Thailand Agriculture

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How will the Thai government’s crop zoning policy help boost the overall competitiveness of the nation’s sugar industry?

Chapter | Agriculture from The Report: Thailand 2016

The naturally fertile land central to Thailand’s Chao Phraya river basin, combined with increasingly well-developed infrastructure, serves as a strong foundation for what is a robust agricultural base. These advantages have propelled both small-scale farmers and larger agriculture companies from Thailand into the forefront of global agri-business, with the country ranking among the world’s...

The second-largest economy in ASEAN after Indonesia, Thailand has developed a positive international reputation on the back of its pro-investment policies and well-developed infrastructure, standing as one of the most liberalised and business-friendly markets in the region.

The world’s largest rubber producer has seen earnings and output plunge this year, with Thailand’s government stepping in to fund subsidy and buying programmes to support its rubber growers against a weak economic backdrop.

How will the glut in the global sugar market affect producers in Thailand?

Few issues are more controversial in Thai agriculture these days than the question of government schemes to support – or not support – prices. Indeed, this issue sent rubber farmers onto the streets in the autumn of 2013 to demand more government support, while in that year and 2014, other street protestors demanded less government aid when it...

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