I am Uk Chhem and I am 61 years old. I livein Kompong Chhnang province and I spendmy time working as a farmer. I have a largefamily: my wife, 4 daughters and 4 sons.In 1985 I got an accident, I stepped downon a landmine near to my village while I wasgoing to catch some fish in the lake. Nowadays I live in another village calledPum Thmei (“New Village”); over here Ihave a plot of 7,000 m² for rice cultivation,one of the main activities in this provincetogether with fishing. Every year I use toharvest between 1,200 to 1,800 kg of rice,but the amount of rice collected depends onthe raining season because we do not counton an irrigation system. With little rain, wejust collect little rice to eat. For example, in2008 I collected about 1,200 Kg of rice, thisquantity was consumed by my family in 6months only, so after that I had to look for other activities to get some money and buy therice for the other half year.Besides rice cultivation I used to raise someanimals like pigs and poultry, but even so, thisactivity before the training with New Humanitycould not generate extra income to cover other expenses. I think I did not have enough experi-ence and technique to raise properly these ani-mals. Very often my animals were sick or dy-ing. I was not happy with those results, so in2009 I decided to apply for a training courseprovided by the “Mobile Training Center for Ag-riculture Development” of New Humanity.
I was very eager to learn more
, and becauseof my efforts I was selected to hold a SmallModel Farm for poultry rearing. New Humanityprovided me with 8 hens, 2 roosters and somematerials to make the hen house for my poul-try, and then I started my experience. This year (2010) my poultry has increased from 10 to 135heads, I use some of these animals to feed myfamily and some others to sell.
I have gener-ated this year an income of more or less900,000 riels (US$ 225).
This money hashelped us to buy more rice and to cover other expenses. For the coming year I have only 18hens and 42 chicks: enough to begin all over again!
Mr. UK Chhem, is a Beneficiary of New Hu-manity Cambodia. Article Prepared by Mr.
E d i t i o n 6 , D e c e m b e r 2 0 1 0A s s o c i a z i o n e N e w H u m a n i t y
Cambodia -My name is Uk Chhem and this is my story
Uk Chhem and his familyUk Chem and his wife feeding the poultry
The province of Kompong Chhnang is located in thecentral Cambodia, about 91 km to the north of the capi-tal city Phnom Penh. Crossed by the Tonle Sap River,the province covers an area of 5,521 km², i.e. 3.05 % of the Cambodia land area. The total estimated populationis 531,517 people, that is to say 4.1 % of the total popu-lation in Cambodia, with around 47.4 % of males and52.6% of females. The majority of them are farmers.The Cambodian administration is insured through 8districts, 69 communes and 553 villages. The averagedensity is 99 people per km² and the sown area is132,252 hectares.In the 2 districts of Boribor and Tuek Phos, where NHimplements its activities, the land for rice cultivation isequivalent to 39,668 hectares. Irrigation systems (canal,pond, and small lake) cover 35 % of the land, when 65% depend completely on the rain ration.