Tuesday, 25 August 2015 12:33

Bean growing in Thailand declines sharply

BANGKOK, 25 August 2015 -The Department of Agriculture is promoting bean growing as more and more farmers have turned to other crops that yield higher returns.

According to the Department, soy beans, green beans and peanuts are important to the Thai economy. More than 3 million rais of farmlands that once were used to grow these beans are used to grow other types of crop this year.

The amount of soy beans produced annually is by far the lowest among commercial bean species. Only 200,000 rais are used by farmers to grow soybean, compared to 3 million rais used years before.

Many farmers have difficulties finding quality local bean seeds that they are forced to import them.

The Department of Agriculture has, therefore, sought cooperation from the Department of Agricultural Economics, the Department of Rice and Cooperative Promotion Department to quickly build a network of bean producers.

The Department of Agriculture expects the establishment of this network to encourage farmers to produce more beans.

SONGKHLA, 25 August 2015 -Tourists have been flocking to see sun hemp flowers in bloom at this time of year in Singha Nakhon district of Songkhla province.

More than 300 rais of land are covered by the sea of blooming yellow sun hemp flowers, which attract people from other provinces to Songkhla.

Singha Nakhon residents have taken advantage of this annual event by selling beverages and food to visitors to supplement their incomes.

The sun hemp field, which is located in Ban Ram Daeng sub district, has become an agro-tourism site since 2011; under the supervision of Ban Ram Daeng Local Administration Office.

The field will remain open to tourists only until August 29th before the flowers begin to wilt away. The site will be plowed to pave the way for the next rice growing season, in which buried sun hemp will provide necessary nutrients for rice saplings.

BANGKOK, 25 August 2015 – The Department of Internal Trade on Monday destroyed 630 substandard weight scales seized from markets in Greater Bangkok in an attempt to bolster the confidence of those who shop at markets.

Department director-general Boonyarit Kalayanamit presided over the ceremony that saw to the demise of all the 630 weight scales. To prevent possible re-use of the substandard scales, they were slowly run over and crushed by a road roller.

The director-general indicated that Internal Trade Department personnel will continue making inspections of weight scales at fresh markets nationwide to ensure accuracy and to enable consumers to be confident they would receive the accurate amount of the food they are buying. Inaccurate weight scales will continue to be seized immediately upon discovery. In the meantime, grocery shoppers are encouraged to check whether a weight scale bears a certification sticker from the Department of Internal Trade, and to report the use of non-certified scales to the department's hotline number 1569.

CHIANG MAI – Chiang Mai University (CMU) has begun the operation of its bio-plastic polymer laboratory for medical purposes and faster treatment, alleviating the demand of bio-plastic polymer imports.

BANGKOK, 24 August 2015 – A survey has shown a decrease in number of illiteracy among children, signifying the effectiveness of the nation's illiteracy reduction measures, the OBEC Secretary-General says. 

SONGKHLA, 25 August 2015 - The government is aiming to raise the nation's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to that of international standard.

Deputy Prime Minister Wisanu Krue-Ngam presided over the 2nd national local administrative meeting on EMS at Lee Garden Plaza Hat Yai Hotel in Songkhla Province, which is being held from August 24 - 26, 2015.

About 1,800 EMS medical and local administrative officials attended the meeting, which focuses on the contribution of local wisdom to sustainable EMS reform development.

Participants are expected to exchange their experiences and develop measures to decrease the fatality rate of EMS patients, which currently stands at 4 million per year. Organizers are also set to extend Emergency Medical Services to all provinces before the end of 2016.

BANGKOK - The Thai Health Promotion Foundation (Thai Health) has encouraged women to campaign against gambling in sports, targeting Thai youth who gamble.

Thai Health has joined hands with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and anti-gambling networks in launching the campaign with participation of players from the national women’s football team. Advisor to Thai Health MD Udomsilp Srisaengnam said gambling was a new threat to people’s health and family relations. Thai Health had continuously supported campaigns and activities to create gambling awareness among the public especially adolescents, said the advisor.

Deputy Minister of Tourism and Sports Chawanee Thongrote said the government had tried to develop many types of sports towards excellence. A survey by the Center for Gambling, Chulalongkorn Universities had found that around 15% of Thai children and adolescents intended to gamble due to the belief that gambling would make it more fun to watch sports games. The survey findings had made the ministry more determined to get rid of gambling in sports, said the deputy minister.

BANGKOK - The Ministry of Public Health is gearing up for the 12th National Herb Expo 2015, a gathering of state and private agencies specializing in herbs which will present a variety of researches for interested people to further develop on a commercial scale.

Director-General of the Department for Development of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine M.D. Tawatchai Kamoldharm told the media that the theme for this year's event is "Thai Traditional Medicine, Security in the Health System". The exposition is to be held next month to honor Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on her 5th cycle birthday on 2 April this year.

Among the herbal products to be showcased at the event are Indian gooseberry, chili, Mucuna and repair grass, which can all be farmed for commercial purposes.

Other highlights include breast milk stimulation massage demonstration, and self massaging for headache, back pain and office syndrome treatments. Event-goers can also visit a rare herbal garden where 300 medicinal plants and 200 books on anti-aging herbs will be given away for free daily.

The 12th National Herb Expo 2015 is scheduled for September 2 - 6 at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani.

BANGKOK, 24 August 2015 - Security levels have been heightened in Bangkok’s bus terminal and shopping malls in Chatuchak district, following the bomb attack last Monday.

Monday, 24 August 2015 12:39

Thailand continues to experience rainfall

BANGKOK, 24 August 2015  - The Meteorological Department has issued severe weather warnings for southern residents, due to a southwesterly wind in the Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea.

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