TDRI details apparent costs of rice pledging programme, including Bt111 billion in corruption

The Thailand Development Research Institute found that the country spent up to Bt985 billion buying 54.4 million tonnes of paddy in two and a half years under the scrapped rice-pledging scheme but most of the Bt560-billion producer surplus went to medium-to-large-scale farmers. According to the paper “Corruption in the Paddy Pledging Policy”, which was compiled […]

‘Replace subsidy system with welfare system’

THE NATIONAL COUNCIL for Peace and Order should replace the country’s subsidy system, including the rice-pledging policy, with a welfare system that would cover all people and the poor in particular, Nipon Poapongsakorn, a distinguished fellow at the Thailand Research Development Institute, said yesterday. An administrative system should be set up to run the social […]