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Thailand agriculture minister confident in food security

Thailand Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Theera Wongsamut announced on Friday that he is confident in his country's ability to sustain food security, though he acknowledged the imperative to prepare for climate change.

Wongsamut noted Thailand's existing plans and policies to cope with potential food crises, which include those brought on by climate change as well as escalating prices. The procedures include budgeting production costs, stabilizing prices and laws that protect local farmsteads, Bernama.com reports.

Wongsamut also gave a nod to ongoing research projects that aim to allay the effects of global warming, including initiatives to bolster the resistance of local crops, the news source reports.

Pornsilp Patcharintanakul, Deputy Secretary-General of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, has warned farmers to prepare for escalating animal feed prices, however, which he said could go up by as much as 15 to 40 percent, according to the news source.

Thailand was the world's 13th largest food exporter as of August 2009, with 13 million of its residents employed in its agriculture industry.
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