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Jasmine rice prices go up gradually

The Ministry of Commerce says prices of jasmine rice are going up gradually after all possible efforts were drawn in to shore up rice prices.

The rise in rice prices was disclosed after inspection of rice in various markets by commerce officials.

Apiradi Tantraporn, the Minister of Commerce, revealed after completing rice market inspection survey yesterday that she had found that prices for jasmine rice had risen by around 1,000 baht/ton.

On top of this, Ms Apiradi, satisfied with the price movement, also announced the ministry's plans to help farmers with direct sales by launching training and education courses for them.

She said the ministry will also be launching a public relations campaign to have government departments to buy rice directly from farmers.

The military has already given instruction to all bases to buy rice directly from farmers.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)