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12
Mar

Indian, Aus scientists working on genetically improved rice

Scientists from India and Australia have found that a native Australian grass growing in Queensland state could hold the key to ensuring the long-term viability of rice, a crop critical to global food security.

Deputy Director of Queensland University of Technology's (QUT) Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities, Sagadevan Mundree, said rice is one of the most important staple foods throughout the world but salinity and drought stresses were putting the crop's long-term future under enormous pressure.

Mundree heads a team of scientists working in partnership with scientists in India to determine whether strategies adopted by the Australian native resurrection grass could be used to genetically improve abiotic stress tolerance in rice. "QUT has developed a strategic partnership with the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) in New Delhi and the Tamil Nadu Agriculture University (TNAU) in Coimbatore in southern India," Mundree said.

The native Australian grass is called a "resurrection plant" because it can tolerate extreme environmental stresses, including severe drought, salinity, high temperature and high light-intensity stresses for prolonged periods and resurrect within 24-72 hours upon rehydration.

"There is an urgent need to develop more resilient varieties of rice that can cope with less water and are more tolerant of salinity stress," Mundree said.

Courtesy http://www.financialexpress.com/news/indian-aus-scientists-working-on-ge...

27
Feb

Rice Husk Can Fuel Power Plants in Rice Mills, Finds Study

Rice husk, which is mostly a waste product from rice milling, can be used to generate power in rice mills, according to a study by the Affiliated Renewable Energy Center, Central Philippine University (CPU-AREC).

The study on “Rice Husk potential as Energy Source in Panay, Philippines” finds that rice husk can be used to generate energy, which can be alternately used for other purposes like drying in the rice mills. According to Mr. Jeriel G. Militar, Project Director of CPU-AREC, approximately 290 kilograms of rice husk is obtained from a ton of paddy rice milled and it is usually left on paddy fields to be decayed or burned. Most of the mills face difficulty in disposing it. Though the rice husk is used as fuel for cook stoves, pottery kilns, ovens and dyers, its use is by far very limited.

According to the study, rice husk has high calorific value of about 3,000 kcal/kg and it is a renewable source of energy as well as a non-carbon fuel. Mr. Militar and team found that one ton of rice husk can produce approximately 726.46 Kilo watts of energy per hour and 82.93 megawatts of power. They recommend setting up of rice husk fueled power plants in rice mills.

However generating power from rice husk has some disadvantages. Rice husk is difficult to store because of its bulky nature and ash content from rice husk (17 - 26%) is much more than that from wood (0.2 - 2%) and coal (12.2%). The total cost of setting up plant and running it is pretty high. Mr.Militar and his team are identifying rice mills which are ready to invest in rice husk power plants in each municipality in the Panay province of the Philippines. However, the study will be useful in countries such as Pakistan, where power costs are high and supply is inconsistent.

The team is also considering recommendations of earlier studies on the subject. According to previous studies, direct combustion is recommended for most heat applications and gasification is recommended for small to medium scale applications. Already some rice mills in Nueva Ecija province are using 'Flatbed Paddy Dryer' using direct combustion and 'Flatbed Paddy Dryer' using gasifier. Similarly a rice mill in Isabela province has set up 1-MW rice husk fueled Power Plant and another mill in the same province has set up a 2- MW Power Plant.

The study also says that the Philippines government is providing various incentives for energy utilization of rice husk under the Renewable Energy Law.

Courtesy http://oryza.com/news/research-development/rice-husk-can-fuel-power-plan...

7
Feb

IRRI Developing ‘3-in-1’ Climate-Resilient Rice Variety

The Philippines-based International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is developing a new variety of rice, "3-in-1"climate tolerant rice, which can tolerate flooding, a prolonged dry season, and saltiness near coastal areas, according to local sources.

According to the IRRI, the new variety will be a climate-resilient variety and help mitigate climate change and sustain agricultural productivity in rice-producing countries. The IRRI first developed the “2-in-1” variety, which could tolerate flooding and drought situations.

Flood resistant variety "IR 64 Sub1" was derived from an Indian rice variety. Scientists isolated the SUB 1A gene and identified the genetic code that controls submergence tolerance. The SUB 1A gene activates when the plant is submerged, making it dormant and conserving energy until the floodwater recedes. The "IR 64 Sub1" can tolerate flooding for 14 days and still can produce an average yield of 6.4 tons per hectare.

