March 4, 2024

India charges spring to document highs on dwindling provides, agency demand

Charges of parboiled rice exported from prime hub India superior to document highs this week on restricted provides and regular demand from Asian and African patrons, whereas costs eased in Vietnam and Thailand.

India’s 5% damaged parboiled selection was quoted at document $533-$542 per ton this week, up from final week’s $525-$535.

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“Provides available in the market are restricted because the authorities’s paddy shopping for is leaving little for personal gamers. Moreover, rice milling of the brand new season crop is at the moment underway, additional decreasing the provision of milled rice,” mentioned Nitin Gupta, senior vice chairman of Olam Agri India.

India’s rice output is anticipated to drop this fiscal yr for the primary time in eight years, elevating the prospect of New Delhi extending curbs on exports of the grain to regulate meals costs within the lead-up to elections.

Vietnam’s 5% damaged rice was supplied at $630 per metric ton, down from $653 per ton per week in the past.

Merchants famous that home provides are accumulating, and that harvest has begun partially within the Mekong Delta, which is anticipated to peak in March.

“Buying and selling exercise is gradual as patrons are ready for costs to fall additional in anticipation of stronger provides from the upcoming winter-spring harvest,” a dealer primarily based in Ho Chi Minh Metropolis mentioned.

Thailand’s 5% damaged rice costs was quoted at $663-$665 per ton, down barely from $665 final week.

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Costs softened due a weakening baht, mentioned a Bangkok-based dealer.

Nevertheless, there was home exercise and a contemporary order for 0.5 million tonnes from Indonesia, which helped buoy costs, he added.

Rice costs in Bangladesh stayed elevated after a pointy rise final week regardless of good yields and document reserves, prompting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to subject orders for quick motion towards rice hoarders.