The Thailand Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) committee, the Thailand state-operated oil and gas company PTT, and the Industrial Estate Authority Thailand (IEAT) all signed an agreement for joint investment in cold storage facilities for fruit in the eastern part of Thailand. The EEC is the driving force behind economic development in the region. The tropical fruit industry in east Thailand would have been unable to transform into a strong sector had it not been for the EEC.
The PTT plans to construct a quick-freeze facility for fruit in the eastern part of Thailand. The facility will have a storage capacity of 4,000 tons. This project will guarantee proper storage of durian from the east of Thailand, which in turn will enable year-round supply of Thai durian.
The official ceremony where EEC, PTT, and IEAT signed their agreement was witnessed by minister of energy and the minister of labor. This project is part of the Eastern Fruit Corridor (EFC) initiative. The PTT investment in a quick-freeze facility will greatly support agricultural development in the region and improve the income of farmers.
The new quick-freeze facility will utilize nitrogen preservation technology. PTT already operates oil refineries and gas distribution centers in the east of Thailand. They can use the nitrogen that is released when natural gas is liquified in the nitrogen preservation technology that keeps fruit fresh. Furthermore, the storage capacity allows farmers to store their fruit until market conditions improve. Finally, the storage facility allows the year-round supply of Thai durian with a guarantee that the durian taste as fresh as when they were harvested.
The IEAT provides the necessary land for the construction of this quick-freeze facility. The first step of this project is to locate an area of 6.4 hectare in the IEAT AI Industrial Park. Once the project is completed, durian farmers and traders in east Thailand can rest assured that they never have to leave their durian to rot in the plantation when market conditions are less than ideal.
Source: Thailand Chinese Daily