Activity Report

Nov 14, 2017

(NEW) Ended in great success with good weather

Good Earth Japan (GEJ) have participated in the Festival of Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. which was held at their Tsuchiura Factory in Ibaragi Prefecture on November 12, Sunday for promoting the activities and asking support.

It was a very rare opportunity to come inside the factory and to touch the real Construction Machinery together with the variety of events for children etc., the Festival was very successful with about 6,000 visitors of local residents and others.
There were so many visitors dropped in to GEJ’s booth and listened the explanation of the GEJ’s activities in Cambodia with the photo panels, and donated to support people there.

Thank you who donated and promised the support.
The donation shall be utilized for the GEJ’s activities of supporting farmers who live on the post minefield in the Kingdom of Cambodia to become independent through agriculture training, improving living environment, and improvement of infrastructure.












Welcomed by REY-kun of Kashiwa Reysoru      Overview of GEJ’s booth
soccer team    












GEJ’s Representative Director Mr. Fujii (left)     Thank you for your donation
visited for encouragement           












Thank for your donation                  Interested in the replicas of landmine too












Be careful!                          Listened the explanation carefully












Thank you for waiting the Cambodian coffee     Interview of Participants introduction












Corner to experience the different culture. Asked donation to support Cambodian farmers at the entrance.












Queues at the exhibition corner             Play at the main stage

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Nov 7, 2017

(NEW) Became full of the water     GEJ Pond at Bosampor village

The irrigation pond at Bosampor village, Battambang Province, northwest of the Kingdom of Cambodia which was developed by Good Earth Japan (GEJ) securing the water for villagers to use agriculture and living have become full with water.
There are more than 120 households at the village and they had been suffering from the severe draught in every dry season causing the problems of water supply to their agricultural products and domestic animals etc.
This pond had completed in May this year, and it have the full of water toward dry season.
Villagers sent their deepest appreciation for it.
Please refer to the article “The second Pond has been completed at Bosampor village” issued on June 1.
The second Pond has been completed at Bosampor village

GEJ support farmers who live on the post minefield to become independent through agriculture training, improving living environment, and also improvement of infrastructure.












Just after the completion                 Now, it is full of the water












Examples: The shortage of water affected growth of Plants and made cracks in the ground
        at Battambang Province

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Oct 13, 2017

Keep watching the growth      Experimental cultivation of Adlay

The activity report concerning to the experimental cultivation of Adlay in Battambang Province, the Kingdom of Cambodia by Good Earth Japan (GEJ) had been carried with the article of “Better luck this time! The third attempt of Adlay cultivation” dated August 24 in this website.
Better luck this time! The third attempt of Adlay cultivation.
Now, the recent situation has been received from there as described below.

Although it is unpredictable still, the growth of the Adlay by direct seeding seems acceptable on both field of Mr. Phean in Slappan village and Provincial Department of Agriculture of Battambang Province (PDA) who are consigned for the experimental cultivation.
In contrarily, the growth of the Adlay by transplant method is poorer and weaker than the direct seeding method on both fields.

This experimental cultivation had been requested by Hakubaku Co., Ltd. who produces the grain food in Japan. Farmer Mr. Phean in Slappan village had tried to cultivate Adlay twice since April 2016 upon request of GEJ but the result were less than the expectation.
Therefore, the third attempt with better fertilization of the fields, better selection of seed and disinfection have been taking place at the fields of Mr. Phean and PDA. The all possible measures have been considered on this attempt for the satisfactory yield.

Everybody in charge of this project pray for the success.

GEJ support farmers who live on the post landmine field to become independent through the Agricultural Training including Rice growing, Mushroom cultivation, Chicken raise and home vegetable gardening apart from the infrastructure improvement. GEJ is also challenging to cultivate the Adlay which could be the new income source for farmers there.

Mr. Phean’s field











                     Ridges of direct seeding : Growing well












                  2 ridges of transplant method : Looks weak

PDA’s field











                     Ridges of direct seeding : Looks OK












                 Ridges of transplant method : It’s weak too

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Oct 3, 2017

Thank you for your visit     Global Festa Japan 2017

On both days of September 30 and October 1, the Global Festa Japan 2017 was held at the Center Promnade of Odaiba in Tokyo.
Good Earth Japan (GEJ) have participated in the Festa for introducing the activities of GEJ for supporting farmers who live on the post landmine field in the Kingdom of Cambodia, and for raising fund and for calling members.

The theme of the Festa this year was “ Find your piece? – Let’s find something we can do.“.
In total of 266 organizations like GEJ as NPO/NGO and others have participated, and counted 120 thousand visitors for two days, according to the organizer.

