As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, Yala’s governor ordered the closure of four villages, namely Villages 1, 3, 4 and 8, which caused 1,026 households to suffer, unable to work and having to buy food from outside the communities. If the situation continues, unemployment and food shortages will become more serious. The Ban Rae SAO has, therefore, implemented a project to promote food security and improve the quality of life of members of the communities.
- Establishing a network of sugarcane and vegetable farmers
- Establishing a young farmers’ club to raise catfish
- The community has successfully established a young farmers’ club with 11 members, a Village 4 farmers’ network with 13 members, and a fishermen’s network with 13 members. All of them participate in building community food sources.
- The communities agree to have the project carried out in their neighborhoods, such as a sugarcane plantation, a fish farm, and vegetable gardens.
Firadow Abu, 25, is currently attending a vocational college. The Ban Rae SAO supported six youths and farmers to raise catfish. The youth group renovated an abandoned pond into a 40×20 meters fish pond and released 6,000 catfish into it. The catfish should be available for sale in March 2022.
“I learned how to raise catfish from friends and senior members of our community. This is the first time that we have received funding from the SAO. We never received funding from anywhere. I am happy to help build a second job for youths and the unemployed, and create a food source for the villagers.”