Indonesia sees signs of Thai rice suppliers dumping rice -trade official

by Reuters
Thursday, 20 February 2014 08:46 GMT

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JAKARTA, Feb 20 (Reuters) - There are signs that suppliers of rice from Thailand are dumping the grain in Indonesia, a senior trade ministry official in Southeast Asia's biggest economy said on Thursday.

The government of Thailand, has been besieged by protests in recent weeks, with the anti-corruption agency filing charges against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra over a rice subsidy scheme that has left hundreds of thousands of farmers unpaid.

"There is an indication that Thai rice suppliers dumped their rice exports in Indonesia," Bachrul Chairi, the director-general of foreign trade at Indonesia's trade ministry, told reporters, but was unable to provide details of volumes or companies.

"They sell their rice to Indonesia at lower prices." (Reporting by Yayat Supriatna; Writing by Michael Taylor; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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