Thailand Boosts Organic Farming
Jan 10, 2018

Thailand made another step forward in its aim to increase the share of organic farming in its agriculture sector as 20 northeastern provinces signed by signing three memorandums of understanding with relevant agencies to cooperate in developing organic agriculture, mainly involving the cultivation of organic tapioca, watermelons and herbal plants.

The move is part of the Thai government’s efforts of implementing a plan on organic agriculture in the Northeast from 2017 to 2021. The plan seeks to designate planting areas for organic farming, raise farmers’ awareness about chemical-free agriculture and set standards for organic products.

It also focuses on organic farming on large farmland plots, where farmers work in an integrated manner. Pilot provinces under this plan include Yasothon, Maha Sarakham, and Si Sa Ket. Major crops to be emphasised include rice, tapioca, sugar cane and soybean. Markets for organic products in various areas will be linked together.

“The government attaches great importance to promoting organic farming,” says deputy prime minister Prajin Juntong.

“We call on all sectors of society to translate the organic agriculture policy into action. The National Organic Agriculture Development Committee has been formed, along with subcommittees at the regional level and working groups at the provincial level, to mobilise efforts to implement this policy,” he adds,

The Thai Cabinet last year approved the National Organic Agriculture Development Strategy, 2017-2021 as a framework to develop organic agriculture. The five-year strategy seeks to increase organic agricultural productivity and establish them on both local and international consumer markets.

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