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Farmers turn backs on hom mali

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CHACHOENGSAO - Farmers in the homeland of hom mali rice are turning their backs on the crop in favour of other varieties with better yields. 

Although hom mali, or jasmine rice, was first grown in tambon Bankha in Ratchasan district, the government's rice-pledging programme has led most farmers there to stop growing the famous crop.

They have been switching to other rice varieties with shorter growing periods and higher yields to capitalise on the government's crop pawning scheme.

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