Since the rice pledging scheme has been working so well, according to fugitive prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and Pheu Thai, let's see about expanding the programme. How about setting up teak-pledging and durian-pledging schemes.
We'll use the same formula: a promise to pay teak plantation owners and durian orchardists 1.2 times the market rate for their products. A whole lot of teak trees get cut down and a lot of durian (which ordinarily is left to rot) gets sold. It would be along the lines of an earlier plan, also implemented by Thaksin when he was PM: to fly over-ripe fruit by Air Force transport jets to Thai embassies overseas.
Plus, fewer teak trees will translate to added land space for ever more apartment complexes and shopping malls - so everyone's a winner.
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