With the government controlling a massive rice stockpile, exporters are warning that long-stored grains will eventually erode buyer confidence in Thai rice quality and damage the country's storied rice export industry.
"The latest report that Iraq will not buy Thai rice until the quality improves is a very good example," said Chookiat Ophaswongse, honorary president of the Thai Rice Exporters Association.
"The Thai Commerce Ministry is duty-bound to accelerate direct talks with the Iraqi authorities to defend and clarify such allegations, as I believe Iraq still needs to purchase Thai rice given its current price drop."
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