On Thursday 28 November 2019, at 09.00 a.m., at Ruang Khao Grand Conference Room, Vajiranusorn Building, Faculty of Agriculture, Kasetsart University Bangkhen Campus, Kasetsart University together with Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bangkok; Biotechnology Industry Club – The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI); Animal Husbandry Association of Thailand (AHAT); and Thai Holstein Friesian Association; organize the Netherlands – Thailand Livestock Forum 2019: Challenge for Sustainable Livestock Value Chain. The main objectives are as follows: (1) to share knowledge and experience between The Netherlands and Thailand on sustainable livestock value chain, (2) to promote business collaboration between The Netherlands and Thailand on sustainable and environmental friendly livestock value chain and circular economy, (3) to highlight innovation and academic collaboration between the Netherlands and Thailand on sustainable livestock value chain for food security and food safety by focusing on animal feed & nutrition, animal health & disease and animal product quality.
The Netherlands – Thailand Livestock Forum 2019 is a good opportunity for faculty members, scientists, scholars, and researchers in both countries be able to exchange their idea and knowledge on the challenge for sustainable livestock value chain; including discuss new ideas about livestock innovation and research collaboration. The concept and ideas could be adapted to enhance the efficiency of all related research activities and works, especially learning from scholars from the Netherlands which is widely known as the superpower of agricultural sector in Europe and in the world.
At the official opening ceremony, Dr. Wannana SOONTORNNARUERANGSEE, Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs Faculty of Humanities at Kasetsart University was the MC at conference. The MC has invited H.E. Mr. Kees RADE, the Netherlands Ambassador who presided over the opening ceremony to deliver an opening remarks. The Netherlands ambassador mentioned about the objectives of this conference which is to emphasize important concepts and issues of Sustainable, Livestock, and Value Chains. There are ideas that must be implemented together and shared ways to solve problems by creating mutual cooperation to make progress and to make good changes to the problems that humans face today such as Climate Change, Nitrogen Emissions, Waste Disposal Management, and other issues. After that, the MC has invited Dr. Pathom SAWANPANYALERT, MD. Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, to deliver an opening speech; following by a welcoming speech by Dr. Chongrak WACHRINRAT, Acting President of Kasetsart University, who presided as the chairman of this conference.
After that, the Morning Session is moderated by Mr. Willem SCHOUSTRA, The Netherlands Agricultural Counsellor (Thailand & Vietnam), Embassy of the Netherlands in Thailand. There were special lectures on various topics by keynote speakers and guest of honor from various organizations, institutions and private companies both in Thailand and the Netherlands as guest speakers. The first keynote speaker is Mr. Vasit TAEPAISITPHONGSE, CEO & President of Betagro Group Thailand, on the topic “Innovation in Poultry Industry – What’s Ahead in Asia Poultry and Protein”; followed by “Challenge of Sustainable Animal Feed Industry” by Mr. Phon SUCHAVANICH, Thai Feed Mill Association; “Circularity Principle; Combination of Technology and Dialogue to Break Through Solution in Sustainable Livestock” by Dr. Ingeborg WOLF, Director Livestock Research – Wageningen University and Research; and many more guest speakers respectively.
In the afternoon, there are 3 panel discussions as follows. Session 1: Sustainable Animal Feed Value Chain in Livestock Industry Session 2: Animal Health & Disease Management for Sustainable Livestock Industry; and Session 3: Livestock Products Quality, Sustainability for Future Food. Today conference has attracted the attention of researchers and representatives from various agencies in related fields. The number of participants is more than 200 in total.