At the booth of GEJ, having the assistance by staff from the CSR Department of Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd., GEJ staff have coped with so many visitors who listened the explanation of the activities very carefully with questions, and some of them donated their contribution.

Thank you visitors who listen the explanation and donated.
The contribution shall be used for supporting farmers living at post mine area to become independent.

GEJ support farmers who live on the post landmine field to become independent through the agriculture training, improving living environment, and improvement of infrastructure.












The entrance gate                       Ready to receive visitors. (GEJ booth)












Visitors were coming                    The explanation was going












Visitor listen the explanation earnestly         Many questions for GEJ’s activities












The explanation was going, here too.          Member of GEJ visited for encouragement












Thank you for the contribution, girl!           Thank you, students!












Thank you, boy!                       Thank you, lady!












The delegation of Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Kingdom of Cambodia have visited GEJ booth












Many visitors showed the interest in the replicas of Landmines and raised questions

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Oct 2, 2017

The road have been improved greatly      Chirok village

The earth road of 1.1 Km length at Chirok village in Battambang Province northwest of the Kingdom of Cambodia where Good Earth Japan (GEJ) support farmers there have been changed to Laterite surface road.
The construction work had started in June but due to the shortage of construction machinery, the completion of the work had been delayed. However, by the end of September, the truck loads of Laterite had been brought in, and the grading and compaction work had been completed finally.
By having Laterite material and Culvert, the road have been improved for drainage and changed to hard and strong road.

Villagers expressed thanks to GEJ for the improvement of the road as better going up and down to their school and farmlands and also as for their living road.

Thank you, supporters of GEJ.

GEJ support farmers who live on the post landmine field to become independent through the agriculture training, improving living environment, and improvement of infrastructure.

1) Before the construction work (When in the rain, it became muddy and bumpy road)

 











2) During the construction work (Installing the Culvert. It prevent the over flow to the road and
                      flood of the canal.)












3) Final stage of the work (Grading and compaction work is going)












4) Completed (Children is happy with it.  Okun chraun!=Thank you very much!)












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Sep 11, 2017

The understanding on GEJ’s activities have been deepen

On September 6, thanks for giving the opportunity, the lecture introducing support activities of Good Earth Japan (GEJ) for farmers who live on the post landmine field in the Kingdom of Cambodia has been conducted at the meeting room of Hitachi Construction Machinery Tierra Co., Ltd. (HCM Tierra).
HCM Tierra is one of the group companies of Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. and is producing Mini Excavators.

Although HCM Tierra has been one of the corporate supporters of GEJ since some time ago, it was the first lecture about GEJ activities for their employee. About 70 employee with eagerness of knowing and understanding the real support activities of GEJ have attended the lecture.

On the other hand, GEJ had constructed a dormitory for teachers of Primary School at Prahop village where GEJ extend the support based on the fund of which HCM Tierra had donated from their new model sales campaign as their corporate social activities. The dormitory had been completed around the June this year.
For the detail, please refer to the article “We can concentrate into teaching now” dated June 20.
We can concentrate into teaching now


Thank you, HCM Tierra and their Customers, for your support.

GEJ support farmers who live on the post landmine field to become independent through the agriculture training, improving living environment, and improvement of infrastructure.












Introduction of GEJ by the president of HCM Tierra   Lecture by the secretary general of GEJ












                         They have listened the lecture attentively

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Sep 5, 2017

Will raise them carefully! Chicken Raise Training

Chicken Raise Training started in April this year for the farmers of Anlongsvay village and Korsvay village have almost completed and the chicks and some feed raise have distributed.
Since it had started, in total 11 times of lectures and practices of the training had been conducted by instructors of Provincial Department of Agriculture, Battambang Province (PDA) and representative of Good Earth Japan (GEJ), and have came to the time to celebrate its completion.

GEJ support farmers who live on the post landmine field to become independent through the agriculture training, improving living environment, and improvement of infrastructure. Chicken Raise Training is one of the most important trainings among other trainings like Rice growing, Mushroom cultivation and home vegetable gardening.

・Anlongsvay village, August 29 27 farmers attended
This village is located the foot of a small mountains near to the man-made lake called Kamping Puoy which was built at the time of Pol Pot regime in Battambang Province.
GEJ started to support farmers of this village in year 2007. However, it had not been offered the real support to this village for these 7 years. GEJ deeply studied the request by the village to come back to support, and have decided to resume by this training.











Mr. Sovanmony, Deputy Director of PDA handed over Chicks  5 chicks each have distributed


I am Man La living this village since 1999. It was the first time for me to participate the training by PDA and GEJ. Have been raising chickens with own ideas from some time ago and have failed many time by losing them by disease etc. Now, I found the correct way to raise chicken through the training. Hoping to be successful in chicken raise with 25 chickens including chicks given through the training, and could gain the petty cash by selling them. Thank you for the support to
                                  Anlongsvay village.

