The Office of Agricultural Economics (Agricultural Economics Office) evaluates the performance of the Learning Center for Increasing Agricultural Product Production Efficiency (Agricultural Economics Department) with the Department of Agricultural Extension as the main responsible agency. To be a center for transferring production technology Management and marketing to farmers
In fiscal year 2023, the potential development of the main CPOs throughout the country can be completed according to the target of 882 centers, developing 4,920 network centers, accounting for 99.82 percent of the target, 4,929 centers, and developing 69,897 farmers, accounting for 100.08 percent of the target. 69,844 cases
And from following up on the operations of the CPOC in 8 provinces: Prachuap Khiri Khan, Surat Thani, Trat, Chanthaburi, Lopburi, Sing Buri, Ang Thong and Saraburi, it was found that the learning centers All CSOs are ready to be a resource for learning about agriculture in the community. and is a place to provide news services Including agricultural services But operations will vary according to the readiness, limitations, and potential of the learning center.
Overall, it was found that Each CPO has an average area of 9 rai, all of which are the area of the center president. and there are an average of 340 people coming to use the service per year per center per year. Including training to transfer knowledge to farmers or interested parties, an average of 13 times per year per center.
Putting knowledge to good use There are farmers who come to receive services. Training to acquire knowledge at the learning center And they applied the knowledge gained to their own agricultural areas, 69 percent, resulting in increased income and reduced expenses.
66 percent of farmers had increased income from selling produce, such as rice, which increased on average by 1,812 baht per rai per year, oil palm, which increased on average by 3,342 baht per rai per year, and coconut, which increased on average by 5,425 baht per rai per year.
Reduce costs from using chemical fertilizers by producing organic fertilizers yourself. To replace all or part of chemical fertilizers, such as rice, reduce costs by an average of 276 baht per rai per year. Oil palm can reduce costs by an average of 108 baht per tree per year. Fruit trees can reduce costs by an average of 664 baht per rai. year and rubber, reducing expenses by an average of 1,267 baht per rai per year.