At 1:43 p.m. on Wednesday (July 24), Her Royal Highness proceeded to Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy (CRMA) in Muang Nakhon Nayok district of Nakhon Nayok province.
On this occasion, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn placed trays of flowers and lit candles and incense sticks before the statue of His Majesty King Chulalongkorn the Great (King Rama V).
Her Royal Highness then presided over the opening of the annual national assembly of young farmers and consultants, and presented young smart farmers’ flags to the representatives of Chandrakasem Rajabhat University, Prince of Songkla University, Naresuan University, Chiang Mai University, and Princess of Naradhiwas University.
The Department of Agricultural Extension is organizing the national assembly from July 22 to 26, 2019, on the theme “Young Farmers Driving, Building and Developing the Agricultural Sector”. At the event, the participants shared their knowledge and ideas and established networks to drive and strengthen the country’s agricultural sector.
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn observed an exhibition organized by a group of outstanding young farmers. The exhibition features the Department of Agricultural Extension’s project to develop young farmers by having students engage in activities, encouraging them to have a positive attitude towards farming, and shaping them into leaders and good members of society.
The project to develop young farmers in Thailand was launched in 1951 by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN). Students from Prommanukro School in Chachoengsao province were encouraged to grow crops and raise livestock. The project then set up the 4-H Club, which was adopted in the United States. The Department of Agricultural Extension, under the administration of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, was assigned to oversee the project in 1966. The project was named the Young Farmers Group in 1974.