Thai Rice Crisis

FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — After years as the world’s top rice exporter, Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra’s populist policies are causing serious problems.

As the elected senator of northeastern Nakhom Phanom province, Dr. Vitthaya Inala is in a difficult position.

The majority of his roughly 750,000 constituents, many of them poor paddy farmers, are in full support of a year-old government scheme that promises them 15,000 baht ($488) per ton of white rice, he says, far more than they earned in the past.

Read more in The Diplomat.

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