The biggest question currently facing the rice industry, academics and members of the public interested in the government's rice pledging scheme is: Are the Commerce Ministry's claims true that it has signed contracts to export 7.3 million tonnes of milled rice?
So far, statements from Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom, the man at the centre of the export deal controversy, have done little to help clear the air about the existence or non-existence of the contracts.
Prime Minister Yingluck told the media on Tuesday that she had seen the memorandums of understanding (MoUs) concerning the rice export deals, and that eight million tonnes of rice were committed to be exported. Deliveries of all the rice, she said, would be completed by the end of next year.
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