Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Lak Wachananawat. (Source: VNA)

Bangkok (NNT/VNA) – The Thai Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has announced a rice production plan for the 2018/2019 production year.

Under the plan, more than 33 million tonnes of rice will be produced from 70 million rice fields nationwide to keep up with demand. 

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Lak Wachananawat said the first round of rice production in the 2018/2019 production year includes 58 million Rai which are expected to yield more than 25 million tonns of rice. Eight million tonnes will be produced from 12.2 million Rai of rice fields in the second round. 

The global rice trade has a tendency to improve due to continuous demand from many countries particularly those in Africa and the Middle East, said the deputy minister.
 
Furthermore, rice production in important rice importers such as Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines is not sufficient for domestic consumption. This is a good opportunity for Thailand to export more rice, said the deputy minister-VNA