Cav Banana, et al

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You can email me directly at sembawangtrading.co@gmail.com

We also offer Banana Chips, Coconurt  Sugar, Banana Chips, Pineapples, etc.

Size does matter in Cavendish Bananas

 

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Davao Philippines’Cavendish Bananas is known deliciously sweet.

  • Philippine is now the 2nd Largest Exporter of Bananas in the world.
  • The majority of these shipments are destined for the growing regional markets of China, the Middle East and, to a lesser extent, Russia to satisfy their demand for fresh produce
  • Exports of Philippine bananas for the last quarter of this year are expected to rise following China’s lifting of restrictions on Philippine exports early this month.
  • Below are the 15 countries that accounted for the highest dollar value worth of bananas exported from the Philippines during 2015:
  1. Japan: US$176.9 million (40.2% of total bananas imports)
  2. China: $109.2 million (24.8%)
  3. South Korea: $51.6 million (11.7%)
  4. Iran: $33.8 million (7.7%)
  5. United Arab Emirates: $19.2 million (4.4%)
  6. Saudi Arabia: $12.9 million (2.9%)
  7. Kuwait: $8.7 million (2%)
  8. New Zealand: $6.5 million (1.5%)
  9. Hong Kong: $5.2 million (1.2%)
  10. Singapore: $5.1 million (1.2%)
  11. Malaysia: $2.3 million (0.5%)
  12. Taiwan: $2.1 million (0.5%)
  13. North Korea: $1.7 million (0.4%)
  14. Bahrain: $1.1 million (0.2%)
  15. Qatar: $912,000 (0.2%)
  • Among the above countries, the fastest-growing consumers of Philippine bananas exports since 2011 were: Bahrain (up 822.2% in value), Saudi Arabia (up 638.1%), Malaysia (up 312.3%) and Kuwait (up 195.4%).Production system ranges from backyard to highly integrated operation with the latter catering to the export market.
  • Weak demand in the EU.
  • Total import of fruit by the Philippines from 2008 till 2013. The highest volume of imports occurred in 2012 reaching 240,477MT while the lowest was in 2008 to 187,265MT. The average annual growth rate was 3.68% during this time period.
  • Philippine farms produced a total of 8.65m tonnes of bananas valued at P117.15bn ($2.6bn) in 2013, down from a peak of 9.23m tonnes worth P108.13bn ($2.4bn) the previous year, according to PSA data. Concerted efforts over the past two decades to expand banana production have led to the commodity becoming the country’s most valuable crop as well as its most profitable agricultural export.
  • The past years, the yield dramatically been reduced due to destruction brought about by the strong typhoons that hit the country particularly the major producing areas in Mindanao. Another calamity was the most recent “El Nino.”  Nevertheless, these are not typical and Mindanao is not a typhoon belt.
  • Overall, the average annual growth rate was 0.26% and 16%, respectively for production and area for the six-year time period.
  • The farms are generally small in size (1-5 ha) with minimal care resulting to low yield.
  • Big farms are typically managed by Cooperatives, Organizations and Investment Companies

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This business walk an extra mile for its clients.  It literally exist to assist.

Interested importers can email us directly at sembawangtrading.co@gmail.com for further details.

 

The Singapore Way

I went back to Singapore recently and I was glad that I saw the amazing infrastructure again. Singapore is trully the hub for commodity trading and the cheapest place to establish a business, as per reported by World Bank.  Below are my actual photos

Rice Retailing Business Plan

It seems many Filipinos are desiring to enter into business but most don’t know where to start as they don’t know how to make a feasibility study or business plan.  Just this month, I already made 2: one is a Software-Hardware Development Business Plan and the other is Rice Retailing.  Both of which are former OFW or Overseas Filipino Worker.  I was told that they have the experience and ability but lacks capitalization so they would want to grab what OWWA and Land Bank of the Philippines is offering to them.    First I made a full blown Feasibility Study but they were told to only submit 2-3 pages.  With my experience with BID Network, I was able to immediately provide a Business Plan Fact Sheet or the summary format.  With my experience, I was able to help and earn though not all can pay as many only ask for my help.  So far, below are the list of topics I produced for requestors in London, Africa, Philippines and other countries:

1. Cavendish Banana Cultivation and Import-Export potentials

2. Moringa Cultivation and Processing

3. Hardware-Software Development and Audio-Video Image Capture and Analysis (embedded technology programming, Windows programming for iPad/iPhone applications and high level image capture used for satellite imaging, missile targeting system, digital camera technology, etc.)

