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Prices pushed down to silly levels (7 Baht/kg I heard at the table this morning). Farmers heavily in debt forced to sell quickly. Debt collectors on the doorstep.   Same miserable

I was told that they were offering 6 Baht per kilo for sticky rice (paddy)  last week and I thought that was bad. This week it is apparently down to 3 Baht per kilo. I know that paddy rice needs to be

So he showed up drunk and with a shotgun to sell his rice.  Very professional.  

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My relatives are up at Bueng Kan, so thats near you.
They calculated  that it costs them about 12K to make around 40-50 bags of 24kg all included for 6 Rai which is about what they consume in a year themselves. They can buy that for the same price today and not have the bother.
I dont think they use any chemicals either.
I have my doubt about strawberries and bellpebbers too in that climate and transforming a Rice field to anything else is expensive and a bother. This is what they plan to do to convert the rice field to grow other things.
 

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7 hours ago, epicking said:

Right now they are looking into Avocado´s, but im sure thats a good idea.

I have tried it in Chiang Rai area, the climate was ok

usualy it takes 5 to 6 years to have fruits

 

The trees were growing well but even after 7 years and despite to try

with 5 differents sorts of avocados (Different varieties and countries of origin)

still not even 1 fruit to eat ! Nothing !

 

Icing on the cake, at the end an unknow parasite or disease had ruined half of my trees

 

Please ask to your relatives to do a lot of research before to start

and don't expect any return on investissment, if any, before years

good luck

 

nb i am not anymore in farming

but if i had to do it again in Thailand, i will go 

for banana trees, mangoes and papaya

 

these are not big money makers, but at least you have something to harvest

on a regular basis, not a lot of bother to grow (Banana and papaya grow alone

pretty fast mostly without help) it gives you something to eat, plus you can still sell directly to the local market 

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Almost everything has already been said above (e.g. rickudon, kingofthemountain at this page).

Though it may sound pessimistic, but now and in the future we do small scale farming,

better gardening - only as a hobby.

We lost a lot of time, enjoyment of work and money too to deal with the 'facts'.

Only one warning for 'mango friends': the Rhytidodera bowringii.

Its ugly stem boring larvae had destroyed many of our  10 to 15 year old mango trees.

(almost) No chance against it.

Returning to the OP, for me it is totally understandable that farmers prefer rice cultivation.

But when the price drops dramatically ...

 

 

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14 hours ago, kingofthemountain said:

I have tried it in Chiang Rai area, the climate was ok

usualy it takes 5 to 6 years to have fruits

 

The trees were growing well but even after 7 years and despite to try

with 5 differents sorts of avocados (Different varieties and countries of origin)

still not even 1 fruit to eat ! Nothing !

 

Icing on the cake, at the end an unknow parasite or disease had ruined half of my trees

 

Please ask to your relatives to do a lot of research before to start

and don't expect any return on investissment, if any, before years

good luck

 

nb i am not anymore in farming

but if i had to do it again in Thailand, i will go 

for banana trees, mangoes and papaya

 

these are not big money makers, but at least you have something to harvest

on a regular basis, not a lot of bother to grow (Banana and papaya grow alone

pretty fast mostly without help) it gives you something to eat, plus you can still sell directly to the local market 

Just interested, did you plant grafted Avocado, if not then you would be waiting between 12 and 15 years for fruit.

 

If I had my time over again I would be planting date palms as a long term investment. 

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On 11/26/2020 at 2:26 PM, Yom said:

absolutly different, sorry.

 

this too

 

Thanks.

But some people can't. Never. 

Yeah indeed, those are sudden changes. Growing something else can be planned.

Also possible dont adapt, but face consequences. Again its your life, you choose.

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4 hours ago, JWRC said:

Just interested, did you plant grafted Avocado, if not then you would be waiting between 12 and 15 years for fruit.

 

If I had my time over again I would be planting date palms as a long term investment. 

I made them grow from the cores, and no graft.

From my research it tooks 5\6 years to give fruits

but yes i probably had better results with grafted trees

still a very long term investissment, i don't think any poor

ex-rice farmer able to wait at least 5 to 10 years without any income

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10 hours ago, kingofthemountain said:

I made them grow from the cores, and no graft.

From my research it tooks 5\6 years to give fruits

but yes i probably had better results with grafted trees

still a very long term investissment, i don't think any poor

ex-rice farmer able to wait at least 5 to 10 years without any income

I don't know about your research, but it is incorrect, as I said on average 12 to 15 years for fruit when growing from the stone (pip). Once it does start fruiting, you normally get really good quantities of fruit.

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5 hours ago, JWRC said:

I don't know about your research, but it is incorrect, as I said on average 12 to 15 years for fruit when growing from the stone (pip). Once it does start fruiting, you normally get really good quantities of fruit.

You are probably right

my ex GF probably cut the trees after i left

and i would never come back to this place

so i would never know

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Maybe I don't understand pricing but from what I see from global price indices rice is higher than it has been for several years. April was crazy because of Covid scare but October prices up compared to the last 5 years. Why are farmers getting such low prices from the millers?

 

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On 11/26/2020 at 4:19 PM, Elkski said:

Thailand facing the global market.  Pain will be felt.  I Read about best tasting rice  is not from Thailand.   Not that any rice has much taste for me.  

 

the best tasting rice? the answe is often subjective and nationalistic; thais will say thai rice is best, japanese will say japanese rice is best, vietnamese will say vietnamese rice is best...

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23 minutes ago, samsensam said:

 

the best tasting rice? the answe is often subjective and nationalistic; thais will say thai rice is best, japanese will say japanese rice is best, vietnamese will say vietnamese rice is best...

 

And Thaivisa members will always say the grass is greener at the other side of the fence

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11 hours ago, Sakeopete said:

Maybe I don't understand pricing but from what I see from global price indices rice is higher than it has been for several years. April was crazy because of Covid scare but October prices up compared to the last 5 years. Why are farmers getting such low prices from the millers?

 

greed

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