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Govt to continue rice pledging

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The government will continue with its rice price pledging scheme, despite calls by economists to end it, because most rice farmers like it, Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom confirmed on Thursday. 

He was responding to comments by an academic at the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) that he and his colleagues plan to submit an open letter to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinwatra, asking her to scrap the scheme.

Mr Boonsong said continuing the scheme was not a violation of the charter and the government is not running a rice trading business, as alleged.

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