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Rural family reaps rewards of farming

Rearing animals and growing crops not only allows people to produce sufficient food for consumption but these products can also be sold, which was key for Mr Sangvan Phapasert's family in increasing their income and moving out of poverty.

Supporting commercial crop production and animal husbandry is important in allowing people to have sufficient food to consume and generate a surplus for sale. This can help villagers in remote areas nationwide to rise above poverty.

Being passionate about earning a living, as well as being patient, honest, and hardworking, helped Mr Sangvan and his family to save more money and improve their living standards.

Rearing pigs has helped Mr Sangvan's family to add to their savings. --Photo Khamphan

Mr Sangvan and his family live in Khamkok village, Thataeng district, Xekong province. They grew crops and raised animals to earn a living for many years.

In 2005, the family was granted a 36-year concession on 14 hectares of state land and bought some land on which to grow rubber and coffee, rear fish, pigs and chickens, and produce animal feed for sale.

The family planted rubber trees on 15 hectares of land but they have not yet produced any rubber.

They also used 20 hectares of land to keep fish in 60 ponds. Their total investment was about 17 billion kip, which involved digging fishponds and buying fingerlings. They earned more than 1.3 billion kip a year by selling fish and fingerlings in Xekong, Saravan, Champassak and Attapeu provinces. The family produces about 10 million fingerlings for sale each year.

Mr Sangvan also invested about 150 million kip to rear 20,000 chickens to sell to the CP company and also in Saravan and Attapeu provinces, which has earned the family about 300 million kip a year.

Rearing pigs is another of their businesses and Mr Sangvan invested more than 7 billion kip to build a pigsty. They initially bought 4,800 piglets, which on average bring them in about 750 million kip a year when sold.

In 2010, the family borrowed more than 4 billion kip from the Agricultural Promotion Bank kip to grow coffee on a 100 hectare area which they later sold to Daoheuang for 6 million kip a tonne.

Mr Sangvan and his family now employ 160 workers and enjoy better living standards after working hard for many years.

Because of their work hard, Mr Sangvan's family has become a model in their community, which is helping Khamkok village move closer to reaching its goal of eradicating poverty.

He said it was not easy to succeed, but the important thing was to love your work.

Other essential qualities include diligence, patience, and honesty with customers, which was what helped Mr Sangvan to become successful at running his businesses and help everyone in the family to enjoy better living standards.

In the future, the family will start rearing chickens and goats and producing more piglets to sell in Xekong province and in neighbouring provinces, so they can earn even more money.

 

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update September 30 , 2017 )


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