On September 6, 2014 SNV Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) project in cooperation with Cambodian Farmer Association of Agricultural Producers (CFAP) organized a Farmer’s Field day. The field day was organized at Kenn Snor’s vegetable gardens. Snor is a participating woman farmer of CSA project who is active in adopting climate smart agricultural practices introduced by the project. Thirty five participants from different villages in Basak commune, consisted of farmers, women members of vegetable producer groups, commune chief, commune councilors, village chiefs actively exchanged knowledge and practical experience in climate smart agriculture, such as drought resilient vegetable growing techniques, pest control, water storage and supply, etc.
The field day carried out through following agenda:
- Introduction to CSA project and objective of the farmer’s field day,
- Opening speech by commune chief,
- Presentation on background of cooperation with the project, activities and achievement and future plan,
- Visit vegetable gardens of the farm owner,
- Organize reflection meeting to wrap up the field day result including good and improving points as well as planning of innovation adoption,
- Closing remark by commune chief.
“We want the farmers to pick out the best variety of vegetables after analyzing the growth patterns, resistance to pests and droughts, and water uptake,” said POT Kimsan, a local government official from Basak commune.
Representatives from the Basak commune commended the CSA activities in the commune and assured that commune councillors and village chiefs will help spread the CSA knowledge to other communities.
Kenn Snor, a farmer from Basak village said, “Initially CSA activities such as setting up water storage and supply systems consumed more time and effort. I was doubtful that we may not produce enough vegetables to justify the use of inputs. We are now happy that our production of vegetables doubled this year. This year, the return on our investment is fivefold.”
Snor explained that improved varieties of vegetables could adapt well to climate variability as they could harvest comparable yield with less irrigation or even under drought situation. Other factors include preparation of an appropriate cropping calendar, soil and water management, etc.
It is observed that the participants interested in income and other benefits of vegetable growing. The returning income is about 5 to 6 times of production cost. For instance, the farm owner spent only 80,000 riels but she earned more than 510,000 riels only from cucumbers, this is not included family’s consumption and some cucumbers are pickled for later use. This motivates other participants to adopt vegetable growing. As a result of the farmer’s field day, the CSA practice is disseminated among farmers and local authorities. They have gained understanding of CSA project’s intervention and major accomplishment. More importantly, they commit to disseminate successful practices to other farmers in their respective communities. Video clip of the farmer’s field day is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=JuCAuEequtk