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DEEP SOUTH
Promoting Job Security for Local Residents in Yala

28 June 2020 (Readers 186)


The public and private sectors in the southern border province of Yala are joining hands in upgrading a durian processing plant at the Bannang Sata community enterprise in Bannang Sata district in order to promote work and income security for local residents.

Representatives from the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC), the Community Development Department, and other government agencies, as well as members of the private sector met on 26 June 2020 at the durian processing plant for discussions on the issue.

The Bannang Sata community enterprise stressed the need to improve the plant, so that it would be able to process 100 tons of durian this year. The community enterprise is operated by the local people for the local people.

It plans to contribute 20 percent of the profits made from durian processing to the Mosque Fund and a Zakat account to help poor villagers. A number of villagers and young people have been employed to work at the durian processing plant.

SBPAC, as a major agency responsible for development work in the deep South, has been promoting crop cultivation and seeking both local and foreign markets for local community enterprises. It also coordinates the solving of local peoples problems, which aims to bring about lasting peace in the deep South.

Durian production in Yala is expected to increase by 20 percent, from 42,000 tons in 2019 to 52,000 tons in 2020. The province is recognized as a durian city, where its durian production is of high quality and generates a sizable income for local residents. Durian in Yala is delicious and is in great demand in both local and foreign markets.


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