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Community situation

  • Of 50 households, 2.0% are living in poverty.
  • Children under five years old suffer from malnutrition and short stature due to the lack of knowledge in breastfeeding, children’s food preferences and household economic situation.
  • Due to COVID-19, 20% of the working-age population is unemployed, affecting the household economy.
  • Limited access to nutritious food

Activities 

  • Raising egg-laying chickens and Javanese ducks
  • Growing vegetables and oyster mushrooms
  • Organizing farmer markets

Results

  • Participating households have organic chicken eggs, duck eggs, vegetables and mushrooms for consumption.
  • These safe agricultural produce are sold on the webpage of the Pujud Subdistrict Administrative Organization (SAO) and by village hawkers.
  • The private sector donated 200 SQM of land for mushroom cultivation.

Participants
Asnah Kalupae, 57, has from a family of 3 and sells cooked food (porridge). He grows mushrooms with one of his neighbors. The first mushroom harvest was on July 8, 2021. At present, the average daily yield is 1-2 kilograms. He sells mushrooms at 50 THB per kilogram to restaurants and food tricycles in the community.

I like farming and I am happy to do this job. Growing oyster mushrooms is a fun and good activity because it is a local food source in the village. Villagers don’t have to buy food from outside. We harvest our own produce, sell it in front of our own house. The villagers, when they know, come to buy it themselves. We don’t use chemicals. We do bookkeeping and use some of our income to buy mushroom cubes to continue the cultivation. My friend and I work together, watering and harvesting the mushrooms. The SAO is encouraging us to grow salads next to the mushroom farm.”

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