“It’s a good strategy”
The Improving Market Access for the Poor (IMA4P) programme supports farmers to turn their rice farmers into thriving commercial enterprises. Through training, co-operatives and linkages with key players in the market, farmers are able to have a more secure, profitable income.
In Sovannmony, Deputy Director of the Provincial Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Battambang, tells us why it’s useful.
“Farmers in Battambang province have relied on traditional methods.
It can be hard to get used to a new technology, they need to wait and see the benefits first.
It’s important if farmers can receive long-term training through the cycle of the paddy.
Some also lack a proper irrigation system; some of the area still lacks water to supply the farms.
It’s really important that the farmer gets to work closely with the miller or importer. They will all take responsibility if something happens; they can discuss which product they would like to sell and share that information.
Farmers need to know their price before they produce their product. That’s where VSO can help, as the main people to facilitate the link between millers and input suppliers.
We are waiting to see the outcome. It’s a good strategy.
Volunteers can bring knowledge to the farmers. That helps both the farmer and also the government. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries requires good quality and high quality products. It helps us win broader authority. It helps the government achieve our goals.
I want to see a smile on the farmer when they can sell their product at a higher price. I want VSO to continue this project longer and longer.”
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