The European Union supported farmers in six provinces to promote sustainable development in agriculture, livestock production and aquaculture, as well as to enhance productivity, as part of a three-year project which ended two months ago.
Last week, an EU delegation visited a site in Svay Rieng province’s Svay Chrum district to see how the farmers benefited from the project called PetSath Chhnoeum.
Mom Phen, 39, a farmer who took part in the project to train as an animal health worker, said her family farm has benefited a lot from the project.
“We learned a lot from the PetSath Chhnoeum project such as vaccinating livestock,” she said. “Besides rearing chicken, fish, and pigs, I am now also growing vegetables at my farm.”
She said that initially the family faced problems when the livestock fell sick but the training has helped her to deal with the situation. Her family farm has nearly 200 chickens which she can sell for about $5 per kilogram.
PetSath Chhnoeum was an EU project implemented by Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontiers in six provinces.
The project strengthened the knowledge, skills and management capacity of Village Animal Health Workers and promoted veterinary services at the community level.
It focused not only on animal health techniques but also on business skills and operations of the VAHWs to be able to respond to the needs of the livestock farming community.
Chea Samphors, a veterinary trainer with the project, said that the trainees learned a lot of techniques to reduce the death rate of their livestock.
“At the training, the people were taught modern ways of rearing livestock, including looking out for signs of diseases and ways to reduce the deaths of fish, chickens or pigs through vaccination,” he said. “At first people thought their traditional ways of rearing livestock was good enough but now they have benefited financially from modern techniques especially vaccination.”
According to the EU, the livestock sector plays an important role in the rural economy as it is the source of income and food consumption. It is also the main asset of nearly 70 percent of the rural population.