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Smuggled Rice Worth $28 million Seized In China

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Smuggled rice worth $28 million seized in China

 

Customs officials in southwest China have confiscated 29,000 tonnes of smuggled rice which has a staggering street value of $28 million.

Black market rice is a burgeoning industry in China due to government policies which allow farmers to sell their rice at pre-fixed rates if market prices fall.

It is unlikely the policy will be rolled back any time soon due to political sensitivity for rural communities, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Authorities have not released where the seized rice originated from, but customs authorities have seized more than 218,500 tonnes so far this year. It is believed the lion's share has been smuggled from Vietnam and the Philippines.

China is by far the largest importer of rice in the world and are the eleventh largest rice exporter, behind Australia who come in at tenth.

China is also the second-largest rice producer, but are unable to produce enough to meet demand.

In August and October this year, customs police in central China seized 28,700 tonnes of smuggled rice worth close to $33 million and detained 18 people.

In November, southwest Chinese customs authorities seized 32,500 tonnes of rice worth $26 million and detained 19 people.

Read more at http://www.9news.com.au/world/2016/12/16/16/20/smuggled-rice-worth-28-million-seized-in-china#lc6YJwL4MQ2LG56I.99

 

 

Isn't the Philippines generally struggling to have enough rice , and have to import large quantity's as it is...?

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I don't understand the big deal or I guess it hurts the farmer?  But what about the consumer, there's shortages and the prices remain high, same with vegetables after a severe storm certain items are costly due to damages.

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How is rice coming from the PI when they can not grow enough to satisfy the people here? Is it being transshipped thru the PI?

Smugglers pay no taxes, and local farmers are undercut on price, so they cannot stay in business.

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"China are the largest importer of rice and the eleventh largest exporter. China are the second largest producer of rice but unable to produce enough to meet demand"

 

I must be missing something here.

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How is rice coming from the PI when they can not grow enough to satisfy the people here?

 

If they didn't eat it 3x a day there might be enough to go around :)

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If they didn't eat it 3x a day there might be enough to go around :)

I can't do any more than I already am to reduce the rice shortage.

 

But really folks, it's not like it's food or something.

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If they didn't eat it 3x a day there might be enough to go around :)

Many don't have enough money to buy anything but rice. A varied diet is usually a luxury of wealth. If you didn't grow up in extreme and grinding poverty it is a hard concept to grasp for some.

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Many don't have enough money to buy anything but rice. A varied diet is usually a luxury of wealth. If you didn't grow up in extreme and grinding poverty it is a hard concept to grasp for some.

 

Nailed it , they have the option of eating rice ...or rice.... 

 

My wife told me that when they were growing up in total poverty .. rice was all they had and they used to mix coconut and sugar with it ... you know , just to switch it up a bit here and there... :)

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Many don't have enough money to buy anything but rice. A varied diet is usually a luxury of wealth. If you didn't grow up in extreme and grinding poverty it is a hard concept to grasp for some.

 

My wife can eat anything she wants but still eats rice 2-3 times a day. Corn is cheaper than rice in the Philippines and mungo beans don't cost much more than rice and both are tastier imo. I like steamed rice once in awhile, but 3x per day?? No way. It seems like almost a religion with some of them. I've watched in awe many times as peenoys fluff, stack, and then pinch off a glob with their fingers, sometimes looking at it and deciding it's not quite right,  then putting it back and re fluffing and stacking their little pile. Crazy.

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The truth is,they WILL NOT survive without rice..

Every Xmas I make a huge full roast Dinner with Pork,Chicken or Beef ,roast potatoes,veg and Yorkshire pudding..Its like a Kings banquet!

The thing is though ,my Mrs gives the in laws a huge steaming pot of rice to eat with it..

"Without rice they still feel hungry" daw!!

OMG.

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