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Jan 11, 2017 05:15 PM IST IST | Source: Reuters

Rice prices in India up as demand revives; Thailand market quiet

India, the world's biggest rice exporter, saw its 5-percent broken parboiled rice quoted at USD 346-USD 350 per tonne this week, up from USD 341-USD 345 last Wednesday.


Rice prices in India rose on a revival in demand from African and Asian buyers while markets in Thailand and Vietnam remained quiet, traders said on Wednesday.


India, the world's biggest rice exporter, saw its 5-percent broken parboiled rice quoted at USD 346-USD 350 per tonne this week, up from USD 341-USD 345 last Wednesday.


The rise in prices came as demand from African buyers improved, said an exporter based at Kakinada in southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.


"African buyers were making good purchases after a long time," he said, adding there was also some demand from Asia.


India mainly exports non-basmati rice to African countries and premier basmati rice to the Middle East.


Domestic buyers also started returning to the market, helping raise prices despite ample supply which cut prices last week, a Mumbai-based exporter said.


"Good export and domestic demand is offsetting impact of rising supplies," he added.


India's summer-sown rice output is seen at a record 93.88 million tonnes in the crop year to June 2017, 2.81 percent higher than last year.


In Thailand, prices of 5-percent broken rice rose slightly to USD 360-USD 365 a tonne, free-on-board (FOB) Bangkok, from USD 355-USD 360 last week.


"There is some small demand from Iraq and Singapore," a trader in Bangkok said.


"The market is otherwise quiet."


Thailand, which exported 9.63 million tonnes of rice in 2016, aims to increase exports to 10 million tonnes this year.


The country will also curb paddy rice production at 25 million to 26 million tonnes for the 2017-18 crop year in a bid to prevent an oversupply of the grain which could dent prices.


Thailand will begin auctioning about 8 million tonnes of rice from government stockpiles in the first quarter this year and aim to clear the stocks by the end of this year.


Vietnam's market remained subdued though its 5-percent broken rice was quoted at USD 345-USD 350 a tonne, FOB Saigon, slightly higher than a week earlier when buyers were bidding at around USD 335 a tonne.


"Since the New Year holiday until now, there's no order at all," said a trader based in Ho Chi Minh City.


Vietnam is expected to export 5.8 million tonnes of rice in 2017, up 7.4 percent from a year earlier, according to a December report by USD A.

Thailand and Vietnam are the world's second and third biggest rice exporters after India.

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