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Ok , we have learned that rubber trees will take a long time to produce a sellable product . and palm trees are fickle . My question is .. What can I ( we ) grow , raise that will make the most amount of baht in the shortest amount of time and of course with the smallest investment . Lets say with 15 rie in Isaan .

all input welcome

thank you ,

Jeff

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Ok , we have learned that rubber trees will take a long time to produce a sellable product . and palm trees are fickle . My question is .. What can I ( we ) grow , raise that will make the most amount of baht in the shortest amount of time and of course with the smallest investment . Lets say with 15 rie in Isaan .

all input welcome

thank you ,

Jeff

Do you have some farming experience ?? Here its a bit different. The soil is not fertile at all and initial investment could dissapoint you. Your wife or family in law could pass some investment experience.

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My question is .. What can I ( we ) grow , raise that will make the most amount of baht in the shortest amount of time and of course with the smallest investment . Lets say with 15 rie in Isaan .

all input welcome

Chillies, peppers, spring onions, shallots, marrows, melons, cucumbers, tomatoes, bananas, papaya, aubergines, mangoes (longer term). We grow them all in Sisaket - have plenty of water.

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Have you thought about feedlot cattle ,my mate is doing this with Charolaise in the Roi-et area,there is an association locally which buys and processes these cattle for the top-end market.current return (gross) is 120 baht per kilo live weight. His first sales due june but growth rates very encouraging. Will post more when cost/return figures available .

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In looking at agricultural production it must be remembered that the bulk of thais are subsistance farmers ,they sell what they dont need for their own consumption. this keeps commodity prices low by our standards.The temptation is always there to over capitalise eq. (pension off the buffalo and kubota and buy a 4wd tractor) .

Better farm practises is the way to go,Isaan currently produces about 1.9 tonne per hectare of aromatic rice, Vietnam is producing up to 12 tonne per hectare .

The reasons are many fold ,but the answers can be found in official govt websites but it mainly comes down to farming practises.(have your ever tried to tell a thai how to do something,they dont even listen to their own experts in their fields)

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Do you have some farming experience ?? Here its a bit different. The soil is not fertile at all and initial investment could dissapoint you. Your wife or family in law could pass some investment experience.

No , not much experience . I would have my wifes family and others in the village if needed to help . They really dont do much anyway . They travel around and work other peoples crops when there ready to be picked. So I think I could put them to good use at times . They also have some cattle of their own ( from the dowery that we never got back :o ) They say its alot of work . Also they have to worry about them getting sick . I guess I would have to worry about crop failure also .

We have two votes for rice . I remember reading here something about growing rice but can not find it . If I remember corectly it was something like 43,000 bt. a year profit with that size lot . I am probally wrong . But for that I would be better off without the bother . I not looking to get rich here I know that will NOT happen but I would like something better than that ..if theres any . Still , im open to all suggestions .

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I recently looked at 11 rai. The farmer who farms it said that they got 60 bags of rice off it last year. A bag is 100 kilograms and it sells for about 1000 baht per bag. The farmer gets half. I didn't get into seed or fertilizer expense so I'm not sure how that works.

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I recently looked at 11 rai. The farmer who farms it said that they got 60 bags of rice off it last year. A bag is 100 kilograms and it sells for about 1000 baht per bag. The farmer gets half. I didn't get into seed or fertilizer expense so I'm not sure how that works.

Thanks Gary , thats 60 bags a year ?

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Bear in mind if considering rice farming that in most parts of Isaan there is normally just one harvest/year. In other regions and countries incl. Vietnam there are 2 or 3.

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Once a year but the farmer did say that if there was a decent size pond put in he was sure he could get a second crop.

I recently looked at 11 rai. The farmer who farms it said that they got 60 bags of rice off it last year. A bag is 100 kilograms and it sells for about 1000 baht per bag. The farmer gets half. I didn't get into seed or fertilizer expense so I'm not sure how that works.

Thanks Gary , thats 60 bags a year ?

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Just got back from the Central Plains and even there 800 kg of rice per rai is standard.Thats about 8000 baht per rai before costs of labour and fertiliser and tractor etc. :o

I think the way to go is organic if you can find markets.

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In looking at agricultural production it must be remembered that the bulk of thais are subsistance farmers ,they sell what they dont need for their own consumption. this keeps commodity prices low by our standards.The temptation is always there to over capitalise eq. (pension off the buffalo and kubota and buy a 4wd tractor) .

Better farm practises is the way to go,Isaan currently produces about 1.9 tonne per hectare of aromatic rice, Vietnam is producing up to 12 tonne per hectare .

The reasons are many fold ,but the answers can be found in official govt websites but it mainly comes down to farming practises.(have your ever tried to tell a thai how to do something,they dont even listen to their own experts in their fields)

Vietnam has more than 1 crop annually....that is possibly the reason behind the yield.

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