PKRU hosts meeting to hear direction to drive local economic development through agricultural innovation
- Jun 02, 2020
(PRPKRU) On 1st June 2020, at the meeting room in the Faculty of Agricultural Technology at Phuket Rajabhat University, Asst. Prof. Dr. Noppadol Chanrawang, the Vice President of the university; Mr. Suthep Mungkhun, the Dean of Faculty of Agricultural Technology; executives and representatives of Phuket Provincial Agricultural Office and related government agencies attended the opening ceremony of the Agritech and Innovation Centre: AIC. After that, there was an online meeting of the central and regional board committee of AIC, chaired by Mr. Chalermchai Si-orn, the Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives.
Mr. Suthep Mungkhun spoke about the aim of this meeting: “PKRU and other universities nationwide have been assigned by the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives to drive the new age agriculture, according to the Policy of Thailand 4.0 which focuses on the use of technologies, innovations and knowledge to improve agricultural products in terms of value, quality and safety. Our university has established the Andaman Agricultural and Food Science Service Centre, providing the service to analyse soil, fertilizers, water, food and molecules. The analysis is conducted by expert personnel, with international standard equipment and laboratories, with the aim to support the Andaman region for the growth of the tourism industry.
Besides this, the centre has been working under the 20 year mission and strategies of the university for local development, following the royal policy (2017 - 2036). The guideline from this meeting will contribute towards the setting of the direction to drive local economic development efficiently.
Moreover, it would promote the centre as the learning and training centre in agricultural technology, knowledge and innovation, as well as to be the centre of cooperation between government agencies, private sectors, and farmers to enhance agricultural technology through research, development, investment, transformation and commercial management.”