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    News Detail…    Rice cultivation made easy with „aerobic system‟    Ageing Japan struggles with rice farming  bon Ratchthani ready for disbursement of farm subsidies tomorrow  Who Stands to Gain Most from India-Myanmar Rice Deal?  BAAC to start handing assistance money to rice farmers tomorrow  South Korea Rice Forecast at Similar Level to Last Year‟s Near -average Output  20 October 2014  Exporting rice “harder”  under new ministry guidelines: Vice Head of Rice Division  Vietnamese Rice Exports Reach 4.9 Million Tonnes This Year  Farmers unhappy with MARD‟s rice -production restructuring strategy  Cuba will sow rice to avoid its importation  Kharif rice area coverage crosses last year's level: Govt.  Paddy price plunge hits farms  Nagpur Foodgrain Prices Open- Oct 20  India's total rice output unlikely to fall below 100 mt  Michael Koch] Why Korea, and the world, must protect crop diversity  USA Rice Welcomes Ben Mosely  Toronto Students Hungry for a Challenge Compete in Contest  Crop Progress: 2014 Crop 91 Percent Harvested  CME Group/Closing Rough Rice Futures   japan's 'sacred' rice farms rotting from inside  Nigeria's New Rice Policy Attracts U.S.$1.6 Billion Private Sector Investments  China‟s GMO Stockpile    How Rice Overcomes Arsenic  Vistas of national rice breeding and the myth of traditional rice Contact & Visit 7 th  Floor,Suite 11 Central Plaza New Garden Town Lahore-54600 Landline :92 3584 5551 For Advertisement Specs & Rates: Contact: 92 321 3692874   Daily Global Rice E-Newsletter 21 st  October, 2014   News Detail….   Rice cultivation made easy with „aerobic system‟   GOLLAPUDI SRINIVASA RAO   The new system is less labour-intensive, requires less input and less seed Agricultural scientists in the district have introduced and  popularised ‗aerobic system of rice cultivation‘ wherein a farmer can directly sow the seed like any other crop. The system is less labour-intensive, needs less input and less seed.At a demonstration programme held at Reddypuram on Sunday, a local farmer‘s  crop which was grown using the ‗aerobic system‘ was shown to about 300 farmers who had arrived here from different parts of the district.Explaining the method, District Agriculture Technology and Transfer Centre (DATT) director R. Uma Reddy said farmers need not raise nursery and wait to get maximum yield. Also, they need not plough the land. ―Using the seed drill pulled either by tractor or  bulls, farmers can easily sow the seed. Due to good spacing, paddy will not develop any disease and yield will be more compared to the traditional method of cultivation,‖ he said.A farmer, Biksham, from Govindaraopet mandal said he too adopted the method and came to share his experience. ―As said by Mr. Uma Reddy, the method requires only 15 kg seed per acre as against 30 kg in the traditional method,‖ he said. Usually, farmers raise nursery and transplant it after ploughing and watering fields. They also need labourers to transplant paddy which is expensive.Another farmer Venkat Reddy from Kunur village in Zafargad mandal said he did not have any problem with the aerobic system of cultivation, but wanted power weeder to curb the growth of weed in the field.Director (Extension) Raji Reddy urged the farmers to not opt for paddy crop in Rabi season, but go for green gram, jowar, maize and other crops. ―If you opt for paddy, then adopt this method to save input cost and water,‖ he said addressing the farmers.Mr. Uma Reddy said the new method was very useful to the farmers. Ageing Japan struggles with rice farming   Shuichi Yo kota may be the future of Japan‘s struggling rice industry.The 38-year-old is about half the age of most growers and he relies on cutting-edge technology to cultivate vast paddy fields that eclipse the  bulk of the country‘s rice plots.And Mr. Yokota doesn‘ t fear opening up to foreign competition  —   taboo in a place where rice is a sacred cow that is protected by subsidies and massive tariffs.His farm in Ryugasaki, a community north of Tokyo, has ballooned more than fivefold in 15 years into an operation spanning 112 hectares (275 acres)  —   almost 30 times bigger than the tiny commercial rice fields commonly found in the area. ―This is simply the consequence of retiring farmers asking me to cultivate their rice  paddies for them,‖ he said.―I am one of very few full-time farmers in this area, and the  people who were retiring didn‘t have anyone in the family to continue growing rice. But they don‘t want to sell the land.‖While many of Japan‘s farmers get by with centuries -old farming methods, Mr. Yokota and his colleagues share workload information and data such as temperature and water levels  —   monitored by sensors installed in each paddy  —   on their smartphones. Mr. Yokota may be an accidental giant among rice growers, but some are betting  that people like him are the best hope for fixing an inefficient system, with wider calls for a shake up of Japan‘s cosseted agricultural sector.Prices have tumbled as Japan‘s rice consumption has halved in 50 years, and there are fears the sector is rotting from the inside despite  —   or some say,  because of  —   decades-old  protectionism.That reverence has translated into strong protections for tiny plots tended  by families who inherited land through generations  —   resulting in a hefty premium in stores. Tokyo has for decades stabilised  prices by controlling supply and penalising overproduction to protect farmers  —   a key voter base  —   from volatile world markets. Unused farmland   This policy, known as ―gentan‖ and referring to small-scale cultivation, effectively made rice farming a part-time job left to older relatives while younger family members worked in other sectors.But, as with much of the greying nation, many farmers are now retiring  —   the average is about 66 years old  —   with few interested in replacing them. That has left some 400,000 hectares of farmland unused across the country, an area almost twice the size of Tokyo.