Oudong Farm Update
From its humble beginnings in 2011, the farm has expanded serving many families in Oudong – vegetables continue to be planted by the two community members that work there. The chicken raising continues to grow in number and the fish pond recently expanded given new technology.
Right now, 2,000 chickens are being raised and likely ready to sell to the local market in the next two weeks. “We are getting better now with our chicken raising skills; only a small percentage get sick or die in the farm. We also have a new method that helps us reduce expenses and enhance good production,” said Long Sambath, one of the workers from New Holistic Hope community.
In addition to the big fish pond on the 2-hectare farm land, the two other 4m x 6m plastic fish ponds were created to raise specific species (like cat fish) in the small pond that can raise about 1,000 fish. “This is a recycled pond which we can reuse after the collection. With this fish pond we are able to access a lot of benefits – maintenance and monitoring are easy. It’s very easy for us to manage the water system for the fish too,” said Seng Senlim the Farm Manager. The ponds also help decrease the amount of expense incurred from the daily feeds because they can produce the fish food from available sources around the farm.
“Due to the production and the increase of regular income, we plan to create three more ponds, which is recyclable and able to provide good production every season,” added Senlim.
Crop production is also another product in the farm. Varieties of vegetables including cucumbers, long beans, moringga, cabbage, morning glory, lettuce and others are being produced and often available for the sale at the market.
“Our crops are being recognized by the villagers around here as organic products, they sometimes come to buy it directly at our farm without waiting at the local market nearby,” shared one Habitat home partner, Chum Savy. While the demand for crops is growing, the farm plans to increase the amount of production and aims to be a big distributor of organic vegetable to all the markets around Oudong by providing at least 40 to 50kg of products to the suppliers. “We are optimistic that we can sooner reach high levels of production, which in turn will support our workers,” added Senlim.
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