Traders said that while demand has started to pick up, buyers from the Philippines haven’t returned.

However, “rains have also affected quality of the autumn-winter harvest,” a trader said, adding that domestic prices of fresh paddy from flooded farms have fallen due to poor quality.

Thailand’s benchmark 5 per cent broken rice <RI-THBKN5-P1> prices fell to $435-$440 from $445-$480 last week, with traders attributing the dip to low demand.

But floods in some rice growing provinces could hit fresh supply expected in the next week weeks, traders said.

Heavy rains damaged ripening crops in Bangladesh as well, with widespread flooding also causing a spike in domestic prices, despite a government move to set wholesale rates.

Floods have damaged crops worth $4.29 billion in the country, even as a decision on imports was still pending.

In top exporter India, weak demand and a depreciation in the rupee pulled down prices of 5% broken parboiled rice <RI-INBKN5-P1> to $372-$377 per tonne from last week’s 376-$382.

“The flow of new orders has been moderating in last few days,” said an exporter at Kakinada in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.

But India’s rice exports in 2020 might rise by nearly 42 per cent from a year ago to a record 14 million tonnes because of reduced shipments from rival exporters and a weak rupee, industry officials said.

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