Historical Agricultural Success Between Thailand and Africa (Nigeria)
One of the greatest achievements of His Majesty King Bhumipol (King Rama 9) was Thailand’s success in agriculture. What would be Thailand today without his vision for agriculture and his policies?
The former King of Thailand has made implementation of Sufficiency Economy Philosophy, the key driver of his 70 years reign.
To create a balanced and stable development, at all levels of society by promoting the ability to cope effectively with challenges of globalization and social and economical development.
It is based on the following components
Knowledge & Skill
The concept of Sufficiency Economy has been embraced and successfully implemented in Thailand and has become a part of Thai culture.
Many organizations and researchers in the past have already looked at how Thailand could become a role model of agricultural development for Africa. In other words, can The Sufficiency Economy Philosophy be transplanted in Africa to address the food security and challenges many Africans are facing.?
As a matter of fact, in the statistics of Thai Rice Exporters Association(TREA) 2016 - 2018, West Africa has imported more than 2 million tons of rice from Thailand.
Thanks to Dr. Ratanaporn who was inspired by this philosophy and had the courage to experiment it in Nigeria, we now have the evidence that the success is possible.
Dr. Ratanaporn Dhammakosol
She is a well known and respected business person and government adviser for many African governments.
She also has the following credentials:
lecturer in agricultural science at Kasetsart University
Studied Communication Research at University of Cambridge
The host of AsiAfricaTalk at the Suvanabhumi T.V show addressing economic and development issues between Asia and Africa.
Successful Experiment of Transplant of Thai Cucumber Seeds in Nigeria
The experiment began 3 years ago, with the transplant of Thai cucumber seeds in Nigeria in order to test whether the seeds could survive on different soil under different weather and climate conditions. The result of this experiment has been welcomed and supported by the locals.
After sharing knowledge and skill between the Thai experts and the Nigerian local farmers, the soil were prepared according to relevant protocols and the seeds were planted.
The result has been a spectacular success as the seeds have not only survived, but have grown to be bigger and better than the original cucumbers from Thailand.
The locals were satisfied as the production was happily brought to the Nigerian market, where it was promptly sold out to the consumers.
The cucumber cultivation project, which was initiated by Dr. Ratanaporn and her Thai-Nigerian team, has a positive impact in Nigeria.
The project has the potential to provide jobs to the people, to help fight poverty. and to address food security issues in West Africa.
Support from the Nigerian Government
More Importantly, Dr. Ratanaporn has received positive feedback and support from the Nigerian authorities.
Due to the success that she has demonstrated, she has been allocated lands to apply this sufficiency economic model from Thailand to other agricultural products.
The Thailand-Nigeria success story at the grassroots level is an indication that Asia-Africa cooperation has a potential that remains largely untapped in terms of transfer of technology, knowledge and development model.
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