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28th October,2014 Daily Global Rice E-Newsletter by Riceplus Magazine

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    Today’s News Headlines…    Exporting rice when imports going up  CCMB bags CSIR award; recognition for senior scientist Rakesh Mishra  How can government lower food prices in the Philippines?  Drones to study rice in Philippines  Imports of consumer goods and capital machinery increase  Review: Nobahar Chai Khana is missing the signature Persian aroma  Ebola threat hits rice export from Kakinada port  SunRice wins Premier‘s NSW Export Award  Special Report: Thailand hosts 4th International Rice Congress to ensure global food security  Centre reduces milling charges  USA Rice Cooks Up Promotions in Colombia  Thai rice audit shows 70 pct of stocks deteriorating  Second Green Revolution seeks to leave no farmer behind  Yellow Rails and Rice Festival set for Oct. 29-Nov. 2  Horizon Ag prepping high-amylose content rice for market  Farm Bill revision shakes up America  Commerce Min: Latest round of rice auction fetches good prices   NACC near conclusion with G2G rice deal scandal  TABLE-India Grain Prices-Delhi- October 28  Rice Exports From India Seen Plunging 30% as Harvest Contracts  Rice exports from India seen plunging 30% as harvest contracts   Nagpur Foodgrain Prices Open- October 28   Nigeria to become rice exporter by 2017 FG  How big data is helping farmers save millions  Government to export rice to Sri Lanka at $450 per tonne 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 28 th  October, 2014   News Detail….   Exporting rice when imports going up Shaikh Abdullah, Published: 2014-10-28 00:27:02.0 BdST Updated: 2014-10-28 00:52:49.0 BdST Bangladesh is going to export coarse rice at a time when imports of the staple cereal is on the rise. Food Minister Quamrul Islam on Monday said at the Secretariat that Bangladesh was exporting 50,000 tonnes rice to Sri Lanka.However, latest import statistics available at the central bank show imports of rice increased in the first quarter of the current fiscal year, beginning on July 1 over same previous period.They show imports of other commodities are also on the rise. For import of rice businessmen opened letters of credit (LCs) amounting to $103.63 million in July-Sept period, when LCs worth Tk $90.07 million were settled.Opening of LC was 56  percent higher than in the same period last year.During July-Sept last FY, LCs amounting to $66.43 million were opened and $50.92 million settled for rice import.Islam, while talking to reporters after a meeting of food  planning committee, said process of rice exports to Sri Lanka would begin in 10-15 days. The Cabinet on Sept 18 gave go-ahead to rice exports.Though Bangladesh exports aromatic rice on a limited scale, overseas sale of coarse rice is going to happen for the first time.Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) former research director M Asaduzzaman said rice exports were taking  place at the government level but imports were happening at the private level.He said: ―Production of coarse rice has incr  eased, but its demand declined. That‘s why the government can export (rice). ‖Asked about the reasons for the decline in domestic demand for coarse rice, Asaduzzaman said: ―People‘s income has risen. That‘s why they are purchasing better quality rice.‖He said the rice which is being imported now is of fine variety.Imports of commodities other than rice also went up in the first quarter of the current FY.According to the Bangladesh Bank report,  businessmen opened LCs worth $10.83 billion during the period for imports of commodity. That is 12.81 percent up over the amount during the same period last year. CCMB bags CSIR award; recognition for senior scientist Rakesh Mishra G Naga Sridhar Hyderabad, Oct 28: The city-based Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) and the Directorate of Rice Research (DRR) have  bagged the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) award for innovations in rural development. Disclosing this at a press conference here on Tuesday, CCMB Director Ch. Mohan Rao said the award was given for the contribution of the two institutes towards innovation of the improved Samba Mahsuri variant of rice, with resistance to bacterial blight and promotion of its cultivation.  In addition, Rakesh Mishra, Senior Principal Scientist at CCMB, has been elected Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) for his contributions in science and epigenetics. (This article was published on October 28, 2014) How can government lower food prices in the Philippines?  by Jodesz Gavilan Posted on 10/26/2014 10:03 PM | Updated 10/27/2014 6:38 PM FOOD SECURITY. Food security is important in attaining zero hunger. File photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/  MANILA, Philippines  –   In a country that is agricultural and rich in marine resources, why are millions getting hungry? High food  prices are among the culprits.