Thailand may retake spot as world's top rice exporter
Shipments of cheap rice resume after end of controversial subsidy scheme
Mon, Oct 06, 2014 - 5:50 AM
HARVEST TIME: To wean farmers off handouts, the government is trying to lower the cost of fertiliser and machinery. Experts are urging the farmers to focus on producing higher quality - and higher value - strains of rice.
TWO years after losing its place as the world's biggest rice exporter, Thailand is eyeing a return to the top spot as the impact of a bungled subsidy scheme eases and it sells cheaper grain to a grateful global market.
The subsidy, which offered farmers up to 50 per cent...