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  • ASEAN states plan rice cartel
    • VNS
    • 18 Aug 2009

    Laos has approached Thailand as a partner in a joint venture with Kuwait to grow rice in Laos. The Lao government has allocated 200,000ha.

  • Thailand set for food deals with the Gulf
    • Bangkok Post
    • 18 Aug 2009

    Thailand is poised to establish joint ventures with Gulf states to secure rice, processed agricultural products and food supplies for the oil-rich countries. But the government has reiterated that foreigners will not be allowed to invest in farming and livestock businesses in Thailand.

  • Laos floats joint Thai-Kuwait rice investment proposal
    • Bangkok Post
    • 16 Aug 2009

    Kuwait has recently shown an interest in doing rice business in Laos, but Vientiane wants Thailand to be its partner,

  • Stop hunting for 'foreign' scapegoats
    • Bangkok Post
    • 13 Aug 2009

    Yes, we should be concerned about the farmers' rapid loss of land. But aren't we pointing the finger in the wrong direction?

  • PM supports ban on foreigners
    • Bangkok Post
    • 13 Aug 2009

    The Thai government has reiterated it will do everything in its power to keep the country's rice farming land out of the hands of foreign investors.

  • Foras rice project in Mauritania
    • YouTube
    • 11 Aug 2009

    Foras Investment Company conducted a pre-feasibility study on rice plantation in Mauritania in 2008. The aim of the study is to sieze the opportunity of setting up a rice farm on 2000 hectares in Rosso area.

  • No nominees found buying farmland
    • Bangkok Post
    • 11 Aug 2009

    Thailand's Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry has not found evidence to confirm claims that foreigners are using Thai nominees to buy farmland in Thailand.

  • Should we rethink our rice farming position?
    • Bangkok Post
    • 10 Aug 2009

    It seems that the mere mention of foreigners about to snap up our farmland to grow rice will make our blood of patriotism boil instantly. Yet, the same hostile attitude has never been detected from the Thai public or bureaucracy when big swathes of farmland are bought by Thai businessmen in order to transform them into housing or industrial estates.

  • Streetwise: "Rice for oil" better than farming approval
    • The Nation
    • 27 Jul 2009

    Thai farmers were justified when they told television news they did not agree with the proposal of letting the Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC) start its own farms in Thailand.

  • Worry over 'land-grabbing colonialism'
    • The Nation
    • 23 Jul 2009

    Thai exporters are concerned about the "land-grabbing colonialism" strategy being used by developed nations such as South Korea to reap benefits from agricultural goods grown in a second country and exported to other nations.

  • Gulf states continue quest for foreign land
    • Reuters
    • 17 Jul 2009

    "We have no choice but to continue leasing and buying land," said Abdullah Al Obaid, head of the strategy unit at the Ministry of Agriculture in Saudi Arabia.

  • Existing laws seen adequate to prevent foreign exploitation
    • Bangkok Post
    • 13 Jul 2009

    Nigeria allows foreigners -- like Thailand's Riceland International Co -- to lease land for growing rice and to run rice-related businesses including milling and processing.

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