January 18, 2016 / 10:10 AM / 3 years ago

Thailand aims for 25 mln T rice paddy output 2016-17, down on yr

BANGKOK, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Thailand aims to produce 25 million tonnes of rice paddy in the 2016-2017 crop year, a top official at the commerce ministry said on Monday, down from output of 27.06 million tonnes a year earlier.

Output in Thailand, one of the world’s top rice exporters, has been hit by drought.

Thailand would not aim to boost output as there was no demand for more of the grain, commerce ministry permanent secretary Chutima Boonyapraphasara said at a press conference. (Reporting by Panarat Thepgumpanat and Patpicha Tanakasempipat; Writing by Simon Webb; Editing by Anand Basu)

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