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          It is the Thai Government policy to produce sufficient amount of rice for ever increasing domestic consumption and some for export. We will stress on the quality of our product which is well-known worldwide: the fragrant, long grain variety, thus maintaining their unique characteristics. We will continue to further develop fragrant rice (Kao Dawk Mali 105), one of our bestsellers. In addition, we are committed to improve on rice farming technologies. We shall continue to upgrade the quality of rice :  by breeding high disease and pest resistant varieties, introducing the varieties with polygenic resistance or mixing various resistant varieties in the form of multi-line to the breeding programme in order to resist pests and diseases at the same time. We shall also select and recommend to the farmers the different varieties appropriate to different soil conditions, for example varieties which tolerate soil salinity, soil acidity, etc. Farmers will be assisted to select suitable land for rice farming. Some unsuitable land will be diverted to other agricultural activities. Therefore, farmers can reduce their risks by having alternative cash crops other than rice.
          It is hoped that by doing so we will be able to improve the quality of life of Thai farmers. We shall continue to improve the quality of our rice, lower the cost of production and satisfy our customers' needs.
          In this future plan as well as in our past efforts Japan has contributed significantly to the development of Thai rice by providing technological know-how. Japan has assisted in human resources development programmes and provided necessary infra-structure such as buildings, research facilities, and equipments. She has also assisted in the development and conservation of certain rice varieties by setting up the " National Rice Seeds Storage Laboratory for Genetic Resources" in 1981 . To-date, the Laboratory has collected and conserved more than 20,000 varieties of rice. During 1982-1986, Japan has provided the necessary funds to set up 12 seed centers which spread all over Thailand. Furthermore, it has supported human resources development and provided training on new rice production technology and post-harvest technology, Japanese experts also collaborate with us at many rice research institutes.
          IRRI is another organization which has played useful roles in the development of our personnel by supporting Thai Technicians for further training and research work overseas. Over the span of more than 30 years, our cooperation has brought about many great results. Let me mention a few of them: breeding, strain selection techniques, pests control and management, use of organic fertilizers, farming system and mechanization of the agricultural system.
          As a member of the world population and on behalf of Thai people and Thai farmers, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on every progress you have made. I believe that close collaboration between Japan and IRRI will bring gratifying rewards to both parties and this in turn will promote happiness and well-being of the population of world.


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