CEDAC Calls for Farmers to Save Rainwater
For more than 15 years, CEDAC has been working to provide training and support to thousands of small farming households so that they can enjoy good living condition through increased farming production and incomes.
Beside the agriculture techniques that CEDAC promotes, CEDAC is now encouraging famers to do other things to support their livelihoods, especially by focusing on the two practices as below:
- Save rainwater: Farmers should increase the number of water jars the own to stock rain water to easily save enough water for drinking and daily use in the dry season.
- Dig and maintain ponds: dig new ponds or canals to drain water out of existing ponds to better manage rainwater. Canals are an especially good way for farmers to stock rainwater and save water from running off during floods (when there is too much rain). Farmers will not only save water for their daily use, but also gain access to more food for their daily consumption and extra family income through the fish and frog available in the pond.
For example, Mr. Uon Sophal, a farmer in Khceay Kharnglech village, Damnak Sokrom commune, Dangtung district of Kampot province says that “the family-based water management in rural communities is crucial for farmers because it will not just only help to save water for their use in dry season, but also to help farmers stay safe from flooding during the rainy season. With my 4 small ponds, I can get enough water to easily do rice production and animal raising for the entire year,” he added.
CEDAC’s President, Dr. Yang Saing Koma says that “farmers need water not just only for their agriculture production and consumption, but more importantly is for drinking, especially in the dry season. When a small farming household manages to have more than 10 water jar, then they can get enough water for an entire year for consumption and drinking.”
CEDAC calls all farmers, local officials and other stakeholders to help promote the saving of rainwater saving amongst rural communities. Their effort will contribute to raising the living conditions of our farmers.