Archive For The “Agriculture” Category

Harvest Time Modernizing In Thailand

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Harvest Time Modernizing In Thailand

The rice harvesting season is just about over and farmers large and small have been gathering in the precious crop throughout the Province. Having been raised on a farm in England, I am well aware of the importance of harvest time. The weather can be both friend and enemy. Rain is needed to make the…

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Study Finds High Pesticide Levels In Local Food

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Study Finds High Pesticide Levels In Local Food

Following a recent article regarding pesticides in some supermarket produce, a more damning report has emerged. Recent research has disclosed that serious contamination from persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and herbicides in food and the environment poses health threats to the Thai public. The research, from Ecological Alert and Recovery – Thailand (EARTH) and Thailand Pesticide…

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Isaan Microwave

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Isaan Microwave

Secretly, the Thais have invented an outdoor microwave. Not to be outdone by modern technology, these clever chaps have been baking chicken in a makeshift microwave for decades. Their cunning device is constructed using only a metal box, a glass bottle (filled with water), and some dried grass. The outdoor “microwave” can cook a whole…

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Annual Buriram Agricultural Show 2017

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Annual Buriram Agricultural Show 2017

The annual Buriram Agricultural Show was held at Buriram Agricultural College on Friday and Saturday , November 10 and 11. It is a very popular event and attendances were high, as proved by the difficulty of finding a parking place. As well as there being a large amount of cattle and farm machinery on display,…

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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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