BIOTEC received a grant of 6 million Baht from the Siam Cement Group (SCG) for technology innovation to recover high-salinity land in the Northeastern part of Thailand. The project, to be led by Dr. Chalermpol Kirdmanee, will apply and adapt his technology to the area of 40 acres (100 rai) in Sakonnakhon and Udon Thani Provinces with an aim to turn the salinity land to be agricultural worthy. The project will also collect geological data, perform cost analysis and screening for appropriate salt-tolerant crops such as rice and eucalyptus for local farmer to cultivate. The project expects to take 3 years and will involve the local community as part of research team.
Dr. Chalermpol previously succeeded in solving the saline soil problem in the deserted salt mining area of 20 acres in Nakhonratchasima Province, under the collaboration with Pimai Salt Co., Ltd. He has been awarded The Japan International Award for Young Agricultural Researchers by The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council (AFFRC) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan in 2007.
|Mr. Snoh Unakul, SCG Director (front left) presented the research grant to Dr. Chalermpol Kirdmanee, in the presence of executives from SCG and BIOTEC.|
Posted on 31 July 2008.