Govt wants to sell 10-year-old rice

Phumtham: 'Better than letting it rot'
Phumtham: 'Better than letting it rot'

Commerce Minister Phumtham Wechayachai on Monday said that the government wants to sell the last stocks of decade-old rice.

Mr Phumtham said that he wants to auction off the rice left over from the controversial rice-pledging scheme of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra's administration so the government can at least earn some money.

"It is better than leaving the rice to rot to no value," he wrote.

Responding to concerns about aflatoxins in the decade-old rice that can cause cancer, Mr Phumtham claimed that if the quality of the rice is improved using modern technology, it will be safe to eat.

Defence Minister Sutin Klungsang on Monday denied a report that his ministry would buy the decade-old rice to feed soldiers.

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said earlier that the government will send samples of the decade-old rice for lab tests to ensure its safety.

A well-known organic chemistry expert who was asked by a media outlet to test samples taken from Surin has said he found aflatoxins on the rice.

Aflatoxins have been associated with an increased risk of liver cancer.

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Vocabulary

  • administration: government - รัฐบาล
  • auction: to sell through an auction (a usually public sale of goods or property, where people make higher and higher bids for each thing, until the thing is sold to the person who will pay most - การขายโดยการประมูล, การขายทอดตลาด) นำไปขายโดยการประมูล
  • cancer: a serious disease in which growths of cells, also called cancers, form in the body and kill normal body cells. The disease often causes death - มะเร็ง
  • controversial: causing disagreement or disapproval - ความไม่ลงรอยกัน
  • decade: a period of ten years - ทศวรรษ
  • denied (verb): said that something is not true or did not happen - ปฏิเสธ
  • liver: a large organ in the body that cleans the blood and produces bile - ตับ
  • rot: to spoil; to decay - เน่า
  • sample: a small amount of a substance that is used for scientific or medical tests - ตัวอย่างทดลอง
  • scheme: a plan for achieving something, especially something illegal or dishonest - แผนการ (ที่มีท่าว่าจะผิดกฎหมาย)
  • stock: an amount of something that you keep so that you can use it when you need it - ที่เก็บไว้ในสต๊อก
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