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Rice scheme simply toxic

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This is a fact; governments are simply too bogged down by the seemingly endless political emergencies which pop up anew every day to pay attention to the real issues that, if not attended to, can make or break our society. 

Worse, these structural problems are often aggravated by governments' short-term political and economic gains. A case in point is the rice pledging policy and the harm it is causing to the environment.

The Pheu Thai-led government argues that buying rice directly from farmers for a much higher price than the market value can quickly improve the livelihoods of rice farmers and invigorate the economy with their improved purchasing power.

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