The drought-tolerant variety "Sahod ulan" was derived from the Indian variety "Sahbhagi Dhan" and the Nepal variety "Sookha Dhan". The IRRI scientists identified quantitative trait loci (QTLs) genes which give the drought-tolerance and improve yield. These are activated in popular varieties like IR64 to produce better yields even in drought conditions.

Now the IRRI is in its last stage of developing the "3-in-1" variety. It is developing seeds that have genes that can sustain climatic changes and yet provide good yields. IRRI's Deputy Director General says IRRI is working closely with the Philippines Department of Agriculture and the Philippine Rice Research Institute (Philrice) to help the government attain its rice self-sufficiency target. The IRRI promises technology support to the Philippines to accelerate high-yielding varieties, he adds.

Courtesy : http://oryza.com/news/research-development/irri-developing-%E2%80%983-1%...

23
Jan

Japan Finds Ancient Rice Grains, Estimated to Be 2,000 Years Old

Rice has been a staple food for many different cultures for thousands of years and finding tangible proof of that connection to our ancestors still thrills and amazes us.  Recently, eleven grains of ancient brown rice were found in the Akitsu archaeological site in the Nara Prefecture in Japan.
 
Experts believe that these grains date to the early Yayoi period and are about 2,600 to 2,400 years old.  The Yayoi period typically dates from 300 BC to AD 300 and is credited with initiating Japan’s irrigated rice cultivation.  Therefore, finding grains from this period will give scientists a closer look at how rice agriculture started and how it has evolved in Japan.
 
Researchers are delighted at the well-preserved condition of the grains, which were first excavated in November 2013.  It is unusual to discover rice from this period that hasn’t started carbonization, according to Kyoto University Professor Tatsuya Inamura, who announced the discovery.  The rice was sealed in mud with high water content, keeping the grains from being exposed to air and thus carbonizing.  The grains are brown and about four millimeters long and were found without husks.
 
Professor Inamura, an expert on plant production systems, will work closely with Nara Prefecture’s Archaeological Institute to use DNA analysis and radiocarbon dating in efforts to identify the variety of the grains as well as other pertinent information.

Courtesy :  http://oryza.com/grain-interest/japan-finds-ancient-rice-grains-estimate...

10
Jan

Red Yeast Rice Products in Taiwan Found to Have Too High of Levels of Cholesterol-Reducing Fungus

Several red yeast rice products in Taiwan have shown proof of high levels of contamination with mycotoxins, according to the nation's Food and Drug Administration.
 
Mycotoxins are produced by fungus and are naturally occurring, so it is not too shocking that the toxin is found in red yeast rice, which is cultivated with a specific mold culture (monascus purpureus) to produce its bright red color.  The levels of citrinin in the red yeast rice far exceeded the maximum allowable level of 5 ppm, with some samples testing positive for over 63 ppm.
 
Red yeast rice has received lots of publicity for its rumored ability to lower cholesterol and triglycerides, although the safety of the product has come under scrutiny lately.  The product is not regulated by the FDA in the U.S. unless it includes monacolin K, which acts as a statin (cholesterol-lowering drug).

Courtesy :  http://oryza.com/news/rice-news/red-yeast-rice-products-taiwan-found-hav...

22
Nov

India to retain top rice exporter rank, says CARE Ratings

MUMBAI: India is expected to retain its top rank as rice exporter in 2012-13 marketing year on bumper production and strong export demand for Indian rice, both basmati and non basmati.

India's production of rice hit an all-time high in 2011-12 crop year (period from July to June) and crossed the 100 million tonnes level.

India has also emerged as the world's leading exporter of rice in 2011-12 (period from October to September) and is expected to retain its top rank as rice exporter in 2012-13 due to bumper production and strong export demand for Indian rice, both basmati and non basmati, CARE Ratings said in its report here today.
India is expected to retain its top rank as rice exporter in 2012-13 marketing year on bumper production and strong export demand for Indian rice.
According to the first advance estimates released by the agriculture ministry, India's kharif rice crop output is expected at 92.32 tonnes during the 2013-14 crop season, which is more or less in line with the kharif rice output of 92.76 tonnes last year.

India is expected to retain its top rank as rice exporter in 2012-13 marketing year given the second-highest level of production during the 2012-13 crop year, large public stocks, liberal export policy and weak currency.

Courtesy : http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/foreign-trade/india-to-...

