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My lunchtime wrap (ห่อ) went up this week from 7B to 10B, a 40% rise. The meh kah claims I get more for my money but I'm happy to pay anyway; farmers need all the support they can get, although most of the money goes, as ever, to the traders and wholesalers.

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2 hours ago, Bangkok Barry said:

 

Rice farmers who keep what they have managed to grow for themselves will have no income this year. Not only will there be little of no rice for export, but I can see the government having to import rice and heavily subsidise it for the population. That should eat (pun) into the cash reserves very nicely and maybe the baht might return to a reasonable level.

One may wonder where have the mountains of rice stored in giant warehouses gone. 

 

This huge stock was the result of the rice scheme implemented by Yingluck and previous administrations. 

 

Certainly it was not all exported, since there is not enough demand for that. 

 

I cannot imagine how the small farmers who rely for more than 50% on their rice crop to feed themselves, are going to manage the coming crisis... 

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1 hour ago, BimBoon said:

What drought? It's been overcast for months raining almost daily and we live in the north. 

Your lucky my niece lives in kong luk ( probably spellt wrong) close to kapangpet and they haven't had rain in months their even running out of water for house hold use😢

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4 hours ago, moutamine said:

Time to switch to bread then... rice is overated anyway, empty calories...

White rice has little nutritional value, so eating it just adds empty calories to your diet.  Many people throughout the world are eating more and more processed foods like white rice that contain empty calories.  As a result, there is a rising population of people who are actually nutritionally deficient but also overweight or obese. Obesity is the new face of malnutrition and it is a huge problem.

https://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/2017/11/02/5-reasons-brown-rice-is-better-than-white/

Absolutely.When I go to a restaurant I always take some riceberry rice from 7/11.Much better for you.

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9 hours ago, Misterwhisper said:

It's those bad, bad farmers again who dare sustaining themselves on their own produce. It's not like these straight-as-a-die millers or "agents" would be hoarding any sticky rice in order to drive up the price even higher. The price mentioned in the article is the wholesale price that millers and "agents" charge... the farmers receive only a small fraction of that, hardly enough to make a living. 

The price mentioned is the lowest price, as it is the price guaranteed by the government to the farm. No Thai would sell to a local mill for less when he can get the price by simply delivering the rice to the "boss village".

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5 hours ago, moutamine said:

Time to switch to bread then... rice is overated anyway, empty calories...

White rice has little nutritional value, so eating it just adds empty calories to your diet.  Many people throughout the world are eating more and more processed foods like white rice that contain empty calories.  As a result, there is a rising population of people who are actually nutritionally deficient but also overweight or obese. Obesity is the new face of malnutrition and it is a huge problem.

https://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/2017/11/02/5-reasons-brown-rice-is-better-than-white/

White rice is the rice in the USA where the outer skin is removed.

Neither sticky rice, nor non sticky nor fragrant rice is white rice.

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11 hours ago, webfact said:

19,000 baht a ton in 2018 to around 38,000 baht a ton this August - a 98% rise. 

tomorrow news - Thailand inflation 0.8% a year

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2 hours ago, Brunolem said:

One may wonder where have the mountains of rice stored in giant warehouses gone. 

 

This huge stock was the result of the rice scheme implemented by Yingluck and previous administrations. 

 

Certainly it was not all exported, since there is not enough demand for that. 

 

I cannot imagine how the small farmers who rely for more than 50% on their rice crop to feed themselves, are going to manage the coming crisis... 

 

A lot of that rice was left to rot as Thailand charged too much for the export market, and much of it was sub-standard. I pass by a place that has huge warehouses for storing rice and they are all empty. This is a major crisis that the government and media are playing down (heads in the sand).

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Again, all down to bad water management. When will these idiots learn?

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13 hours ago, Tayaout said:

What about non-sticky rice? 

If you don't have water, it doesn't get sticky.

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15 hours ago, Fred white said:

And next April during songkran they'll waist millions of gallons of water throwing on people cars and motorcycles

 

I just love that old chestnut.  Rates right up there with the horrible waste of electricity playing Christmas songs every year.  Bah Humbug!

 

It takes 2500 liters of water to grow 1 kg of rice.  So the average kid on Songkran probably "wastes" enough water to raise half a teaspoon of rice.  Such a waste...  So much so, that every Songkran, I do without rice for a week- just so all the kids in my neighborhood can throw all the water they want.

 

There's a lot of reasons people here on TVF hate Songkran.  Wasting water isn't a valid one.  Admit it...you'll feel better.  Kids having fun grates on your nerves, just like listening to "Jingle Bell Rock" grates on your nerves.  It ain't about the wasted electricity.  Or the wasted water.

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What drought???  Sure wet season was a late starter and the early rice planters came unstuck but it's been bucketing down regularly here so much that both our dams are overflowing! Some things never seem to change.  Come December and everyone will be shocked by the cold weather and lack of blankets to keep people warm.....

 

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19 hours ago, webfact said:

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.

Obviously the message didn't get through .

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