CP urges govt to improve agricultural sector

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BANGKOK, 13 September 2012 – Charoen Pokphand Group (CP) has urged the government to improve the Thai agricultural system so that it will grow sustainably in the same pace with global technological advancement and support the growing world population. 

Sarasin Viraphol, Executive Vice-President of the CP Group, revealed that the global agricultural sector is facing a big change, prompting all countries to urgently reset their vision and develop their farming practice. The move is to counter greater limitations imposed by the changing environment as seen in severer disasters all over the world.

Mr Sarasin expected that the world population will increase by 47%, reaching 9 billion in the next 30 years, forcing an increase in food demand by 60%.

According to him, agriculture will face greater limitations in terms of water, land, labor, and changing weather. He urged the government to support the development of the Thai agricultural sector, by bringing in new technologies, marketing strategies, and new management to increase productivity while utilizing as least resources as possible.

Recently, China has transformed its agricultural system by pulling in the private sector’s cooperation. It has set up agriculture villages using high-technology systems in all provinces. CP Group has also joined in the move and is prepared to open the biggest egg farm in Beijing, which will be the biggest in Asia.