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“The Worms…They’re Back!” Making the Transition from Chemical Farming to Organic

In Our Network on 23/04/2010 at 7:16 am

Organic Farmer Chompoo Nampop, 42, proudly displays his chemical free sugarcane

LIAM DIXON (CIEE Khon Kaen) – March 3, 2010

BAN DONG DIP, THAILAND — “Try this,” Chompoo Nampop offered, extending a piece of brown sugarcane. “This is the real thing,” he explained, “No chemicals.2

Indeed, the rows of sugarcane that line Nampop’s farm are grown in a rare way–organically. According to Dr. Buapan, a professor at Khon Kaen University, only 0.05% of all produce grown in Thailand is done so without the assistance of chemical fertilizers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sugarcane: A Classic Example of Contract Farming

In Our Network, Research, Youth Activities on 09/11/2009 at 4:20 pm

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From Prachadrama News Net June 9, 2008

Written and Photos by Tipakson Mapati, Prachadhrama News Net and Siriluk Sriprasit, Localtalk

Translated by Tipakson Manpati

Sugarcane is not only an important raw material for sugar industry. Nowadays it is more important concerning production of Ethanol fuel. The Ethanol is another means toward energy’s security improvement that many countries all over the world are focusing on, especially when the price of fossil fuel is soaring and will be exhausted from the earth by decades.

In the Northeastern Thailand, sugarcane has been promoted by the government as a commercial field crop for 30-40 years. Numerous rice farmers began cultivating sugarcane as their extra earnings. Read the rest of this entry »

CIEE Food & Agriculture Unit

In Network Events on 28/09/2009 at 10:24 am

The Fall 2009 CIEE student group recently spent time learning and exchanging with the AAN.  Students stayed with farmers from Kudchum district and helped them sell their organic produce and foods at our Green Market in Yasothon.  They also spent a morning with the farmers’ group in Ban Dong Dip, Roi Et province – where sugarcane and cassava are starting to be grown using organic techniques.  We’ll be posting more detailed writing and profiles from the students in the coming days.  For now, here are some beautiful photographs from Ana Kostioukova:

-1Kudchum’s organic rice paddies – the harvest starts in November

ry%3D400Preparing “Mok” for the Green Market Read the rest of this entry »

Alternative Sugarcane

In Farmers Groups on 10/08/2009 at 9:51 pm

The average Thai farmer is 51 years old.  For every 29 baht that a farmer consumes, they produce 100 baht by themselves.  In Esan, the rate is 36 baht and in southern Thailand, the rate is 3.6 baht. Yet the average farmer is 169,597 baht in debt to the BAAC.  There are a total of 38 million rai of land for agriculture in Thailand, 8 million of which will be taken over by the BAAC for the next 9 years (indebted farmers will have that period of time to earn it back). The AAN believes that this land should be put to use by farmers, but that farmers need to demand this change.  Corporations and countries from all over the Global North and Middle East are looking to buy up land in northeastern Thailand.

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The uplands surrounding Ban Dong Dip, Phon Thong district, Roi Et province is prime real estate for these kind of investors looking to buy or rent cheap land to produce rice or biofuel crops.  Though this land was forested until somewhat recently, it’s red clay soils are now planted with sugarcane, cassava and corn.  On July 28, the AAN farmers group in Ban Dong Dip currently working on organic practices for sugarcane and cassava hosted a concluding meeting on the past six months of activities.  The AAN has worked on and off in this community for more than five years, and P’ Mao – a network staff member based in Khon Kaen – continues to facilitate the group’s learning process for organic techniques. Read the rest of this entry »