Kut Chum District

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Kut Chum
กุดชุม
Amphoe
Amphoe location in Yasothon Province
Amphoe location in Yasothon Province
Coordinates: 16°2′0″N 104°20′17″E / 16.03333°N 104.33806°E / 16.03333; 104.33806Coordinates: 16°2′0″N 104°20′17″E / 16.03333°N 104.33806°E / 16.03333; 104.33806
Country  Thailand
Province Yasothon
Seat Kut Chum
Area
 • Total 544.0 km2 (210.0 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 65,959
 • Density 121.25/km2 (314.0/sq mi)
Time zone THA (UTC+7)
Postal code 35140
Geocode 3503

Kut Chum (Thai: กุดชุม) is a district (amphoe) of Yasothon Province in northeastern Thailand.

History[edit]

The village of Kut Chum was established in 1912. A minor district (king amphoe) Kut Chum was established on August 1, 1961. It was made out of the four subdistricts Non Pueai, Phai (in 1978 reassigned to Sai Mun district), Phon Ngan and Kammaet split off from Yasothon district.[1]

On July 17, 1963, it was elevated to the level of district (amphoe), then of Ubon Ratchathani Province.[2] When Yasothon was separated from Ubon, Kut Chum was one of the districts relocated to the new province.

Geography[edit]

Neighboring districts are (from the northeast clockwise) Loeng Nok Tha, Thai Charoen, Pa Tio, Mueang Yasothon, and Sai Mun of Yasothon Province, and Selaphum and Nong Phok of Roi Et Province.

Economy[edit]

Boon-Gud-Chum Back Front.png

Kut Chum is well known for its organic movement and organic foods, chiefly the organic farming of rice.[3] Kut Chum also achieved fame for issuing its own local scrip called Bia Kut Chum. Bia, Thai for cowry shell, was once a unit of currency equal to 16400 of a Thai baht, and Bia is still current in metaphorical expressions, so the usage ran afoul of currency laws. To side-step implications that they intended a substitute local currency, they changed to Boon Kut Chum, which are barter coupons with a fixed value in baht, that may be exchanged for goods and services within the community.[4])

Primary occupations[edit]

  • Rice farming
  • Animal husbandry
  • Crop farming

Secondary occupations[edit]

  • Commerce
  • Home-based businesses

Important products[edit]

Administration[edit]

The district is subdivided into 9 subdistricts (tambon) which make up 125 villages (muban).

  1. Kut Chum (กุดชุม)
  2. Non Pueai (โนนเปือย)
  3. Kammaet (กำแมด)
  4. Na So (นาโส่)
  5. Huai Kaeng (ห้วยแก้ง)
  1. Nong Mi (หนองหมี)
  2. Phon Ngam (โพนงาม) web site (Thai)
  3. Kham Nam Sang (คำน้ำสร้าง)
  4. Nong Nae (หนองแหน)

District office[edit]

The district office of Kut Chum is located at

Mu 8
T. Kut Chum
A. Kut Chum
Yasothon 35140

Local administration[edit]

Kut Chum Phatthana is a subdistrict municipality (thesaban tambon) which covers parts of the subdistricts Kut Chum and Non Pueai. There are further 9 Tambon administrative organizations (TAO), one for each subdistrict covering the non-municipal areas.

Schools[edit]

The secondary schools in Amphoe Kut Chum are:

  • Kut Chum Witthayakhom School (โรงเรียนกุดชุมวิทยาคม) Web site Thai)
  • Kam Maet Khanti Tham School (โรงเรียนกำแมดขันติธรรม)
  • Phon Ngam Phiyakhan School (โรงเรียนโพนงามพิยาคาร)

References[edit]

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