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Developing Green Agriculture Cities

April 23, 2014 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

Six provinces have been selected for development into “green agriculture cities,” to promote environmentally friendly agricultural production, in accordance with local culture and wisdom. 
The green agriculture city project has been launched by the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives as a flagship project for the 2014 fiscal year to support green growth development.

The six pilot sites include Chiang Mai in the North, Nong Khai and Si Sa Ket in the Northeast, Chanthaburi in the East, Phatthalung in the South, and Ratchaburi in the central region. The project covers the development of all farm sectors – crops, livestock, and fisheries.

It is in response to the current 11th National Economic and Social Development Plan, 2012-2016. The plan focuses on efforts to move toward a greener world, with the management of natural resources and the environment toward sustainability.

Thailand sees the need for going green in order for the people to live in a caring and sharing society, in a safe and sound environment. In this way, production processes will be environmentally sound and food and energy resources will be secure.

The green agriculture city project will be carried out under the concept of “green economy and zero waste agriculture.” For instance, it seeks to promote the awareness of agricultural greenhouse gases, Thai Good Agriculture Practices, organic agriculture, water and soil conservation, agro-tourism, food standards, and research and development.

The project will help improve farm production, as well as farmers’ quality of life. It is in line with the strategies for developing Thailand’s organic agriculture industry, to be implemented from 2014 to 2016. The strategies were worked out by the National Organic Agriculture Committee, with a vision to develop Thailand as a center for the production, trade, and consumption of organic agricultural products.

They seek to promote knowledge and innovation management, develop supply chains, strengthen the marketing and standards of Thailand’s organic agriculture, and create confidence in Thai organic products through brand promotion.

Director-General of the Department of Agricultural Extension Olan Pituck said that the Department is well-aware of the importance of environmentally friendly farm production in preparation for trade liberalization in the future. As greater competition will be seen in the global agricultural market, Thailand needs to develop its potential and make its products more competitive.

The increasing trend toward green agriculture will also ensure safety for both farmers and consumers, since it enhances the agro-ecosystem and promotes good health.

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