BANGKOK, 14 July 2019 (NNT) - The government is still using a market-oriented production principle policy to stabilize the price of rice according to the mechanism. Farmers are asked to accept the government’s guidelines intended to solve the problems.
Lt Gen Werachon Sukondhapatipak, Deputy Government Spokesman, disclosed today that Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha takes heed of rice farmers who want the government to ensure that the price of rice is in accordance with the market mechanism and won’t cause a long-term problem leading to corruption. He has confirmed that what the farmers want is in line with the government’s policy, especially the comprehensive rice production and marketing plan, which is aimed at balancing the demand for rice and its supply, under the principles of market-oriented production, rice price stabilization and enhancement of rice production along with marketing efficiency that regulates the price of rice according to the market mechanism.
The Prime Minister emphasized that throughout the year, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives will pursue plans promoting rice selling and farming, reducing production costs and price risks, such as planting a variety of crops during the dry season, producing and distributing good seed, promoting the large-scale farming system and organic rice production, while comprehensively linking the organic rice market to the GAP rice market.
As for the guidelines of the new government, the Prime Minister will take into account the sustainable benefit to the farmers. They won’t be trapped as in the past. The new government will still promote the principle of market-oriented production, and encourage everyone to build an income that can support themselves and their families continuously. He asked the farmers to believe in the new government’s efforts.