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Breathing new life into the South's abandoned paddies

A state-sponsored programme providing machinery and training to farmers to make rice crops more profitable hopes to reverse the trend toward the cultivation of rubber and palm oil in the restive region

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At a training centre at the Buffalo Conservation Village in Suphan Buri province, some 120 villagers from Pattani province _ both Muslims and Buddhists _ are learning new farming methods, part of a government initiative aimed at revitalising rice production in the South. 

GUARDING THE GROWERS: soldiers provide protection for farmers in Pattani province, where three trainers for the government’s rice growing scheme were killed by insurgents early this month.

Some of the villagers, having long-since abandoned their traditional paddies, are now growing rice again.

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