Thailand replaces its Ambassador to WTO following strong protest by India on her remarks


PTI, Mar 2, 2024, 8:09 AM IST

Pimchanok Vonkorpon Pitfield (Credit: X/ @WTO)

Abu Dhabi: Thailand has replaced its Ambassador to WTO Pimchanok Vonkorpon Pitfield from here following a strong protest lodged by India on her contentious comment on New Delhi’s rice procurement programme, a top government official said on Friday.

The official said that Pitfield has been asked to report back to Thailand after the 13th ministerial conference (MC), which has entered the fifth day of talks. She has been learnt to have replaced the Thai foreign secretary.

India has expressed strong disappointment over Pitfield’s remarks during a consultation meeting on Tuesday accusing New Delhi that India’s rice procurement programme at Minimum Support Price (MSP) for the public distribution system is not for people but for capturing the export market, the official said.

Following this, India has formally registered its protest with the Thai government and has also expressed displeasure with the WTO chief Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, agri committee chair Kenya and UAE.

“The Thai Ambassador has been replaced. She has ridiculed India’s PSH (Public Stockholding) programme” the official said, adding that the language and behavior of the Thai ambassador were not in good taste.

After lodging their protest on the issue, the Indian negotiators had also refused to participate in some deliberations in groups where the Thai representative was present.

The government official said that her facts were wrong as only about 40 per cent of the paddy produce is procured by the government to meet food security commitments.

A part of the remaining quantity, which is not procured by the government-owned agencies, is exported from India at market prices.

India is a major player in rice exports along with Thailand. Certain developed and developing nations on different forums have alleged that India’s public stockholding of commodities such as rice distorts global market prices.

India was the largest rice exporting country in the world from 2018 to 2022 followed by Thailand and Vietnam.

In 2023, India banned the export of broken and non-basmati white rice in view of uncertainty around rice production here and other rice-producing countries due to geopolitical scenario, El Nino sentiments, and extreme climatic conditions to check domestic prices and ensure adequate availability in the market here.

Rice export from India was 22.24 million tonne in 2022, which accounts for 40.63 per cent of the world’s rice exports.

Export of broken rice has been prohibited from September 2022 and non-basmati white rice from July 2023. The export of basmati and parboiled non-basmati rice is continuing.

Thailand is also a member of a 19-nation group of agriculture exporters called the Cairns group. Other members of the group include Argentina, Brazil, Australia and Indonesia. The group is pushing for the free flow of agri commodities without any restrictions.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

Scorching summer heat: Anganwadis to get 41 days leave

Police register case after eggs and orange peels pelted at cultural event in Navi Mumbai

Vijayan claims that BJP’s electoral fortunes are fading as the state rejects their ideology of hatred

Rahul takes swipe at PM Modi over his ‘appetiser’ remark

Egg donation for mosque construction raises over Rs 2.26 lakh in auction

Congress pledges to protect India’s diversity from BJP and RSS threats: Rahul

Surprised and saddened by Deve Gowda’s statement: Siddaramaiah

Related Articles More

Heavy rains set off flash floods killing 33 people in Afghanistan

Indian student shot dead in his car in Canada’s Vancouver

World cannot afford another war: UN chief Antonio Guterres on Iran’s attack on Israel

Booms and sirens in Israel after Iran launches over 200 missiles and drones in unprecedented attack

Middle East tensions: AI, Vistara opt for alternative flight paths for certain overseas flights

MUST WATCH

Aura Cake shop in udupi

What are the features of Xylys Watch

Theft in a rented house @ Dandeli

World Sparrow Day

Sri Vishwaprasanna tirtha swamiji


Latest Additions

Lamborghini burnt by old car dealer over dispute with owner in Hyderabad

Scorching summer heat: Anganwadis to get 41 days leave

Police register case after eggs and orange peels pelted at cultural event in Navi Mumbai

Vijayan claims that BJP’s electoral fortunes are fading as the state rejects their ideology of hatred

Mangaluru: Local artist’s oil canvas painting reaches PM Modi

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.