who also spoke on the issue said‖ ―It is out of place for people to be talking of military take-over now, when the entire world is tending towards democracy. Nigeria has been practicing democratic governance for many years, but we must know that in spite of the shortcomings in the system, the worst democracy is better than the best military rule. I don‘t subscribe to such statement because all over the world, military rule is no longer popular.


―But for such a statement to have come from a person of such status as Senate deputy president, it means that the government should look inwards. It is high time they took cautionary steps to avert such possibility. In view of the present situation, where Nigerians are expressing disenchantment with the activities of their leaders, the government should wake up to address the demands of the populace. Afenifere chieftain, Senator Femi Okurounmu, who spoke with our correspondent in Abeokuta, argued that it was the military that ruined Nigeria and brought the country to its knees and so any intervention by soldiers would not be welcomed. He said: ―Nigerians don‘t want any military takeover again. In fact, I will say Nigerians don‘t ever want any more military rule in the country. Number one, military rule is out of fashion all over the world. It is anti-democracy and democracy is the government of the people. Military rule is autocratic; it is a kind of dictatorship. ―Secondly, military rule is what has brought Nigeria to its knees the way it is today. It is the military that ruined Nigeria mostly. They were the ones who departed from our federal constitution and imposed a unitary constitution upon which a section of the country has been ruling the country almost the way it wants. Therefore, to say that the military is to take over, we shall just be jumping from frying pan to fire. ―Thirdly, in Nigeria, military rule favours the northerners. Military rule never favours us in the south because the Nigeria Army is almost a Northern Army. The Southerners there are just there as more or less as onlookers, as passengers. A military takeover will mean that another Fulani man will take over and rule us the way he wants arbitrarily. For these three reasons, we don‘t want military rule. The people must fight for their own freedom. We must fight for our own liberation. There is no alternative to freedom.‖ Also speaking, First Republic Aviation Minister, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, said any military takeover of government will lead to the disintegration of the country. Though the elder statesman acknowledged that events in the country suggest that all is not well, he ruled out military option, describing it as outdated. ―What is happening in government now is capable of leading to military takeover, but in Africa and world over military coup is no longer a popular enterprise, so it should not to be contemplated. But those in government should be careful because any military takeover will lead to disintegration of Nigeria.‖ Former Minister of Mines and Steel Development and All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Sarafa Ishola, said the country will come out worse under military rule. His words:‖Military rule will not solve our democratic problems for us. Democracy is evolution. After every military intervention, we come up worse than where we picked from.


If you look at the pattern from First Republic, Second Republic and Third Republic, it‘s usually the same. Democracy is an evolution; we would have our problem, we would learn from it and we would progress. We should all work together and make sure that we don‘t truncate this hard won democracy.‖ National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, in his reaction said: ―It is fearful and frightening when a Senate deputy president begins to raise fear about coup. I think for those of us who fought and lost our freedom to have this democracy established, it is a sad development. It is also a statement on the performance of the APC. ―They are shutting down the freedom of speech, people are being killed all over the place and the President is not doing anything about. I think it‘s time for the APC to start behaving in line with the constitution and stop all these impunity acts. They should know that we are in a democracy.‖ But, a former governor of old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, who said a coup is still possible in Nigeria, stated that worsening living conditions will make it feasible. He said: ―A coup is still possible in Nigeria because of the hunger and suffering in the land. There is still class exploitation and oppression and infighting among the perpetrators at the moment. We can‘t prevent a coup as long as injustice and oppression of the people continues. Those controlling the political system at the moment are there for their selfish interest; that of the nation is secondary. ―This explains the negative state of the nation, particularly the suffering of the people. The Nigerian ruling class believes that they will continue to enslave the people and get away with it, but the question is: What makes Nigeria different from countries where coups have taken place. The only way to stop a coup in Nigeria is freeing the people from slavery.‖ Pan Yoruba social-cultural group, Afenifere, in its reaction agreed with the Senate deputy president that the nation‘s democracy is under threat. Secretary of the group, Bashorun Seinde Arogbofa, who spoke in Akure, Ondo State capital, said the threat is as a result of insecurity that pervades the country, deliberate disobedience to rule of law and the use of security agents to harass opposition politicians. His words: ―Where is democracy when there is no security of lives and property? Where is democracy when you can kill your neighbour without any consequences? Where is democracy when some people are roaming around the town with AK47 rifles, killing farmers as security personnel look the other side?‖ The Afenifere scribe added that unemployment, collapse of the economy and breach of fundamental rights of citizens are issues that can lead to truncating of Nigeria‘s democracy. But, Secretary of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Anthony Sani, who disagreed with Ekweremadu‘s view, said the military knows that it would be rejected if it embarks on a


coup. His words: ―I do not share the opinion of the Senate deputy president, Senator Ike Ekwremadu, that coup is possible in Nigeria. This is because soldiers themselves know that coup is no more in fashion, considering how international platforms do not take kindly to coups at this time. ―As to the submission that our democracy is under threat, it is important to know that our democracy is work in progress. This is because democracy, premised on triple foundation of justice, liberty and common decency is not a natural order of things, but attained through ceaseless hard work by both the leaders and the led.‖ Apex Igbo body, Ohanaeze Ndigbo on its part, said Ekweremadu was right in his statement that the nation‘s democracy is under threat and that he was even mild about it. National Publicity Secretary of the group, Prince Uche Achi- Okpagha, in an interview with our correspondent, noted that the country has never been divided more than ever since the inception of the Muhammadu Buhari administration. ―The Senate deputy president did not even describe Nigeria‘s democracy situation very well because the situation is even more than he talked about. May be, because he is at the top echelon of the National Assembly, he was mild about it. Nigeria is divided more than ever since the inception of this administration. There is sectionalism in appointments, where virtually every key position went to the North and as we were crying of that, more and more appointments were made and they all went to the North. The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), however, came hard on Ekweremadu for saying that coup is possible in Nigeria. The pan northern group said the situation in the country did not warrant the comment attributed to the Senate deputy president, as what he was reacting to concerns a few individuals. Speaking through its National Chairman and former Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Coomasie, ACF said the situation in the country can still be dealt with by the judiciary. He added that soldiers know that coup is no longer fashionable. ―What are the indicators that made him to say that? Some of these things are just by few individuals and cannot be used to judge the whole democracy and I believe that whatever it is can be handled by the judiciary. It is not enough for somebody of the status of the Senate deputy president to say that democracy is under threat and coup is possible in Nigeria; no I don‘t think so.‖ An APC stalwartin Kaduna State, Alhaji Salisu Tanko Wusono, called for Ekweremadu‘s arrest, noted that intra party wrangling within some states is not enough to say coup is possible. Share this:

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Ondo: APC, PDP in a state of inertia ahead of 2019 Published 11 hours ago on March 9, 2018 By Babatope Okeowo


Ahead of the forthcoming general elections in Ondo State, Babatope Okeowo reports that the major political parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), have not shown any serious intent to contest the election Unlike other states, governorship election would not hold in Ondo State until 2020. Thus, in the 2019 general elections, only the presidential, National and State Assemblies elections would affect the various constituencies in the Sunshine State.

All Progressives Congress In Ondo State, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is sharply divided between those who are loyal to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) and those in the camp of the embattled former chairman of the party, Hon Duerimini Isaacs Kekemeke. In the camp of the governor is the acting Chairman, Ade Adetimehin, members of the State Working Committee, Commissioners, Local Government executives of the party and government appointees. This camp is formidable because they effectively occupy the party secretariat and controls the government. Also, two of the three serving senators, the majority of the House of Representative members and the APC‘s caucus in the State House of Assembly. However, in the camp of Kekemeke is Senator Robert Ajayi Boroffice, the Senator representing Ondo North senatorial district, Dr Segun Abraham, the runner-up in the APC‘s governorship primaries of September 2016; Chief Felix Aiyegbusi, Alhaji Amoda Bello, Mr Gboyega Adedipe and some aggrieved members of the party. Since the ‗suspension‘ of Kekemeke as chairman by the loyalists of Akeredolu and the installation of Adetimehin as the acting chairman, members of the party have been sharply divided over who is the authentic leader of the party in the state. This division is affecting the preparation of the party for the 2019 general election. The apprehension of the party stalwarts stemmed out of the as the litigation over the dispute is still pending before the Federal High Court sitting in Akure, the state capital. While Kekemeke is the elected Chairman of the party, some members of the State Executive Committee (SEC) led by the Publicity Secretary, Abayomi Adesanya have directed the Deputy Chairman, Adetimehin, to be the Acting Chairman having pronounced Kekemeke suspended. Adesanya said the State Executive Council (SEC) have unanimously passed a vote-ofno-confidence on the State Chairman for failing to discharge his responsibilities, neglect and dereliction of duty, among other offenses, in compliance with Article 21(D)(vi), of the Constitution of the APC.


According to him, a three-man facts finding disciplinary committee put in place found Kekemeke guilty and advised him to resign. Adetimehin was unanimously chosen to act as the state chairman. But Kekemeke dispelled the action of the ‗rebellious‘ members and said he remained the Chairman of the party until the next congress that would usher in a new set of executives. His words ―I am the chairman of APC in Ondo State. As a matter of fact I am the only elected officer of the party in the state, there was only a congress and that congress elected me and I defeated my incumbent deputy.‖ Although the National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun, has given Adetimehin letter of appointment as acting Chairman, Kekemeke described the letter as ‗black market‘ letter as Oyegun has no power under the APC‘s constitution to appoint state officials. The fear in many quarters is that the party may have parallel congresses where two executives would emerge. The dispute may lead to litigation which may affect the preparations of the party for the next year general elections.

Peoples Democratic Party Although the factional crisis that rocked the State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has healed, the scar is still very much alive as leaders of the party are still suspicious of one another. The loss of the last governorship election in the state has further created a wedge between the immediate past governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko and the candidate of the party, Mr Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), with leaders of the party pitching their tents with either of the duo. The thinking in the camp of Jegede was that Mimiko betrayed the party‘s candidate in order to have protection of the APC- led federal government. It must be noted that Mimiko won in his Ondo East and West Federal constituency for the party‘s candidate. Despite this, supporters of Jegede believed that Mimiko played ‗game‘ with the election. The fact that the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has not invited Mimiko for questioning since he left office gave credence to the insinuations that the erstwhile governor was in alliance with the APC-led Federal Government. Similarly, the fact that Akeredolu has not set up any probe panel to investigate Mimiko‘s tenure despite the fact that the two of them belonged to opposition political parties further fuelled the speculation that Mimiko and APC leaders are in accord before the last governorship election. They also opined that since Mimiko left office about a year ago, he has not granted an interview to express his view about the national happenings despite the obvious misgovernance at the federal level. Being a leader of the party and with the firm grip of the structure of the PDP in the state, it is obvious that the PDP has been in comatose since Mimiko left office about a year ago because of his nonchalant attitude to the party.


The rumour mill in the political circle is that Mimiko is on his way to the new coalition proposed by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo or to the APC. The inability of his supporters to read his body language has put the opposition party in sleeping mode since it left the government for the opposition in February 2016. Mimiko is also keeping his cards close to his chest making it difficult to read his political moves. The drift in the opposition party has led to the defection of those elected under the platform of the party to ruling APC. For instance, the PDP which had 21 members after the 2015 general election is left with seven. The only Senator of the party, Yele Omogunwa has defected to APC while members of House of Representatives are left with three members. The only life injected into the party is those interested in contesting various positions in the party ahead of 2019 elections. The aspirants have been organizing different meetings to galvanize support for their ambitions. The party has also started ward meetings in order to keep in touch with the grassroots. However, the silence and inability to read the body language of the leader of the party; Mimiko has not made the party to embark on aggressive marketing as the party as presently constituted is a sheep without shepherd.

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LAHORE - The Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) has asked the government to declare the rice sector as an industry and provide it all incentives in line with other five zero rated export sectors. This was expressed by the speakers of at a dinner reception held in honour of Punjab Governor Rafique Rajwana organized by the rice exporters here at a local hotel. The reception was also addressed by the REAP chairman Samee Ullah Naeem, UBG chairman Iftikhar Malik, LCCI former president, REAP former chairman Shehzad Ali Malik, Pir Nazim Hussain and members of the Association.


Samee Ullah said that government's support and investment in holding foreign exhibitions should be made a policy to brand Pakistani basmati ricethe world over. He said that Pakistan's share in overall basmati export has gradually decreased compared to India, mainly due to the bigger crop size in the neighboring country, and government support to farmers to keep growing the variety while focusing on crop yield with subsidized inputs. Samee Ullah said that India is more organized, while in Pakistan individual millers try but remain inconsistent either due to lower international prices, product quality and lack of support from the government to establish brand image. He believed that a diverse product range, including the export of rice , would help Pakistan tap international markets and increase its foreign exchange earnings. Rajwana congratulated the Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan for organizing a prestigious Award Ceremony recently in Dubai to promote riceexports. He said that Pakistani rice has been exported to more than 100 countries of the world, expressing the hope that this trend will continue with the same zeal in future. He assured REAP team of his support for the betterment of rice industry of Pakistan. Iftikhar Malik said that demand for Pakistani rice has increased due to its special fragrance, colour and quality across the world. He called for consistency in research and development work in agricultural sector besides raising investment in research to achieve food security in future. He said that public-private sector should join hands for increasing investment in agriculture research. He said that adding value to the farm produce is crucial for increasing farmers' income and establishing agri-related industries in the rural areas will not only provide employment but also help in minimizing migration to cities.


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Inspire fellowship for Punjab Agricultural University student Shariq Majeed| TNN | Mar 7, 2018, 19:42 IST

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LUDHIANA: Manpreet Singh, a Ph. D. Research scholar from the Department of Agronomy, Punjab Agricultural University(PAU), has been awarded INSPIRE Fellowship by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India for the Ph.D. research titled "Weed Management in Dry-Seeded Rice through Integration of Tillage, Cultural Practices and Herbicides".

His major advisor, M.S. Bhullar, senior Agronomist informed that focus of the study is on greater understanding of soil-weed-seed bank dynamics and establishment of


weed species, for development of effective weed management in dry-seeded rice. His M.Sc. research titled 'Integrated weed management in dry-seeded rice using stale seedbeds and post sowing herbicides', conducted under the guidance of Bhullar, has been accepted for publication in 'Field Crops Research'- a Peer Reviewed Journal.

A statement by PAU said that Earlier, on the basis of his achievements in academics and research, Manpreet was awarded 'Travel Grant' by Indian Society of Weed Science for presenting a research paper in its Biennial Conference held in 2017. He is also the recipient of Dr. Gurbakhsh Singh Gill Medal for the year 2015-16.

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Hands-on training for using a new gene-editing technology called CRISPR is giving SFU biological sciences undergrads new insight into how rice and wheat might be genetically altered to improve yield. By Diane Mar-Nicolle The United Nations predicts that by 2050 our growing global population will require 70 per cent more food than is available today. Compounding this enormous shortfall is a loss of agricultural land to urbanization, and the effects of global warming—particularly high temperatures—on crop growth. SFU biological sciences faculty Jim Mattsson and Kathleen FitzPatrick, together with students in their Genetic Engineering (BISC 357) course, are working towards a solution using CRISPR genome-editing technology. “Rice and wheat are essential to diets around the world,” says Matsson. “That’s why there is a worldwide effort to improve rice and, eventually, wheat so they can be productive at higher temperatures.” His students are using the cutting-edge CRISPR technology to decipher which rice and wheat genes need to be modified to improve growth. Plant species such as sugarcane and millet, for example, have naturally evolved to produce at higher temperatures, but that hasn’t happened in their relatives, rice and wheat.


Mattsson figures that by identifying the genes responsible for forming veins in millet leaves (more veins permit greater photosynthesis and therefore growth), it should be possible to reverse engineer more veins in rice and wheat plants. So during the fall 2017 term, Mattsson and FitzPatrick challenged their students to learn how to use CRISPR to identify the genes behind the evolution of heat stress tolerance in millet. With this successfully accomplished, future classes will compare these millet genes to their cousin genes in rice to see how the rice genes need to be changed or reverse engineered to gain heat tolerance. “The students were thrilled to discover that they had successfully put together DNA fragments capable of inactivating, one by one, over 30 individual genes in living millet plants,” says Matsson. “They knew the theory behind CRISPR, but to get a chance to actually splice genes was pretty exciting for them.” Student Serina Li says, “I found that the course provided me with a really good foundation for the molecular cloning techniques and applications that are currently used in labs. “We were working on specific projects while learning the techniques involved, so that we were able to apply what we learned right away. This was one of my favourite aspects of the course, as it made the material easier to learn and also was more relevant to how one would conduct these types of experiments as a real scientist.” Around the world, scientists have high expectations of CRISPR technology, mainly for treating human disease. Mattsson is equally delighted with CRISPR’s prospects for plant engineering. He says, “In my class alone, students are discovering what genes are doing with a precision and scale that was unheard of just a few years ago.”


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Hands-on training for using a new gene-editing technology called CRISPR is giving SFU biological sciences undergrads new insight into how rice and wheat might be genetically altered to improve yield. By Diane Mar-Nicolle The United Nations predicts that by 2050 our growing global population will require 70 per cent more food than is available today. Compounding this enormous shortfall is a loss of agricultural land to urbanization, and the effects of global warming—particularly high temperatures—on crop growth. SFU biological sciences faculty Jim Mattsson and Kathleen FitzPatrick, together with students in their Genetic Engineering (BISC 357) course, are working towards a solution using CRISPR genome-editing technology. “Rice and wheat are essential to diets around the world,” says Matsson. “That’s why there is a worldwide effort to improve rice and, eventually, wheat so they can be productive at higher temperatures.” His students are using the cutting-edge CRISPR technology to decipher which rice and wheat genes need to be modified to improve growth. Plant species such as sugarcane and millet, for example, have naturally evolved to produce at higher temperatures, but that hasn’t happened in their relatives, rice and wheat.


Mattsson figures that by identifying the genes responsible for forming veins in millet leaves (more veins permit greater photosynthesis and therefore growth), it should be possible to reverse engineer more veins in rice and wheat plants. So during the fall 2017 term, Mattsson and FitzPatrick challenged their students to learn how to use CRISPR to identify the genes behind the evolution of heat stress tolerance in millet. With this successfully accomplished, future classes will compare these millet genes to their cousin genes in rice to see how the rice genes need to be changed or reverse engineered to gain heat tolerance. “The students were thrilled to discover that they had successfully put together DNA fragments capable of inactivating, one by one, over 30 individual genes in living millet plants,” says Matsson. “They knew the theory behind CRISPR, but to get a chance to actually splice genes was pretty exciting for them.” Student Serina Li says, “I found that the course provided me with a really good foundation for the molecular cloning techniques and applications that are currently used in labs. “We were working on specific projects while learning the techniques involved, so that we were able to apply what we learned right away. This was one of my favourite aspects of the course, as it made the material easier to learn and also was more relevant to how one would conduct these types of experiments as a real scientist.” Around the world, scientists have high expectations of CRISPR technology, mainly for treating human disease. Mattsson is equally delighted with CRISPR’s prospects for plant engineering. He says, “In my class alone, students are discovering what genes are doing with a precision and scale that was unheard of just a few years ago.”


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effort to improve rice and, eventually, wheat so they can be productive at higher temperatures.” His students are using the cutting-edge CRISPR technology to decipher which rice and wheat genes need to be modified to improve growth. Plant species such as sugarcane and millet, for example, have naturally evolved to produce at higher temperatures, but that hasn’t happened in their relatives, rice and wheat. Mattsson figures that by identifying the genes responsible for forming veins in millet leaves (more veins permit greater photosynthesis and therefore growth), it should be possible to reverse engineer more veins in rice and wheat plants. So during the fall 2017 term, Mattsson and FitzPatrick challenged their students to learn how to use CRISPR to identify the genes behind the evolution of heat stress tolerance in millet. With this successfully accomplished, future classes will compare these millet genes to their cousin genes in rice to see how the rice genes need to be changed or reverse engineered to gain heat tolerance. “The students were thrilled to discover that they had successfully put together DNA fragments capable of inactivating, one by one, over 30 individual genes in living millet plants,” says Matsson. “They knew the theory behind CRISPR, but to get a chance to actually splice genes was pretty exciting for them.” Student Serina Li says, “I found that the course provided me with a really good foundation for the molecular cloning techniques and applications that are currently used in labs. “We were working on specific projects while learning the techniques involved, so that we were able to apply what we learned right away. This was one of my favourite aspects of the course, as it made the material easier to learn and also was more relevant to how one would conduct these types of experiments as a real scientist.” Around the world, scientists have high expectations of CRISPR technology, mainly for treating human disease. Mattsson is equally delighted with CRISPR’s prospects for plant engineering. He says, “In my class alone, students are discovering what genes are doing with a precision and scale that was unheard of just a few years ago.” Bisc 357 students achieved lab results that may improve rice and wheat plants' abilities to flourish in hot and dry conditions. Admission Programs Learning Research Community About Maps + directions Library Academic Calendar Road Report Give to SFU CONNECT WITH US Facebook Twitter YouTube CONTACT US Simon Fraser University 8888 University Drive Burnaby, B.C. Canada V5A 1S6 Terms and conditions © Simon Fraser University SFU News This site SFU.ca A-Z DIRECTORY SIGN IN HOME CONTACT US ABOUT SFU NEWS PEOPLE SPORTS RESEARCH COMMUNITY LEARNING FACULTY AND STAFF SFU IN THE NEWS ARCHIVES FEEDBACK Bisc 357 students use CRISPR genome editing technology in an effort to improve the ability of rice and wheat to flourish in hot and dry conditions. LEARNING SFU students use CRISPR genome editing technology in hopes of improving yields of rice and wheat March 07, 2018 Tweet Facebook Pinterest Email Print Hands-on training for using a new gene-editing technology called CRISPR is giving SFU biological sciences undergrads new insight into how rice and wheat might be genetically altered to improve yield. By Diane Mar-Nicolle The United Nations predicts that by 2050 our growing global population will require 70 per cent more food than is available today. Compounding this enormous shortfall is a loss of agricultural land to urbanization, and the effects of global warming—particularly high temperatures—on crop growth. SFU biological sciences faculty Jim Mattsson and Kathleen FitzPatrick, together with students in their Genetic Engineering (BISC 357) course, are working towards a solution using CRISPR genome-editing technology. “Rice and wheat are essential to diets around the world,” says Matsson. “That’s why there is a worldwide effort to improve rice and, eventually, wheat so they can be productive at higher temperatures.” His


students are using the cutting-edge CRISPR technology to decipher which rice and wheat genes need to be modified to improve growth. Plant species such as sugarcane and millet, for example, have naturally evolved to produce at higher temperatures, but that hasn’t happened in their relatives, rice and wheat. Mattsson figures that by identifying the genes responsible for forming veins in millet leaves (more veins permit greater photosynthesis and therefore growth), it should be possible to reverse engineer more veins in rice and wheat plants. So during the fall 2017 term, Mattsson and FitzPatrick challenged their students to learn how to use CRISPR to identify the genes behind the evolution of heat stress tolerance in millet. With this successfully accomplished, future classes will compare these millet genes to their cousin genes in rice to see how the rice genes need to be changed or reverse engineered to gain heat tolerance. “The students were thrilled to discover that they had successfully put together DNA fragments capable of inactivating, one by one, over 30 individual genes in living millet plants,” says Matsson. “They knew the theory behind CRISPR, but to get a chance to actually splice genes was pretty exciting for them.” Student Serina Li says, “I found that the course provided me with a really good foundation for the molecular cloning techniques and applications that are currently used in labs. “We were working on specific projects while learning the techniques involved, so that we were able to apply what we learned right away. This was one of my favourite aspects of the course, as it made the material easier to learn and also was more relevant to how one would conduct these types of experiments as a real scientist.” Around the world, scientists have high expectations of CRISPR technology, mainly for treating human disease. Mattsson is equally delighted with CRISPR’s prospects for plant engineering. He says, “In my class alone, students are discovering what genes are doing with a precision and scale that was unheard of just a few years ago.” Bisc 357 students achieved lab results that may improve rice and wheat plants' abilities to flourish in hot and dry conditions. Admission Programs Learning Research Community About Maps + directions Library Academic Calendar Road Report Give to SFU CONNECT WITH US Facebook Twitter YouTube CONTACT US Simon Fraser University 8888 University Drive Burnaby, B.C. Canada V5A 1S6 Terms and conditions © Simon Fraser University ShareThis Copy and Paste

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Researchers Package New Immunotherapy in Hydrogel to Better Fight Cancer Wed, 03/07/2018 - 3:54pm by Kenny Walter - Digital Reporter @RandDMagazine


Researchers have found a new tool in the fight against cancer, combining a new immunotherapy drug with a hydrogel. Scientists from Rice University and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston have developed STINGel, a therapy that combines a new class of immunotherapy drugs with an injectable hydrogel that releases it in a more prolonged, steady dose. The researchers found that slow-release peptide gels could continuously deliver immunotherapy drugs to tumor sites for extended periods of time. The hydrogel, which is harmless to normal cells, has immunotherapy drugs inside called cyclic dinucleotides (CDNs), which have been shown to attack cancer cells. CDNs are a powerful new class of immunotherapy drugs known as STING (Stimulator of Interferon Genes) agonists, currently in clinical trials. However, research has found that the CDN drugs are flushed quickly from the body, and current trials require multiple injections.

