Secretary-General of the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC) Rear Admiral Somkiat Pholprayoon has presided over the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on cooperation in peanut production and marketing to promote agriculture in the local way of life in the deep South.
The MOU was signed on 17 July 2020 between the Ban Sarawan Agro-Processing Community Enterprise and the Peanut Farmer Group in Mai Kaen district, Pattani province. The signing ceremony was organized jointly by SBPAC and Pattani province.
Rear Admiral Somkiat stated that SBPAC, the Pattani Provincial Agriculture Office, and the Pattani Chamber of Commerce, as well as other local organizations, have been giving support to local residents in order to develop their occupations in line with the local way of life and conditions.
In Mai Kaen district, peanuts are grown in abundance. Peanut production in this district is expected to increase to 20 tons in 2020 from 12 tons in 2019. In Thailand, 150,000 tons of peanut was consumed last year, while production was only half of the local consumption. Therefore, Thailand had to import a large volume of peanuts. The public sector has encouraged farmers to expand peanut planting areas to reduce imports.
Rear Admiral Somkiat said that all relevant agencies were ready to offer a helping hand, so that local farmers would be able to increase their peanut productivity and develop the quality of their production, as well as getting higher prices from their products. This will also ensure that they will have more marketing channels.
He believed that if local farmers turned to plant more peanuts, along with adopting integrated farming, Mai Kaen district would become a model for sustainable agriculture, based on self-reliance.
Farmers in Mai Kaen said that they turned to peanut production because demand for peanuts has been on the rise, while planting is easy and can be conducted all year round. Moreover, they have also earned a sizable income from peanut production.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department