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Techniques by benefitting from PADEE project.

Display Date: 4/5/18

Ms. Chum Sokhang is 49 years old, she lives with her husband and her father in Chongkoh Khangkeout village, Koh Ksach Tunlea commune, S’ang district, Kandal province. This Tonle Bassac Island has a great potential in vegetable, fruit, and animal production. She is a member of a local IGRF group (saving and credit group). She has grown vegetables since many years and she earns in average USD 250 per month by selling vegetables while the family monthly expenditure is around USD 200. She grows vegetable in a 1,736 m2 land (493.2 m2 for net house) and she also grows rice and raises animals for her household income and consumption. She is solely working on the farm and her husband works as a construction worker. She is able to grow vegetables all year long since the access to water irrigation is reliable. Agricultural equipment she uses for her activities includes hand tractor, hoe, knife, axe, pesticide spray, seed tray, bucket, pumping motor, and pipe. She significantly improved her production techniques by benefitting from PADEE project. She learned how to prepare the soil, to use pumping motor, to make compost fertilizer, to use less chemical fertilizer and pest management techniques. By adopting these improved practices she increased her yields compared to previous years. She has a production plan by rotating crops such as long yard bean, pak choi, cabbage, and lettuce. By engaging in the local vegetable agribusiness cluster, she is able not only to improve her vegetable production and productivity but also to dialogue with potential buyers and negotiate better prices based on volumes and quality. Besides, she got supports from networking with other group producers and sharing market information. After participating to a training related to organic production, she invested in a net-house to produce organic vegetables as contracted with Natural Agricultural Village (NAV). She continues selling conventional vegetables to local buyers. The 3 active local buyers in the village come regularly to collect all kinds of vegetables from her farm, but at a variable prices. If the business arrangement with NAV is more profitable and stable, she will invest in a bigger net house for more organic production. She is convinced that there is a growing demand of safe and organic vegetables in Phnom Penh, thus, she strongly expects to benefit from her increased production in the future.