Thailand to reclaim top rice exporter crown this year – in pictures

Rice mill workers check and classify rice quality in a rice mill in Khon Kaen. Thailand should be able to ship 9.7 to 10 million tonnes of rice this year, exceeding an earlier industry forecast for 9.5 million tonnes this year. Jorge Silva / Reuters

Thailand to reclaim top rice exporter crown this year – in pictures

A rice mill worker pulls bags of rice in a mill in Udon Thani. Thailand was surpassed by India as the top exporter in 2014. Jorge Silva / Reuters

Thailand to reclaim top rice exporter crown this year – in pictures

Prices of Thai 5 per cent broken white rice, a benchmark in Asia, have declined 16 per cent this year to $350 a tonne on September 30, the lowest since December 2007. Jorge Silva / Reuters


Thailand to reclaim top rice exporter crown this year – in pictures

A Thai rice mill worker holds up rice fallen onto the ground in Udon Thani. Jorge Silva / Reuters

Thailand to reclaim top rice exporter crown this year – in pictures

A rice mill in Udon Thani. Thailand so far has shipped around 700,000 tonnes from the 1 million tonnes of 5 per cent white rice that China has ordered. Jorge Silva / Reuters

Thailand to reclaim top rice exporter crown this year – in pictures

A worker walks in a recently built empty distribution warehouse in Udon Thani. Jorge Silva / Reuters

Thailand to reclaim top rice exporter crown this year – in pictures

Buddhist monks receive rice from women early morning in a village outside Nong Khai, Thailand. Jorge Silva / Reuters

Thailand to reclaim top rice exporter crown this year – in pictures

Rice mill workers check and classify rice quality in a rice mill in Khon Kaen. Thailand and China signed a memorandum of understanding last December for China to buy two million tonnes of rice over two years. Jorge Silva / Reuters

Thailand to reclaim top rice exporter crown this year – in pictures

A farmer works in a rice field in Khon Kaen. Thailand should be able to ship 9.7 to 10 million tonnes of rice this year, exceeding an earlier industry forecast for 9.5 million tonnes this year. Jorge Silva / Reuters

Thailand to reclaim top rice exporter crown this year – in pictures

Farmers arrive to sell their harvest in a rice mill in Udon Thani. Prices of Thai 5 per cent broken white rice, a benchmark in Asia, have declined 16 per cent this year to $350 a tonne on September 30. Jorge Silva / Reuters

Thailand to reclaim top rice exporter crown this year – in pictures

Above, workers at a rice mill in Khon Kaen. Thailand may tap into state inventories next year to maintain export levels to offset a possible decline in production due to dry weather. Jorge Silva / Reuters

Thailand to reclaim top rice exporter crown this year – in pictures

Workers stockpile rice in a mill at Udon Thani. Thailand was surpassed by India as the top rice exporter in 2014. Jorge Silva / Reuters

Thailand to reclaim top rice exporter crown this year – in pictures

Above, a rice farmer in Udon Thani, Thailand. Jorge Silva / Reuters

Thailand to reclaim top rice exporter crown this year – in pictures

A farmer collects snails and cleans the rice field near Udon Thani, Thailand. Jorge Silva / Reuters

Thailand to reclaim top rice exporter crown this year – in pictures

A farmer waits to be paid for his harvest at a rice mill in Khon Kaen, Thailand. Jorge Silva / Reuters

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