Thai farmers to grow more maize for animal feed
Thailand's agriculture ministry has encouraged farmers
in the country to expand maize plantation to reduce imports and to profit from
high corn prices.
It is anticipated that land used for maize plantings will increase 48,000
It has been reported that the agricultural land
reform office recently signed a contract-farming agreement with EM Agriculture
encouraging farmers in five provinces - Phitsanulok, Phetchabun, Loei, Nong Bua
Lamphu and Uttaradit - to grow maize.
This, according to reports, will directly support
animal feed meal as this ingredient counts for 50-60% of the product used for
poultry, pig and other livestock feed.
This new maize supply will also alleviate costs
for feed-meal producers by stabilising the price of maize.
The office aims to set up 750 enterprises with a
total membership of 15,000 farmers.
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