Cassava, an agro-industrial crop with a well-developed industry and market in the country, is considered one of Thailand’s most important economic crops. Supplying around 67% of the global market, Thailand was ranked as the world’s largest cassava products exporter with annual production of 33 million tons in 2016.
Rice production in Thailand represents a significant portion of the Thai economy and labor force. Forty percent of Thais work in agriculture, 16 million of them as rice farmers by one estimate.
As of 19 April 2018, Thailand is the world’s #9 producer for coconuts with 1,010,000 tons produced.
Thailand is not among the top 10 producers of tea worldwide, but it is nonetheless an important source of tea. What Thailand lacks in quantity it makes up in quality. Thailand produces green and oolong teas; some of these teas are among the most expensive and most desired teas, and are consumed in regions such as Taiwan with a strong demand for high-quality teas. Thailand also produces organic teas
According to the Foreign Agricultural Service of the USDA, rice and corn production in Thailand is predicted to reach a record 21million and 5.1million tonnes respectively in the year 2018-19. High corn production is driven by the government’s direct payment program to encourage rice farmers to switch to corn, particularly in the non-irrigated offseason rice areas in the northern region.