EBOLA virus is being threat to the industries and agricultural sector and thailand’s rice indusrty is the one to face serious EBOLA’s effect.
As Africa is the major market for Thai rice industry but the industry is facing problem as it is being threat by the EBOLA effect.Exporters in Bangkok , Thailand says that the per year rice consumption of Africa is s nine million tons and two-thirds of it is imported. But they are currently unable to ship much of their crop to West African ports.
Vichai Sriprasert, honorary president of the Thai Rice Exporters Association said that there is a labor shortage as the cabin crew is feared of getting in contact of deadly EBOLA virus.
Vichai said that merchants in the west Africa are trying their best to meet their country’s requirement during the Christmas eve. For this they have to import enough rice stock to meet the enough rice stock but they are finding it hard as the shipment from the Thailand is scaled down because there not enough vessels to load the rice.
Till now, Thailand, has shipped more than 3.3 million tons of rice to Africa – a pace far ahead of last year’s total shipments of 3.75 million tons. The top destinations, in terms of volume, are Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, South Africa, Cameroon, Mozambique and Nigeria, in that order.
As the Thai rice exporters are not able to ship the rice quickly it is creating problem as the rice in the warehouses is not clear and creatin a chain reaction as the rice is back to the farmers.
The demand for Asian rice could increase in the coming days if the EBOLA instead of improvement becomes worse.The U.N’s Food and Agriculture Organization warns that the food grown in the countries affected by the deadly virus has become more expensive. The FAO said that the reason for this is that African farmers are not reaching their fields and also the food imported is not arrived at time.
Vijay Satia, the former president of the All India Rice Exporters Association is confident for asian rice delivery to African countries but it will reach there at higher cost he added.
The World Health Organization says Ebola has now killed more than 1,500 people in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.