A voracious appetite for garlic and cheap prices from neighbouring countries is encouraging contraband allium. Thailand’s military has been called in to tackle garlic smuggling after local prices plunged. The country is facing an allium crisis as garlic is being illegally moved across its borders from neighbouring countries. Military officers are working with the customs department and the commerce ministry to try to stamp out the smuggling, Boonyarit Kalayanamit, director-general of the internal trade department, said. As a result of the contraband vegetable, local farmers are suffering as garlic prices have slumped, falling from 115 baht (£2.70) a kilogram in the same period last year to 77.5 baht (£1.81). Mr Boonyarit said the three departments were…