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Raising livestock helps remote area family to escape the poverty trap

People in remote areas nationwide have been working in animal husbandry and agricultural production for many centuries, and animals and crops remain crucial because selling them is a way many families can earn money.

The economy of each family is an important factor, so many people try to work hard to earn money and each one has different ways and skills that can be used depending on their ability and the environmental condition of each area.

Normally, people in remote areas nationwide work in agricultural production and animal husbandry for sale and personal consumption.

Animal husbandry helps Mr Noy's family have better living standards.

Mr Noy Thongmy, who lives in Yaixekhaman village, in Samakhixay district, Attapeu province has been working in animal husbandry and agricultural production for many years, which has helped his family improve their living standards and move out from poverty.

Now his family is a model in the community after he switched jobs from working as a trader to rearing animals and growing crops instead.

He said that working as trader was not enough to help his family, so he decided to save for many years to buy 15 cows to rear on five hectares. He has since increased the number of cows every year and he now owns 50 cows.

Mr Noy explained that it was not difficult to rear cows and anyone could do it, but the important thing was to check the health of the animal to make sure it received treatment immediately when it was sick.

Beside this, Mr Noy's family rears fish in 14 ponds and grows various crops to earn more income.

In an average year his family can earn at least 100 million kip by selling cows, fish and variety crops, which is key to helping his family have better living standards.

There are five people in his family and each one helps grow and rear, but everyone is happy because their work helps them earn money.

Natural disaster is an obstacle for Mr Noy's family, especially heavy rain and drought conditions, but they cannot abandon production because it is their job.

Furthermore, his family will add another hectare to grow papaya and other crops to supply market needs, but this will mean he must hire labour to help.

Beside this, he has plans to sell his crops and animals in front of his house to make it convenient for everyone and so traders can also buy directly.

Mr Noy's family has become a model in the community because they worked hard for many years, and as a result they moved out from poverty.

The nation will move closer to reach its development goals and poverty eradication if all families nationwide have the same success in improving living standards as Mr Noy's household.


By Times Reporters
(Latest Update August 5 , 2017 )

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