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The Immunology of Cancer “The normal approach to CDN delivery is simple injection, but this leads to very rapid diffusion of the drug throughout the body and reduces its concentration at the site of the tumor to very low levels," Rice chemist and bioengineer Jeffrey Hartgerink said in a statement. "Using the same amount of CDN, the STINGel approach allows the concentration of CDN near the tumor to remain much higher for long periods of time." The researchers tested the new drug in both lab cultures and in vivo. For the in vivo testing, six groups of 10 rodents each were treated with either CDN alone, control collagens alone or with CDN, MDP alone or STINGel (CDN plus MDP). The researchers found that only one in 10 CDN or collagen plus CDN rodents survived at least 105 days. However, six of 10 animals treated with STINGel survived and also proved resistant to further implantation of cancer cells. This likely means that their immune systems were trained to successfully identify and destroy both existing cancer and future occurrences of cancer.


The study stated: “The highly localized delivery of CDN from this nanostructured biomaterial affects the local histological response in a subcutaneous model, and dramatically improves overall survival in a challenging murine model of head and neck cancer compared to CDN alone or CDN delivered from a collagen hydrogel.� The team also tested more common hydrogels and were unable to provide the same controlled release. The other hydrogels also did not provide an additional benefit over CDN treatment. "The MDP hydrogel provides a unique environment for the release of CDN that other gels just can't match," Hartgerink said. "The CDN we used in this study is currently in clinical trials," he added. "We think that our STINGel approach has the potential to significantly broaden the scope of this powerful immunotherapy drug to a larger range of resistant cancers." The study was published in Science Direct. Life Sciences

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https://www.rdmag.com/article/2018/03/researcherspackage-new-immunotherapy-hydrogel-better-fightcancer IRRI DG Dr Matthew Morell visits BRRI UNB NEWS Wednesday 07 March, 2018 08:20:17 pm

Dhaka, Mar 7 (UNB) – Director General of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Dr Matthew Morell visited Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) in Gazipur on Wednesday.


During the visit BRRI Director General Dr Md Shahjahan Kabir discussed with Dr Morell on ways and means to strengthen collaboration between BRRI and IRRI on some frontier technologies and projects such as Golden Rice, C4 Rice, Zinc Enriched Rice, and Transforming Rice Breeding (TRB) etc. BRRI Director (Administration and Common Service) Dr Md Ansar Ali, Director (Research) Dr Tamal Lata Aditya, heads of the research divisions of the institute, the senior scientists and officials along with IRRI Representative for South Asia Dr Nafees Meah and IRRI Representative for Bangladesh Dr Humnath Bhandari attended the meeting. Dr Morell‘s visit was aimed at exchanging ideas between scientists and policy makers as well as knowledge sharing on modern rice technologies as well as ongoing collaboration and promotional activities. During the discussion the speakers stressed on the need for quick dissemination of modern rice production technologies including farm machinery, seeds of salt tolerant rice varieties as well as how farmers are trying to cope with unfavourable environments using high yielding rice varieties and other inputs to the farm level especially in the south-western and southern coastal belt of the country. Dr Shahjahan Kabir said ―In collaboration with IRRI we have developed a multi-year work plan through which we will be able to increase rice production of the country.‖ Referring to the impacts of global warming Dr Morell said, ―Rice cultivation in Bangladesh is on the frontline to face the challenges of climate change. And we have to double our efforts to cope with changing climate.‖ IRRI DG also lauded BRRI for transforming rice breeding project related activities and expressed satisfaction after getting some latest information about BRRI technologies and their role in helping the resource poor farmers of the country. He also expressed willingness to extend all out cooperation to BRRI. Dr Morell showed special interest while taking a look at the confined field trial of the Golden Rice project at the BRRI premises. He was also enthusiastic about the BRRI activities on plant breeding, biotechnology, farm mechanization, the Gene Bank and the institute‘s preparedness in facing climate change during the visit. He expects that zinc enriched rice as well as golden rice would play a vital role in ensuring nutrition security of the people of Bangladesh if it gets proper patronization from all the stakeholders here.

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Rice self-sufficiency seen at 30% hybrid planting rate By Anna Gabriela A. Mogato, BusinessWorld | March 8, 2018, 12:20 AM

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Farmers in Nueva Ecija are seen in file photo by Bernard Testa, Interaksyon MANILA – The Department of Agriculture (DA) said rice self-sufficiency will be attained when the rate of adoption for hybrid seed hits 30% of the 4 million hectares of rice land, compared with the current rate of 10%. Agriculture Undersecretary for Operations Ariel T. Cayanan said Tuesday that the runup to self-sufficiency also means the country needs to wean itself from rice imports.


“Without the (hybrid seed) program, the country is at a risk of food shortages, because rice exporting countries are vulnerable to climate change and when supply from them falters, global prices will shoot up,” he added. Mr. Cayanan said a 30% planting rate for hybrid seed will leave Philippine rice output “more than sufficient” for domestic needs. Mr. Cayanan said the strategy for improving farm productivity should also involve improved irrigation and use of technology. “We do not need to expand our (planting) area as of this time. We just need to improve the use of technology. If we raise productivity to two tons per hectare, that will be 2 million tons from 1 million hectares., and we won’t need to import,” he added. The Philippine government is set to sign an agreement to use land in Papua New Guinea for rice production. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol, speaking to reporters, said even when selfsufficiency is achieved, importing small amounts of rice will still be necessary as an insurance policy. On Wednesday, hybrid rice producer SL Agritech Corp. held its first SL-8H Super Hybrid Rice harvest festival in Lubao, Pampanga. The 250 hectares in Lubao are part of the DA’s hybrid rice program. SL Agritech chief executive officer and chairman Henry Lim Bon Liong told reporters that the company estimates that hybrid seed has been planted over 400,000 hectares. “[By the end of the year, it could be] about 500,000 to 600,000 hectares. I still have to see what can happen,” he added.


Mr. Lim said the company is looking forward to offering hybrid seed in other countries like India, Myanmar and Indonesia. “India has 46 million hectares for rice. But only 2 million hectares are for hybrid so there’s a lot of opportunities there,” he added.

http://www.interaksyon.com/rice-self-sufficiency-seenat-30-hybrid-planting-rate/

Of online trolls and Benham Rise By Val A. Villanueva March 7, 2018

Online trolls have been on overdrive to support government efforts to unseat Chief Justice Maria Lourdes A. Sereno from her office. The pattern is easy to discern: Throw as much mud as you can to vilify Sereno, and attack with vitriol and threaten physically those who support her. One may wonder where on Earth these trolls get their energy to burn the Net with their divisive and venomous rants in support of their idol, President Duterte. Why, even some of them, most prominently the so-called queen of fake news Mocha Uson, now holds sensitive positions in government.


With an estimated 60 million Filipinos engaged in Facebook, this kind of operation requires enormous wherewithal. While I can believe that some of them genuinely support Duterte, going online 24/7 just to patrol the Net would need more than adulation for the president. On December 7 of last year, Bloomberg came up with a story penned by Lauren Etter, entitled “What happens when the government uses Facebook as a weapon?” Etter detailed how the Duterte administration evolved through the expert use of social media, particularly Facebook, to curb detractors of the administration. She exposed how the socalled die-hard Duterte supporters (DDS) have been abusing social media to manipulating public opinion in their favor by jointly and violently attacking people with anti-Duterte sentiment. The question now is: Who is funding the troll farm? A report that circulated in social media pointed to Jo Soliman, a Duterte businessmanfriend engaged primarily in agriculture. The entrepreneur, owner of the Pure Group of Cos., is also reportedly a close friend of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol. A source closely identified with Piñol but who declined to be identified flatly denied such report as “a lot of bull.” He admitted that Piñol, indeed, knows Soliman. He, however, claimed that Soliman “plays fair,” is “clean” and even does philanthropic work. But in May of this year, Soliman, with the help of Piñol, got an approval from President to affirm the Benham Rise as a protected food supply exclusive zone. Duterte also decided to build a large cold-storage facility on Benham Bank, the shallowest portion of the region. “This will serve as a research facility and advance command post center in the area to avoid rampant cases of illegal fishing,” Piñol was then quoted as saying. According to the agriculture Secretary, he was tasked by the President to find out whether it is feasible to put up such a structure in Benham Rise.


Piñol then sought an extra P5 billion in his department‟s 2018 budget, which will be used for the expansion of the 13-million-hectare Benham Rise as a protected food-supply zone. He said the additional amount is on top of the P213-billion proposed allocation next year, bringing the Department of Agriculture‟s (DA) total proposal to P218 billion. “The proposed P5-billion budget for Benham Rise was submitted a few months ago to the Department of Budget and Management [DBM] during the technical committee hearing on the DA‟s budgetary requirements for 2018,” Piñol said. Soliman is reportedly about to bag a billion-peso deal for the Benham Rise development. In turn, he will build the edifices needed for the project. Again, the BusinessWise DA source denied the deal, and blamed the media for spreading black propaganda, tracing it to a certain Chinese individual with a two-letter surname. “He is funding this campaign,” the source alleged. “He benefits from the National Food Authority‟s [NFA] rice import business. The recent fake NFA rice shortage is part of their play. There is no such budget for Benham Rise, only P500 million for research and not with the DA.” According to the source, the department‟s approved budget is only P65 billion. Piñol proposed P213 billion, but the DBM did not approve it, and Malacañang submitted only P65 billion, which Congress approved under the 2018 General Appropriations Act. “The estimated take for corrupt rice importation is P50 per 100-kilo bag,” the source explained. “With 250,000 metric tons for importation, that‟s about P2 billion in profit. These black ops are intended to destroy Piñol [among] the rice importers. You just don‟t realize how afraid we are to be scolded by the President if any irregularities or anomalies happen in the DA. This is why we are very careful, especially the secretary, in making sure [there is] no overstepping of the rules, especially [those that concern] public bidding and budget use.”


But Soliman, who is allegedly the financier of the troll farm, is the same businessman who was implicated in rice-hoarding activities during the Aquino administration. ThenInterior and Local Government Secretary Manuel A. Roxas stumbled upon the then-new modus operandi among rice hoarders in which imported rice from Thailand was blended with broken rice intended for animal feed. The hoarders, were selling the mixed rice as premium Sinandomeng rice. The hoarded rice stocks were discovered in a warehouse in Malolos City, Bulacan province. “The broken rice residue intended for animal feeds came from Vietnam and was being mixed with the Blue Diamond rice imported from Thailand, and then repacked and being sold as „Golden Bee‟ premium Sinandomeng rice,” Roxas then said in a statement. The inspection team was made up of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, Bulacan local officials and representatives of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, the NFA and the Bureau of Customs. Roxas identified the rice hoarder as Jo Soliman, the owner of Purefeeds Corp. The operations of the rice mill were suspended, and charges of violating Philippine trade laws were filed against Soliman.

https://businessmirror.com.ph/of-online-trolls-andbenham-rise/

‗Only NFAC can talk about rice situation‘ By Bernadette D. Nicolas -


March 6, 2018

Malacañang has ordered the National Food Authority (NFA) to desist from making pronouncements about the current rice situation, saying the food agency‟s statements about its stockpile may have caused the recent increase in rice prices. Starting on Tuesday, Presidential Spokesman Harry L. Roque Jr. said the NFA Council (NFAC)—the highest policy-making body of the NFA—s the only one authorized to speak on the country‟s rice situation. “During the Cabinet meeting on Monday, there was an acknowledgment that the statements made by NFA Administrator Jason L.Y. Aquino caused panic, which probably caused prices to rise,” Roque told reporters in a news briefing in Malacañang. Roque also said there was “some disagreement” on the figures presented by the NFAC on Monday but, “ultimately, there was agreement that there is no rice shortage.” He added, however, that Aquino did not attend the Cabinet meeting. “The President instructed that there will be a cluster Cabinet meeting for about two hours in the next Cabinet meeting next month, and Aquino will be invited to that meeting,” he said. Roque said the NFAC told the members of the Cabinet that there is “absolutely no shortage of rice.” In January the NFA revealed that its stockpile has fallen to less than 100,000 metric tons (MT), or equivalent to three days of national consumption. The food agency attached to the President had urged the NFAC to import rice to beef up its dwindling stockpile. The NFAC green-lighted the proposal of the food agency to import, but its requested volume of 250,000 MT would only arrive in June, after rice farmers have harvested the dry-season crop.


Because it has been mandated to ensure national food security and stable prices, the NFA buys paddy from farmers and imports rice. Part of its stockpile is sold to the poor at a lower price. “The reality is that NFA rice constitutes just a fraction of the Philippines‟s rice supply. The bulk of our national inventory constitutes commercial rice. Henceforth, it will be the NFAC that shall speak on the current rice situation,” Roque said. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol told the BusinessMirror that the Department of Agriculture (DA) is not covered by the President‟s directive. “[The order] only pertains to the rice supply of the NFA. The DA can always report on the country‟s rice output. Besides, we are not part of the NFAC,” Piñol said. Piñol disclosed that it was Roque himself who made the proposal to task the NFAC to speak on the NFA‟s rice situation to ensure that the public would get only “accurate information.”

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Government must promote highvalue crops By BusinessMirror Editorial -


March 6, 2018

Demand for chocolates and specialty coffee continues to rise in many countries including the Philippines, yet Filipino coffee and cacao planters remain unable to cash in on this trend. Imports continue to fill the shortfall in domestic production and the requirement of local manufacturers. Farmers in other countries are earning from the inability of the Philippines to expand its plantation for high-value crops like coffee and cacao. According to the latest data from the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO), cocoa beans prices averaged $2,000 per metric ton (MT) as of March 2. Historical data from the ICCO also showed that from January 2012 up to March 2017, the international price of cocoa remained above $2,000 per MT. It even breached $3,000 per MT in 2014 and 2015. The average daily price of cocoa fell to $1,957 per MT in January but recovered and reached $2,265 per MT on March 1. These figures only show that demand for cocoa beans remains strong. As for coffee, data from Bloomberg indicated that it was priced at $121.10 per pound. Data from the International Coffee Organization also showed that the price of coffee beans did not fall below $100 per pound since 2012. Despite the favorable international price, farmers are unable to expand output. In fact, the Philippines continues to import some 70,000 MT of coffee beans just to fill the increasing demand of local consumers. Experts and even those from the private sector have sought government assistance to hike the output of the two high-value crops. The government has already drawn up road maps that outline strategies to expand the output of cacao and coffee. The end-goal of the two road maps is to wipe out imports by the time the President steps down from office. But rolling out interventions required to achieve this goal would require lots of political will and money. Farmers and even non-government groups have been urging the government to offer affordable production loans. This is because farmers can only start earning from planting coffee and cacao after three years.


The Philippines would soon be removing its rice-import quotas, which would make it more difficult for farmers to earn from planting the staple. What the government can do now is to help farmers find alternative crops they can plant should cheap rice starts flooding the country. In areas where cacao and coffee can be grown, the government should encourage the cultivation of these two high-value crops by providing farmers the support they need. Government agencies are now in the process of crafting their budget. The Department of Agriculture said earlier that it would again aspire for a higher allocation for 2019. It is hoped that part of this increase would go to funding interventions outlined in road maps that are aimed at boosting the production of high-value crops like cacao and coffee. Encouraging the output of high-value crops is a viable alternative for some rice farmers who would soon lose their livelihood with the entry of cheap imports after the import quota is lifted.

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‗Audu Ogbeh is a Liar‘, Thailand Ambassador Rejects Minister‘s Claims on Rice Imports


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Wattana Kunwongse, Thailand‘s ambassador to Nigeria, has rejected as falsehood, claims reportedly made by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, that Thailand accused Nigeria of being responsible for the collapse of its seven rice mills following the drastic fall in rice importation from the country. The ambassador, in a letter sent to Premium Times on Tuesday, described the minister‘s claim as ―misleading and a distortion of the actual discussion that transpired between them‖. A News Agency of Nigeria report on Friday showed that Ogbeh made the claim, at a meeting of the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative (PFI) and the leadership of the Fertiliser Producers and Suppliers of Nigeria (FEPSAN) held at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. According to the report, the minister said ―just like two weeks ago, the Ambassador of Thailand came to my office and said to me that we have really ‗dealt‘ with them. ―But I asked what did we do wrong and he said unemployment in Thailand was one of the lowest in the world, 1.2 per cent, it has gone up to four per cent because seven giant rice mills have shut down because Nigeria‘s import has fallen by 95 per cent on rice alone‖. However, the diplomat said Mr. Ogbeh may have lied. ―The report is not only misleading but a distortion of the actual conversation between myself and the honourable Minister of Agriculture at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on 30th January 2018, which was nothing short of positivity and optimism on both sides.


―During which I praised President Buhari‘s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), the essence of which is the endeavour to move the country to a self-sufficiency and export-oriented economy, and to that worthy cause, Thailand stands ready to work closely with the Nigerian Government in the field of technological transfer and agricultural machineries. ―At the same meeting, the honourable minister and I had reached the conclusion that I as Ambassador 0f Thailand to Nigeria will be working closely with the Ministry of Agriculture and rural development to establish a platform to discuss our mutual benefits in the form of MOU on Agricultural Cooperation and by forming a bilateral Working Committee toward that end.‖ He added that the report could not have been farther from the truth as Thailand‘s official figures demonstrate that its rice export to the world in 2017 reached 11.48 million tons worth $5.1 billion. ―Thailand‘s rice export to the world in 2017 (January-December 2017) reached 11.48 million tons equalising to $5.1 billion (USD), a 15.54 per cent increase compared to previous years, which is one of the highest figures on the history Thailand‘s rice exportation. There is no proof of any shutdown of Thailand‘s major rice mills,‖ he said. Despite the minister‘s ―misquotation‖, the Ambassador said he remains optimistic and looks forward to working together with the Nigerian Government in all fronts in the development of Nigerian agricultural sector. He noted that based on the warm reception from Mr. Ogbeh when he visited the ministry, he believes the minister is ―a great man of integrity who has been working so hard to help Nigeria achieve the goal of self-sustainability in food and agriculture.‖ When asked to respond to the ambassador‘s rebuttal of Mr. Ogbeh‘s statement, the special adviser to the minister on media and publicity, Olukayode Adeleye, said he would have ―to crosscheck facts‖ before responding. He was yet to respond as at the time of this report.

http://www.signalng.com/audu-ogbeh-liar-thailandambassador-rejects-ministers-claims-rice-imports/ VFA urged to increase high-quality rice production VNA TUESDAY, MARCH 06, 2018 - 20:28:00 PRINT


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HCM City (VNA) - The Vietnam Food Association (VFA) was urged to work with other units to continue shifting rice production towards higher output of high-quality rice and applying technological advances in production and processing to maximize the value of rice.

The call was made at the association‘s eighth congress in Ho Chi Minh City on March 6 during which participants elected Nguyen Ngoc Nam, Acting Director General of Vinafood 2, as VFA President in the 2018-2023 tenure, to replace Huynh The Nang, who retired. In the new tenure, the association has set to increase its membership in order to coordinate actions to counter price squeeze and dumping and unhealthy competition.


VFA will work closely with other State agencies and authorities of localities to accelerate productive production and business. Tran Thanh Nam, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development asked the association to work with the ministry‘s units and localities in screening the planning of rice growing areas to adjust production scale and output to fit the demand for local consumption and export. The association should boost production connectivity and develop cooperatives so as to proactively prepare supplies of quality rice for export to specific markets, he said. Duong Phuong Thao, deputy head of the Import-Export Department of the Ministry of Industry and Trade reminded VFA members to take into account changes in importexport policies being implemented by major markets. Vietnam may export 6.5 million tonnes of rice in 2018, with high-quality rice accounting for a large proportion of total rice export volume and normal rice making up less than 20 percent. The country sold 861,000 tonnes of rice abroad in the first two months of this year, earning 419 million USD, up 17 percent in volume and 34 percent in value compared with the same period last year. The Philippines was the biggest importer of Vietnamese rice, accounting for 26.9 percent of the market share. It was followed by China, with 23.5 percent. In 2017, Vietnam earned 2.6 billion USD from the shipment of 5.8 million tonnes of rice abroad.-VNA


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Groupe Nduom Foods Company Limited, an entity of Groupe Nduom, a multinational conglomerate, has shown its determination to become an active producer in the Ghanaian food manufacturing industry. The company which is currently into rice production is poised to expand its tentacles to cover crop production like cassava, maize, sorghum, soya and cashew. The company invested in the Worawora Rice Mill based in the Northern part of the Volta Region, in 2016 and has since replaced the milling equipment with new ones. This mill currently produces 100 metric tons of rice a day. The company is in the process of building one more mill in the Central Region and another one in the Northern Region so as to increase its production capacity to 300 metric tonnes a day by the end of this year. In December last year, the compnay sold some of its rice to an American based charity, which is supporting about 18 missions across the country. The charity organisation has been supporting several orphanages and other charity projects across the country. According to Mr. Percival Ofori Ampomah, the US based charity was formerly importing about 274 metric tons of rice into Ghana for consumption but has now stopped this rice importation after building a relationship with Groupe Nduom Foods. The tremendous role that the company is currently playing in the country cannot be over emphasized. ―We have seen a very high rate of imports, which is not good for the economy. Ghana, in 2016 alone, imported close to 2 billion dollars‘ worth of food – in a country that has plenty of land, very highly qualified people, and plenty of skills. Though some personnel are not trained, at least you have people who are able to operate machinery. So, why is this happening in Ghana? It‘s a clear example of the Dutch disease. This is


something that needs to be addressed,‖ World Bank Country Director for Ghana, Henry Kerali, made these statements at a stakeholders‘ forum organised by the American Chamber of Commerce, Ghana recently. These sentiments can also be backed by statistics from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) which shows that more than 60% of rice consumed in Ghana is imported which puts a huge pressure on our foreign exchange reserves thereby also putting pressure on the Ghana cedi. It is against this backdrop that Groupe Nduom Foods has targeted and, is already making strong inroads to hit with a modular approach with the addition of other mills to increase rice production so that millions dollars of import bills can be substituted. ―As we build more factories and expand processing capacity, we increase our demand for paddy rice, which means more work for local farmers and most importantly more money to the farmer to support his family. While these factories themselves will create a large number of jobs for the local communities in which they are cited, the real gains in terms of employment will come from the impact our out grower operations will have on the farmers and the farming communities,‖ General Manager Mr. Ampomah explained further. He said these are some of the strategies and steps that the company has put in place to lead in the transformation of the food manufacturing industry to become an exporter in the near future. The company is optimistic that by making such strategic investments, it will help create a trail for other investors to follow and invest in the sector and build more factories and expand processing capacity.


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IRRI DG Dr Matthew Morell visits BRRI UNB NEWS Wednesday 07 March, 2018 08:20:17 pm

Dhaka, Mar 7 (UNB) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Director General of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Dr Matthew Morell visited Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) in Gazipur on Wednesday.


During the visit BRRI Director General Dr Md Shahjahan Kabir discussed with Dr Morell on ways and means to strengthen collaboration between BRRI and IRRI on some frontier technologies and projects such as Golden Rice, C4 Rice, Zinc Enriched Rice, and Transforming Rice Breeding (TRB) etc. BRRI Director (Administration and Common Service) Dr Md Ansar Ali, Director (Research) Dr Tamal Lata Aditya, heads of the research divisions of the institute, the senior scientists and officials along with IRRI Representative for South Asia Dr Nafees Meah and IRRI Representative for Bangladesh Dr Humnath Bhandari attended the meeting. Dr Morell‘s visit was aimed at exchanging ideas between scientists and policy makers as well as knowledge sharing on modern rice technologies as well as ongoing collaboration and promotional activities. During the discussion the speakers stressed on the need for quick dissemination of modern rice production technologies including farm machinery, seeds of salt tolerant rice varieties as well as how farmers are trying to cope with unfavourable environments using high yielding rice varieties and other inputs to the farm level especially in the south-western and southern coastal belt of the country. Dr Shahjahan Kabir said ―In collaboration with IRRI we have developed a multi-year work plan through which we will be able to increase rice production of the country.‖ Referring to the impacts of global warming Dr Morell said, ―Rice cultivation in Bangladesh is on the frontline to face the challenges of climate change. And we have to double our efforts to cope with changing climate.‖ IRRI DG also lauded BRRI for transforming rice breeding project related activities and expressed satisfaction after getting some latest information about BRRI technologies and their role in helping the resource poor farmers of the country. He also expressed willingness to extend all out cooperation to BRRI. Dr Morell showed special interest while taking a look at the confined field trial of the Golden Rice project at the BRRI premises. He was also enthusiastic about the BRRI activities on plant breeding, biotechnology, farm mechanization, the Gene Bank and the institute‘s preparedness in facing climate change during the visit. He expects that zinc enriched rice as well as golden rice would play a vital role in ensuring nutrition security of the people of Bangladesh if it gets proper patronization from all the stakeholders here.

