The Senate committee on agriculture and cooperatives has advised the next government, after the Feb 2 election, to put an end to the Pheu Thai Party's rice pledging scheme as soon as possible.
Senator Vicharn Sirichai-ekawat, the committee chairman, announced the recommendation at a press conference in the presence of other panel members including senators Pol Lt Gen Yuthana Thaipakdi, Kobkul Pancharoenvorakul and Jitthana Yingthawilapa.
Mr Vicharn said although the rice pledging scheme had helped lift rice prices, and farmers' quality of life, the panel's study showed that over the past two years the scheme had been plagued by widespread corruption having a major impact on social, economic and political conditions.
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