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Chiang Rai Province Asks Truck Associations to Reduce their Harvesting Fees

. . CHIANG RAI – Provincial Authorities have asked harvest truck associations to reduce their harvesting fees in addition to monitoring the price of fertilizer and pesticides. In Chiang Rai Province, markets have marked-down the price of A-grade jasmine rice from 50 baht to 40 baht per kilogram and old jasmine rice from 35 baht […]

November 4th, 2016 | Posted in Chaingrai Farming & Agriculture,Chiangrai News | Read More »

Thai Rice Farmer Turns to Facebook to Sell Rice, Bypassing Middleman

. . KALASIN – As Global rice prices plung, some Thai rice farmers have taken matters into their own hands and are turning to social media network Facebook to sell their grain, shunning rice millers, the industry’s traditional middlemen, whose prices they say are simply too low. Nim Inthasorn, 33, who hails from the northeastern […]

November 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Chaingrai Farming & Agriculture,Regional News | Read More »

Thai Prime Minister Tells Farmers Government Trying to Solve Problem of Dropping Rice Prices

. . BANGKOK – Thailand’s Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha has told rice farmers the government would try its best to ensure that rice farmers get an average of 10,000 baht for a tonne of paddy they sell, but, at the same time, he begged for understanding and that the government had to take care […]

October 31st, 2016 | Posted in Chaingrai Farming & Agriculture,Economy & Business,News | Read More »

Thailand Farmers Facing Worst Water Shortage in Two Decades

. BANGKOK – Thailand is facing its worst water shortage in two decades, government officials said on Wednesday (March 9), with water rationing being imposed in some provinces and hotels told to minimise their laundry loads. As Thailand enters its dry season, water levels in the country’s biggest dams are at their lowest since 1994, […]

March 9th, 2016 | Posted in Chaingrai Farming & Agriculture,Chiangrai News | Read More »

Thailand’s Junta Announces Measures Worth10 Billion Baht for Drought-Hit Rice Farmers

. BANGKOK  – Thailand Military backed Government announced on Friday measures worth around $285 million (10 Billion Baht) to help farmers in the country who have been hit hard by a severe drought and low prices for their crop. Thailand is facing what some experts say is its worst drought in decades. While this has […]

February 26th, 2016 | Posted in Chaingrai Farming & Agriculture,Lifestyles | Read More »

Thai Rice Farmers Struggling with Drought, Low Returns, and Rising Competition

    AMNAT CHAROEN – Rice farmers are struggling with drought, low returns, and rising competition as a new era of trade opens under the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). But growers hope to weather the hard times by drawing on years of farming experience and hopes of a revival in rice prices. In Amnat Charoen, […]

January 21st, 2016 | Posted in Chaingrai Farming & Agriculture | Read More »

Thai Farmers Should be Allowed to Grow Hemp and Pot

. . For years I’ve been an advocate of allowing Thai farmers to grow hemp. Hemp is the same plant family as pot.  Pot can get you high, hemp can’t because it doesn’t have more than a minute amount of THC.  I’m still as jazzed about allowing hemp to be grown in Thailand as I’ve […]

October 4th, 2015 | Posted in Chaingrai Farming & Agriculture | Read More »

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