The Model Agriculture Centre in Phana more often goes by the name on this sign at the entrance: Fai Rong Hin. But many people don't seem to know about it at all. I suppose if you have to work for a living, you don't have the time or the inclination to go exploring the countryside. I have plenty of time and inclination for that sort of thing.
As you can see from the lower part of the sign, you are welcome here.
Fai Rong Hin has been developed over the last four or five years by Tetsaban Tambon Phra Lao. I would guess that it has been their major project. The 'fai' or reservoir is of course a source of water to irrigate the fields, as well as contributing to the piped water supply to houses in Phana. But the tetsaban saw the possibilities of developing the area as a leisure resource and as a place for officials and others to come for seminars, short courses, meetings and that sort of thing. And latterly, it has been developed as a centre for providing advice and practical assistance to farmers and others who wish to develop a sustainable, more self-sufficient lifestyle.
This sala looks like a good place to have a picnic, though it is already in need of some repair:
This is very much a pilot program, but it seems very promising and the take-up from local people is reported to be good.
I will have more on this place in my next couple of posts.