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Rice costs rise as exporters grapple with floods, coronavirus

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BENGALURU: Rice export prices in top-hub India edged greater this week as floods and surging coronavirus cases hammered provide and export logistics.
India’s 5% damaged parboiled selection rose to $383-$389 per tonne from final week’s $382-$387, with exporters struggling to fulfil orders as a result of restricted availability of containers and staff on the nation’s greatest rice dealing with port, Kakinada, within the state of Andhra Pradesh.
“Demand is large for Indian rice as a result of decrease costs, however exports are getting affected by floods and the coronavirus outbreak in Andhra Pradesh,” stated Nitin Gupta, vice chairman for Olam India’s rice enterprise.
With 2.84 million whole COVID-19 circumstances, India is the worst-hit nation in Asia and third solely behind the US and Brazil when it comes to the variety of circumstances.
Floods in neighbouring Bangladesh broken rice crops price 363.34 billion taka ($4.29 billion) on round 100,000 hectares, agriculture minister Abdur Razzaque stated.
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Bangladesh, the world’s third greatest rice producer, typically depends on imports to deal with shortages brought on by floods and droughts.
In the meantime, Vietnam’s 5% damaged rice charges had been unchanged at $480-$490 a tonne on Thursday, its highest since late 2011.
“Provides are skinny as native merchants have elevated their purchases not too long ago and the summer-autumn harvest has ended,” a dealer based mostly in Ho Chi Minh metropolis stated.
The return of the novel coronavirus to Vietnam late final month has additionally prompted the hoarding of rice domestically, the dealer famous.
Merchants anticipate costs to remain elevated for the subsequent few months till a brand new harvest in October.
Provide issues additionally pushed Thailand’s benchmark 5% damaged rice costs as much as $480-500, its highest since July 2, from $465-$500 final week,
“It looks as if the rice harvest within the provinces is not going to be so nice,” a Bangkok-based dealer stated.
Demand for Thai rice has remained flat this week as costs had been excessive, merchants stated.

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