Abstract

In response to His Majesty the King's advice and initiative, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has set up a 4-year project (2008-2011) called "Saline Soil Development in the northeastern part of Thailand" aiming to determine the causes of the saline soils and propose an appropriated methods to solve the soil problems. From the study, an initial model has been experimented at Haiyong subdistrict, Phangkhon district, Sakonnakhon province and the step-by-step approaches for saline soil improvements (DMR's saline soil solutions guidelines) have been proposed. After that since 2012 the Saline Sail Development in the northeastern part of Thailand (Phrase 2: extension) has been carried out to introduce the achieve approaches to other saline soil areas in the northeastern part of Thailand. The work is undertaken in cooperation with local education, local communities and local organization. At present, the saline soil learning centers have been established in 8 provinces (Khonkaen, Udonthani, Mahasarakham, Roiet, Nakhonratchasima, Chaiyaphum, Buriram, and Surin). The achieved approaches for saline soils improvement proposed by DMR can be applied to other saline soil areas.

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