20-22 May 2009, a group of approximately 20 indigenous farmers from ALP project conducted a study tour to Takeo province while they had already learned some ideas relating to the formulation of village-based farmer associations trained by the project staff in Mondulkiri province. Mr. Cheav Sopheak who is the project office of ALP involved in facilitation of this visit.
The farmers visited and discussed with experienced leaders of existing village-based farmer associations in Kompot and they understood well about the advantages of farmer associations, the process and methodologies to form village-based farmer associations. It is to note that they also visited and discussed with Mr. Oun Sophal who is the president of Farmer and Nature Net (FNN).
As a result, they would like to set up this kind of associations within their villages in Sok San commune, Koh Ngiek district, Mondulkiri province. Hopefully, the village based indigenous farmer associations will be set up gradually after this visit.