Asean Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve 

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 What is APTERR?

 

The ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR) is a regional cooperation established under the APTERR Agreement signed by the Ministers of the Agriculture and Forestry of the ASEAN Plus Three at the 11th Meeting of the ASEAN Minister on Agriculture and Forestry Plus Three (AMAF+3) on 7 October 2011 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The APTERR was officially established itself as a permanent mechanism and also marked the official launch of the APTERR Secretariat office in Bangkok in 2013. 

 

We are keen to strengthen food security, poverty alleviation, and malnourishment eradication among its members without distorting normal trade, while the common goal of the APTERR Parties is the assurance of food security in the ASEAN+3 region. 

 

 

 

Natural Disasters

 

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WEEKLY UPDATE ON NATURAL DISASTERS
IN ASEAN PLUS THREE

No. 366 792726210d1e7546b7ced88db6894424 

8 – 14 May 2024

Rice Situation

 

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WEEKLY UPDATE ON  ASEAN PLUS THREE
RICE SITUATIONS 

No. 366  792726210d1e7546b7ced88db6894424

8 – 14 May 2024

  1. Cambodia
  2. Indonesia
  3. Malaysia
  4. Thailand
  5. Viet Nam

Lightning strike claimed one life and injured another in Siem Reap province. A lightning strike occurred at the Kbal Krabei pond in Romduol village, Reul commune, Puok district, Siem Reap province of Cambodia on 8 May 2024. The lighting strike killed a teenager and left one another seriously injured. The National Committee for Disaster Management warned of more lightning storm occurrences in 2024 than last year.

Sources: Khmer Times. (2024, May 9). 1 killed, 1 injured in Siem Reap lightning strike, The Start. (2024, May 10). Cambodian govt issues warning for people to be alert as wet season approaches; lightning storms likely to jump in 2024.

Flash floods wreaked deadly havoc in West Sumatra province. Flash floods engulfed Agam district, Tanah Datar district, and Padang Panjang city in West Sumatra province of Indonesia on 11 May 2024. There were 27 people confirmed dead. The floods damaged residential areas, forcing many people to flee their homes to safer places, and disrupted transportation routes. The governors instructed provincial authorities to closely work with district authorities for providing a swift response to those affected. 

Sources: Antara. (2024, May 12). Authority confirms 27 killed in West Sumatra flash flood.

Devastating rains and winds caused severe destruction in Kuala Lumpur. Heavy rain and strong winds uprooted several trees in many areas of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The fallen trees damaged a total of 10 vehicles including five cars and five motorcycles. The traffic on Rahmah Road was disrupted while a house roof along Selesa 1 Road was destroyed. Later, the Fire Department teamed up with Kuala Lumpur City Hall to conduct tree-cutting and cleaning operations in affected areas.

Sources: New Strait Times. (2024, May 13). Five cars, five motorcycles and property damaged after several trees uprooted in the city [NSTTV].

Violent storm ravaged Nong Khai province. On 13 May 2024, a storm hit several areas of Nong Khai province, Thailand. Houses, infrastructure, crops, livestock, and temples were damaged. Electricity poles were fallen, leading to a widespread power outage. Local authorities and village leaders promptly provided assistance to those affected and restored power.

Sources: Thaiger. (2024, May 14). Nong Khai battered by fierce storm, homes and temple ravaged.

Heavy rainfall devastated several parts of northern Viet Nam. On 10 May 2024, flash flood and landslide triggered by heavy rainfalls caused damages in Dien Bien Dong district of Dien Bien province and Ba Vi district of Hanoi, northern Viet Nam on 12 May 2024. In Phi Nhu commune, Dien Bien Dong district, a house completely collapsed, and around 30 others were submerged in mud. Besides, the landslide in Ba Trai commune, Ba Vi district caused rocks and soil to tumble down onto an indoor playground, tragically claiming the lives of three children.

Sources: Toui Tre News. (2024, May 11). Flash flood damages 30 homes in northern Vietnam; VN Express. (2024, May 12). Landslide in Hanoi Kills Three Children at Indoor Playground After Heavy Rains.

  1. Cambodia
  2. Thailand
  3. Viet Nam

Cambodia's rice exports over 248,000 tonnes of rice in the first four months of 2024. According to the Cambodia Rice Federation, Cambodia exported over 248,000 tonnes of milled rice from January to April 2024, worth 170 million USD. The kingdom shipped 67,457 tonnes of milled rice to China at that time, earning 42.3 million USD.The varieties of rice included fragrant rice, white rice, parboiled rice and organic rice, among others.

Source:Xinhua. (2024, May 8). Cambodia earns 170 mln USD from milled rice export in first 4 month.

The strong currency pushes Thai rice prices a near two-month high. Thailand’s 5 percent broken rice prices rose slightly 600 USD per tonne from 588 – 595 USD per tonne a week earlier, with traders attributing the increase to fluctuations in the exchange rate. Demand is not a problem and we just need enough supply. The Market is anticipating more rice supply from off-season crops around June and July 2024, Bangkok-based traders said. Moreover, the main markets for Thai rice include Indonesia and the Philippines.

Source: Brecorder. (2024, May 9). Asia rice: Rates rise in top hubs, Thai prices hit near 2-month peak.

Vietnamese rice prices rise  amid limited supplies. The prices of Vietnamese 5 percent broken rice increased to 585 USD per tonne from 577-580 USD per tonne a week ago. Prices edged up on tight domestic supplies because a major harvest in the Mekong Delta has ended. Trading activity is weak due to high shipping costs and high export prices, Ho Chi Mninh-based traders said. Furthermore, Viet Nam’s rice output is estimated at 20 million tonnes, of which 7.3 million tonnes will be exported, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Source: Brecorder. (2024, May 9). Asia rice: Rates rise in top hubs, Thai prices hit near 2-month peak.