18
Nov

USDA Lowers 2013-14 Global Rice Production Forecast by 3.6 Million Tons

The USDA has lowered its forecast for 2013-14 global rice production to 473.2 million tons (milled basis), down about 3.6 million tons from the previous forecast, but still up almost 1% from 2012-13. The 2013-14 global rice use forecast has also been lowered 1.4 million tons to 473.1 million, still the highest on record.

The USDA has lowered production forecasts for Brazil, China, India, and Pakistan mainly due to adverse weather conditions seen in these key rice producers, with India accounting for most of the cuts. India’s 2013-14 production is now projected to reach around 105 million tons, down about 3 million tons from previous forecast. China’s rice production is expected to reach around 141.5 million tons, down about 500,000 tons from previous forecast. Pakistan’s rice production forecast is now lowered to around 6 million tons, down 400,000 tons from previous forecast.

Brazil’s 2013-14 production forecast has been lowered 100,000 tons to 8.2 million tons. Argentina’s rice production forecast has been lowered to around 975,000 tons, down 65,000 tons from the previous forecast. Australia’s 2013-14 production forecast has been lowered 50,000 tons to around 680,000 tons, while Nigeria’s rice production in 2013-14 is expected to reach 2.77 million tons, down about 328,000 tons from the previous forecast.

Production forecasts were raised for Sri Lanka, Turkey, Bangladesh, Colombia, South Korea, the U.S., and Vietnam. Sri Lanka’s 2013-14 production forecast has been increased by 290,000 tons to a near-record 3.05 million tons. Bangladesh’s rice production forecast has been raised 200,000 tons to a record 34.40 million tons. South Korea’s rice production forecast has been increased 72,000 tons to 4.24 million tons. Vietnam’s 2013-14 rice production forecast has been raised 30,000 tons to 27.7 million tons.

Colombia’s 2013-14 rice production forecast was raised 180,000 tons to 1.36 million tons. Guyana’s rice production forecast has been increased 28,000 tons to a record 470,000 tons, while rice production forecast for the U.S. has been increased 117,000 tons to 6.01 million tons.

The USDA also says that total calendar year 2014 global rice trade is likely to reach a record 39.2 million tons, up almost 0.2 million tons from the previous forecast and 0.7 million above a year earlier.

Export forecasts have been raised for India (up 700,000 tons to 10 million tons) and the U.S. (up 50,000 tons to 33.2 million tons), but lowered for Pakistan (down 100,000 tons to 3 million tons) and Vietnam (down 300,000 tons to 7.5 million tons).

Import forecasts for 2014 have been increased for Nigeria (up 600,000 tons to 3 million tons), Cote d’Ivoire’s (up 150,000 tons to 1.25 million tons), Tanzania (up 60,000 tons to 200,000 tons), and Australia (up 30,000 tons to 140,000 tons). Import forecasts have been lowered for Colombia (down 75,000 tons to 275,000 tons), Turkey (down 50,000 tons to 280,000 tons), Cameroon (down 25,000 tons to 500,000 tons), and Burkina (down 20,000 tons to 250,000 tons).

Courtesy : http://oryza.com/news/usda-lowers-2013-14-global-rice-production-forecas...

4
Nov

Golden Rice Will Hit Markets by 2015, PhilRice Says

Nov 01, 2013: Research and evaluation of Golden rice (Genetically Modified rice) is in the final stages and the new rice variety is expected to be available in markets by 2015, the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) told local sources in the Philippines recently.

PhilRice Director said that the institute is developing Golden rice to help fight mal-nutrition and vitamin-A deficiency in poor in countries like the Philippines where rice is a staple food. Earlier, PhilRice had told Oryza that it is eventually the market that will decide the fate of Golden rice.

Earlier this year, similar reports about completion of Golden rice research created several protests and caused a stir among both supporters and those against GM foods.

Courtesy : http://www.oryza.com/news/rice-news/golden-rice-will-hit-markets-2015-ph...

17
Oct

India Overtakes Thailand as Singapore’s Biggest Rice Supplier

India has become Singapore’s biggest rice supplier in January – August 2013, ahead of Thailand and Vietnam, the other two main suppliers of rice in Singapore.

According to local sources, India exported around 92,865 tons of rice to Singapore during January – August 2013, which accounts for around 32.9% of total rice supply to Singapore during this period. In comparison, Thailand supplied about 85,816 tons (about 30.4%) and Vietnam supplied about 77,459 tons (about 27.4%) during January – August 2013. Sources say that this is the first time that Thailand has fallen behind another country in supplying rice to Singapore.

