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World News: Thailand
Thailand | 14 July 2015
Thailand approves $1.8 billion in loans for farmers hit by drought

Thailand has approved loans of up to 60 billion baht ($1.77 billion) to support farmers affected by drought, the finance minister said on Monday. The wet season is under way, but Thailand is conten...


Thailand | 9 July 2015
Thai drought pits soldiers against farmers

Rice farmer Boontham Chei-pa switches on a water pump in the evenings to irrigate his parched field from a canal in Thailand’s central province of Suphanburi. The soil is hardly moistened before the m...


Thailand | 8 July 2015
Thai farmers ask spirits for rain to end crippling drought

Under the scorching sun, dozens of Thai villagers, dressed in flowery shirts and traditional costumes, parade a white cat caged in a bamboo-woven basket door-to-door and let neighbors splash water on ...


Thailand | 7 July 2015
BAAC plans B60bn in cheap loans for farmers

The state-owned Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) plans to offer 30 billion baht worth of low-interest loans, with no interest charges for the first three months, to farmers cu...


Thailand | 2 July 2015
El Nino to erode Thai output by 2%

The government expects drought from the El Nino weather phenomenon to shave Thai rice production for this year's main crop by 2% to 26 million tonnes, though this could mean a rise in prices. The esti...


Thailand | 16 June 2015
Rice farmers defy order to delay planting main crop

A leader of central plain rice growers said on Tuesday that most farmers would defy the government's instruction they delay planting their main crop, because further delay means they will have no harv...


Thailand | 25 March 2015
Drought plagues farmers

The first-quarter farm economy contracted by 1.5% year-on-year due mainly to a wide-reaching drought that started late last year, says the Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE). The agency expect...


Thailand | 18 March 2015
Farmers turn to arid crops to survive

Farmers in Chai Nat province have switched from growing off-season rice to watermelon and kale after the worst drought in decades parched their rice fields. The farmers described the switch as a risk,...


Thailand | 29 September 2014
Rice farmers must help themselves

Rice farmers recently asked for help from the government after a similar call from rubber growers in 16 southern provinces demanding intervention to arrest the seemingly unstoppable fall in rubber pri...


Thailand | 27 August 2014
Thailand's junta to lend farmers $345m

Thailand's military government will lend farmers and their children a combined 11 billion baht ($345 million) (208.07 million British pound) in an effort to fight off loan sharks as high levels of hou...


Thailand | 26 August 2014
Edible insects make Thai farmers rich

Depending solely on the rains to either yield a good rice crop or leave their fields dry and barren, farmers in this village in northeastern Thailand, the country’s poorest region, led a precarious an...


Thailand | 11 June 2014
Thailand to develop improved cattle breeding

The National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT) is pushing research strategies for better cattle breeding, as their number in the country has dwindled by almost 2 million since 2011. Academicians,...


Thailand | 27 May 2014
Thai army rulers rush to placate rice farmers, boost economy

Thailand's new military rulers are moving fast to tackle economic problems caused by the absence of a proper government since December and are making it a priority to pay arrears owed to rice farmers,...


Thailand | 27 May 2014
Rice farmers overjoyed as payments begin

Rice farmers across the country were delighted as payments under the rice-pledging scheme resumed yesterday under the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). I am so glad that the money has ar...


Thailand | 6 March 2014
Thai anti-government protesters on the move, farmers still unhappy

A few hundred Thai anti-government protesters marched on the headquarters of the ruling party on Wednesday, while rice farmers remained camped in another part of the capital demanding money owed by th...


Thailand | 21 February 2014
Unpaid Thai farmers call off airport tractor protest

Thai farmers called off a tractor drive to Bangkok's main airport to protest against not being paid under a rice subsidy scheme after an assurance they would get their money, a spokesman said, welcome...


Thailand | 17 January 2014
Rice farmers rally against government

Rice growers in the North on Friday blocked the Asian highway in Phichit demanding government payment for rice sold under the rice-pledging scheme, while farmers in Buriram surrounded the provincial g...


Thailand | 9 January 2014
Many suspects in death of wild cattle

It is suspected that the deaths of 18 rare gaurs in Prachuap Khiri Khan's Kui Buri National Park could have been the result of a conflict over the removal of wildlife protection officers and plans to ...


Thailand | 11 December 2013
Unpaid Thai rice farmers may protest, adding to PM's woes

Thai farmers who have not been paid by the state for rice bought under an intervention scheme are threatening to block roads in 26 provinces, adding to the problems of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawat...


Thailand | 8 October 2013
Late rice payments worry farmers

About 500 farmers have faced a delay of more than a month in payments for their second crop under the rice-pledging scheme this year, raising concerns over whether the government has sufficient financ...


Thailand | 2 September 2013
Government denies shooting at protesting farmers

One security guard of protesting farmers was killed and another seriously wounded when armed men opened fire at the protesting farmers on Sunday morning at the railway crossing at Ban Toon in Nakhon S...


Thailand | 16 July 2013
Farmers unimpressed by govt credit-card scheme

The government project that offers credit cards to farmers is struggling because many farmers are much happier with ordinary shops, despite the fact they charge interest. "What's the point of using...


Thailand | 25 April 2013
Easing pressure on land resources through natural farming

Cruising through the winding roads of the Halsema highway, one is delighted with the scenery of fields on a rolling terrain of temperate vegetables. But for all the picturesque sight, a large porti...


Thailand | 15 January 2013
Increase in feed prices push livestock cost

Thai minister of commerce has allowed feed meal producers to increase the price of feed by Thb10 (US$0.33) per 30kg bag, resulting in higher costs for livestock farmers. Director general for the In...


Thailand | 4 January 2013
Thailand's loses top rice exporter title

Thailand lost its three-decades-old title as theworld's top rice exporter last year, falling behind India and Vietnam, industry sources said Friday. Vietnam on Thursday announced that its rice expo...


Thailand | 5 December 2012
Thai group buys $9.4 billion Ping An stake from HSBC

A conglomerate controlled by Thailand's richest man, Dhanin Chearavanont, has bought a minority stake in China's Ping An Insurance for $9.38 billion from global bank HSBC, a bold move that ranks as As...


Thailand | 15 October 2012
Patience can lead to virtue and rotten rice

Taxpayers should not be surprised if they are occasionally confused by the conflicting statements made by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her ministers, Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom i...


Thailand | 11 October 2012
Thailand in urgent need of agricultural reforms

Former Thai Rak Thai Party executive Sudarat Keyuraphan presents her vision on how the country should prepare itself for integration into the Asean Economic Community - in the second of a two-part int...


Thailand | 3 October 2012
Rice farmers rally against Nida group

Rice farmers are threatening to step up protests against academics who they have blasted for opposing the government's rice pledging scheme. The warning was issued by leaders of about 3,000 rice fa...


Thailand | 6 August 2012
Rice policies misguided

The government's rice pledging programme not only runs the risk of throwing the country's public finances into havoc but also threatens Thailand's global position as a leading agricultural exporter, s...