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Rice smuggling to get high Thai prices

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25 tonnes of Myanmar rice hidden under cassava waste caught at Mae Sot checkpoint. 

Bags of rice at Myanmar border checkpoint (Source: Post Today).

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Rice smuggled from Myanmar seized

2 Jul 2013
Online Reporters

Customs officers in Tak's Mae Sot district have seized 25 tonnes of rice smuggled from Myanmar believed intended for pledging under the government's rice price scheme.

Pongthep Buasap, head of the Mae Sot customs checkpoint, said the smuggled rice was found hidden among another cargo carried by an 18-wheel truck with Tak licence plate number 80-8203 on Tuesday.

Thanom Phukarnthong, the truck driver, told officers at Huay Hin Fon border checkpoint that he was delivering cassava waste from Myanmar. When officers inspected the cargo, they noticed many rice grains under and around the cassava waste. They then discovered the smuggled consignment.

The  driver confessed that the rice was to be delivered to Nakhon Sawan and Kamphaeng Phet provinces, officers said.

Mr Pongthep said he received a report from a security agency that the rice smuggled from Myanmar was initially planned to be part of the Thai government's rice pledging scheme.

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Vocabulary:

border: the official line separating two areas, regions or countries - เขตแดน อาณาเขต

cargo: things that are being sent by ship, plane, train or truck - สินค้าที่บรรทุกและจัดส่งโดยเรือ เครื่องบินหรือรถไฟ

cassava: a tropical plant with roots that can be cooked and eaten or made into flour - มันสำปะหลัง

checkpoint: a place where people are stopped and questioned and vehicles are examined, especially at a border between two countries - ด่านตรวจ

confess: to admit that you have committed a crime - สารภาพผิด

consignment: goods that are delivered to someplace - จำนวนสินค้าที่ส่งไป

customs: the checking and collecting of taxes on goods leaving or entering the country, carried out by the customs department - งานที่เกี่ยวข้องกับภาษีศุลกากร

discover: to find somebody/something, or learning about something that was not known about before - ค้นพบ

grain: the small hard seeds of food plants such as wheat, rice, etc; a single seed of such a plant - เมล็ดข้าว, เมล็ดพืช

hidden: when something was put in a place where people cannot see or find it - ที่ซ่อนไว้

initially: at first - ในเบื้องต้น

inspect: to look at something carefully - ตรวจสอบ, ตรวจสอบอย่างละเอียด

intended: planned; wanted to happen - ที่ได้วางแผนไว้ ที่ตั้งใจให้เกิดขึ้น

licence plate: a flat piece of metal or plastic on the front and back of a vehicle that shows its license number - แผ่นป้ายทะเบียนรถยนต์

rice pledging scheme: a government programme in which a fixed price, in this case well above the market price, is offered to rice farmers for their harvested rice - การจำนำข้าว

scheme: a plan that is developed by a government or large organisation in order to provide a particular service for people - แผนการ โครงการ

security: protection; safety from attack, harm, or damage - ความมั่นคง, ระบบรักษาความปลอดภั, ความปลอดภัย

security agency: the army or the police or some other similar organization - ทหาร,ตำรวจ

seized: taken away by force or official power - ถูกยึกครอง

smuggle: to take drugs, money, people, etc. to or from a place secretly and often illegally - ลักลอบนำเข้า

state agency: a government department or body - หน่วยงานของรัฐ

waste: the useless part that is thrown away after something is used - ที่ไม่มีประโยชน์, การสูญเสียไปโดยเปล่าประโยชน์, การหมดเปลือง

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