From 9 to 12 June 2014, a field mission was conducted by Sophors and Kirina to Thboung Khmum district of Kampong Cham province. The main activities involved checking the condition of farmer’s field after preparation, training of farmers on data collection and going through the roles of the parties as outlined in farmers agreement forms. Finally, these farmers were to be supplied with fertiliser and either corn or white cowpea or black cowpea depending on their choice as earlier agreed in the previous meetings. More detail information is provided as follows:
- Field assessment: Farmers have already determined their fields for the cassava trials. We found that most of the farmers have not yet planted cassava, only a farmer who can access to the underground water that already planted the cassava. Other farmers who have no access to water sources are still waiting for the rain to come. One farmer in Chong O village of Rokar Por Pram commune already planted cassava cutting stems but there was no rain about 10 days after planting, this put the planted cassava at high risk of dying if there is no rain coming soon.
- 12 farmers were trained and have improved their understanding of data recording method. We took each farmer through crucial data to be collected in the process of monitoring crop growth. Data recording sheets were developed and provided to the farmers to record their trials. We will check and collect data from the farmers in next visits.
- Farmer agreement forms signed: The farmers understand their roles and responsibilities as well as the roles of the SNV-CSA project in conducting the trials. We went through the farmer agreement forms and further discussed before signing.
- Input distributed: Fertiliser and (Corn or white cowpea or black cowpea) were distributed to 12 farmers. If there is raining, the farmers can start planting soon as they already received seeds from the project.
[i] Data collection: We will keep in touch with farmers (some field visit and more phone communication) to monitor crop performance data collection by farmers and ensure all the necessary information form the trial is picked.
The number of the farmers to do the trials will reduced from 18 farmers to only around 10 to 12 farmers due to a) few farmers brought the cassava planting materials before the treatment conducted by the Provincial Department of Agriculture so it is good to not doing the trials, b) other farmers already planted the cassava for the trials but their planted cassava may die if no rain to come soon, and c) Due to the long drought and high temperature, some cassava planting materials dies so the planting materials is not enough for all farmers to do the trials.
We wish to sincerely thank the farmers for sacrificing their time during the meeting and also availing their farms for experimental purposes.