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Cricket breeding fills entrepreneur's pockets

Everyone wants to succeed in their occupation and improve their living standards and one enterprising Vientiane man has turned to breeding cricket to reach his goals.

Mr Virasack Keophonevilay, 33, from Nakham village, Sikhottabong district, has surprised everyone with his success in breeding crickets using a new technique.

The new method does not use the traditional rice husks for bedding but instead the crickets are housed on top of plain wood and covered with cardboard egg trays which are used as shelter for the insects.

Mr Virasack Keophonevilay proudly shows one of his cricket breeding enclosures.

“We don't use rice husks because it produces an unpleasant smell,” Mr Virasack said.

“I learned about this new method from the internet.”

He now sells crickets several times a week with Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays proving the best days.

He earned about two million kip in May this year, and thanks to the new techniques he's been making up to eight million kip each month from cricket breeding since June. A kilogramme of crickets sells for 50,000 kip and he delivers to customers if they buy more than 4 kg. He sells large amounts on weekends when customers often organise parties while some Vientiane restaurants place orders on Wednesdays.

Mr Virasack is quite rightly satisfied with his success and can make up to eight million kip a month from breeding crickets in five enclosures.

Crickets are usually sold when they are 45 days of age, and from the 41st day farmers are advised to feed them only chopped pumpkin which boosts their growth, produces a pleasant smell, and the crickets taste delicious for customers.

Before getting involved in cricket breeding, Mr Virasac k participated in information technology training in Thailand last year and saw local people farming the insects near his hotel.

He collected information about cricket breeding before returning to Laos where his new far ming enterprise began in earnest.

However, it was difficult at first because he was inexperienced and using traditional breeding techniques he only earned 500,000 kip from selling crickets in the first month. He could only manage one batch a month and was unable to meet market demand.

The following month, he started s tudying new cricket breeding techniques from the internet and success soon followed.

In the past, he only sold adult crickets, but the new techniques have also allowed him to breed small crickets for sale every day.

Even though Mr Virasack has regular customers in Vientiane and the provinces, he admits he's still learning on the job but getting better every day.

About 80 percent of customers in Vientiane come to buy crickets at his residence while for those in other provinces, the crickets are sent after they have transferred money to his bank account.

Cricket breeding has earned him enough money to help buy land and build a new house in Xaythany district, Vientiane. This year, he can also fully support the education of his children who are studying at an international school.

Mr Virasack uses the income from his cricket breeding to supplement his wages as a private company employee in Vientiane.

“Cricket breeding is my extra job and I love it. This job does not impact on my main work that I do every day and I have time to take care of it after my main working hours,” he said.

By Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth
(Latest Update October 5, 2017)


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