Promoting sustainable production of rice and ecosystem resilience in thailand PROSPECT

Thailand and Vietnam are rice exporters. Here, trainings focus on efficient and conservational farm practices to e.g. reduce the application of toxic crop protection substances. In Thailand, with the help of trainings in so-called Community Rice Centers (CRCs) supported by BRIA, smallholder farmers can increase their incomes by up to 20 percent and reduce pesticide application by 40 percent. To decrease postharvest losses, improved postharvest management strategies, such as optimized storage and drying techniques, are developed together with the Thai Rice Department. The project supports the processing of byproducts in rice production. In about 200 CRCs, lead farmers will be trained as multipliers for sustainable rice production in the northeastern provinces of Ubon Ratchathani, Roi Et, Sisaket and Surin, reaching a total of 10,000 farmers. Furthermore, BRIA, together with its public and private partners, produces an edutainment TV show in which two teams of farmers from Ayutthaya and Suphanburi provinces impart knowledge about responsible and judicious use of production inputs to their peers. The show is aired on an agricultural channel.

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