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Daily Global Rice E-Newsletter by Riceplus Magazine

Daily Global Rice E-Newsletter

2 December, 2014

Volume 4 Issue: XI


Vol 4, Issue XII

Todays News Headlines

Asian rice markets slow due to poor demand

Taiwan: Taiwan Lifts Longstanding Ban on U.S. Long

Grain Rice and Schedules Tender

Importers from 15 countries meet Thai exporters

Payouts for rice farmers expected to help increase

GDP by 0.6%

Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu directs

paddy farmers to be paid within 48 hours

Bhopal Gas Tragedy: 350 tonnes of waste and factory

deaths that no one even counts

Taiwan Opens Market for U.S. Long Grain Rice

USTR Appeals WTO October COOL Rule

Taiwan Announces Long Grain Tenders

CME Group/Closing Rough Rice Futures

Arkansas cotton and rice crops expected to finish


Farmers get relief from rice diseases in 2014

Lowcountry Rice Wine Edges Toward a Revival

Millers to supply superfine rice to hostels

Odisha mulls incentives to boost rice processing

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News Detail.
Taiwan Opens Market for U.S.
Long Grain Rice

recently purchased southern medium grain

rice for the first time in several years."
Contact: Deborah Willenborg (703) 236-1444

TAIPEI, TAIWAN -- The American

Institute of Taiwan's Agricultural Affairs
Office reported that Taiwan authorities have
lifted the longstanding ban on U.S. long
grain rice. Taiwan imposed an import ban
on U.S. long grain rice immediately after the
LibertyLink incident in August 2006.
Since then, the issue has been raised in
several bilateral engagements by the U.S.
side, both technically and under the Trade
and Investment Framework Agreement
annual meetings.Taiwan's Agriculture and
Food Agency has also scheduled two tenders
of U.S.-origin long grain brown rice for
December 10, with delivery in the May-June
2015 time frame. This will be the first U.S.
long grain rice tender since Taiwan joined
the WTO in January 2002 and opened its
market for rice imports.
One tender (1,500 MT) has a specification
for minimum amylose content.
It is
presumed this will be destined for making
popular local products such as rice noodles
and rice cakes. The long grain rice without
minimum amylose content specifications
will likely be used as table rice."Reportedly,
consumer appetites in Taiwan are
changing," said Jim Guinn, USA Rice
Federation vice president of international
"They seem to be more
accepting of long grain products in addition
to the medium and short grain that is
traditionally consumed there. Taiwan also

USTR Appeals WTO October

DC -- Last Friday,
the United States
(USTR) filed an
appeal to the World
(WTO) October ruling that the U.S. Country
of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule was a
States' WTO
obligations. This means that the WTO's
appellate body has 60 days to report on the
appeal and, based on the outcome of that
report, WTO arbitration could begin as early
as April 2015 if the United States remains
out of compliance and Canada and Mexico
continue to seek trade retaliation.
The COOL rule mandates that muscle cuts
of meat be labeled for the country of origin
where the animal was born, raised, and
slaughtered, which foreign meat and
livestock suppliers claim treats their goods
unfairly. Canada and Mexico brought a
complaint against the United States to the
WTO in August 2013. The U.S. decision to
appeal the October ruling is another in a
series of steps that will have to occur before
Canada and Mexico are given permission by
the WTO to retaliate against imports from
the United States. At this point, retaliation
against U.S. products looks unlikely until
the last quarter of 2015, though Canada has
already released a list of U.S. products that

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would face a 100 percent duty, including
U.S.-grown rice.
"We are obviously watching this issue very
closely because of the potential impact on
U.S. rice exports to Canada," said Bob
COO. "As a member of the COOL Reform
Coalition, we are urging the U.S.
government to come into compliance with
its WTO obligations so as to avoid
Contact: Kristen Dayton (703) 236-1464
Source with thanks USA Rice Federation

Taiwan Announces Long Grain

Tender Specifications:
1. Long grain brown rice
2. Length of kernel: 6.61
mm~7.5mm, the ratio of length to
width of whole kernel:
3.0. Method of test for length
and shape: randomly sample 30
kernels from sound kernels,
measure the length and width of
each kernels, then take the average
of the measurement. The weight
percentage of out of length
standard kernels must be under 30
percent and the kernels which
length less than 6.2 mm must be
under 5 percent.
3. Amylose content: 24 percent
(for Tender GF4-103-118 only
[1,500 MT])
4. Quantity: 1,500 mt each

Broken kernels
Damaged kernels
Heat damaged kernels
Sprouted kernels
Immature kernels,
include rice screening
Chalky kernels
Off-type kernels
Well milled kernels

