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. But lest one think of the region’s farms as picturesque and primitive, changing agricultural practices are worth a closer look.

Buppha, one farmer from the province, is among many using the latest technology to improve their livelihoods. In the past, if there was a problem with her crop, she might have to wait until harvest time revealed a substandard yield. But today, she can use a colour-coded dashboard to identify problems and take pre-emptive action.

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