Developing Countries Will Lead Global Rice Import Growth in 2013-22, Says USDA Rice growers positive California MG prices are UP Russia MG Harvest coming to end Egypt open rice exports Vietnam’s rice export in tough competition with India Thai rice exports in May Rise Above Target This Year Viet-Nam Rice exports likely to fall this year
Australia Medium Grain Rice #1 $ N/A    Egypt 101 #2 $760    Egypt 178 #2 Rice $730    EU Prices Baldo €660    EU Prices LG-A Ariete 5% €550    EU Prices MG Lotto 5% €500    EU Prices RG Balilla 5% €500    Russia Rapan $ 700    USA Jupiter Paddy $375    USA Calrose #1 Paddy $480    USA Jupiter Rice $630    USA Calrose #1 $830   

 Main Page
 Home Page of This Title
 Medium Grain Rice Market
 Global Market News
 Grain News
 Pulses News
 Global Overview
 Importers Profile
 Exporters Profile
 What Is Rice
 History Of Rice
 Rice Harvest Seasons
 Rice Processing
 Rice Nutrition Facts
 Meals With Rice
 INCO Terms
 US Rice Standards
 EU Codex Standards
 Egyptian Specs
 Sponsor List
 All Links
 Commodity Exchange
Search in news database
S. Korean farmers plan big rally in Pusan against rice imports
Organized farmers are threatening to strengthen their protest against the government's intensions to further open the rice market, hinting on plans to hold rallies in Pusan, where the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum is currently underway.

Thousands of farmers clashed with police in Yoido, Seoul, Tuesday in a rally protesting the National Assembly's passing of a bill last month proposing wider rice imports, with protestors wielding rocks and steel pipes against the riot police in the streets nearing the parliamentary building.

Police said that more than 130 farmers and police officers were injured during the incident, with the police rounding up 56 protestors for violence.

The Korea Peasants League, which organized Tuesday's protest, Wednesday criticized the police reaction to the rally, claiming they escalated the situation by resorting to physical tactics too early.

They also said they will continue to organize rallies nationwide ahead of the National Assembly's ratification vote on the rice bill on Nov. 23. The group's plans include holding a large-scale protest in Pusan ahead of the summit meeting of the leaders of the APEC member states scheduled for Nov. 18-19.

''We will organize a farmers' rally in Pusan to express our anger against the visit of U.S. President George W. Bush, who is continuing to put political pressure on our government to open the rice market wider,'' a statement from the Korean Peasants League said.

''We are planning rally in front of the National Assembly on Nov. 21. We are also planning a nationwide rally blocking the country's major highways and railways Nov. 23,'' said the group.

Civic and religious groups, including the Catholic Priests' Association for Justice and the Citizens' Coalition for Democratic Media, also released a joint statement Wednesday denouncing the police reaction on Tuesday's rally.

Korean farmers have been raising their voices in opposition to the government's move to further open the rice market, since the National Assembly passed the rice bill last month.

Last year, the government signed an agreement with nine rice-exporting countries to increase Korea's rice import quota to 7.96 percent by 2014, from the current 4 percent, in return for a 10-year delay in reducing tariffs on rice. Korea is also required to permit up to 30 percent of the imported rice to be sold directly in consumer markets by 2010.

Korea currently imports 225,000 tons of foreign rice per year, all of which is distributed to rice-processing companies.
MGR Archive 20.11.2005
Printer Friendly Version Of This Article
Send This Article To A Friend
User Name:
      Forgot your Password?
Region Type Price  
Russia Rapan $ 700
USA Jupiter Rice $630
USA Calrose #1 $830
USA Calrose #1 Paddy $480
EU Prices Baldo €660
Click for Details

Medium Grain Reports
Rice Market News
World Rice Markets and Trade
USDA Country Reports
Rice Market Monitor
Rice Outlook
Italian Paddy Supply
European Rice Weekly
EU Reports
Convert this amount:

  © 2002 All rights reserved. - Legal Notice