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Drought crisis sees sticky rice price double amid widespread shortages

 

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Thai Rath reported that the price of sticky rice to consumers has almost doubled year on year. 

 

There are dire shortages of the Thai staple as farmers hold onto supplies for their own use rather than sell it to mills and agents. 

 

This has been caused by 600,000 rai of land being unsuitable for sticky rice cultivation due to the drought crisis hitting Thailand. 

 

Domestic trade representatives have warned people not to engage in profiteering. 

 

In a widely shared article across Thai social media Thai Rath said that the price of sticky rice had increased from over 19,000 baht a ton in 2018 to around 38,000 baht a ton this August - a 98% rise. 

 

Sticky rice is a staple in Thailand particularly in the north east and north. But it is also popular as a compliment to many dishes in Bangkok. 

 

Source: Thai Rath

 

 

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Grimmace at the use of the term "crisis".  This is a mostly predictable, Boom/Bust annual event.   2 recent occasions exacerbated by gubmint leaders and their yes men, to avoid floods in the wet season.  Realize there are other factors, geo-political, agriculture, etc.

 

Amusingly though, the strategy seems to be inspired by a television game show.  What do we have for our lucky contestants, today, Bob?  How about a brand new DROUGHT!

 

So they spin the Wheel of Fortune and let <deleted>loads of water out of the dam.  Then, light some incense, shoot some homemade rockets into the blue sky and pray to the sky god for rain.  Wooops!  Solly Charlie, you roooze dis time.  Maybe neck year you get more rucky, ok?

 

We left on holiday mid-June.  The huge reservoir along the highway to BKK was looking great, finally recovered from the Yingluck "Burberry galoshes" Shinawatra dynasty.

 

Driving North from Swampy last week, it was like a Back to the Future.  The once brimming reservoir was shockingly low.  Cows grazing on new beach front property that was well and deeply submerged when we left 2 months before. 

 

Beggars can't be chosers.  I suppose a drought is less troublesome than flooded towns and cities.   Be nice if Thailand could eventually figure this one out.  Until then, we seem to lurch from one predictable, mostly avoidable, crisis to the next. 

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

There are dire shortages of the Thai staple as farmers hold onto supplies for their own use rather than sell it to mills and agents. 

Well, if they eat it and lose the house and farm.............................

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3 hours ago, sammieuk1 said:

Can confirm the Mrs was moaning about the massive price rise two weeks ago and local sellers now not 🤔

Another false economy racket

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