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Thai agriculture needs reform from ground up

Moribund sector's future looks bleak without fundamental change

| Thailand
A man works in a rice field in Khon Kaen, Thailand, in July 2017: the agricultural sector remains highly inefficient.   © Reuters

Craig Keating is a former senior analyst with Australia's Office of National Assessments and also worked for the Australian Agency for International Development.

Thailand's government badly wants the middle-income country to achieve advanced economy status. But it will fail unless it raises agricultural productivity and upskills rural workers for jobs in more productive sectors. This will demand hitherto unseen political commitment.

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