- Apr 21 - South Korea's Agro-Fisheries & Food bought a total of 72,000 tons of non-glutinous brown rice for arrival between August and September via tenders.

The agency initially sought to purchase 87,000 tons via 9 tenders, but it will open the bids for the remaining two tenders after sample tests are complete.

Details of the purchase are as follows:

TONS

GRAIN TYPE

SUPPLIER

ORIGIN

PRICE/T

20,000

Brown Short

Daewoo Int'l Corp

China

$893.50

10,000

Brown Short

Singsong Food Corp

China

$890.00

10,000

Brown Short

Singsong Food Corp

China

$890.00

5,000

Brown Medium

Singsong Food Corp

U.S.

$826.98

15,000

Brown Medium

Seomok Trading Corp

U.S.

$873.34

7,000

Brown Medium

Singsong Food Corp

U.S.

$825.47

5,000

Brown Medium

Singsong Food Corp

U.S.

$821.95

- USDA estimated US rice planting 32% complete as of Apr 19, compared to 26% a week ago, 31% last year and a 42% five-year average

- Philippines cut rice output forecast to 4.47 MMT from 4.59 MMT previously