Manila tamarind planting in combination with integrated farming for saline soil management in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand.
Nakhon Ratchasima Province has a total saline soil area of 3,005,990 million rai, which is approximately the most saline soil area in the northeastern part of Thailand. More than 50% of the area of 69,974 rai has salt stains on the soil surface. The purpose of this technology, Manila tamarind planting in combination with integrated farming for saline soil management in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand, was to reduce the level of salinity in the soil and to improve saline soil areas to be able to grow a variety of plants and also to enhance sustainable integrated farming for farmers who live in saline soil areas for higher productivity, income, and a better quality of life. In terms of land use adaptation, Manila Tamarind was used in conjunction with integrated farming (tilapia and cow farming) in areas such as water restoration, maintenance, harvest, and transportation.
Mr. Niphon Plianklang is a volunteer soil doctor in Makha Sub-district, Non Thai District, Nakhon Ratchasima Province. He was a role model farmer who pioneered the application of this method in his area, which was formerly utilized for rice production but is now used to cultivate Manila tamarind using integrated farming. The land of the Manila tamarind plantation has been rehabilitated at this time. Previously, the salinity of the soil in this area had a negative impact on rice harvests. However, after implementing this technology, Manila Tamarind may thrive in saline soil environments. The taste, as well as the size and color, were excellent, and the market demand was met. Aside from tamarind production, there was also a section set aside for tilapia and cow rearing. As a result, there are goods that may be gathered and sold throughout the year as a source of revenue.
The objectives of this technology are to address the problem of saline soil in agricultural land and to prevent the spread of salinity and to minimize salinity in saline soil areas to be able to used for more diverse and sustainable agriculture