[hepr-vn] GLOBAL RICE PRODUCTION TO RISE BY 1.8 PER CENT IN 2008,
SAYS UN AGENCY
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Subject: GLOBAL RICE PRODUCTION TO RISE BY 1.8 PER CENT IN 2008, SAYS UN AGENCY
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2008 10:02:14 -0400
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GLOBAL RICE PRODUCTION TO RISE BY 1.8 PER CENT IN 2008, SAYS UN AGENCY
New York, Apr 2 2008 10:00AM
Global rice production is expected to increase by 1.8 per cent or 12 million
tonnes this year, easing a tight supply situation in key cultivating
countries, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) <"
Assuming normal weather conditions, sizable production increases are expected in
all the major Asian rice-producing countries Bangladesh, China, India,
Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Thailand, where supply and demand are
currently rather stretched.
The international rice market is currently facing a particularly difficult
situation with demand outstripping supply and substantial price increases, said
FAO Senior Economist Concepcion Calpe.
She added that higher rice production in 2008 could reduce the pressure, but
short-term volatility will probably continue, given the very limited supplies
available from stocks. This implies that the market may react very strongly to
any good or bad news about crops or policies, she stated.
Production is also expected to rise in Africa, Latin America and the European
Union, while it may contract in Japan, one of the few countries where producer
prices fell last year, the agency said.
Meanwhile, the forecast for Australia is dismal, in light of extremely low
water availability, and a decrease is also expected in the United States, owing
to competition from more profitable crops.
According to FAO, global rice prices have risen by about 20 per cent since
January, reflecting the limited supplies available for sale. Prices are not
likely to rise further in the coming months, with the arrival of new rice
harvests in Brazil or Uruguay, as well as in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia,
Thailand and Viet Nam. So far, prospects regarding these crops are positive,
said Ms. Calpe.
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