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RICE will thrust into the spotlight at Yanco next week. Hundreds of rice growers, researchers and agribusiness representatives will meet at the Yanco Agricultural Institute on March 15 to attend the annual rice industry field day. NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) southern cropping director, Deb Slinger, said the event will showcase results from the Australian Rice Partnership, which links NSW DPI, SunRice and AgriFutures Australia. ―Results for current rice varieties from 14 NSW DPI experiments in the Murrumbidgee and Murray Valleys investigating water, nitrogen and agronomic management, are highlights of the field day,‖ Ms Slinger said. ―NSW DPI researchers are helping to fine-tune agronomic practices which deliver water savings and can increase gross margins by up to 59 per cent. ―A combination of direct drill sowing and delayed permanent water can save growers up to 4.5 megalitres per hectare compared with aerial sowing and traditional rice irrigation, and that extra water is available to grow more rice and increase gross margins.‖ NSW DPI‘s rice breeding program is a major focus of the partnership and the field day will feature trials of new varieties due for potential release in the near future. The latest results from a joint project between NSW DPI and Charles Sturt University, through the Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Functional Grains, will focus on factors affecting whole rice grain yield. The project explores how irrigation management, plant densities, nitrogen rates and timing of nitrogen application affect grain quality to identify management practices which can improve grain quality and profitability. Growers will hear the latest information on pest and disease management, grain and milling quality research results and see precision rice sowing and harvesting equipment. A bus tour of NSW DPI‘s Yanco Agricultural Institute and Leeton Field Station will inspect research trials designed to inform and boost rice production. The field day will run from 9.30 am until 1.30 pm, with a complimentary lunch followed by a SunRice update


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Researchers Develop New Method to Improve Crops Technique using plant's own DNA could produce crops that are more resistant to drought and disease By University of Georgia | March 07, 2018

William Jordan (left) and Lexiang Ji look over one of many sets of Arabidopsis thaliana, which were used to research a new plant breeding technique.PHOTO COURTESY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIAA team of University of

Georgia researchers has developed a new way to breed plants with better traits. By introducing a human protein into the model plant species Arabidopsis thaliana, researchers found that they could selectively activate silenced genes already present within the plant.


Using this method to increase diversity among plant populations could serve to create varieties that are able to withstand drought or disease in crops or other plant populations, and the researchers have already begun testing the technique on maize, soy, and rice. They published their findings in Nature Communications. The research project was led by Lexiang Ji, a doctoral student in bioinformatics, and William Jordan, a doctoral student in genetics. The new method they explored, known as epimutagenesis, will make it possible to breed diverse plants in a way that isn‘t possible with traditional techniques. ―In the past this has been done with traditional breeding. You take a plant, breed it with another plant that has another characteristic you want to create another plant,‖ said Jordan. ―The problem with that is getting an individual that has all of the characteristics you want and none of the characteristics that you don‘t want. It‘s kind of difficult. With our new technique, you can modify how the genes are turned on and off in that plant without having to introduce a whole other set of genes from another parent.‖ The idea for the method evolved originally from working in the lab with department of genetics professor Robert Schmitz, the corresponding author on the study. In his lab, researchers were studying DNA methylation, which controls expressed genetic traits, and creating maps of where DNA methylation is located in many plant species, including crops. When DNA methylation is removed, researchers found that they could selectively turn on previously silenced genes in the underlying genome of the plant. ―We saw repeatedly that lots of genes are silenced by DNA methylation and thought it was kind of curious,‖ said Schmitz. ―There are lots of discussions you can have about why these exist, but the reality is that they are there. So we wondered, how can we leverage them? Let‘s use the plant already in the field and reawaken some of those silenced genes to generate trait variation.‖ Related Article: A Sweet Route to Greater Crop Yields To turn these dormant or silenced genes on, researchers introduced a human enzyme, known as a ten—eleven translocation enzyme, to plant seedlings using specially modified bacteria as a delivery vector. Introducing this human protein allows researchers to remove DNA methylation and thereby turn on previously silenced genes. Figuring out the best way to introduce the protein to the plant species has been a trial and error process. With Ji‘s expertise in bioinformatics, researchers are able to look at large sets of data about their experiment and make decisions on how to best proceed with the project.


―The data has really helped us brainstorm and coordinate what we should do next,‖ said Ji. ―That was particularly important in the beginning of this project because we just didn‘t know what was going to happen with this new technique.‖ ―Thousands of years ago you‘d plant out hundreds of plants and one of them does really well so you‘d breed out generations of that plant. Doing this though, you narrow down the genetic diversity until they‘re basically very, very similar,‖ said Jordan. ―While that‘s beneficial for yield or other plant characteristics that you might want, if there‘s a stress that they‘re not well adapted to because they‘re all so similar they‘re all going to respond in the same way. That creates a potentially vulnerable crop.‖ ―If they don‘t have the genetic differences to respond, then it can really wipe out crops,‖ added Schmitz. ―This isn‘t a savior, but it‘s an alternative strategy that has not been tried before. The idea is to access genes that people haven‘t been studying because they‘re not expressed but they‘re there. We think this method to reactivate these genes could lead to increased trait variation which could be useful for biotechnology applications.‖ The study, ―TET-mediated epimutagenesis of the Arabidopsis thaliana methylome,‖ was published in Nature Communications March 1, 2018, and is available at: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467018-03289-7

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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO -- Spreading the word about U.S. rice is not only an opportunity to create global partnerships but also a strategic element in the fight against hunger for the world's most vulnerable populations. In several major Mexican metropolitan cities, U.S. rice was used to inform and nourish as part of outreach by community meal programs here that are facilitated by the Mexican government's Ministry of Social Development and Comedores Comunitarios (community kitchens).


In January, USA Rice sponsored three foodservice seminars for community kitchens in Mexico City, Mexico State, and QuerĂŠtaro. These establishments function much like soup kitchens in the United States by offering hot meals for the hungry and people of limited resources. The meals offered in the community kitchens featured U.S. rice as a healthy, nutritious ingredient necessary in the fight against hunger. Guest chefs explained the health benefits and versatility of U.S.-grown rice, and stressed the importance of proper cooking techniques. They shared wholesome recipes that are easy to prepare. The demonstrations were followed by interactive cooking instruction and Q&A sessions. "These community meal programs are doing their part to make a positive change in the health and well-being of people in Mexico's cities," said Brian King, chairman of USA Rice and chairman of the USA Rice Western Hemisphere Promotion Committee. "USA Rice provides hands-on instruction for foodservice workers to ensure these community kitchens are providing the best, most healthful offerings for those in need."

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Myanmar fixes 2018 paddy price at K500,000 per 100 baskets HTOO THANT 08 MAR 2018


Myanmarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during the Myanmar Rice Federation Stakeholder Forum 2018 at Myanmar International Convention Center 2 in Naypyitaw. Photo - EPA

A floor price for paddy has been set at K500,000 for every 100 baskets of rice for the 2018 paddy harvesting period, the Myanmar Rice Federation announced Tuesday at the Myanmar Rice Federation Stakeholder Forum 2018 in Nay Pyi Taw. (One basket weighs 46lb or 20.86kg).


It is the first time Myanmar is setting a floor price for locally harvested rice. All MRF member rice mills, rice traders and agents and private companies will buy rice that meet with designated quality standards, at the new price, the announcement said. The floor price excludes high-grade rice such as Paw San Hmwe and Ae-MaHta. These varieties of rice will trade at the prevailing market price of between K700,000 and more than K1 million per 100 baskets. The 2018 basic price set by MRF will cover ordinary rice varieties grown by the majority of Myanmar farmers. As rice prices are usually volatile during harvesting periods, a basic floor price has been set to protect farmers against runaway losses.


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Photo: EPA The MRF will adjust the basic paddy price in the future by reviewing production costs and benefits as well as domestic and international rice prices. It is the first time Myanmar is setting an annual floor price for paddy. The move is expected to enhance cooperation between traders and farmers, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said at the forum. ―I would like you all to see it as the beginning of effective cooperation within the agricultural sector. I hope to see improvement,‖ she said. ―Buyers will be able to buy good quality paddy at a fixed price. But there is also fixed quality. Not all rice will be sold at K500,000,‖ said Dr Thant Myint, Union Minister for Ministry

of Commerce. Quality of rice While a floor price will help farmers weather the price volatility, some pointed out that meeting the rice quality necessary under those prices may be challenging. Among the requirements is ensuring the final rice moisture content is at least 14 percent. This is because overly wet paddy results in extra drying costs and spoilage. ―The main challenge is the moisture content. The famers do not know the rice must have 14pc moisture content. They also face difficulties drying out the paddy


as it sometimes raining during the harvesting of monsoon paddy. It is not very easy for us,â&#x20AC;&#x2013; said U San Win, a farmer from Lewe.


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Myanmar farmers plant rice ahead of the summer season in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, 06 March 2018. Nyan Zay Htet/The Myanmar Times ―Our country is poor. It is not easy to afford that many moisture meters and other measuring equipment. It will be convenient if the government provides drying machines for us,‖ said U Win Thant, secretary of the Rice Millers Association of Magwe Region. He added that a standard measuring unit for weighing rice should be fixed to ensure consistency and fairness. Aggregating price In Myanmar, more than 1,300 baskets of paddy are produced yearly. As the selling system in each region is different, farmers are also concerned about how the MRF will buy paddy from the various regions, U San Win said. In Ayeyarwaddy Region for example, sellers personally deliver paddy to their customers. But in other regions, the buyers have to go to the sellers. ―We have to go to the farmers‘ houses to buy paddy in Magwe,‖ he said. U Win Thant said problems that arise as a result of the new fixed price system will be solved as they arise. ―We will do practically. We will find out the solutions depending on the problems,‖ he said.


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Hands-on training for using a new gene-editing technology called CRISPR is giving SFU biological sciences undergrads new insight into how rice and wheat might be genetically altered to improve yield. By Diane Mar-Nicolle The United Nations predicts that by 2050 our growing global population will require 70 per cent more food than is available today. Compounding this enormous shortfall is a loss of agricultural land to urbanization, and the effects of global warming—particularly high temperatures—on crop growth. SFU biological sciences faculty Jim Mattsson and Kathleen FitzPatrick, together with students in their Genetic Engineering (BISC 357) course, are working towards a solution using CRISPR genome-editing technology. “Rice and wheat are essential to diets around the world,” says Matsson. “That’s why there is a worldwide effort to improve rice and, eventually, wheat so they can be productive at higher temperatures.” His students are using the cutting-edge CRISPR technology to decipher which rice and wheat genes need to be modified to improve growth. Plant species such as sugarcane and millet, for example, have naturally evolved to produce at higher temperatures, but that hasn’t happened in their relatives, rice and wheat.


Mattsson figures that by identifying the genes responsible for forming veins in millet leaves (more veins permit greater photosynthesis and therefore growth), it should be possible to reverse engineer more veins in rice and wheat plants. So during the fall 2017 term, Mattsson and FitzPatrick challenged their students to learn how to use CRISPR to identify the genes behind the evolution of heat stress tolerance in millet. With this successfully accomplished, future classes will compare these millet genes to their cousin genes in rice to see how the rice genes need to be changed or reverse engineered to gain heat tolerance. “The students were thrilled to discover that they had successfully put together DNA fragments capable of inactivating, one by one, over 30 individual genes in living millet plants,” says Matsson. “They knew the theory behind CRISPR, but to get a chance to actually splice genes was pretty exciting for them.” Student Serina Li says, “I found that the course provided me with a really good foundation for the molecular cloning techniques and applications that are currently used in labs. “We were working on specific projects while learning the techniques involved, so that we were able to apply what we learned right away. This was one of my favourite aspects of the course, as it made the material easier to learn and also was more relevant to how one would conduct these types of experiments as a real scientist.” Around the world, scientists have high expectations of CRISPR technology, mainly for treating human disease. Mattsson is equally delighted with CRISPR’s prospects for plant engineering. He says, “In my class alone, students are discovering what genes are doing with a precision and scale that was unheard of just a few years ago.”


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Mattsson figures that by identifying the genes responsible for forming veins in millet leaves (more veins permit greater photosynthesis and therefore growth), it should be possible to reverse engineer more veins in rice and wheat plants. So during the fall 2017 term, Mattsson and FitzPatrick challenged their students to learn how to use CRISPR to identify the genes behind the evolution of heat stress tolerance in millet. With this successfully accomplished, future classes will compare these millet genes to their cousin genes in rice to see how the rice genes need to be changed or reverse engineered to gain heat tolerance. “The students were thrilled to discover that they had successfully put together DNA fragments capable of inactivating, one by one, over 30 individual genes in living millet plants,” says Matsson. “They knew the theory behind CRISPR, but to get a chance to actually splice genes was pretty exciting for them.” Student Serina Li says, “I found that the course provided me with a really good foundation for the molecular cloning techniques and applications that are currently used in labs. “We were working on specific projects while learning the techniques involved, so that we were able to apply what we learned right away. This was one of my favourite aspects of the course, as it made the material easier to learn and also was more relevant to how one would conduct these types of experiments as a real scientist.” Around the world, scientists have high expectations of CRISPR technology, mainly for treating human disease. Mattsson is equally delighted with CRISPR’s prospects for plant engineering. He says, “In my class alone, students are discovering what genes are doing with a precision and scale that was unheard of just a few years ago.”


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SPORTS RESEARCH COMMUNITY LEARNING FACULTY AND STAFF SFU IN THE NEWS ARCHIVES FEEDBACK Bisc 357 students use CRISPR genome editing technology in an effort to improve the ability of rice and wheat to flourish in hot and dry conditions. LEARNING SFU students use CRISPR genome editing technology in hopes of improving yields of rice and wheat March 07, 2018 Tweet Facebook Pinterest Email Print Hands-on training for using a new gene-editing technology called CRISPR is giving SFU biological sciences undergrads new insight into how rice and wheat might be genetically altered to improve yield. By Diane Mar-Nicolle The United Nations predicts that by 2050 our growing global population will require 70 per cent more food than is available today. Compounding this enormous shortfall is a loss of agricultural land to urbanization, and the effects of global warming—particularly high temperatures—on crop growth. SFU biological sciences faculty Jim Mattsson and Kathleen FitzPatrick, together with students in their Genetic Engineering (BISC 357) course, are working towards a solution using CRISPR genome-editing technology. “Rice and wheat are essential to diets around the world,” says Matsson. “That’s why there is a worldwide effort to improve rice and, eventually, wheat so they can be productive at higher temperatures.” His students are using the cutting-edge CRISPR technology to decipher which rice and wheat genes need to be modified to improve growth. Plant species such as sugarcane and millet, for example, have naturally evolved to produce at higher temperatures, but that hasn’t happened in their relatives, rice and wheat. Mattsson figures that by identifying the genes responsible for forming veins in millet leaves (more veins permit greater photosynthesis and therefore growth), it should be possible to reverse engineer more veins in rice and wheat plants. So during the fall 2017 term, Mattsson and FitzPatrick challenged their students to learn how to use CRISPR to identify the genes behind the evolution of heat stress tolerance in millet. With this successfully accomplished, future


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to be changed or reverse engineered to gain heat tolerance. “The students were thrilled to discover that they had successfully put together DNA fragments capable of inactivating, one by one, over 30 individual genes in living millet plants,” says Matsson. “They knew the theory behind CRISPR, but to get a chance to actually splice genes was pretty exciting for them.” Student Serina Li says, “I found that the course provided me with a really good foundation for the molecular cloning techniques and applications that are currently used in labs. “We were working on specific projects while learning the techniques involved, so that we were able to apply what we learned right away. This was one of my favourite aspects of the course, as it made the material easier to learn and also was more relevant to how one would conduct these types of experiments as a real scientist.” Around the world, scientists have high expectations of CRISPR technology, mainly for treating human disease. Mattsson is equally delighted with CRISPR’s prospects for plant engineering. He says, “In my class alone, students are discovering what genes are doing with a precision and scale that was unheard of just a few years ago.” Bisc 357 students achieved lab results that may improve rice and wheat plants' abilities to flourish in hot and dry conditions. Admission Programs Learning Research Community About Maps + directions Library Academic Calendar Road Report Give to SFU CONNECT WITH US Facebook Twitter YouTube CONTACT US Simon Fraser University 8888 University Drive Burnaby, B.C. Canada V5A 1S6 Terms and conditions © Simon Fraser University SFU News This site SFU.ca A-Z DIRECTORY SIGN IN HOME CONTACT US ABOUT SFU NEWS PEOPLE SPORTS RESEARCH COMMUNITY LEARNING FACULTY AND STAFF SFU IN THE NEWS ARCHIVES FEEDBACK Bisc 357 students use CRISPR genome editing technology in an effort to improve the ability of rice and wheat to flourish in hot and dry conditions. LEARNING SFU students use CRISPR genome editing technology in hopes of improving yields of rice and wheat March 07, 2018 Tweet Facebook Pinterest Email Print Hands-on training for using a new gene-editing technology called CRISPR is giving SFU biological sciences undergrads new insight into how rice and wheat might be genetically altered to improve yield. By Diane Mar-Nicolle The United Nations predicts that by 2050 our growing global population will require 70 per cent more food than is available today. Compounding this enormous shortfall is a loss of agricultural land to urbanization, and the effects of global warming—particularly high temperatures—on crop growth. SFU biological sciences faculty Jim Mattsson and Kathleen FitzPatrick, together with students in their Genetic Engineering (BISC 357) course, are working towards a solution using CRISPR genome-editing technology. “Rice and wheat are essential to diets around the world,” says Matsson. “That’s why there is a worldwide effort to improve rice and, eventually, wheat so they can be productive at higher temperatures.” His students are using the cutting-edge CRISPR technology to decipher which rice and wheat genes need to be modified to improve growth. Plant species such as sugarcane and millet, for example, have naturally evolved to produce at higher temperatures, but that hasn’t happened in their relatives, rice and wheat. Mattsson figures that by identifying the genes responsible for forming


veins in millet leaves (more veins permit greater photosynthesis and therefore growth), it should be possible to reverse engineer more veins in rice and wheat plants. So during the fall 2017 term, Mattsson and FitzPatrick challenged their students to learn how to use CRISPR to identify the genes behind the evolution of heat stress tolerance in millet. With this successfully accomplished, future classes will compare these millet genes to their cousin genes in rice to see how the rice genes need to be changed or reverse engineered to gain heat tolerance. “The students were thrilled to discover that they had successfully put together DNA fragments capable of inactivating, one by one, over 30 individual genes in living millet plants,” says Matsson. “They knew the theory behind CRISPR, but to get a chance to actually splice genes was pretty exciting for them.” Student Serina Li says, “I found that the course provided me with a really good foundation for the molecular cloning techniques and applications that are currently used in labs. “We were working on specific projects while learning the techniques involved, so that we were able to apply what we learned right away. This was one of my favourite aspects of the course, as it made the material easier to learn and also was more relevant to how one would conduct these types of experiments as a real scientist.” Around the world, scientists have high expectations of CRISPR technology, mainly for treating human disease. Mattsson is equally delighted with CRISPR’s prospects for plant engineering. He says, “In my class alone, students are discovering what genes are doing with a precision and scale that was unheard of just a few years ago.” Bisc 357 students achieved lab results that may improve rice and wheat plants' abilities to flourish in hot and dry conditions. Admission Programs Learning Research Community About Maps + directions Library Academic Calendar Road Report Give to SFU CONNECT WITH US Facebook Twitter YouTube CONTACT US Simon Fraser University 8888 University Drive Burnaby, B.C. Canada V5A 1S6 Terms and conditions © Simon Fraser University ShareThis Copy and Paste

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Popular Rice Prize Wheel Returns to Farm & Gin Show By Lesley Dixon

MEMPHIS, TN -- USA Rice hosted a booth last weekend at the 66th annual Mid-South Farm and Gin Show, providing attendees with information about the U.S. rice industry and activities conducted by USA Rice via games, pamphlets, and giveaways. The show included ag updates by Carl Brothers, senior vice president and COO of Riceland Foods and USA Rice board member, and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.


USA Rice staff engaged visitors of all ages with the now-famous Think Rice Wheel, a trivia game that awards correct answers about U.S.-grown rice with prizes such as branded letter openers, and crayons and coloring books. Contestants compete by spinning the big wheel and answering multiple-choice questions based on a variety of rice topics. The game is always a hit, particularly with the younger crowd, and staff working the wheel were never short on participants throughout the two-day trade show. "This year was really successful," said Jenni Bryant of USA Rice, who staffed the booth both days. "The wheel really grabbed people's attention, especially the kids. But adults got into it too. I think everybody who played learned something new about rice." Bryant also said the foot traffic around the booth was non-stop, and busier than previous years. "Engagement with both USA Rice members and other show attendees was at an all-time high," added Mary Jemison, who works at USA Rice's field office in Louisiana and introduced the trivia wheel to the USA Rice booth several years ago. "We had a lot of repeat attendees - people who recognized our booth and our brand from previous shows we've participated in and went out of their way to find us again." Friday's ag update meeting kicked off with a discussion by Carl Brothers about the outlook for U.S. rice exports and domestic markets, noting that while the U.S. is seventh in the world trade market share, domestic usage is up 92 percent since 1980. Secretary Perdue addressed the crowd on Saturday and talked about the Farm Bill, trade, regulation, and legislative issues of concern to rice farmers, such as Waters of the United States (WOTUS) and the recent confirmation of Bill Northey as undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service. He also visited the exhibit hall where he met with attendees and took in the latest farming machinery on display.

Rice Webinar: Thursday March 8 Tune in Thursday, March 8 at 3:00 p.m. Central Time, for a new rice webinar hosted by Dr. Bobby Coats, with the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness at the University of Arkansas. Rachel Trego, an international economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture


Foreign Agricultural Service responsible for analyzing the global wheat and rice markets and reporting on supply and demand and price information, will discuss the global rice market and China's role within it. Go here to register for the webinar.

Bangladesh developing more biotech crops, says Matia UNB NEWS Tuesday 06 March, 2018 07:13:22 pm


Dhaka, Mar 6 (UNB) – Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury today acknowledged the positive impact of biotech crops and their potential to help Bangladesh meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of zero hunger by 2030. Inspired by the success of the country's first commercially released biotech crop in 2013 – Bt. brinjal – the minister said, Bangladesh is now developing three more crops derived through applications of agrobiotechnology. These are: vitamin-A rich Golden Rice, bollworm resistant Bt. cotton and late blight resistant potato. Speaking at a stakeholder workshop on Golden Rice at CIRDAP International Conference Centre in Dhaka on Tuesday, Agriculture Minister expressed the government‘s firm resolve to support genetically modified crop cultivation in the country. Matia Chowdhury said, ―We do not have enough land for cultivation but have a huge population. What else will we have if people die for the absence of food for the stance on pure foods? We also do not want to struggle from the aristocratic conservativeness that we will not accept, assimilate new technology by breaking our taboo to increase production.‖ Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) organised the daylong workshop where IRRI Director General Dr. Matthew Morell, its Regulatory Affairs and Stewardship Leader Donald MacKenzie, BRRI DG Dr. Md. Shahjahan Kabir, IRRI Bangladesh Representative Dr Humnath Bhandari and senior ministry officials also spoke with Executive Chairman of the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council Dr. Md. Kabir Ikram-ul Haque in the chair. During the session key officials and policymakers for agriculture, environment and biosafety were appraised of the latest developments on Golden Rice. IRRI's regional representative for South Asia, Dr. Nafees Meah, and its Head of Communications Temina Lalani-Shariff were also present, among others.


