Royal Project agricultural fair to be held at CMU’s Conference Centre
The 14th Doi Kham Royal Project Fair and Exhibition will take place
December 21-23 at Chiang Mai University’s Convention Center on
Nimmanhaeminda Road. A wealth of organic agricultural products will be
displayed and for sale, including vegetables, fruits, flowers and foods, and
painting and wood-carving competitions will be held.
Displays of advances in agricultural developments relating to the highland
areas of the northern region, which may result in a reduction of opium and
marihuana cultivation, will be on show in honour of His Majesty the King and
Her Majesty the Queen. In general, the agricultural projects sponsored by
the Royal Project Foundation are considered to be highly successful.
New tourism festival
in Mae Hong Son
Hill tribe ladies in
traditional costume appear at the grand opening of the Pangmapha tourist
Mae Hong Son’s Pangmapha district introduced a new tourism festival
recently with the slogan, ‘Tribal tours, beautiful mountain scenery, cave
explorations’, in the hope of attracting more visitors to the area. At the
opening of the festival itself, tribal entertainment was provided by
representatives of the Lua, Thai Yai, Black Lahu, Red Lahu and Lisu peoples.
Tambon Pangmapha’s administration organization is the sponsor for the tribal
performances, which are being held daily. Crops grown by the various hill
tribes, and also souvenirs, will be available for sale during the period of
the festival, which will boost the tribal peoples’ revenues during the
winter season when they are unwaged.
Mae Hong Son’s deputy governor considers that the festival has great
potential as a regular event, and has promised to promote it at a provincial
level in future, saying that, “Pangmapha has charm and many unique
attractions such as the ledge cave, home to ancient human bones dating back
to prehistoric times. The district itself is second only to Pai district in
its appeal to foreign tourists.”
One million possible
mass lay offs likely
A senior official of Thailand’s Ministry of Labour on
Thursday expressed concern that around one million workers in the Kingdom
are likely to lose their jobs in the coming months.
Ministry of Labour predicts up to one million workers could be laid off in
the near future.
Acting Minister of Labour Uraiwan Thienthong allowed that Thailand’s current
unemployment picture is clouded not only by the results from the domino
effect from the global financial crisis but also from the last week’s
domestic political turmoil, especially the seizure of Don Mueang and
Suvarnabhumi airports by the anti-government People’s Alliance for
Both negative factors aggravated unemployment and tremendously affected the
tourism and export industries.
According the latest official statistics, 519 companies and firms were put
out of business and nearly 45,000 workers were laid off.
Another 2,000 companies are likely to lay off 83,721 of their employees in
the coming period.
Because of the ongoing situation, the ministry will adjust its policies,
including the budget for dealing with unemployment crisis, said Mrs.
The ministry will seek a budget from the Cabinet to alleviate the effects of
the lay-off crisis, she said, indicating that a budget of Bt1.5 billion is
expected to be approved soon.
The budget will be allocated to meet the demand of the private sector.