Kean Mong with his daughter in front of his house, Photo by PCR

Kean Mong, who lives in Ang Keng village of Kak commune, Ponhea Kraek district in Kampong Cham province, is a participating farmer of the project, titled “Promoting climate resilience for small scale farmers in the most vulnerable dry land areas” since 2011. It is important to note that the project is provided by the European Union, and PLAN International and CEDAC are implementing this project in Siem Reap and Kampong Cham Provinces. 

After cooperating with the project, he is taught by the project staff on rice cultivation method, called “Ecological System of Rice Intensification/SRI”. He mentioned that he only got 240 kg on the cultivated land of 0.12 ha, but he could harvest 408 kg on the same cultivated land resulted by practicing SRI. Therefore, it means that the yield has increased 70% comparing to the conventional practice.

In other words, it is able to estimate that farmers get only 2 tons/ha from the rice conventional practices. If they apply SRI, the yield will increase up to 3.4 tons/ha, or 1.4 tons/ha increased. With the increase amount of 1.4 tons, it is able to feed 5 to 6 people throughout the year.