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Cooperatives 'can drive the economy'

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Thailand's agricultural sector is expected to develop rapidly following its bid to include cooperatives in the national agenda, says the Cooperative Promotion Department (CPD). 

CPD director-general Somchai Charnarongkul said support has been given to cooperatives but now is the time for the government to put a special focus on this group as the Asean Economic Community draws near.

Nattawut Saikuar, the former deputy agriculture and cooperatives minister, and the CPD submitted a proposal to the cabinet seeking a budget to aggressively develop cooperatives from next year.

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