Thailand is a major rice-exporting country. However, the increase in rice production in Thailand in recent years was largely due to the expansion of cultivated area, while land productivity remained relatively stable and low (as compared with Vietnam, for instance, as the other main rice exporter).
Project sitesThe Central Plains region was selected because (1) rice farmers maintain continuous rice farming through water provided from an irrigation system, and (2) the cropping pattern could negatively affect the environment and rice farm ecology if farmers do not follow suitable practices. Nakhon Sawan, in the Central Plain of Thailand, was chosen to establish pilot sites because there are two rice community centers (CRC) in Thaclee District; one at Ban Nong Jik Ree and the other at Ban Sapan Song.
Key scientists and players
Key scientists: Ladda Viriyangkura (rice inspection and certification) and Ruben Lampayan (water management scientist)
Bureau of Rice Product Development, Mrs. Sukanya Kogngeon
Bureau of Rice Seed, Ms. Vilairat Detphitayanan
Bureau of Rice Research, Ms. Sirima Pansiri
Bureau of Rice Product Promotion and Extension, Mrs. Julmanee Pitoonchareanlap
Mrs. Pornsiri Senagalp
Dr. Rasamee Dhitikiattipong
Chainat Rice Research Center, Mrs. Duangporn Vitoonjit
Land and Development Department, Ms. Nisa Meesang
Extension Department - Nakhon Sawan, Mr. Suwit Peugjeen
Nakhon Sawan Rice Seed Center