Agriculture 4.0: Obstacles and how to break through

NIPON POAPONGSAKORN PHUNJASIT CHOKESOMRITPOL Thailand 4.0 is the Thai government’s new economic model aimed at pulling the country out of the middleincome trap. For agriculture, it means a seven-fold increase in average annual income of farmers from 56,450 baht to 390,000 baht within the next 20 years – an extremely difficult, if not impossible objective […]

Agriculture 4.0: Obstacles and how to break through

NIPON POAPONGSAKORN PHUNJASIT CHOKESOMRITPOL Thailand 4.0 is the Thai government’s new economic model aimed at pulling the country out of the middleincome trap. For agriculture, it means a seven-fold increase in average annual income of farmers from 56,450 baht to 390,000 baht within the next 20 years – an extremely difficult, if not impossible objective […]

Decentralisation key to ending water wars

NIPON POAPONGSAKORN NUJPANIT NARKPITAKS Water is the lifeblood of agriculture. It has significant impacts on the livelihood of millions of Thai farmers. Early on in rainy season this year, farmers in the Central Plains suffered from one of the most intense droughts in the last five decades. Evidence shows that this year is one of […]

Nipon, TDRI suggests rice research centre

  PATHOM SANGWONGWANICH Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) fellows are urging the government to establish a Rice Market Development Institute to enhance scientific research, disseminate credible information to farmers and entrepreneurs and improve the competitiveness of Thai rice cultivation. Nipon Poapongsakorn, a distinguished fellow at the TDRI, said a finalised proposal will be submitted to […]

Nipon pins water crisis on Yingluck

   APINYA WIPATAYOTIN Political interference in water management to support the rice-pledging scheme and poor dam management are to blame for the current water crisis, an expert at the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) says. Nipon Poapongsakorn, a TDRI distinguished fellow, said the current water shortage has its origin in the mega-flood that hit the […]

Agriculture forum urges independence

ARIANE KUPFERMAN-SUTTHAVONG >> Panellists called for the agriculture sector to be organised independent of political interests at a recent debate on agricultural reform at Kasetsart University. Speaking at the forum, Pornsil Patcharintanakul, the vice-chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, suggested a law should be passed to prevent politicians from interfering with the allowance of […]

Stimulus measures welcomed

Government urged to watch for corruption Business leaders and economists have responded positively to the government’s economic stimulus measures, seeing them as essential to a recovery but warning of the need to tackle corruption. The first measures announced yesterday include the disbursement of 20% of the carry-over investment budget of 149 billion baht from fiscal […]

TDRI details apparent costs of rice pledging programme, including Bt111 billion in corruption

The Thailand Development Research Institute found that the country spent up to Bt985 billion buying 54.4 million tonnes of paddy in two and a half years under the scrapped rice-pledging scheme but most of the Bt560-billion producer surplus went to medium-to-large-scale farmers. According to the paper “Corruption in the Paddy Pledging Policy”, which was compiled […]

Bangkok Post Report: Money for the poor

Analysis: Negative income tax hopes to succeed where other social aid schemes have failed Developing countries by definition face a constant struggle against the problems of poverty and income inequality. Thailand is no exception. Over the past few decades, despite steady economic growth and industrialisation, inequality has remained a persistent and divisive factor within Thai […]

Better planning, more research needed before water project: academics

Academics have stressed the importance of planning and research – possibly for another year – on the proposed government water-management programme, along with the setting up of a special body to oversee the projects. Speaking at a seminar yesterday organised by the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), Sucharit Koontanakulvong, a professor in the department of […]

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