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Offline Johnnie F.

Soldiers join provincial officials in taking care of rice stockpiles nationwide

Date : 16 มิถุนายน 2557
BURIRAM, 16 June 2014 (NNT) - Military officers in Nakhon Ratchasima and Buriram Provinces have been instructed to support government officials in taking care of stockpiles of pledged rice in the areas, in their bids to prevent unauthorized transfer of rice stocks.

The Military Circle of Buriram has announced it would look after Klangpreecha Panitch silo in the province that houses the 2013/2014 pledged rice, making it the fourth party to oversee the rice stocks in addition to the Public Warehouse Organization (PWO), a surveyor company, and the provincial administration. The move is part of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)’s efforts to prevent smuggling or moving the stockpiles from the silo pending a new round of inspection.

Similarly in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, military personnel and the provincial police and PWO officials have been dispatched to examine the stockpiled rice in Ratchasima Boonnapha warehouse. After the inspection, officials put on padlocks on the establishment, a gesture signaling the venue is now under the watchful eyes of the military. All the 48 rice silos in the province are now under the protection of the soldiers.

Meanwhile, Managing Director of the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives Luck Watjananawat has announced that it will close the rice pledging scheme for the 2013/2014 planting season soon with the final payment of 20 billion baht being made on Tuesday June 17th, a bit earlier than the previous schedule of June 22nd.


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Offline Johnnie F.

Military locks down rice warehouses

Nakhon Ratchasima: The 2nd Army yesterday deployed soldiers to lock down 315 warehouses stocking pledged rice in the Northeast to prevent the stock from being moved before a large-scale inspection of the rice begins.

The locking down of the warehouses is being carried out by military units nationwide. The date for the inspection of the stock has not yet been set.

Current security at the warehouses were put in place by provincial governors, the Public Warehouse Organisation and rice surveyor companies. The army wants to make sure that none of the stock can be moved.

In the Northeast, the 2nd Army is also preparing 8,000 personnel to assist with the examination of the rice, 2nd Army spokesman Chinnakat Rattanachitti said.

There will be 100 units comprising of about 800 troops.

The soldiers will be trained in how to carry out a rice inspection as they have no prior experience in this field, Col Chinnakat.

It is also tightening security at godowns in 20 provinces in the region.

Though the National Council for Peace and Order has scrapped the rice-pledging scheme, a Yingluck Shinawatra government policy, it still needs to inspect the rice quality and quantity amid reports of corruption and rotting stocks.

The rice was pledged and then sold by farmers after they completed their 2013 and 2014 harvests.

The paddy is kept in more than 1,800 warehouses nationwide and all need to be examined, says acting permanent secretary to the Prime Minister’s Office, ML Panadda Diskul.

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