Cassava exports dropped 56 percent to about 288,000 tons in the first eight months of this year compared to the same period last year, according to figures released Monday by the Ministry of Commerce, with officials blaming the dip on a surplus in production of the crop in 2011. “There was an increase in cassava exports in 2012 because there was a cassava surplus in 2011. Now, Thai farmers still have leftover cassava for sale,” said Run Sophanara, chief of the provincial agriculture department’s agronomy office in Banteay Meanchey province, where cassava is primarily produced. The value of
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