SI SA KET(NNT) - Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, has traveled to the northeastern province of Si Sa Ket to meet with the local people. He said Thailand supports the outcomes of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations, as they will help upgrade the country’s agricultural sector.
The Prime Minister, together with the Interior Minister, Gen. Anupong Paojinda, the Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister, Chalermchai Sri-on, and the Permanent Secretary for Interior, Chatchai Promlert, presided over the opening of a building designed to operate paddy drying machines in Si Sa Ket. While there, the Prime Minister said Thailand supported the conclusion of the RCEP negotiations at the 35th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits as it will help improve the country’s agricultural sector. He added that Thailand had also discussed ways to eradicate poverty with China at the summits.
Gen. Prayut said the government has plans to improve the agricultural sector, which covers large farms and Sor Por Kor land plots, while the industrial sector has to move forward to the 4.0 era and find new sources of income for the country. The government also promotes public-private partnership (PPP) investment projects in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC). He added that the investment projects don’t favor any business group in particular, and the main objective is to support investment.
The Prime Minister encouraged farmers to adapt to the current environment and use technological tools to acquire new information. He also asked people to cooperate with the government, avoid conflicts and reduce domestic violence, as these actions tarnish the country’s reputation. In addition, all students have to identify market needs, and the Ministry of Education has to develop courses and curricula to meet the demands of the labor market.
The Prime Minister then observed farm activities in Si Sa Ket and visited the "Fair Trade" exhibition organized by traders and members of Ban Um-sang Rice Community. The event urged farmers to grow alternative crops and take part in the Young Smart Farmer project. The event also featured aspects of digital farming technology and innovation.