You are here

El Nino driving Thai govt to wean farmers off water-intensive rice

QUITE A HANDFUL: Rice is being targeted because flood-irrigated paddy uses a lot of water - sometimes two and a half times the amount needed to grow a crop of wheat or maize.


RICE farmer Prapatpon Rungsatien perches on a plastic chair in a classroom in rural Thailand. Ceiling fans stir the humid air as she and 49 of her neighbours hunker down for a talk on South-east Asian economics.

Ms Prapatpon, 48, returned to school last month for a state-

Market voices on:


Receive $80 Grab vouchers valid for use on all Grab services except GrabHitch and GrabShuttle when you subscribe to BT All-Digital at only $0.99*/month.

Find out more at

Powered by GET.comGetCom