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Rice farmers switching to zucchini

Jan 27. 2020
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By The Nation

Farmers in Yang Talad district of Kalasin province are switching to growing zucchini instead of rice during the dry season.

Even though Thai agriculture has been associated with rice for centuries, the severe drought has forced farmers to grow other crops to pull through the crisis.

Zucchini presents an alternative for farmers. It is a drought-tolerant plant and their seeds can be exported to other countries at Bt800 per kilogram.

A zucchini tree normally produces two squashes with each bearing 200 - 300 seeds.

120 kilogrammes of zucchini seeds can sold for Bt96,000-Bt100,000, compared to Bt3,200 - Bt6,000 for 400 kilograms of rice.

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