Ministry of Commerce denies rumors of bad rice to be sold in markets

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BANGKOK, 22 June 2015 – The Ministry of Commerce has denied rumors that it will sell low quality rice for domestic consumption.

Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) Director General Duangporn Rodphaya responded to rumors that the government was considering supplying low quality grains to the animal feed industry and ethanol manufacturers. She said the government will only release good quality rice for human and animal consumption.

The DITP Director General added that only low quality grains will be sold to industries that do not produce human or animal food.

The amount of rice released will also be determined by the rice supply expected to be produced during the rainy season. The Ministry of Commerce has assured rice farmers that the release of government stock will not affect the market price.