rice for Burma
last week donated 1,000 tonnes of rice to Burma via the World Food Programme, to
help revenue-depleted Shan areas due to the opium reduction scheme, the Thai
embassy in Rangoon said.
The consignment was handed over by Thai ambassador Suphot
Dhirakaosal to WFP country director Bhim Udas and witnessed by senior Burmese
The donation was made upon a request from the WFP as
humanitarian assistance for the Shan state, which has been suffering a food
shortage due to UN-assisted and Rangoon-imposed drug suppression programme,
whose crop substitution scheme has yet to bear fruit.