This week’s poultry mentoring was an inspiring reflection of how farmers are learning to improve poultry raising to suit their lifestyles and resources, whilst investing time and effort in getting better results.
Every farmer we visited had his or her own vision for how s/he wanted her chicken farm to develop. Ms Nan and her husband from one of the poorest households are intent on building a new and bigger pen with more ventilation, more sunlight, and more space to acquire new chickens. They already sell some of their chickens in the village and want to sell more
– in the past two months alone they sold 15-20 chickens!
They have set up a great water container, important now that the dry season is in full swing, and have been giving papaya skins and other additions to supplement the chickens’ diet.
Mr Kam, also one of the poorer participants, has an impressive set up, with newborn chicks, young adults and full grown chickens all cared for separately. This is quite unusual in the extensive mode of farming common to local chicken raising. Although he and his wife can’t read and write, their daughter helps them keep records every month to track numbers.
In the past few months most participants have sold chickens for income as well as eating them for household nutrition. They all have plans to improve the housing, feed practices and increase their income over the next few months. We’ll be continuing to provide regular support for vaccination and technical advice to help them develop self-sufficient and reliable production.