Rice farmers encouraged to plant maize after harvests

Low-land rice farmers will be encouraged to plant maize after rice harvests in an attempt to reduce high-land forest encroachment to clear land for maize cultivation. Agriculture Minister Chatchai Sarikalya said on Monday that, from his discussion with representatives of the animal feed manufacturers’ association, it was learned that animal feed. Of the 7-8 million tonnes of maize needed for the industry, half of them came from legitimate farmland the rest came from high-land plantations on land which was used to be covered with forest but which was destroyed and encroached.

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