On Tuesday, 1 March 2022, Assistant Professor Jiraphat Nawarat, Deputy Director of Walailak University Hospital, together with Associate Professor Doctor Wiyada Kwanhian Klangbud and Dr. Charupa Lektip, School of Allied Health Sciences, Walailak University, undertook an educational outreach activity for knowledge transfer on the manufacturing system planning and management of sow and healthcare consulting services in the Walailak Demonstration Community. This activity was a project operated with the mission of providing academic services to enhance the quality of life for the surrounding communities and helping in solving communal problems.
Due to a lack of knowledge about management practices for enhancing the productivity of a piggery farm, the local residents in the community were unable to generate more revenue. Thus, Walailak University and the network partners had the intention of educating the community enterprise group on excellent agricultural practices for pig farming to strengthen professional development, create income, and promote the code of practice for preventing injury and occupational ill-health in agriculture.
Moreover, Walailak University conducted the activity that supports 4 SDGs, including SDG 1: No Poverty, end poverty in all its forms everywhere, SDG 2: Zero Hunger, end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture, SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being, ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, and SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals, establish cooperation with relevant agencies.
In the event, Assistant Professor Jiraphat Nawarat, Associate Professor Doctor Wiyada Kwanhian Klangbud, and Dr. Charupa Lektip advised on health promotion to enhance the productive capacity and local productivity economy and informed the swine farmer’s medical test results and muscle strength testing. In addition, the staff provided insights and knowledge about the prevention of melioidosis to the community enterprise group.
At the end of the event, Mr. Sanong Tongyod, Chair of the community enterprise group, passed on knowledge regarding pulling pigs during farrowing assistance and vaccination timing in small pigs and sows. In the future, the staff will visit the field to catch up on the progress of the project and bring the relevant data for analysis and the next revision of the operational guidelines.