The Highland Research and Development Institute (HRDI) supports the achievements of the Royal Project in eradication of opium poppy cultivation. At present, operations are being conducted in highland areas involving 115 villages in 7 districts of 3 provinces. The target population is 23,585 people from 4,425 households.
On 15 October 2005, the Government of Thailand passed the Royal Decree on Establishment of the Highland Research and Development Institute (Public Organization), HRDI. The decree inaugurated HRDI as responsible for the development of new processes and mechanisms to support and strengthen the Royal Project’s research and development activities. The focus of HRDI lies on sustainable social and economic development in Thai highlands working beyond the existing operating areas of the Royal Project. It provides support to the Royal Project and extends its success throughout the country.Read More