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In Remembrance of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej
The Royal Chitralada Projects Initiated by His Majesty King Bhumibol

3 November 2016

Unlike other palaces in the world, Chitralada Villa, the royal residence of Their Majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit in Bangkok, performs a number of functions not normally associated with royalty. It is, in effect, a complex of laboratories and a host of agricultural projects.
 
His Majesty King Bhumibol traveled extensively to visit his people in all parts of the country. He learned their problems and hardships, especially when it came to their farming and making a living.
 
In order to help improve the lives and the way of living of his subjects, His Majesty began to gradually transform an extensive area of palace land at Chitralada Villa into workshops, demonstration farms, paddy fields, factories, and many other projects, which seemed like models of Thai peoples occupations in all regions of the country. With these projects, His Majesty sought knowledge and conducted research to solve problems faced by his subjects.
 
Fish breeding was one of the early Royal Chitralada Projects. In 1952, His Majesty invited the Department of Fisheries to use wells in Chitralada Villa for fish farming. He then presented the best breeds of fish from the palace grounds to farmers and government officials for further breeding, as a way to improve peoples diet.
 
In 1960 and 1961, a miniature forest was created within the grounds of Chitralada Villa, containing species of trees from all over Thailand. The forest was used to demonstrate forest conservation methods and carry out environmental studies. Another interesting project is rice cultivation, initiated in 1961 in order to experiment with rice farming and crop rotation.
 
The Royal Chitralada Projects have three main objectives: to conduct experiments, to serve as models, and to operate on a non-profit basis. They are divided into two forms. The first form is non-commercial, which receives support from government agencies and has no regular income or expense. Projects under this form include the raising and breeding of fish, demonstration forestry, experimental rice fields, dairy cow farming, biogas production, and crop planting.
 
The second form is semi-commercial. Projects under this form have income and expense. They are called semi-commercial because, there is no distribution of profits. All profits are returned to the business for expansion. Among these projects are a dairy farm, milk center, experimental rice mill, rice husk grinding and compressing plant, fruit juice plant, the Suan Dusit powdered milk plant, milk-pellet plant, cheese plant, and alcohol distillation plant for fuel research.
 
Many interested parties, school groups, and foreign visitors have sought permission to visit the grounds of Chitralada Villa to learn from the work of the Royal Chitralada Projects, initiated by the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
 
 
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