May 19, 2013
9 July 2012
Telecommunication technologies are be exploited for the benefits of all including farmers. This is the philosophy behind Total Access Communication (Dtac)'s project "Do Good Deeds Every Day Project" by Dtac together with Samnuek Rakbankerd Foundation, Ruamduaychuaykan DFM Radio Network.
Ten excellent farming communities from every region of Thailand are presented the Samnuek Rakbankerd Farmer Awards 2011, as part of the plan to strengthen and expand the farmers’ network in Thailand and help them improve their agricultural techniques and widen trading opportunities in global marketplace through the use of telecommunication technologies. In its fourt year, the awards were presented to farmers who join *1677 Farmer Information Superhighway services in sharing their knowledge to enhance the farmer network.
The radio services aim to enable Thai farmers and interested consumers to get access to knowledge via mobile phones and internet. The services have been active since August 2008 up to the present day. In 2011, there were more than 30 farming practices that submitted the applications for consideration. The judging committee selected the 10 best practices and each winning team will be granted a cash prize worth Bt100,000 and a trophy in recognition of their achievement. They are to become the network of Samnuek Rakbankerd Farmers whose wealth of knowledge and agricultural practices based on sufficiency economy theories will be shared to other fellow farmers through *1677 Farmer Information Superhighway services.
At present, there are 123 awarded farmers in the network and more than 300,000 farmers who subscribe for *1677 Information Superhighway services. Winners for the 2011 round included Ban Umsaeng Community Enterprise, Si Sa Ket province. Its organic rice & riceberry products, which are aimed to promote to practice of organic rice farming, encouraging farmers in the community to increase productivity of rice farming by using organic seeds and bio fertiliser.
Winners of Samnuek Rakbankerd Awards 2011 include:
1. Ban Umsaeng Community Enterprise, Si Sa Ket province
Product: Organic rice & riceberry products
Achievement: The community promotes to practice of organic rice farming, encouraging farmers in the community to increase productivity of rice farming by using organic seeds and bio fertilizer.
2. Sakon Thavapi Community Enterprise, Sakon Nakhon province
Product: Hang jasmine rice
Achievement: The community achieves in producing high-quality jasmine rice and is able to export more than 10 tones each month.
3. Lopburi Organic Farming Community Enterprise, Lopburi province
Product: Organic brown rice and organic rice oil
Achievement: The community achieves in implementing fully-integrated organic rice farming ranging from cultivation, producing natural fertilizer and developing processed rice products.
4. Health Rice Products Community Enterprise, Chaiyaphum province
Product: Organic rice and rice products under ‘Aromdee’ brand
Achievement: The community buys organic rice from farmers and develops into processed rice products and market under the ‘Aromdee’ brand.
5. Nong Sano Community Enterprise, Pichit province
Product: ‘Sinlek’ chemical-free rice products
Achievement: The community is successful in setting up cooperative to produce and process chemical-free rice products and distribute them within and nearby communities.
6. Yamo Community Enterprise, Nakhon Ratchasima province
Product: Organic mango and mango products
Achievement: The community can avoid using chemical fertilizer, yet can increase productivity by means of organic cultivation practice.
7. Bubpha Community Enterprise, Pitsanulok province
Product: Dried Banana & Banana products
Achievement: The community makes use of innovative production techniques such as using solar-powered machine to produce dry banana and banana-related products and show continuous improvement for their production techniques.
8. Khao Talu Community of Coffee Growers, Chumporn province
Product: Robusta coffee
Achievement: The community is the producer of high-quality aromatic 3in1 Robusta coffee.
9. San Kortarn Community Enterprise, Chiang Rai province
Product: Dried/processed Longan products
Achievement: The community buys longans from farmers and processed into high-quality longan products.
10. Banphe’s fishery products Community Enterprise, Rayong province
Product: Processed Squid/ Seafood products
Achievement: The community is able to add value to seafood products and achieve in creating OTOP products.
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