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Ploughing profitably

Organic rice farmers are leaving debt behind with natural production methods that improve the environment and provide a better quality of life

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It is the middle of the night and rain is pouring. This is a time to stay in, dry and warm under a cosy blanket in a soft bed. But that is not for Chaiyaporn Promphan. 

The man rises, grabs his old hoe and walks through the rain to his rice field. He heaves the hoe hard with his two strong arms and starts to loosen and dig the soil.

“This is the best time to start working. Rain water is good for rice, so the work must be done before the rain stops,” says Mr Chaiyaporn, a 53-year-old rice grower in Suphan Buri province.

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