Local Concerns: The collapse of organic rice
There is no doubt about it. The rice pledging policy is overwhelmingly popular with rice farmers. Why shouldn't it be? The paddy price offered by the Thai Rice Association is only 10,500 baht a tonne when the price offered by the government is 15,000 baht. The market paddy price for Hom Mali jasmine rice is 15,000 a tonne while it is 20,000 baht from the government.
A rice art project by Greenpeace shows an organic rice field featuring a pattern created by using two different types of rice. Organic rice farmers are facing the threat of bankruptcy because of the government’s rice pledging scheme. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA
In other words, the government pays the farmers 4,500-5,000 baht a tonne more than market prices. This cost does not include other expenses such as warehouse rent, transportation and rice polishing, to name just a few.
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