―Bangladesh has emerged as a global model for combating hunger and obtained great success in becoming a country of food surplus from chronic food shortages. [Now,] we are trying to make our staple nutritionally enriched to build a hunger free and healthier nation,‖ said BRRI Director General Dr. Md. Shahjahan Kabir. At present, rice contributes 70 percent of the daily caloric intake of the Bangladesh population, while the national consumption of vitamin-A is estimated at half the recommended daily allowance. Advances such as beta-carotene fortified GR2E Golden Rice are an important part of an overall strategy to reduce vitamin-A deficiency in the country. Spearheaded by BRRI in Bangladesh and a flagship product of IRRI‘s Healthier Rice program, GR2E Golden Rice is the first nutritionally enhanced Genetically Modified (GM) rice to receive regulatory approval for use in food. GR2E Golden Rice recently completed its regulatory application with Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ). IRRI Director General Dr. Matthew Morell affirmed that a robust regulatory landscape is essential to amplify the impact of Golden Rice and other nutritionally fortified rice varieties such as high zinc rice. ―FSANZ‘s approval process, which ensures the highest standard of health protection, provides a model for decisionmaking in all countries wishing to reap the benefits of Golden Rice‖ asserts Morell. The application for environmental and food safety assessment of GR2-E BRRI dhan29 Golden rice was lodged with the Ministry of Agriculture on November 26 last year and the Ministry of Environment and Forest on December 4 the same year. Morell adds, ―Each regulatory application that Golden Rice completes with national regulatory agencies, including those currently under process in Bangladesh takes us one step closer to bringing Golden Rice to the people who need it the most.‖

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The Global Rice Flour Market research report is a valuable source of guidance and direction. It is helpful for established businesses, new entrants in the market as well as individuals interested


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Cheers! Raise a Glass of Rice Beer For Your Mental Well-Being SAHANA GHOSHUPDATED: 06.03.18 CHEW ON THIS5 min read 1.1k ENGAGEMENT ï&#x201A;·


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For tourists, soaking in the spirit of Northeast India often translates into tasting the local brew, dominated by fermented rice beverages such as Apong from Arunachal Pradesh or „Xaj Pani‟ of the Ahoms. But who would have thought these home brews can actually improve your mental well-being ? Bring me a tumbler already! Too caught up to read? Listen to the story here: Consumption of cereal-based beverages such as rice beer, is intricately linked with the socio-cultural heritage of the northeast and eastern states in India. They are naturally loaded with a variety of probiotics (live microorganisms that, when consumed in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host). Now, researchers are exploring how rice-based drinks from Northeast India could potentially be used as therapeutics (or as an adjunct to other treatments) for tackling anxiety, depression, stress and improve overall mood.

Rice Beer to Make You Happy Rice beer preparations, having potentially positive effects on mood and anxiety-like symptoms, can be potent psychobiotics- a cocktail of probiotics and prebiotics (nutrition for the probiotic microbes) that can influence your mental well-being, say experts. It‟s only in the last 10 to 15 years, that the gut-brain connection (gut microbes regulate mental health and state of mind) was cemented by scientific research. Diet is a vital factor in regulating the gut–brain link. As recently as 2013, Irish scientists introduced the term ‘psychobiotic’. At that point, it was referred to as a subset of probiotics: microbes with a positive impact on mental health. Prebiotic was added to its fold subsequently.  

Infact, a new book “The Psychobiotic Revolution” delves deeply into the concept of „you are what you eat‟ and „you are what your gut microbes eat‟. Experts estimate that globally, a staggering 5000 varieties of fermented food and beverages are being consumed by billions. And 90 percent of naturally fermented foods


and alcoholic beverages are still produced at home in traditional style. Fermented foods and beverages account for approximately one-third of the human diet globally. Rice-based alcoholic beverages are very popular in many countries including India, China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Indonesia and many others. In India, it is prepared by different tribes of northeast India, West Bengal, Orissa and Jharkhand.

Ahom, Jou Bishi, Xaj Pani... Rice Beer is Part of Our Tradition In Assam, the beverage is known by different names: Apong by Mising, Xaj Pani by Ahom and Jou Bishi by Boro tribes. Infact every tribe has its own recipe to prepare the â&#x20AC;&#x17E;starter cakeâ&#x20AC;&#x; (often in the form of round balls or flat cakes) that's used to kick-start the fermentation process. These starters are crafted from rice powder, herbs and leaves (guava, pepper, jackfruit etc.) and contain functional microorganisms that biochemically transform steamed rice into the brew.


Popular rice beers are Apong, Xaj Pani and Jou Bishi.(Photo: Sahana Ghosh)

No celebration, ritual or even funeral is complete without rice beer. Containers or pots whittled out of dried, hollow gourds or bamboo add to the appeal of these brews.

For the Rabha tribes, drinking of rice beer is an important part of the Khoksi puja. Some tribes also offer it to their deceased forefathers. In Bihu, one of the most important festivals of


Assam, it’s an integral part of the celebration. It is also associated with hospitality and is served as a welcome drink. Mojibur Khan, Researcher, Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology, Guwahati  

The microbial consortium and the process of fermentation of these beers not only enhance nutrition, they also infuse them with a dose of probiotics. How does it happen? The process involves breakdown of starch into sugars by microbes (in a process called amylolysis), followed by conversion of the sugar to alcohol ( alcoholic fermentation by yeasts).

During the course of fermentation, a group of metabolites such as lactic acid, alcohol, enzymes, antimicrobial substances, aromatic compounds, organic acids etc. are produced. Mojibur Khan  

Rice Beer to Beat the Stress In folklore, rice beer is believed to have positive health effects including stimulation of the immune system, reduction of the cholesterol levels, prevention of gastrointestinal ailments and expelling worms. It also gives a kick - stimulates the brain and shoots down stress!

As a substantial portion of the population consumes it regularly, our research group has been actively trying to understand the effects of traditional rice beer on human health. One of our objectives in this study is to understand it’s effect on human gut microbiota and if it has, then how it effects the ‘gut-brain axis.’ Mojibur Khan  

To assess this, studies were carried out in mouse model, where they were fed with different preparations of rice beer at a pre-determined rate and for a specified period.


Results indicate that the animals that consumed the solid fraction of rice beer (containing microbes, rice debris and undissolved solids) and the low alcoholcontaining diluted rice beer, showed reduced anxiety-related symptoms. The same groups of animals also had better learning capacity and memory. These findings were presented by research scholar Bhuvan Bhaskar at a conference organised by IIT-Guwahati. Treatment with rice beer reduced anxiety and improved the memory, which is an indication of psychobiotic effect. Studies on the components of rice beer associated with such effects are on going. Bhuvan Bhaskar, Research Scholar  

So What‟s Next... The group is exploring the possibilities of developing such psychobiotics from rice beer. “Rice beer consists of dietary fiber, nutraceuticals, lactic acid bacteria etc. and therefore, may have influential role in changing the micro-environment of the gut by producing metabolites. These may activate the neural network of gut and transmit the information to the mid regions of our brain, which may lead to secretion of different neurotrophic factors for regulating the psychiatric illness,” Khan explains. Sikkim University‟s officiating vice chancellor JP Tamang, a veteran researcher on fermented foods and beverages, says fermented beverages produced by using such starters in India are generally mildly alcoholic (4–5 percent) and have several health benefits. “Ethnic fermented beverages and alcoholic drinks have the potential to grow into a robust industry if proper scientific and technical support are applied to the existing indigenous practices of home based alcoholic fermentation,” Tamang adds. (Sahana Ghosh is a microbiologist-turned-journalist. She writes on science and environment and is interested in science in remote areas.) First Published: 06.03.18 1.1k ENGAGEMENT     


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The Supreme Court has upheld passive euthanasia and sanctioned Living Will in a landmark order. But „active‟ euthanasia, seeking death when you are healthy, is still very much illegal. If the law doesn’t help us, we’ll take the law in our hands. I will kill her and I will go to the gallows and face the consequences. Narayan Lavate  

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Seed Researchers Reviving Food Traditions Mar 06, 2018 11:20AM ● Published by Emily Stevenson

By Emily Stevenson Photos provided by Clemson University As high-end chefs are regarded as demi-gods and diners require more and more from their culinary experiences, ingredients beyond the generic, flavorless grocerystore staples are in hot demand. Researchers and scientists across the state are helping revive crops and food traditions from the antebellum era and beyond that were thought to be gone with the wind. Brian Ward, a research scientist with the Plant and Environmental Science Department, Coastal Research and Education Center of Clemson University, is one of those folks. “I specialize in organic vegetable production and also in old heirloom crops, bringing back crops that have gone away because modern lines have been bred to be more productive,” he says. One such example is the Carolina African Runner Peanut. Brought over to the United States by slaves in the 1600s, it was the premier peanut in the south, beloved for its sweet flavor and high-quality oil. However, the crop was nearly extinct by the Great Depression, overlooked in favor of the Virginia or Valencia peanuts. To bring back the peanuts, at the urging of chefs such as Husk’s Sean Brock, Ward collaborated with David S. Shields, a historian specializing in both food and


agriculture. Only 40 seeds of the Carolina African Runner Peanuts remained on earth, but Shields tracked them down, where they were preserved in a cold-storage seed vault at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He and Ward were eventually given 20 of the seeds to grow. Of the 20, 12 lived the first year, resulting in a harvest of 1,200 seeds. The next year, Ward planted 900 of the 1,200, with a resulting 60,000 seeds. The third year, Ward planted 45,000 seeds. The yield was more than one million. At that point, it was safe to start distribution.

―That‘s when I distributed all over the Southeast to peanut butter companies, candy companies, vaccine companies to test out,‖ says Ward. Another distribution point for Ward’s peanut crop: chefs such as Brock. In a Jan. 19 article for Food and Wine magazine, Brock admits that if one of the peanuts happens to fall to the floor, the staff knows not to throw it out. Instead, they wash it off carefully and put it right back in the ingredient lineup.

History & Heritage The importance of heirloom crops goes further than mere culinary decadence. “In the beginning, the great impetus was the demand from the chefs, but what happens is that people go to the restaurants and taste the stuff and realize there are tastes there that they remember from their grandmothers, or something like that,” says Shields, a Carolina Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina’s College of Arts and Sciences, and the chairman of the Carolina Gold Rice Foundation. He traces the search for heirloom crops back to the 1990s, when people began


looking at the food being made in the Lowcountry - and found it lacking. “They knew they had the recipes right, but the flavor wasn’t coming out,” Shields says. “We took a look, and the problem was that people were making Hoppin’ John using California canned black-eyed peas and mahatma rice. They weren’t using the things that originally made Hoppin’ John savory.” Glenn Roberts, founder of Anson Mills and president of the Carolina Gold Rice Foundation, puts it this way: “When I first moved to Charleston, everyone said they ate rice and worshipped their ancestors, but it was Uncle Ben’s,” he says. “Now they’re eating Carolina Gold or Charleston Gold *rice+.” Roberts describes the “Carolina Rice Kitchen,” or the cuisine native to Georgia and South Carolina, as a fully formed cuisine, meaning that it is a place-based culturally identifiable food system, from the ground up, that was shared by a large population. Although prevalent throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, it was essentially lost by World War II. “There wasn’t a lot of, ‘Oh, I can’t wait to have indigenous Carolina cuisine,’” says Roberts. “The idea of Carolina rice having an identity disappeared almost completely for decades.” The crucial bit, though, is that the state had the cuisine - and has the documentation to prove it. “We’re one of the few places in America where the documentation is rock-solid,” Roberts adds. There are plenty of primary sources referencing well-known crops and recipes. Shields says it’s these flavorful, original heirloom crops that built the original cuisine of the Lowcountry and made it famous.


“The loss of flavor, in a way, caused those cuisines to decline into mere cookery,” he says. “We want them to be cuisines again and to have all the potentials that existed prior to that.” Further, traditional Carolina cuisine was shared by everyone across the state—rich, poor, free, slaves, and everyone else. “This is everybody’s history who grew up during those periods,” says Ward. “It wasn’t just one group of people. The historical aspect is important.” Roberts says that understanding the genetic system behind the cuisine is still the biggest challenge in resurrecting lost ingredients. But the reemergence of these crops brings with it a host of other questions: How to make it fair to all communities, not just researchers and scientists? How to make these ingredients fair-trade food for everyone, not just the wealthy? How to honor food that may or may not have belonged to any one sector of society at any given time? “There’s a whole canon of the Carolina Rice Kitchen that belongs to slaves and freemen that was not shared in the planters’ society, and vice versa,” he says. “How do you untangle that? It goes to social and political things that are way above my pay grade, but you can’t ignore them.” Dollars & Sense In the world of heirloom agriculture, there’s more than just nostalgia and history at play. Agriculture is one of South Carolina’s largest industry clusters, with a roughly $3 billion impact annually. Heirloom crops, especially if grown organically, demand extremely high prices compared to traditionally grown modern crops. “The aspect to give growers another niche or opportunity to make money is important,” says Ward. “There’s a huge monetary incentive for growers.”


One of Ward’s current projects includes work on organic watermelons. Until now, organic melons haven’t really existed because they are susceptible to disease, particularly soil-borne diseases. Ward has experimented with grafting, taking a watermelon top and grafting it to the bottom of a squash or gourd plant, which are in the same family. However, the squash has a large amount of disease resistance in its root system, making the watermelon suddenly resistant to soil-borne diseases. Ward and his team received good yields, particularly by the third year of planting. A grower saw the yields and decided to plant 10 acres of the organic grafted watermelons. He had a fair amount of success - both harvest-wise and monetarily. “The current price of watermelons was 10 cents a pound,” says Ward. “But to sell organic watermelons, he got 46 cents a pound. He was getting tremendous return.” According to Ward, that’s not an uncommon phenomenon. “There’s so much money to be made by growers,” he says. “There’s paperwork involved, but it’s not overwhelming like a lot of growers think it is, and the profits can be quite lucrative. There’s money to be made in organics.” Be that as it may, those who work in agriculture often do so for the love of the industry, not monetary gain. Roberts says that they don’t typically monetize the heirloom seeds they’ve revived. “We want to make it available to everyone,” he says. “We work for public good, pro bono.” Shields agrees. “I do this thing as a pro bono expression of my responsibility as a Carolina Distinguished Professor,” he says. “I let the farmers profit because they’re putting their time and labor on the line.”


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Seed Researchers Reviving Food Traditions Mar 06, 2018 11:20AM ● Published by Emily Stevenson

By Emily Stevenson Photos provided by Clemson University As high-end chefs are regarded as demi-gods and diners require more and more from their culinary experiences, ingredients beyond the generic, flavorless grocerystore staples are in hot demand. Researchers and scientists across the state are helping revive crops and food traditions from the antebellum era and beyond that were thought to be gone with the wind. Brian Ward, a research scientist with the Plant and Environmental Science Department, Coastal Research and Education Center of Clemson University, is one of those folks. “I specialize in organic vegetable production and also in old heirloom crops, bringing back crops that have gone away because modern lines have been bred to be more productive,” he says. One such example is the Carolina African Runner Peanut. Brought over to the United States by slaves in the 1600s, it was the premier peanut in the south, beloved for its sweet flavor and high-quality oil. However, the crop was nearly extinct by the Great Depression, overlooked in favor of the Virginia or Valencia peanuts. To bring back the peanuts, at the urging of chefs such as Husk’s Sean Brock, Ward collaborated with David S. Shields, a historian specializing in both food and


agriculture. Only 40 seeds of the Carolina African Runner Peanuts remained on earth, but Shields tracked them down, where they were preserved in a cold-storage seed vault at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He and Ward were eventually given 20 of the seeds to grow. Of the 20, 12 lived the first year, resulting in a harvest of 1,200 seeds. The next year, Ward planted 900 of the 1,200, with a resulting 60,000 seeds. The third year, Ward planted 45,000 seeds. The yield was more than one million. At that point, it was safe to start distribution.

―That‘s when I distributed all over the Southeast to peanut butter companies, candy companies, vaccine companies to test out,‖ says Ward. Another distribution point for Ward’s peanut crop: chefs such as Brock. In a Jan. 19 article for Food and Wine magazine, Brock admits that if one of the peanuts happens to fall to the floor, the staff knows not to throw it out. Instead, they wash it off carefully and put it right back in the ingredient lineup.

History & Heritage The importance of heirloom crops goes further than mere culinary decadence. “In the beginning, the great impetus was the demand from the chefs, but what happens is that people go to the restaurants and taste the stuff and realize there are tastes there that they remember from their grandmothers, or something like that,” says Shields, a Carolina Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina’s College of Arts and Sciences, and the chairman of the Carolina Gold Rice Foundation. He traces the search for heirloom crops back to the 1990s, when people began


looking at the food being made in the Lowcountry - and found it lacking. “They knew they had the recipes right, but the flavor wasn’t coming out,” Shields says. “We took a look, and the problem was that people were making Hoppin’ John using California canned black-eyed peas and mahatma rice. They weren’t using the things that originally made Hoppin’ John savory.” Glenn Roberts, founder of Anson Mills and president of the Carolina Gold Rice Foundation, puts it this way: “When I first moved to Charleston, everyone said they ate rice and worshipped their ancestors, but it was Uncle Ben’s,” he says. “Now they’re eating Carolina Gold or Charleston Gold [rice+.” Roberts describes the “Carolina Rice Kitchen,” or the cuisine native to Georgia and South Carolina, as a fully formed cuisine, meaning that it is a place-based culturally identifiable food system, from the ground up, that was shared by a large population. Although prevalent throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, it was essentially lost by World War II. “There wasn’t a lot of, ‘Oh, I can’t wait to have indigenous Carolina cuisine,’” says Roberts. “The idea of Carolina rice having an identity disappeared almost completely for decades.” The crucial bit, though, is that the state had the cuisine - and has the documentation to prove it. “We’re one of the few places in America where the documentation is rock-solid,” Roberts adds. There are plenty of primary sources referencing well-known crops and recipes. Shields says it’s these flavorful, original heirloom crops that built the original cuisine of the Lowcountry and made it famous.


“The loss of flavor, in a way, caused those cuisines to decline into mere cookery,” he says. “We want them to be cuisines again and to have all the potentials that existed prior to that.” Further, traditional Carolina cuisine was shared by everyone across the state—rich, poor, free, slaves, and everyone else. “This is everybody’s history who grew up during those periods,” says Ward. “It wasn’t just one group of people. The historical aspect is important.” Roberts says that understanding the genetic system behind the cuisine is still the biggest challenge in resurrecting lost ingredients. But the reemergence of these crops brings with it a host of other questions: How to make it fair to all communities, not just researchers and scientists? How to make these ingredients fair-trade food for everyone, not just the wealthy? How to honor food that may or may not have belonged to any one sector of society at any given time? “There’s a whole canon of the Carolina Rice Kitchen that belongs to slaves and freemen that was not shared in the planters’ society, and vice versa,” he says. “How do you untangle that? It goes to social and political things that are way above my pay grade, but you can’t ignore them.” Dollars & Sense In the world of heirloom agriculture, there’s more than just nostalgia and history at play. Agriculture is one of South Carolina’s largest industry clusters, with a roughly $3 billion impact annually. Heirloom crops, especially if grown organically, demand extremely high prices compared to traditionally grown modern crops. “The aspect to give growers another niche or opportunity to make money is important,” says Ward. “There’s a huge monetary incentive for growers.”


One of Ward’s current projects includes work on organic watermelons. Until now, organic melons haven’t really existed because they are susceptible to disease, particularly soil-borne diseases. Ward has experimented with grafting, taking a watermelon top and grafting it to the bottom of a squash or gourd plant, which are in the same family. However, the squash has a large amount of disease resistance in its root system, making the watermelon suddenly resistant to soil-borne diseases. Ward and his team received good yields, particularly by the third year of planting. A grower saw the yields and decided to plant 10 acres of the organic grafted watermelons. He had a fair amount of success - both harvest-wise and monetarily. “The current price of watermelons was 10 cents a pound,” says Ward. “But to sell organic watermelons, he got 46 cents a pound. He was getting tremendous return.” According to Ward, that’s not an uncommon phenomenon. “There’s so much money to be made by growers,” he says. “There’s paperwork involved, but it’s not overwhelming like a lot of growers think it is, and the profits can be quite lucrative. There’s money to be made in organics.” Be that as it may, those who work in agriculture often do so for the love of the industry, not monetary gain. Roberts says that they don’t typically monetize the heirloom seeds they’ve revived. “We want to make it available to everyone,” he says. “We work for public good, pro bono.” Shields agrees. “I do this thing as a pro bono expression of my responsibility as a Carolina Distinguished Professor,” he says. “I let the farmers profit because they’re putting their time and labor on the line.”


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Floating rice: The climate-resilient alternative for Cambodia’s food production Grown in floods and thriving without pesticides, floating rice offers Cambodia a sustainable alternative for its eco-friendly food production amid threats from climate change. image: data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICT AEAOw== A Cambodian boy rides on a buffalo on his way back from a floating rice field. Once common in the Lower Mekong Basin, this eco-friendly farming method is drifting towards disappearance in the region. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)

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Bookmark KAMPONG THOM, Cambodia: The sky is pitch black when Than Bunthorn leaves home for the paddy field. His body sways atop an old oxcart as it bumps along a small dirt track. Dawn is still some hours away. But for the farmer, work begins as early as 3am. The 51-year-old has another long day ahead of him. Six hectares of rice field takes him a month to cultivate and seed. He owns no farm machinery, only two oxen and a wooden plough. But that


is enough to get work done before the annual floods, when water fills his land and rice begins to float. A resident of Tnot Village in Kampong Thom province, Bunthorn is among a few remaining farmers in Cambodia who still grow floating rice in deep water. The technique is a traditional farming method that could offer a sustainable, eco-friendly alternative for the country‘s rice production in the face of climate change. ―Floating rice grows with floods,‖ Bunthorn said. His rough, sunburnt skin hints at decades of toiling in harsh weather. ―No matter how deep it is, the rice can survive. It can float high above the ground and doesn‘t need much care until harvest time.‖ image: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/image/9940252/0x0/3008/2008/3c5b763ba50e13e2adbadd15 62e88f31/zp/-pp--tapestry-rice2.jpg


A boy rows his boat on submerged land, heading towards a floating rice field. Many farmers in Kampong Thom province still grow rice in deep water during flooding season, when water from Tonle Sap River inundates a vast area of land. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)

Grown in floods and thriving without pesticide, floating rice – sometimes known as deep water rice – has nourished generations of people in the Lower Mekong Region. In Cambodia, the traditional cultivation is still present around Tonle Sap Lake, in low-lying provinces such as Kampong Thom, Kampong Chhnang, Siem Reap, Pursat and Banteay Meanchey. The unique characteristic of floating rice is its ability to elongate and adapt to floods. The stem lengthens as water rises, with heights ranging between 1 and 6 metres. For three months, usually from August to October, its foliage floats and ripens on the surface, while deep water keeps pests at bay. During the submergence, Bunthorn says sediment from the floods turns into natural fertiliser and helps farmers like himself minimise the use of agrochemicals. ―We don‘t have to pay for chemical fertiliser or pesticides. We just need rainwater and floods. Our produce, as a result, is organic and healthy." image: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/image/9940266/0x0/3008/2008/151b5f60a9442d85c76705a4 826ab6b/Pe/-pp--tapestry-rice4.jpg


Farmers in Tnot Village are on their way home after harvesting floating rice. The plant is cropped once a year and takes several months to grow - one of the main reasons why many Cambodian farmers have switched to double-cropped, dry-season varieties. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)

The crops‘ resilience to inundation and low reliance on agrochemicals has led researchers to believe there are many benefits of growing floating rice in the Lower Mekong Basin, particularly in Cambodia. Based on a study by USAID and the Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change, Cambodia is among the most vulnerable countries in Southeast Asia to climate change impact. ―Increased frequency of large storms will result in more flooding and related costs, especially in low-lying areas such as the extensive floodplains surrounding Tonle Sap Lake including southern and central parts of Kampong Thom province,‖ the study said. Among the most vulnerable crops, it adds, are dry-season and lowland rain-fed rice. Last year alone, Cambodia‘s National Committee for Disaster Management reported 3,456 hectares of rice crops were damaged by rain and the overflowing of rivers, not mentioning more than 300 hectares of other crops. FLOATING RICE: A FADING CULTURE In Tnot Village, the threat of flooding does not worry deep water rice farmers so much. "Floating rice can withstand floods; it grows well when water rises. The farming itself is also easy and that‘s why it‘s still alive,‖ Bunthorn said. ―If Mother Nature gives us good weather, the harvest can reach 3 tonnes a year.‖ image: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/image/9940260/0x0/2960/1976/516343c0d07ef4aba647e1dab 8868059/eu/-pp--tapestry-rice3.jpg


Floating rice grows with floods. The stem can elongate up to 6 metres while its foliage floats and ripens on the water surface. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)

