Mr. Oun Sophal is the Chairperson of the BOD of Ratanak Polrath Samaki Agricultural Cooperative in Khachey Khanlech village, Damnak Sokrom commune, Doun Toung district, Kampot province, Cambodia. He has been promoting organic agriculture, livestock, saving and community business among the members. With support from Farmer and Nature Net under the AFOSP-MTCP2 program, the cooperative was able to intensify its operations. They now have 179 members in the saving group and have a capital of 479 Million Riels (11,9750USD). Through fund raising, including the use of Facebook, they were able to raise 52.865.000 Riel (13,216USD) to construct a water gate that can allow farmers to transplant 200 hectares of rice in wet season and 20 hectares of vegetable in dry season, as well as provide water for livestock production. As a result, farmers can increase rice production to 500 Kg per hectares and get an income of 3,000,000 Riels per hectare from vegetable farming.
“The community will increase income from 100 Tons of rice (30,000 USD) and 60 million Riels from Vegetable ( 15,000USD) and more from livestock.“ — Mr. Oun Sophal, Chairperson of the BOD, Ratanak Polrath Samaki Agricultural Cooperative, Khachey Khanlech village, Damnak Sokrom commune, Doun Toung district, Kampot province, Cambodia