I read an article about the Thai protests against Jasmati rice. The article claimed that Jasmati was not really a hybrid of Jasmine and Basmati, but an American version of an Italian long grain rice. The Thai farmers are actually not against Jasmati rice. They are worried that people will confuse real Jasmine rice with Jasmati rice and will stop purchasing both since Jasmati tastes a lot different.
I think they have a good point if it is true that Jasmati has nothing to do with Jasmine rice. But who knows? There would need to be an analysis of Jasmati rice by a third-party laboratory to figure out what type it really is. The article's claims might be false.