Community Participation on Promoting Hemp Plantation for Community Product Development
A promotional area was chosen in Mae Tao Subdistrict, Mae Sot District, Tak Province, Thailand for community product development. The attitudes and opinions of community residents were studied for promoting Hemp plantation of developed as an area community product. Qualitative research was done by collecting primary data through field visits for in-depth interviews and group interviews to obtain viewpoints of community leaders and representatives. Results were that most communities were engaged in agricultural rice cultivation as an occupation as well as sharing different cultures and beliefs based on the farming way of life and rice cultivation. In addition, it was found that Cadmium (Cd) contamination in tilling soil affected occupations, income, and health. One possible solution might be to encourage cultivation of Hemp, to be produced as fibers and stems for processing and developed into community products in different forms for domestic and international sale. The community was united in agreeing that the cultivation of Hemp in the area should be promoted. Training should also be provided to educate villagers about how to grow, maintain, and transform the crop to create jobs and bring new sources of income to the community while achieving sustainable community development.
Keywords - Attitude,Cadmium, Community Products, Contaminated Area, Hemp