BANGKOK – The Department of Agriculture (DoA) is introducing effective field crop growing methods to help rice farmers sustain their livelihood when water is scarce.
Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister General Chatchai Sarikalaya presided over the opening ceremony of an exhibition showcasing successful farming technology, invented specifically to grow field crops.
Field crops such as sugar cane, corns, soy and green beans are in high demand and require little water to survive. DoA Director General Somchai Charnnarongkul said farmers will learn about effective ways they can lower the cost of production and increase productivity of these crops, providing essential knowledge to the farmers.
More than 15,000 rice farmers in 22 provinces located in the low lying areas of the Chao Praya River have already begun implementing an existing alternative crop growing scheme and have high hopes that it will enhance their income.