4. Maize Cultivation and Milling

5. Rice Trading

6. Setting-up your business in Singapore

7. Setting-up your business in the Philippines

On progress:  Soya Beans Cultivation and Sorghum

 

If God willing, I will joint venture with a funder to formalize my Consulting business as there are times that I need to site visit locations for further research and analysis.  My desire is that one day I could establish my consulting company either in Singapore or in Tagaytay City Philippines.  I am willing to collaborate with other firms and big companies for a sutainable consistent work with promising income potentials.

Feasibility Study for Buyer/Importer for Risk Management

I am into commodity trade and export since 2006, primarily offers Cavendish Banana from Philippines, Rice from Thailand/Vietnam and Moringa Propagation.

Trading and Import-Export is a money making machine but I am saddened how many importers fall into waste of time and losses of lots of money.    Many are earning but a lot are being cheated as there are so many scammers in the internet. Per my own experience, the bait always entraps those who are greed and the ones who only think of  profit yet do not invest on feasibility study and planning.   In the contrary, those who knew the importance of research are the ones who earn more revenue in the long run as it is necessary to manage the business right and its risks involve.

With this realities in the trade and import-export business, I offered an extra mile services of doing their feasibility study and business plan and wants to ask of my services.  I am thankful because they turned-out satisfied.

I provide below studies if needed but I needed ample support as doing a research required at least a week or  two for a brief stay in the target location.  Such is not an easy task and somehow inconveniently risky.

– Feasibility Study

– Business Plan

– Marketing Plan

– Brand Equity

– Other research material for a credible business direction.

Some clients do not believe and prefer to find the supplier themselves.   Everyone is free to decide.  It’s just that buyers mostly fall to wrong person/company as end sellers and/or farm owner-grower are hard to find in the internet.   What mostly found in the net are the  Trading companies or agent/broker.    Worst, some buyers  fall to a pretender-scammers.  To avoid hassles and loss of money, I suggest to my client buyers/importers that I can lead them to right contacts by allowing me to first coordinate with farm owner/end seller and provide feasibility study based on rigid research and actual site visit.  Otherwise, the risk is to the buyer/importer if they go straight to the location.    The sample is available upon request via e-mail:  denissalvatierra@yahoo.com

Moringa Cultivation and Processing Feasibility Study

Cavendish Banana Cultivation/Import-Export Feasibility Plan

Rice Trading Feasibility Study

Establishing your business in Singapore Feasibility Study

Establishing your business in the Philippines Feasibility Study

If you are interested, you can e-mail me at denissalvatierra@yahoo.com

Rice Trading

0. Executive Summary

The Product: RICE

We can offer:  Thailand Rice, Vietnam Rice, Pakistan Rice, Indian Rice, Brazilian Rice and Philippine Rice (Philippine Rice is for local consumption/delivery only due to government regulation)

I simply intend to establish a profitable wholesale-retail Rice Trading firm, in collaboration with our Rice Miller partners in Bulacan, Cagayan-Isabela, Nueva Ecija and Laguna. We are not exclusive to one supplier to be very sure on price competitiveness and standards.

Pls click to link below for more photos and details related to Philippine Rice…

https://fyi09.wordpress.com/2010/07/02/philippine rice/

We can also facilitate imported rice, based on below broken percentage (e.g. Thailand, China Rice, etc.):

  • 5% broken
  • 10% broken
  • 15% broken
  • 100% broken

We can offer Rice in accordance to local demands and corresponding quality requirement (e.g. restaurant/hotel quality, retailer’s quality, supermarket standard, etc.). We can supply both new and “laon.”

More details on a later page.

The Service.

For our unique selling proposition, we will exert more effort and introduce new services to meet what is needed by our customers.