Farming is the only career he has known since the age of 18. As a little boy, he used to follow his father to their rice field, where he learnt the art of farming rice in deep water. Like other families in the village, his has been growing floating rice for generations â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a tradition he hopes will live on. But data from the Agriculture Ministry shows floating rice continues to disappear from Cambodiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s floodplains. Its major decline was recorded around 1975-1979, when the country witnessed one of the darkest chapters in its history. During four years under the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia went through a mass genocide that is believed to have wiped out up to 2 million people or a quarter of its then population. Under the leadership of Pol Pot, millions of people were forced to farm in the countryside as the regime hoped to turn the society into an agrarian utopia. As a result, single-cropped floating rice was deemed valueless and higher-yielding types were used to accelerate rice production. Much of its cultivation has been replaced by dry-season varieties, which allow farmers to harvest twice or thrice a year. image: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/image/9940420/0x0/3008/2008/ecb66814d3e99a648028425d 55c270fb/YN/-pp--tapestry-rice7.jpg


During flooding season, floating farmers catch wild fish in their inundated rice fields as they turn into a fertile fishing ground. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)

―The market for dry-season rice is expanding in Cambodia. The crops only take three months to grow and that‘s why farmers are switching to this type,' said Chim Choeung, member of the Kampong Svay Commune Council in Kampong Thom. "They can earn more this way." In Cambodia, rice is the staple food and primary commodity. In 2017, the country exported more than 635,000 tonnes of rice and recorded a 17.3 per cent growth from the previous year, according to the Agriculture Ministry. As the country develops, the government is determined to further increase rice production as it aims to transform Cambodia into the world‘s ―rice basket‖. image: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/image/9941436/0x0/3008/2008/628854e38594fa17d3f680eec 948dcf1/gf/-pp--tapestry-rice7.jpg


By supporting high-yield rice varieities, the government aims to transform Cambodia into the world's "rice basket" and better compete in the global rice market. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)

Still, global rice market remains a competitive space dominated by India, Thailand and Vietnam. Last year, Cambodia saw its two neighbouring countries export more than 17 million tonnes of rice, 11.25 million tonnes from Thailand and 5.9 million tonnes from Vietnam. MORE CHEMICALS, MORE YIELDS In a bid to up its game, the Cambodian government has been promoting short-term high-yield rice cultivation, which targets a continued expansion of dry-season rice farming area. What followed was a sharp decline of floating rice farming. image: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/image/9940268/0x0/2956/1973/8778c620bbe7a55aea465733 8dd6b55a/Uz/-pp--tapestry-rice5.jpg


Many floating rice farmers in Cambodia do not own farming machinery and use oxen or water buffaloes and wooden ploughs to cultivate their land. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)

In 1975, there were 410,000 hectares of the crops in Cambodia, according to research by the Australian National University‘s Fenner School of Environment and Society. By 2015, the area had shrunk by 88.6 per cent to 46,759 hectares. ―While high-yield variety rice has a clear domestic and international market acceptability, the same cannot be said for floating rice,‖ said Dr Van Kien Nguyen and Assoc Prof Jamie Pittock in their research. The crops, they added, are unpopular in urban markets and largely consumed by farmers, who believe in their health benefits. image: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/image/9940408/0x0/2469/1648/626e2f719d5f1cd6a8f63d09f 1c4690a/GE/-pp--tapestry-rice6.jpg


Floating rice farming is the main source of income for many people living around Tonle Sap Lake, lowlying areas that are seasonally inundated by Tonle Sap River and the Mekong. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)

In Tnot village, the sale of floating rice is falling gradually. ―In the past, everyone here was growing floating rice. But today many people have changed to dry-season rice because of higher yields. They grow it for export,‖ said rice seller Thorn Thol. But despite its shorter cultivation period, Thol said dry-season rice requires more care, more fertiliser and pesticides. ―When farmers plough the land, they‘ll have to spray pesticide. When rice starts to grow, they‘ll spray it again. Other chemicals are also used to stop weeds. And when the rice plants are tall, more pesticides are applied,‖ she said. ―It‘s not great for your health. But many people prefer dry-season rice farming." For the likes of Bunthorn however, whose land is submerged every year, a change in farming method is unlikely. "We can't change the nature of our land," the farmer said. In front of him, his floating rice field looks like a golden sea in the sun. Water is good this year and he is looking forward to the harvest. For more on this and other projects around Southeast Asia, tune in to Tapestry: The Heart of ASEAN on Channel NewsAsia every Tuesday from Feb 27 to Mar 27 at 11pm. Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/floating-rice-cambodia-foodproduction-alternative-9937896 https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/floating-ricecambodia-food-production-alternative-9937896

Researchers develop new method to improve crops


March 6, 2018 by Jessica Luton, University of Georgia

William Jordan (left) and Lexiang Ji look over one of many sets of Arabidopsis thaliana, which were used to research a new plant breeding technique. Credit: UGA

A team of University of Georgia researchers has developed a new way to breed plants with better traits. By introducing a human protein into the model plant species Arabidopsis thaliana, researchers found that they could selectively activate silenced genes already present within the plant. Using this method to increase diversity among plant populations could serve to create varieties that are able to withstand drought or disease in crops or other plant populations, and the researchers have already begun testing the technique on maize, soy and rice. They published their findings in Nature Communications. The research project was led by Lexiang Ji, a doctoral student in bioinformatics, and William Jordan, a doctoral student in genetics. The new method they explored, known


as epimutagenesis, will make it possible to breed diverse plants in a way that isn't possible with traditional techniques. "In the past this has been done with traditional breeding. You take a plant, breed it with another plant that has another characteristic you want to create another plant," said Jordan. "The problem with that is getting an individual that has all of the characteristics you want and none of the characteristics that you don't want. It's kind of difficult. With our new technique, you can modify how the genes are turned on and off in that plant without having to introduce a whole other set of genes from another parent." The idea for the method evolved originally from working in the lab with department of genetics professor Robert Schmitz, the corresponding author on the study. In his lab, researchers were studying DNA methylation, which controls expressed genetic traits, and creating maps of where DNA methylation is located in many plant species, including crops. When DNA methylation is removed, researchers found that they could selectively turn on previously silenced genes in the underlying genome of the plant. "We saw repeatedly that lots of genes are silenced by DNA methylation and thought it was kind of curious," said Schmitz. "There are lots of discussions you can have about why these exist, but the reality is that they are there. So we wondered, how can we leverage them? Let's use the plant already in the field and reawaken some of those silenced genes to generate trait variation." To turn these dormant or silenced genes on, researchers introduced a human enzyme, known as a ten-eleven translocation enzyme, to plant seedlings using specially modified bacteria as a delivery vector. Introducing this human protein allows researchers to remove DNA methylation and thereby turn on previously silenced genes. Figuring out the best way to introduce the protein to the plant species has been a trial and error process. With Ji's expertise in bioinformatics, researchers are able to look at large sets of data about their experiment and make decisions on how to best proceed with the project. "The data has really helped us brainstorm and coordinate what we should do next," said Ji. "That was particularly important in the beginning of this project because we just didn't know what was going to happen with this new technique." "Thousands of years ago you'd plant out hundreds of plants and one of them does really well so you'd breed out generations of that plant. Doing this though, you narrow down the genetic diversity until they're basically very, very similar," said Jordan. "While that's beneficial for yield or other plant characteristics that you might want, if there's a stress that they're not well adapted to because they're all so similar they're all going to respond in the same way. That creates a potentially vulnerable crop." "If they don't have the genetic differences to respond, then it can really wipe out crops," added Schmitz. "This isn't a savior, but it's an alternative strategy that has not been tried before. The idea is to access genes that people haven't been studying because they're not expressed but they're there. We think this method to reactivate these genes could lead to increased trait variation which could be useful for biotechnology applications.


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By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat The imposition of a suggested retail price on rice will have to be decided by the economic managers and the Department of Agriculture (DA), according to Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon M. Lopez.


Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez (ALBERT ALCAIN/PPD / MANILA BULLETIN)

Lopez said this yesterday after meeting with the National Price Coordinating Council (NPCC) to assess prices of basic and prime commodities. An SRP on rice was raised during a Senate hearing on rice. â&#x20AC;&#x2022;An SRP on rice is a policy issue so it is not just a decision of the NPCC but of the economic managers and the Department of Agriculture,â&#x20AC;&#x2013; said Lopez, who chairs the NPCC. The price of regular milled rice has increased from P37 to P40 per kilo, well-milled also went up to P42 from P40 last year and premium rice to P46 from P45 last year. The special rice was also up to P55 from P50 last year. Lopez, however, made clear they are not reimposing the era where SRPs have to be approved by the DTI. The only thing the DTI is doing is to influence or a moral suasion on manufacturers on their pricing scheme. Prices stable Lopez also reported that prices of basic goods and commodities have remained stable and that the DTI has tightened its monitoring to prevent profiteering and influence to keep prices within suggested retail prices down to the grassroots level.


Lopez said that his agency monitors prices on a weekly basis and that out of 20 basic items carried in the supermarkets and groceries only one can be said to have imposed higher price than the SRPs. There was no instance also that a retailer has been caught profiteering, which is a price higher than 10 percent. In fact, other products, such as refined sugar, have gone down by P5-P50 this year from P55 last year. Agricultural products are also stable while some items such as tomatoes and papayas have reduced prices. Canned goods The canned goods manufacturers have already informed DTI of their intention to raise prices by P1 to P2 due to higher cost of tinplates and the foreign exchange rate, but Lopez said their computation showed the increase should only be between 36 to 50 centavos per can. He, however, said that they will not prevent a price adjustment as long as this is limited to one or two brands only. A sardines brand has minimal price hikes but the same brands have lower prices in the regions. The DTI is also launching the ―Suking Tindahan‖ to sari-sari stores that will volunteer to adhere to the SRP prices in an effort to ensure that prices remained at the SRP level even up to the grassroots level. Those with the badge of ―Suking Tindahan‖ will have the benefit of getting supplies from manufacturers at wholesale rates. Tags: Department of Agriculture, DTI, National Price Coordinating Council, No SRP on rice – DTI, NPCC, Secretary Ramon M. Lopez, SRP, Suggested retail price

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Duterte doesn't want NFA chief Jason Aquino speaking on rice supply The decision comes after Cabinet members agreed Jason Aquino made a misleading claim that there was a rice shortage, causing prices to increase


Pia Ranada @piaranada Published 3:29 PM, March 06, 2018 Updated 7:07 PM, March 06, 2018

DECISIONS, DISCUSSIONS. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the 23rd Cabinet Meeting in Malacañang. Malacañang file photo

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte wants only the National Food Authoriy (NFA) Council to make announcements about rice supply in the country. This was among the major decisions made during the Cabinet meeting on Monday, March 5, Malacañang announced on Tuesday, March 6.


"The President said that, henceforth, all information on the country's rice supply must emanate from the NFA Council," said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque during a Palace press briefing. This comes after senators slammed NFA Administrator Jason Aquino for making a public pronouncement on the shortage of NFA rice which caused panic among consumers and an increase in the prices of rice, a critical commodity for Filipino households. This "misleading" claim of Aquino was discussed during the Cabinet meeting. "There was an acknowledgment that statements made by the NFA administrator caused panic, which probably caused prices to rise," said Roque. The NFA Council, members of which were present at the Cabinet meeting, explained that there is no rice shortage in the country. According to Roque, the Cabinet "agreed" this was the case. "It was agreed that there is no rice shortage because the figure of only 1.5 days of rice was misleading. [The supply duration of] 1.5 days is only if it is NFA that is the only rice supplier in the Philippines, which is not the case," said Roque. The NFA Council, chaired by Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr, explained that NFA rice constitutes only a small portion of the country's rice supply. Most of the supply is provided by commercial traders. While Aquino was not present at the Cabinet meeting, Duterte ordered that he be asked to attend a Cabinet Cluster meeting in April. The rift between Evasco and Aquino, said to be close to Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, is well known. When Aquino refused to comply with NFA Council orders on import permits for traders, Evasco wanted him fired. â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Rappler.com https://www.rappler.com/nation/197539-duterte-jason-aquino-speak-rice-supply

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Chief Dan Orbih: PDP chairman in Edo State Jethro Ibileke/Benin Edo State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Dan Orbih was on Tuesday quizzed by the State police command over allegations of fraud in the distribution of relief items for internally displaced persons in Benin by the state government. Orbih had at a recent press conference, accused the State Government of allegedly diverting over 4,000 bags of rice donated by the Nigeria Customs Service to internally displaced persons in Uhogua. It was gathered that Orbih was invited by the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Johnson Kokumo, following a petition by the Governor, which urged the police to ask the PDP chairman to proof the criminal allegations. The petition which was signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Osarodion Ogie, and addressed to the police commissioner, read in part: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The purpose of this complaint is to formally bring these weighty and unsubstantiated allegations to


your attention and to request a thorough investigation with a view to establishing the veracity or otherwise of same. “It is the contention of the Edo State Government that Chief Dan Orbih should be called upon to provide evidence of the serious crimes he has alleged to have been committed by the Edo State Government and to furnish your command with facts, details and proof of the allegations he has made in the public domain.” A police source disclosed that Orbih made a statement and was questioned for several hours by police officers at the Command headquarters in Benin. The development however sparked a protest by supporters of the party, who accused the State Government of using the police to intimidate the opposition. Speaking shortly after his interaction with the Police Commissioner, Orbih said his statement to the police substantiated his claims. “From my own statement, it has been well established that the government of Edo State misappropriated the rice meant for the IDPs. I also want to commend the Edo State Police Command for the mature and professional way they have handled this issue. “Now that they (State Government) have decided to ask the police to be investigating, we will be giving more information so that they can write more petitions to the police for investigation. “I think these are very weighty allegations. In my own opinion, it is being put forward by the government to incite members of the public against the PDP in Edo State. In a democracy, there must be opposition,” Orbih said.


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https://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2018/03/06/r ice-theft-police-quizzes-edo-pdp-chair/ Ogbeh and Thailandâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s rice export by Editorial | March 6, 2018 12:45 am


Last week Friday at the meeting of the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative (PFI) and the Fertiliser Producers and Suppliers of Nigeria (FEPSAN) presided over by president Muhammadu Buhari at


the presidential villa, Abuja, minister of agriculture, claimed Nigeria‘s reduced rice import from Thailand has decline by about 95 percent and has led to the collapse of seven rice mills in Thailand and raised unemployment rate to four percent in the country. Ogbeh was quoted as saying: ―… two weeks ago, the Ambassador of Thailand came to my office and said to me that we have really dealt with them…But I asked what did we do wrong and he said unemployment in Thailand was one of the lowest in the world, 1.2 per cent, it has gone up to four per cent because seven giant rice mills have shut down because Nigeria‘s import has fallen by 95 per cent on rice alone. ―So, Mr President we thank you for the support and we thank all the agencies and those of you in the private sector for your resilience…‖ Even the president recently claimed that Nigeria‘s rice import was down by 90 percent and that rice import will be completely stopped this year to encourage local production. However, a simple check reveals that both the president and minister of agriculture were greatly mistaken and the figures they advertised are not true. First, Thailand‘s rice export has been on a continuous growth trajectory, reaching a record high of 11.2 million tonnes last year. Data shows rice exports grew at 37.2 percent year-on-year. Information available on the Rice Exporters Association of Thailand website shows Nigeria‘s import of rice for the last three years has been negligible – 58, 260, 644, 131 and 23, 192 metric tonnes in 2015, 2016 and 2017 respectively. Second, the unemployment figure in Thailand stands at 1.3 percent as at January 2018. So, it is neither true that rice mills have been shut down due to Nigeria‘s low imports nor that unemployment figure has gone up to four percent in Thailand. Even if we are to believe the minister that Thailand‘s ambassador made that claim, he has a responsibility to cross-check and not make claims that are obviously false and which makes a mockery of us as a country. Although the government has been claiming success and taking the glory for reducing rice imports, the reality is more nuanced and doesn‘t cover us in glory like the minister and president want us to believe. Rice importation through the land borders have been banned since 2015 and can only be brought in legally through the ports at a discouragingly high tariff of 70 percent. So, technically Nigeria has banned rice importation. However, as legal importation to Nigeria drops drastically, neighbouring countries such as Benin, Cameroun, Niger and others have greatly increased their import of parboiled rice, which ironically, is consumed only in Nigeria. Data by the Thai Rice Exporters Association shows that Benin Republic‘s imports from Thailand from January to November 2017 stood at 1.64 million metric tonnes, a 32 percent increase from 1.24 million metric tonnes within the same period in 2016, and an increment of 104.45 percent from 805,765 metric tonnes exported to Benin republic in 2015. Cameroun also imported 663, 667 metric tonnes of parboiled rice from Thailand between January and November 2017, a 47.64 percent increase from 449, 513 within the same period in 2016, and 449, 297 metric tonnes in 2015. It is safe to say that most of the imports to these countries end up in the Nigerian market through smuggling. An investigation carried out by BusinessDay some months ago also shows that smuggling is rife along the official border points and despite the claim that rice importation is banned through the borders, traders continue to import the commodity through official border points usually after settling customs officials. To add to our woes, the price of the smuggled rice are way lower than those of locally produced rice, which means the problem will remain with us for a long time to come. It is noteworthy that the government wants to ensure self-sufficiency in rice production. But this must be done in the right way and with regards to the realities on the ground. The bandying of false data and official import figures the reality will continue to make a mockery of us as a country.

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By Rotimi Ijikanmi Kebbi State has assured the nation it has the capacity to deliver 50 per cent of the rice needs of Nigerians with the continuous support of Federal Governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s Anchor Borrowers Programme. The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Garba Dandiga, conducting a team of journalists on inspection of 50 kilometre by 20 kilometre FADAMA rice plantation in Suru on Monday.


The Minister of Information and Culture , Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had on Sunday led the newsmen to Kebbi to assess the progress of rice revolution championed by the federal government in the state. Dandiga said 16 local government areas were in serious rice production in the state and millions of youths and retirees were engaged in rice farming across the state. Specifically, the commissioner said that with expectations of bounty harvest in 2018, the Suru Fadama farms will turn out 2.5 million tons of paddy. He recalled that in 2017, 1.5 million tons of paddy were harvested from the Suru farms. Dandiga said that there were eight bigger paddy farms across the state supported with value chains of mills and markets. He said Suru is an organised rice value chain with method that ensures that every bag and lorry load of paddy out of the place is recorded. The Commissioner said that in order to boost production, the government recently procured 100 tractors, 300 power tillers, 300 thrashers and 200 reapers to support the farmers.


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He said the state government was giving the tractors at subsidised rate upon a part payment by interested farmers who would be given time to pay the balance in instalment. Dandiga commended the federal government for its fertiliser policy which he said were readily available to farmers at a cheaper rate of N5,500 per bag compared to N9000 price in the open market. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that earlier, the team had inspected the Lambunmaba Fadama rice farms in Kamba, a border community with Niger Republic.


One of the farmers, Alhaji Ibrahim Salihu said Niger Republic was about one kilometre from the town and the borderline were a lined up of local palm tree. He said they co-exist peacefully and during planting and harvesting seasons they source labour from Niger Republic to work on the Fadama rice farms Salihu said the major challenge of farmers was sourcing petrol to power generator that pumped underground water from the wells dug in the farms. NAN reports that during the inspection there were movement of motor bikes each ferrying not less than eight 50 litres jerry cans of petrol into the farms. Salihu called on government to provide solar powered pumping machines for the farmers to ease their sufferings and to prevent possible smuggling of petroleum products across the border.


A man carries a bag of Lake Rice

At Oroba Fadama farms also in Kamba Dandiga, the agric commissioner said the rice plantations span 40 kilometres and the farmers were preparing for dry season cultivation. NAN reports that the commissioner also conducted the team on inspection of a rice mill under construction also at Kamba in Dandi local government area. He said the mill owned by an indigenous entrepreneur was borne out of the rice revolution to ensure offtakers for paddy. Alhaji Mahmudu Fanna, the district head of Kamba said that the mill had two production lines of 120 tons and 250 tons daily productions respectively.


The team were also at Kamba rice market where Fanna told newsmen that not less than 10 truck loads of paddy were sold daily to the big rice millers.(NAN) http://www.nan.ng/agriculture/kebbi-can-produce-50-rice-needs-of-nigerians-commissioner/

New irrigation method drives agriculture in Anambra ON MARCH 7, 20184:56 AMIN AGRIC, NEWS1 COMMENT By Vincent Ujumadu AWKA- AGRICULTURE, which is one of the four pillars on which Governor Willie Obianoâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s administration is anchored, is getting the desired attention in most of the food production belts of the state, thanks to the support by the FADAMA III Additional Financing and the international donor agencies, including the World Bank, which introduced new irrigation method currently being enjoyed by farmers in the state. â&#x20AC;˘Governor Willie Obiano (3rd right) being briefed by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Afam Mbanefo, on the operation of the irrigation system. Known as Center Pivot Irrigation System, the technology is capable of providing irrigation water to farmlands of about 100 hectares radius within minutes, with the result that rice production now takes place in Anambra State three times in a year including the dry season. Boreholes to service the new system have been sunk in Ogbaru, Ihiala and Ifite Ogwari, while the one at Ogboji would be serviced by surface flooding. It is expected that the contractors that installed the irrigation systems would manage them for one year during which period they would train farmers to take ownership of the project and sustain them. Eight local government areas where FADAMA is intervening with the new irrigation technology in rice and cassava production are Ogbaru, Ihiala, Anambra West, Anambra East, Orumba North, Orumba South, Ayamelum and Awka North. In the eight local government areas, which are where rice is grown in large quantity, the expectation is that there would be increase in yield from the current 345,000 metric tons to 600,000 metric tons this year. To facilitate the envisaged increase in production, FADAMA is seriously improving infrastructure in the affected areas. For instance, 11 roads are being constructed in the hard- to-reach areas where cluster farmers have been operating. The roads are located at Ogbakuba in Ogbaru, Aribo in Anambra West, Aguleri in Anambra East, Ihiala, Ogboji, Ezira and Ufuma all in Orumba, as well as in Omor, Anaku, Igbakwu/Ifite Ogwari all in Ayamelum. With the roads in place, evacuation of produce had become easy. The boost in agriculture became very visible in the past three years, especially in rice and cassava production, with yield tripling within the period. Already, three aggregation centers for the storage of produce have been established at Ifite Ogwari, Amanuke and Atani. The state project coordinator of FADAMA


III, Mr. Chukwuka Egbueh told South-East Voice that the idea was to ensure that produce would no longer waste as there would be proper storage all year round. As part of the efforts to sustain increase in yield, FADAMA had also set up Agricultural Equipment Hiring Enterprise (AEHE), at Omor to enhance mechanised farming. According to Egbueh, the enterprise is being managed by farmers themselves, adding that so far, they had lived up to expectation. He explained that to date, 6,160 farmers have benefitted directly from FADAMA in terms of land mechanisation, agro inputs, production and processing, as well as in capacity-building, just as 18 youth and women groups have been assisted through the provision of rice mills, tricycles, rice threshers, de-stoners, among others. He also said that FADAMA had built drying slabs at Umumbo, Ogbaru, Amanuke and Ifite Ogwari to ensure faster drying of rice, adding that the 600,000 metric tons target would surely be met with the inputs made by the state government. Egbueh said that following the success recorded in rice production, cassava had been added because of the comparative advantage Anambra State has in the growing of cassava. ―Before now, FADAMA was intervening in rice production only, but we added cassava in 2017 and sorghum may be added this year because conducive environment for growing them has been provided,‖ he said. The state governor, Chief Willie Obiano is expected to commission the irrigation projects this month. In the meantime, the governor has been inspecting the progress of work preparatory to the inauguration. At Egwe Agwa Ogbakuba in Ogbaru Local Government Area and Ubahuekwem Ihiala, the elated governor said with the plans being made, Anambra State would become net exporter of rice as its local demand would soon be surpassed. ―What is happening in the agricultural sector is good for us. When we came in, Anambra State was producing only 80 metric tons of rice, but today, the state is producing 345,000 metric tons annually. The success we made in rice production has encouraged us to go into cassava and sorghum,‖ he said. Obiano added that the Onitsha-based SabMillar Breweries was a ready market for the sorghum to be produced in the state. According to the governor, the installation of the new irrigation system in four locations in the state was to ensure all year round rice production, with the attendant multiplier effect of empowering about 2500 farmers in the state. He explained that the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, had agreed to provide funds to Anambra State government to buy off all the paddy rice produced in the state, while millers would buy all the paddy rice from government, adding that by so doing, the issue of unsold rice produced by the farmers would not arise. He also said the state government would support the training of youth farmers to update their knowledge in modern agriculture and commended the people of the state for keying into the state government‘s agricultural policy. The joy of the farmers knew no bounds as they commended the state government and FADAMA for helping them enjoy modern farming. Mr. Christian Ogbodo, a farmer, said it was the first time help was coming from government since he started farming over 20 years ago ―I never believed that vehicles can drive to this location, but here we are seeing a motorable road constructed for us. Now we can take our crops to the cities with ease and sell, which is something we never dreamt of in the past,‖ Ogbodo said.


