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Farmers to be given tractors at highly subsidised rate to compensate for chemical ban 

Nov 25. 2019
Mananya Thaiset
Mananya Thaiset
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By The Nation

The Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry aims to provide tractors and lawnmowers to farmers and cooperative members to minimise the effects of the planned ban on three hazardous chemicals – Paraquat, Chlorpyrifos and Glyphosate, Deputy Minister Mananya Thaiset said.

Farmers and cooperative members who want the machines can appeal for 90 per cent of subsidy from the government and 10 per cent from cooperatives to buy the machines and equipment.

Some 101,400 members of 169 agricultural cooperatives dealing with corn, sugarcane, cassava, fruits, oil palm and rubber production have shown interest in the campaign.

Provincial cooperative offices will on November 29 confirm the number of farmers who need the subsidy and also specify regulations on machine use.

Furthermore, the Cooperative Promotion Department will help educate farmers about weed control by using the machines and how to maintain those machines as well.

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