Wassana Petchdang, a local resident of Sai-Kanoon states, “I make 700 baht a day collecting Krajood plants. Early in the morning, I take the boat to collect Krajood from the peat swamp, cutting off their heads and tails, sorting them by size, and preparing them for sale to merchant middleman. I keep some of them for my daughter to use for making woven bags, mats and baskets for sale and household use.”
Although there is sufficient Krajood for collection at the present time, no one knows how long this situation will continue. Recently, half of the Phru Kuan Kreng area has been under severe and continuous threat from expanding oil palm plantations, drainage issues and forest fires which become more serious every year. Therefore, it is hard for the locals to pick Krajood since they are living further from it and the quality is not as good as before. Therefore, local residents are hopeful some certain measures and regulations will be implemented to enable the efficient use of Krajood to ensure the plant’s sustainability in the Kuan Kreng swamp area.
“We help each other to plant and take care of the Krajood nursery farm, collecting data from community researchers. Having a Krajood farm enables the people of Kreng to collect Krajood and help preserve the peat swamp forest,” says Wassana.