Sunday, April 18, 2021, 13.21 p.m.
Department of Agricultural Extension pushes soil and fertilizer business development projects for communities (One Stop Service) to pilot 63 provinces to generate circular income in communities Use fertilizers based on soil analysis values. Expected to reduce the use of chemical fertilizers up to 1.8 thousand tons.
On April 18, 2021, Mr. Strong Justice Damrong, Director-General of the Department of Agricultural Extension revealed that according to Mr. Chalermchai Sri-on, Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives. There is a policy to improve farmers’ quality of life by reducing costs, increasing production, encouraging farmers to use chemical fertilizers correctly. And to develop farmers groups to do business for agricultural services Including pushing forward the use of technology and innovation To develop into smart agriculture In addition to the situation of the coronavirus disease outbreak 2019 affecting the production and discharge of agricultural products of Thai farmers, which requires chemical fertilizers to increase the quantity and quality of production. More than 98% of chemical fertilizers must be imported and farmers use more than necessary chemical fertilizers. Makes plants weak and easily destroyed by pests. Need to use more pesticides Resulting in high production costs per rai Dangerous to farmers And contaminate the environment Therefore, it is necessary to strengthen and self-reliance for farmers to provide quality fertilizers for use in the community and help farmers apply the correct fertilizers suitable for soil and crop types. Improves production efficiency Reduce the use of chemical fertilizers and get more productivity.
In the past, the Cabinet approved the implementation of the Soil and Fertilizer Business Development Project for Community (One Stop Service) under the Economic and Social Rehabilitation Plan. Affected by the outbreak of coronavirus infection 2019 through the community fertilizer soil management center (NDC) established by the Department of Agricultural Extension To help farmers affected by the 2019 coronavirus outbreak to increase efficiency and reduce production costs. By applying technology and innovation in soil analysis and fertilizer application based on soil analysis values. This is the correct application of fertilizers that are appropriate for the nutrient content in the soil and the needs of the plants. It is the precise use of fertilizer in specific areas. Not much, not too little Farmers can therefore reduce the use of chemical fertilizers. And since February 2021 found that the price of chemical fertilizers in the market has increased. Due to the impact of the coronavirus disease situation in 2019, major fertilizer producing countries such as China, the United States, use more chemical fertilizers in the country. Therefore export less As a result, the price of chemical fertilizers in the market inevitably increases. Directly affect the production cost of farmers Which in this situation Soil and Fertilizer Business Development for Community Project (One Stop Service) will help farmers reduce the burden of chemical fertilizer costs by using the correct fertilizer based on soil analysis cost. Preliminary, the government has supported the mother soil analysis kit, NPK fertilizer and fertilizer mixer. For the community soil management center (NACC) participating in the project To provide soil analysis services Basic soil management and fertilizer application recommendations Provide good quality fertilizers to NACC members, large agricultural groups. And general farmers And fertilizer mixing service according to soil analysis cost
For the Community Fertilizer Soil Management Center (NCCC), the Department of Agricultural Extension has operated since 2015, currently there are 882 centers in every district, each farmer center will help manage each other There are staff to serve as mentors. It provides a soil analysis service with a quick set of NPK and soil pH monitoring kits. Provide advice on soil management and basic fertilizer application. As well as providing fertilizer mixing services Provide good quality fertilizers to farmers in the community. In the past year, the Community Fertilizer Soil Management Center (NACC) was able to reduce the cost of chemical fertilizers by 25 percent, worth 73 million baht, the productivity increased by 14 percent. (One Stop Service) There is a community fertilizer management center (NACC) that has the potential to join the project of 394 centers in 63 provinces for farmers, members of the community soil fertilizer management center (NACC) and farmers in the plots. Large crops that are important Approximately 107,000 total revenues were made using quality inputs at reasonable prices. The soil is maintained Knowledge of soil management and proper fertilizer application. As well as being able to expand the results to other NACC, including large plots that wish to be the NCCC network, which is expected that such projects It will cause farmers to reduce the cost of using chemical fertilizers by an average of 20 percent, totaling at least 250 million baht, an average yield of 10 percent and the amount of chemical fertilizers used by target farmers in an area of 1.6 million rai, a decrease from approximately 90,000. The remaining tons of approximately 72,000 tons. At present, the soil management center, community fertilizers (NDC) participating in the project. Ready to open for service in 50 provinces and will gradually open for service until the end of this year
However, the Soil and Fertilizer Business Development for Community Project (One Stop Service) will help improve productivity of members of the Community Fertilizer Center (NACC), large agricultural group. Including general farmers to be able to reduce the cost of using chemical fertilizers and obtain increased productivity. Importantly, the Department will develop further development of the NACC to provide soil and fertilizer services for the community. Revenue turnover from soil analysis, fertilizer distribution and fertilizer mixing services. As well as being able to operate the business sustainably This will reduce dependence on government subsidies in the future. For farmers who are interested in reducing the cost of using chemical fertilizers You can contact us at the Provincial Agricultural Office. District Agricultural Office near your home and the Division of Plant Protection Promotion and Fertilizer Soil Management Department of Agricultural Extension