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Agro-Industry Gets a Major Boost in the Southern Border Provinces

7 July 2020 (Readers 181)

Members of agriculture councils in the five southern border provinces are working together to develop agro-industry, which is receiving a major boost in the deep South.

Deputy Secretary-General of the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC) Chanathan Saengphum has joined a workshop to discuss the development of local economy in the deep South with farmers from Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, Songkhla, and Satun.

The workshop took place in Hat Yai, Songkhla province, on 6 July 2020, when the participants discussed ways to bring all relevant organizations for joint operations to develop agro-industry for local consumption and exports.

Mr. Chanathan cited the development of agro-industry as an important way to tackle economic problems in the deep South and improve local living conditions. He said that more than one million people in the deep South are engaged in agriculture. There is a need to support their agricultural development in a systematic manner to help strengthen the local economy.

Mr. Chanathan stated that there are many potential areas in the deep South, where agro-industry is needed to accommodate local agricultural output. Agro-industry will also link farm products with processing and distribution channels.

He said that cooperation from local agriculture councils is needed to help in the management of agro-industrial development. SBPAC has been working with the private sector in upgrading agriculture and industry in the deep South, especially under the "Triangle of Stability, Prosperity, and Sustainability project.

A farmer participating in the workshop said he believed that agro-industry would help boost prices of agricultural products and upgrade their quality of life.

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