After a difficult 2010, the Thai government is ringing in the New Year with a series of initiatives for the country's poor. The so-called "People's Agenda policies" will focus on education and low-interest loans. With an early election expected, however, some see the plan as nothing more than
Top exporter Thailand has lower stocks than in late 2009 and early 2010. India, previously a leading exporter, was expected to maintain curbs on exports.
The world's second-largest exporter Vietnam was forecast to enjoy a bumper next crop, while top buyer the Philippines has said it would halve imports in 2011. These two factors alone should ensure a comfortable supply-demand balance for some time,
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Ample rice supplies from top exporters Thailand and Vietnam should keep prices in check through the first quarter, sparing Asia's staple food from the rally in commodity prices that
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