PM Prayut leads volunteer activity to mark World Soil Day


BANGKOK – Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, together with his wife, Naraporn Chan-o-cha, presided over a volunteer activity supported by people from different sectors to celebrate Father’s Day and World Soil Day on December 5 in Sanam Luang, Bangkok.

At the event, the Prime Minister noted that today was the birthday of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great, as well as Father’s Day and World Soil Day. People from different sectors attended the activity to pay homage to the late King, who did a great deal for the nation, including eradicating poverty, improving the well-being of the people, supporting the agricultural sector and initiating the philosophy of a Sufficiency Economy for everyone to follow. The Prime Minister encouraged the people always to observe such virtues and express their loyalty to His Majesty King Bhumibol.

The Prime Minister then visited the World Soil Day exhibition and called in at different booths. One of the highlights is the production of fertilizer from water hyacinth.

After the volunteers prepared a mixture of soil and fertilizer for 778 tamarind trees around Sanam Luang, the Prime Minister said he would like the volunteers to continue to do such good deeds and uphold the country’s three main pillars, which are the nation, religion and the monarchy. When issues arise, they have to work together. Gen. Prayut insisted that he had no issues with anyone. Inspections can be conducted, but they must not affect the country’s civil service system he noted.

In addition to Father’s Day, December 5 is internationally recognized as World Soil Day in appreciation of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol’s work to conserve soil resources essential for food security and sustainable development. In recognition of His Majesty’s tireless efforts, the International Union of Soil Science honored His Majesty with the first ever Humanitarian Soil Scientist Award in 2012. In 2013, the 68th United Nations (UN) General Assembly designated December 5 World Soil Day, to raise awareness of the importance of soil.