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'Unusual rice' found at 15 per cent of warehouses

The junta says it is committed to inspecting the quality and quantity of rice stored at government granaries nationwide, as well as bringing charges against any people found involved in fraud or non-transparent activity.

Soldiers have checked nearly 47 per cent of the 1,787 warehouses stocking pledged rice nationwide, since they were ordered to do this early this month.

"Of that, 126 granaries [15 per cent] were found to have unusual rice, and the type of rice in storage was not the same as that listed on the records," National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha said last night.

As for releasing rice from the state stockpile, he said the NCPO had agreed to a plan proposed by a committee - to release 18 tonnes of rice over the next three years.


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