Safe and fair price from a sustainable food system is a priority, CEO Betagro Thailand said.
People must have choices and access to safe, healthy and fair-priced food derived from sustainable agri-food systems to enhance their quality of life and natural resources, according to Vasit Taepaisitphongse, Chief Executive Officer and President of Betagro Public Company Limited.
“The global population is getting close to 10 billion by 2050. Protein stays essential to the human diet therefore high demand for protein sources is expected. Alternative protein sources - plant-based, cell-culture, insect-based and novel proteins have become key factors for future food security. Betagro PLC is driving our policies in response to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We focus on enhancing the accessibility of people to high-quality and safe food products derived from innovative and sustainable agri-food systems. Throughout countless partnerships, Betagro is working collectively with local and international partners to ensure an innovative and sustainable protein value chain. Apart from biosecurity and animal welfare, solar power as a renewable energy and improving nutritional value chain efficiency in livestock farming systems for lower greenhouse gas emissions are high on our agenda. This year Betagro has been approved by Carbon Neutral Network Thailand as a “Climate Action Leading Organization”. Also, we receive Certification for Greenhouse Gas Reduction from Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (Public Organization). We have the capacity as Thailand’s first and only animal feed mill that is 100% solar powered during the day,” said Vasit.
“The global agriculture and food sector are not only under pressure from climate change. The COVID-19 pandemic, the Russia-Ukraine conflict, an emerging disease outbreak in livestock farming etc. are the challenges for our today and future agri-food system. With all the challenges, Betagro and our partners are working on “countless partnerships” on intense R&D on more innovative and sustainable protein systems for people. New investments to our neighbouring countries especially Laos PR and Cambodia are ongoing” Vasit adds during the Reception in Bangkok.
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bangkok by the Office of the Agricultural Counsellor recently organized “Tackle Climate Crisis Together for a Resilient Agri-Food System Reception 2022” at the Residence of the Ambassador. Mr. Vasit Taepaisitphongse, CEO & President of Betagro PLC is invited as Guest of Honour and Keynote Speaker on “Countless Partnerships for Innovative & Sustainable Protein System Towards Healthy People and Nature”. Over 180 invitees from the Thai & Dutch government, universities, businesses, farmers and branch associations active in agriculture, food & agro-industry, horticulture, livestock and natural resources were present at the Reception. The Reception strengthens the network and collaboration between the Netherlands and Thailand and relevant international agencies on sustainable agriculture and food systems.