Thai Gov’t hopes agricultural zoning will help farmers

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has called a meeting between relevant ministers on the agricultural zoning project, which is aimed to help farmers plant crops according to each area’s condition for higher productivity.

The ministers who attended the meeting included Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong, Foreign Affairs Minister Surapong Tovijakchaikul and Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom. The meeting was called after a group of farmers gathered to protest the government’s decreasing of the rice pledging price from 15,000 baht to 12,000 baht a ton.

Apart from the rice pledging scheme, the meeting also followed up on the progress of the agricultural zoning project worth three billion baht. The project will give advice to farmers regarding which crops are suitable for a certain area. The zoning will also apply to fisheries.

Yingluck expressed her confidence that agricultural zoning would help reduce farmers’ costs of production while increasing the quality of their produce and creating added value.


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