No foreigners found violating law on buying, renting
farmland in Thailand
Concerned Thai officials will continue monitoring whether
foreigners have violated law on buying or renting farmland to engage in
agriculture in the Kingdom although initial investigation found that such a
practice does not exist, Deputy Commerce Minister Alongkorn Ponlaboot said
Alongkorn said an investigation had been conducted in 20 provinces
nationwide by Commerce Ministry Business Development Department officials
and it was found that no foreigners had either bought or rented farmland
over the limit set by law to continue farming in Thailand.
However, the ministry will continue monitoring the sector and seek
cooperation from owners of agricultural land, and members of the Thai
Farmers Association (TFA) for help in monitoring the activities of
foreigners who may have entered into the business, he said.
Farming as an occupation is reserved for Thais only and the probe was
conducted following an outcry by some farmers that foreigners have bought
numerous plots of farmland here and hired farmers to provide the labor.
On Monday, the ministry will ask the Department of Special Investigation to
continue probing whether foreigners have bought or rented farmland through
business registration or a joint investment with Thais, said Alongkorn.
The ministry will also cooperate with TFA president Prasit Boonchuey in
investigating the matter, he said. (TNA)