Thailand: The Agriculture Ministry of Thailand will purchase 2,400 GPS devices worth THB 48 million to monitor the registration of rice farms across the nation. The procurement is meant to support the rice-pledging scheme, in which registration of growers and their production areas is an essential procedure.
The ministry previously installed 882 GPS devices in rice-planting districts, but the volume is insufficient to provide accurate information and speedy processing, said Nikorn Chamnong, an adviser to the agriculture minister.
He said the ministry planned to buy more GPS devices next year to cover the remaining 6,885 tambons that plant cash crops.
The devices are expected to accelerate the registration process and improve the accuracy of data for the number of plantations and rice volume.
A total of 4,225,113 farmers participated in the pledging scheme for the 2011-12 crop, but random checks revealed that some of them pledged the same rice more than once.
As of October 8, the government reported 25 cases of fraud in the rice-pledging scheme, resulting in damages of THB 307 million to the state.
Source: Bangkok Post