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    News Headlines  Plunging paddy prices leave farmers reeling  Northeast India turns to Myanmar, Bangladesh for rice  Cambodia Rice Forecast Down  Minister: Cabinet conditionally agrees to export rice  UPDATE 1-Egyptian government approves plan to allow rice exports  Some rice-based foods for people with celiac disease contain relevant amounts of arsenic  Raise in rice export quota demanded  Breakthrough in increasing per hectare output of hybrid rice  Arsenic dangers in gluten-free rice foods for celiac disease  Split hits Telangana State rice procurement  Etala allays fears of PDS beneficiaries  Concentrating on family farming and technology  Farmer-scientist group slams GMO, pushes for organic farming in PH  Climate change may hit rice yields in Asia: IPCC report  Import, export of agriculture goods: good quality control system helps to improve standards of products: minister  Millers yet to give 29000 MT rice  Industry backs training for healthier food  Rice importer faces smuggling raps  One Step Closer to Unhindered U.S. Paddy Rice Exports to Colombia  USA Rice Outlook Conference Covers Farm bill, Trade Topics, More  AARQ Association for the Administration of Rice Quotas, Inc.  Weekly Rice Sales, Exports Reported  CME Group/Closing Rough Rice Futures For Advertisement Specs & Rates: Contact: mujahid.riceplus@gmail.com 92 321 3692874 Daily Global Rice E-Newsletter 17 th  October, 2014   News Detail….   Plunging paddy prices leave farmers reeling By Zaw Htike | Friday, 17 October 2014 Paddy prices have taken a big hit from a recent drop in demand from China, as border officials have strangled the bilateral rice trade by stepping up efforts to prevent illegal imports.  Rice exports to China make up over 50 percent total rice exports, but while they are legal from Myanmar‟s perspective the exports are illegal from Beijing‟s point of view as  there is no  bilateral agreement on health standards. Yet its border officials had generally allowed the trade until a crackdown on illegal imports began last month.Chinese buyers had paid higher-than-market rates particularly over the past few months, even as negotiations have begun on the Sanitary and Phyo-Sanitary (SPS) health agreement that would allow legal Myanmar rice exports to China. Closing the border to Myanmar rice has led to significant problems for rice exporters, causing prices to drop ahead of the harvest, said U Thein Aung, chair of the Myanmar Freedom Farmer League. “We were expecting quite a good price for exports from this year‟s harvests. But [if the closure continues], farmers will be stuck with all the rice they have grown, and ex  ports will be terrible,” he said.Rice prices have increased significantly for local farmers over the past two years, driven  partly by the surge in Chinese demand. A World Bank report from earlier this year said there was negligible overland rice trade to China in 2010-11, while it constituted 752,000 tonnes by 2012-13. China has also significantly increased prices for rice, paying about US$436 a tonne in 2013, compared with $381 a tonne in 2012 and $316 a tonne in 2011. Prices for 2014 were understood to be higher still, until the recent border crackdown.Traders told the Myanmar Times in August that exports could increase further this year as Chinese buyers looked to diversify away from Vietnamese imports. Spurred by the expected increase in demand, farmers have been expanding the areas under cultivation and spending more on inputs such as fertiliser, said U Thein Aung. “We worry that if  paddy prices drop, prices will be below the breakeven point,” he said. U Lu Maw Myint Maung,  joint secretary of the Myanmar Rice Federation and a leading exporter, said he expects the paddy  price to continue falling. “Exporters have already decreased the amount of rice they are buying to ship to the Chinese market. If this trend continues, exporters won‟t buy a lot o f rice for the harvest season and it can lead to further loses for farmers,” he said. “I don‟t think paddy will be more than K3000 a basket if this trend continues.” Rice exports to Europe have also decreased slightly since August, though not on the level seen by China.    Overall, U Lu Maw Myint Maung said Myanmar‟s current level of production is geared towards exporting about 100,000 tonnes a month, and if volumes drop below that, rice prices will also decline.He added that Myanmar had been exporting up to 3500 tonnes of rice a day to China, but shipments now total less than 20 tonnes a day through the Muse border gate in northern Shan State. “Myanmar traders are not sending their rice through Muse because they are worried it will  be confiscated, and Chinese traders are not coming to Muse to buy Myanmar rice as they were doing before,” he said. “In Myanmar, the local price is already decreasing as a result.”   Northeast India turns to Myanmar, Bangladesh for rice Published: 2014-10-17 11:03:07.0 BdST Updated: 2014-10-17 11:03:07.0 BdST Transport bottlenecks have forced India's northeastern states to procure much needed rice from neighbouring Myanmar and Bangladesh.   