Thailand Cabbages: Planting green cabbage with a professional bringing profit of over 30,000 baht per rai

Thailand Cabbages: Planting green cabbage with a professional bringing profit of over 30,000 baht per rai

In addition to the northern region, Tha Muang District, Kanchanaburi Province in Thailand is considered a large cabbage planting area for many decades. Therefore, it is a large production source to enter the market of selling cabbages nationwide.

With the wisdom of making pickled cabbage from generation to generation, pickled cabbage from this district is tasty and delicious and garners high market demand. Farmers grow pickled cabbage in groups dealing with  production and marketing to develop strong and sustainable farming careers to pass on to their children.

“Planting green cabbage for over 20 years, with a planting area of 13 rai (1 rai is approximately 1600 square meters). This year is divided into 3-4 rai of area to grow basil, coriander and taro to earn extra revenue. The main plant is the green cabbage. Because it has been planted for a long time and it is a vegetable that makes good income.

“There will definitely be cabbages throughout. In the first year, the cabbages will be planted 3-4 rounds, even in large plots’ projects. We therefore have gathered together large plots, with more than 100 members, with more than 400 rai of growing areas worth more than a hundred thousand tons. The products that are sold are both fresh vegetables and pickled cabbage.” Warit Iam, one of the members of the Mae Klong Food Community Enterprise Group, Thung Thong Sub -district, Tha Muang District, Kanchanaburi Province, telling the integration of a large enterprise.

With hundreds of thousands of tons of products for sale nationwide

Cabbage greens are vegetables that are not difficult to grow and care for insects. The season takes only 45-55 days. The planting method is that of seed sowing in holes. The number of seeds depends on the suitability of the area and the seeds are spaced 20-25 cm apart. When the seedlings germinate in about 10 days, they will be withdrawn and separated.

For fertilizer, one season will only require two inputs. After 15 days, the farmer puts Urea (46–0–0), 1 sack per rai. But if after putting the first unit of fertilizer, the vegetables are not healthy enough, one will need to add more fertilizer rounds during the age of 1 month.

Without pests and diseases, a farmer can expect a normal output range of 7-8 tons of produce.

The price of green cabbage depends on the season. If the weather is good, the productivity per rai will be high and the market price will be cheap at 2-4 baht per kg. The cheapest price will be 2 baht. Around March, the price stood at 3.50 baht.

But if during August – October during the rain, the chances of vegetables being damaged are substantial. In the case of flooding, and the onset of fungal diseases that spread with the weather vegetables get expensive, resulting in the price of 5–6 baht per kg.

But the villagers here will grow throughout the year after harvesting.  Most will divide the planting area so that vegetables are harvested into models.

Warich said at the end that the cost of production of cabbage is about 5,000-6,000 baht per rai depending on the disease/pests factors. In the past, the area of 6 rai invested nearly 30,000 baht. Cut vegetables would be sold for over 70,000 baht. More than 30,000 baht profit is quite good.