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Thailand Aims To Become Organic Farming Leader In ASEAN

BANGKOK -- Thailand has set a goal to promote organic agriculture under its five-year plan by extending organic farming in the country to cover one million rai (400,000 acres) of areas in the next five years, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

Agriculture Minister Gen Chatchai Sarikulya said that the 2017-2021 national organic agriculture development strategies were approved by the Cabinet.

Under the strategies, the ministry will support researches and disseminate knowledge and innovation on organic farming as well as develop organic products and service and raise the standard of certification processes.

Besides the plan to increase organic farm areas, the ministry also targets to increase the number of organic farmers to 900,000 people across the country. It aims to be suppliers of organic products with the market ratio of about 40 per cent in the domestic market and 60 per cent for overseas market.

Department of Agriculture Director General Suwit Chaikiattiyos said farmers are divided into three groups, the beginners, farmers seeking certification and those who are certified farmers, looking for a market channel for their products.

The authorities will provide whatever is needed to push Thailand into becoming one of the major suppliers of organic products.

-- BERNAMA