PM accuses local politicians of colluding with millers to suppress rice price

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha accused local politicians of working hands in gloves with some millers to suppress rice price with an ill intention to sow seed of discontent among farmers against the government.

The prime minister made the allegation in passing when he chaired the meeting of the Rice Policy and Management Committee or the rice board on Monday. He did not elaborate and didn’t say how the government would deal with the unscrupulous local politicians and millers.

He also cited the incomplete reform of the farming sector for causing the price plunge, especially the Hom Mali rice whose price has plunged to the lowest level in ten years.

Also attending the rice board meeting were Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak, Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda and Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives Minister Chatchai Sarikalya among others.

The prime minister noted that rice price problem had been a complicated issue and remains unresolved for years. He reportedly instructed the rice board to come up with measures to resolve the problem quickly, saying that even if the government will have to suffer some loss, it will have to look after the farmers the best it can.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)