Daw Aye Kyaing; 40-years-old; Women-Headed Household;
Farmer; Seed Producer; Member of Farmer Pool
“I realized that leveling the farmland is the very first step for increasing the yield. Then, I ordered a leveler from Kyeik-Lat Township for leveling my farm”, said by Daw Aye Kyaing, a seed producer from ZaYatHla Village. She became a bread maker for her family since 8 years ago when her father died.Although she had to face many difficulties formerly, now she can lead the farming well. She started to collaborate with SEED Project of RadanarAyar since 2012 Monsoon and practice the improved techniques consistently.
In 2012 Monsoon, hand-transplanted Paw-Hsan-Hmway farm of Daw Aye Kyaing yielded 50 baskets per acre which is 10 baskets more than normal average yield. However, those seeds were not certified as seeds because of off-type containment. In 2013 monsoon, the yield of the same variety increased up to 60 baskets per acre and the seeds also meet its qualification. Apart from adopting agriculture techniques supported by the project, she also makes efforts to proper land preparation where the leveling of the farmland is the very first process of production. Season by season, she tried to prepare all the farms of her own (15 acres) and now (in 2014 summer), the surface of all farms become horizontal.
Previously (before collaboration with RadanarAyar), broadcasting is the only way for the farmers including Daw Aye Kyaing in summer crop production. Daw Aye Kyaing said, “Broadcasting was the most appropriate way of cultivating in summer crop. It uses large amount of seed and fertilizers for an acre. After introduction of seeder from RadanarAyar, it becomes a relevant substituent for cost cutting and improving the yield. Even in seeder application, land preparation for leveling the farm is critical”. Although Daw Aye Kyaing used the seeder provided by RadanarAyar in summer 2013 through farmer pool of ZaYatHla, she purchased a drum seeder for her own used.
Daw Aye Kyaing is a farmer who has willingness to adopt the improved agricultural techniques those she received. Not only in land preparation, hand transplantation and fertilizer application but also in making compost. In October 2013, she participated in exchange visit to Nay PyiDaw and she had to learn how to make the compost. When she gets back to her village after exchange visit, she imitate the techniques at her farm for producing bio-compost by using lime, carbonized rice husk, cow’s dung, decayed straw and so on. The produced compost will be used in 2014 Monsoon production.
Aside from production, she also actively participates as a member in farmer pool of ZaYatHla Village where she takes part in meeting invitation, fund collection and assisting the new farmers technically. And she becomes a technical leader in her village by both self-practicing and distributing to others. As a woman heading a household, she is trying for her family at her best and also leading the other farmers from the village to raise the socio-economic situations. She said, “I will continue the good practices consistently for keeping better outcomes in production. Similarly, if the other farmers follow those good practices, our village will develop faster and faster. That’s why I’m assisting in distributing the agriculture knowledge and practices to the farmers as much as I can”.
Annual Report 2014 Contributed by: Thant ZinAung