According to trade sources, Thailand used to account for over 50% in between 1998 and 2011, and supplied around 62.1% of all rice imports by Singapore in 2009. However, the percentage of Thailand’s rice exports to Singapore declined sharply to around 35.3% in 2012. Meanwhile, Indian rice has grown in popularity in Singapore in the last few years. The percentage of Indian rice in all rice imports by Singapore stood at around 15.8% in 2011, but it almost doubled to around 29.5% in 2012.

Trade sources say that the shift in rice supplies seen in Singapore is mainly due to price difference. Currently, Thailand’s Hommali rice is priced around SGD 15.80 per 5 kilograms (about $2,540 per ton) at FairPrice in Singapore, compared to India’s Ponni rice is priced at around SGD 8.30 per 5 kilograms (about $1,332 per ton), and Vietnam’s Jasmine rice priced at around SGD 7.80 per 5 kilograms (about $1,252 per ton).

India, Thailand and Vietnam account for over 90% of all rice imports by Singapore in 2013 so far. Other rice suppliers to Singapore include Myanmar (about 2.5%), Pakistan (about 2.4%), the U.S. (about 2.2%), Cambodia (around 0.9%) and Australia (about 0.6%).

Courtesy : http://oryza.com/news/rice-news/india-overtakes-thailand-singapore%E2%80...

17
Oct

China, India Businesses Invest in Rice Production in Myanmar

Chinese businessmen have struck a deal with Myanmar farmer representatives to grow and procure rice in Myanmar in 2013-14 to benefit from low prices in Myanmar, according to local sources.

Under the deal, China is expected to provide fertilizer and other inputs to Myanmar farmers for rice cultivation. The entire harvest will be purchased by the Chinese businessmen at local prices as per the agreement. Indian businessmen have also struck a similar deal with Myanmar representatives, sources say.

Myanmar is aggressively looking for foreign investment in its rice sector to help the country regain its status as a prominent rice exporter. Currently, rice production in Myanmar is below potential partly due to fluctuating prices and constant farmer debts. The Irrawaddy Delta in Myanmar is larger than Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, and foreign investment in the region could boost Myanmar’s rice production and exports significantly.

According to the USDA, Myanmar’s annual rice production is estimated at around 11 million tons, against a consumption of around 10 million tons. However, local sources say that Myanmar’s rice production has increased to around 13-14 million tons.

In the fiscal year 2012-13 (April – March), Myanmar exported around 2.1 million tons of rice, up about 40% from the targeted 1.5 million tons, and almost three times the 750,000 tons exported in the previous fiscal year. Myanmar rice exports have surged mainly due to low prices. Neighboring China is a major buyer of Myanmar rice. Recently, the EU removed import tariffs on rice from Myanmar under the preferential trade scheme for least developed countries.

Courtesy : http://oryza.com/news/rice-news/china-india-businesses-invest-rice-produ...

17
Oct

Japan Celebrates Harvest with Rice Straw Sculptures

After rice harvest, artists in Japan create gigantic sculptures made out of the straw left behind.  Kagawa Prefecture and Niigata Prefecture hold yearly festivals so that visitors can view these impressive creations.  The sculptures vary. Most are animals, like sharks, turtles, and wooly mammoths, but a few are inspired by nonliving things, such as ships and tanks. Visitors are invited to engage with, play on, and go in the structures.  The sculptures are built like thatched cottages with wooden frames that are then covered with the straw.
 
Japan isn’t the only country with a proud straw art tradition: Croatia, too, has annual straw art festivals.  The 2012 festival in Osijek boasted 20 statues using 30 tons of straw, with artists coming from all over the world.  In Croatia, most artists burn down their sculptures at the end of the festival in a celebratory event.

Courtesy : http://oryza.com/news/rice-news/japan-celebrates-harvest-rice-straw-scul...

10
Oct

Rice Hulls Find Commercial Use in Vehicle Components

Automotive company Ford is looking to expand its use of a resin created from rice hulls in the production of its vehicles.  Ford announced in August that it would begin using rice hulls instead of talc in the resin it uses for the plastic coating shielding electrical harnesses in the 2014 F-150 pickup truck. The weight, cost, and durability of the product are unchanged by the use of rice hulls. This news was soon followed up by an announcement that the company will explore the rice-based resin’s application in other Ford vehicles, as well as other automotive applications such as nonvisible wire harness parts.
 