Degree of freshness

Total not to
exceed 13%
Total not to
exceed 13%

Source with thanks USA Rice Federation

CME Group/Closing
Rough Rice Futures
CME Group (Preliminary): Closing Rough Rice
Futures for December 2



Net Change

January 2015


+ $0.045

March 2015


+ $0.045

May 2015


+ $0.050

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July 2015


+ $0.050

September 2015


+ $0.050

November 2015


+ $0.050

January 2016


+ $0.050

Source with thanks USA Rice Federation

Arkansas cotton and rice

crops expected to finish
Posted: Sunday, November 30, 2014 10:00
As the 2014 rice and cotton harvests draw to
a close, a mild summer and fall, coupled
with heavy rainfall throughout the state,
appear to have delivered surprisingly high
yields for both rice and cotton.According to
the National Agricultural Statistics Service,
Arkansas cotton crop was 98 percent
harvested, ahead of the five-year average of
93 percent, and rice harvest was complete,
just 1 point ahead of the 99 percent five-year
Soybeans were near completion at 96
percent.Jarrod Hardke, an extension rice
agronomist for the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture based at
Stuttgart, said record low temperatures in
June, July and August in some areas of the
state were a strong force in shaping the 2014
That really had a significant impact on our
overall rice crop, and ultimately, our yields,
Hardke said. He said significant temperature
drops can affect rice crops in different ways

depending on when they occur in the plants

growing cycle.If those very stressful, low
temperatures occur just after mid-season,
thats actually the time when those plants
are determining how many grains theyre
going to attempt to create to begin with, and
how many branches will be on that panicle,
Hardke said. If those conditions occur
when we begin to head, and at pollination, it
can affect or inhibit pollination you have
a fertility problem and you can get blanks.
There will be kernels that dont pollinate,
and dont fill at all.The typical window for
planting rice throughout the Arkansas Delta
region spans from late March until midJune, although some fields in 2014 were
planted as early as March 10 and as late as
July 8, Hardke said. Rice harvest is heavily
temperature dependent, and can range from
mid-August to early October, or even
beyond, he said.Despite several periods of
temperatures, the ag statistics service has
estimated that the states 2014 rice yield at
167.3 bushels per acre, just shy of 2013s
record-breaking 168 bushels per acre
average. Hardke said final harvest numbers
released by NASS in January will reflect
any last-minute changes in processing.
Like rice, the states cotton crop may also be
headed for another record year in 2014.
Extension Service cotton agronomist Bill
Robertson said harvest throughout the state
is nearly 100 percent complete, with a statewide average yield estimated at 1,137
pounds per acre.Its a little surprising,
Robertson said. We had a rough start, with
a cold winter last year, followed by a cool
spring, and we got off to a late
start.Robertson said heavy rain throughout
some areas of the state early in the season
diminished the states overall yield, although
some fields had produced between 1,500

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and 2,000 per acre.We had an extremely
good, kind of dry fall, and that really took
away the penalty we usually have for having
a late crop, Robertson said. A really good
fall makes up for a lot of misfortunes
through the year.
Source with thanks:

Farmers get relief from rice

diseases in 2014
By Louisiana State University December
02, 2014 | 11:35 am EST

Disease in rice was not as big of a problem

in 2014 for most growers as in previous
years, according to LSU AgCenter plant
pathologist Don Groth.With as much rain
as we had, sheath blight wasnt as bad as it
could have been, he said.The cold winter of
2013-14 could have played a role in the low
incidence of disease, Groth said, but the
mild disease year can also be attributed to
the direct result of breeding efforts that have
selected for disease resistance.That selection
took place through several years. We have
a lot fewer very susceptible and susceptible

lines in our nurseries, and resistance is being

increased in the breeding process, he
said.Current high yields would not be
possible without disease resistance, he said.
Bacterial panicle blight wasnt bad in 2014,
Groth said, because temperatures were
moderate, and blast was not found until late
in the growing season. Blast resistance in
variety development was increased with the
bad outbreak of the disease in 2012, and that
eliminated many blast-susceptible lines.Out
of the almost 800 advanced lines he
evaluated for the disease in 2014, Groth
said, only four or five showed signs of
severe blast.Many of the lines susceptible to
Cercospora have also been eliminated. Groth
suspects many farmers are spraying for that
disease, even though it may be unnecessary.
Its likely that fungicide-resistant sheath
blight is continuing its spread in south
Louisiana, he said. But we have the tools to
manage it.The main line of defense,
Sercadis, should be applied at 6.8 ounces an
acre because the lower rate of 4.5 ounces
does not last long enough, Groth said.
Convoy fungicide also had good activity
against both the wild and resistant sheath
blight fungi.Groth tested six new fungicides
in 2014, and he expects that two could be
available by 2015 or 2016. Some of them
look really good, he said.But the new
fungicides only have activity against sheath
blight. We really dont have any new
products for blast, and that has me worried,
he said.
A generic version of Quadris Equation will
be available in 2015 because the patent on
azoxystrobin, the active ingredient, has
expired.Groth will start a study in 2015 to
look at the benefit of fungicide use on
currently available, moderately susceptible
varieties compared with not spraying any of

