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Ministry plans subsidy for sugarcane farmers

By THE NATION

 

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The Ministry of Industry has proposed offering cash subsidies to sugarcane farmers nationwide with a total budget of Bt10.231 billion.

 

“The campaign aims to help over 200,000 farmers prepare for the 2020-21 planting season,” said Kobchai Sangsitthisawas, the ministry’s permanent secretary, on Wednesday (June 3).

 

“The ministry expects to submit the proposal to the Cabinet next Tuesday [June 9].”

 

“The money will help farmers buy production factors and improve their liquidity as the price of last year’s crop was rather low at Bt750 per tonne. The subsidy would also help boost the local economy that has been affected by the Covid-19 outbreak,” he added.

 

The disbursement of the budget will be divided into two parts: Bt6.5 billion will be given to sugarcane farmers who sell their cane to domestic sugar factories at Bt85 per tonne, but not exceeding 5,000 tonnes per person.

 

The second part of Bt3.5 billion will be paid to farmers who sell the whole sugarcane plant, not just the cane, to factories at Bt92 per tonne.

 

The move is aimed to reduce the release of particulate matter lesser than 2.5 micrometres in diameter caused by the burning of sugarcane leaves. The rest Bt231 million will be earmarked for administration fee and interest.

 

The sugarcane crop for the harvest year 2019-20 that ended on March 30 saw an output of 74.89 million tonnes of sugarcane and 8.27 million tonnes of sugar, which is below estimates due to the drought and the Covid-19 outbreak.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30389037

 

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2 hours ago, webfact said:

The second part of Bt3.5 billion will be paid to farmers who sell the whole sugarcane plant, not just the cane, to factories at Bt92 per tonne.

That surely is a good intention ... but will it really help to reduce the air pollution caused by the burning ? I doubt it .

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I understand that most of the cane farmers are contracted by the large agri businesses, surely this is really a hidden taxpayer subsidy to the agri business which begs the question, why they in turn, are not assisting the growers to produce more efficiently and without burning.

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Government subsidies for rice, rubber, tapioca, oil palm, corn and now sugar cane, does anyone grow anything that isn't subsidised!

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51 minutes ago, Trillian said:

Government subsidies for rice, rubber, tapioca, oil palm, corn and now sugar cane, does anyone grow anything that isn't subsidised!

Weed maybe ?

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5 hours ago, webfact said:

cash subsidies to sugarcane farmers nationwide with a total budget of Bt10.231 billion.

Thats a nice little sweetener for the farmers, the Government likes giving the

taxpayers money away,they are been shafted both ways,use tax money they paid and then 

have to pay higher prices for the produce,they buy.

regards worgeordie

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Trillian said:

Government subsidies for rice, rubber, tapioca, oil palm, corn and now sugar cane, does anyone grow anything that isn't subsidised!

The "Shinawatra Syndrome"???????? 

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Free matches and benzene?

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14 hours ago, Trillian said:

Government subsidies for rice, rubber, tapioca, oil palm, corn and now sugar cane, does anyone grow anything that isn't subsidised!

Me !

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15 hours ago, fantom said:

large agri businesses...why they in turn, are not assisting the growers to produce more efficiently and without burning.

 

Are you insinuating large agri businesses require or even encourage burning? Dream on! No matter what a Thai farmer plants, they burn it. In my area they grow hydroponic. Nothing to burn right? Wrong. They burn loads of old pvc pipes, plastic sheeting, foam boxes, everything. It's disgusting. For sugarcane they already tried to solve the burning issue by only buying cane that had not been burnt and it failed. The farmers did indeed harvest and sell green cane in these areas, but then they went right back to their fields and torched them as usual. Burning is bad for farming and bad for the air. The farmers enjoy it and don't care what you think. If you don't believe it then stop and have a chat with a few to get to understand the problem better. This new idea of forcing them to sell the entire plant leaves and all is a good idea. Take away the tinder.

 

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16 hours ago, Trillian said:

Government subsidies for rice, rubber, tapioca, oil palm, corn and now sugar cane, does anyone grow anything that isn't subsidised!

May I refer you to post#4.

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6 minutes ago, herfiehandbag said:

May I refer you to post#4.

Yes I'm well aware of the contract farming run by  you know who Group. But I suppose there will be other farmers who are independent of that, perhaps they are the focus.

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Same bollux year after year nothing changes, same years ago when gov promised 5baht/kg potatoe, loads of farmers then started growing them again only for gov to change mind when came to harvest time and gave 1.5baht/kg

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