Archive For The “Agriculture” Category

New Jobs To Be Created For Rice Farmers In The Dry Season

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New Jobs To Be Created For Rice Farmers In The Dry Season

The Royal Irrigation Department will spend 3.5 billion bht to create non-farming jobs for rice farmers in the dry season. The jobs are intended to deter farmers from growing rice outside the farming season, which may subject them to a water shortage and financial losses later. The department’s director-general Sanchai Ketworrachai said yesterday that farmers…

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A day in the life of a rural village in Isan

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A day in the life of a rural village in Isan

  There`s a rhythm to life in an Isan rural village which is totally different to that say of a town or city. The first stirrings of life come before sun rise as charcoal fires are lit for cooking, dogs stretch out from their slumbers and cockerels noisily confirm morning is here. Elderly ladies gather…

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Buriram Stages Agricultural Show

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Buriram Stages Agricultural Show

  The Buriram Agricultural and Technical College this week have an interesting exhibition at the college grounds. The event is proving most popular and the college has been supported by most of the leading agricultural manufactures of tractors and agricultural machinery.   The opening day (Sunday) was most impressive with the Mayor of Buriram in…

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Floods In The South, Drought In The North

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Floods In The South, Drought In The North

With over a million people now affected by floods in the south, it seems ironic that farmers in the north are battling to save their crops. Rice farmers and irrigation officials have become seriously concerned over a drought that looks set to hit farmland in the North and upper Central regions, following a drop in…

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Hopes For New “Super” Strawberry Development

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Hopes For New “Super” Strawberry Development

A new research project is hoping to develop a strawberry with enhanced taste and also health benefits. “We are in the process of boosting anthocynanin in our strawberries. The prospects are very good,” said Narongchai Pipattanawong, the marketing director of the Royal Project Foundation. Anthocyanin has antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties and the project is expected…

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Prime Minister Advises Farmers To Form Cooperatives

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Prime Minister Advises Farmers To Form Cooperatives

The Prime Minister has advised farmers that they need to form groups and work together. This would mean larger plots of land being cultivated, resulting in lower costs and increased yield. He then went on to warn the farmers that they cannot keep relying on government subsidies. Whilst expressing sympathy and understanding, the PM stressed…

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Many Direct-Sale Rice Markets Appear In Rice-Growing Areas

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Many Direct-Sale Rice Markets Appear In Rice-Growing Areas

Direct-sale markets which allow farmers to get a better return on their rice are springing up in major growing areas of the North and North-East, as millers and major traders continue to offer low prices for paddy. In Phitsanulok province, tents were set up in front of the provincial hall, without charge, for farmers wanting…

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Government Deploy Troops To Aid Farmers At The Mills

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Government Deploy Troops To Aid Farmers At The Mills

The government has deployed soldiers to “seek cooperation” from all rice mills nationwide to buy grain from farmers at “reasonable” prices in an effort to shore up prices. It was not an attempt at threatening millers but rather seeking their cooperation not to drive down prices, according to the deputy spokesman of the National Council…

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Young Farmers Look To Social Media As Way Forward

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Young Farmers Look To Social Media As Way Forward

The rice price crisis may be a major problem for most rice growers, but not for a group of young farmers who know how to exploit sales through social media. For Pongpat Sukarbjai, the key to selling crops is in reducing the use of pesticides and chemical fertilisers. The 29 year-old master’s degree student at…

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Heartbreak Harvest – Thai Farmers Bring In The Grain

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Heartbreak Harvest – Thai Farmers Bring In The Grain

  The annual rice harvest has commenced with Buriram Province along with North East and Central Thailand bringing in most of the crop for the country over the next few weeks. The “Buriram Times” staff are careful with their opinions and respect the powers that be, however these poor farmers this year are expected to…

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