On Wednesday September 13, 2017 from 2.00 – 4.30 p.m., Khon Kaen University organized a study trip on sufficiency farming patterns for a group of community leaders around the university with the purpose to build a happy community. The places visited were the Technology and Agricultural Park, Faculty of Agriculture, Khon Kaen University. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kriengkrai Kitjaroen, Vice President for Arts, Cultures and Community Relation led the community leaders with Asst. Prof. Dr. Jirawat Sanitchon, Associate Dean for Strategies and Community, Faculty of Agriculture, Mr. Bancha Phraphon, Assistant to the President for Arts, Cultures and Community Relation, Mr. Chumporn Para, Director of Division of Organization Communications. The community network and mass media that joined comprised over 200 people.
The study trip on sufficiency farming for a happy community of the community leader network was organized as part of the mission under the pillar of the 3rd strategy: Culture and Care Community – KKU is a caring organization for communities in different dimensions, including promotion of arts and cultures and providing services to communities using the existing knowledge in agriculture.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kriengkrai Kitjaroen, Vice President for Arts, Cultures and Community Relation said that this study trip on sufficiency farming for a happy community of the community leader network is an activity under the KKU USR project – Khon Kaen University for the society, which aims to build relationships with communities close to the campus through creative communication process and lead the communities towards happiness. The fiscal year 2017 budget was allocated for this mission.
“From the past to the present, Khon Kaen University has accumulated knowledge in order to assist people in the region continuously. We have upgraded educational quality, quality of life, build occupations, build incomes, promote good health among the community people. These activities have turned to be our cultural code and result in trust by government and private organizations. I hope that visitors today will apply the knowledge of farm management as appropriate to your own community and strengthen your community so that the people will enjoy sustainably happy life.
Asst. Prof. Dr. Jirawat Sanitchon, Associate Dean for Strategies and Community, Faculty of Agriculture explained that Faculty of Agriculture had planned the study trip today on management of limited area, taking care of agricultural produces, and sales for income building. Therefore, there are 3 stations to visit, namely, vegetable growing and fishery in confined space, growing limes in cement tanks, growing melon, and sales of produces at the Agro Outlet, which is a safe shop – an outcome of KKU research work. Besides, Faculty of Agriculture gave the visitors varieties of corn, tomato, and chili, which have undergone research and development on cultivars by Khon Kaen University researchers.
“I believe that all of you will apply the knowledge in agriculture to your own situation, which will have direct effect on household expenditure and increase incomes. Moreover, the community will be stronger.”
Mr. Suthep Buapha, Chairman of Nonchai 2 Community, Muang District said that his community is an urban community and the occupations are multiple; from government and private sector officers, businessmen and farmers. The knowledge obtained today can be transferred to other members to follow the sufficiency path of King Rama IX.
“The knowledge is something that we are involved every day and can be adapted for use. I believe that the household expense will decrease and people will be able to rely on themselves more. The fish pond and vegetable growing are cool, for it uses so little space. We can have fish to eat. The activity is really useful and should continue with other groups. We obtain new experiences and can improve the quality of life, too,” Mr. Suthep said.
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