Authors : Pannachud Sintusaard
Abstract: Salt production in the coastal areas of Central Thailand is an important cultural heritage. Salt farms in Central Thailand are currently facing many obstacles. The difficulties in salt farming come from advancements in technology and commerce, which have raised the cost of salt farming and lowered the price of salt. Traditional salt communities in the past have had to abandon their salt farming culture. The community district or Tambon of Klong Dan is in danger of losing their indigenous knowledge in salt farming and the community of Sahakorn Bahn Rai have abandoned and lost their salt culture together. Only the community alongside the Thonburi and Pahktoh road in the district of Bangkaew still continue their salt traditions and production. Methods of conservation, rehabilitation and development of salt culture that have been applied successfully in the district of Bangkaew are the continuous promotion and support of salt production within the community, support and development of transforming salt products and packaging development, creating other alternatives and diversifying other ways to utilize salt in other areas and support from the Central government in supporting the indigenous culture of salt production. The most important method in the conservation, rehabilitation and development of salt culture in modern times is the strength of the community. When the community is united and strong, so is their culture heritage and ways of life.
Pannachud Sintusaard , 2009. Salt Culture: Method of Production Conservation Preservation and Development of Salt Farms in the Coastal Regions in Central Thailand. The Social Sciences, 4: 583-586.