The Embassy attends Yara Bagging Line Grand Opening

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On Wednesday 5 April, the Minister Counsellor attended the opening of a new Yara bagging line facility in Ayutthaya. The new bagging line investment marks continued strong bonds between Norwegian companies and Thailand.

Ever since Yara established in Thailand in 1972, the agricultural sector has significantly advanced. Farmers now possess more modern technology, they produce a diverse range of products and their quality meets international standards. This is evident in the fact that Thai farmers export their products to many leading countries.

Yara in Thailand
Yara has played an important part in this evolution of Thai agriculture. Their high-quality fertilizer has improved crop yield in this country ever since 1972, when the Yara sales and retail office was initially established in Thailand.

However, Yara’s bonds to Thailand start many decades before this, when His Majesty King Rama V visited Norway in 1907. His Majesty visited a Yara fertilizer factory in the Norwegian city Notodden, and brought with him one ton of fertilizer back to Thailand to give to Thai farmers.  

Security and sustainable development
Today, Yara is present in more than 150 countries, offering fertilizer, crop nutrition programs and technology to increase yields, improve product quality and reduce the environmental impact of agricultural practices. Sustainable development is particularly important to many Norwegian companies working worldwide, and Yara is a good example of this.

Safety for workers is key in Yara’s global operation, and their goal is zero accidents. To achieve this goal, they invest both time and capital in building a competent organization.

New bagging line in Ayutthaya district
On Wednesday 5 April, Minister Counsellor Vegard Holmelid attended the opening of a new Yara bagging line facility in the Ayutthaya district. The bagging line machinery is the first of its kind in Thailand, and is being installed to secure both safety and good environmental conditions for workers.

The Minister Counsellor highlighted the fact that Norway wants its companies to be at the forefront in security for workers, and that Yara sets a good example og this. Yara’s zero tolerance for corruption is also very important, as business should be conducted because the customers care about where the products come from and how they are produced. This also links to sustainable development, because as we become more people on the planet, the protection of the environment will be even more important.