Government to exempt rentals of state land for farming

The government is launching more schemes to help farmers with the latest plan exempting rentals for farmers who rent state land to do farming.

Under the latest effort, the Treasury Department was tasked to preparing a proposal to allow exemption of rent collection on agricultural land owned by the state for the cabinet to approve.

According to the director-general of the Treasury Department Mr Chakkrit Parapantakul, there are about a hundred thousand farmers leasing state lands in the country.

These leases are for properties between 1 to 50 rai for the purpose of rice farming and planting other economic crops.

He said the department is considering the exemption of rent collection for these properties for the cabinet to approve.

Farmers who register for the scheme will be given an exemption on rentals for leases not exceeding 15 rai for a period of 6 years.

Under this scheme, farmers will be introduced to new farming techniques which include the planting of more sustainable crops.

On top of this, he said the Treasury department will be introducing new rates for rent on state property leased for commercial farming throughout the country beginning in January 1 next year.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)