SBPAC allocates Bt2.7 million to revive paddy fields in deep South

July 26th, 2008 - 10:15 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

The Southern Border Province Administrative Center (SBPAC) allocates more than 2,700,000 baht to farmers in Yala province for the revival of deserted paddy fields.

SBPAC Director Phranai Suwannarat (พระนาย สุวรรณรัฐ) says 7,000 rai of paddy fields in Mueang district, Yala province, have been used for only 2,000 rai and the rest have been deserted due to loss of profits. The farmers also have to pay the rental of machines for rice plantation of 1,500 – 1,800 baht a rai and it is likely to increase due to oil price hikes.

To assist the rice farmers in the province, SBPAC therefore supports them to set up a farmers’ group and provides the budget of 2,700,000 baht for them. The money is expected to be spent on the buying of two tractors and other equipments to turn the deserted paddy fields into green plantations.

The director says the set up of the farmers’ group will benefit more than 7,000 families from ten districts. In addition, it will assure local people that the government is honest in resolving their problems and make them cooperate more with state officials.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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