  • We can arrange trucking for a speedy delivery, and/or search for other ways to lower cost on overhead
  • We will design a highly efficient refillable transparent rice dispenser for retail use (convenient enough to carry 25 to 50 kg)
  • We will have ready transparent plastic packing and weighing scale, and packing sealer.
  • We desire introduce a retail van and delivery trike (original design based on what is needed for industrial efficiency – registered/patented):
  • Close Delivery Van type

–       To redesign the back portion in a manner that can be transform itself into a mobile rice retail store, and with facility to store and pack various rice varieties.

–       Serve as mobile branch store

–       To be positioned in a specific target location for a bigger area of responsibility.

–       With direct communication from head office/store to facilitate delivery within its area of responsibility

–       With back-up delivery trike

Motor Bike with side carrying facility

  • We will set-up a hotline for buyer’s inquiry and comments related to price and request for delivery (minimum order):
  • Will introduce website to accommodate more buyers.
  • Has the capacity to facilitate import-export deals in collaboration with our partner exporters in Thailand, Vietnam, Pakistan and Brazil.

The Customer.

Target Market:

Locally, our main targets are as

  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Rice Retailers
  • Resorts
  • Distributors
  • Retail buyers within our scope area

For International Target Market. We are more sought in Middle East and Africa so we will concentrate to where our service is needed.

FYI.  We already facilitated a rice deal in Bahrain and continuously get inquiries from other Middle Eastern countries.

  1. The Business

1.1. Business Model and Value Proposition

1.1.1. Definition

As such, BIGAS@N101 will serve as a Rice online wholesale arm of Sembawang Trading, and as the go-between for the manufacturers/producers and the wholesale buyer/importer to meet their needs in the market.

This business dream to expand in the near future in the areas of farming and support to farmers and new entrepreneurs.

1.1.2. Business Name

We are registered as…

The word “Sembawang” was derived from a residential place in Singapore called Sembawang Drive to where the proponent learned online commodity trading when he briefly stayed on 2005.  We facilitate various products for export.

But as to our local rice offer, we plan to use a different name, as per suggested Signage design below.  If not, we will have no choice but to register below logolized company name

Why?

“Bigas” means Rice and “Bigasan” means Rice Store. The “@” was inserted instead of plain “a” as it is a symbol of e-commerce and trading. This will communicate to consumers that we are more than an ordinary rice store, we also facilitate wholesale and be also found in the internet (on-line rice trading). Our store name is easy to understand.

1.1.3. Objective

To go beyond the usual and to be a partner in progress

1.1.4. Mission

Never stop searching for ways  to better serve and satisfy our clients.

At the same time, we aim to create  a balance-work atmosphere above and beyond personal gain.

1.1.5. Vision

Out of the box rice trade and agriculture  with dignity and social responsibility.

1.1.6. Core Values

  • Teamwork
  • Knowledge
  • Hard work
  • Integrity
  • Satisfaction
  • Respect
  • Social responsibility
  • …”whatever we do, we do it all  for the glory of God”

Quotation:

“People succeeded in their projects

not only because they know

how to grow their crops

or their farm animals.

They succeed because they know

how to market they produce.

They know how to time their production

so that they sell their harvests

at a high price.”
– Zac B. Sarian

1.1.7. Location

Tagaytay is where I and my family reside.  It’s progress in terms of tourist destination and realty development is a strategic decision to establish a commodity trading firm.

**If you are really that interested on this, kindly e-mail me directly at denissalvatierra@yahoo.com for the full Business Plan Proposal link.

Rice Up Philippines

Photo taken at Nueva Ecija rice field

Banayo Assures Stability in Rice Supply as Lean Months Starts

Excerpt from Department of Agriculture Philippines website…

National Food Authority administrator Angelito T. Banayo assures the country has a stable rice supply as the lean months sets in citing NFA’s intensive palay buying during the summer harvest among the factors that contribute in attaining supply stability.

Traditionally called the lean months, from July to September are the period when farmers grow palay and production are at its lowest.

As of the first week of July, the NFA he said has some 40.7 million bags of rice or 2 million metric tons (MMT) which will be sufficient for the next ten months based on the agency’s average daily rice sales of 110,355 bags.

