Thai farmers seek government’s aid

VNA
More farmers in Thailand have registered for subsidies and occupation shifting allowance from the government, the local media quoted secretary-general of the Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE) Jariya Sutthichaiya as saying on June 10.

More farmers in Thailand have registered for subsidies and occupation shifting allowance from the government (Source: news.thaivisa.com)

More farmers in Thailand have registered for subsidies and occupation shifting allowance from the government (Source: news.thaivisa.com)

Jariya said the number of farmers registered as of May 14, 2019, stood at 7.9 million nationwide.

This number can be divided into different groups such as crop growers, livestock farmers, and fishermen, she added.

Among the farmers registered, 18.2 percent are under 14 years old, 67.61 percent are in the working age (15-64 years old), and 14.19 percent are over 65.

The OAE report on farmer households’ debt burden in 2018 showed that each family shouldered debts of approximately THB150,600 (US$5,000), up 22 percent from the THB123,454 per household cited at the end of 2017.

Each family’s total cash income is about THB370,040 (over $12,000), with THB 172,600 earned outside the agricultural sector.-

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