Three districts in the three southernmost provinces have been chosen to be developed as model of development for sustainable self-supporting under the southern triangle development programme, Government spokesman Lt-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd disclosed over the weekend.
The three selected districts are Betong in Yala, Pattanai’s Nong Chik and Narathiwat’s Su-ngai Kolok.
The government has planned to build two community power plants in Betong which will use biomass, diesel as well as water as fuel. New tourism destinations will be developed to connect with villages wellknown for their popular cuisines namely Betong chicken village and Kueloh fish village3 with an aim to increase tourist arrivals to this district to 1.2 million annually an an anticipated 2.5 billion baht in tourism revenue annually. Betong will have its airport in two years from how which will greatly facilitate travel to this mountainous retreat.
Nong Chik district, meanwhile, will be developed in a mixed agricultural and industrial with the promotion of dual crops as rice and oil palm, livestock. Farmers will be trained to become smart farmers so they will eventually start their own businesses as SMEs.
Su-ngai Kolik district will be developed as a model border trading post with modern technology being introduced in immigration and customs processes.
Lt-Gen Sansern said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha has wanted to improve the standard of living of people in the three southernmost provinces through economic development under the southern triangle development programme.
The prime minister, he added, in order to address the unrest problem, the government has to undertake economic and social development as well.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)