Thai and Germany join hands to develop sustainable rice

General Press Releases Tuesday July 24, 2018 15:53
Bangkok--24 Jul--GIZ

The Thai Rice Department, Olam (Thailand) Co., Ltd. and GIZ launched the Sustainable Rice Project titled "Market-Oriented Smallholder Value Chain (MSVC)" in Warin Chamrap district, Ubon Ratchathani. Mr. Rittisun Teppitak, the sheriff of Warin Chamrap presided over the event.

Mr. Suriyan Vichitlekarn, the Project Director of GIZ said: "The Market-Oriented Smallholder Value Chain (MSVC) project is being implemented to promote and develop farmers' knowledge and understanding of rice production in line with Sustainable Rice Platforms (SRPs). This will lead to raising the quality of rice, the consumption of safe rice and enhance competitiveness with foreign countries. It also strengthens farmer groups to understand and be able to produce sustainable rice and integrates smallholder farmers with market-oriented value chains."

Dr. Apichart Pongsrihadulchai, Advisor to the Director General of Rice Department said: "This year in Ubon Ratchathani area, we will help raise the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) standard to the Sustainable Rice Platforms (SRPs) in the large rice fields of Ubon Ratchathani province in 29 Community Rice Centres in 7 districts, namely Warin Chamrap, Dej Udom, Pibulmungsaharn, Sawang Weerawong, Wong, Samrong, Na Yia and Na Chaluai."

"The project will be implemented in the 3 Northeast provinces, namely Ubon Ratchathani, Roi Et and Surin, with 16,000 pilot smallholder rice farmers producing 150,000 MT volumes of sustainable rice to be exported from 2018 to 2022. It will also be expanded to Indonesia and Vietnam so as to increase the level of agriculture both in the country and the region." added Mr. Satish Thampy, Managing Director, Olam (Thailand) Co., Ltd


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