Thailand rice exports to continue

April 28, 2008 at 11:50 AM

BANGKOK, April 28 (UPI) -- Thailand won't move to ban rice exports to battle rising food costs, as other countries have done, government leaders said Monday.

Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej mocked consumers who were stockpiling rice, the Bangkok Post reported. "They're doing it like it's a fashion … it's not necessary," he said on a weekly talk show, the Post reported.

Thai Deputy Finance Minister Ranongrak Suwanchawee said the country would try to increase production, making 3.55 million acres available to poor farmers through cheap leases.

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