Rice policies caught in controversy and politicization ?

Thai society was shocked when well-known serial petitioner Srisuwan Janya, who has been a thorn in the flesh of the powers that be for years, was arrested on January 28…

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Thai govt. to help rice farmers get higher prices this year

The Thai cabinet approved rice price intervention measures today, aimed at discouraging farmers from rushing to sell their crops to rice traders or millers, but to store their harvests in…

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Commerce Ministry proposes rice price stabilisation scheme

The Thai Ministry of Commerce will propose, to the National Rice Policy and Management Committee this Wednesday, a 4-point measure to stabilise rice prices through the stockpiling of about 14…

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Farmers advised again to skip a rice crop cycle after harvest in October

The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) has repeated its strong advice to rice farmers not to plant a crop after the harvest in October and November this year, due to the…

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Thai rice packers agree to delay price increase

The Internal Trade Department (ITD) has asked the Thai Rice Packers and Thai Millers associations to postpone their plan to increase the price of packed rice, to ease the burden…

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Price of packed rice to go up by ฿3/kg in September

The Thai Rice Packers Association has announced a 3 baht/kg price increase for packed rice, to 20 baht/kg, effective in September, citing increased production costs. The association’s president, Yongyut Phurkmahadamrong,…

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George Orwell inspired Russian restaurant in Bangkok

George Orwell, the author of the dystopian “1984”, is known to have frequented London pubs, and half of the gin mills in the city are said to have had him…

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File photo : Pheu Thai MP Pichet Chuamuangphan

Second deputy House speaker-elect has a fiery reputation

Pheu Thai MP Pichet Chuamuangphan, who became the second deputy House speaker-elect uncontested on Tuesday, is known for his “gesture” politics. When his name is mentioned, people remember his strong…

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El Niño could reduce Thailand’s rice output by up to 6 percent this year

Thailand’s rice output this year may drop by as much as 6%, to between 25.1 and 25.6 million tonnes, due to the impacts of the El Niño weather phenomenon, according…

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Women wade through waist deep water to harvest paddy cultivated as part of Pokkali farming system at Kadamakkudy wetlands on the Arabian Sea coast in Kochi, India. (AP Photo/R S Iyer, File)

Trouble looms for Indian grain that combats climate change

On a tiny sliver land in southern India, the future of an ancient grain that helps combat climate change is in doubt. An ongoing tussle in Chellanam village, a suburb…

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A matter of rice and death in Myanmar

Myanmar, a developing nation, relies heavily on exports of raw ingredients, of which agricultural exports make up nearly 10%. According to a recent Bloomberg report, Myanmar’s Rice Federation had set a…

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Things you may not know about Thai Hom Mali, the world’s best rice

The pride of the nation, Thai Hom Mali rice (Jasmine Rice) is native to Thailand yet not every Thai knows the history of this delicious grain. Thai Hom Mali rice…

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