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NSTDA aims to keep Thai rice on top with research

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Rice strain development and research into new farming techniques will top the National Science and Technology Development Agency's (NSTDA) agenda as it seeks to keep Thailand's rice industry competitive in the global market. 

NSTDA director Thaweesak Koanantakool announced the agenda following a recent government decision to increase the national research and development budget from 10 billion to 120 billion baht annually, or from 0.2% to 1% of the GDP.

Mr Thaweesak said the increased budget would allow the NSTDA to conduct more research into rice farming techniques, including strain development and methods to reduce production costs.

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