Thailand’s Controversial Rice Policy Helps Neighbors’ Exports

The Thailand government is pressing ahead with a rice price support scheme despite criticism over financial losses, concerns over rice quality and falling rice export sales.  The scheme is possibly helping rival exporters, especially Vietnam and Burma.
The rice program was a keystone of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s electoral success in 2011 and was hugely popular among rice growers from rural areas that form the backbone of political support for her party. 

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