The official said these figures have been on the rise for the past couple of years. For instance, in 2018, 4.11 million rice farmers registered, a hike from 4.04 million in 2017; 323,620 maize farmers registered compared to 286,138 the year before; 297,968 oil palm-growers versus 153,335 in 2017; and 993,500 rubber growers versus 962,765. However, the number of tapioca growers registering for subsidy last year dropped to 403,985 from 443,461 the year before, she added.
Jariya said the number |of farmers registered as of May 14 stood at 7.9 million nationwide.
This number can be divided into 4.49 million crop growers; 917,607 livestock farmers; 67,487 fishermen; 1.9 million farmers who grow crops as well as raise livestock; 270,594 crop and fish farmers; 18,894 animal breeders, and 200,835 households that do both farming as well as breeding animals, she said.
Among the agriculturists registering, 18.20 per cent were under 14 years old, 67.61 per cent were working age people (15-64 years old), and 14.19 per cent were over 65, she said.
The OAE report on farmer households’ debt burden in 2018 showed that each family shouldered debts of approximately Bt150,636 – a 22-per-cent increase from the Bt123,454 per household cited at the end of 2017.
Each family’s total cash income stood at approximately Bt370,040 per family, of which Bt172,667 is earned outside the agricultural sector, marking a 19.64 per cent increase from 2017’s figure of Bt309,278.
Published : June 10, 2019
By : The Nation