2. Discovering treated seeds.
Mr S. my spokesman was a friendly , soft spoken young man, but not really
eager to tell me so very much. I said that I came from Europe and was on
holiday , and as my father was a farmer I use to spend my holiday looking at
farms. I asked him about which products they grew, and how it was going. I
pointed at a machine and asked: what is that for. It was a sweetcorn
harvesting machine, but since 5 years the sweet corn was grown in Chiang
Mai. Now they grew Okra mostly. I had asked him about sugar cane and other
plants (I am still not sure about their english name. He said it was Kaitin.
Proteine rich, for animal feed.) So I showed a general interest in farming
and farms. Then I asked if there were other interesting farms in the
neighbourhood. He said: over there we have another farm, and here to the
left is a large farm with cows.
Then he said his time was up, and after about 20 minutes I left. ( during
thes 20 minutes he had received 3 telephones.)
I directly went to the organic farm B 2 again, now even more boldly looking
everywhere. After all, I knew that probably all leaders were gone to
Pechaburi, and the spokesman S. at B 1 had told me to go to this farm.
Now I stopped at the mechanics place. Behind it was a little white house.
Maybe someone could speak english and learn me something.
But no: nobody of these friendly and laughing mechanics could help me. After
maybe 4 minutes one came to me and said: follow me. We went to the water
pumps, where about six men were swimming in a whole in the ground.
Then I looked into the face of Mr.S. again. He was really surprised. He said:
How you come here? I said: You told it to me yourself.
(Of course he had not expected me to go there and
find it so quickly and easily, but my statement was true, so he had to
accept it. He even decided that if I would wait half an hour, that then he
would take time to speak to me. I glady accepted He said: you can wait here
and pointed to some benches or chairs near the waterpump. I said: I really
would like to have a look at the machines. He said it was OK.
I did look at the machines and dictated all I saw in my recorder. Then
suddenly I saw red corn seeds in a sowingmachine. That was not as it should
be!!. Also I noted that on two grey green machines there was
printed/painted with white words: organic farm. After about 15 minutes a
car came driving around the corner. I could not see who was inside, but
luckily I had my Sony voicerecorder so near to my mouth that he probably had not
seen my mouth moving. he stepped out and now he was quite critical: what was
my name? Why was I here ? What was my profession? I lightheartedly gave him
about the same answers. Now I gave him my real name, and my real country of
origin. I forgot which profession I gave him.
After some questions about the machines I said I had nothing more to ask. I
said: I read there: organic farm. Is this an organic farm? He said: yes.
It is very much a pity that I have made a mistake with my recorder. This
conversation was not recorded: it was in the pause position when I looked
later on to put it out.
End of part 2.