Published on December 25, 2007
Such palm plantations are normally the preserve of the South.
Somchet Prathummin, the department's rubber expert, said the growing of palm-oil trees had yielded an average of 1.3 tonnes per rai, compared with the projection of 900 kilograms. The pilot plantation area covers 200 rai in Nong Khai, with plans to expand into Ubon Ratchathani with a further 200 rai.
As a result, farmers are expected to turn their attention to planting at least 80,000 rai of palm trees next year in Ubon Ratchathani, Si Sa Ket, Sakon Nakhon and Nong Khai.
Two private companies are constructing palm-oil crushing mills. They plan to build four mills overall, one each in Ubon Ratchathani and Sakon Nakhon and two in Nong Khai.