・Korsvay village, August 31 31 farmers attended
This village is located at the north west corner of Ratanakkmondol District, Battambang Province, and one of the distant village from Battambang City among 21 villages of which GEJ supports.
Today, the celebration of the completion of the training has held here too.










                             The Chicks given shall be brought to home carefully

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Aug 24, 2017

Better luck this time! The third attempt of Adlay cultivation

Following the request of Hakubaku Co., Ltd. who produces the grain food in Japan, the experimental cultivation of Adlay by a famer Mr. Phean in Slappan village, Battambang Province, the Kingdom of Cambodia through Good Earth Japan (GEJ) had started in April 2016.
The first attempt was failed as the fruits was empty due to the severe drought there. At the second attempt, it has gotten 16 kilograms of fruits of Adlay which was less yield than expected for the planted acreage.
Therefore, Hakubaku Co., Ltd. had been studying the cause of the poor crop and have found out that the poor fertilization of the fields and its control might be the cause. Now, Hakubaku Co., Ltd. have decided to start the third attempt with better fertilization of the fields, better seed selection and disinfection.

This time, Provincial Department of Agriculture (PDA) of Battambang Province which is the counter partner of GEJ for the agriculture training to the farmers who live on the post landmine field to become independent and have worked as an advisor of the Adlay cultivation project will also participate the experimental cultivation of Adlay.
The situation of cultivation by PDA shall be informed to Mr. Phean and it shall be reflected his method.

GEJ support farmers who live on the post landmine field to become independent through the Agricultural Training including Rice growing, Mushroom cultivation, Chicken raise and home vegetable gardening. GEJ is also challenging to cultivate the Adlay which could be the new income source for farmers there.

・At the farmland of Mr.Phean



At the end of July, the seeds of Adlay and the new
Instruction were handed over to Mr. Phean through
staffs of GEJ and PDA.

















5 ridges for directly sowing and 3 ridges for      Filled water and the fertilizer was spreadin
transplanting   









Preparation of the seeds                  Adlay seed sprout









Seeding to ridges                       Preparing the nursery

・At farmlands of PDA











Ready for transplant                     Fertilizer is ready












         The normal and wet farmlands were ready for the experimental cultivation

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Aug 1, 2017

Let’s make our dreams come true! Challenging Mushroom Spawn production.

The challenge to produce the Mushroom Spawn have started at the corner of premises of Provincial Department of Agriculture (PDA) in Battambang City, the Kingdom of Cambodia.
PDA is one of partners of Good Earth Japan (GEJ) for supporting farmers at there, and had the intension of producing Mushroom Spawn by themselves for years.

GEJ support farmers who live on the post landmine field for the improvement of their life and for them to become independent. The large part of the support activities is the Agriculture training including Rice cultivation, Chicken raise, Home vegetable gardening and Mushroom cultivation which are very much related to their daily life.
The Mushroom cultivation training had started in 2008 and many farmers participated the training already, and some of them have captured the knowhow of cultivating the Mushroom and can ship their product to the market for earning the petty cash.

However, to achieve the success with Mushroom cultivation, beside of having good Mushroom bed and the good maintenance etc., it is essential to have quality Mushroom Spawn.
During past trainings, as it was very difficult to get the quality Spawn within the Province, PDA had to purchase the Spawn from the manufacture of outside of the Province and had distributed them to farmers participated. Consequently, it was extremely difficult for individual farmer to get the quality Spawn by himself in the market.
Therefore, PDA decided to have own facility of producing quality Spawn by themselves for better result of the Mushroom cultivation training and to strengthen the support for farmers to become independent some time ago and had been asking GEJ to cooperate with them for the plan.

GEJ have considered their request very deeply and decided to help the initial cost for preparing the facility from the budget in this term. Meanwhile, GEJ completed its 10th anniversary of supporting farmers there in this March. Then this project of Mushroom Prawn production became the memorial co-work for both GEJ and PDA.

A part of premises of PDA in Battambang City was provided, although there are many issues such as to collect good materials, confirm the function of the inoculation facilities and compile the knowhow etc. to be solved, the construction of the Mushroom Spawn inoculation room was complete recently. As the material and facilities for Mushroom spawning were brought in and staff of the work was employed, the trial of Mushroom Spawn inoculation have been started.
PDA have intention of providing the training course of Mushroom Spawn inoculation to farmers who want to inoculate them themselves in the future too.