In August, Ford’s global director of sustainability and vehicle environmental matters stated that at least 45,000 pounds (about 20.4 tons) of rice hulls would be needed in the first year alone in order to transition the F-series pickups to the rice-based resin.  The hulls are sourced from farms in Arkansas, who would normally discard the hulls.
 
The resin, which was produced by RheTech, took three years to develop.  Rice hulls were found to be the best option over other materials such as kenaf (a plant related to cotton and okra) and wood due, to rice hull’s availability, renewability, consistency, and low moisture absorption.
 
Fords also uses other recycled and renewable materials in their vehicles, including soybeans and recycled cotton, carpet and tires.

Courtesy : http://oryza.com/news/research-development/rice-hulls-find-commercial-us...

4
Oct

FAO Lowers 2013 Global Rice Production Forecast by One Million Tons

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has lowered the global rice production forecast for 2013 to 496.3 million tons (milled basis), down about 1 million tons from the previous forecast, but up about 1% from around 490.9 million tons in 2012.

The FAO says that the downward revision is mainly due to an anticipated decline in rice production in China by around 2.9 million tons due to unfavorable weather conditions this year. Production forecasts were also lowered for Pakistan and Panama. Rice production is unlikely to incresae in Vietnam due to poor price prospects, the FAO says. However, rice production is expected to increase in India, Sri Lanka, the U.S., and Venezuela.

Overall production in Asia is expected to increase to around 450.6 million tons, up about 1.1% from last year. Rice production in Africa is expected to grow about 1.2%, and rice production in Latin America and the Caribbean is expected to recover by 2.5% in 2013.

Rice production in the EU is expected to decline around 8% y/y due to smaller plantings and yields, but production is forecast to increase in Russia. Record average yield of around 10 tons per hectare has helped rice production to increase 26% y/y in Australia, the FAO says.

Global rice consumption in 2013 is forecast to reach aorund 409 million tons, up about 2% from last year.

Courtesy : http://oryza.com/news/rice-news/fao-lowers-2013-global-rice-production-f...

3
Oct

IRRI Holds International Conference on Flood-Tolerant Rice Research

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) will hold the 11th conference of the International Society for Plant Anaerobiosis (ISPA) on 6–11 October 2013 in Los Baños, Philippines to help improve research on flood-tolerant rice varieties.

According to IRRI, over 100 scientists from across the world are expected to share their work about how plants survive without oxygen during floods at the ISPA conference next week. IRRI scientist says that it is known that the SUB1 gene helps rice plants detects low availability of oxygen during floods and helps the plants adapt suitably.

Floods affect rice production in almost all rice growing countries because rice cultivation requires more water than other crops and is mostly planted during the rainy season. Moreover, rice cultivation is popular in the Delta regions of rice growing countries due to the presence of fertile soil and abundant water, but such regions are also prone to regular floods.

IRRI says that the discovery of the SUB1 gene has helped introduce rice cultivation in vast rice-growing regions in India, Bangladesh, and other countries which are submerged during rainy season. Over 1.7 million hectares of flood-prone land in India is now planted with submergence-tolerant rice due to the development of flood-tolerant rice varieties and more research could help reduce losses and increase global rice production significantly.

The ISPA conference is open to all, including scientists, university professors, students, and postgraduate fellows.

Courtesy : http://oryza.com/news/rice-news/irri-holds-international-conference-floo...

3
Oct

China Scientist Achieves Record 14.8 Tons Per Hectare Rice Yield

A team led by China’s hybrid rice expert, Prof. Yuan Longping (also known as “father of hybrid rice in China), has claimed that it has achieved record average rice yield of 988.1 kilograms per mu (about 14.8 tons per hectare) using a new hybrid rice variety "Y liangyou 900."

The new record is higher than the previously held record of 900 kilograms per mu (about 13.5 tons per hectare), but slightly behind the targeted 1,000 kilograms per mu (about 15 tons per hectare) by the Chinese Agriculture Ministry in 2013. Officials of the China National Rice Research Institute, the Wuhan University and the Fujian Academy of Agricultural Sciences have confirmed the results obtained by Prof. Yuan’s team.

China is the world’s largest rice producer and a leader in hybrid rice. Over 50% or around 15 million hectares of the country’s total rice area is under hybrid rice cultivation. China’s average rice yield stands at around 6.5 tons per hectare, about 50% higher than global average of around 4.4 tons per hectare.

