The Royal Project Phu Phayak, Nan province
The Royal Project Phu Phayak is the one of projects that the Department of Public Relation have promoted as the tourist attraction for learning H.M. King Bhumibol’s Philosophy of sufficiency economy. As the slogan ” Wandering Phu Payak, eating organic vegetable, tasting aromatic coffee and climbing to the top of mountain”.It’s situated in Chaloem Phra Kiat district at Nan province. In the past, Phu Phayak meant gigantic mountain. Its characteristic is evergreen forest and the tiger habitat with 1,500 meters over sea level. Once, It was the place for opium farming and also the battlefield between Thai soldiers and communist terrorists.Now it turned into the royal agricultural development center in order to restore the forest, to conserve natural resources and to become ecotourism. On 12th January 2003, Queen Sirikit visited Phu Phayak forest and she discovered on which a number of forests had been encroached. So the center was established. It was used as the study center of the New Theory agriculture and Sufficiency Economy as well as the center for organic and complete farming including production, Agriproduct processing, farm produces value adding and trading in maximum number.Mulberries cultivated here are famous for their taste and sizes owing to they’re Fruiting Mulberry Morus spp. Moraceae. Several studies indicate that mulberries provide high nutrient especially antioxidants i.e. Polyphenols, Anthocyanidin and Folic acid. Inside the royal project, there’s small factory manufacturing mulberries extract and juice. Some of mulberries are sent to make wine at Loei province. You can find Phu Phayak products at its coffee shop at Nan and the Golden Place supermarket at Bangkok.