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Sugar Cane is becoming an important crop in NE Thailand. It is used for production of sugar, and creation of bio-fuels. It is now being grown extensively in what were rice farms for the past 1000 and more years, and the reason is simple...it is more profitable.

 

One consequence is that there are increasing numbers of large, slow trucks cluttering up the country roads, and this is yet another challenge for those, like me, who like to drive about. Last weekend, while driving in NE Thailand, I passed this large, sugar cane laden trailer laying on its side in the main street of a small Village...evidently the truck driver had performed an erratic move that was beyond the capability of the trailer he was towing. Note the unconcerned ATM operator in the background.

On The Road [1/2]

Sugar Cane is becoming an important crop in NE Thailand. It is used for production of sugar, and creation of bio-fuels. It is now being grown extensively in what were rice farms for the past 1000 and more years, and the reason is simple...it is more profitable.

 

One consequence is that there are increasing numbers of large, slow trucks cluttering up the country roads, and this is yet another challenge for those, like me, who like to drive about. Last weekend, while driving in NE Thailand, I passed this large, sugar cane laden trailer laying on its side in the main street of a small Village...evidently the truck driver had performed an erratic move that was beyond the capability of the trailer he was towing. Note the unconcerned ATM operator in the background.

comments (11)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Feb 2012, 07:38
All part of life's rituals I suppose, hence the real lack of concern. In the UK the whole area would be saturated with police & cordoned off for days
Ray: Police get overly involved, Chris, if there is third party property damage, or someone is hurt...otherwise they do not seem to get involved much at all.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Feb 2012, 08:08
Oh, I read that the traffic in Thailand 'must be murderous' - I like to read your information about sugar cane industry -accompanied by a precise photo displaying a crude, difficult situation. Yes, I wonder that there is not any policeman or other people like in Europe (lol at Chris)...!
Ray: Thailand has a quite good road grid, Philine, but the volume of traffic can be horrendous...my quickest time for the 400km from Bangkok to Na's ancestral Village is 3:45 and my slowest is 14:30.

The traffic in Bangkok is increasing quickly, as more and more of the population joins the middle class and buys a motor car to advertise their new status.
A couple of elephants will have it back on its wheels in no time Ray.
Ray: This is true, Michael.
This could be why rice has become much more expensive.
Ray: I believe it is one of the reasons, Mary. This part of Thailand is where they grow Hom Mali rice, which is widely regarded as the best in the world, and I believe it is a sad thing that increasing areas of the land are now being used for other things like sugar cane and rubber. The only reason the growing of Hom Mali is not profitable is due to corruption at the "middle man" part of the chain.
  • Pedroeric
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Feb 2012, 10:31
Saw a lot off this in Kenya Ray think its day to day life for them.
Ray: Thailand has a quite good road grid, Pedroeric, but it struggles to cope with the huge volume of traffic on weekends...especially holiday weekends. Thailand also has one of the highest per capita road death numbers in the world, due to inadequate policing of the rules.
At least it's a good chance for the driver to check the tread depth on the tyres smile
Ray: True, Brian...if he was interested. In fact the normal practice in Thailand is to use tyres until they disintegrate.
A neat way of unloading your trailer.
Ray: Ha Ha
Shame about his aim though, Richard, as he missed the unloading chute by about 12 kilometers
I presume it will be back on its wheels quickly Ray!
I hope that sugar cane won't replace rice...
Ray: I doubt anyone has done any research about the effect of growing sugar cane on the land, Richard...it is possible it does considerable harm which might make a return to rice growing difficult.
Mmm - interesting event, eh?
Ray: An up-country trip on Thailand's roads is seldom boring, Tom...but it can be a little hair-raising at times.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Feb 2012, 18:38
Well, that's one way to unload it. Some of the tyres look a little tread-bare.
Ray: Heaps of life in those tyres yet, Alan...the normal practice in Thailand seems to be to run the tyres until they disintegrate.
Nothing like a fender bender to keep things interesting!
Ray: It is an unusual journey, Elizabeth, when one fails to see 1 or 2 incidents of this sort on the road. The road toll in Thailand is one of the highest, per capita, in the world.

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