Home / Agriculture/ Asia Rice: India prices dip amid rupee decline, Thai rates soar on supply crunch

Asia Rice: India prices dip amid rupee decline, Thai rates soar on supply crunch

Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Friday, 20 April 2018 00:00

BENGALURU (Reuters) - Rice export prices in India dropped for a second week on sluggish demand and a weaker rupee, while Thai rates surged amid supply woes and fresh deals buoyed Vietnamese rates.

Rates for top exporter India’s 5% broken parboiled variety fell by $2 to $417-$421 per ton.

The falling rupee has allowed exporters to sign deals at lower prices without reducing net revenue, said an exporter based at Kakinada in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.

The dollar rose to the highest in nearly seven months versus the rupee on Thursday, pushing up prices in dollar terms.

Also weighing on Indian exports was weak demand from Bangladesh, which had emerged as a major importer since 2017 after floods depleted stocks. India had accounted for over two-thirds of Bangladesh’s imports due to lower freight charges.

Bangladesh expects to harvest 19 million tons from its summer crop, nearly 6% more than a year ago, said Mohammad Mohsin, director general of Department of Agriculture Extension.

No new deals are being struck as harvesting has started, while the government’s stock levels have improved significantly, a trader said.

In Thailand, 5% broken rice rates jumped to $445-454 per ton free on board (FOB) Bangkok, the highest since June 2017, from $437-438 last week. “This year off-season crops have been damaged by pests, so supply has decreased. In some areas, it reduced production by half of what was expected for April. Things should improve by the end of next month when new lot of off-season crops are harvested,” a Bangkok-based trader said.

Thai exporters were also stocking up amid speculation of new deals with Indonesia.

“If the deal with Indonesian government does materialise, it should be for 200,000–300,000 tons,” the trader said, adding that fresh deals with the Philippines could also happen in the coming weeks. However, another trader said the market was slightly overheated.

“I think the prices are slightly inflated because it is based more on speculation than actual fresh deals.”

Vietnam’s 5% broken rice prices rose for a fourth straight week, edging up to $438-$440 a tonne from $435-$440 previously.

“Prices remain high as Vietnam has recently been clinching new deals with Indonesia and Philippines, while the winter-spring harvest has almost ended,” a Ho Chi Minh City-based trader said.

The National Food Authority of the Philippines earlier this week sent a request to Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade to buy 250,000 tons, including 200,000 tons of 25% broken rice and 50,000 tons of 15% broken rice, as per the request seen by Reuters.

The procurement is part of the Philippines’s government-to-government purchasing plan for 2018.


Share This Article


1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.


Today's Columnists

In the desert of Tamil films, actor Sivaji Ganesan was an oasis

Saturday, 22 September 2018

‘Indian Film,’ first published in 1963 and co-authored by former Columbia University Professor Erik Barnouw and his student Dr. Subrahmanyam Krishnaswamy, is considered a seminal study of the evolution and growth of Indian cinema. The book is cit

Imran may turn blind eye to blasphemy law and persecution of Ahmadiyyas

Saturday, 22 September 2018

There are clear signs that Pakistan’s freshly minted Prime Minister, Imran Khan, will make a sincere effort to reduce corruption and maladministration in the domestic sphere. In foreign affairs he is likely to make a brave attempt to mend fences wi

The rate of exchange, capital flight and the Central Bank

Friday, 21 September 2018

The Central Bank (CBSL) exists for the sole purpose of price stability. Its controls on the financial system and monetary policy exist to maintain price stability. As put forth many times by the Governor, the failing of the CBSL to control inflation

Red flag over the Sri Lankan Navy

Friday, 21 September 2018

Shocking story Rusiripala, a former banker in Sri Lanka, who has taken to writing in Daily FT, is perturbed by the red flag I have raised (Daily FT article 18 September) over the shocking charge that our Navy had operated a ransom gang that had abduc

Columnists More