Rice farmers look on as they prepare plants in a field near Mai Sariang, Thailand. Thailand is currently the world's top exporter of rice and is the fit larger cultivator of rice in the world. Rice production takes up 55 per cent of Thailand's arable land and is the staple food of the population through out all income brackets. Vietnam is Thailand's closet rival in rice production (Dec 2011)
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