Doi Kham History
Doi Kham History
Doi Kham Food Products Co. Ltd. was founded under His Majesty, King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Royal Project in 1969. It was His Majesty the King’s vision to enhance the quality of life of Thai people, due to the widespread of poverty and opium plantation along the hills in the Northern part of Thailand. To promote the safety of national security and natural resources, H.M. the King initiated “Project for Hills Tribe,” to educate and inform people about the effects of opium plantation, shifting cultivation and alternatives to these agricultural plantation. Farmers were encouraged to plant winter crops that are suitable and sustainable for each area such as peaches, lychees, apples and tomatoes.
In 1972, H.M the King initiated “Co-op for Hill Tribe” and the first Royal Factory in Fang, Chiang Mai, purchasing produce of farmers in the project. This helps control price fluctuation of agricultural products and commodities, as well as preventing middlemen from taking advantage over Thai farmers. The produce bought were processed under the trademark “Doi Kham,” to increase product value, open new distribution channels and provide product research and development. The Royal Factory was then expanded in 4 different provinces operating under the same purpose from H.M the King’s vision, “industrial agriculture for community development.”
Each Royal Factory has been developed in accordance with the social lifestyle of people living in each location. All factories operate under the motto “Royal Factory for the People,” in purpose to support agricultures, communities, and environment to sustain better life quality.
It was H.M the King’s order in 1994 for the Crown Property Bureau to take charge of Doi Kham instead of the Royal Project Foundation under the name Doi Kham Food Product Company Limited. Doi Kham operate as a “Social Business” that follows H.M the King’s philosophy to develop higher standard of living and promote self-reliant among Thai citizens
Doi Kham currently has four Royal Factories in four different provinces: