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300,000 rai of rice farms in Buriram to be turned into sugarcane farms

BANGKOK, 7 August 2013 (NNT) – The Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry is keen on turning 300,000 rai of rice farms in Buriram northeastern Province into sugarcane plantations.

Agriculture Minister Yukol Limlamthong has paid a visit to Buriram Province to follow up on the Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s policy on agricultural zoning. According to him, around 3 million rai of land in the province is being used for rice growing. However, official surveys show that 300,000 rai of the areas should be more suitable for sugarcane due soil and weather conditions.

The minister suggested that in the first year of agricultural zoning, 60,000 rai of land should be turned to sugarcane cultivation, adding that he would ask sugar refineries to increase their production capacity in order to absorb the increasing supply of sugarcane. The minister believed that the crop zoning policy will reduce agriculture-related problems.

Agricultural zoning is the government’s idea to help farmers cope with the changing weather, high production cost, low prices of agricultural products, and unreliable produce. The government is now trying to promote this idea throughout the country.

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What a great idea, let's make a sugar pledging scheme for the next election, and make rice more expensive and rare than already rots in millions of tons of dirty rotten warehouses...

Sugar pledging scheme here I come!!!!!

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Promote Sugar, and get the people of Thailand fatter and lazier up their BEHINDS...

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Most farmers in the village where my mrs is from have already turned to sugar cane with only doing rice for eat, like everything else the price for sugar cane will no doubt drop like a stone and soon enough will be in the same situation as they are with rice. Thailand needs to get a grip of the corruption and start investing in Infrastructure.

300,000 rai peanuts when compared to the 6,000,000 acre Anna Creek station in Australia. On the other side lot of rai have not been planted this season for this very reason.

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A problem I see with this and changing to other crops is that rice is a short rotation crop ready for harvest in months and therefor bringing in income quickly yet every alternative except sweet corn is a long rotation crop.

So what are the farmers going to live on till the wait for the sugar cane to mature to harvest?

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Anna creek may be large, but it doesn't grow much, takes that much land to feed 3000 cows. I've worked on Yakkamunda, that time it was just a few hundred sq miles, earlier days over 1000, still, not a lot grows there.

Back on the Liverpool Plains, one of Australia's most fertile areas, you can get wheat up to two tonne an acre, not sure what the rice yield is, but it's pretty good at times, then a few years in between, nothing.

Comparing a huge Aussie property with a Thai one isn't apples and oranges.

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Sugar cane can be grown on flood plain land whereas rice is ruined when flooded too much.

Is that correct BurriranRes...?

I ask because I know a lot of people that would like to change over, but say that the conditions they have are to wet for Sugar cane.---You can actually grow it in Rice paddy's without adding more land fill first ?

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Sugar is an expensive crop, that's why most major food manufacturers these days prefer to use High Fructose Corn Syrup instead because its cheaper, and that's much worse for the consumer.

It's a good move to diversify crop growing in Essarn, it's too dependent on rice.

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A problem I see with this and changing to other crops is that rice is a short rotation crop ready for harvest in months and therefor bringing in income quickly yet every alternative except sweet corn is a long rotation crop.

So what are the farmers going to live on till the wait for the sugar cane to mature to harvest?

Not to worry. The local loan-shark will bridge them over. If that does not work, they will send the prettiest daughter to Pattaya to work as a receptionist in a 5 star hotel.

Cheers.

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That is the utmost dumb ass idea I have ever heard ... please do not f*** with people, do not f*** with the country. The soil after long year of planting sugar cane became dry, very dry, useless, and it is very difficult to revert the situation back to the original soil.

For example in Brazil, the stupid people of government had a "great stupid" idea to cut all trees of Amazon jungle e turn it into the major sugar cane field in the world.. Huh? Yes, believe they have a project to do it in the next few years. Unfortunately the website is in portuguese language -> https://secure.avaaz.org/po/petition/Canadeacucar_na_Amazonia_NAO/

But it is really not good idea to change the environment! Sugar cane will use all the water from the soil and in few years will became dry land just like a DESERT. GOV always stupid. Please stop thinking about money. How could you survive with lack of health? Really stupid. Disappointed!!!

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