LOCATION: Cambodia: Kandal Province, Sa Ang District, Svay Prateal Commune, Baren Loer Village
DATE: October 2017
AUDIO: Natural, Khmer
00.00 Various of Mrs and Mr Keo picking vegetables in their farm
00.14 Various of Mrs and Mr Keo preparing compost
00.36 Various of farm
00.47 Detail of seedlings
00.50 Various of PGS Peer Review
01.11 Bung Sieng walking through the farm with Mr Keo
01.14 Various of weighing and loading Keo’s products on Natural Agriculture Village truck / truck leaving farm
01.37 Various of Bung Sieng shop / detail of organic vegetable on sale
02.02 Various of food preparing and family meal
02.36 SOTs Mrs Keo, Farmer (Khmer):
1. Income from the vegetables can support my children to study and get upper grades, good marks, and they also study hard
2. It is better than before that we used only chemicals vegetables, now we eat only our vegetables, so our health is good. Moreover, it is different, one is good taste, while other one is not taste at all and smell pesticide; our vegetables have no smell at all.
02.57 SOTs Mr Nov Keo, Farmer (Khmer):
1. Since I grow organic vegetables for the Natural Agriculture Village, there have been a lot of changes: I was in debt when I grew chemical vegetables. I did instalment payments and left some for food and my children study.
2. Now I have no more worries about debt due to pesticide expenses, I have paid all since a long time and have been saving money for my new house construction materials and timbers. I also bought insurance for my son to continue his studies, so he can continue my work and reach the goal. My son is also interested in the work.
3. Each year, we change from 20 to 21 different vegetable types, change always, cannot grow the same crop because growing the same crop make the soil unfertile and [vegetables] tasteless.
4. As we use a lot of compost such as liquid compost and dry compost, so from year to year, the soil becomes very fertile, making healthy vegetables.
04.27 SOTs Bung Sieng, Local entrepreneur, PGS Trainer (Khmer):
1. PGS [Participated Guarantee System] is a Quality Guarantee System for Organic Agriculture, which is low cost for small farmer groups, who can share knowledge; and certified with active participation from relevant stakeholders such as markets, consumers and technical people.
2. What I have done with farmers about PGS, first I did analyze the location to see whether we could apply PGS, if appropriate for the PGS guidelines. Second, if there weren’t problems with the location, I set up their group. Next, I trained them about PGS and monitored whether they properly recorded, filed enough documents, participated in the quality controls. We also informed relevant stakeholders, so they could join us to control quality, as well as sharing knowledge from one farmer to another and between growers and consumers.