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the products. Don Groth, LSU AgCenter
pathologist, at right, talks with crop
consultant Doug Leonards about disease
symptoms during a field day at the Rice
Research Station.
There is a question if early-planted
moderately-susceptible rice varieties need to
be sprayed, Groth said. Somewhere along
the line, we need to cut costs in rice
production, and fungicide use is one
possible area.Research on rice diseases is
supported by funds provided through the
rice checkoff program. This program has
paid excellent dividends for 40 plus years
and will continue to help the rice industry in
the future, said Steve Linscombe, director
of the Rice Research Station and the
AgCenters Southwest Region.
Source with thanks: Louisiana State

Lowcountry Rice Wine Edges

Toward a Revival

fellow Beard winner Mike Lata turned the

rice into pudding and served it after lobster.
But in the days when Carolina Gold was

central to the economies of South Carolina

and Georgia, creating enormous fortunes for
landholders and shaping a slave trade that
would forever scar two continents, the longgrain rice wasnt treated so fastidiously. It
was served three times a day in 18th-century
plantation households in the form of breads,
waffles, soups, fritters, bean salads and
seafood stews. Enslaved Africans grew
Carolina Gold in their subsistence gardens,
using the nutty, chewy rice to pad dishes of
trapped game, fish and entrails salvaged
from hog butchering sessions.

Carolina Gold, South Carolina's prized

heirloom rice, is being revived in restaurants
and kitchens around the South. But what
about the long-extinct tradition of making
wine from it? Hanna Raskin on the first
attempts to revive Carolina Gold rice wine.
rolina Gold rice, a lost-and-found Southern
food, has come to stand for all thats true
and good about pre-industrial flavors. So
venerated is it in contemporary Lowcountry
cooking that James Beard award winning
Brock famously
scooped it into a bowl and included it on a
$75 tasting menu. Uptown at The Ordinary,

They also subjected the rice to the same

treatment thats been afforded every grain
known to man: They turned it into
alcohol.Almost nothing is known about the
production methods of South Carolina rice
winetheres little to no documented
history of the stuff, and to cap off the
obscurity, the crop itself eventually fell out
of favor. When Carolina Gold edged toward
extinction in the early-20th century, a victim
of crossbreeding and the rage for new,
modern rice varieties, Carolina Gold rice
wine disappeared along with it. The
legendary drink survived only as the
inspiration for rice wine spirituals, sacred
songs still remembered in remote crooks

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along the Gullah-Geechee Corridor, which
roughly parallels Interstate 95 from
Wilmington, N.C. to Jacksonville, Florida.
But last month, Merle Sheperd, a Clemson
University etymologist and vice-president of
the Carolina Gold Rice Foundationwhich
supports the repatriation of Carolina Gold
and other heirloom grainscame into about
36 bottles of newly made Carolina Gold rice
wine. This may be the first of its kind, he
wrote in an exclamation point-laden e-mail
sent to fellow board members.
Just as in the 19th century, this rice wine was
produced in a make-do spirit (re: by an
unlicensed party), cut with Concord grape
juice and aged for about six months. And
because federal agents cant always be
charmed by historical significance into
bending the law, Sheperd doesnt want to
publicly disclose who produced the wine. If
the experimental batch impresses the right
people, though, he foresees a future of
successful commercial sales based upon
Carolina Golds recent revival.
Glenn Roberts of Anson Millsthe
Columbia, S.C.-based company that led the
charge to return Carolina Gold, amongst
other grains, from a few saved seeds to a
viable cropemphasizes that wine isnt the
only rice-based spirit on the horizon. Since
planting his first Carolina Gold rice fields in
1998, Roberts (who created the foundation)
has dreamed of jumpstarting a robust
culinary culture with rice at its core.
He wants to drink not only Carolina Gold
rice wine, but Carolina Gold rice beer and
Carolina Gold rice whiskey.While half a
dozen brewers across the country have
started fooling around with sake (Japans
legendary rice-based wine), only one

