Ebola Outbreak Hits Thailand Rice Exporters

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Bag of Rice Image: NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWSBangkok – The ebola outbreak in Sub-Saharan Africa is making its presence felt among Thai rice exporters, a report said on Monday.

Rice exporters in Thailand fear that the ebola pandemic will negatively affect rice prices as ships refuse to sail to ports in the afflicted countries.

“It’s now very difficult to find cargo ships to transport rice to Africa,” Vichai Sriprasert, president of the Thai Rice Exporters Association, told the Bangkok Post. “We are afraid this incident may put pressure on rice prices.”

Africa is one of the key destinations for Thai rice exports with over 3.75 million tons shipped to the continent last year.

– SAPA

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