Courtesy : http://oryza.com/news/rice-news/china-scientist-achieves-record-148-tons...

12
Sep

IRRI to Help Myanmar Boost Rice Production, Exports

The Myanmar government and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) have signed a new memorandum of understanding this week to help implement the 'Myanmar Rice Sector Development Strategy and Program' which aims to boost rice production and improve other aspects of the rice sector in Myanmar.

Myanmar was the top rice exporter in the 1960’s and is trying to become a prominent rice exporter once again to strengthen its economy. According to Myanmar officials, Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta is larger than Vietnam’s Mekong Delta and has the potential to boost Myanmar’s rice production and exports significantly.

In a conference held by Myanmar’s Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MoAI) and IRRI this week, the MoAI minister said Myanmar requires rice varieties that can tolerate salinity, floods, drought, and low temperatures. There is also a need to increase the use of quality seeds, expand the use of modern agricultural techniques, reduce postharvest losses, establish access to local and international markets, and increase the capabilities of its rice scientists, the minister added.

Collaboration between IRRI and Myanmar dates back to 1976. Since then, joint efforts have resulted in the development of 77 high-yielding rice varieties, including many that are currently grown by farmers for the domestic market and some that are grown for export, according to IRRI.

Courtesy : http://oryza.com/content/irri-help-myanmar-boost-rice-production-exports

6
Sep

Global 2013-14 Rice Production Forecast to Increase to 497 Million Tons

Global rice production is expected to increase to a record 497 million tons in 2013-14, up about 1.3% from around 491 million tons in 2012-13, according to the FAO. Most of the increase in rice production will be seen in Asia, FAO says.

Rice consumption is also expected to increase in 2013-14, reaching around 490.4 million tons which is up about 2.5% from around 478.5 million tons in 2012-13, while global per capita consumption of rice is expected to remain unchanged at around 57 kilograms per person per year in 2013-14.

However, world rice trade is forecast to reach around 37.7 million tons in 2013-14, almost unchanged from around 37.5 million tons in the previous year, and down about 2% from around 38.5 million tons in 2011-12. The FAO says that global rice inventories could increase to around 181 million tons in 2013-14, up about 4% from their opening levels of around 174 million tons.

Courtesy : http://oryza.com/content/global-2013-14-rice-production-forecast-increas...

5
Sep

IGC Increases India 2013-14 Rice Production Forecast to 107 Million Tons

The London-based International Grains Council (IGC) has increased the forecast for India’s 2013-14 rice production to 107 million tons, up about 500,000 tons from previous forecast of 106.5 million tons, and up about 2.5% from an estimated 104.4 million tons produced in 2012-13. India’s rice consumption in 2013-14 is expected to be around 97.9 million tons, unchanged from the previous forecast.

IGC also raised the forecast for India’s rice exports in 2013-14 to around 8.5 million tons, up about 4% from previous forecast of 8.2 million tons. IGC says, “Indian rice exporters have gained market share following the removal of the ban on shipments of non-basmati rice at the end of 2011, also reflecting competitive pricing relative to the main exporters.”

IGC lowered the 2013-14 export forecast for Thailand to 8 million tons (down from previous forecast of 8.2 million tons), Pakistan to 3 million tons (down from previous forecast of 3.3 million tons), and the U.S. to 3 million tons (down from previous forecast of 3.1 million tons). Vietnam is expected to export about 7.5 million tons of rice in 2013-14, unchanged from the previous forecast.

IGC says that global rice trade is expected to rise marginally in 2013-14 to around 37.4 million tons (up from previous forecast of 37.2 million tons) due to higher demand in sub-Saharan Africa and Far East Asia. In August 2013, the IGC rice sub-Index declined by around 7% m/m to below 450, the lowest in about three years. The decline is mainly due to the decline in rice exports prices of the benchmark Thailand 100% Grade B rice.

Courtesy : http://oryza.com/content/igc-increases-india-2013-14-rice-production-for...

4
Sep

India FY2012-13 Rice Export Value Grows 26% to $6.2 Billion

India earned about $6.2 billion from rice exports in the fiscal year 2012-13 (April – March), up about 26% from around $4.9 billion in the previous fiscal year, according to provisional data from the Commerce Department.

In terms of value, Iran and Saudi Arab accounted for around 19% and 12% respectively of all India rice exports in FY 2012-13. Significant increases in earnings via rice exports were seen in Africa, Middle East, Nepal, Singapore and the U.K., while India’s rice exports declined to Saudi Arab, Kuwait, the U.S., and Nigeria.

