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Thai rice threatens Delta farmers
Smuggled high-quality Thai and Cambodian rice are cutting into the profits of domestic rice producers in the Mekong River Delta region.

Massive amounts of Thai rice and Cambodian rice, which is produced from imported Thai strains, are being smuggled via border gates and waterways, says a Vietnamese rice exporter in the delta province of An Giang.

In Can Tho, the region’s biggest fragrant-rice growing area, high-quality Thai rice species like Kkhao Dawk Mali or Thaihommali are sold at a competitive price of VND5,000-7,000 per kg, slightly cheaper than domestic rice.

To make Vietnamese rice more competitive, Le Viet Hai, director of the Mekong Company, said the Government should reduce or exempt taxes that domestic producers must pay.

Domestic rice companies are subject to 5 per cent value added tax while companies smuggling rice into Viet Nam can avoid tax.

Viet Nam has many species of high-quality rice such as Tai Nguyen and Nang Thom Cho Dao which should be promoted in both domestic and overseas markets, said Huynh The Nang, director of An Giang’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Rice experts said the Delta, which supplies 90 per cent of rice for export, should improve rice quality to compete with rice produced by Thailand, the US and Taiwan.

Nguyen Van Luat, former director of the Rice Research Institute in the delta, said the region also needs to make further investments in more modern farming methods and post-harvest technology to improve rice quality and productivity.

Luat said rice producers should work with other businesses to boost the marketing of rice products at home and abroad.

Loss of market share has been caused by poor marketing and weak distribution networks, he said.

Besides the existing one million ha of area devoted to special rice strains, the region should develop other fragant-rice growing areas, create strong trademarks, and build centres to provide information and quality control.

Bui Chi Buu, director of the Mekong Rice Research Institute, said efforts such as these would make local rice more attractive to local residents.
MGR Archive 1.4.2005
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