Chan Law is a Naga ethnic form Sagain Division, Lay Shi Township, Panset Village, Myanmar. He is presently living in Homalin, Naw Phu village.
Chan Law comes from a family of farmers. He has experience on local farming since he was a child by helping at his parents’ land. He studied Geography in Magway University and graduated in 2010. He used to be a teacher at a government school in his native Panset Village for two years. After he stopped working as a teacher, he wanted to become a successful farmer. As he was yearning and looking forward to an opportunity to learn about sustainable agriculture, he met an AFFM (Agriculture and Farmer Federation of Myanmar) member who suggested to him to apply at NEED-Myanmar Eco Village farm for an opportunity to learn about sustainable agriculture.
Chan Law wanted to solve the problem on overuse of chemical fertilizer and bring an alternative solution by using organic one. He also worked on the idea of changing mono-culture to multi-culture farming to produce more varied crops. While at the NEED, Chan Law’s hard work, enthusiasm and sincerity was noticed by his colleagues and classmates and he became an inspiration for them.
He went back home after attaining 10 months of intensive course at NEED. He then created a model farm with 1 acre of his family’s land where he grew seasonal crop using organic methods. He wants to raise awareness in his community about the use of organic methods such as using farm wastes as fertilizer. His goal is for his community of stop using chemicals and return to the practice of organic farming. He also wants to influence the other people to earn income by growing mushroom. He already started fulfilling this dream by creating his project and helping the neighbors with the mushroom initiative.
One of the things he learned at NEED is sawdust mushroom plantation. Chan Law’s idea was to create a mushroom farm on his land so he can earn a small amount for his family. Growing this kind of mushroom only requires three days of work, and after 1 month, the fungus can be harvested for a period of 3 months.
He also plans to share this kind of skill to his community to help the jobless villagers. With a little effort, mushroom farming can provide good income for other families as well.
This is one of the Straw Mushroom Plantations that he made. This kind of technique allows earning money quickly as it only takes two weeks to grow. In his area many people don’t have enough land to grow seasonal crop and earn enough money. He thought that Straw Mushroom Plantations would be beneficial to share to his community because it does not require lots of space.
This is Chan Law at his organic farm. He believes that by using his experience from NEED-Myanmar, he can encourage and inspire people from his land to go the organic, natural, and traditional way.
“My goal is to protect my community from the use of chemicals in our farm land and to earn enough income without using chemicals. I have done some activities that might be useful for my area, but we still have many challenges to face,” he said.