The agency’s rice inventory is also capable of sustaining the country’s food security rice requirement for 56 days based on the country’s daily requirement of 36,300 metric tons (MT).

“NFA stock inventory at present is almost double the required 30-day food security buffer at the start of lean months,” according to Banayo.

He also noted that the NFA rice inventory accounts for 59 percent of the 3.4 MMT total industry stocks. Household stocks with 972,700 MT accounts for 28 percent and commercial stocks at 460,200 MT representing the 13 percent balance.

The rice supply aberration in 2008 and the threat of El Nino this year has prompted the NFA to implement several strategies to improve its grains inventory that include increasing its domestic palay procurement.

In the last three months when the effect of El Nino was at its worst Banayo noted the NFA was even able to buy palay at a volume that was 253 percent higher than its target.

In April and May, NFA’s actual volume of palay procured were 1.7 and 1.2 million bags as against its target of 696,900 and 504,900 bags respectively.

In June when there was minimal spill over of the summer harvest, NFA maximized its buying operation and bought a total of 387,014 bags of palay as against the 138,500 bags target.

He also noted that in spite of the possible effects of El Nino on the country’s palay production, NFA is targeting to buy 12.25 million bags this year.

The bulk of procurement is expected to peak during the main harvest starting October further ensuring stability in supply while providing marketing assistance to farmers.

For more information on NFA programs, please send inquiries via NFA mobile number 0917-6210927.###(DA-NFA)

… Please read as well my article “The Korean Way” (related — also in this blog)

Philippine Rice

Below are the common Rice Brand and Varieties we offer and trade in the Philippines.

We need an Investor to keep us going (local rice trade).   We are no ordinary trader… we are direct to the Millers who directly buys from farmers so our price is cheaper and buyers prefer us.

Bamboo

Dinorado

Gold Cup

Long Grain

Glutinous Rice (“Malagkit” in Philippine native language)

MGM Whole Grain

R-64

Sinandomeng

Strawberry

Wagwag

There’s more!

If you are interested in having rice trading business or support a rice/agriculture pursuit in the Philippines, you can contact me directly at denissalvatierra@yahoo.com

Our Credible Business Plan is available upon request.

We Are Into Rice Trade and Export

We Offer:

1. Philippine Rice

* Available only to local buyers due to recent government ruling.

2. Thai Rice

  • Long Grain White Rice 5-35% broken
  • Long Grain White Rice A1 Super Sortexed
  • Parboiled Rice 100% Sortexed
  • Hom Mali Rice
  • Pathumthani Frangrant Rice

3.  Vietnam Rice

  • Long Grain White Rice 5/10/15% broken
  • Fragrant Rice
  • Glutinous
  • Japanese Rice

4.  Pakistan Rice

  • Super Kernel Basmati Rice
  • 385 Basmati Rice
  • Blended Basmati Rice 386
  • Long Grain IRRI-9 Rice
  • Long Grain IRRI-6 White Rice 5/10/25% max
  • IRRI-9 Parboiled (Sella) Long Grain Rice
  • IRRI-6 Parboiled (Sella) Long Grain Rice
  • IRRI-6 Parboiled (Sella) Long Grain Rice

5.  Brazilian Rice

  • Long Grain White Rice
  • Parboiled Rice

6. Others (per buyer’s request/preference)

Quantity

The minimum order we accept is 1 to 2 fcl/20ft container.  It holds 21 to 25 metric tons of rice.

Rice Milling Procedure

The basic goal of industrial rice milling is transforming paddy rice into white rice, while giving it a good appearance and selecting the best quality grain for human consumption.

Packing

Packing size is 2-5kgs. – material is Food Grade Plastic bag, option:  vacuum bag.

Packing size is 5-50kgs. – material is Single Polypropylene (PP).  Option: PE bag, Quality Guarantee Bag, Quality Guarantee Coin.

Rice is sold either in a truck load (140 sacks of 100kg each per truck) or in packs of 1, 5, and 15 kgs. Polyethylene bags are usually used for packing rice, on which the brand could be sealed. Pricing depends on the rice quality, which ranges from low to high.

