Agriculture Ministry to push for large-scale rice farming

The Ministry of Agriculture is pushing large-scale rice farming, insisting that the model will help cut production costs, improving rice quality and ensuring higher earnings for farmers.

Agriculture Minister Chatchai Sarikalya on Friday visited a pilot project of large-scale rice farming and learning centre to increase rice productivity in Tambon Dermbang, Dermbang Nangbuat district of Suphan Buri province.

The large-scale rice farming involves three players, the government represented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives, the farmers and the private sector, with all the parties taking part, starting from production planning, joint management, setting the quality of rice and marketing.

These will lead to cost cuts, increased productivity, increased efficiency in management and marketing rice crops at better prices, said the agriculture minister.

Under this model of rice farming, General Chatchai said farmers would be trained in production management, including production technology which is appropriate and modern, leading to higher quality of rice crops and cost cuts, making their product more competitive in the market.

He claimed that the model would help reduce costs by 26.4 percent from 4,500 baht per rai to 3,310 baht per rai while rice yield increases 12.5 percent from 800 kgs to 900 kgs per rai.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)