The sea crab has become a new economic animal in the southern border provinces. The raising of sea crabs on a full-cycle basis along the Gulf of Thailand in the deep South is being promoted by the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC).
SBPAC Secretary-General Rear Admiral Somkiat Pholprayoon on 12 June 2021 visited Thepha district in Songkhla province to discuss with local villagers the issue of sea crab raising in deserted shrimp farming areas and mangrove tunnels.
SBPAC earlier gave a major boost to sea crab farming in Yaring district, Pattani province, and developed a model project to generate more income for members of a community enterprise in this district.
It realizes that Thepha district in Songkhla has good potential for sea crab farming, as it has 12 deserted shrimp farms, covering an area of 13.6 acres (34 rai), surrounded by a mangrove forest. Local community enterprises in Thepha want to raise sea crabs and develop their community as a natural resource learning center and a new tourist site.
The SBPAC Secretary-General said that SBPAC would provide assistance for local farmers in sea crab farming in the first stage and allow them to continue their operations, so that they would be able to earn income from this occupation on a sustainable basis.
SBPAC initiated the sea crab farming promotion project in 2019. It has worked closely with Prince of Songkla University, Pattani Campus, in promoting the occupation of sea crab farming. To help accomplish this, a sea crab nursing center has been set up to sell crab babies of high quality at reasonable prices to local villagers, so that they will be able to raise them with low production costs but sell them for a high profit.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department