Records broken as alumni grow 380kg pumpkin

Records broken as alumni grow 380kg pumpkin

A giant pumpkin weighing 380kg, grown by alumni of Maejo University, is displayed at the Panawat Dhammakaya Meditation Centre in Hot district of Chiang Mai. The centre is holding an agricultural fair until Sunday. (Photo: Panawat Park)
A giant pumpkin weighing 380kg, grown by alumni of Maejo University, is displayed at the Panawat Dhammakaya Meditation Centre in Hot district of Chiang Mai. The centre is holding an agricultural fair until Sunday. (Photo: Panawat Park)

Chiang Mai: Maejo University's alumni in this northern province have produced Thailand's heaviest pumpkin, weighing 380 kilogrammes.

Assoc Prof Weerapon Thongma, acting president of Maejo University, on Wednesday presided over the opening ceremony of this year's "giant pumpkin" exhibition held by the university's alumni at Panawat Garden in tambon Bo Luang in Hot district.

At the ceremony, Assoc Prof Weerapon also provided the alumni behind the exhibition with funds for career and agricultural development.

Maejo University's acting vice president, Pawin Manochai, and other executives attended the ceremony.

The pumpkins displayed at the exhibition are a species imported from the United States in 2020 by a group of Maejo University alumni working at Panawat Garden.

The alumni group has conducted cultivation trials for the species for academic purposes and to develop cultivation techniques that will allow the pumpkin to grow in Thailand.

They said they had produced a satisfying cultivation result this year, especially with the record-breaking 380kg pumpkin.

The giant pumpkin exhibition is held between April 1 and 7 at Panawat Garden.

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