Between November – December 2021, Asst. Prof. Dr. Tanong Aewsiri, School of Agricultural Technology and Food Industry, Asst. Prof. Waluka Amaek, College of Graduate Studies, Asst. Prof. Jiraphat Nawarat, and Dr. Charupa Lektip, School of Allied Health Sciences and Public Health, Walailak University cooperated with the staffs of the Center for Academic Service and the local staffs of the “University to Tambon” project to organize the workshops on technology transfer and consulting service of processed fishery products, e.g., chili paste with fish fingers, blue crab chili paste, spicy shrimp seasoned, spicy crispy shrimp seasoned, curry chili paste with fish fingers, curry chili paste mixed blue crab, curry chili paste mixed shrimp, crispy rice with crab, shrimp senbei, curry shredded fish, curry dried shredded fish chili paste, shredded fish chili paste, crispy fish chips, rice seasoning with dried fish, fermented sour fish cake, crispy fishbone, croaker fish chips, crispy coconut crepe with smoked shrimp, rice seasoning with dried shrimp, fish balls, fish tofu, and sweet fish.
Moreover, the staff provided insights and knowledge of the packaging guide of processed seafood products, e.g., chili paste with fish fingers, blue crab chili paste, spicy shrimp seasoned, shrimp chins with chili paste, curry chili paste with fish fingers, curry chili paste mixed with blue crab, curry chili paste mixed with shrimp, shredded fish, curry dried shredded fish chili paste, shredded fish chili paste, crispy fish chips, croaker fish chips, crispy coconut crepe with smoked shrimp, and rice seasoning with dried shrimp.
The workshops were aimed at creating income for the communities, promoting legal and regulated seafood processing, and organizing health promotion activities to develop production potential and the local economy for the fishermen, community enterprises, and local authorities.
The activities of health promotion were as follows:
The above workshops complied with “Sustainable Development Goals” in the aspects of “Decent Work and Economic Growth”, “Life Below Water” and “Good Health and Well-being” respectively.Furthermore, the staff members had assessed the outreach activities held in the target areas namely, Tha Paya subdistrict, Pak Phanang district and, Koh Phet and Na Saton subdistricts, Hua Sai districts, Nakhon Si Thammarat. All of the projects were subsidized by The Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation.
Incidentally, the events were aimed at developing the organizational capacity of the subdistricts that complied with 16 subdistrict development goals of the project of “University to Tambon” referenced from Prof. Emeritus Prawase Wasi. Moreover, Walailak University had implemented all activities following three Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals. The first was goal 3: Good health and well-being. The goal aims at ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages, especially reducing the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water, and soil pollution and contamination and strengthening the capacity of all countries, in particular developing countries, for early warning, risk reduction and management of national and global health risks.
The second was goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth. The goal promotes sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all. Besides, it attaches great importance to encouraging development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation, and support the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services.
The other was goal 14: Life below water. It focuses on conserving and using the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development, including managing and protecting marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts. The Center for Academic Service was grateful to the staff of teachers, communities, and representatives from various organizations for making the events successful.