The government’s sugarcane strategy calls for the construction of 29 new sugar mills in Isaan, each with its own biomass power plant. Locals are concerned the mills and power plants will jeopardize efforts to promote organic agriculture, take communal resources, pollute water sources, and impact long-term health and well-being of communities.
Thailand’s ten-year sugar plan glowingly envisions more than doubling sugarcane production and making the country the “bio-hub” of Southeast Asia. But in the Northeast where nearly half the country’s sugarcane is produced, growers both large and small are struggling to keep their heads above water.
The Isaan RecordSeptember 13, 2019
Tracing Thailand’s rise to one of the world’s sugar powerhouses. How did sugar become a dominant feature in the livelihood of millions, make up 16 percent of Thailand’s current agricultural GDP and employ as many as 1.5 million people in the process?
The Isaan RecordSeptember 11, 2019
Local people’s demands for development in Mukdahan’s Don Tan district are at odds with the development of a special economic zone in the province.
The Isaan RecordJuly 10, 2019
As mining companies are rushing to dig up one of the world’s largest potash deposits, local opposition is growing in the Northeast
The Isaan RecordNovember 14, 2017
One month after the military government issued welfare cards to low-income earners, the policy is drawing mixed reactions in the Northeast.
The Isaan RecordNovember 3, 2017
An international summit in Si Sa Ket brings together local communities and participants from around the world to develop innovative projects.
The Isaan RecordJuly 20, 2017
Business people and state officials are chomping at the bit for Mukdahan’s Special Economic Zone but locals are divided over the new development policy.
The Isaan RecordNovember 23, 2016
Thailand’s economic downturn is often discussed in terms of GDP, national markets, and investment statistics, but behind the numbers, individuals employed in the country’s enormous informal economy are feeling deep financial strain.