Rice millers, traders and cooperatives in Phichit province have been warned by Governor Veerasak Vichitsaengsri not to cheat rice farmers by using faulty weighing machines or they will face criminal litigation and have their licenses revoked.
Inspectors were sent by an order of the governor to check the weighing machines used at 11 rice trading spots to find out whether they are accurate or being tampered with. Three cases of faulty machines were exposed and each of them was fined 20,000 baht plus criminal proceedings in the court. If the alleged offenders are agricultural institutes, the fine will be doubled to 40,000 baht, according to the governor.
Hom Mali paddy price has gradually increased from 7,000 baht per tonne to 8,000-8,500 baht because the grains have less humidity due to the cold season, said Mr Narong Suktho, present of farm cooperatives in Tapan Hin district.
He also attributed the gradual price rise to the fact that many farmers have delayed their paddy sale as recommended by the government, resulting in less paddy available for sale to the millers or rice traders.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)