About Farming in the Nong Khai Area
Rice is the staple crop of the district. When the rice has been harvested the ground is used in some areas for a variety of crops. The different crops tend to be grown in particular localities rather than everywhere.
The field crops include Maize, Peanut, Cassava, Soybean, Sugarcane, Pineapple, Kenaf, Jute, Taro, Tobacco, Sweet potato, Yam bean
The fruit trees and tree crops include Betel leaf, Mango, Lychee, Longan, Pomelo, Rambutan, Sapodilla, Papaya, Banana, Sugar apple, Jujube, Guava, Sweet bamboo, Tamarind, Jack Fruit, Coconut, Para rubber, Santol, Java apple, Cashew nut, Kapok, Lime and Marian plum.
Vegetable crops include Chilli, Water melon, Spring onion, ,Garlic, Shallot, Pumpkin, Leaf mustard, Cucumber, Angled loofah, Chinese cabbage, Yard long bean, Lettuce, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Pakchoi, Chinese kale, Asparagus, Chinese convolvulus, Baby corn, Sweet corn, Tomatoes and Bird pepper.
Livestock in the Province includes Cattle, Buffalo, Ducks, Chickens, Geese and Swine.
Fish are produced in farm ponds and in cages in the Mekong.
Cotton weaving can be seen at Nong Khai at the centre run by the Good Shepherd Sisters. Handmade cloth can be bought. The cotton is not grown here, but at Loei. At Bung Kan which is about 200 km east it can also be seen and the nearby National Park has a waterfall worth seeing, particularly in the rainy season. You can also visit the Meditation Centre at Phu Thok.
Pineapples are grown and canned at Si Chiang Mai, about 40 km upriver from Nong Khai.
Silkworms are farmed at Chonnabot near Khon Kaen. Silk is also spun into yarn and woven into cloth.
Fish farms are in the Mekong and also on land, at Si Chiang Mai and Tabor.
Bananas are processed at a factory in Si Chiang Mai.
Tomatoes are grown on over 11,000 rai (about 2,000 hectares) along the Mekong River which is the northern border of the Province. The Province is along the river for about 300 km. Factories near Nong Khai process them.