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The Economy

Agriculture

Lamphun province consists of owned land plots for agriculture of 639,916 Rai. This amounts to 22.72 percent of the total area of the province. There are 71,798 agriculturalists which amount to 47.17 percent of the total population.

Industry

In 2010, Lamphun had 923 factories in total with the investment capital of 86,430 million baht employing more than 68,652 people. Of these, 848 factories were outside the Northern Industrial Estate with the investment capital of 19,593 million baht and employing 27,061 people. These figures include 16 factories located in a private industrial estate under Saha Pathana Inter-Holding PLC with the total investment capital of approximately 6,491 million baht employing 9,306 people. There are 75 factories in the Northern Industrial Estate already in operation with the investment capital of approximately 66,837 million baht and employing approximately 41,591 people. Export value (in 2009) stood at 41,730 million baht.

Investment

With regards to the investment in industries in Lamphun, factories are spread out in every district of the province. However, most are located in the Mueang Lamphun district followed by Pa Sang and Mae Tha districts. All the three districts are connected. The districts have material factors for production, labour, communications and transport that go hand in hand with the investment. Most investment is for agriculture which needs to rely on local raw materials and natural resources especially agricultural raw materials.

Main goods and products of the province

  1. Agricultural products include longan which are being grown in Mueang, Pa Sang, Lee and Ban Hong districts; garlics which are being grown in Lee, Pa Sang and Ban Hong districts; red onions which are being grown in Ban Hong, Lee and Pa Sang districts; vegetables which are being grown in Mueang and Ban Hong districts. Lamphun is considered an important source of vegetables in the north. Some of the products are being used as raw materials for food processing industries while the rest are being sold in various other provinces including Chiang Mai, Lampang, Bangkok, Nakhon Sawan etc.

  2. Handicrafts including hand-woven cotton fabrics which are produced in every district. This is an additional job for inhabitants when they are free from agricultural works. The most famous district for hand-woven fabrics is Pa Sang especially at Ban Nong Nguek, Moo 5, Mae Raeng subdistrict. Hand-woven cotton fabrics appear in many shapes and forms. There are sheets which can be used to make sarongs and ready-made clothes as well as other household tools and equipment for instance tablecloth, coasters and plate mat etc. With regards to the distribution of hand-woven fabrics and products, they are distributed mainly to large markets such as Bangkok and Chiangmai.

    Handicrafts also include brocade silk. The famous producing plant for brocade silk in Lamphun is Pensiri Mai Thai. The development of patterns using ancient fabric patterns together with modern application and improvement as well as a very neat skill have made Lamphun’s brocade silk a unique and famous product.
    Wood carving products are mainly produced in Mae Ta district. Rain tree is carved into people, animals, tools and decorations in a household. These products are popular among both domestic and foreign tourists.
    Although there are not many ceramic-producing factories in Lamphun, they are able to increase the distribution value for the province. Products are being distributed in domestic markets and exported abroad to the value of several million baht per annum. Most products are in the forms of tools and household decorations imitating the ancient or traditional forms that are popular among foreigners.

  3. Industrial products- most of these products are from factories in Northern Industrial Estate and Saha Pathana Inter-Holding PLC. They include- parts and electronic equipment- parts and equipment – food and beverages – processed agricultural products- jewels, jewelry and decorations – leather wares – ready-made clothes.