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Thailand to boost rice exports
The Commerce Ministry will soon launch campaigns aimed at promoting Thai rice among overseas consumers, a senior ministry official said here on Sunday.

Vichak Visetnoi, Deputy Director General of the Foreign Trade Department, said the campaigns educating international consumers on special qualities of Thai white rice would be launched in two key major markets--Africa and the Middle East--while campaigns on "Hom Mali" or fragrant rice will be conducted in principal Asian markets, including China, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Spending on the campaigns would be minimal as they would focus on advertisements in local newspapers or food-oriented magazines, TV channels such as CCTV, in-house department stores and mass transit system programming so that consumers would have better knowledge about Thai rice, Mr. Vichak said.

Caretaker Commerce Minister Somkid Jatusripitak would travel to Nigeria soon to seek a lower tariff for Thai rice, he said, as the Thai product is charged higher duties than those imposed on rice exported by India, making Thai rice less competitive.

Mr. Vichak said the campaigns would assist Thailand's rice exports to meet the export target of 7.5 million tons this year.

At present, Thailand exports almost four million tons of rice to African countries annually, about 1.2 million tons to the Middle East, almost two million tons to Asian countries and the remainder to the US, Canada and the European Union
MGR Archive 15.5.2006
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