Visiting 6 Thai Young Smart Farmers in Darwin, Northern Territory

7 – 9 November 2018 Office of Agricultural Affairs accompanied by an officer from Department of Agriculture and Water Resources paid a visit to Darwin, Northern Territory to meet with 6 young smart farmers from Thailand. The farmers had been selected from each region in Thailand for On-the-Job Training in Australia for a period of 3 months starting from late September 2018. The training is one of the various activities under The Pilot Cooperation on Thai Young Smart Farmer Development conducted by Department of Agriculture Extension. The farmers are scheduled to return to Thailand in late December 2018.

The farmers undergo the training in 3 different tropical fruit farms, particularly mango farms which are the major tropical fruits farmed in NT. The most popular mangoes varieties planted in the areas are Kensington Pride (KP) and R2E2 which have been developed by Australia as well as Nam Dok Mai and Maha Chanok which originated in Thailand. Field visits were organised by the NT Farmers Association to other tropical fruit farms such as jackfruit, durian, rambutan, banana, pineapple and pomelo. The young smart farmers were trained on large scale farm management, production and post-harvest technology, safe chemical usages, social media marketing through Facebook etc. The knowledge gained will be beneficial to the young smart farmers themselves and further transferred to each individual’s communities. This Thailand and Australia cooperation project is considered very successful and proved to be of mutual benefits. The activity should continue on a regular basis. This will help improve and modernise agricultural practices in Thailand.