Thai Rice Farmers Hurt by Dropping Prices
Rice farmers in Thailand are facing a large drop in income because of the drop in the price of rice throughout Asia.
At the same time, costs to grow the crop are increasing. Farmers are not sure who to ask for help. Many of them are struggling this year. Some of them may not even make enough money to pay their production costs.
Experts say the government's rice storage plan is a short-term answer. It is similar to a plan put in place by then-Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Because of the failure of that plan, the military ousted the prime minister and fined her over $1 billion.
Many Thai workers believe the government does not know how to manage the economy. They believe the government is more interested in controlling the country than in helping farmers.
About 40 percent of the Thai workforce has agricultural jobs.
Lung Chai is a rice farmer in Chiang Mai.
He says the situation has affected all farmers. He says he is losing money, but does not know who to talk to about it. "No one would hear our voice," he said.
Thailand faces strong competition for rice exports from India and Vietnam. This is partly because of lower pay in neighboring countries and large expected harvests this year.
A recent study paid for by the Bank of Thailand said Thai farmers should grow crops in addition to rice. It also said farmers should be trained to help predict market changes.
Singhachai Boonyayotin is a senior director of the Bank of Thailand.
He said Thailand should produce products other than white rice to compete with Vietnam and Cambodia.
Wachirajak Nin-khuntod wanted to help his father who is a rice farmer. He began packaging his crops and selling them on the internet as a way to increase income.
He said, "My parents didn't believe at first that I would be able to sell rice on social media, because most farmers believe we can sell rice to the middleman or rice mill company only."
Now, he says, his parents know that they can sell their own rice without a middleman.
I'm Phil Dierking.
1.At least 至少
He's been away for at least a week.
2.production cost 生产成本
This significantly reduces the production cost per component.
We sell direct from the factory to the customer and cut out the middleman.
4.social media 社交媒体
We have all witnessed the power of social media.
1.At the same time, costs to grow the crop are increasing.
At the same time 同时
I was afraid of her, but at the same time I really liked her.
Are these people using gear and amphetamines at the same time?
2.He said Thailand should produce products other than white rice to compete with Vietnam and Cambodia.
compete with 与...竞争
Kangaroos compete with sheep and cattle for sparse supplies of food and water
We ask for a level playing field when we compete with foreign companies.
相反，种植农作物的成本却在不断上涨 。农民们求助无门 。今年，很多农民的日子都不好过，甚至有的人连成本也捞不回来 。
专家认为，泰国政府的大米存储计划只是一个短期的解决方案 。与当时英拉总理提出的方案类似 。因该方案的失败，英拉被军方驱逐被并罚款超10亿美元 。
多半泰国工人认为，政府对经济管理一窍不通 。他们认为，比起帮助农民，政府对掌权国家更感兴趣 。
Lung Chai是清迈市的米农 。
他说表示，所有农民都受到米价暴跌的影响 。他的收入越来越少，却不知道向谁求助 。他说，“没人愿为我们做主 。”
泰国大米出口面临印度和越南两个强有力的竞争对手 。部分原因是因为邻国的工资更低以及今年的收成十分可观 。
由泰国银行出资进行的一项调查称，除水稻之外，泰国农民应该种植其它农作物 。该调查还指出，政府应该对农民进行培训，方便农民预测市场变化 。
Singhachai Boonyayotin是泰国银行的一位高级主管 。
Wachirajak Nin-khuntod的父亲是一位米农，他希望帮父亲一把 。他把自家农作物包装好后在网上销售来增加收入 。