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Dealing with Disaster (ການຮັບມືກັບໄພພິບັດ)

Dealing with Disaster (ການຮັບມືກັບໄພພິບັດ)


All I had left with me was my shirt and pants I lost cows and water buffalos. I couldn’t get to them in time and 6 or 7 of them died in a group I lost 1 cow, 1 pig, and 13 chickens. My chickens, pigs all gone, only a cow survived somewhere over the hill. The whole village wiped out. This is the worst flood I have seen in my life. In 2010, Boualapha District in Lao PDR was hit by a very
heavy flood This flood caused major damage to property and livelihoods
and loss of livestock for 28 villages Agroup of rice mills working with an international
cooperation project volunteered to help villages affected by the floods This is the story of Lao farmers and rice millers showing
solidarity with people affected by a natural disaster Dealing with Disaster. A Made in Laos solution. I am Phetsamon Bouaphanthavong, owner of Vanida Rice Mill part of a 21 member association in Laos. In the past year, there’s been shortage of rice. Families who normally produced just enough rice for their own consumption were affected by drought. Last year in September and October we provided Last year in September and October we provided an emergency advance 4 tons of rice to the local population that they could pay back with paddy rice after they harvestedtheir crops. Niphaphone Phimmachan, owner of a rice mill The work done by our project is very important to assist and provide extension services to rice farmers. We help farmers to improve the quality of their production so they can get better prices for their crops. When I first started out it was difficult I hadto go out to each village to get acquainted with farmers but I was persistent and now my work is easier. Now farmers know how to increase their productivity Now farmers know how to increase their productivity In the past farmers didn’t know that they can get a better price if they produce better quality rice. I have to cooperate with them and help them understand. I am Pasith Vedvienxay, village chief of Ban Navangthong. Our rice farming business has improved because we had
training from projects and from the Ministry of Agriculture. We now apply these techniques and our production has
improved. In addition we work with millers to share what we have
learned and provide trainingto other villages. I am Thongwai Manikoad, president of the rice seed producers group in Ban Navangthong. Millers provide inputs to our members and buy our seedto distribute to other famers. Our village cluster has farmer groups producing rice
commercially thus providing assistance and jobs. Before we had farmer groups, production was primitive and disorganized. Now that we have groups primitive and disorganized. Now that we have groups we expect many advantages such as increased production. We are stubborn and used to the old ways of thinking and doingthings. As professional rice farmers, we needto
step out of the box andtry new ways of doing things. To produce commercial rice we needthree things; 1) The rice seed we use must be good. 2) The technique used to grow rice must be right and and up to higher standards. 3) Our famers don’t know how to manage the money they
invest in their farms. They need to know how to calculate
overhead, labour and capital costs for their farms to grow rice
profitably. Ban Tanthun I am Mettha Chanthasaone. We have to pay for water and fertilizer for irrigated rice production, unlike the rain fed growing season. We sell our irrigated rice commercially to pay for production costs. Mr. Phetsamone and his wife from Vanida rice mill often come to help us. Now we invest more in our production because we are sure that we will have a market for our production. The bigger market also encouraged me to increase the area I farm. The miller guaranteed to pay 24,000 Lao Kip per 12 kg bag. If a trader comes to our village to offer a higher price If a trader comes to our village to offer a higher price the miller will increase the price he pays to equal the market
price. I am Kavayung Thammavongsa, a villager from Than
Theung village in Khammuane. All the farmers are happy with the project, especially to have good rice seed and millers
supporting people to provide extension services. Before the miller only came to buy paddy rice in our village. There was no advice provided or loans to support production. I trust and believe
in our rice miller (Mr. Phetsamone) more than others because they gave us government certified weigh scales to measure
our grain and the price is straight andfair. Mr. Khambay Dumluth, Governor Khammouane Province. Mr. Khambay Dumluth, Governor Khammouane Province. We promote the Development of Agriculture, organize them into rice miller associations that partner with farmer groups. Mr. Singphet Keosopha, Head of the Department of Industry and Commerce in Khammuane Province. In a few days, Khammouane will receive 2 billion Kip for a government rice stockpile program. More money will be allocated if needed. As population increases, the demandfor food is vital. There will be an increase in food consumption in the very near future and we are here to make sure that the need is met. I am very happy to be able to help people who were affected by flooding. I started my own support group of millers because we needto work closely with the farmers. we needto work closely with the farmers. After we started working with EMRIP we cooperated with government to provide extension services and we plan to continue to help rice farmers in the future. People who are well off and receive benefits from projects should help poor people and those who are affected by natural
disasters. Good morning! Distribution day for rice donated by millers I am Sivay from Ban Sok, Boualapha District. The flood came one night near the end of 2010 The flood came one night near the end of 2010 Before the flood there was a long drought and we hadto irrigate everything. After the drought very heavy rains came, causing flooding that damaged our fields and killed our livestock. The flood came very suddenly duringthe night and took
away everything. Even the upland rice we had already harvested was damaged and we couldn’t eat it any more. After the
flood I had to ask other people for rice, which I never had to do
before because I always produced enough for my family. Our whole village flooded. I never saw a flood like this since I was born Nothing can compare to the loss that we suffered. Nothing can compare to the loss that we suffered. Everything from the smallest vegetables in our garden to the largest cattle and buffalo were killed or washed away. Nothing was left. I go out to find work wherever I can, ask for help from nearby villages, grow corn and digfor roots to eat. Many people who didn’t have money or grow enough corn
to eat were forcedto collect wild roots from the forest to survive. I grew corn in an irrigated garden but I still did not have enough to survive and I hadto collect wild foods from the
forest. There was nothing to eat, only the rice you brought here
today. There was nothing to eat, only the rice you brought here
today. Now everyone is happy and we feel like our lives are much better because of this help. Everyone is smiling and looking good Everyone is smiling and looking good after your belly is full. I got some rice from my brother each time he harvested something, but now all of this is finished. This rice was very important to help us survive and we are very thankful to all the people who helped. I would like to say thank you in our local way and we wish everyone good health and great success. I am satisfied and appreciative to be able to help the villages in Boualapha district that are in dire need of
assistance. As someone who produces rice, I can say we are all very
happy to help people who are suffering from this disaster Dealing with disaster. AMade in Laos solution. Thanks to: Mr. Khambay Dumluth, Governor of Khammouane Mayor of Boualapha Mayor of Boualapha Mr. Singphet Keosopha, Head of Agriculture Sector and
Commerce of Khammouane Mr. Khamsone Ouanthavy, Head of Agriculture and Forestry
of Khammouane Mill Representatives of Khammouane Province People of Boualapha Producers: Nico Hertweck and Daniel Rintz

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