Regenerative Rice Farming in ThailandwebadminMay 31, 2019
Regenerative Rice Farming in Thailand
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Rice, a major crop for Thai household consumption and export purposes, is confronted with unoptimized yields while production costs and unpredictable weather conditions put farmers’ margins at risk. With the end of subsidized farmgate prices, conventional rice cultivation appears not profitable anymore. High use of agrochemical input has resulted in soil degradation and lower yield.
To pilot a unique regenerative rice cultivation method for restoring long-term soil fertility with fewer inputs & water, and providing cash crop diversification for rice smallholder farmers
150 farmers in Angthong and Chainart, Thailand are recruited to be trained about the innovative rice cultivation technology to grow better rice, with the aim to improve their living income and also the soil fertility. Not only these farmers are trained, but also they receive starter package to incentivize them to test new technology. In addition, all better rice produced under this innovative rice cultivation technology has guaranteed buying from the project partners. The success of this innovative rice cultivation technology will be measured regarding to the higher income of farmers – higher yield and lower production cost and technology adoption rate of farmers. Then, this innovative rice cultivation technology will be scaled up in the next phase.