Thai authorities urge off-season rice farmers to plant corn


Thailand’s Betagro and Bangkok Produce under Charoen Pokphand (CP) Group recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Department of Agricultural Extension, Thai Seed Trade Association and Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives, urging off-season rice farmers to plant corn in 23 provinces across the country.

Under the MOU, all parties will support rice farmers to plant corn, instead of growing a second rice crop in 2016/2017. Paisarn Kruawongvanich, Executive Vice President of Bangkok Produce said the private sector will educate farmers about corn planting technology, cost-saving measures and improving production efficiency. “Thai authorities aim to reduce rice planting areas. There is too much supply, leading to low prices,” Mr Paisarn added.


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