The Thai Department of Foreign Trade has outlined plans to set up a rice trade zone project in the east to process Cambodian rice for export to other countries
Tikhumporn Natvaratat, deputy director-general of the department, said his organisation plans to implement the project in Chanthaburi, Trat, Sa Kaeo and Chachoengsao provinces.
The department is yet to decide if the trade zone should be centred in one of the provinces or cover all of them.
The department will also decide on the types of rice that
Tikhumporn said, “If Thailand exports the rice to the European Union, it may benefit from the privileges under the Generalised System of Preferences that the EU offers to
He said the authorities would, however, have to convince Thai rice farmers that the project would not have any negative impact on them. He added that it would actually help by preventing the illicit import of Cambodian rice to cash in on the government's rice pledging scheme for Thai farmers.