Thailand incentivises farmers to plant corn


The Thai cabinet has approved a budget for USD 42.67 million to encourage farmers to grow corn, said Nathporn Chatusripitak, an adviser to the Prime Minister's Office. The government will provide a direct payment of USD 375 per hectare during marketing year 2017/18, with a maximum of 2.4 hectare per household.

The scheme will cover 47,000 farmers with the total area of 112,000 hectare in 31 provinces. This is part of the government’s plan to diversify 0.1 million hectares of marketing year 2017/18 off-season rice into alternative crops.


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