CPF will install Thailand’s largest solar rooftop to promote sustainable energy consumption
In 2017, Thailand announced it’s intentions to migrate toward digital change. Most of their strength has been put into technological advances such as: internet banking, e-commerce and electric vehicles. Only a few people know that actually one of the largest digital changes in Thailand are being made in Suburbia.
Charoen Pokphands Foods (CPF)’s Nakhon Ratchasima chicken broiler complex is located approximately 300 kilometers northeast from Bangkok. This broiler complex is among one of the most innovative chicken complexes in the world, producing millions of broilers per week for consumers in Thailand, Aisa and abroad.
Inside the Chicken Coooo
The broiler complex in Nakhon Ratchasima is equipped with the most updated technologies in the poultry business. These innovations are playing very important roles in giving the world class food safety, animal welfare and traceability.
The complex is designed in a compartment model which is in line with the World Organisation of Animal Health (OIE). This compartmentalisation strategy is to separate all facilities within the complex from each other under common biosecurity to avoid contamination and an epidemic.
Processes (sensitive to Vegan viewers)
The new born chicks are transported from the hatchery facilities to broiler house by trucks with air ventilation designed specifically for preventing external contamination.
During the chickens’ lifetimes, they live in a controlled environment with an automatic feeding system which also provides comfort and necessary monitoring.
Dr. Payungsak Somyanontanakul, CPF’s vice president and animal welfare expert, explained that, “besides enhancing strict biosecurity, these technologies can significantly improve the living environment within the complex.”
“We believe the best quality products must come from the cleanest and healthiest environment. Farmers will no longer need antibiotics growth promoter for healthy and happy chickens,” he continued.
“It is company’s policy that farm animals must be free from hungry and thirsty, discomfort, pain, injury and disease, fear and distress, and being able to express normal behavior,” he said.
All broilers are farmed with the Evaporative Cooling System (EVAP), a technology that controls the temperature, moisture and even gives accurate day and night atmospheres within the chicken house which enables a comfortable life for the chickens, in a tropical climate like Thailand’s.
An unlimited amount of food and water is given to the chickens through a machine, while scales are installed inside the chicken house for their entertainment as well as for collection of necessary data. This data is monitored with live broadcasting.
The future of digital farming
CPF has recently announced its partnership with JDA Software, Inc., a leading supply chain software developer, to accelerate its digital supply chain transformation.
Prasit Boondoungprasert, CPF’s chief operating officer, said “the company is moving toward digitalization to improve the efficiency in the operation and provide better consumer satisfaction.”
The Solar Rooftop
CPF has signed an agreement with Gunkul Engineering, which will invest in 100% of the project.
The project, CPF says, will allow it to produce food in an environmentally friendly way. The company aims to work in accordance with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure that production is energy-efficient. The solar rooftops will be set up at all CPFs’ manufacturing plants.
The installation will reduce CPFs’ greenhouse gas emissions by 28,000 equivalent tonnes of CO2, which CPF states will benefit its renewable manufacturing setup and Thailand’s environment. So far, the company notes that it has reduced its emissions by more than 79,000 equivalent tonnes of CO2 in line with its commitment to sustainability.
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