Farmers Take Land From Khao Phai ReserveBanglamung public authorities and the Forest Department are going to prosecute the farmers who have illegally taken land in the Khao Phai reserve to grow crops.
PATTAYA – October 20th 2015 [Pattaya Daily News]; Mr. Chakhon Kanjanawatta (Banglamung sheriff, Chon Buri province) together with Mr. Praphan Prathumchomphu (Deputy District Chief of Security Division) had mobilized forces of Banglamung public authorities, Forest Department officials (rangers) and the police of Huay Yai police station to survey an area of Khao Phai, forest , Moo 6 Tambon Huay Yai, Amphur Banglamung, which has a waterfall and is popular with tourist after receiving a report that it had been trespassed .
Upon inspecting, the officials found that the offenders were farmers who had used the land to grow rubber trees.
Mr. Praphan Prathumchomphu (Deputy District Chief of Security Division) said that the government sector gives priority to the policy of regaining (to get back) natural forest especially from all trespassers who use the national forest area for rubber plantations and other crops. However, the officials also found that there are tapioca fields and pineapple fields which are spread over 1,000 rais in area of Tambon Huay Yai and Tambon Pong.
The officials are now going to prosecute the farmers who have taken the land which belongs to the National park to grow tapioca and pineapples but they will wait until they have harvested their crops before prosecuting them and taking back the stolen land.