Starting this Saturday, there will be the Chia Tai Agricultural Fair at their demonstration farm in Kanchanburi province of Thailand. The event will be held at Choncharoen Farm in Tambon Wangdong.
Chia Tia is the seed production company for CP which grows and distributes more than 400 varieties of vegetables and flowers for both local and domestic markets. In fact, a large portion of their business is seed exports to Southeast Asia and South Asia. One of the major parts of their business is to do research and development on strains and varietites of plants which are suited to this regions’ climate.
“The Home Garden” and “5 Colours A Day” are themes for the fair, in an effort to promote more vegetable consumption in the Thai diet. Thais consume only 100 grammes per day on average, far lower than the global standard of 500 grammes. I think this event would be worth going to see the different varieties of plants, especially if they are adapted to growing in Thailand, and getting some of the interesting types to grow in your garden.