Strong rice demand from Asia, Africa lift Indian prices

Export costs of rice from India rose this week on growing demand from Asia and Africa, whereas dwindling provides of the staple lifted Vietnamese charges.

Prime exporter India’s 5 per cent damaged parboiled selection was quoted at US$363 to US$367 per tonne, up from final week’s US$361 to US$365, with costs additionally being supported by an appreciation within the rupee.

“Demand for all sorts of rice is powerful from Asia and Africa,” stated Nitin Gupta, vp for Olam India’s rice enterprise.

Typically, a stronger rupee reduces merchants’ margin from abroad gross sales.

In neighbouring Bangladesh, home costs remained excessive, which officers blamed on hoarding and warned of strict motion in opposition to these amassing the staple for windfall earnings.

In the meantime, Vietnam’s 5 per cent damaged rice was provided at US$420 per tonne on Thursday (Might 5), up from US$415 every week in the past.

“Costs are edging up on tight provides because the winter-spring harvest has come to an finish,” a dealer primarily based in Ho Chi Minh Metropolis stated, including that provides would improve after the summer-autumn harvest in late-Might.

Vietnam’s rice exports within the first 4 months of the yr possible rose 4.4 per cent from a yr earlier to 2.05 million tonnes, whereas income from rice exports within the interval fell 6 per cent from a yr earlier.

Thailand’s 5 per cent damaged rice costs had been quoted at US$435 to US$445 per tonne on Thursday, a rise from US$432 to US$435 final week.

“There was extra demand from Iraq, with many freighters despatched to purchase rice and this drove up costs,” a Bangkok-based dealer stated.

Ships made accessible by Center Japanese purchasers have eased the burden of excessive freight prices that had been a priority for exporters earlier, in accordance with merchants.

The quantity of rice out there will start to lower as Thailand transfer in the direction of the wet season, one other dealer stated.

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