Re: "Burmese smugglers get rich on Yingluck Shinawatra's £13-billion Thai rice subsidies", The Telegraph (UK), February 4.
Thailand’s rice-pledging scheme has made Myanmar businessmen richer, yet left a million Thai farmers still waiting for payment from the government for their grain.
According to The Telegraph, the government’s crop-pledging scheme has made smuggling rice from the Myanmar town of Myawaddy into Thailand profitable on a par with guns, precious gems and even drugs.
The British newspaper reports that, in Myawaddy, 50 kilos of rice sells for the equivalent of £16 but in Thailand for £30 (Bt1,600).
As a result boatloads of rice disguised as chicken feed have been smuggled into Thailand nightly for more than two years, leaving the Myanmarese far better off than their Thai counterparts.