Principal Thoughts and Practices on Debt Solutions for Farmers in the Western Region of Thailand

Savitree Rangsipaht, Supaporn Thaipakdee, Chatchai Keosonthi, Panchit Pornpratansombat, Nanthakar Saengchan, Kritsana Parnuwad
2009 Journal of Developments in Sustainable Agriculture  
The objectives of this research were: ) to study principal thoughts and practices for debt solution of farmers in the western region of Thailand as role models in rice growing, livestock raising, integrated farming and application of local wisdom in agriculture, ) to inquire how young agriculturists can be well-prepared for an agricultural career, and ) to seek suggestions for policy makers and agencies concerned with debt alleviation of small-scale farmers. Qualitative data collections were
more » ... loyed by using documentary analysis, in-depth interviews and observations in the locale. Five farmers who successfully cultivated local knowledge to solve the debt problems were selected as key informants. Research findings were as follows: ) principal thoughts and practices for debt solution were based on the application of the teachings of Buddhism, the application of su ciency economy in the way of life, the utilization of local intellectual in agriculture, group strength and group participation in activities, and farm practices in natural agriculture. ) To prepare young agriculturists to be ready for an agricultural career, parents implanted love in the agricultural career to their children. Young generation had to be encouraged to realize the importance of local wisdom in agriculture. Academic institutions should encourage students to return and take part in the development of their homeland. Government needs to assure that agriculture is a secure occupation. ) Suggestions from farmers for concerned policy makers and agencies on debt solution of small-scale farmers were: to provide adequate water sources for farming, to extend the application of su ciency economy to all households, to expand farmers' groups and their networking, and to reform the educational system focusing on learners' self-realization, and uplift the spirit of love in the homeland.
doi:10.11178/jdsa.4.173 fatcat:2vejxaoy3zgfpdczgy355oypsa