The Danish agronomist, Mr. Gunnar Søndergaard was January 11 2012 honored at the National Dairy Fair held at at the Dairy Farming Promotion Organization of Thailand´s headquarters in Muak Lek District, Saraburi Province.
Mr. Søndergaard received a wristband in gold, at gift from the staff at the Thai-Danish dairy farm. The gift was presented by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.
His claim to fame is his outstanding effort for Thailand´s dairy industry at the Thai-Danish farm which he helped establish in the 1960’s. The farm was funded by Danish Agricultural Promotion Board and the project brought modern dairy technology to Thailand, paid scholarships for Thai dairy technicians to be trained in Denmark and made Danish genetic material the foundation of a new, high yielding milking cow stock in Thailand.
Mr. Søndergaard´s three sons, his daughter, his sister and grandchildren witnessed the honourable moment in the huge tent in Muak Lek.
After the ceremony Mr. Søndergaard continued his work for the Thai dairy industry as he presented the Soendergaard Award to members of the Thai-Danish farm, whom had performed with excellence during 2011.
Mr. Søndergaard is already elevated to Commander of the Most Admirable Order of Direkgunabhorn, Thailand’s highest possible order for a non-Thai citizen. Also the Order of the White Elephant was received previously.