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Govt to sell 8m tonnes from rice stocks this year

Mar 22. 2017
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By The Nation

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The government plans to sell 8 million tonnes of white rice inventory within this year, Wiboonlasana Ruamraksa, permanent secretary at the Commerce Ministry, said on Wednesday after a meeting of the National Rice Policy Committee.

The inventory is part of rice stocks of 18 million tonnes accumulated from the rice subsidy scheme implemented by previous governments.

The 8 million tonnes comprise three grades of rice: 3 million tonnes food grade; 3.66 million tonnes industrial-use grade; and a million ton of rotten rice, which can be used only for alcohol production.

Last month, the Commerce Ministry put up 1.3 million tonnes of food-grade rice for auction and another 1.5 million tonnes will be put up for auction in May.

Nineteen traders are participating in the auction for industrial-use grade rice, she said.

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