Rice burning in Watbot, Phitsanulok alarmed officials


Photo taken from the MP’s facebook page
My students this morning who come from Wat Bot, Phitsanulok failed to tell me (or probably kept it to themselves) the discovery of burnt rice along Asia Highway Number 11 yesterday. Because when asked how’s Wat Bot this morning they simply said, “Everything is just fine, teacher”.

But things aren’t actually fine.

With the large number of unspecified rice sacks mostly burnt and the foul-smelling water seeping into other peoples’ fields however, I think things are actually getting out of proportion as they are causing sanitary pollution for nearby villagers.

This alarmed the governor of Phitsanulok, Preecha Ruangchan, to probe into the burning of the sacks of rice which bear the initials MOF or Marketing Organization for Farmers and were marked as off-season rice. He also instructed officials to coordinate with the land owner where the sacks were found whether there was any corruption involved. Remember the rice-pledging policy of the government, a policy which means items are being pledged below the market price?

Democrat Party Phitsanulok MP Warong Dechgitvigrom on facebook called on the Ministry of Commerce to clarify the matter.

“Don’t mistake the picture for a land fill but it happened to be 5 per cent [broken grain] rice from Sukhothai and Phitsanulok… The point to ponder is why it was brought to be burnt there because even bad or rotten rice still has value, say, for making alcohol, fertiliser, animal feed or starch… Let us try to think about it,” the MP wrote.

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