With the shared objective of cultivating high-quality rice, four Thai agricultural groups are advocating for the Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) model of rice cultivation spanning 10 provinces and around 50,000 rai of paddy fields.
These groups include the Agriculturist Association, the Thai Rice Mills Association, the Community Rice Centre Association of Thailand, and the Save Planet Agro-Economy Development Association.
According to Pana Tappinkorn, president of the Save Planet Agro-Economy Development Association, the BCG model will be utilized during off-season planting and is a continuation of Save-Planet Rice’s pilot programs, which have been executed successfully in 20 communities.
If Pana is to be believed, the pilot project was successful in reducing investment costs, boosting production, and bettering rice quality. To the point where it was given out as a present at the 2022 APEC Economic Leaders’ Week meetings, rice grown in the participating communities demanded premium rates.
Beginning with farmers in Chiang Rai, Kamphaeng Phet, Nakhon Sawan, Phitsanulok, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Chai Nat, Sing Buri, and Lop Buri, the concept will be rolled out to the rest of the country. To maintain long-term viability, farmers in each province will be encouraged to cultivate rice in an organic and ecologically responsible manner.
To assist farmers cut expenses, the four groups recently inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on chemical-free, environmentally friendly rice farming. The Prime Minister of Thailand, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, signed the MOU on the 21st of November, 2022.