―What needs to be done is encourage older farmers to retire and then gather small  pieces of land into one big lot for someone capable like Yokota,‖ said Masayoshi Honma, an economics professor at Tokyo University.  —    AFP   Ubon Ratchthani ready for disbursement of farm subsidies tomorrow UBON RATCHATHANI, 19 October 2014 (NNT) - Ms. Suwimol On-in, Director of Ubon Ratchathani Provincial Office of the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Co-Operatives (BAAC) revealed the readiness to distribute to rice farmers in the province a government subsidy of 1,000 baht per rai, but not exceeding 15,000 baht or 15 rai per household. As the money distribution will begin nationwide tomorrow (20 October 2014), the BAAC branch manager reminded farmers to bring respective Identification cards, along with rice growers‘ certificates and BAAC bank passbooks to claim the money at nearest BAAC branches. Ms. Suwimol said however that her office is waiting for a full list of eligible farmers from the Agricultural Extension Office in the province. The Office has so far issued certificates of guarantees to 83,000 rice growers, out of the 202,000 farm families in total. The complete list of eligible farmers is expected by the end of this month. And registration for the subsidies will continue until 15  November 2014 India‘s total rice output unlikely to fall below 100 million tons Rice production unlikely to slip despite some impact on kharif crop in few states, due to rains following cyclone Hudhud Rice production stood at a record 106.54 million tonnes in the 2013-14 crop year (July-June). The government is aiming to achieve 106 million tonnes this year. Photo: Mint New Delhi: The country‘s ov erall rice  production is unlikely to slip below the level of 100 million tonnes this year despite some impact on the kharif crop in few states due to rains following ―Hudhud‖ cyclone, a top government official said. Rice production  stood at a record 106.54 million tonnes in the 2013-14 crop year (July-June). The government is aiming to achieve 106 million tonnes this year. Currently, the kharif (summer) rice is ready for harvest. ―Overall rice production will definitely be below last year‘s level but it sho uld not fall below 100 million tonnes,‖ agriculture secretary Ashish Bahuguna said. The kharif rice contributes more than 80% of the total rice production. The government has projected lower kharif output of 88.02 million tonnes for this year taking into account the deficient monsoon rains.  Now that the kharif crop is ready for harvest, the recent cyclone ―Hudhud‖ has affected the crop not only in Andhra Pradesh  but also in other states, resulting in possible further drop in overall rice production. Asked about impact of cyclone on kharif rice crop, Bahuguna said: ―There will be some damage not only in Andhra Pradesh,  but in others states like Odisha, Chattigarh and Jharkhand as well.‖ Rainfall due to cyclone in some places will boost prospects of late sown crop, while in some places it will damage the crop. ―However, we are yet to make the assessment. We expect we will make up from improved yields,‖ he said. The US department of agriculture (USDA) has also pegged India‘s rice production this year to be at 100 million tonnes, which includes 87 million tonnes of kharif rice and 13 million tonnes of rabi rice. ―Continued deficient rains and ‗normal‘ cyclones in eastern coast during October/November could further affect the harvest of kharif rice and planting prospects for the upcoming rabi rice,‖ the USDA had said in its latest report  image :Rice production stood at a record 106.54 million tonnes in the 2013-14 crop year (July-June). The government is aiming to achieve 106 million tonnes this year. Photo: Mint   Who Stands to Gain Most from India-Myanmar Rice Deal?   Posted on October 20, 2014 by Asia Briefing By Benedict Lynn India‘s minister for consumer affairs, food and public distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan, has confirmed New Delhi‘s plans to import up to 100,000 tons of Burmese rice to supply its northeastern states, Nagaland and Mizoram. The final details are currently  being hammered out, but the deal, which should see 200,000 metric tons of rice sold  per month over the next five months, is set to come into effect by the end of October. This will be the first time in almost three decades that the world‘s largest exporter of rice (a title once held by Myanmar) will have had to import the commodity. Construction work on the Guwahati Silchar railway project has created logistical  bottlenecks hindering delivery from the mainland to the far-flung Northeastern states. The Food Corporation of India (FCI) is ferrying Indian rice through Bangladesh for Tripura, and has turned to Myanmar to supply Nagaland and Mizoram.  North-East-India The Indian Embassy in Rangoon announced an exploratory tender for the rice imports last week. However, the region is a hotbed of political uncertainty and criminal activity, resulting in low bidder turnout and high costs. Just two Burmese companies bid for the sales contract, asking US$800 per ton of rice.India has since turned to the Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF), the country‘s main independent rice industry oversight body. The MRF has halved the price, on the
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