March 9, 1998 in Nation/World

Soldiers Begin Farming To Increase Income

Compiled From Wire Services

Thai soldiers based around Bangkok have taken up farming in their spare time to boost their earnings during the country’s economic troubles, a newspaper reported Sunday.

About 800 soldiers in the area are growing fruits and vegetables and raising ducks and chickens, the Bangkok Post said. They’ve even dug a fish pond.

Most of the food is eaten by the soldiers’ families, but the surplus is sold at local markets, the newspaper said.

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