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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

A Thai farmer gathers rice straw in Nakhon Sawan Province, north of Bangkok.   © AP

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.

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