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According to Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) Indian companies are trying to rebrand Pakistan rice and export to Indonesia with their own label on it. REAP has called upon the ministry of commerce and urged them to take necessary action against this fraud which is being conducted by various Indian companies. REAP has also warned its members to be aware of these companies and avoid trade with them in order to stay away from illegal activities.


Indonesian governmental body BULOG has disseminated rice procurement tender and awarded tenders to various countries including India, the contract winners are required to fulfill the order in 30 days, some Indian companies approached their trade partners in Pakistan for delivering Irri-6 in order to dispatch the consignment to Indonesia on time. Pakistanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Irri-6 is much better in quality and price as compared to Indian Irri-6 therefore; Indian companies are asking Pakistani exporters for procurement of Irri-6. According to Senior Vice Chairman REAP, Rafique Suleman, Indian companies are approaching Pakistani exporters for procurement with the condition that they will not print anything on the rice bags. Rice collected from Pakistan will be exported to Indonesia with Indian brand name and address on it, which is extremely unlawful and illegal, it also hurts our name, REAP strongly condemns such acts, he added. REAP has already sent letters to Federal Advisor on Finance Dr. Miftah Ismail, Revenue and Economic Affairs, Ministry of National Food Security & Research, Ministry of Commerce, Chairman Federal Board of Revenue FBR, Secretary Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), Chief Collector Customs Enforcement, Collector Customs Exports and some others in order to take timely and necessary action against this development. Pakistani rice export has started progressing in the last couple of years and came out of the crisis with the efforts of Pakistani departments including REAP, the department is working hard for the betterment of Pakistani Rice Export globally but these kinds of fraudulent activities could hurt Pakistani rice exports the Chairman said. This is neither legal nor in the interest of Pakistan, authorities should not tolerate this matter and take it seriously, he added.


He said, we have also asked the ministry of commerce about the status of Indian labeled rice which is actually Pakistani rice, they confirmed that it is 100% illegal and strict action would be taken against those who are involved in such activity. REAP is working hard to promote Pakistani Rice in international markets, REAP is to organize Biryani Festival on Pakistan Day March 23 which will be attended by a delegation from Mauritius, on one side REAP is promoting rice exports to the international audience and these illegal activities are being done in the background is not going to work together, we must protect our name and ensure transparency in exports.

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New Delhi, Mar 6 () Rice basmati prices firmed up by Rs 100 per quintal at the wholesale grains market today due to pick up in demand from retailers.


Wheat also strengthened on increased offtake by flour mills against fall in arrivals from producing belts. Traders said pick up in demand from retailers mainly led to rise in rice basmati prices. In the national capital, rice basmati common and Pusa-1121 variety moved up by Rs 100 each to Rs 7,700-7,800 and Rs 6,700-6,800 per quintal, respectively. Wheat dara (for mills) also advanced by Rs 10 to Rs 1,800-1,805 per quintal. Atta chakki delivery followed suit and edged up by a similar margin to Rs 1,810-1,815 per 90 kg. Following are today's quotations (in Rs per quintal): Wheat MP (desi) Rs 2,080-2,280, Wheat dara (for mills) Rs 1,800-1,805 Chakki atta (delivery) Rs 1,810-1,815, Atta Rajdhani (10 kg) Rs 260-300, Shakti Bhog (10 kg) Rs 255-290, Roller flour mill Rs 960-970 (50 kg), Maida Rs 980-9,90(50 kg)and Sooji Rs 1,040-1,050 (50 kg). Basmati rice (Lal Quila) Rs 10,700, Shri Lal Mahal Rs 11,300, Super Basmati Rice Rs 9,800, Basmati common new Rs 7,700-7,800, Rice Pusa (1121) Rs 6,700-6,800, Permal raw Rs 2,325-2375, Permal wand Rs 2,375-2,425, Sela Rs 2,800-3,000 and Rice IR-8 Rs 1,975-2,025, Bajra Rs 1,200-1,205, Jowar yellow Rs 1,400-1,450, white Rs 2,800-2,900, Maize Rs 1,410- 1,415, Barley Rs 1,480-1,490. KPS ADI ADI https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/rice-basmati-rises-on-uptick-indemand/articleshow/63184771.cms

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ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet which met under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday expressed satisfaction over the power situation and resolved to provide uninterrupted power to the consumers during the upcoming summer season and Ramzan. The meeting also appreciated the efforts of the incumbent as well as former Minister for Power for addressing sectoral issues relating to power. It was emphasised during the meeting to lay greater focus on addressing administrative and management issues regarding transmission, distribution and recovery of power dues. Secretary Power Division briefed the cabinet on projections of electricity demand and supply and the available generation capacity for catering to the power requirements during the summer season, particularly during Ramzan. It was informed that additional power would be added to the national grid from Tarbela-IV and Neelum-Jhelum Hydro-power projects during next months which would further augment the existing generation capacity.


The meeting was also briefed about the current load-management plan. The prime minister stated that as a result of untiring efforts of the government power generation had significantly increased since 2013. He said that provision of uninterrupted power supply had remained the priority of the present government in order to meet domestic, commercial and industrial requirements. In order to discourage cigarette smoking, the cabinet approved banning of sale of loose cigarettes by amending the â&#x20AC;&#x2022;Prohibition of Sale of Cigarettes to Minors Rules, 2010. The federal cabinet accorded approval for signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Governments of Somalia and Government of Pakistan for rendering NADRAâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s Services to Somalia. Approval was granted to initiate legislation on Geographical Indications Protection Bill, 2017. Geographical Indications (GIs) is a form of intellectual property rights which identifies a product originating from a specific area, whose quality or reputation is attributable to its place of origin. Possible GIs for Pakistan can include Basmati Rice, Ajrak and Pashmina shawls, Peshawari Chappal, Truck Art, Apricots, Handicrafts, Ornaments etc. The Cabinet approved the appointment of Presiding Officer, Special Court (Offences in Banks), Islamabad. Cabinet ratified the recommendations of the Cabinet Committee for Disposal of Legislative Cases (CCLC) in its meeting held on 22nd February, 2018 and Cabinet Committee on Privatization held on February 16, 2018. Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Sartaj Aziz briefed the Cabinet in detail regarding measures to enhance cotton production and exports from Pakistan.


Cabinet approved transfer of Pakistan Central Cotton Committee and Cotton related matters from Ministry of Textile Industry to Ministry of National Food Security & Research.

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ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet has decided to put a ban on the sale of loose cigarettes to discourage the smoking trend in youth. For the purpose, the â&#x20AC;&#x2022;Prohibition of Sale of Cigarettes to Minors Rules, 2010â&#x20AC;&#x2013; is being amended.


Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who returned from Kathmandu after paying an official overnight visit to Nepal, chaired a meeting here at the Prime Ministerâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s Office on Tuesday. The cabinet was briefed that enough generation capacity would be available for catering to the power requirements during the summer season, particularly during the holy month of Ramazan falling in May and June. Besides, additional power would be added to the national grid from Tarbela-IV and Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower projects in the next months, which would further augment the existing generation capacity. The meeting was also briefed about the current load management plan. The prime minister said as a result of untiring efforts of the government, power generation has significantly increased since 2013. He said the provision of uninterrupted power supply has remained the priority of the present government to meet domestic, commercial and industrial requirements. The cabinet expressed satisfaction over the power situation and resolved to provide uninterrupted power to consumers during the upcoming summer season and Ramazan. The meeting also appreciated the efforts of the incumbent as well as former minister for power for addressing sectoral issues relating to power. It was emphasised to lay greater focus on addressing the administrative and management issues viz-a-viz transmission, distribution and recovery of power dues. The cabinet also accorded approval for signing of memorandum of understanding between Pakistan and Somalia for rendering the National Database and Registration Authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s services to Somalia. The cabinet granted approval to initiate legislation on Geographical Indications Protection Bill, 2017. Geographical Indications (GIs) is a form of intellectual property rights, which identifies a product originating from a specific area, whose quality or


reputation is attributable to its place of origin. Possible GIs for Pakistan can include Basmati rice, Ajrak and Pashmina shawls, Peshawari chappal, truck art, apricots, handicrafts, and ornaments, etc. The cabinet approved appointment of presiding officer, Special Court (Offences in Banks), Islamabad. It ratified the recommendations of the Cabinet Committee for Disposal of Legislative Cases (CCLC) in its meeting held on February 22, and the Cabinet Committee on Privatisation held on February 16. The deputy Chairman Planning Commission Sartaj Aziz briefed the cabinet regarding measures to enhance cotton production and exports from Pakistan. It approved the transfer of Pakistan Central Cotton Committee and Cotton related matters from the Ministry of Textile Industry to the Ministry of National Food Security and Research. https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/289212-cabinet-bans-sale-of-loose-cigarettes

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Comment By Mansoor Ahmad LAHORE: We are an agricultural economy still we import food; textile is our major export earner but our global share is less than 1.5 percent; services account for over 53 percent of our GDP but its contribution in revenues is dismal. The next decade is very important for Pakistan as the country has to choose the path it intends to pursue in future. Our actions will decide whether we remain an agricultural economy, an industrial hub or a trade corridor only. We could even end up as providers of low value jobs or rise to become exporters of high-tech finished goods. In agriculture, Pakistan produces in bulk low crops like wheat, rice, sugarcane and cotton. The excess wheat we produce costs higher than the global wheat rates and hence cannot be easily exported.


India in the last decade has emerged as a tough competitor in rice. Our basmati exports have declined in recent years due to gains made by Indian long grain rice varieties. We produce less cotton than our domestic needs but our textile producers cannot compete globally in low value-added items; they lack the expertise to go for higher value-addition. Our market share in textiles has declined sharply in the last five years. The sugar produced from the sugarcane in Pakistan is very costly in our country and to export this commodity the millers have regularly been getting huge subsidies every year. So, despite being an agricultural economy our costs are so high that it is not possible to dispose off excess production in global markets. Agriculture accounts for 19 percent of our GDP. We are not into high value-added textiles; we export raw fruits without any valueaddition and in some cases the products of the same fruit are imported into Pakistan at 10 times higher rates. We are the fourth largest producers of milk in the world, still we import huge quantities of powdered milk. Halal food and Pakistan are synonymous but we hardly export any meat or processed chicken to even Muslim countries that import Halal meat from non-Muslim economies. Manufacturing has a share of only 20 percent in our GDP. Almost all industries are based on 20th century technologies, while most of the industrialised world has shifted to 21st century efficient technologies. The obsolete technologies being inefficient are an impediment in exports.


The country suffered from severe power shortages in the past. Now, though the shortages have been addressed, the cost of power is higher. Higher power tariff becomes unbearable for the inefficient technologies. This is the reason that consumption of everything is increasing in Pakistan but exports are declining. Another worrying aspect is that products made efficiently abroad are edging out the local products from domestic markets. Increasing imports are proof of this change. We would not benefit from CPEC opportunities in manufacturing if we fail to upgrade technology. It is not only textiles but leather, carpets, surgical instruments and sports items that are unable to compete with efficient producers from other economies. Services sector is booming in Pakistan be it telecommunication, transport or trade- all are moving up. Baring some exports from software companies, the rest unfortunately serve mostly the domestic market only. Most of the service sector would soon feel the heat from global players as the economy further opens up. The telecom sector has upgraded its technologies but its services are not up to the global standards. The transport sector is highly inefficient and unorganised. It costs more to send a container from Lahore to Karachi than sending the same container from Karachi to Shanghai. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) route would need efficient and hightech transport, otherwise the roads would be choked. If we do not upgrade the transport system, and equip it with digital trackers, the transport of goods would be taken over by foreign companies. The rail has to be revamped to carry bulk of goods.


Hospitality services seem to be the only hope for locals as CPEC route would need lot of side hotels, restaurants, vehicle mechanics, tyre repair shops and vehicle service stations. But this sector would not create sufficient jobs. The jobs would come from manufacturing only and unfortunately we are not well prepared in this regard.

Floating rice: The climate-resilient alternative for Cambodia’s food production Grown in floods and thriving without pesticides, floating rice offers Cambodia a sustainable alternative for its eco-friendly food production amid threats from climate change. image: data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICT AEAOw== A Cambodian boy rides on a buffalo on his way back from a floating rice field. Once common in the Lower Mekong Basin, this eco-friendly farming method is drifting towards disappearance in the region. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)

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Bookmark KAMPONG THOM, Cambodia: The sky is pitch black when Than Bunthorn leaves home for the paddy field. His body sways atop an old oxcart as it bumps along a small dirt track. Dawn is still some hours away. But for the farmer, work begins as early as 3am. The 51-year-old has another long day ahead of him. Six hectares of rice field takes him a month to cultivate and seed. He owns no farm machinery, only two oxen and a wooden plough. But that is enough to get work done before the annual floods, when water fills his land and rice begins to float. A resident of Tnot Village in Kampong Thom province, Bunthorn is among a few remaining farmers in Cambodia who still grow floating rice in deep water. The technique is a traditional farming method that could offer a sustainable, eco-friendly alternative for the country‘s rice production in the face of climate change. ―Floating rice grows with floods,‖ Bunthorn said. His rough, sunburnt skin hints at decades of toiling in harsh weather. ―No matter how deep it is, the rice can survive. It can float high above the ground and doesn‘t need much care until harvest time.‖ image: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/image/9940252/0x0/3008/2008/3c5b763ba50e13e2adbadd15 62e88f31/zp/-pp--tapestry-rice2.jpg


A boy rows his boat on submerged land, heading towards a floating rice field. Many farmers in Kampong Thom province still grow rice in deep water during flooding season, when water from Tonle Sap River inundates a vast area of land. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)

Grown in floods and thriving without pesticide, floating rice – sometimes known as deep water rice – has nourished generations of people in the Lower Mekong Region. In Cambodia, the traditional cultivation is still present around Tonle Sap Lake, in low-lying provinces such as Kampong Thom, Kampong Chhnang, Siem Reap, Pursat and Banteay Meanchey. The unique characteristic of floating rice is its ability to elongate and adapt to floods. The stem lengthens as water rises, with heights ranging between 1 and 6 metres. For three months, usually from August to October, its foliage floats and ripens on the surface, while deep water keeps pests at bay. During the submergence, Bunthorn says sediment from the floods turns into natural fertiliser and helps farmers like himself minimise the use of agrochemicals. ―We don‘t have to pay for chemical fertiliser or pesticides. We just need rainwater and floods. Our produce, as a result, is organic and healthy." image: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/image/9940266/0x0/3008/2008/151b5f60a9442d85c76705a4 826ab6b/Pe/-pp--tapestry-rice4.jpg


Farmers in Tnot Village are on their way home after harvesting floating rice. The plant is cropped once a year and takes several months to grow - one of the main reasons why many Cambodian farmers have switched to double-cropped, dry-season varieties. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)

The crops‘ resilience to inundation and low reliance on agrochemicals has led researchers to believe there are many benefits of growing floating rice in the Lower Mekong Basin, particularly in Cambodia. Based on a study by USAID and the Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change, Cambodia is among the most vulnerable countries in Southeast Asia to climate change impact. ―Increased frequency of large storms will result in more flooding and related costs, especially in low-lying areas such as the extensive floodplains surrounding Tonle Sap Lake including southern and central parts of Kampong Thom province,‖ the study said. Among the most vulnerable crops, it adds, are dry-season and lowland rain-fed rice. Last year alone, Cambodia‘s National Committee for Disaster Management reported 3,456 hectares of rice crops were damaged by rain and the overflowing of rivers, not mentioning more than 300 hectares of other crops. FLOATING RICE: A FADING CULTURE In Tnot Village, the threat of flooding does not worry deep water rice farmers so much. "Floating rice can withstand floods; it grows well when water rises. The farming itself is also easy and that‘s why it‘s still alive,‖ Bunthorn said. ―If Mother Nature gives us good weather, the harvest can reach 3 tonnes a year.‖ image: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/image/9940260/0x0/2960/1976/516343c0d07ef4aba647e1dab 8868059/eu/-pp--tapestry-rice3.jpg


Floating rice grows with floods. The stem can elongate up to 6 metres while its foliage floats and ripens on the water surface. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)

Farming is the only career he has known since the age of 18. As a little boy, he used to follow his father to their rice field, where he learnt the art of farming rice in deep water. Like other families in the village, his has been growing floating rice for generations â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a tradition he hopes will live on. But data from the Agriculture Ministry shows floating rice continues to disappear from Cambodiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s floodplains. Its major decline was recorded around 1975-1979, when the country witnessed one of the darkest chapters in its history. During four years under the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia went through a mass genocide that is believed to have wiped out up to 2 million people or a quarter of its then population. Under the leadership of Pol Pot, millions of people were forced to farm in the countryside as the regime hoped to turn the society into an agrarian utopia. As a result, single-cropped floating rice was deemed valueless and higher-yielding types were used to accelerate rice production. Much of its cultivation has been replaced by dry-season varieties, which allow farmers to harvest twice or thrice a year. image: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/image/9940420/0x0/3008/2008/ecb66814d3e99a648028425d 55c270fb/YN/-pp--tapestry-rice7.jpg


During flooding season, floating farmers catch wild fish in their inundated rice fields as they turn into a fertile fishing ground. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)

―The market for dry-season rice is expanding in Cambodia. The crops only take three months to grow and that‘s why farmers are switching to this type,' said Chim Choeung, member of the Kampong Svay Commune Council in Kampong Thom. "They can earn more this way." In Cambodia, rice is the staple food and primary commodity. In 2017, the country exported more than 635,000 tonnes of rice and recorded a 17.3 per cent growth from the previous year, according to the Agriculture Ministry. As the country develops, the government is determined to further increase rice production as it aims to transform Cambodia into the world‘s ―rice basket‖. image: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/image/9941436/0x0/3008/2008/628854e38594fa17d3f680eec 948dcf1/gf/-pp--tapestry-rice7.jpg


By supporting high-yield rice varieities, the government aims to transform Cambodia into the world's "rice basket" and better compete in the global rice market. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)

Still, global rice market remains a competitive space dominated by India, Thailand and Vietnam. Last year, Cambodia saw its two neighbouring countries export more than 17 million tonnes of rice, 11.25 million tonnes from Thailand and 5.9 million tonnes from Vietnam. MORE CHEMICALS, MORE YIELDS In a bid to up its game, the Cambodian government has been promoting short-term high-yield rice cultivation, which targets a continued expansion of dry-season rice farming area. What followed was a sharp decline of floating rice farming. image: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/image/9940268/0x0/2956/1973/8778c620bbe7a55aea465733 8dd6b55a/Uz/-pp--tapestry-rice5.jpg


Many floating rice farmers in Cambodia do not own farming machinery and use oxen or water buffaloes and wooden ploughs to cultivate their land. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)

In 1975, there were 410,000 hectares of the crops in Cambodia, according to research by the Australian National University‘s Fenner School of Environment and Society. By 2015, the area had shrunk by 88.6 per cent to 46,759 hectares. ―While high-yield variety rice has a clear domestic and international market acceptability, the same cannot be said for floating rice,‖ said Dr Van Kien Nguyen and Assoc Prof Jamie Pittock in their research. The crops, they added, are unpopular in urban markets and largely consumed by farmers, who believe in their health benefits. image: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/image/9940408/0x0/2469/1648/626e2f719d5f1cd6a8f63d09f 1c4690a/GE/-pp--tapestry-rice6.jpg


Floating rice farming is the main source of income for many people living around Tonle Sap Lake, lowlying areas that are seasonally inundated by Tonle Sap River and the Mekong. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)

In Tnot village, the sale of floating rice is falling gradually. ―In the past, everyone here was growing floating rice. But today many people have changed to dry-season rice because of higher yields. They grow it for export,‖ said rice seller Thorn Thol. But despite its shorter cultivation period, Thol said dry-season rice requires more care, more fertiliser and pesticides. ―When farmers plough the land, they‘ll have to spray pesticide. When rice starts to grow, they‘ll spray it again. Other chemicals are also used to stop weeds. And when the rice plants are tall, more pesticides are applied,‖ she said. ―It‘s not great for your health. But many people prefer dry-season rice farming." For the likes of Bunthorn however, whose land is submerged every year, a change in farming method is unlikely. "We can't change the nature of our land," the farmer said. In front of him, his floating rice field looks like a golden sea in the sun. Water is good this year and he is looking forward to the harvest. For more on this and other projects around Southeast Asia, tune in to Tapestry: The Heart of ASEAN on Channel NewsAsia every Tuesday from Feb 27 to Mar 27 at 11pm. Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/floating-rice-cambodia-foodproduction-alternative-9937896 https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/floating-ricecambodia-food-production-alternative-9937896

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In an era before the dawn of pesticides and mechanisation, an all-female workforce was employed to “disinfect” and harvest Italy‟s rice crops. These Italian rice weeders may be a thing of the past, but they have a remarkable political legacy. Italy was, and remains, Europe‟s largest rice producer. The rice weeders, known in Italian as “mondine”, could be found knee-deep in flooded fields from May until July, across Italy‟s “rice belt” which spans the northern regions of Piedmont, Emilia


Romagna, Lombardy and the Veneto. In my ongoing research, I study oral histories of rice weeders who worked between 1940 and 1965, collected from several interview projects and documentaries. Idyllic though the glassy mirrors of the flooded rice fields may seem now, the paddies often resounded with the sound of weeders‟ protest songs. To avoid punishment for talking during working hours, weeders developed an incredible repertoire of polyphonic call-and-response songs, often lamenting miserable working conditions or exploitative employers. As one Italian senator put it in 1953, the labour of rice weeders deserved its own circle of hell in Dante‟s inferno. Apart from eight-hour days under the beating sun, rice weeders were tormented by malaria-carrying mosquitoes and malnourishment, and suffered much higher miscarriage rates than other women workers. When the actress Silvana Mangano was shown how to imitate the rice weeders‟ labour for her role in cult left-wing film Bitter Rice in 1949, she reportedly said: “Like this, for eight hours? I wouldn‟t do this work even for a million a day!” A number of the women in the interviews I‟m studying met with Mangano in 1948 as extras on the set of the movie.

Knee-deep in protest It is perhaps because of these exploitative conditions that collective and political activism thrived in the rice fields. From the 1900s, rice weeders joined up in their droves to left-wing organisations such as the Italian communist and socialist parties, but also to the Unione donne italiane(the Italian Women‟s Union) and working class institutions such as the Case del popolo (People‟s Houses) and cooperatives. Under Italian fascism, between 1922 and 1943, other left-wing groups were forced underground. But the rice weeders won important concessions from the fascist government through strikes and protest. These concessions included paid travel, and improved provisions for food and shelter. During the Nazi occupation of Italy, many rice weeders deserted the rice fields, and in 1944 refused to work for their oppressors. Some did not return to work until the fall of fascism. The rice weeders were also active in Italy‟s liberation from the Nazis. Many interviewees were part of the Italian Resistance. Some recalled hiding partisans in their homes, or acting as couriers between battalions.


Tragically, as with women‟s wider participation in the liberation of Italyfrom the Nazis and fascists, the weeders‟ contributions to the war have often gone unrecognised. One interviewee who was a rice weeder and member of the resistance recalled how after the war her husband was given an award for his role as a partisan. When she too was offered an award, her husband intervened, saying “one in the house is enough”.

Sisters of Togliatti The weeders also protested against their replacement by agricultural machinery. One rice weeder who worked in Filo, Bologna during World War II, recounted in an interview: We went up against the combine harvesters, together on the land … and we stopped them. My husband told me ‘One of these days they won’t stop’. I replied, ‘I would happily die for my work’. The weeders‟ role was definitively replaced by pesticides and mechanisation in the 1960s. In the interviews I‟m studying, the women made frequent references to left-wing figures, such as Italian communist leader Palmiro Togliatti, who they sung about as a “workers‟ champion”. Others declared themselves to be the “sisters of Togliatti”. One woman, who lived in Medicina, recounted: We felt that the fight for liberation was, yes, a fight against the Germans and the fascists, but also a great source of hope for us peasants, who were so exploited and poor.

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Today, Italy‟s rice weeders have gained a cult following for their songs and their dress. Choirs now perform the weeders‟ songs at festivals in Italy and abroad, sometimes in incongruous collaborations with young rock bands. A trailer for the film Bitter Rice.

