Rice industry exports charge his new Rice Act is a massive power grab that gives government full, vertical control of the rice industry, from field to market. (Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)Rice industry employers and academics have opposed the draft Rice Act, claiming it would harm the Thai rice industry. Suthep Kongmak, president of the Farmers' Association, said the draft does not benefit farmers and people who are in charge of drafting the Rice Act lack knowledge about the rice industry and how to add value to the grain. Kasem Polchan, president of the Rice Seed Compiler and Supplier Association, said the association also opposes the draft. If it passes the NLA's vetting and comes into force, rice seed compilers may be imprisoned if the seed varieties they compile are not registered with the Rice Department.
Source: Bangkok Post February 11, 2019 21:45 UTC