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RAP Well Recipient Updates: Thorng Lonh and Nhem Seap
July 31, 2015
Since the last round of wells were installed in March 2015, we are happy to note that the farmers who received wells are more successful than ever. Let's look at how two of our hard working farmers, Thorng Lonh and Nhem Seap, have benefited from finally having a reliable supply of clean, safe water on their farms.
Thorng Lonh is a farmer leader living in Tbleng village in Kampong Trabaek District of Prey Veng province. He and his wife have 4 children, 3 of whom live at home and are fully dependent upon them. In April of 2014, Mr. Lonh began working with our local partner organization, the Mohaleap Organization for Agricultural Development (MOAD), and received training in a variety of technical innovations aimed at helping him improve the output from his small farm. By employing the training which he received in our program he has been able to do the following.
Raise 400 walking catfish in his fish pond
Establish a tree nursery with 350 seedling trees for later transplantation around his farm and for sharing with his neighbors. As they grow and mature, these trees will greatly improve the fertility of his soil.
Raise approximately 15 chickens and 50 ducks
Raise 3 cows and one sow
Exchange his dry paddy rice for germinated paddy rice significantly improving the yield from his small rice field.
Harvest 1,000 kg of fragrant rice grown with organic fertilizer. He sold some of this rice to his neighbors and processed some of it into ambok to sell at the local market
Grow three kinds of vegetables - winter melon, cucumber, and sponge gourd
His family's total income from agriculture ia 8,400,000 Riel (approx. $2,000). He also earns 7,200,000 (approx. $1,750) from activities non-agricultural activities including carpentry and repairing bicycles.
Nhem Seap is one of our farmer leaders in Beng village, Kampong Trabaek district of Prey Veng province. He has a wife and two children who both live at home. He began working with our local partner, MOAD, in April of 2014 and received training in technical innovations focused on organic agriculture. With the benefit of that training he has done the following in the past year.
Raised 150 walking catfishes
Established a tree nursery with 320 seedling trees for transplantation around his home and farm and for sharing with his neighbors. As the trees grow and mature, they will help to improve the fertility of the soil on Seap's farm.
Raised 15 hens, 1 rooster, and 40 chickens
Raised 2 pigs
Exchanged his dry paddy rice for germinated paddy rice
Harvested 1,100 kg of fragrant rice in 2014 and 1,750 kg in 2015 using organic fertilizer
Grown four kinds of vegetables - cucumber, string bean, water convolvulous, and onion leaf
His family's total income from agriculture is 4,840,000 Riel (approx. $1,200). He also earns 2,600,000 Riel (approx. $600) from activities unrelated to agriculture.
Since receiving their wells and implementing new farming techniques, both Thorng Lonh and Nhem Seap have seen significant increases in their agricultural output. Moving toward more ecologically friendly agriculture has brought benefits to both those farmers and to their surrounding community. Both farmers are very committed to going fully organic by the end of this year. We are proud of what these two farmers and all of our farmer leaders have achieved by embracing change and employing more ecologically friendly methods in their agriculture.