Details of India’s rice exports by value to major buyers in FY 2012-13 follow:

Iran – Imported rice worth about $1.2 billion from India in FY 2012-13, up about 101% from around $600 million worth of rice imports in FY 2011-12.

Senegal – Imported rice worth about $268 million from India in FY 2012-13, up about 129% from around $117 million worth of rice imports in FY 2011-12.

Benin – Imported rice worth about $241 million from India in FY 2012-13, up about 166% from around $90.6 million worth of rice imports in FY 2011-12.

Cote D' Ivoire – Imported rice worth about $216.4 million from India in FY 2012-13, up about 97% from around $110 million worth of rice imports in FY 2011-12.

Iraq – Imported rice worth about $205 million from India in FY 2012-13, up about 22.5 % from around $167 million worth of rice imports in FY 2011-12.

Yemen – Imported rice worth about $189 million from India in FY 2012-13, up about 62% from around $117 million worth of rice imports in FY 2011-12.

South Africa – Imported rice worth about $182 million from India in FY 2012-13, up about 98.5% from around $91.5 million worth of rice imports in FY 2011-12.

U.K. – Imported rice worth about $167 million from India in FY 2012-13, up about 16.4% from around $143 million worth of rice imports in FY 2011-12.

Nepal – Imported rice worth about $106.5 million from India in FY 2012-13, up about 151.5% from around $42.4 million worth of rice imports in FY 2011-12.

Guinea – Imported rice worth about $106 million from India in FY 2012-13, up about 1,680% from around $6 million worth of rice imports in FY 2011-12.

Qatar – Imported rice worth about $90.1 million from India in FY 2012-13, up about 205% from around $30 million worth of rice imports in FY 2011-12.

Jordan – Imported rice worth about $88 million from India in FY 2012-13, up about 70% from around $52 million worth of rice imports in FY 2011-12.

Oman – Imported rice worth about $80.5 million from India in FY 2012-13, up about 90% from around $43 million worth of rice imports in FY 2011-12.

Cameroon – Imported rice worth about $76.5 million from India in FY 2012-13, up about 219% from around $24 million worth of rice imports in FY 2011-12.

Singapore – Imported rice worth about $75 million from India in FY 2012-13, up about 67% from around $45 million worth of rice imports in FY 2011-12.

India’s rice exports declined in terms of value to:

Saudi Arab – Imported rice worth about $753 million from India in FY 2012-13, down about 1% from around $760 million worth of rice imports in FY 2011-12.

U.A.E. – Imported rice worth about $380 million from India in FY 2012-13, down about 54% from around $821 million worth of rice imports in FY 2011-12.

Nigeria – Imported rice worth about $339 million from India in FY 2012-13, down about 3.6% from around $352 million worth of rice imports in FY 2011-12.

Kuwait – Imported rice worth about $217.4 million from India in FY 2012-13, down about 26% from around $295.5million worth of rice imports in FY 2011-12.

U.S. – Imported rice worth about $120 million from India in FY 2012-13, down about 1% from around $119 million worth of rice imports in FY 2011-12.

Courtesy : http://oryza.com/content/india-fy2012-13-rice-export-value-grows-26-62-b...

31
Aug

IRRI Invites Computer Geeks to Develop Programs, Devices for Rice Farmers

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is inviting computer programmers and hardware engineers to participate in Bigas2 Hack 2013, which will be held at IRRI headquarters in Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines from August 31, 2013 to September 1, 2013. The hackathon aims to help develop innovative computer applications and devices for rice farmers and rice research.

Computer programmers, software or hardware developers, interface designers, and others in the IT industry can participate in Bigas2 Hack in teams comprising 2 to 4 people. Interested individuals can join existing teams as well.

Developers will have the opportunity to learn new programming techniques, network with other geeks,, and also take home prizes, which include smartphones, gift certificates and outsourcing membership subscription for the winning teams. All participants will also have access to cloud-based operating systems to develop their apps and other freebies.

Last year, a team from the Philippines won the Most Innovative award for the development of Envilog, a portable device that can take actual readings of temperature, humidity, rainfall, wind direction, and barometric pressure in the rice field. IRRI chief information officer says, “Aspiring IT professionals who want to help keep our food safe, affordable, and produced in an environmentally sound way in a world with a changing climate need to put Bigas2 Hack on their calendars.”

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