Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Phuket pork plant ditched, CPF plumps for ‘cold store’ instead

PHUKET: Local residents in Mai Khao have won the fight to prevent agrifood giant CPF (Thailand) from building a 10-rai “pork meat processing plant” in the north of the island.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 29 June 2018, 11:36AM

The decision came after a meeting lasting more than two hours yesterday afternoon (June 28) where CPF representatives explained their plan to build the facility to local residents, who earlier this week staged a protest, claiming they were unaware of the plan. (See story here.)

They also raised their concerns that the plant was to be built in the heart of an unofficial “green zone” in the heart of the rural Mai Kaho area.

More than 200 people turned up at the meeting yesterday, held at the community hall in Moo 3, Mai Khao, attended by officials from the Thalang District Office, the Phuket offices of the Ministry of Industry and the Department of Livestock, as well as local officials from the Mai Khao Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor).

However, after more than two hours of explanations from CPF about their plans and reassuring that the plant will be built to international GMP (“Good Manufacturing Practice”) and will have a fully self-contained, on-site wastewater treatment facility, the local residents refused to budge – and eventually won.

At the meeting the CPF representatives repeated that they had already held a meeting in that exact same community hall as recently as Nov 4 last year to explain all the plans to the local community members.

QSI International School Phuket

At that time, the company informed local people that CPF would no longer operate the 40-rai site as a pig-rearing farm, which it had done since 1991, to a pig slaughterhouse, and the people understood and agreed, as Chao Ruangsawat, CPF’s Assistant Managing Director - Southern District 3 for Swine and also a Vice Chairman of the Phuket Chamber of Commerce, told The Phuket News on on Tuesday. (See story here.)

“The company then had concerns about the trouble this may cause for the surrounding communities, and so we changed our plan to this [processing] factory, which will have less affect on the communities,” Mr Chao said.

However, Mr Chao also raised his concern on Tuesday that the village leaders who attended the meeting last year did not pass the news on to local residents.

Regardless, after capitulating to the local residents’ demands yesterday, CPF representatives at the meeting announced they will not continue with their plan to build a pork-processing plant. Instead, they will build only a cold-store facility.

In bringing the meeting to a conclusion, CPF representatives said they would start the process of applying for a new construction permit and begin the process of formally gaining the permission of local residents again.



Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here


Phuket community
Phoenix finally risen from seabed

I wonder if anyone will learn from this: thai company with basic equipment = failure. Foreign compan...(Read More)

Tourist Police target rental operators over unlicensed tourists renting motorbikes

Gen Angkoon seems to think that Thais have harder heads or something as he says they're likely t...(Read More)

Ban on Loy Kratong lanterns near Phuket International Airport

Ban them kratongs everywhere! They cause environmental damage both on land and in the sea....(Read More)

Tourist Police target rental operators over unlicensed tourists renting motorbikes

Same coloured helmets, that will make revenue collection easier... but hey, think about hygiene, who...(Read More)

No passport required: Phuket Immigration confirms ‘passport on person’ not required despite ’Operation X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner’

There has never been any law in Thailand that says anyone needs to carry their passport. There IS a ...(Read More)

God is a DJ - A divine event at Dream Beach Club

I would never go into that place, a monstrosity of a building and blight on the beautiful Layan beac...(Read More)

Phuket van driver falls asleep at the wheel, slams into street lamp

I would also add that the Filipina was immediately drug and alcohol tested, her picture included in ...(Read More)

Thais arrested for charging ‘access fees’ to Freedom Beach

Paully, if stupid people want to pay 200B to enter a beach, that's their problem. Nothing wrong ...(Read More)

Phuket Marine Office urges water safety for Loy Krathong

Marine boat operators, don't worry, just hold your breath during 22 Nov only. '''Cap...(Read More)

Phuket officials unveil New Year ‘Seven Days’ road safety campaign strategy

Haha, the 2 times a year safety campaign as like people don't know to drive safe and sober! Str...(Read More)