Local Distribution
We intend to import as well for Singapore market. For such, we can avail of the services of local reputable logistics firms.

International Distribution
Exporting channels could either be in break bulk vessels or container vessels.

Container Vessels
Commonly used as a means to ship import and export goods internationally, container vessels provide a quick and convenient way to load and unload the packed rice. However, a container vessel could carry less weight and the shipping cost is more expensive than that of the break bulk vessels. The weight per container ranges from 23 (20′ container) to 27 (40′ container) metric tons. After transferring packed rice into a container, it is loaded on to the vessel’s deck.

Retail Sizes Available

Food Grade Plastic Bag

Net Weight : 5 kgs,2 kgs,1 kg,500 g, 10 lbs,and 5 lbs.

Double Bag PP+PE W/ Hand Carry

Net Weight : 5 kgs and 10 lbs

New

Wonderkeep is pioneered from the Oxygen Absorber that extracts the oxygen from the interior of a sealed plastic package in a sort period of time and the normal atmospheric oxygen level of 21% drops to less than 0.1 % With the elimination of as most all the oxygen in a package, the fresh of rice is maintained for a longer period. Preservation of freshness, nutrition of rice and keeps insect away. Wonderkeep are available for packing of 500g,1kg, 2kgs and 1LB, 2LB, 5 LB

Packing sizes and configurations can be customized to individual needs.

Our supplier/miller partner also mills and packed for buyers with their own blend requirements and specifications. We welcome long term partners who can take advantage of our quality processed rice, either using our house brands or the buyer’s brands.

Note: We have alternative suppliers of packing bag from China, for lesser cost.

Quality Control

Rice Inspection Certificate

All rice export is inspected prior to loading. Generally the inspection is done by independence surveyor ( SGS, etc) appointed by buyer/seller and according to the Ministry of Commerce regulation, the Rice Inspection Committee of Board of Trade of Thailand has been appointed to inspect all lots of Thai Rice Export.

General Inspection Checklist/Guide

  • Check job assignment details: Shipper, Commodities, Specification, Weight, Packing, Mark, Quantity, Vessel’s Name, Destination, Inspection date, etc.
  • The tare, gross and net weight of packaged rice is checked
  • Rice quality is checked before loading
  • Checked for worms, insects, foreign matter
  • Check the quality of rice commodity with sampling during rice packaging loading
  • Rice quality is checked at least 1 sample per containerized cargo.
  • Digital photos are taken during the course of inspection

Rice Weighing Inspection Checklist/Guide

  • The weighing scale is checked before packing with standardized weights
  • Tare weight of empty bags is checked
  • Random checking of gross weight is performed
  • Uniform weight is reported

Rice loading Inspection

  • The weigh scale is checked before packing with standard weight
  • Before loading into lighter, the inspector checks the condition of the lighter, including cleanliness, previous cargo, type of floor, overlaid with dunnage and suitable for fumigation
  • Before stuffing into container, the empty container is checked for cleanliness, dry, free of odour, free of Infestation, watertight, etc.
  • The quality of rice product is checked during loading. Report in Statement of Fact for rice loading, Physical analysis report and Finding for worms, insects, and foreign matter is performed

Sampling of rice cargo loading

  • The weigh scale is checked before packing with Standard Weight
  • Pre-Loading Samples are taken, packed and sealed before loading
  • Loading Samples are taken
  • Reference samples are taken
  • Lab Analysis samples are taken for physical and chemical analysis in the laboratory
  • Composite Sample mixing is taken for all samples of each day of loading

Rice Testing:

Rice quality is tested by using methods including

  • Grain composition
  • Rice defects
  • Types and grades of rice
  • Chemical tests
  • Determination of amylose content
  • Determination of moisture content
  • Determination of milling degree and milling period
  • Determination of the admixture of other non-glutinous rice varieties in Thai Hom Mali
  • Alkali test
  • Non radioactivity test
  • DNA test
  • GMO test
  • Aflatoxin B1&B2 and G1&G2
  • Pesticide residue

e-mail us directly at

denissalvatierra@yahoo.com or at rice.sembawang@gmail.com

for your request for quotation or questions.