TRANSCRIPT - Wanna Suwan
Wanna Suwan is a Rice Farmer in Ban Phang Knai, Amphur Ranote,
Songkhla province in Thailand.
What are you
doing right now?
We are beating
How big is the area of your paddy field? How many times do you
grow rice each year? How much gets produced? Is it enough for consumption
all year round?
The area of
my paddy field is around seven rai. I get less than one ton of production
which is enough for seven or eight months of consumption. I have
to separate some production to feed my chicken.
Can you tell us about those shrimp farms? When did shrimp farms
start in this area? Do you think it will expand or not?
first started during the last two or three years on the east side.
After two or three crops, they did not succeed and let other people
rent their farms. The village chief did not allow them to raise
shrimp on the west side because he was afraid that saltwater would
affect the paddy field. Some people agreed but some did not, since
they raised shrimp and had only two or three crops and then lost
Can you tell us whether there was conflict between the rice farmers
and shrimp farm?
In the last
three years, there was a shrimp farm located next to a paddy field.
The shrimp farm owner wanted to buy that paddy field, but the paddy
field's owner did not want to sell it. On the other hand, she wanted
to keep that piece of land for her kids to grow rice. But after
two or three years, saltwater from the shrimp farm intruded into
the paddy field and that paddy field could not be used for growing
rice any more.
What do you think about the income you get from growing rice compared
with those who raise shrimp?
I don't like
the shrimp farm. You have to invest a lot of money. It takes a long
time to save that money. It is better to spend that money for your
kids to go to school. If you lose the shrimp farm, you lose everything;
you have to put your land title in the bank. You will be in debt.