The success of the film Bitter Rice catapulted the weeders into the public consciousness because of how they dressed. Previously, the weeders had worn long skirts in the fields, but in the film Mangano wore shorts and ripped stockings. The weeders subsequently adopted this style, and it became their most remembered – and reproduced – characteristic. The weeders are also remembered for the assassination of Maria Margotti, who was shot by a member of the police during an agricultural protest in May 1949. Her death was used by the Italian left as evidence of the state‟s repression and abuse of the working


classes. Elements of the Italian communist party used Margotti‟s death to encourage popular resistance to the Christian Democrat government. Because of the weeders‟ reputation for left-wing support, it was convenient for the Italian left to portray Margotti as a weeder. However, my ongoing research shows that Margotti was not, in fact, a contracted rice weeder, but worked at the local brickyard. After Margotti‟s death, the ANPI, the National Association of Italian Partisans for exresistance members, offered to care for her children. Her daughters subsequently received intense media exposure, and she continues to be used as a martyr for left-wing causes. The rice weeders‟ activism and agitation was remarkable. Yet, my research has revealed that over time their memory has been in turn silenced, sexualised, or – as Margotti‟s case shows – used for political ends.

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VIENTIANE, March 7 (Xinhua) -- The agriculture, forestry and rural development of Laos will strive to expand at a sustainable level of 2.8 percent in 2018, accounting for 15.73 percent of GDP, state-run daily Vientiane Times reported on Wednesday. To attain this target, the Lao government, especially the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, will continue to implement projects of national priority such as commercial production and food security. Agriculture and forestry experts from around the country are currently meeting with government officials, provincial deputy governors and development partners here to review achievements in the sector, and to discuss plans for development in 2018. To fulfill the ministry's four major plans concerning food security, commercial agriculture promotion, forestry and forest resource management, and rural development for poverty reduction, more cooperation and assistance is needed to implement essential measures and policies, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Lien Thikeo told the meeting.


"This especially applies to trade promotion policy, electricity generation policy and loan interest rates," the daily quoted him as saying at the meeting. With regard to food security, the Lao government has allocated rice, vegetables and oranges, along with pork, fish and beef, as the main products to be prioritized. The ministry is targeting a yield of 4.2 million tons of rice, along with 199,800 tons of meat, 179,000 tons of fish, and 34,450 tons of eggs this year. Other commercial crops for domestic sale and export include 137,500 tons of coffee, 1.2 million tons of sweetcorn and 2.4 million tons of cassava. The agriculture, forestry and rural development sector expanded slowly in 2017 due to extreme weather, damage to irrigation systems, and locust outbreaks, the daily quoted Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Phouangparisak Pravongviengkham as saying. "Last year, about 30,000 hectares or 130,000 tons of rice were destroyed by flooding and locust outbreaks in 330 villages across 24 districts of five northern provinces," he said. But production methods are changing from traditional techniques to new ways of farming and farmers are growing a wider variety of crops that are clean and sustainable, Phouangparisak said. Using machinery and new technology in rice growing has reduced the cost of production from 2,300-2,500 kip (0.28 to 0.3 U.S. dollar) per kg for paddy rice to 1,400-1,900 kip (0.17 to 0.23 U.S. dollar) per kg, according to a demonstration project. Although Laos was unable to reach its production targets last year, there was still surplus rice for consumption and export, and the government will promote other crops to ensure food security and more income for farmers, Phouangparisak added.


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Bayer AG, the German multinational pharmaceutical and life sciences company, announced it has signed a deal with the International Rice Research Institute to develop and promote an


efficient and sustainable method for producing rice — one that would allow farmers to earn more. The initiative, called the Direct Seeded Rice Consortium (DSRC), is developing a comprehensive, science-based, agronomic package adapted for direct seeded rice production in Asia, making direct seeded rice accessible and widely available to rice farmers, thereby enhancing the economic and ecological sustainability of rice production in Asia. DSR has emerged as an efficient and economically viable alternative to traditional rice farming methods as it saves scarce and expensive resources such as labor and water and reduces GHG emissions. Recently, DSR has been widely practiced in many Asian countries such as Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, and the Philippines. Many other countries including South Asia are going through this transition from manual transplanting to mechanized DSR. In future, with labor and water becoming increasingly scarce and expensive; alternative rice establishment methods which are labor and water efficient, such as DSR, will be the preferred method of rice cultivation. Under the agreement, Bayer will provide access to Bayer-owned genetic materials (hybrids), seed and drone technologies, as well as in-kind activities for DSRC research and testing.

Other agriculture initiatives Also providing economic stability for farmers is a new agriculture certification structure, Regenerative Organic Certified (ROC). As Environmental Leader reported just yesterday, the new structure will help ensure soil health and ecological land management, model pasture-based animal welfare, create resilient regional ecosystems and communities, and provide economic stability for farmers and ranchers, the founding coalition hopes. ROC is being launched later this year by the Regenerative Organic Alliance, a coalition of organizations and businesses including Patagonia, Horizon Organic, Dr. Bronner‘s, Rodale Institute, Grain Place Foods, White Oak Pastures, and more. It was created to ―model an ecological and ethical system for agricultural production that addresses the problems of factory farming, climate change, and economic injustice, locally and globally,‖ the alliance states. Certification will also, over time, increase carbon capture in soil. Only products that are certified under the USDA organic program are eligible to meet the ROC criteria.

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He said this is "misleading" as it gave the impression of a rice shortage, causing prices of affordable and commercial rice to go up. Roque said the limited supply of government-subsidized rice would only be considered a shortage if the NFA is the only rice supplier in the country, which is not the case. "There was an acknowledgment that statements made by the NFA Administrator caused panic, which probably caused prices to rise. There was some disagreement on the figures presented yesterday by the NFA Council. But ultimately, it was agreed that there is no rice shortage because the figure of 'only 1.5 days worth of supply of rice' was misleading," he said on Tuesday. Aquino was not in the Cabinet meeting, but Roque said the NFA Chief was asked to attend a two-hour cluster Cabinet meeting on rice in April. The NFA Administrator also received a tongue-lashing from Senator Cynthia Villar during the Senate probe on the rice situation on February 27. Villar confronted Aquino for sowing panic and confusion when the agency announced a shortage of affordable rice. CNN Philippines Senior Correspondent Ina Andolong contributed to this report.           

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SunRice has announced an increase to the lower end of the price range for base grade medium grain (Reiziq) by $15 per tonne for the 2017 crop. This is the crop that will, in fact, be marketed in the 2018 year. The estimated range for base grade medium grain (Reiziq) is now $350 - $365/t, from the previous guidance of $335 - $365/t. In an update to growers, SunRice chairman, Laurie Arthur said the positive $15/t adjustment was made possible by a combination of factors, including continuing positive trading conditions. He said the company was increasingly confident of achieving its full year projections as the end of the financial year on 30 April 2018. Mr Arthur said SunRice‘s ability to take advantage of the recovery in world markets and prices since the challenging conditions had prevailed at the start of the year. ―The ongoing power of SunRice‘s branded positions in markets has not only provided the company with resilience to minimise the impacts of cyclical downturns, but has also allowed the expansion of the brand premium when the markets recover,‖ he said. ―We are delighted to announce this increase, which contributes to an overall $50/t uplift on the initial estimated range of $300 - $320/t for medium grain (Reiziq), announced in August 2017. ―We are very pleased to be in a position to support our growers in this way, particularly as the 2018 crop harvest gets underway. This is a wonderful result and one that demonstrates SunRice‘s ability to generate the best possible returns for Australian rice growers. ―We are hopeful that with a continuation of the positive movements in global markets that this trend may continue,‖ he said. However, any softening in markets and a further strengthening of the Australia dollar was anticipated to naturally influence the final pool result. The positive $15/t adjustment was paid to growers as part of the scheduled third C17 Pool Payment on Tuesday 27 February 2018. https://www.therural.com.au/story/5269779/rice-market-outlook-is-bright/

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Awka — Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano has said that the state's rice production is set to hit 600,000 metric tons of rice this year. The governor said the new target follows the introduction of new irrigation technology in rice production in the eight local government areas of the state, where the crop was grown in large quantity.


He said it is confident that from its current yield of 345,000 metric tons, it would hit 600,000 metric tons this year. The governor, who spoke during the inspection of the multi- million naira Center Pivot Irrigation System at Egwe Agwa Ogbakuba in Ogbaru local government area, said the state would by the production of that quantity of rice, become a net exporter of the product once the target was met. He said this is because by such quantity, the state would be producing more than required for local consumption, hence the need to export the excesses. According to the governor, the installation of the new irrigation system in four locations in the state was to ensure all year round rice production, with the attendant multiplier effect of empowering of about 2,500 farmers in the state. Furthermore, the governor said that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had agreed to provide funds to Anambra State government to buy off all the paddy rice produced in the state, while millers would buy all the paddy rice from government, adding that by so doing, the issue of unsold rice produced by the farmers would not arise. He also said that the state government would support the training of young farmers to update their knowledge in modern agriculture and commended the people of the state for keying into the state government's agricultural policy. Nigeria Despite Buhari's Presence, Gunmen Attack Plateau Community Less than 24 hours after the official launch of a five year road map for peace strategy in Plateau State by President… Read more »

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Prices Open- March 06, 2018 Reuters Staff 7 MIN READ

  Nagpur Foodgrain Prices – APMC/Open Market-March 6, 2018 Nagpur, Mar 6 (Reuters) – Gram prices firmed up again in Nagpur Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) on increased buying support from local millers amid tight supply from producing belts. Notable hike on NCDEX, upward trend in Madhya Pradesh gram prices and repeated enquiries from South-based millers also jacked up prices. About 1,100 bags of gram reported for auction in Nagpur APMC, according to sources. FOODGRAINS & PULSES GRAM


* Desi gram raw showed upward tendency in open market here on good buying support from local traders. TUAR * Tuar varieties ruled steady in open market here on lack of demand from local traders amid ample stock in ready position. * Lakhodi dal reported higher in open market here on good demand from local traders. * In Akola, Tuar New – 3,900-4,100, Tuar dal (clean) – 6,300-6,500, Udid Mogar (clean) – 7,200-8,000, Moong Mogar (clean) 7,000-7,400, Gram – 3,700-3,900, Gram Super best – 5,400-5,800 * Wheat, rice and other foodgrain items moved in a narrow range in scattered deals and settled at last levels in weak trading activity. Nagpur foodgrains APMC auction/open-market prices in rupees for 100 kg FOODGRAINS Gram Auction Gram Pink Auction Tuar Auction Moong Auction Udid Auction Masoor Auction

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3,200-3,600

3,100-3,500

n.a. n.a. n.a.

Gram Dal Medium

3,900-4,200 4,300-4,500

n.a.

2,600-2,800 1,700-1,758

Gram Super Best Bold Gram Medium Best

3,600-4,100

n.a.

Wheat Mill quality Auction Gram Super Best

2,100-2,600

5,500-6,000 n.a.

Gram Mill Quality

3,900-4,000

Desi gram Raw

3,850-3,950

Gram Kabuli

12,500-13,100

5,500-6,000

n.a.

5,200-5,400 n.a.

1,700-1,760

5,200-5,400 n.a 3,900-4,050 3,800-3,900 12,500-13,100


Tuar Fataka Best-New

6,600-6,800

6,600-6,800

Tuar Fataka Medium-New

6,200-6,400

6,200-6,400

Tuar Dal Best Phod-New

6,000-6,200

6,000-6,200

Tuar Dal Medium phod-New

5,600-5,900

Tuar Gavarani New

5,600-5,900

4,350-4,450

4,350-4,450

Tuar Karnataka

4,550-4,750

4,550-4,750

Masoor dal best

4,800-5,000

4,800-5,000

Masoor dal medium Masoor

4,500-4,700 n.a.

n.a.

Moong Mogar bold (New)

7,500-8,000

Moong Mogar Medium

6,500-7,000

Moong dal Chilka

4,500-4,700 7,500-8,000 6,500-7,000

5,700-6,700

Moong Mill quality Moong Chamki best

n.a.

5,700-6,700 n.a.

7,500-8,000

7,500-8,000

Udid Mogar best (100 INR/KG) (New) 7,800-8,500

7,800-8,500

Udid Mogar Medium (100 INR/KG)

5,900-6,500

5,900-6,500

Udid Dal Black (100 INR/KG)

5,900-6,100

Batri dal (100 INR/KG)

4,800-5,300

Lakhodi dal (100 INR/kg)

2,650-2,750

Watana Dal (100 INR/KG)

3,400-3,500

Watana Green Best (100 INR/KG)

4,200-4,300

Wheat 308 (100 INR/KG)

2,000-2,100

Wheat Mill quality (100 INR/KG)

1,850-1,950

Wheat Filter (100 INR/KG)

2,150-2,350

Wheat Lokwan best (100 INR/KG)

2,350-2,450

Wheat Lokwan medium (100 INR/KG) Lokwan Hath Binar (100 INR/KG) MP Sharbati Best (100 INR/KG) MP Sharbati Medium (100 INR/KG) Rice BPT best (100 INR/KG) Rice BPT medium (100 INR/KG)

2,100-2,200 n.a. 3,200-4,000 2,400-2,800 3,500-4,000 3,000-3,400

5,900-6,100 4,800-5,300 2,600-2,700 3,400-3,500 4,200-4,300 2,000-2,100 1,850-1,950 2,150-2,350 2,350-2,450 2,100-2,200 n.a. 3,200-4,000 2,400-2,800 3,500-4,000 3,000-3,400

Rice BPT new (100 INR/KG)

3,500-4,000

3,500-4,000

Rice Luchai (100 INR/KG)

2,500-2,700

2,500-2,700

Rice Swarna best (100 INR/KG) Rice Swarna medium (100 INR/KG)

2,600-2,800 2,400-2,500

2,600-2,800 2,400-2,500

Rice Swarna new (100 INR/KG)

2,400-2,500

2,400-2,500

Rice HMT best (100 INR/KG)

4,200-4,800

4,200-4,800

Rice HMT medium (100 INR/KG) Rice HMT new (100 INR/KG)

3,600-4,200 4,200-4,600

3,600-4,200 4,200-4,600


Rice Shriram best(100 INR/KG)

4,900-5,500

4,900-5,500

Rice Shriram med (100 INR/KG)

4,600-4,800

4,600-4,800

Rice Shriram new (100 INR/KG)

5,000-5,500

5,000-5,500

Rice Basmati best (100 INR/KG) Rice Basmati Medium (100 INR/KG) Rice Chinnor best 100 INR/KG) Rice Chinnor medium (100 INR/KG) Rice Chinnor new (100 INR/KG) Jowar Gavarani (100 INR/KG) Jowar CH-5 (100 INR/KG)

9,500-14,000 5,000-7,500 6,100-6,500 5,500-5,900 6,000-6,200 2,000-2,200 1,800-2,000

9,500-13,500 5,000-7,500 6,100-6,500 5,500-5,900 6,000-6,200 2,000-2,100 1,700-2,000

WEATHER (NAGPUR) Maximum temp. 36.6 degree Celsius, minimum temp. 20.0 degree Celsius Rainfall : Nil FORECAST: Mainly clear sky. Maximum and minimum temperature would be around and 37 and 20 degree Celsius respectively. Note: n.a.--not available (For oils, transport costs are excluded from plant delivery prices, but included in market prices

https://in.reuters.com/article/nagpur-foodgrain/nagpur-foodgrain-prices-open-march-06-2018idINL4N1QO3CB March 6, 2018 11:00 am JST

Duterte's rice policy keeps the poor waiting for price relief Philippines still caps private imports and self-sufficiency remains elusive: FTCR


A worker carries a sack of imported rice inside a government warehouse south of Manila. The lack of subsidized rice is forcing low-income households to buy rice commercially. Š Reuters

Prices of basic goods and commodities are rising fast in the Philippines, and a dwindling government supply of rice -- the country's main staple and a politically important commodity -- is a prime reason.


Inflation surged to 4% in January, the highest in 39 months and the top end of the central bank's 2-4% target for this year. Aside from a weakening peso and higher fuel prices, inflation was driven by the low supply of government rice which is sold at subsidized rates to poor Filipinos. The lack of subsidized rice forced low-income households to buy rice commercially, driving prices up. President Rodrigo Duterte has since approved additional rice imports to replenish government stocks and tackle inflation, but the short-term measure does not solve a longstanding problem. Although the Philippines has consistently failed to grow enough rice to feed its people, its laws continue to restrict rice imports (see chart), the bulk of which are carried out by the government for sale at subsidized prices.

Private import caps are set annually. This sometimes creates supply constraints that push rice prices up (see chart). The lossmaking practice has burdened the state National Food Authority with debts estimated at 152.6bn pesos ($2.91bn).

Supporting a policy that hurts the poor


Mr. Duterte's economic officials have been pushing to replace import caps with a tariff system -- with the revenues then invested in local farms -- implying an end to the administration's target of self sufficiency by 2019. However, the agriculture minister decided to stick to the original plan, and Mr. Duterte extended the existing private import limits until 2020. Tariffs are still being considered, and will replace import limits if new laws are passed. However, the squabble within Mr. Duterte's cabinet makes it unlikely that protectionist rice policies will be shelved during his presidency. More importantly, Mr. Duterte is inclined to keep the system in place because it has strong support from farmer interest groups, who do not want foreign competition. The import caps that farmer interest groups support keep prices high, and are therefore detrimental to farm workers and tenant farmers, who are often net rice consumers, and tend to be poor (see chart).

Impractical policy The Duterte administration's rice self-sufficiency policy is incompatible with its goal to bring down the poverty level from more than 21 per cent in 2015 to 14 per cent by 2022. The poorest Filipinos spend more than 30% of their food budget on rice, so when prices go up due to limited supply the poor are the ones who suffer. Regular natural disasters also make the policy impractical because it is difficult to forecast rice production and imports. The government of Benigno Aquino III in 2013 almost met its rice self-sufficiency target but in the end failed after Typhoon Haiyan hit the country, and rice imports rose more than fivefold from 2013 to


2015 after drought caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon damaged local crops and prompted more shipments (see chart).

https://asia.nikkei.com/Features/FTConfidential-Research/Duterte-s-rice-policykeeps-the-poor-waiting-for-price-relief Duterte gags NFA admin on rice issue Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News Posted at Mar 06 2018 03:45 PM     

Save Facebook Twitter GPlus LinkedIn MANILA - Acknowledging that the National Food Authority‘s (NFA) statements on the rice supply in the country ―caused panic‖ among consumers, Malacañang said Tuesday President Rodrigo Duterte has tasked the interagency NFA Council to be the only one to speak on the matter. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the NFA‘s earlier announcement that its buffer stock was only good for 2 days, way below the 15-day requirement at any given time, triggered price hikes even if the NFA‘s stock only represented a ―minority‖ of the country‘s overall rice supply. 

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―The President said that henceforth all information on the country‘s rice supply must emanate from the NFA Council,‖ Roque said in a news conference, referring to the inter-agency body led by Secretary to the Cabinet Jun Evasco.


―There was an acknowledgment that statements made by the NFA administrator caused panic, which probably caused prices to rise.‖ Senators Cynthia Villar and Grace Poe have urged NFA administrator Jason Aquino to resign for supposedly mismanaging the affairs in the agency. Poe earlier noted that a Senate hearing on the reported shortage of NFA rice found that Aquino removed port officers tasked to prevent smuggling attempts of the staple. 

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Villar, on the other hand, said the NFA failed in its mandate to buy "palay" or unmilled rice from farmers at P17 per kilogram and sell milled rice to consumers at around P27 to P32. The agency worsened the situation when they announced their failure, triggering panic among the public about a perceived rice shortage, Villar said. 

Villar to NFA's Aquino: Resign if you can't do the job

Roque said Duterte has ordered a cabinet cluster meeting, to be attended also by Aquino, be held on the matter. http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/03/06/18/duterte-gags-nfa-admin-on-rice-issue

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By Genalyn Kabiling The National Food Authority (NFA) Council is now the sole authority to speak about the country‘s rice supply situation for clarity, Malacañang announced Tuesday.


The decision was reached during a Cabinet meeting convened by President Duterte last Monday following the confusion caused by NFA Administrator Jason Aquino‘s pronouncement on the agency‘s purported dwindling rice supply.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. (YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

―There was an acknowledgement that statements made by the NFA administrator caused panic, which probably caused prices to rise,‖ Roque said during a Palace news conference. ―That was discussed rather extensively and that was why the President said that henceforth all information on the country‘s rice supply must emanate from the NFA Council,‖ he added. In the Cabinet meeting, Roque said the NFA Council chaired by Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. has assured that there is ―absolutely no shortage of rice‖ in the country. He said the previous claim that the country‘s buffer stock stood at 1.5 days was ―misleading‖ and ―absolutely untrue.‖


―The 1.5 day stockpile is if we did not have any other source of rice …Meaning, if we only had NFA in our possession, we would only have 1.5 days worth of supply,‖ he said. ―But the reality of course, is that NFA constitutes a minority of our rice supply, bulk of our rice supply consists of commercial rise and that henceforth, it will be the NFA Council that shall speak on the current rice situation,‖ he added. He said Aquino was not present in Monday‘s Cabinet meeting but would be asked to attend the next cluster assembly. ―The President instructed that there be a cluster Cabinet meeting for about two hours in the next Cabinet meeting next month and Mr. Jason Aquino (was told) to (attend) that meeting,‖ he said. Earlier, Malacañang cautioned NFA officials to perform their job or risk facing dismissal by the President following reports on the agency‘s low buffer stock. Tags: buffer stock, Jason Aquino, Manila Bulletin, NFA Council, rice supply

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TEMPO.CO, Boyolali - Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita guarantees there is enough rice stock until Eid el Fitr, which falls in June. According to Enggartiasto, the current stock of rice—including those that will be imported—is enough to meet the demand of the people. The minister also said that rice farmers will be harvesting soon, and hopes that it would help curb rice prices in markets. Read: Minister of Trade Inspects Rice Stock at Bulog


"After a grand harvest, rice prices will surely go back to normal," he said when visiting Giriroto Village in Boyolali Regency, Tuesday, March 6. Enggartiasto is in Boyolali to inaugurate pilot project of Hypermart Partnership Network with traditional stalls. To maintain the stability of rice prices in rural areas, Enggartiasto said his ministry will provide sufficient supply to each market. Therefore, Enggartiasto has asked the Logistics Agency (Bulog) to ensure there is enough supply of medium-quality rice. "With adequate supply, we hope that rice prices will not burden the people, especially during Ramadan," said Enggartiasto.

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HCM City (VNA) - The Vietnam Food Association (VFA) was urged to work with other units to continue shifting rice production towards higher output of high-quality rice and applying technological advances in production and processing to maximize the value of rice.

The call was made at the associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s eighth congress in Ho Chi Minh City on March 6 during which participants elected Nguyen Ngoc Nam, Acting Director General of Vinafood 2, as VFA President in the 2018-2023 tenure, to replace Huynh The Nang, who retired. In the new tenure, the association has set to increase its membership in order to coordinate actions to counter price squeeze and dumping and unhealthy competition.


VFA will work closely with other State agencies and authorities of localities to accelerate productive production and business. Tran Thanh Nam, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development asked the association to work with the ministryâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s units and localities in screening the planning of rice growing areas to adjust production scale and output to fit the demand for local consumption and export. The association should boost production connectivity and develop cooperatives so as to proactively prepare supplies of quality rice for export to specific markets, he said. Duong Phuong Thao, deputy head of the Import-Export Department of the Ministry of Industry and Trade reminded VFA members to take into account changes in importexport policies being implemented by major markets. Vietnam may export 6.5 million tonnes of rice in 2018, with high-quality rice accounting for a large proportion of total rice export volume and normal rice making up less than 20 percent. The country sold 861,000 tonnes of rice abroad in the first two months of this year, earning 419 million USD, up 17 percent in volume and 34 percent in value compared with the same period last year. The Philippines was the biggest importer of Vietnamese rice, accounting for 26.9 percent of the market share. It was followed by China, with 23.5 percent. In 2017, Vietnam earned 2.6 billion USD from the shipment of 5.8 million tonnes of rice abroad.-VNA RELATED NEWS ASEAN


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New Delhi, Mar 6 () Rice basmati prices firmed up by Rs 100 per quintal at the wholesale grains market today due to pick up in demand from retailers. Wheat also strengthened on increased offtake by flour mills against fall in arrivals from producing belts. Traders said pick up in demand from retailers mainly led to rise in rice basmati prices. In the national capital, rice basmati common and Pusa-1121 variety moved up by Rs 100 each to Rs 7,700-7,800 and Rs 6,700-6,800 per quintal, respectively. Wheat dara (for mills) also advanced by Rs 10 to Rs 1,800-1,805 per quintal. Atta chakki delivery followed suit and edged up by a similar margin to Rs 1,810-1,815 per 90 kg. Following are today's quotations (in Rs per quintal): Wheat MP (desi) Rs 2,080-2,280, Wheat dara (for mills) Rs 1,800-1,805 Chakki atta (delivery) Rs 1,810-1,815, Atta Rajdhani (10 kg) Rs 260-300, Shakti Bhog (10 kg) Rs


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File Photo The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the present administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s agricultural revolution is not a mere propaganda but a reality, with enough evidence to back it up. The Minister stated this at a banquet held in his honour in Birnin Kebbi by the Kebbi State Government. The Minister, who was in Kebbi State on a tour of rice farms and other agricultural activities, said the fact that Nigeria has been able to cut down on rice importation from 644,000 metric tonnes to about 22,000 metric tonnes within two years is a clear demonstration that the agricultural revolution is working.


