Agriculture

Agricultural production

Farming of the Future

Innovative Thai start-ups are pushing technology to add value in agriculture and raise incomes Saraburi, a verdant central Thai province north of the capital, Bangkok, is known for spectacles like fields of sunflowers spreading beneath hills, and dragon fruit piled high like rubies at roadside stalls. ...

A River Drained: Fish, Rice, and Food Security in the Mekong

Mother of Rivers, Giver of Life The Mekong is the world’s 12th longest river and a crucial lifeline for many in Southeast Asia. Known as the Mother of Rivers (แม่น้ำโขง) in Thailand and Laos, the Mekong brings abundant food and resources to the six countries it ...

Peiying Loh

‘This Is Our Land—and That’s the Truth’: Pa-O Farmers Challenge Myanmar Military

Much is in dispute surrounding nearly 2,000 acres of farmland in the ethnic Pa-O region of Hsi Hseng Township in southern Shan State, but native farmer Moe Bae is sure of two things: the land is owned by local farmers like her, and the military ...

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Water chestnut season arrives in Mekong Delta

Farmers in Soc Trang Province have been busy the last month harvesting what has been a bountiful water chestnut crop. Nguyen Van Quan, 44, of Nga Nam Town, and a hired worker have been harvesting water chestnut since early morning. Growing water chestnut is the main ...

Nguyet Nhi

Cultivation improvements on agenda amid droughts

The Lao National Disaster Prevention and Control Committee is helping farmers across the country to improve their cultivation techniques so that crops can better withstand drought and dry season yields can be increased. Committee officials said recently that the country is facing drought conditions as rivers ...

Asia News Network

FDI in Vietnam: Rise of the north

A glossy photobook sits on the coffee table of the Deep C Industrial Zone offices, surrounded by walls the colour of sunshine and an abundance of indoor foliage.  “Compared with other big cities such as Hanoi and [Ho Chi Minh City], Hai Phong is still the ...

Samantha McCabe

INDUSTRY 4.0: Get with the times

That was the basic translation of the JapanCorp company slogan, and while Chantrea thought it was a bit cheesy, she had to admit it seemed accurate enough. Chantrea had been an industrial engineer for more than a decade now, managing the systems that kept Cambodia’s manufacturing ...

Andrew Haffner

Farmers in Mekong delta earn more thanks to agricultural restructuring

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development yesterday announced farmers in the Mekong delta have earned more thanks to agricultural restructuring. According to the Ministry, in 2019, farmers in the Mekong delta have switched 77,885 hectares of low yield rice area into growing other crops with ...

Nguyen Thanh

Thailand puts 24 provinces on alert in swine fever watch

Thailand has designated 24 provinces as “surveillance areas” for African swine fever and ordered strict animal controls in hopes of preventing an outbreak of the deadly disease that has hit its neighbours, an agriculture official said on Friday. Thailand has been on high alert since the ...

Lao Authorities Allow Chinese Firm to Plant on Land Promised to Dam Collapse Survivors

A Chinese-backed firm is growing bananas on land promised by the government of Laos as compensation to survivors of a 2018 dam collapse that that has been described as the country’s worst flooding in decades, RFA’s Lao Service has learned. The disaster occurred last July, when ...

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