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Rice Watch Production to come down, but prices may remain steady – Vishwanath Kulkarni

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he country’s rice output that touched a record high of 104.3 million tonnes (mt) last year could see a marginal dip this season ending June. This is on account of a shortfall in kharif acreage, as scanty rains during the early phase of monsoon hit plantings in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. However, crop prospects have

improved with the monsoon’s revival in August. The showers are seen aiding the standing crop that is in grain formation stage. Besides, they also led to expansion of acreage. Transplantation of paddy is still on in key eastern rice-growing States of Bihar, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal. CROP SIZE Various estimates peg the crop size in

the range of 98 to 102 mt. The rice trade estimates the crop to be around 100 mt, while the Food Ministry expects it to be at last year’s level. The recent pick-up in monsoon prompted the United States Department of Agriculture to raise its estimates to 98 mt from its earlier forecast of 94 mt in August. The Food and Agriculture Organisation expects the rice crop to

dian Basmati samples USFDA finds arsenic in In sue: Vijay Setia This is just a technical is

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he US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) has found arsenic content in about 30 samples of Indian basmati rice in its preliminary analysis. The regulator would issue advisory to consumers only after completing its entire study. However, exporters from India said that basmati rice was free from arsenic content as shipments are made only after complying with required tests. Arsenic is a chemical matter present in the environment from both natural and human sources. It is found in water, air, food and soil in organic and inorganic form. As of now, the USFDA has collected 200 samples of rice and rice products available in the American market from different countries including India. “The FDA is in the process

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of collecting and analysing a total of approximately 1,200 samples to examine the issue thoroughly. This data collection will be completed by the end of 2012. Once the data collection is completed, FDA will analyse these results and determine whether or not to issue additional recommendations,” the USFDA said in a release. Of 200 samples released, as many as 34 samples were from Indian origin basmati rice. Of that, 31 samples contained inorganic arsenic content in the range of 1.8 to 6.5 microgram per serving. When asked about the preliminary findings of the USFDA, All India Rice Exporters Association (AIREA)’s former President Vijay Setia said, “Indian basmati rice is free from arsenic content as we export only after testing water and rice.” India, the world’s largest producer and exporter, ships about 2 million tonne basmati rice a year.

AgriBusiness & Food Industry w October 2012

Threatened by rising rejection and holding up of rice consignments in US due to higher than permissible pesticide residues, the Rs. 24,000 crore rice export industry has decided to educate farmers on the issue. The exporters will advice them to adopt good agriculture practice by controlling the pesticide residues or face rejection by exporters. However, calling it a ‘technical issue’, Vijay Setia further said, “Indian rice has no pesticide issue anywhere in the world. USA has a technical issue and certain reservations. For it, pesticides that are not used in USA are alien for them. The government of India has engaged concerned American authorities on this matter, and the issue will be sorted out soon, since residues are well within safety levels of EU and Japan.”

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