According to a report it has been stated that a 15-year effort to open China’s doors to U.S. The rice growers could mean a boom for Southeast Missouri farmers if a sanitary protocols agreement is reached soon. The protocols have been in limbo since China joined the World Trade Organization in 1999, keeping the U.S. rice out of Chinese markets.
Further, the China has gone from being a rice exporter, however, to import more than 2 million tons of the grain, as narrated by Mr B.J. Campbell, past chairman of the U.S. Rice Producers Association. Meanwhile, Missouri is the fifth-biggest rice producer in the U.S., with export receipts topping $120 million in 2013. Arkansas is No. 1, but because water is lacking there, so an expansion in that state is not feasible. It has been added that it’s moving to north Arkansas and more into Missouri because that’s where the water is as informed by Greg Yielding of the Arkansas Rice Growers Association.
In this context, the officials from the U.S. and the People’s Republic of China are expected to sign the protocol agreement next week when Chinese president Xi Jinping makes a visit to Washington, D.C., as disclosed by the USRPA. While, the sanitary protocols agreement still is expected to be signed, which it may not be possible till November and the actual signing is likely to take place in China.
Furthermore, the protocols ensure rice imported to China is of good food quality and free of pests and disease and it must be in the place before imports can occur. There are six different bugs that China does not want in their country, as stated by Campbell. The good news is that these pests are not there in the U.S., however, still one have to put the traps out with bait in them for these particular insects.