TRENDS IN AGRICULTURAL LAND USE IN NAKHON PATHOM PROVINCE.
Analysis trends in agricultural land use in Nakhon Pathom Province aim to study agricultural holdings area and characteristics changes in land use for recognition and appropriate planning of agriculture land use in Nakhon Pathom Province.
Secondary data was collected (from 2003 to 2015); population, agricultural income, agricultural holdings area and other information in seven districts of Nakhon Pathom; Mueang Nakhon Pathom District, Nakhon Chaisri District, Kamphaeng Saen District, Don Tum District, Bang Len District, Sampran District and Phutthamonthon District. The total area is 1,355,204 rai.
The study results found that 1. Analysis Trends in agricultural land use consisting of dependent variable (agricultural holdings area) and independent variables (population and agricultural income). It can be explained by the quadratic function with two equations: The first equation; if population increases but agricultural holdings area decreases until the relative minimum point (inverse) and if population increases higher than the relative minimum point so agricultural holdings area will increase too (depend on). The second equation can be explained; agricultural income increases but agricultural holdings area decreases until the relative minimum point (inverse) and if agricultural income increases higher than the relative minimum point so agricultural holdings area will increase too (depend on). 2. Characteristics changes in agricultural land use by comparing land use statistics in Nakhon Pathom Province trend to be likely fixed. Suggestion 1. Area of agricultural holdings in next year will be likely fixed, when the population and income of the agricultural do not change too much. It depends on many factors; birth rates decrease, medical technology innovation therefore population does not change, the economy of Thailand does not expand and agricultural income will not change accordingly. 2. Additional field data collection in this research, it will be more accurate because information is up to date.