Workers left the city to return home Farming parade – asking the state to renew the income insurance

Covid poison hits industrial workers – unemployed services, parade home, the Agricultural Council indicates that there is a signal to increase the number of farmers registration. Motivated the state to prepare an income insurance plan for the 3rd season to cope with the future of planting oversupply of the corn-rice-cassava field crops, plus “expenses”, the same area – the rain during the period

Mr. Prapat Panyachatrak The chairman of the National Farmers Council said that now we are starting to see more workers from Bangkok and surrounding provinces who used to work in the industrial and service sectors. but facing problems from business closure therefore had to travel back to the domicile in the northern and northeastern provinces in many provinces

This group of workers will go back to help their families farm in the same area. that means The cost of cultivating crops per hectare will increase. because there are more workers to make a living in the same place But the agricultural area remains the same.

“Ask if it will affect the output until the market is oversupply or not. I don’t think the market is overflowing. But the cost will definitely not decrease. Because everyone goes down to eat and use at home, with the same area of ​​10 rai as before. Planting the same But people eat more and more importantly, this year there is also an important factor from the rainfall whether it comes early or late. Discard the range? which is now starting to have problems in some provinces such as Nakhon Ratchasima, Chaiyaphum, where the rain The water in the dam is reduced to compete for water.”

“Right now, farmers in some areas Especially outside the irrigated area, mostly in the north and northeastern regions, they have to wait for the rain in August before they can grow rice. As for the second paddy fields, the Royal Irrigation Department has announced that it is prohibited to plant because the water in the dam is less after planting Aug. have to assess how much productivity will be in 3-4 months. the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Agriculture must prepare countermeasures If the rain is good, the yield is likely to be good. We have to find a waiting market, which at present has not been called by any agency to discuss.”

Cassava farmers overflow

Mr. Termsak Boonchuen, Chairman of the Agronomy Committee National Farmers Council reveals “Prachachat Business” that from the situation of Covid-19 As a result, workers in large cities have more problems with flowing back to their hometowns. It was found that at present there has been a significant increase in the registration of farmers.

believe that there will be problems in the future in terms of oversupply The agricultural products of concern are rice and corn. However, the situation remains to be seen. because this is the end of the harvest season for some crops Must wait for another assessment in October 2021

“The output of 30-31 million tons of cassava is not enough to meet the annual demand at 40 million tons, while the current cassava income insurance program is in the 8th installment, the government pays less. because the price of cassava is now rising to 2.40-2.50 baht per kilogram.”

“But the problem is that Thai prices are not in line with world market prices. because operators are affected by transportation costs The lack of containers makes exports less desirable. As a result, the purchase of it from farmers is not very high.”

“It is expected that the relevant agencies will expedite the resolution of such problems. To make the purchase in accordance with the price in the world market Because China’s demand for ethanol is still large, the price should be higher. There is also a problem of spotted leaf disease that requires the government to expedite the solution.”

Prepare income insurance season 3

The report from the Department of Internal Trade states that the 5 types of crop income insurance projects, rice and rubber, have completed the second season of the project. The rice income insurance project ended in May 2021, while the rubber income insurance project has been completed since March last.

“Right now, the ongoing income assurance program has three crops: oil palm, the project will end in September 2021, the corn income guarantee will finish the project in October 2021, and the cassava income guarantee will finish the project in November. 2021.”

“As for whether or not to proceed with the income insurance scheme season 3, it is currently in the process of the relevant departments in the meeting to discuss and come to a conclusion. before proposing to relevant agencies for further consideration It will proceed to discuss rice income insurance first. as it is now entering the production season.”

However, the Department of Internal Trade has measures to closely monitor agricultural prices. by assigning relevant departments to monitor the scales Closing the purchase price tag as well as monitoring the movement of agricultural products to prevent smuggling and affecting agricultural products within the country If farmers are unfair, they can call 1569 hotline.

The market price for oil palm is 5.80-6.80 baht per kg, corn is 8.80 baht per kg, and cassava is 2.30-2.50 baht per kg.

NESDB surveys the number of farmers returning to the area

Mr. Chantanon Wannakhajorn, Secretary-General of the Office of Agricultural Economics And as a spokesman for the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, said to “Prachachat Business” that the NESDB is currently preparing a questionnaire to collect data. In the case of migrant workers returning to farming, how much?

As far as we know, there are no significant figures indicating a significant increase in the number of crops. Although there are some changes in the structure of other crops, it is considered less. Because each person who returns home will go to help his family who are already farming. The most obvious is to go back and help change the way of selling agricultural products through online channels. Platforms such as Facebook, for example, to help grow durian gardens, vegetables, from traditional sales have been adjusted to online sales.

“The NESDB considers that the main factor for repatriating labor is to return to help in the former agriculture. But the main factor that will play an important role is Most of the products come from water. weather over In addition, this year the agricultural sector is doing quite well. Because people have food consumption needs. both agricultural products processed products”

“But from the COVID-19 situation that has not been resolved in the middle of the year As a result, the GDP trend of the agricultural sector in 2021 is expected to expand in the range of 1.7-2.7% compared to 2020, which may have to be slightly adjusted. It will be re-evaluated after the second quarter when some of the output is on the market.”

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