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    RSS Feed Can Thailand's rice farmers survive low prices?

    Farmers in Thailand are struggling with a sharp fall in global rice prices - can government subsidies help them?

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    Why have the BBC shown a clip of rice farmers harvesting their rice crop using sickles? I'm currently in Surin and from what I can see, most if not all of the rice here was harvested mechanically using combine-harverster machines. My wife harvested 2 tonnes in a morning by machine.

    It'll be interesting to see what happens to the Yingluck case, now that it looks like the Junta is also going to subsidies the farmers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dylan View Post
    Why have the BBC shown a clip of rice farmers harvesting their rice crop using sickles?
    Perhaps because that might be how it is harvested in some cases!
    I would also suggest that that picture is a better one to use rather than a machine, makes for more of a human story.

    I'm currently in Surin and from what I can see, most if not all of the rice here was harvested mechanically using combine-harverster machines. My wife harvested 2 tonnes in a morning by machine.
    Our rice fields are harvested by hand, we do not have a harvesting machine available in the village.
    There is however a machine available for threshing.
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    I doubt the smaller farmers can afford harvesters.
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    I doubt the smaller farmers can afford harvesters.
    My Mother-in-Law is a smaller farmer and could afford harvesters... they each turned up with their sickles

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    The farmers here in this corner of Surin rent the harvesters from a contractor, who takes a part of the crop as payment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dylan View Post
    The farmers here in this corner of Surin rent the harvesters from a contractor, who takes a part of the crop as payment.
    But if you only have 10 rai how much is that going to cost you, especially with the low price of rice?
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    600 baht per Rai (Surin)
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    I think the issue here is not about how it is harvested it's about why is it expensive to buy in the shops and yet the farmers receive so little. Who is making the money? Is it the wholesalers, the millers or the transport companies? Someone is making a killing as rice hasn't dropped in the shops we started to get ours direct from the village some time ago and pay a lot less than Tesco or Big C but give more than the farmers get from the wholesalers so everyone is happy except the middle men.

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    Some Surin farmers got together and sell their rice direct , last week they were at Asia Hotel Bangkok and a few shopping malls in the city .
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