The main rice crop season was several hours old before farmers had taken more rice to the buying stations than the government had money budgeted to pay them. But there were signs, as the third year of massive subsidies began, that the rice-pledging scheme of the Pheu Thai government was both becoming the new normal […]

Extra B9bn of paddy rice appears

More grains pledged than state expected The government’s rice pledging budget for the 2012-13 season may increase as a great amount of paddy poured into the scheme, spurring the national rice policy committee to request an extra 9 billion baht in funding from the cabinet. Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Niwatthamrong Bunsongphaisan, who led […]

Viroj Na Ranong: Myths and Facts on Thailand’s Agricultural Sector

Viroj Na Ranong, PhD TDRI’s Research Director Over the past few decades, Thailand as a major exporter of a range of agricultural produce has sought to pressure other countries to stop their agri-cultural subsidies and open their markets to free trade. Even when faced with resistance from the more developed countries,many of which cited non-economic […]