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sencelebi

Starting a new farm bussiness

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Hello everyone,

I live in USA and visited Thailand twice.
I am planning to establish a catfish farm or a pig farm in Thailand.
Can anybody give me some information about where the catfish and pig wholesalers in north of Phuket?
I did try to do search on the internet but no luck.
Also I need information about leasing a land. How can I find the real estate broker and so.
I have a Thai fiance but she has no clue about all these. Any information will be helpful.
Thank you in advance.

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May I ask what is your professional background, do you have farming experience? How much you're planning to invest, should it be your main income or just hobby? How about your visa/work permit?

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I hate to discourage dreamers but living in Thailand makes you see it in a very different light from someone that has just visited. At the moment you are setting yourself up to be ripped off big time, forget about finding friendly lawyers off the internet, information about markets and agricultural practice in any language but Thai.... Have you looked into business law, eligibility of foreigners to run a business here, visa implications, I doubt it.

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I can provide you with as many pigs as you need, very good price :)

Seriously, have you read the farming forum properly ? If not then I suggest you do ..

Hobby farms are great, I have one myself but there is no way I could live off it. In fact it costs me money, so it's lucky I'm still working. Love my animals but would not recommend a business in fish or pigs.

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Don't put any money into it that you can't afford to lose.

You may have the skills and intelligence to run a successful operation. But the misinformation, the small profit margins, the dishonesty of suppliers, and the hardened inside group of middlemen and markets will apply tremendous gravity to your plans.

If your wife has no knowledge of the business and no inside friends, your up against it big time.

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As suggested,read thru the pigs thread and up on right hand side of page search for catfish topics.

Treat it as a hobby and see how it goes.

You may have trouble leasing land at a decent price on a tourist island but if you manage to pick some up probably best to live on it as well.

If your wife/girlfriend isn't helping now you will have to learn very quick,the systems of farming here are completely different to western countries.

Oh,and if you want to make some beer money you have to do everything yourself and pigs are 7 days a week.

Good luck.

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Looks like most of you reply to my post is a financial advisor. Replies has no information about what I asked for. I don't need business advice since I am a successful business owner last 26 yrs. And I am planning to retire in Thailand and do the farm in a big scale as a hobby. The reason I want to do it in Thailand is alot less money then U.S. The farm I am planning to establish will cost me about $3 million in U.S. and employees will cost me much more higher than U.S.

You guys don't worry how much money I can loose or how much money I can afford to loose.

Please don't reply If you are not going to give me the right answers to my questions.

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Looks like most of you reply to my post is a financial advisor. Replies has no information about what I asked for. I don't need business advice since I am a successful business owner last 26 yrs. And I am planning to retire in Thailand and do the farm in a big scale as a hobby. The reason I want to do it in Thailand is alot less money then U.S. The farm I am planning to establish will cost me about $3 million in U.S. and employees will cost me much more higher than U.S.

You guys don't worry how much money I can loose or how much money I can afford to loose.

Please don't reply If you are not going to give me the right answers to my questions.

Officially one of the prohibited occupations for foreigners is farming. Try to get around that one the moment your successful and people want to stop you. Sorry but that would just make it so easy for the competition to put you out of the game.

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Looks like most of you reply to my post is a financial advisor. Replies has no information about what I asked for. I don't need business advice since I am a successful business owner last 26 yrs. And I am planning to retire in Thailand and do the farm in a big scale as a hobby. The reason I want to do it in Thailand is alot less money then U.S. The farm I am planning to establish will cost me about $3 million in U.S. and employees will cost me much more higher than U.S.

You guys don't worry how much money I can loose or how much money I can afford to loose.

Please don't reply If you are not going to give me the right answers to my questions.

2nd post,you aint gonna win many friends or your a troll.

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In a big scale as a hobby...

So what now, hobby or big scale and commercially successful? I didn't get it. Or is your hobby losing money on investments? But then you're not a good businessman, right?

But to your question, pig production is in the hand of the two big players, CP and Betagro. Not impossible, but difficult to make profit. Same for catfish, why you choose this fish? As you're a rather small business you should go for something special. Organic for example, or some special pig breed with good meat quality. For fish marine aquaculture with grouper. Or freshwater with giant Shrimp or Soldier croaker (Boesemania microlepsis) fish. My professor said you can't beat the big ones in their market, but they have weak points. He used to say their minor is my major. Good luck!

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