Annual Research 2014

Patterns of Agricultural Land Use and Oil Palm Production System: A Case Study of Klong Plu Sub-district, Nong Yai District, Chon Buri Province


Phanupong Bantaotuk


Oil palm, Land use, Cropping Decisions, Geographic Information System


2014 September


This study aims to: 1) analyze the characteristics and land use change in Klong Plu Sub-district, Nong Yai District, Chon Buri Province; 2) to investigate factors which affected in the land use pattern and oil palm producing system. Data was collected from interpretation of aerial photographs and satellite image which was acquired in 2002 and 2013, The analysis of land use change was conducted by applying Geographic Information System. The data used for investigating the factors affecting land use patterns was collected by using questionnaire.
The findings showed that the patterns and types of land use were composed of various in 2002. Among these, rubber was the majority oil palm, forest, and sugarcane, respectively. The main agricultural plantations were perennial plants and commercial field crop. In 2013, the majority of the plants was still rubber followed by oil palm. The amount of two type agricultural area had been increasing for 2002. The land use changed with the increasing amount of perennial tree plantation and decreasing amount of field crop. Oil palm area were increased: the oil palm area had replaced the sugarcane area, rubber area and bare soil respectively, The main reason was due to the economy factor. The farmers concern to the market demand, and the production yields compared to other plants.