Stance needed on foreign investment

Thailand should take a clear position on foreign investment in the rice industry as concern over food security is expected to increase pressure from abroad, an industry chief says.

The 'cursed career'

Palong Piroomyu, a 52-year-old farmer from Bang Len in Nakhon Pathom province, is preparing to sell his portion of farmland to a Bangkok-based buyer. He's not concerned about who the buyers are or that some may even be quietly representing foreigners.

Nominee ownership under watch

Mr Patima, of Colliers International, said trying to block overseas investment in Thai agricultural land, especially from the Middle East where food supplies were scarce, was next to impossible