recent years, the Thai economy has grown rapidly, a phenomenon
in which the agricultural sector has played a crucial role.
Nearly half the country's total area is used for agricultural
production, and the export value of these products has risen
Thailand will become a newly industrialized country in the next
decade, agriculture will remain a significant factor in
maintaining and stabilizing economic growth. Equally important,
it also serves as the input base for Argo-processing and related
industries. Thailand will continue to encounter structural
change in world demand for its major traditional agricultural
products, due to various developments ranging from technology to
changing tastes. Consequently, diversification of agricultural
products, improved production technology, research, and
marketing strategy will be emphasized and implemented by both
the government and the private sector in order to achieve the
country's development goals.