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Thailand Says Floods Damage 6.3 Million Rai of Rice Plantations

October 03, 2011

Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Flooding in Thailand has damaged about 6.3 million rai of the nation’s rice plantations, the farm ministry said.

Of that total, 868,057 rai of rice plantations have been devastated, the ministry said today on its website.

Thailand, the world’s biggest rice exporter, cultivates the grain over about 62 million rai, according to data from the Office of Agricultural Economics. Heavy rain since July 25 has caused flooding in 58 of the country’s 77 provinces, killing at least 212 people, according to the government.

Of the damaged rice plantations, 46 percent are in Thailand’s northeastern provinces, 41 percent in northern provinces and 8.2 percent in central provinces. The north and northeast account for about 70 percent of total production.

To contact the reporter on this story: Supunnabul Suwannakij in Bangkok at ssuwannakij@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Tony Jordan at tjordan3@bloomberg.net


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