On Wednesday, 26 January 2022, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Ratchadaporn Boripun, Akkhararatchakumari Veterinary College, and The Center for Academic Services, Walailak University, organized an outreach activity to promote swine disease prevention strategies for swine farmers in Development Walailak Demonstration Community, Tha Sala district, Nakhon Si Thammarat.
The Center for Academic Services has created partnerships with the faculty and various organizations in enhancing career development by strengthening community empowerment and establishing a community enterprise group of pig farmers in the community since 2020. There have been effective efforts in promoting production performance and the management practices of the pig products and care management practices of the pig farm, increasing the value of the products, and developing unique food formulas including biogas production at the household and community level, and processed pork products.
From the past operation, the farmers gained higher income, and their expenses in producing the products were reduced. Moreover, this could also be a step leading to career paths for them in the future. Moreover, the project operates in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in goal 1: “No Poverty”, goal 2: “Zero Hunger” and goal 17: “Partnerships for the Goals.
Due to the situation of the spread of swine diseases, the community enterprise group realized the importance of the prevention and surveillance measure for the disease and requested academic services from The Center for Academic Services.
In this regard, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Ratchadaporn Boripun informed the analysis results of swine dung samples and swine feeding system to prevent other pig diseases. There were 20 members of the community enterprise participating in the event.
Furthermore, Mr. Sanong Tongyod, Chair of the community enterprise group, advised on artificial insemination in pigs. After that, the staff of The Center for Academic Services clarified the guidelines on the development of the community enterprise in 2022 under the mission that supports the proficient and standardized swine management system and offered swine health care supplies to them such as disinfectant and anthelmintics subsidized by University to Tambon project.