Agricultural commodities, processing and products

Making palm oil more sustainable

Palm oil has long been a major economic backbone of Southeast Asian economies, notably Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. But the undeniable environmental impact of extensive deforestation, haze and forest fires caused by oil palm plantations has given the industry a bad reputation that has been ...

Apiradee Treerutkuarkul

Cabinet okays price-guarantee scheme for rice farmers

In response to concerns over the drop in the price of jasmine rice due to export slowdown and limited tourism owing to the Covid-19 crisis, the Cabinet has given the go-ahead to a rice-guarantee scheme for farmers who will harvest their rice crop at the ...

The Nation Reporter

Thai agricultural GDP almost back at 2019 level as demand rises

Thailand’s third-quarter agricultural gross domestic product (GDP) recovered to drop by only 0.4 per cent year on year, the Office of Agricultural Economics said on Wednesday.The office secretary-general Chantanon Wannakejohn said production of economic crops, such as rice, tapioca, pineapple, palm oil, mangosteen and rambutan ...

The Nation Reporter

Five-year National Rice Strategy aims to make Thailand 'world leader'

The five-year Thai Rice Strategy for the period 2020-24 is ready, Jurin Laksanawisit, deputy prime minister and the minister of commerce, said.The strategy prepared by a subcommittee will be proposed to a meeting of the National Rice Policy and Management Committee (NRPMC) before seeking approval ...

The Nation Reporter

Chamber suggests help for agriculture

The Thai Chamber of Commerce (TCC) is demanding the government provide stronger support for the 12.3 million people working in the agricultural sector to improve the economy and exports.The group forms the bulk of the country’s food producers, who play an important role in determining ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Rice strategy awaiting rejig

Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit pledges to speed up adjustment of the Thai rice strategy as quickly as possible as the industry faces a slew of challenges including a strong baht and rising production costs.Mr Jurin said after presiding over a Thai hom mali fragrant rice ...

Phusadee Arunmas

China demand spiking for Thai durian

The Chinese appetite for Thai durians remains strong despite the coronavirus pandemic and weak global demand for goods.According to Commerce Ministry data, Thailand exported US$567.29 million worth of durians to China in the first four months of 2020, up 78% year-on-year from the same period ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Ministry to sign deal with Shopee in bid to make farmers tap e-commerce platform

The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Shopee on July 15 this year encouraging Thai farmers to sell products online, expecting the product sales via Shopee platform to increase by approximately 30 per cent.Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chalermchai ...

The Nation Reporter

Thai farmers are trying a new, climate-friendly way to grow rice

A new agricultural program in central Thailand is working with farmers to change the way they grow rice, in a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from rice paddies while saving water, time and money.The program, backed by the Thai government and German development agency ...

CPTPP discord delays entry

Given the contentious debate about whether the country should join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), Thailand is unlikely to be able to submit a formal request to join the controversial pact within this year.Auramon Supthaweethum, director-general of Trade Negotiations Department, said ...

Phusadee Arunmas

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