Agriculture, KKU begins developing the training plantations for beautiful scenery, expected as a new KKU landmark as well as marking its 60th anniversary

“With the cooperation of present students and alumni, Kalapruek trees are planted along the 1,245 meters road and the cowboy fence, enhancing the KKU strategy: Best Place to Work and Great Place to Live.

        July 3, 2020 – 08:29 a.m. at the fodder grass field of Faculty of Agriculture, Khon Kaen University; 190 Kalapruek trees – KKU symbolic tree – were planted under the “Kalapruek Ruam Jai” project of Faculty of Agriculture. The farmland, training plantations, and experimenting plantations had before this been adjusted and the cowboy fence had been built over a distance of 1,245m, giving a beautiful scenery to the place. Assoc. Prof. Charnchai Panthongviriyakul, MD., President of Khon Kaen University chaired the event with his wife, Dr. Uanjit Panthongviriyakul. A number of administrators, representatives of different Agricultural classes, staff, students, and representatives from faculties joined. 

        Assoc. Prof. Charnchai Panthongviriyakul, MD. said he appreciated the good cooperation and was confidence that this project would also build a new and beautiful landmark with its own identity and enhance the symbolic Kalapruek tree of KKU. At the same time, this was like preparing the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the university in 2024. He finally thanked Faculty of Agriculture for the policy of value adding to livestock production from this provision of plantations for producing animal feed and cultivar hemp seeds in the near future. 

        Next, the President and his wife planted one Kalapruek tree, while other administrators, etc. planted the rest of the 190 trees. 

        Assoc. Prof. Dr. Darunee Chotitayangkoon, Dean of Faculty of Agriculture said in the interview after the event that the faculty is responsible for over one third of the university’s area. The place is used for fodder plantations, production of seeds and hemp seeds. Increasing the production efficiency is very important, since besides increasing the university’s revenue, it brings benefits to the instruction of the faculty. The ecological system of the land has also been improved to respond to the “Best Place to Work and Great Place to Live” policy of the university. The 1,245 m cowboy fence will be a new interesting landmark of KKU where everyone can enjoy and also learn the way we produce fodder seeds if interested. In 2024 when the university is celebrating the 60th anniversary, Kalapruek will be blooming to welcome the alumni and all. 

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Darunee Chotitayangkoon added that the faculty’s alumni took an important role in this project by finding funds for buying Kalapruek trees that are big enough. Staff and the present staff also supported in this respect until we had 529 trees that will be big and blooming in 2024. 

       Khun Tawatchai Chiwasathianchai, President of Faculty of Agriculture Alumni, who also joined this event revealed that he was very pleased to be able to run this project. During the time when he studied here, the students loved each other and had held many activities together. The alumni has been joining together to support the university, like mobilizing funds for the present students and for assisting the alumni who have problems.

News / Photos: Udomchai Supannawong

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