CHACHOENGSAO, 19 June 2013 Chachoengsao governor Rueangsak Mahawinitchaimontri on Tuesday led the provincial rice committee and members of the press in an inspection of rice under the rice mortgage program that was being kept in a central warehouse in the province, after reports of rotten warehouse rice recently spread.
Bags of rice were found stacked up over 10 meters high in the Marketing Organization for Farmers’ warehouse in Phanomsarakham district. The Governor said after the inspection that most of the rice was still of good quality, and the only flaw was that some of the rice bags had not been tidily stored. The warehouse was also found to be up to standard, with adequate ventilation and no leaks.
Reports circulated earlier alleged that the rice kept in the warehouse was rotting and emitting foul smell.
Internal Trade Department officials who also participated in the inspection said they would take matters to court if the media distorted the facts in their reporting.