El Nino driving Thai govt to wean farmers off water-intensive rice
Sat, Mar 12, 2016 - 5:50 AM
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-...