May 06, 2016

06/05/2016: Niphond Wongtrangan, 1945-2016

It is with sadness that we report the passing of Niphond Wongtrangan, Honorary President of the Thai Rice Mills Association and advisor to Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister.

Mr Wongtrangan died peacefully at 1:50am on Wednesday, May 4 at Phyathai 1 Hospital, Bangkok. He was 71.

He had been undergoing treatment for kidney disease as an in-patient since April 11. Previously, he had been in and out of hospital on a regular basis with complications due to secondary infections.

The hand-bathing ceremony was conducted on Wednesday by family and friends. Cremation will take place on Monday, May 9 at 5:00pm.

Born on June 26, 1945, Niphond Wongtrangan went on to complete a Bachelor of Law from Thammasat University, Thailand, and the Institute of Legal Education, Thai Bar Association.

Posts held during his career included Director of the Thai Rice Mills Association, Director of Marketing for the Organisation for Farmers, Director of Crop Research and Manager of Singha Brewery Limited.

He had been Executive Director for the Farmers Fund and the Rubber Estate Organisation in addition to serving as Honorary Consultant for Future Farmers Organisation Thailand, under Royal Patronage of HRH Prince Sirindhom.

He was on the advisory board of the PHTIC PERDO, the Postharvest Technology Centre for Thailand. He served as Director of Chiang Rai Rajabhat University and Honorary President of the Thai Rice Mills Association with expertise in grains and agricultural products. He was also advisor to Deputy Prime Minister Trairong Suwankhiri, who was exploring sales of rice to African and Middle Eastern markets.

Mr Wongtrangan was also a supporter of Milling and Grain, speaking at our GRAPAS Conference in 2012 and again in 2014. More important, he was a great friend.

We would like to express our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

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