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The Faculty of Science at UBU supports rubber farmers’ productivity

Patcharin Jongjai     2020/01/17 ,     ( 501 views)  

On 17 January 2020, the Rubber and Polymer Technology Program at the Faculty of Science,UBU organized a workshop to increase the capacity of rubber production to rubber farmers at Na Chaluai Rubber Aid Co-operative Ltd., Na Chaluai District, Ubon Ratchathani Province. Assistant Professor Dr. Chaiwute Wudjung and Dr. Sansanee Srichan led Rubber and Polymer Technology students to facilitate the workshop. The workshop taught participants how to how to prepare acids at multiple concentrations, how to effectively create formic acid that will be used in the production of rubber cup lumps and how to properly use various laboratory equipment. In addition, Mr. Anupong Ratirom, lecturer from the Information Technology Program and Mr. Korawit Kaewdee, Computer Technical Officer from the Faculty of Science demonstrated how to use the formic acid automatic mixer. The mixer stems from anintegrated research study between the Rubber and Polymer Technology and the Information Technology Program.One of its objectives is to help rubber farmers reduce their production costs by being able to create Formic Acid themselves. When using Formic Acid, the farmers do not have to rely on Sulfuric Acid or anything of its equivalence which is usually harmful to the skin. Formic Acid has been proven to have less harmful effects on the skin.

Acting Sub Lt. Chalard Boonlon, Chairman of Na Chaluai Rubber Aid Co-operative Ltd.,  said that the co-operative was established to help members on their production in the rubber industry.The main missions are to collect rubber cup lumps and strengthen members’ capacity to negotiate prices with the middlemen.He reported that the price of rubber is currently low due tohigh competition. Furthermore, some co-operative members are not aware of how to properly prepare acid of industrial standard quality.With this, many group members are unable to negotiate prices with the middleman.Therefore, the workshop was organized to help solve this issue.

Mr. Boonlon is thankful for the UBU lecturers and students who provided useful knowledge to his co-operative members. He hopes that it will help them in their rubber production.

All in all, UBU proudly thanks the lecturers and the students from the Faculty of Science for their hard work and their time to spread valuable knowledge to the community. Their efforts will help the country maintain sustainable development. UBU also congratulates all participants on their success with the workshop and thanks them for their attendance and participation.UBU looks forward to organizing more projects and activities that will help improve the quality of life for our people.

Translated/revised by: Jarinda Boonjan

Original (Thai) version by: Dr. Sansanee Srichan

English revised by: Thaviny Shaipitisiri

Photos by: Dr. Sansanee Srichan