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Farmers urged to get in zone

Alternative crops and better land use could untangle the rice pledging morass

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Thai rice farmers are proud of their planting skills. They produce enough grains to feed the whole country and to satisfy export demand. Foreign buyers consider Thai rice to be of the finest in the world. 

What many farmers do not realise, however, is most of them are growing rice on poor and inappropriate farmland.

Out of the country's 84.5 million rai of land used to grow paddy, only about 2 %, or 2.48 million rai, of it is considered ideally suited to rice cultivation.

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