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Going beyond the rice-pledging scheme

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  • Writer: Peeradej Tanruangporn
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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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