Chia Tai, led by Mr. Boonme Okman, Vice President Seed Business, recently provided 38,000 packets of vegetable seeds to Somdet Phra Maha Weerawong, the assistant abbot of Wat Rajabophit Sathitmahasimaram and secretary of the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand, in order to support the Buddhakaset Project under the initiative of the Supreme Patriarch. The donated vegetable seed packets will be distributed to temples and Thai people across the country with the aim to relieve the impact from COVID-19 and to build food security and sustainability for communities nationwide.
Amid the impact from Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the adjustment of people’ lifestyles toward the 'New Normal’ trend, Chia Tai, Thailand’s leading innovative agricultural company, deems it important to help Thai communities build food security by supporting them to grow their own vegetables to reduce expenses and the impact from the pandemic. In this effort, Chia Tai has supported the local communities through social initiatives such as the Buddhakaset Project under the initiative of the Supreme Patriarch with the giveaway of 38,000 packets of quality easy-to-grow vegetable seeds, which include Chinese kale, Holy basil, Chinese convolvulus and Bird chilli.
The Buddhakaset Project under the initiative of the Supreme Patriarch was founded to encourage temples across Thailand to grow vegetables in order to create sustainable food sources for monks and people in the local communities during the COVID-19 crisis. With this project, people will have chemical-free vegetables for domestic consumption, reduced expenses and a strengthened relationship with their local temples. The seed packets will be distributed to temples nationwide through provincial patriarchs. Temples with land and labor potential will be selected for the project.
Mr. Boonme Okman, Vice President Seed Business said: “It is the benevolence of the Supreme Patriarch for initiating the Buddhakaset Project, which is another effort to help ease the impact of COVID-19 and create unity in communities. Chia Tai, as Thailand’s leading innovative agricultural company, would like to support the Buddhakaset Project and encourage people to plant homegrown vegetables, with the aim of helping both monks and lay people to have healthy, fresh and clean vegetables. The project is also in line with Chia Tai’s determination to create food security at local and national levels to help Thais to overcome this difficult time together.”
As Thailand has seen signs of improvement in the COVID-19 situation, Chia Tai continues to walk with Thai people throughout this difficult period. Chia Tai has so far provided more than 600,000 packets of vegetable seeds to various parties, aiming to be a part of the effort to ease the impact from the disease and bring food security to all parts of Thailand.