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Bayer Thai continues its “Better Farms, Better Lives” program for smallholder farmers

Bayer Thai continues its “Better Farms, Better Lives” program for smallholder farmers

As part of Bayer Thai’s 60th anniversary in Thailand, the “Better Farms, Better Lives 2.0” program aims to benefit 26,000 smallholder farmers in 11 provinces in the central and northeastern regions.

Bayer Thai Co., Ltd., in collaboration with Cooperative Cyber ​​Brain Foundation, Kasetsart University, Department of Rice and Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, launched the “Better Farms Better Lives 2.0” program at the New Theory Agriculture & Sufficiency Economy Learning Center in Tambon Sam Ngam Tha Bot, Hankha district, Chainat province on April 21 and at Ban Sub Charoen big rice field, Rong Kham district, Kalasin province on May 6 .

Part of its “Better Farms, Better Lives 2.0” initiative, the program aims to reach 26,000 smallholder farmers in 11 central and northeastern provinces who cultivate rice on a total area of ​​300,000 rai.

Mr. Weraphon Charoenpanit, National Crop Science Business Manager for Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar, said, “Better Farms, Better Lives 2.0 marks the 60th anniversary of Bayer Thai Co., Ltd. With Bayer’s vision of ‘health for all, hunger for none’, the initiative is intended to support smallholder farmers affected by the pandemic and rising production costs. .”

“Better Farms, Better Lives 2.0 aims to promote new agricultural technologies and innovations. An example is the use of drones in pesticide spraying to save time and money and reduce manual spraying operations. The main topics covered by the program include rice field management, water management, pest control, breed selection and processing of rice products to ensure better results. As rice prices are beyond farmers’ control, they need to improve quality and production. This is Bayer Thai’s aspiration and we hope the knowledge will be passed on to future generations.

“Better Farms, Better Lives 2.0” has trained 30-40 farmers to become knowledge transfer trainers themselves. About 30 demonstration rice fields have been prepared. Online meetings via the ZOOM app will take place every Monday from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. to share knowledge on various aspects and answer questions from farmers on field management for greater efficiency and safety.

Mr. Anan Phusitthikul, Chairman of the Cooperative Cyber ​​Brain Foundation, highlighted the foundation’s focus on managing farmers’ households and transferring modern knowledge, expecting farmers to see the need for modern innovations. The foundation’s goal is better yields for farmers.

“Better Farms, Better Lives reflects the focus of participating organizations on the quality of life of farmers. We seek to help them improve the management of their household to reduce their debts and want them to adopt innovations for better returns per unit of production. Their feedback is at the heart of this development.

The Cooperative Cyber ​​Brain Foundation has partnered with Bayer Thai to launch the first phase of “Better Farms, Better Lives”. The initiative aimed to promote farmer groups and create agricultural leaders. It involved on-farm demonstration activities such as the development of microorganisms on the land of the Land Use Department, rice management by the Department of Rice, and the activation of drones by the Department of Agricultural Extension. for greater efficiency. Knowledge was shared with communities through local administrative offices, village chiefs and others.

The first phase of “Better Farms, Better Lives” was launched in 2020 when COVID-19 broke out. Some 50,000 smallholder farmers were initially covered. As COVID-19 persisted, Bayer Thai decided to launch the second phase with a budget of 26.7 million baht. The target area has been extended from the central region to the northeast region, covering 11 provinces where wet rice cultivation is popular, namely Kalasin, Roi Et, Mahasarakham, Ayutthaya, Suphan Buri, Angthong, Singburi, Chai Nat , Phichit, Khon Kaen and Nakhon Ratchasima.