operationAustin-based Texas Sake whose

Whooping Crane wine medaled twice in
competitionannounced plans to use
locally grown rice, but personal health
issues forced the companys closure in June.
Could Carolina Gold rice provide the push
needed to establish a U.S. rice wine
industry? Sonoko Sakai, a Japanese food
culture advocate and cooking instructor,
who first poured the wine for sake experts in
Los Angeles, says her peers werent
persuaded.Sakai points out that the rice
prized for sake production in Japan isnt
everyday eating rice, so using Carolina gold
rice for wine may be at odds with the goal of
mainstreaming the glorified grain.
Its also difficult to judge its suitability for
wine without testing different levels of
polishing, or the milling down of rice husks
that determines sake classification; that
changes the whole equation, Sakai says.
She also suggests taking the grape juice out
of the blend. That threw us off, because
you dont really taste the rice, she says.
Its like bad plum wine. But its fun; its
exciting. I just think more experimentation
is necessary.
University of South Carolina professor
David Shields, who functions as the Watson
to Roberts Holmes, says the taste of
antebellum Carolina Gold rice wine isnt
addressed by historical record. But we
know what it looked like, he said at the
tasting of the faintly straw-colored, clear
wine. It looked like this, he said referring
to Sheperds bottles.
Having grown up in Japan, Shields is a
longtime sake aficionado: He collects sake
cups, and when work takes him to big cities,
he plots his itineraries around sake shop

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visits. So it makes sense for Shields to
structure his expectation around the worlds
most enduring rice wine tradition, even if
sakes defining koji mold never touches
Carolina Gold grains. The cross-cultural
treatment is an enduring reflection of the
restless conditions that defined the
Lowcountrys heyday, when ships bound for
Europe were pulling out of Charleston
harbor daily to make way for schooners
laden with Indian spices and Portuguese

Sarathi with representatives of rice millers

associations and the general managers of the
Civil Supplies Corporation from all
districts.Explaining the Chief Ministers
decision to provide superfine variety rice to
hostels, the Commissioner requested the rice
millers to make available the commodity in
required quantities. He enquired from the
Civil Supplies Department officials about
the allotment and off-take of rice to hostels
and the total quantity required per annum.
Source with

Today, without tasting notes or recipes to

guide them, the Carolina Gold rice team
cant exactly replicate the regions original
rice wines in the way that, say, crme de
violette and Navy-strength gin have been
conjured for the current century. But in the
process of playing with flavors, much as the
first Carolina Gold rice growers did, theyre
forcefully demonstrating the value of an
heirloom grain and connecting with the past
in a way that brings to life an almost-lost
Southern tradition.


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December 2, 2014 Last Updated at 20:30


Odisha mulls incentives to

boost rice processing
The state has been producing around 8
million tonne rice every year and roughly
60% of it is processed at domestic mills
BS Reporter | Bhubaneswar


Millers to supply superfine

rice to hostels
The rice millers have agreed to the
Telangana Governments request to make
available superfine quality rice such as
BPT and sona masuri to all welfare
hostels from January 2015.A decision to this
effect was taken at a meeting convened by
Commissioner of Civil Supplies C. Partha

The Odisha government proposes to provide

incentives for setting up of integrated rice
processing mills
produce rice bran oil and rice husk power
using surplus rice available in the state.The
state has been producing around 8 million

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tonne (mt) rice every year and roughly 60
per cent of it is processed at domestic mills,
while rest are transported to other states,
either for onward shipment to other
countries or for consumption there.Some
portion of the output is processed
domestically by households.
To tap the business potential in the rice
sector, the government wants to provide
incentives to integrated rice millers."There
is no specific package for funding the rice
mills. However, the provisions mentioned in
the Food Processing Policy, 2013 can be
applied to investors wanting to set up rice
mills," said Panchanan Dash, state MSME
Recently, at an event organised by
International Finance Corporation (IFC) to
explore investment opportunities in the grain
sector, state chief secretary, G C Pati had
said, "Odisha has become a rice exporting
state and we need technology upgradation in
existing mills and new mills in urban areas.
"The state government said, all the benefits
would be covered under its food processing
policy. The policy ensures five per cent per
annum back-ended interest subsidy on

working capital loan for first five years from

commencement of operation of the units
subject to a limit of Rs 5 lakh per year for
five years.The move is aimed at developing
more rice mills in coastal districts such as
Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur and other nearby
districts as a latest study found that nearly
eight such districts lack milling capacity
compared with their annual demand."There
is definitely investment scope to establish
integrated rice mills (rice processing unit,
rice bran oil making unit and bio-mass
power unit) in Odisha.
We need to develop container facility at
Paradip and Dhamra soon so that home
grown rice can also be exported from here,
rather than depending upon Haldia and
Viskhapatnam ports to do so," said Dillip
Kumar Agarwalla, managing director,
Sabitri Industries, which has a turnover of
nearly Rs 350 crore per year out of its Jajpur
rice processing plant.


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