The Indian government has floated bids to import rice from Myanmar for Manipur and Mizoram. The Food Corporation of India (FCI) is ferrying rice from other parts of India via Bangladesh for Tripura.The poor transport connectivity in some northeastern states worsened after train services from the rest of India were halted in southern Assam Oct 1, snapping rail connection to Tripura, Manipur and Mizoram.This has been done so that rail tracks can be converted from metre to broad gauge. Cambodia Rice Forecast Down 17 October 2014 CAMBODIA - Planting of the 2014 main (wet) season paddy crop, which normally accounts for about 80 per cent of annual production, is almost complete.  Overall, rainfall between June and mid-October has been near-average over much of the country  benefiting sowing activities and crop development.However, a dry spell over northwestern parts of the country between June and August, coupled with localised floods in August in the Mekong River Basin, affected close to 166,000 hectares of agricultural crops, of which some 36,000 hectares were damaged. As a result, FAO‟s latest forecast puts the 2014 main season rice output at 7.2 million tonnes, 2 per cent below last year‟s record level of the same season.   Assuming an average 2014/15 secondary (dry) season harvest, FAO‟s preliminary forecast for the aggregate 2014 rice production stands at 9.3 million tonnes, marginally below last year‟s record level.Harvesting of the 2014 maize crop began in September and will continue until the  end of October. FAO‟s latest forecast points to a 3 per cent decrease to 900 000 tonnes, reflecting a contraction in planted area, after the record level in 2013.This 18-month two-phase track conversion work undertaken by the Northeast Frontier Railways is scheduled to be completed by March 2016.Mizoram Food and Civil Supplies and Transport Minister John Rotluangliana told IANS: We have asked the central government to import rice from Myanmar. The Metals and Minerals Trading Corp (MMTC) has floated tenders for this purpose. We are expecting rice from Myanmar very soon, Rotluangliana added.He said he recently visited Chin hills in Myanmar adjoining eastern Mizoram to gather knowledge regarding transportation of rice from there.Mizoram shares an unfenced border of 404 km with Myanmar.According to the minister, Mizoram, with a population of 1.1 million, requires about 52,000 quintals of rice per month for distribution through the Public Distribution System (PDS).The MMTC last month floated global tenders to import about 100,000 tonnes of rice from Myanmar for Manipur and Mizoram. Tripura Food, Civil Supplies and Finance Minister Bhanulal Saha told IANS: Rice is being ferried from other parts of India via Bangladesh to avoid the long and mountainous surface road up to Tripura via Assam and Meghalaya. Also, the stoppage of train services has created serious  problems for carrying rice through the traditional system and route. Saha also said that 5,000 tonnes of rice transported in three small ships from Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh reached the Ashuganj river port in Bangladesh Oct 12. From Ashuganj, Bangladeshi trucks will carry the rice to FCI warehouses in Nandannagar (near Agartala) within a day or two, the minister told IANS.In August, 5,000 tonnes of rice reached Tripura through the same route.Ashuganj port over the Meghna river in eastern Bangladesh is located around 40 km from Agartala. The minister said the FCI had recently floated tenders to carry another 10,000 tonnes of rice via Bangladesh.The eight northeastern states, including Sikkim, are largely dependent on Punjab, Haryana and other states for foodgrains and essential commodities sold through PDS.The railways transport more than 70 percent of foodgrain to northeastern states from the rest of the country.Transportation via Bangladesh is easier as road connectivity is a big factor for the landlocked northeastern states surrounded by Bangladesh, Myanmar, Bhutan and China.There is only a narrow land corridor to the northeastern region through Assam and West Bengal.But this landslide-prone route passes through hilly terrain with steep gradients and multiple hairpin  bends, making plying of vehicles, specially loaded trucks, very difficult. The distance from Kolkata to Agartala via Guwahati is 1,650 km and from New Delhi 2,637 km. The distance between Agartala and Kolkata via Bangladesh is only 350 km.The railway line is  broad gauge from Assam's main city Guwahati up to Lumding in southern Assam.From Lumding it is metre gauge -- in southern Assam and till Agartala, western Manipur and northern Mizoram.The 437-km Lumding-Agartala metre gauge rail line, covering southern Assam, Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur, will be converted into broad gauge in two phases.Supply Minister: Cabinet conditionally agrees to export rice
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