Nattawut: 30% of rice now inspected

About 30% of the 2,100 rice storage facilities under the rice pledging scheme throughout the country had been inspected as of early Thursday afternoon and authorities had not found any irregularities so far, Deputy Commerce Minister Nattawut Saikuar said.

  • Published: 27/06/2013 at 03:54 PM
  • Newspaper section: news

Mr Nattawut was speaking after a video conference with national police chief Adul Saengsingkaew, commanders of Metropolitan Police divisions 1-9 and Provincial Police regions 1-9, senior highway and immigration police.

He was briefed on progress in the sweeping inspection of rice stockpiles. 

"The operation has not found any irregularities that indicate corruption so far," he said. 

However, he admitted there was overlapping information about the number of rice mills and rice-storage facilities in certain provinces.

At warehouses where the rice is in the process of being fumigated to kill weevils and other pests, police had taken pictures as evidence and would return to inspect them later, Mr Nattawut added. 

The total amount of rice at each warehouse inspected was expected to be known this evening, he said.

A combined team of police and officials from the Commerce and Finance ministries, and Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives inspect the stockpile at a rice mill in Sam Chuk district of Suphan Buri as part of a day-long blanket rice storage inspection on Thursday. (Photo by Kosol Nakachol)

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