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Farmers urged to save rice crop from insects

LAHORE - The Punjab Agriculture Department has advised rice growers to take timely measures to protect the crop from insect attack. A spokesman for the department said on Friday that in case of severe insect attack the crop could completely be damaged. He said insects which badly harm the the crop included stem worm, leaf curl worm and Toka (grasshopper). The stem worm usually attacks the Basmati variety while leaf curl worm attacks Basmati and Ari varieties, he added. He…

More rice from less water

Rita Sharma .The hindu With water becoming an important cost, and with climate change and soil degradation, the System of Rice Intensification offers disadvantaged farming households better opportunities A truant monsoon is in the offing, with El Niño weather patterns expected to bring about drier conditions. India has the world’s largest area devoted to rice, a very water-intensive crop. This is a good time for giving impetus to “more crop per drop” practices, now that the rice-growing…

Thailand Rice Quotes Advance as Government Checks Stocks

Jul 03, 2014 - oryza The Oryza White Rice Index, a weighted average of global white rice export quotes, ended this week at about $465 per ton, up about $4 per ton from a week and a month ago, and down about $9 per ton from a year ago. The International Grains Council (IGC) estimates that 2014 world rice trade will reach a record 40 million tons, about 5% more than the 38 million tons traded in 2013, due to increased imports by Far East Asian and African countries.  The…

Rice export still grows by $280 million despite rupee rise

May 17, 2014-BR Report Despite fall in dollar's value against Pak rupee, the country's rice export to the world markets grew by $280 million during July-Mar 2013-14, exporters said on Friday. "Over 2.5 million tons of rice has been exported since the rupee appreciated against dollar," said a rice trader, Hashim Sharja Wala. He said: "World's demand for Pakistani rice is growing in spite of a surge in rice prices on the global market." Pakistan exported $1.666 billion of rice during…

Punjab produces two million tons of basmati rice in 2013

November 30, 2013 M RAFIQUE GORAYA Punjab produced two million tons of fine basmati rice this year which is 0.25 million more than the production of previous year, Director General Agriculture Extension Services, Dr Anjum Ali told Business Recorder on Friday.Last year Punjab produced 1.75 million tons of superior basmati rice. Dr Ali said that paddy crop was planted over 2.9 million acres in the province during Kharif season of 2013-14 which was 0.5 million acres more than the area…

Rice record

November 4th, 2013 Amid the political stalemate, rampant crime, the squalor of the city and the dire state of the sugar industry the news about rice output has provided welcome relief. Based on information provided to the Government Information Agency by Agriculture Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy, rice production so far this year has reached 514,000 tonnes,  zooming past last year’s record of 422,000 tonnes, which until October 21st was said to have been the highest yield ever in…

Golden rice myths

There has been a lot of misinformation and just plain propaganda about Golden Rice (GR) put out in the last week or so. It is stunning that so many are talking about this topic with out even a basic understanding of the real issues. Bottom line, there are clear unanswered questions on basic efficacy and safety of GR. Here are some of the basic issues. First, both GR 1 and GR 2 (released in 2005) are Japonica rices. For those that don't know, there are basically two subspecies of Oryza…

Scientists sound new warning for rising arsenic in rice

July 23, 2013 By AFP PARIS: Rice tainted with high levels of arsenic has been linked to genetic damage that heightens the risk of cancer, a study published on Monday said. Naturally-occurring arsenic in drinking water is a long-known health hazard, especially in Bangladesh, where tens of millions of people depend on wells drilled in the 1970s. Scientists have also fretted about rice grown in contaminated groundwater, but this is the first time they have found proof of a risk.…

Rice exports to South Africa decline by 85pc

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 KARACHI: The Rice exports from Pakistan to South Africa plunged by 85 percent to 4,500 tons in the first eleven months of the ongoing fiscal year as compared to 29,577 tons exported in the same period of last fiscal year, Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (Reap) reported on Monday. To cope up with the situation mentioned above, a 14-member delegation of Reap has left for South Africa, said a statement. Jawed Ali Ghori, chairman of Reap, who was leading the…

Rice

Rice cultivation is well-suited to countries and regions with low labor costs and high rainfall, as it is labor-intensive to cultivate and requires ample water. Rice is the seed of the monocot plants Oryza sativa (Asian rice) or Oryza glaberrima (African rice). As a cereal grain, it is the most widely consumed staple food for a large part of the world's human population, especially in Asia. It is the grain with the second-highest worldwide production, after maize (corn), according to data…

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