Thailand moves forward with organic agriculture


BANGKOK, July 22 — Thailand’s Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) has joined with the private and public sectors, as well as NGOs and academic sector to push forward with projects to promote more organic farming in the country.

BAAC President Luck Wajananawat, along with community leaders and intellectuals, as well as organizations that promote organic agriculture held a joint seminar to set the direction to drive the operations for organic agriculture.

The seminar adopted the Bang Khen Declaration, focuses on creating a network to improve cooperation in helping to develop the potential of Thailand’s organic agriculture operations.

Under the Declaration, all sides involved would be obliged to jointly improve the management, services, and marketing for organic produce, while also spreading the sales of organic produce into new markets and create direct sales between the producers and consumers of organic products.

By 2016, the network plans to create 120 communities specializing in organic farming, 60 of which would be selected to be presented to Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindorn to celebrate her 60th birthday anniversary.

The BAAC is the main organisation to fully support expanding the knowledge of organic agriculture to local communities and providing complete funding through the Green Credit programme with low interest rates. Besides, the BAAC will fully support 150 schools, helping them to produce quality organic fertilisers.