Silpa Bhirasri born Corrado Feroci (15 September 1892 – 14 May 1962) was an Italian-bornsculptor who worked mainly in Thailand. He is considered the father of modern art in Thailand and was instrumental in the founding of today's Silpakorn University. Born in Florence, Feroci was invited to Thailand in 1923 to teach Western sculpture at the Fine Arts Department of the Ministry of Palace Affairs in 1923. In 1943, he founded what later became Silpakorn University - the University of Fine Arts.
A promise by the government of 50 percent more for their crop has made rice farmers in Thailand happy, but consumers are up in arms over the higher cost for their staple food.
Farmers in Thailand may be happy that they are finally getting more money for their rice crop, but besides consumers being angry at higher prices, the Thai government is now finding itself in a bind. The country has slipped to third place in the global rice export ranking. As a result, warehouses in Thailand are overflowing with over-priced rice that has become hard to sell.
Thailand's exports are dropping dramatically – by 44 percent since last year – and the rice in the warehouses can't even be sold cheaply because the quality is bad.
Turning rice into a problem is dangerous in Thailand, warns the political analyst Kwanchai Gomez. "Rice is important. We earn a lot of money with it. But this is also about Thailand's soul. Thais love rice and live with rice, every day in this country." That's why in Thailand a rice crisis can quickly turn into a government crisis.
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