General Assembly of CEDAC Organic Vegetable Producer Groups
From 16th to 19th of December 2013, CEDAC in cooperation with GIZ organized the General Assembly of the organic vegetable producer groups at Sovann Phum Hotel, Kampong Chnang province. 71 key farmers from four provinces including Kampot, Takeo, Kampong Chhnang, and Kampong Speu attended the assembly facilitated by Mr. Chap Veasna and Christian Fink, GIZ Technical Advisor on organic vegetables. The objectives of the assembly were to share success experiences in producing organic vegetables and to discuss future strategies on how to be a professional vegetable producer.During the assembly, the vegetable farmers shared insights on vegetable growing, compost making (wet and dry), insect management, packaging and selling products. Following this, Mr. Christian Fink, gave a presentation on key achievements of the organic vegetable producer groups in 2013, which included training activities and setting up drip irrigation systems for vegetable producers in Kampong Chnang province. Moreover, Mr. Bun Kem San, inspector from Takeo province presented the internal controlling system (ICS), which needs to be applied to all farms to guarantee quality before products can be supplied to the market. Mrs. Sam Sok Kim, a farmer from Trabok koh village, Svay Chrum commune, Rolea Phear district, Kampong Chnang province shared her success story in generating more income from organic vegetable farming. “On 5 are of land, I planted many kinds of vegetable to supply the market and can make more than 1 million Riel income per month.” say Mrs. Sok Kim. “I am very proud and happy that consumers who eat my vegetables including my family members are healthier.” she added.  Dr. Yang Saing Koma, CEDAC President explained how to prepare future plans for becoming a professional vegetable producer. He noted that there is a huge potential for farmers to make higher profits with their produce, especially as professional vegetable producer. “With high demand and trust from consumers, farmers need to work harder to improve both the quantity and quality of their products and to ensure that organic vegetable are available in the market at all times.” he added.  As a result of the General Assembly, key farmers gained knowledge about the importance of ICS and new market opportunities that it can open. They learned how to make clear future plans, commit to being professional vegetable producers and to work harder in producing more vegetable to supply to the market.