―In the Philippines, food is really expensive. We are even the most costly among ASEAN countries,‖ former Bureau of Agricultural Research director Dr Eliseo Ponce said recently during a round table discussion hosted by the University of Philippines Los Baños‘ Interdisciplinary Studies Center on Food Security. So what makes food so expensive in the Philippines? (READ: Patas o Pataas: A look at food price hikes) Ponce concludes it's the lack of framework in policy building, outdated administrative guidelines, inadequate infrastructures, and abusive middlemen that are behind the country's food prices hike.So he suggests: in order to attain stability in food commodities, the government should be able to handle well the following situations:    Natural calamities   Bad weather conditions already make it hard for farmers and fisherfolk to continue with their livelihood. So when natural calamities hit the country, the agricultural sector is first to suffer and is usually the worst hit. (READ: Empowering farmers against climate change)  During Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) alone, the damage to the rice sector hit almost P3.2  billion ($72.73 million)*.With less harvests due to disasters, sellers are forced to hike the price of goods.What is disheartening, based on recent data from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), is that the farmers and fisherfolk often get the lowest cut from the  profit; a chunk goes to the middlemen. (READ: Preserving the tradition of heirloom rice in the Cordilleras)     Production costs and low productivity   The high cost of energy, transportation, and labor in food production is passed on to the consumers, if producers are to make any  profits. So it is important to prioritize  projects that can lessen the costs of the  process. For example, farm-to-market roads should be properly built with adequate materials. (READ: Farm-to-market roads: A farmer's journey)     Limitations in land resources   The urbanization of several areas in the Philippines  –   especially in regions with the most fertile land for agriculture  –   has contributed to the decrease in productivity.  As a consequence, food prices increase. (READ: PH agriculture: Why is it important?) Proper land use maximizes resources and empower the agriculture secto. This, said the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), would help the economy and even alleviate  poverty.   WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE. Women contribute greatly to both national and household food security, and yet their efforts are left 'invisible and undervalued,' says the FAO. File photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/   Clear policy needed   Ponce said government needs to ―set a clear and national policy on food and nutrition security‖ to end hunger in the country . (READ: How food insecurity threatens us)  In addition, the Department of Agriculture should be transformed into a ―lean and mean‖ machine that will limit its functi on in order to focus on improving food security in the Philippines.―Without a properly working DA, we can give and give budget to the department and nothing good will come out of it,‖ he added.The 16 th  Congress is set to tackle the Zero Hunger Bill, which seeks to set a framework for comprehensive policies that will end hunger in the Philippines (READ: PH Zero hunger bill to take center stage)   –   *US$1 = P44   Visayas Newsbits for October 28, 2014 October 27, 2014 UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHERS IN SOGOD BAY Maasin City, Southern Leyte (PIA)  —   International underwater photographers will converge in the vast expanse of Sogod Bay in early December this year. Provincial Tourism Officer Nedgar Garvez said as much as 100 international underwater  photographers will converge in the vast expanse of Sogod Bay December 1-5 this year for an Underwater International Photo Workshop and boost the province‘s div e tourism potentials. The occasion will promote, as well, Sogod Bay‘s attributes in attracting more divers from overseas. Sogod Bay has been listed as a top dive site among divers‘ circles and dive magazines. At the 1st Provincial Tourism Summit here in September, Department of Tourism (DOT) Regional Director Karen Tiopes cited the dive site‘s  potentials and said its promotions is a  priority of the agency in cooperation with the provincial local government unit. Pictures from the five-day workshop will be  posted in the internet and the photographers‘  blogs and highlight Sogod Bay as an ideal world-class dive destination. KOREAN-FUNDED PROJECT BENEFITS FARMERS Iloilo City (PIA)  —  The Sinibaan Farmers Association (SFA) in Brgy. Sinibaan, Dingle, Iloilo will be the first recipient of quality seeds produced by the Department of Agriculture 6  –   Western Visayas Integrated Agricultural Reseach Center (DA 6-
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