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    MoFA introduces farmers to improved rice

    cultivation methods

    Thursday, November 7, 2013 8:08 AM

    The Ministry of Food and

    Agriculture (MoFA) has

    appealed to rice farmers to

    become more receptive of

    improved farming technologies

    to boost crop yield and

    returns.Mr. Samuel Ankomah,

    Ahafo-Ano District Director of

    the MoFA, said they should

    heed technical advice and take

    advantage of the expertise of the agricultural extension officers to

    increase the production of rice, a staple diet in many Ghanaian

    homes.He was speaking at a forum on the Sustainable Rain-fed

    Lowland Rice Production Project held at Tepa in the Ashanti

    Region.The project is a collaborative effort by MoFA and the Japanese

    International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to raise production levels and profitability for better livelihoods.Mr.

    Ankomah said they needed to shift from traditional cultivation practices to embrace new but simple and

    inexpensive techniques, as the nation made aggressive push towards food sufficiency and food security.Ghana

    has enormous potential to produce enough to feed the population if farmers accepted to go by the new way of

    doing things in terms of demarcation of rice field, pudding, bonding with water inlet and outlets, as well as

    leveling.Mr. Ankomah said under the MoFA/JICA project, small-holder farmers in the area are being assisted to

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    use simple farm tools, which were affordable.They had also been introduced to a system of land development

    that had proven to be effective for weeds control, helped to significantly improve water holding capacity,

    efficient nutrient intake and fertilizer efficiency to support crop growth for optimum yield.Added to these, are

    simple post-harvest tools including the use of the sickle, bambam box and tarpaulin to make sure that the paddy

    rice was of high quality.Mr. Ankomah said within the last four years, per hectare yield of rice farms in the area

    had gone up from 2.2 tons to 5.5 tons due of the project.Nana Adusei Atwenewaa Ampem, Omanhene of Tepa,

    thanked the Japanese Government for its technical support to the agricultural sector.

    Source: GNA

    FAO expects more balanced food markets, less price volatility

    Commodity markets are becoming more balanced and less price volatile than in recent years thanks to improved

    supplies and a recovery in global inventories of cereals, according to FAO's Food Outlook report published

    today. "The prices for most basic food commodities have declined over the past few months. This relates to

    production increases and the expectation that in the current season, we will have more abundant supplies, more

    export availabilities and higher stocks," said David Hallam, Director of FAO's Trade and Markets Division.

    The sharp increase in 2013 cereal production mostly stems from a recovery of maize crops in the United States

    and record wheat harvests in CIS countries--those that Commonwealth of Independent States. World rice

    production in 2013 is expected to grow only modestly. Global cereal stocks, ending in 2014, are also anticipated

    to increase, by 13 percent, to 564 million tonnes, with coarse grains alone up by 30 percent, mostly in the

    United States. Wheat and rice stocks are also projected to rise, by 7 percent and 3 percent respectively. The

    expansion in world cereal stocks would result in the global cereal stocks-to-use ratio reaching 23 percent, well

    above the historical low of 18.4 percent in 2007/08. In 2013, the world food import bill is set to decline by 3

    percent to $1.15 trillion, with import costs of cereals, sugar, vegetable oils and tropical beverages falling, but

    dairy, meat and fish remaining firm, according to FAO's latest Food Outlook.

    Food prices rise slightly

    The FAO Food Price Index, also published in this report, rose slightly in October, averaging 205.8 points. This

    was 2.7 points, or 1.3 percent above September, but still 11 points, or 5.3 percent below its October 2012 value.

    The slight increase was largely driven by a surge in sugar prices, although prices of the other commodity groups

    were also up.World sugar production is forecast to increase only slightly in 2013/14. The rise is likely to be

    limited in Brazil, the world's largest sugar producer and exporter, where unfavourable weather conditions have

    hampered harvesting operations. World sugar consumption is set to grow by about 2 percent in 2013/14.The

    Index, which is a measure of the monthly change in international prices of five major food commodity groups

    (including 73 price quotations), has undergone some changes in the way it is calculated, although the new

    approach did not significantly alter the values in the series, FAO reported. The revised Index has also been

    extended back to 1961.


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    Global food prices rise in October after five months of falls


    ROME Thu Nov 7, 2013 6:15am EST


    ROME Thu Nov 7, 2013 6:15am EST

    (Reuters) - Global food prices rose slightly in October after declining for the past five months, the United

    Nations food agency said on Thursday, forecasting more stability in markets as it raised its estimate for 2013/14

    cereals output.The rise in prices last month was fuelled by sugar costs, which increased due to concerns about

    harvest delays in Brazil. Prices of wheat and edible oils also strengthened, the Food and Agriculture

    Organisation (FAO) said."Prices are settling around these levels," FAO senior economist Abdolreza Abbassian

    told Reuters by telephone.

    "I do not see such sharp declines in prices in coming months as we have seen in the first half of the year," he

    said.FAO's index measuring monthly price changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy, meat and sugar,

    averaged 205.8 points in October, up 1.3 percent from September and hitting its highest level since July.Food

    prices surged during the summer of 2012 due to a major drought in the United States but prospects for a

    rebound in cereal production to record levels have weighed on prices this year.In its biannual Food Outlook

    report published on Thursday, FAO said food markets were becoming more balanced and less price volatile

    than in recent years thanks to bigger supplies and a recovery in inventories.FAO raised its forecast for world

    cereal output in 2013/14 to 2.498 billion metric tons (2.7536 billion tons), about 10 million metric tons higher

    than its estimate in October.It increased its estimate for world wheat output in 2013/14 to 708.5 million metric

    tons from a previous forecast of 704.6 million metric tons.

    World cereal stocks at the close of seasons ending in 2014 are now seen at 564 million metric tons, higher than

    a previous estimate of 559 million metric tons and up 13 percent from their opening levels.FAO said it had

    revised its data for the food price index and had extended records back to 1961.The revised index still shows a

    record peak was hit in February 2011, when high food prices helped drive the Arab Spring uprisings in the

    Middle East and North Africa.In the summer of 2012 the index began surging to levels close to another peak

    seen in 2008, when several poor countries experienced riots, some of them deadly.

    (Editing by Gareth Jones)

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    Wednesday, 06 November 2013 17:40

    More rice for Africa, target of new research hub

    Burundi has turned its rice research capacity up a notch to improve food security in Eastern and Southern Africa by

    establishing a regional rice research and development hub with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).

    IRRI's Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office, opened on 30 October 2013.

    In his speech at the official opening of the new Robert S. Zeigler

    building that will house IRRIs Eastern and Southern Africa Regional

    Office, First Vice-President of Burundi His Excellency Bernard

    Busokoza stated that the government strongly supports further

    collaboration between IRRI and Burundi to improve the regions rice

    production and support the fight against food insecurity.First Vice-

    President Busokoza said that the Government of Burundi and IRRI

    share the same vision: to provide sustainable methods of growing rice to improve the well-being of rice producers and

    consumers, to reduce poverty and preserve the environment.The new regional office will focus on developing and testing

    new rice varieties matched to the different rice production ecologies across Eastern and Southern Africa. To support

    IRRIs activities, First Vice-President Busokoza also announced that the government has granted IRRI use of a 10 hectare

    plot of land at Gihanga for its rice re

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