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S. KOREAN Gov't to lower bidding price for imported U.S. Rice
The bidding price for imported U.S. rice will be lowered starting this week to facilitate its sale, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry said Monday.

"Details cannot be released since they can affect bidding, but the government plans to lower the minimum price for the Tuesday online bid," ministry spokesman Lee Yang-ho said.

Seoul will now hold Internet bidding twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday, after having bidding only on Wednesdays.

He said the measures will affect the 2,700 tons of U.S. Calrose rice that has arrived since late March. The government had arranged five bids for the U.S. rice starting on April 5, yet found no buyers for the last two bids. Holding onto the unhusked rice for long periods could result in quality deterioration, Lee said.

He said lowering the minimum bidding price would hurt farmers who are boycotting imported rice because it would eventually cause prices to fall for locally produce rice.

The lower rice prices will also hurt farmers because the mark-up system used, which makes imported rice almost as expensive as local brands, gives farmers various forms of assistance. If the government is compelled to lower the markups it will give less assistance to farmers.

However, 3,000 tons of Chinese rice that has already arrived will not be affected by lower prices, Lee said.

In addition, Seoul said that it has drastically reduced the minimum requirements for retailers and grain merchants to take part in the bidding.

"Previously, retail and wholesalers had to have annual sales of 30 billion won, while grain merchants needed to have sales topping 1 billion won," Lee said. The requirement has been lowered to 5 billion won for the former and waived for the latter, he said.
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