Global rice production to rise by 18 per cent in 2008 says

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) said today. 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. 2 April 2008Global 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) said today. read more

Sri Lankan man in Italy arrested for brutally assaulting his partner

The police said that the man had thrown the woman towards the room wall resulting in the woman suffering severe injuries. According to the Italian media, the suspect had assaulted his partner at their apartment but yesterday the situation had gone out of control. Neighbours had telephoned the police after hearing the screams of the woman and the Sri Lankan man was arrested. (Colombo Gazette) A Sri Lankan man in Italy was arrested for brutally assaulting his partner, the Italian mdia reported today.The 47 yer old man was accused of mistreating the woman for a year before he was arrested following a police complaint. read more