Govt. to develop Northeast as hub of energy crops

July 24th, 2008 - 2:11 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives launches a strategy to develop the Northeast as a hub of energy crops second to Brazil.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Theerachai Saenkaew (ธีระชัย แสนแก้ว) says the Northeast has a high potential to effectively produce energy crops such as sugar cane and cassava. The two crops produce key substances to ethanol production which can reduce the country’s import of oil.

However, Mr Theerachia says the ministry will not expand the plantations of the two energy crops but will increase the produce per rai to meet the demand of both consumption and ethanol production. He says further that the ministry has instructed the Department of Agriculture to promote the plantation of good sugar cane, cassava, and oil palm strains among farmers.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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