Navy Wives Assn. plants rice for Queen’s birthday

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The Navy Wives Association organized a rice-planting ceremony to mark HM the Queen’s 84th birthday.

Navy Wives Association President Pranee Areenij presents a flower cone to pay respects before a portrait of HM Queen Sirikit.
Navy Wives Association President Pranee Areenij presents a flower cone to pay respects before a portrait of HM Queen Sirikit.

Club President Pranee Areenij presented a flower cone to pay respects before a portrait of HM Queen Sirikit Aug. 4 at the Sattahip Naval Base. The group then proceeded on to the Sufficiency Economy Learning Center at the Naval Education Department to engage in the rice-planting event.

Vice Adm. Pichet Tanaset, director-general of the education department, led a group of naval personnel to the event, which also was joined by students from 18 Sattahip-area schools.

The group planted “sang yod” rice with the “parachute” method.
The group planted “sang yod” rice with the “parachute” method.

The group planted “sang yod” rice with the so-called parachute method. Sang yod is one of HM the Queen’s favorite varieties of rice and is promoted by the Royal Household for farmers to plant to preserve Thailand’s agricultural heritage.

The rice will be harvested on Dec. 3 to mark HM the King’s birthday two days after that.