Panama: Rice Certification

Authorities and growers are considering installing neutral laboratories to certify rice quality.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Panamanian officials will visit Nicaragua in September, to learn about this country's experience, as they have 12 laboratories operating in the most important rice mills.

"Abelardo Carles, manager of the National Product Exchange (Baisa), explained that they intend to install a laboratory with interested mills, but they would be independent", reported Prensa.com. "Baisa would assume the cost, which would range between $20.000 and $25.000 for each one".



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Millers, traders, consumers, agricultural authorities and rice growers agreed to import 1.3 million quintals of rice paddy in order to meet domestic demand and the shortfall in domestic production.

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Local production of the grain is increasing and approaching self-sufficiency figures, while prices are stable.

The cost of supplies has fallen considerably (50%), which enables an increase in planted area and it could exceed 70 thousand hectares, with yields in excess of 100 thousand quintals per hectare in 2009. In this manner, there would be enough production to achieve self-sufficiency.

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The country will import 1.3 million quintals in order to compensate for current low crop yields.

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It will not be until February next year that there will be a discussion on import quotas, when a new inventory will be compiled.

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