On February 9, Faculty of Agriculture of Khon Kaen University and CPF Thailand Public Company had a hand-over ceremony of an automatic full-cycle closed-system layer house under the collaborative project on learning resource construction and technology transfer of closed system layer house. Khun Banjerd Hamboonma, Vice General Manager of Layer Business of CPF made a reporting speech of the project background and the academic collaboration for the society. Khun Sompop Mongkhonpitaksook, Administrative President for Operation of Layer Business of CPF conveyed a speech transferring the closed-system layer house and equipment to Khon Kaen University. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kittichai Triratanasirichai, Khon Kaen University President thanked Charoen Phokapan Group. KKU administrators, personnel of Charoen Phokapan Group and mass media attended the ceremony, which was held at Sirikunakorn Building, Khon Kaen University.  

Khun Banjerd Hamboonma said, “In 1996, Charoen Phokapan Group by Khun Tanin Jiarawanon, Senior President handed over a closed system layer house of a 5,000-bird capacity to Faculty of Agriculture of Khon Kaen University for instructional, research and academic service purposes. Then when Khun Supachai Jiarawanon, Administrative President visited Faculty of Agriculture on January 19, 2016, he recommended improvement of that layer house as a learning resource for the students and the academic collaboration project for the society was established. CPF Thailand Public Company was assigned to support the project for Khon Kaen University.”

Khun Sompop Mongkhonpitaksook said, “Khun Tanin Jiarawanon, Senior President always tells us to hold on to the philosophy of 3 benefits. The first two that must come first are national benefits and people’s benefits. The third is the organization’s benefits. Therefore, Charoen Phokapan Group sees the importance of supports to academic services, research and teaching and learning. CPF Thailand Public Company takes responsibility in this regard and we believe that the support and implementation by Charoen Phokapan Group will bring maximum benefits to Faculty of Agriculture in academic services, research and teaching and learning. At the beginning, CPF bought the egg produce from the university and transferred marketing knowledge. Now, staff members in the faculty are able to develop this project and extend it as a learning resource for students and people in general, as well as manage the project until there is revolving fund for sustainable self-reliance in the future.”  

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kittichai Triratanasirichai said, “I’m happy that CPF has always supported Khon Kaen University. I greatly appreciate the highest authority of Charoen Phokapan Group’s seeing the importance of teaching and learning, research and academic services and transferring the collaborative project for social activities. Khon Kaen University believes in knowledge, virtue and intellect. We have 26 faculties, 11,345 staff members and 39,506 students. So we are a big university with a lot of people and therefore capacity to consume egg produce. The project can be used to inspire students who are interested to run a business to learn to make a business plan or egg marketing plan. This is another way to train students to become a qualified and competent person.”  

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Monchai Duanchinda, Dean of Faculty of Agriculture said, “This new layer house will be a practicing resource of the students in Department of Animal Science of the faculty as well as our staff members. In the beginning, CPF sent a representative who is an ex-student to train us in managing production, maintaining the system and run the whole thing so that we can go on with it. Then the faculty runs the house by cooperation among the department, students, alumni. Faculty of Agriculture also built a biogas anaerobic pond into which chicken manure is fed to produce CBG. CBG can be used to fill in Khon Kaen University’s vehicles. At the same time, the remaining sludge from the pond can be packed in bags and sold as fertilizers, making some revenue to the project.”  

The automatic full-cycle closed-system layer house under the academic collaborative project for constructing a learning resource and technology transfer center of the closed system layer house consists of: one automatic full-cycle closed-system layer house with the capacity of 20,016 standing layers, 3 hatcheries with a capacity of 15,000 eggs and a hatching box with a capacity of 5,000 hatched eggs. For the layer house, as CPF sees that Faculty of Agriculture has capability to manage the production by ourselves, an automatic full-cycle system has been designed for us for full efficiency of production as well as for being environmental friendly.