Thailand to downsize rubber plantations – report

Bangkok – The Thai government is planning to downsize some rubber plantations in the face of a severe drought, which is expected to worsen next year.

A report by Bangkok Post on 6 Oct stated that the plan, which runs until 2019, will envisage renting land to farmers and paying them to grow other crops. These will be marketed via various government agencies and banks across the country.

The plan, said the report, is aimed at striking a balance between supply and demand for farm products including…

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