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Thailand strives to regain position as world's biggest rice exporter

Competition with rivals on price and quality to get tougher

BANGKOK -- Thailand is mired in triple trouble gravely affecting its rice exports: decreased production because of droughts, exports at 23-year lows due to the high baht, and higher shipping charges.

Amid emerging expectations that rice exports from Thailand, once the world's biggest exporter, will further drop this year, the government is stepping up efforts to regain that position by lowering export surcharges and improving rice breeds.

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