Rice shipments from Thailand are expected to increase 15 per cent in 2013, making the country the top rice exporter in the world
Government sales have been accelerating from its record stockpiles and the country has been renting more warehouses to store extra rice grains from the last harvest.
The Thai Rice Exporters Association (TREA) has predicted that exports may climb to eight million metric tonnes in 2013, assuming sales of 1.5 million tonnes from state inventories, from 6.95 million tonnes in 2012.
Rice had dropped 16 per cent from a three-year high in September 2011 as inventories tracked by the United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) swelled to a record, curbing food costs.
TREA president Korbsook Iamsuri said, “The eight million tonne target will be achieved as the government has to speed up government-to-government sales.”
Thai commerce minister Boonsong Teriyapirom said the government has bought nine million tonnes of unmilled rice and expects to purchase as much as 11 million tonnes during the current harvest. The country will maintain an export target of 8.5 million tonnes for this year, according to the department of foreign trade.
International Rice Research Institute senior economist Samarendu Mohanty said, “
World output of milled rice in 2012-2013 has been forecast at an all-time high of 465.6 million tonnes, according to the USDA. The FAO has forecast global reserves climbing to 169.8 million tonnes by the end of 2012-2013.