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Growing concern of more second crop cultivation prompts ministry to make rice survey

The agriculture minister has ordered agriculture officials in the central provinces to survey the second rice cultivation for the 2017/2018 crop year as there is possible trend that farmers are planting more second rice crop.

The order by Agriculture Minister Krissada Bunraj came as there was report from village headmen and community leaders that farmers in some provinces in the central region are growing more second rice crops because rice is fetching good prices and there is sufficient water supply this year.

The ministry was concerned about oversupply and therefore it was trying to limit the second rice cultivation area to 8 million rai in the central region, and was urging farmers to turn to other crops instead such as maize, so that it would not affect the first crop.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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