Land-locked, winter fishermen supplant income with trees, pottery

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Area fishermen impacted by winter’s rough seas and blustery winds are learning to harvest the land as well in order to make ends meet.

Throughout fishing villages in Naklua, Nongprue and Banglamung, small private groves of ornamental trees and plants have sprouted, giving residents not only a way to grow their own food, but generate income from agriculture.

Phinantha Porncharoen, 52, sells home-grown plants at the Klongthom Market. The trees are popular this time of year, she said, as people like to decorate them for the holidays. She said she is generating 20,000-30,000 baht a month selling trees costing 35-150 baht each.

Phinantha Porncharoen sells her home-grown plants at the Klongthom Market.Phinantha Porncharoen sells her home-grown plants at the Klongthom Market.

Old men of the sea, fishermen are also raising fish on land to sell. Their carp, goldfish and clownfish sell for 10-20 baht each with larger fish selling for more.

Still others are hawking home-made pottery for use with potted plants or vases. Decorated with Thai designs, they can be sold at local markets for 40-90 baht each.

All the products are available at local markets such as Klongthom, on Sukhumvit Road next to Mini Siam every Friday and the weekends from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Hand made pottery is a big seller in the market.Hand made pottery is a big seller in the market.

As fishermen hang out their nets to dry, they turn to other ways to make a living.As fishermen hang out their nets to dry, they turn to other ways to make a living.

All these products are available at local markets such as Klongthom, on Sukhumvit Road next to Mini Siam every Friday and the weekends from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.All these products are available at local markets such as Klongthom, on Sukhumvit Road next to Mini Siam every Friday and the weekends from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.