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Thai Agriculture: Golden Cradle of Millennia  

Thai Agriculture: Golden Cradle of Millennia

Abstract: Thai agriculture is traced through prehistory, agro-cities, and religious empires with immigrant Tai, to a sustainable wet glutinous rice culture that shaped institutions for an exporting society. Agriculture provided rising security and wealth with population increase and Chinese and European agribusiness expansion, until accessible land was expended. Employment, crisis resilience, self-sufficiency, rural social support, and culture were maintained through agriculture, although hampered by institutional orientations to taxation more than research and education. By the 1960s, agribusiness conflicted with smallholders. Thailand is one of the world?s few major agricultural exporters, leading in rice, rubber, canned pineapple, black tiger prawn, and regional chicken meat production and export, and feeding four times its population from less intensive agriculture than its neighbours. Issues remain in poverty, education, research, governance, national debt, and sensitive alternatives for smallholders. Past specialties in irrigation, administration, export, multinational agribusiness, negotiation, retained potential, and acceptance of new ideas, suggest that Thailand should remain a major agricultural country as environmental and religious concerns contribute to its unique agriculture. [view one review at <http://www.asc.ku.ac.th/NewsletterLatest-story2.htm>], Purchase: In Thailand - Kasetsart University Bookstore (500Bt)., Internationally: White Lotus, international distributors ? contact via <ande@loxinfo.co.th>, fax 66 2 741 6287/6607, telephone 66 2 3324915/7416288-9, G.P.O. Box 1141, Bangkok 10501, Thailand. Please specify the number of books, mode of payment (credit card ? photocopy of both sides of card needed and authorisation of exact amount, cheque drawn on a US bank made out to ?D. Ande?, a US$bank draft or an international postal money order made out to "White Lotus Co. Ltd."). Price - US$20, plus US$8.50 (registered sea mail), $12.50 (SAL) or $16.00 (airmail) for a single book. Volume discounts. ,

Published by: Kasetsart University Press -
Uploaded on: May 2002
File size: 50 KB - Language: English
Keyword(s): Agriculture , Development Concepts/Approaches
Category: Farming

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