The Ministry of Commerce will update rice millers’ buying prices for rice production on a mobile application, Thai Farmers, so that farmers can check for fairer rice prices before selling to them.
It also forecasts that the rice harvest season at the remainder of the year will produce high yields and farmers will fetch higher prices this year.
This was disclosed at the meeting yesterday between the ministry and the Thai Rice Millers’ Association to assess the rice situation at the remainder of the year so as to map out assistance measures for farmers.
The meeting was held as rice production of the next harvest season is set to be released to the market this October, particularly from the northeastern provinces.
It was agreed that this year farmers will get good rice yields from their harvest and receive good prices from selling their rice production.
In order to help farmers access to useful information through the mobile application Chao Na Thais or Thai Farmers, the ministry will update buying prices of each miller so they could use as guideline whether to sell or keep their production.
The application can be downloaded both on iTunes and Google Play.
This is apart from the information on existing rice prices and assistance measures of the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives.
Through the daily updated buying prices, farmers can check the information before deciding to sell.
The ministry will also set up a complaint unit to look into farmers’ troubles so that relevant government agencies could resolve their problems.
It is now working out measures to raise the standard of rice mills across the country.
According to the ministry, it has certified 100 rice mills out of 1,000 mills throughout the country and given them ‘star’ sign so that farmers will get fairer prices for their selling of their rice production.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)