Castor Plantation
Overview of Thailand Environment
Castor plants generally grow in dry highland areas and hilly terrains. Castor is the second most important crop for supplementing the income of farmers in the northern, northeastern, and western parts of Thailand as well as those in neighboring countries. In some areas, castor plants are intercropped with other crops such as maize, cassava, peanut, chili, and kapok.

The price of castor seeds collapsed in the ‘90s and it resulted in a dramatic reduction inthe amount of castor plantations in Thailand. The industry gradually recovered due to the rise indemand for castor seeds as well as the increase in their price.

On 17July 2011, FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) released the chart below which shows the development of castor plantations in Thailand up to 2009.


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Thailand Castor Plantation Development
After conducting a successful trial planting project, PGCG intends to enter into a 5-year farming contract with Srira Cha province. The contract involves the planting of up to 500,000 rai of land with castor plants. 2 castor processing plants will also be built and operated during the 5-year period. PGCG hopes to start the trial planting project by the 3rd quarter of 2012.
 
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