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Texthead dairy-village

 Village No. 4, Rangbua Subdistrict, Jombung District, Ratchaburi Province


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Sr. Francis Xavier Bell
Z. Thanpuying  Poonsap  Noppawong Na Ayutthaya,
Z. Khunying Chinda Charungchareonveij


          The area in Ban Nongnokkarian, Village No. 4, Rangbua Subdistrict, Jombung District, Ratchaburi Province was originally characteristic of forests. Villagers cut trees to be made as firewood for sale to earthen jar plant. Water jars have been the main product of Ratchaburi Province long time.  Such manner of handling continued until reaching the point that the area condition turned into degraded forests. The ground was eroded by water in the rainy season until only soil mixed with stone, shallow soil surface remained. The area is surrounded by mountains, making it difficult for farming occupation.


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Year 1970

          Sister Francis Xavier Bell, an American female priest cooperated with the Ratchaburi Diocese Center and  Zonta Bangkok Club 1. In this connection,  Z. Thanpuying Poonsap  Noppawong Na Ayutthaya, Founding President and President during the management years from  1969 – 1974 and Z. Lady Chinda Charungchareonveij, co-founder of  Zonta Bangkok Club 1 have established Zonta  Village Project by gathering the area approximately  2,500 rai for development with the arrangement of road,  dike for water retention. The area was allocated to  farmers coming from all regions who applied for participation in the project approximately 24 rai for each family to earn a living.


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Year 1981

          Based on failure in cultivating farm crops, the project began to introduce the occupation in raising dairy cattle because people had the basis of rearing native cattle with the capability for professional development of the community. Members were sent to take part in training on raising dairy cattle at the Dairy Farming Promotion Organization of Thailand, Muak Lek District,   Saraburi Province.  Moreover, the project staff was sent to get trained and select the breeder animal of dairy cattle in New Zealand prior to importation. Then, it was presented to members for being raised in their own farm.


Year 1982

           It was the start of processing raw milk to be pasteurized milk. The initial production rate of less than 100 liters per day gradually increased successively. Processing in initial stages began by using biogas derived from the fermentation of cow manure as fuel in production.


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Year 1987

          With increased raw milk, there was a need for expanding the marketing, quality development to meet the standard level. As a result, the production system was developed by using modern machinery. However, the packaging system was still based on operation by hands.


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Year 1990

          There was the development of production system in accordance with international standards with homogenization, pasteurization systems and packaging system that used automatic machinery to ensure quality control with the characteristics of being fast and safe for consumers.


Year 1991

          Winning the second best award of the Livestock Development Village Contest,  Ratchaburi Province.


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Year 1995

          Marketing was mainly targeted at general private schools for the purpose of allowing   children to receive supplementary food with highest nutritional value. There was the development of transportation system from the factory to schools in the areas of  Ratchaburi Province and Bangkok Metropolis regularly every day. The average production volume was 2.5 tons per day.


Year 1998

          Members for raising dairy cattle were collected with the establishment and registration as cooperative by conducting activities under the Cooperative Act.   Its name for use has been Jombung Zonta Dairy Cattle Cooperative. The average production volume to date was 5 tons per day and was targeted at the increase to 7 tons per day in the future.


Year 2001

          Be conferred the Certificate of Cooperative Standard Product from the Department of Cooperative Promotion.


Year 2002

          Be awarded an honorable mention for outstanding product of Ratchaburi Province.


Year 2003

- Have been selected as Top of One Tambon (Subdistrict), One Thai Product (OPC) of  Five-Star Level, Ratchaburi Province.
- Have been certified to GMP Standards from Ratchaburi Provincial Health Office.
- Have been certified to GMP International Standards (GMP.CODEX) from the Food  and Drug Administration, Ministry of Public Health. (With assessment for standards renewal every year)


Year 2004

- Have been certified to food and agricultural products standards Q, Department of Livestock.
- Have been certified to GMP standards, Raw Milk Collection Center, Department of Livestock.
- Have been selected as Top of One Tambon (Subdistrict), One Thai Product (OPC) of Five-Star Level.


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Year 2006

          Have been selected as Top of One Tambon (Subdistrict), One Thai Product (OPC) of Five-Star Level.

1. Use of raw materials within the community and within Ratchaburi Province.
2. Use of workforce in the community in generating employment, personnel.
3. Continuous production throughout the year.
4. Have been certified to product quality standards on a regular basis every year. Production  system was developed by using modern tools and machinery. However, the packaging  system was still based on the operation by hands.


          Development and value addition of snowflake dairy products “Zonta”.  Snowflake dairy products “Zonta” are the products that have been developed from pasteurized milk with focus on quality.  They are produced from 100 percent fresh milk with no mixture of powdered milk, no contamination of ice. They are products between pasteurized milk and milk ice cream or softserve ice cream. Some people do not like to drink milk while a certain number of people do not like ice cream. "Snowflake fresh milk" is not liquid like milk but is not solid as ice cream.  The cooling flake that is formed from genuine fresh milk gives aromatic smell, a refreshing sense, full nutritional value until the last drop of Product development and value addition

          The fact that the Government has signed the free trade area agreement (FTA) with Australia and New Zealand that has become already effective would affect directly  the future, farmers need to improve their farm management standards for production of raw milk to meet the standards equivalent to international level.  Production, processing, quality control need to be supported by required standards so as to build confidence to consumers.

          There is also necessity to make a difference in the product to increase sale channel to new groups of customers. Snowflake fresh milk “Zonta” franchise is another alternative to create a new group of consumers with care about health who can drink 100 percent fresh milk that achieves the required standards of production and quality control according to international standards system. There is a need to strengthen the product with quality, build stability to the operators so that farmers occupied with raising dairy cattle can add value to raw materials with readiness to cope with the impact of free trade area agreement (FTA).  There is no entry charge of franchise with a monthly, yearly fees whatsoever for allowing farmers to have stability truly.

          Zonta Village has been able to run various activities by itself. The factory has processed raw milk delivered by farmers to be dairy products in various forms.  Additionally, farmers in the village have cultivated mushrooms to be extra revenue.  As a result, Zonta Village has been developed with readiness in many aspects.  Interested people have come for visit and learning rural development of the village periodically. Therefore, there has been readiness for further development to be another agricultural tourism site of Ratchaburi Province by allowing interested people in general to learn farming of sufficiency economy model in line with royal initiatives with the use of complete small-scale industry as a basis for sustainable rural development further.

          At present, Zonta Village has developed production with the ability to produce the quantity of 5.5 tons per day on average, accounting for the value of 2,662,000 Baht per month.  Moreover, the villagers have extra income from growing mushrooms, agricultural crops and fruits for both wholesale and retail as well.


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