The government's rice-pledging scheme has clearly failed, but what should it be replaced with?
A farmer looks worried during a protest last year to demand the government maintain the rice-pledging scheme. Now, farmers are on the streets again demanding money because the government has failed to pay them for their pledged rice for several months. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK
Under the current scheme, the government has acted as if it has a monopoly in the rice business. The government bought rice from farmers under a fixed price and was responsible for selling it. The consequences?
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