By The Nation
Suchai Kittinantasuk, the governor of the Office of Agricultural Economics in Chon Buri, has costed the economic benefits of off-season rice, Vannamei shrimp, and Marian plum citing payments that farmers would receive from cultivating the four crops as Bt538 per rai for in-season rice and Bt1,433 per rai for off-season rice on average, a maximum of Bt76,179 per rai for Vannamei shrimp and at average of 13,429 for Marian plums.
According to Agri-Map Online, the agriculture database that offers planting and geographic information, a Nakhon Nayok farmer could earn a decent living by converting his paddy fields to ornamental plant beds growing Gardenia collinsiae, Ixora, or Jasmine. Nakhon Nayok has long been known for its flower and ornamental plants, which are distributed all over Thailand and exported to many countries and remain in high demand.
Freshwater prawn and Tilapia fish farming are also interesting alternative choices for Nakhon Nayok farmers as demand from visitors is strong. The province is located near Bangkok and draws tourists for its many natural attractions. The governor also supports releasing small fish into the province’s waterways in order to preserve traditional fishing for locals which, he says, will be beneficial for the local economy and tourism. He said that the Nakhon Nayok’s agriculture area should be divided into 2 zones - agricultural planting zone and freshwater fishery zone.
For more information on agricultural information in Nakhon Nayok, contact the Regional Office of Agricultural Economics 6 at Chonburi at (038) 351 261 or email email@example.com.