―We brought the media here today to let the world know that when we talk about agricultural revolution, it‘s not about propaganda, it‘s about reality, it‘s about saying that Mr President‘s vision that agriculture is the only way out is absolutely correct. ―The fact that the state today has grown from a meagre 2.5 metric tonnes of rice per hectare to as much as 10 or 11 metric tonnes from one hectare, I think it speaks louder than any propaganda you can think of,‖ he said. Alhaji Mohammed challenged the media to investigate and understand how the Anchor Borrowers‘ Programme of the Federal Government is actually supporting farmers to increase their yields. He said from the support of about N200,000 given to farmers per hectare of rice in form of inputs, improved seedling, water-pumps and extension services, they have been able to realise between N800,000 and N1.2 million as return on investment. ―This is not just about revolution, it‘s about poverty reduction, it‘s about inclusiveness in governance,‖ the Minister said. Alhaji Mohammed said with less than N100 billion spent on the Anchor Borrowers‘ Programme across the country so far, Nigeria is on the verge of exiting rice importation, with the establishment of more rice mills in the country and the closure of 7 rice mills in Thailand. ―We need to invest more in agriculture because the returns are very fast and are appreciable not just in terms of food sufficiency but also in terms of job creation and poverty reduction,‖ he said. In his remarks, the Kebbi State Governor, Senator Atiku Abubakar Bagudu, said the state is succeeding in the agricultural revolution because it has keyed into the vision of President Buhari. ―What we are celebrating in Kebbi is as a result of the campaign promises of the All Progressives Congress to provide security, to provide economic opportunities for all, to fight corruption and all of


these have been achieved quite significantly in Kebbi State, with the support and leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari and his very able and capable Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo,‖ he said. The Governor recalled that the President launched the Anchor Borrowers‘ Programme in Kebbi State and that, so far, N54 billion has been disbursed to 270,000 farmers in 31 states across the country. He said the investment has triggered an unprecedented growth in agriculture, which is partly responsible for the country‘s exit from recession. Get more stories like this on Twitter & Facebook

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https://www.today.ng/business/economy/9379 2/lai-mohammed-rice-importation-drops644000-22000-2-years Rice Prices as on : 06-03-2018 11:36:16 AM Arrivals in tonnes;prices in Rs/quintal in domestic market. Arrivals Current

Price % change

Season cumulative

Modal

Prev. Modal

Prev.Yr %change

Rice Bindki(UP)

900.00

-10

15008.00

2240

2220

-

Bahraich(UP)

187.50

11.28

1803.70

2200

2200

-0.45

English Bazar(WB)

122.00

-0.81

1104.10

3600

3550

5.88

Akbarpur(UP)

85.00

NC

2281.50

2200

2200

1.38

Devariya(UP)

35.00

-12.5

1157.50

2150

2145

-0.92


Khalilabad(UP)

30.00

-40

685.00

2135

2140

-

Jayas(UP)

27.00

-40

701.50

2050

2040

1.74

Robertsganj(UP)

16.00

128.57

204.00

2210

2200

-

Deogarh(Ori)

9.50

NC

159.00

2500

2500

NC

Sehjanwa(UP)

8.50

-66

308.00

2000

2000

-

Mirzapur(UP)

6.50

-40.91

196.50

2135

2125

-

Unnao(UP)

6.00

NC

105.10

1950

2050

-4.88

Silapathar(ASM)

5.50

-

5.50

2600

-

-13.33

Chhibramau(Kannuj)(UP)

5.00

NC

145.50

2250

2250

0.45

Dibrugarh(ASM)

3.60

-47.06

243.30

2400

2400

6.67

Bonai(Bonai)(Ori)

2.50

150

46.40

2800

2800

12.00

Jahangirabad(UP)

2.50

-16.67

54.00

2590

2580

13.35

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Nagpur Foodgrain Prices – APMC/Open Market-March 6, 2018 Nagpur, Mar 6 (Reuters) – Gram prices firmed up again in Nagpur Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) on increased buying support from local millers amid tight supply from producing belts. Notable hike on NCDEX, upward trend in Madhya Pradesh gram prices and repeated enquiries from South-based millers also jacked up prices. About 1,100 bags of gram reported for auction in Nagpur APMC, according to sources. FOODGRAINS & PULSES GRAM * Desi gram raw showed upward tendency in open market here on good buying support from local traders. TUAR * Tuar varieties ruled steady in open market here on lack of demand from local traders amid ample stock in ready position. * Lakhodi dal reported higher in open market here on good demand from local traders. * In Akola, Tuar New – 3,900-4,100, Tuar dal (clean) – 6,300-6,500, Udid Mogar (clean) – 7,200-8,000, Moong Mogar (clean) 7,000-7,400, Gram – 3,700-3,900, Gram Super best – 5,400-5,800 * Wheat, rice and other foodgrain items moved in a narrow range in


scattered deals and settled at last levels in weak trading activity. Nagpur foodgrains APMC auction/open-market prices in rupees for 100 kg FOODGRAINS

Available prices

Previous close

3,200-3,600

3,100-3,500

Gram Auction Gram Pink Auction

n.a.

Tuar Auction

2,100-2,600

n.a.

Moong Auction

3,600-4,100

n.a.

Udid Auction

3,900-4,200

n.a.

Masoor Auction

4,300-4,500

n.a.

Wheat Mill quality Auction

2,600-2,800 1,700-1,758

Gram Super Best Bold

1,700-1,760

5,500-6,000

Gram Super Best

n.a.

Gram Medium Best

5,500-6,000

n.a.

5,200-5,400

Gram Dal Medium

n.a.

n.a

Gram Mill Quality

3,900-4,000

Desi gram Raw

3,850-3,950

Gram Kabuli

5,200-5,400 3,900-4,050 3,800-3,900

12,500-13,100

Tuar Fataka Best-New

12,500-13,100

6,600-6,800

6,600-6,800

Tuar Fataka Medium-New

6,200-6,400

6,200-6,400

Tuar Dal Best Phod-New

6,000-6,200

6,000-6,200

Tuar Dal Medium phod-New

5,600-5,900

Tuar Gavarani New

5,600-5,900

4,350-4,450

4,350-4,450

Tuar Karnataka

4,550-4,750

4,550-4,750

Masoor dal best

4,800-5,000

4,800-5,000

Masoor dal medium Masoor

4,500-4,700 n.a.

n.a.

Moong Mogar bold (New)

7,500-8,000

Moong Mogar Medium

6,500-7,000

Moong dal Chilka

7,500-8,000 6,500-7,000

5,700-6,700

Moong Mill quality Moong Chamki best

4,500-4,700

n.a.

5,700-6,700 n.a.

7,500-8,000

7,500-8,000

Udid Mogar best (100 INR/KG) (New) 7,800-8,500

7,800-8,500

Udid Mogar Medium (100 INR/KG)

5,900-6,500

Udid Dal Black (100 INR/KG) Batri dal (100 INR/KG) Lakhodi dal (100 INR/kg) Watana Dal (100 INR/KG)

5,900-6,500 5,900-6,100 4,800-5,300 2,650-2,750 3,400-3,500

5,900-6,100 4,800-5,300 2,600-2,700 3,400-3,500


Watana Green Best (100 INR/KG) Wheat 308 (100 INR/KG)

4,200-4,300

2,000-2,100

Wheat Mill quality (100 INR/KG)

1,850-1,950

Wheat Filter (100 INR/KG)

2,150-2,350

Wheat Lokwan best (100 INR/KG)

2,350-2,450

Wheat Lokwan medium (100 INR/KG) Lokwan Hath Binar (100 INR/KG) MP Sharbati Best (100 INR/KG) MP Sharbati Medium (100 INR/KG) Rice BPT best (100 INR/KG) Rice BPT medium (100 INR/KG)

4,200-4,300 2,000-2,100 1,850-1,950 2,150-2,350 2,350-2,450

2,100-2,200 n.a. 3,200-4,000 2,400-2,800 3,500-4,000 3,000-3,400

2,100-2,200 n.a. 3,200-4,000 2,400-2,800 3,500-4,000 3,000-3,400

Rice BPT new (100 INR/KG)

3,500-4,000

3,500-4,000

Rice Luchai (100 INR/KG)

2,500-2,700

2,500-2,700

Rice Swarna best (100 INR/KG) Rice Swarna medium (100 INR/KG)

2,600-2,800 2,400-2,500

2,600-2,800 2,400-2,500

Rice Swarna new (100 INR/KG)

2,400-2,500

2,400-2,500

Rice HMT best (100 INR/KG)

4,200-4,800

4,200-4,800

Rice HMT medium (100 INR/KG) Rice HMT new (100 INR/KG) Rice Shriram best(100 INR/KG)

3,600-4,200 4,200-4,600 4,900-5,500

3,600-4,200 4,200-4,600 4,900-5,500

Rice Shriram med (100 INR/KG)

4,600-4,800

4,600-4,800

Rice Shriram new (100 INR/KG)

5,000-5,500

5,000-5,500

Rice Basmati best (100 INR/KG) Rice Basmati Medium (100 INR/KG) Rice Chinnor best 100 INR/KG) Rice Chinnor medium (100 INR/KG) Rice Chinnor new (100 INR/KG) Jowar Gavarani (100 INR/KG) Jowar CH-5 (100 INR/KG)

9,500-14,000 5,000-7,500 6,100-6,500 5,500-5,900 6,000-6,200 2,000-2,200 1,800-2,000

9,500-13,500 5,000-7,500 6,100-6,500 5,500-5,900 6,000-6,200 2,000-2,100 1,700-2,000

WEATHER (NAGPUR) Maximum temp. 36.6 degree Celsius, minimum temp. 20.0 degree Celsius Rainfall : Nil FORECAST: Mainly clear sky. Maximum and minimum temperature would be around and 37 and 20 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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Thai jasmine rice harvest set for first decline in a decade Prices of premium agricultural export surge, helped by strong baht APORNRATH PHOONPHONGPHIPHAT, Nikkei staff writer


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BANGKOK -- Thailand's production of premium rice has fallen this year for the first time since the country began growing the crop more extensively a decade ago in an effort to shift agriculture to more value-added export products.


Premium-grade white rice -- a long-grain, fragrant variety called hom mali, or jasmine rice -- is normally sold to upscale restaurants in China, Singapore, and Hong Kong, as well as some Thai restaurants in Europe. The drop is due to both unfavorable weather and a U-turn in government policy. It will have an impact on overall rice exports for 2018 at a time when these are already challenged by the baht's strength against the dollar. Total output of premium Thai rice is expected to fall by 40% to around 4 million tons from 6.1 million tons (in paddy base) in 2017, according to the Thai Rice Exporters Association. The association normally makes a fairly precise projection of the annual output based on surveys of farmers and the rice industry each March. The reduced outlook has pushed up the price to $1,150 a ton this week, a more than 50% increase from $750 a ton last year. The initial target for this year was around 5 million tons. Farmers normally start sowing in May, near the time of the Royal Ploughing Ceremony in Bangkok at the start of the rainy season. Harvesting starts in October or November. Production of premium rice rose until 2016, when it reached 6.1 million tons, and remained little changed in 2017. The reduced output of premium rice and higher prices could result in a bigger overall drop in Thailand's rice exports this year. Jasmine rice accounts for 30% to 40% of total annual exports of between 8 million tons and 10 million tons, in milled base. Charoen Laothamatas, president of the Thai Rice Exporters Association, said Thailand faces "fierce competition" at a time when the strong baht has pushed


Thai offer prices to uncompetitive levels. Major competitors include India and Vietnam. Charoen blamed the reduced output on excessive rains during the harvesting period that reduced yields.

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Myanmar farmer ploughs the land with a machine plougher to grow rice at a field. Photo - EPA

Myanmar rice exports are forecast to hit 4 million tonnes by the 2020-21 fiscal year, according to estimates provided by the Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF) at the Myanmar Rice Federation Stakeholder Forum 2018 in Nay Pyi Taw Tuesday.


At those levels, revenues from the export of rice could reach $1.5 billion within the two –year period. Myanmar exported around 3 million tonnes of rice worth $900 million during the 11 months between April 2017 and February of the current 2017-18 fiscal year, according to the Ministry of Commerce. That‘s the highest level of rice exports for Myanmar in 70 years. The country is forecast to export around the same volume of rice in 2018-19, but expects to draw over $1 billion in revenues as local rice quality improves, according to the MRF. As production methods improve, the country is expected to export around 3.5 million tonnes of rice worth $1.2 billion in 2019-20. Myanmar produces 13 million -14 million tonnes of rice every year. Around 10 million tonnes is consumed locally. That‘s K5 trillion worth of local consumption during the 11 months to February 28 of the current fiscal year, according to the MRF. Myanmar rice is mainly exported to China, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, western Africa and parts of Europe.  o o o o o o

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LAHORE - The Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) has asked the government to declare the rice sector as an industry and provide it all incentives in line with other five zero rated export sectors. This was expressed by the speakers of at a dinner reception held in honour of Punjab Governor Rafique Rajwana organized by the rice exporters here at a local hotel. The reception was also addressed by the REAP chairman Samee Ullah Naeem, UBG chairman Iftikhar Malik, LCCI former president, REAP former chairman Shehzad Ali Malik, Pir Nazim Hussain and members of the Association.


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Nagpur Foodgrain Prices Open- March 07, 2018 Reuters Staff 7 MIN READ

  Nagpur Foodgrain Prices – APMC/Open Market-March 7, 2018 Nagpur, Mar 7 (Reuters) – Gram and tuar prices recovered in Nagpur Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) on good seasonal demand from local millers amid weak supply from producing regions. Upward trend on NCDEX, fresh rise in Madhya Pradesh pulses and reported demand from South-based millers also helped to push up prices. About 1,800 bags of gram and 700 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 reported higher in open market on good demand from local traders. * Wheat mill quality firmed up in open market here on increased buying support from local traders. * In Akola, Tuar New – 3,900-4,100, Tuar dal (clean) – 6,300-6,500, Udid Mogar (clean) – 7,200-8,000, Moong Mogar (clean) 7,000-7,400, Gram – 3,700-3,900, Gram Super best – 5,400-5,800 * Other varieties of wheat, rice and other foodgrain items moved in a narrow range in scattered deals and settled at last levels in weak trading activity. Nagpur foodgrains APMC auction/open-market prices in rupees for 100 kg FOODGRAINS Gram Auction Gram Pink Auction Tuar Auction Moong Auction Udid Auction Masoor Auction

Available prices 3,300-3,800 n.a.

Gram Dal Medium Gram Mill Quality

2,100-2,600 3,350-4,075

n.a.

3,900-4,200

n.a.

4,300-4,500

n.a.

2,600-2,800 1,680-1,752

Gram Super Best Bold Gram Medium Best

3,200-3,650

3,400-4,075

Wheat Mill quality Auction Gram Super Best

Previous close

5,500-6,000 n.a.

3,900-4,000

5,500-6,000

n.a.

5,200-5,400 n.a.

1,680-1,760

5,200-5,400 n.a 3,900-4,050


Desi gram Raw

3,850-3,950

Gram Kabuli

3,800-3,900

12,500-13,100

Tuar Fataka Best-New

12,500-13,100

6,600-6,800

6,600-6,800

Tuar Fataka Medium-New

6,200-6,400

6,200-6,400

Tuar Dal Best Phod-New

6,000-6,200

6,000-6,200

Tuar Dal Medium phod-New

5,600-5,900

Tuar Gavarani New

5,600-5,900

4,400-4,500

4,350-4,450

Tuar Karnataka

4,600-4,800

4,550-4,750

Masoor dal best

4,800-5,000

4,800-5,000

Masoor dal medium Masoor

4,500-4,700 n.a.

4,500-4,700

Moong Mogar bold (New)

n.a. 7,500-8,000

Moong Mogar Medium

7,500-8,000

6,500-7,000

Moong dal Chilka

5,700-6,700

Moong Mill quality Moong Chamki best

n.a.

6,500-7,000 5,700-6,700 n.a.

7,500-8,000

7,500-8,000

Udid Mogar best (100 INR/KG) (New) 7,800-8,500

7,800-8,500

Udid Mogar Medium (100 INR/KG)

5,900-6,500

5,900-6,500

Udid Dal Black (100 INR/KG) Batri dal (100 INR/KG)

5,900-6,100 4,800-5,300

Lakhodi dal (100 INR/kg)

5,900-6,100 4,800-5,300

2,650-2,750

Watana Dal (100 INR/KG)

2,600-2,700

3,400-3,500

Watana Green Best (100 INR/KG) Wheat 308 (100 INR/KG)

4,200-4,300

2,000-2,100

Wheat Mill quality (100 INR/KG)

2,150-2,350

Wheat Lokwan best (100 INR/KG)

2,350-2,450

Lokwan Hath Binar (100 INR/KG) MP Sharbati Best (100 INR/KG) MP Sharbati Medium (100 INR/KG) Rice BPT best (100 INR/KG) Rice BPT medium (100 INR/KG)

4,200-4,300 2,000-2,100

1,900-2,000

Wheat Filter (100 INR/KG) Wheat Lokwan medium (100 INR/KG)

3,400-3,500

1,850-1,950 2,150-2,350 2,350-2,450

2,100-2,200 n.a. 3,200-4,000 2,400-2,800 3,500-4,000 3,000-3,400

2,100-2,200 n.a. 3,200-4,000 2,400-2,800 3,500-4,000 3,000-3,400

Rice BPT new (100 INR/KG)

3,500-4,000

3,500-4,000

Rice Luchai (100 INR/KG)

2,500-2,700

2,500-2,700

Rice Swarna best (100 INR/KG) Rice Swarna medium (100 INR/KG)

2,600-2,800 2,400-2,500

2,600-2,800 2,400-2,500

Rice Swarna new (100 INR/KG)

2,400-2,500

2,400-2,500

Rice HMT best (100 INR/KG)

4,200-4,800

4,200-4,800


Rice HMT medium (100 INR/KG) Rice HMT new (100 INR/KG) Rice Shriram best(100 INR/KG)

3,600-4,200 4,200-4,600 4,900-5,500

3,600-4,200 4,200-4,600 4,900-5,500

Rice Shriram med (100 INR/KG)

4,600-4,800

4,600-4,800

Rice Shriram new (100 INR/KG)

5,000-5,500

5,000-5,500

Rice Basmati best (100 INR/KG) Rice Basmati Medium (100 INR/KG) Rice Chinnor best 100 INR/KG) Rice Chinnor medium (100 INR/KG) Rice Chinnor new (100 INR/KG) Jowar Gavarani (100 INR/KG) Jowar CH-5 (100 INR/KG)

9,500-14,000 5,000-7,500 6,100-6,500 5,500-5,900 6,000-6,200 2,000-2,200 1,800-2,000

9,500-13,500 5,000-7,500 6,100-6,500 5,500-5,900 6,000-6,200 2,000-2,100 1,700-2,000

WEATHER (NAGPUR) Maximum temp. 35.4 degree Celsius, minimum temp. 17.2 degree Celsius Rainfall : Nil FORECAST: Mainly clear sky. Maximum and minimum temperature would be around and 35 and 17 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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India rice rates up on steady demand; stronger baht props up Thai rates Arpan Varghese 3 MIN READ

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BENGALURU (Reuters) - Rice prices rose in top exporter India this week on healthy demand amid lower supplies, while gains in the local currency


and prospects of a deal with the Philippines pushed up rates for the staple grain in Thailand. A woman spreads paddy crop for drying at a rice mill on the occasion of International Women's Day, on the outskirts of Agartala, March 8, 2018. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey/Files

India’s 5 percent broken parboiled rice prices rose by $3 per tonne to $422$426, the second straight week of gains. “Inquiries are rising from African countries. Asian buyers are also showing interest,” said an exporter based in Kakinada in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. Supplies are falling, forcing exporters to quote higher prices, said another exporter also based in Kakinada. India’s non basmati rice exports during April-December jumped 39.5 percent from a year ago as Bangladesh and Benin raised purchases. Meanwhile, demand for the grain from Bangladesh, which has emerged as a major rice importer since 2017 after floods damaged its crops, would stay strong for the next few months, given the high domestic rates, an official with the food ministry in Bangladesh said on Thursday. In Thailand, benchmark 5 percent broken rice rates climbed to $408-$410 per tonne, free on board (FOB) Bangkok, from $395-$400 last week, amid a stronger baht and hopes of a prospective deal with the Philippines. Speculation is rife that the Philippines will hold an auction later this month to import 250,000 tonnes and many Thai exporters are interested in this deal, a trader said.


“The fluctuation in prices at the moment depends on the currency exchange rate only because there’s no actual demand,” a Bangkok-based rice trader said. The baht was on track for its second straight week of gains. [EMRG/FRX] A stronger baht translates to higher export prices in U.S. dollars. “Many exporters have (also) been buying rice now because of low prices recently,” the trader added. Prices rose in Vietnam as well, with rates for its 5 percent broken variety gaining to $418-$425 a tonne from $410-$415 a week earlier as farmers pinned their hopes on new government-to-government deals, even though shipments out of the country were falling. “We are having difficulty clinching new deals with buyers, as Vietnamese prices are relatively higher now,” said a Ho Chi Minh City-based trader, adding buyers were seeking $405-$408. Vietnam exported 339,706 tonnes of rice in February, down 31 percent from January, but exports in the first two months 2018 rose 13.2 percent from a year earlier to 831,504 tonnes, customs data showed. The country could export 6.5 million tonnes of rice in 2018, the Vietnam News Agency reported on Sunday. Reporting by Rajendra Jadhav in Mumbai, Panu Wongcha-um in Bangkok, Ruma Paul in Dhaka and Khanh Vu in Hanoi; Editing by David Evans Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. SPONSORED


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Do Higher U.S. Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum Mean Less Rice Exports?

WASHINGTON DC – President Trump may follow through as early as today on last week’s announcement that he will impose import duties of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum (see USA Rice Daily, March 2, 2018). Threats of retaliation have raised fears in U.S. agriculture because farm exports are an easy target for foreign governments seeking to push back on U.S. import restrictions. The European Union quickly issued a retaliation list that targeted imports from the United States of steel, apparel, and agriculture goods, including U.S. rice. “The President is acting under authority of Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 which allows for import restrictions for national security reasons,” said USA Rice COO Bob Cummings. Members of Congress, private sector groups, and foreign governments have weighed in urging restraint and, if imposing tariffs is warranted, to selectively apply the duties to specific countries. The EU has threatened to challenge the higher import duties in the World Trade Organization. “This is a little-used provision of U.S. trade law and questions about the policy objectives of higher import duties, and how and on which countries they will be applied has raised tremendous uncertainty which is not helpful to U.S. rice producers and exporters,” said Cummings. The EU is a 55,000 metric ton market for U.S. exporters, valued at $42 million. “We have worked for a decade to rebuild the EU market following the Liberty Link incident and have seen renewed interest and demand for U.S. rice in recent years. U.S. rice exports to the EU are already constrained by a complex and discriminatory system of quotas and duties, and any increase in tariffs would set back our progress,” said Cummings. Prospective market access could also be at risk. The United States and China signed a phytosanitary agreement last year that brought a new market for U.S. milled rice closer than at any point after more than a decade of effort. Negotiations continue on implementation in a difficult overall trade relationship. “We are well aware of the challenges created by China’s domestic and


international trade policies,” said Michael Rue, California producer and chairman of the USA Rice Asia Trade Policy Subcommittee. “Our response should be tailored while we continue a focus on expanding U.S. exports in this market.” Analysis by the University of Arkansas shows a decline in U.S. rice production and exports of 1.3 percent and 3 percent, respectively, if countries retaliate on imports of U.S. rice. “While the estimates do not appear large, any drop in production and exports goes right to the bottom line of producers, millers, and exporters,” concluded Cummings.

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