Thailand's 2017 Rice Exports Hit Record 11.48 Mln T: Commerce Ministry

A farmer dries rice grains in Buriram province, 410 km (255 miles) northeast of Bangkok, in this November 17, 2007 file photo. (Reuters Photo/Sukree Sukplang)

By : Patpicha Tanakasempipat | on 4:00 AM January 11, 2018
Category : International, SE Asia

Bangkok. Thailand exported a record 11.48 million tonnes of rice in 2017, the commerce ministry said on Wednesday (10/01).

The amount, which surpassed the previous record of 10.96 million tonnes in 2014, was worth over $5.1 billion, said Adul Chotinisakorn, deputy chief of the commerce ministry's department of foreign trade.

Thailand, the world's second-biggest rice exporter after India, is expected to ship out 9.5 million tonnes of rice worth $4.7 billion this year.

A lower forecast is maintained as bad weather is affecting the crops, Adul said.

He added Thailand will be pursuing government-to-government deals this year with many countries, including Iraq, Iran and Indonesia, in addition to Bangladesh and China.

Thailand exported 9.88 million tonnes of rice in 2016.


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