Agricultural policy and administration

Government strengthens agricultural promotion for integration

The Lao government is taking steps to promote and develop various agricultural products in the face of regional competition and international integration. Officials from the various concerned sectors implementing the “Sustainable food security and agricultural product promotion for commercial basis” project met in Vientiane to discuss ...

Thai farmers plea for debt relief if second rice crop again banned

Farmers’ leaders have called for an interest-free debt moratorium of 5-10 years if the government bans the planting of a second rice crop for the third time this year. Thai Farmers Association chairman Wichian Puanglamjiak on 22 September said if the the government asks  farmers to not to plant second-crop ...

Outbreak turns consumers away from pork

Pork sales at local markets have taken a hit following the recent outbreak of blue-ear pig disease as fears have spread among consumers that the meat is not fit for human consumption, pork vendors said on 14  September. First identified in Siem Reap in mid-August, Porcine ...

Thai rice stockpile under scrutiny

Provincial officials have 30 days to complete the inspection of rice stored at 1,800 warehouses nationwide under a deadline set by the National Rice Policy Committee chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. Keep reading ...

16 Vietnamese localities urged to map out action plans on agricultural restructuring

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development held a conference in Hanoi on 13 August reviewing the implementation of agricultural restructuring measures in the past two years. Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai attended the conference.   Keep reading ...

Organising Vietnamese - Japanese second high-level dialogue on agriculture

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in coordination with Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries held the second high-level dialogue on agricultural development cooperation in Hanoi on 12 August. At the dialogue, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat called on the ...

Southern Thailand hit by weak rubber prices

At a time when little is going right for Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy, Thailand is being hit hard by weak global demand for its major agricultural exports. Among the people most affected are the country’s rubber producers, suffering depressed prices since January 2014. After surging to more ...

Cambodia agrees agro-industrial framework

The government has agreed to a new framework to increase the competitiveness of its agricultural sector in line with the recently launched Industrial Development Policy, state news agency AKP reported on 29 July. Ty Sokun, secretary of state at the Ministry of Agriculture, said that the ...

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