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In Russey Orm village, Ksaet commune, Kompong Rou district, south from Rieng city Svay

Display Date: 4/5/18

In Russey Orm village, Ksaet commune, Kompong Rou district, south from Rieng city Svay, you will find a unique vegetable agribusiness cluster. From engaged local producers you can buy a variety of vegetables grown under organic standards. Mr. So Vuthy, one of the vegetable cluster farmer and member of the local Interest Group Revolving Fund (IGRF), is 42 years old supporting a family of 9 members (3 women). He used to grow vegetables just for household consumption using traditional techniques, but since he joined PADEE supported vegetable agribusiness cluster, he adopted new techniques and more modern technology and learn to grow vegetable as a business. He realised that if he grows vegetable under a net house and uses modern irrigation system, he is able to produce safe vegetables and sell them to different markets with a better price. SAC (Svay Rieng Agro-Products Cooperative) accepts to buy agreed quantities of his organic vegetables. He decided to benefit from PADEE co-investment fund to invest his own money on a net house and dripping irrigation system. In addition, he participated to a training organised by Svay Rieng PDAFF and Lors Thmey company related to soil preparation, seed selection, production plan, pest management and harvesting techniques, which are very important and useful for growing organic vegetables. He is particularly motivated to learn new things, he gets the points fast and catches up on vegetable new good practices. He has built his 500 m² net house and used Lors Thmey package for an additional 1,000 m2 plot. He said that he was really interested to grow vegetables under a Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) and CamGAP standards to supply targeted markets because he is very keen in avoiding harming consumers’ health. He now grows very different kinds of vegetables on his farm, such as Chinese mustard, cucumber, Chinese cabbage, Chinese kale, and eggplants. He learned how to grow “as a business” as he was confident that the demand for local safe vegetables is growing. Now, by participating in the different cluster multi stakeholder meetings, he finds new market opportunities by himself at the provincial market and he has regular retailers at Prosoth market where he now supplies with 50 Kg per day with all kinds of CamGAP and organic vegetables. He also supplies about 10 Kg per day to SAC. As a result, he says he can now improve his family living condition from the generated additional income. He has more free time with his family and he considers his vegetable business like his main business. He particularly appreciates the dynamics of the local agribusiness cluster supported by PADEE project connecting his farm and other farmers to sustainable market opportunities. If his business is more successful, he will increase production and invest more.

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