GEJ hope the quality and inexpensive Mushroom Spawn shall be provided to farmers who have been supported by GEJ soon.
GEJ support farmers who live on the post landmine field to become independent through the agriculture training, improving living environment, and improvement of infrastructure.

The facility of Mushroom Spawn production










PDA Battambang, Left hand corner should be used   The place for Mushroom Spawn production












The building for inoculation work was completed    Rice straws and bean shells were brought in












Material is chopped and crushed by machines     Overview of the inoculation room












Sterilization box is placed on the table         To prevent the Spawn from polluted,
                                  work is done in the box












Bottles contain the inoculated agar etc. with Spawn   Bottle shelves




Prepared the bags(of straw and bean shell) for
seeding the Mushroom Spawn
Can see the pot for sterilization on the table
















For success, Mr. Sovanmony, Deputy Director    Commemorative board for completion
of PDA and Mr. Sambath of GEJ shook hands
with firm grip 

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Jul 31, 2017

Wow, fantastic! We do our best too. Home Vegetable Gardening training

On Sunday July 23, 105 farmers from villages of Phnom Khpos, Otakon and Ou Tanhean in Battambang Province, northwest of the Kingdom of Cambodia who participated the Home Vegetable Gardening Training provided by Good Earth Japan (GEJ) and Provincial Department of Agriculture (PDA) have visited a successful vegetable farmer at suburbs of Battambang city.
The successful farmer Mr. Nob Nol started to grow vegetables only with 12 meter x 12 meter land and he became a owner of the large vegetable farm of having 5,000 square meter farmland and continue to harvest vegetables 7 to 8 times per year and ship them to the market.
According to him, the control of soil, quality seed (For dry and rainy seasons) and give the optimum fertilizer and water are essential to have good vegetables. These days, he monitors the market prices and competitiveness for his vegetables.
Farmers were overwhelmed by the size of farming but after listening Mr. Nob’s tale of hard times and getting the knowhow of growing vegetable from him, they were put assured that they can be like Mr. Nob in the future.

The scheduled Home Vegetable Gardening training for 7 villages in Battambang Province which GEJ and PDA provide within this term is almost completed with this event for 3 villages.

GEJ support farmers who live on the post landmine field to become independent through like this agriculture training, improving living environment, and improvement of infrastructure.












Surprised with the scale                  Waiting the instruction at the good view point












Mr. Nob Nol, successful person              Listening eagerly












Seedbeds covered with net                 Removing weeds












Group photo (Could not include the all)

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Jul 21, 2017

Growing well but it must be prepared always

On both days of July 11 and 12, the Home Vegetable Gardening Training had been conducted to the farmers in Battambang Province, the Kingdom of Cambodia where Good Earth Japan (GEJ) extend the support to villagers who live on the post landmine field for them to become independent.
The Home Vegetable Gardening Training is the one of the important Agriculture Training beside of other training of Rice Cultivation, Mushroom cultivation and Chicken raise etc. which GEJ provide in conjunction with Provincial Department of Agriculture (PDA), Battambang to farmers.
This time, the farmers together with the instructors of PDA visited the model farm of each village and inspected the vegetables.
Although the vegetables were growing well, it was evident that the insects were starting to harm them. Therefore, instructors gave a special instruction of how to cope with such problem.

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Korsvay village











Start with the lecture                    Checking the insects and disease



Infected with larvae




















Instantly, the Pineapple base Butterfly traps were prepared and hanged around

Ou Tanhean village


Question and answer with the instructor of PDA


















The poor sprouts have to be replaced with good ones

Boursankrea village











Listening earnestly                     Proceeding the inspection

Otakon village
 










Instruction of how to make ridges            Observing the spray of insecticide

Phnom Khpos village










Waiting arrival of others                   Inspection by the instructor of PDA

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Jul 18, 2017

Messages from trainees of Chicken raise Training

Have received some messages from farmers who attended the Chicken raise training which is the one of Agriculture Training Program of Good Earth Japan (GEJ) provide to farmers who live on the post mine-field in Battambang Province, Cambodia for them to become independent in conjunction with Provincial Department of Agriculture (PDA) of Battambang.
They had bitter experiences of losing many of their chickens with disease before.
However, from the sessions they have learnt and practiced not only how to cope with chicken disease but many other things for raising healthy and marketable chickens also.
GEJ support farmers who live on the post landmine field to become independent through like this agriculture training, improving living environment, and improvement of infrastructure.

Mr. Noav Nem, Bung sangke village











My name Noav Nem living at Boeng Sangkae village since 2005, This is the first time for me to participated chicken raising training, I used to raising chicken with out method, never successful every year effect to the chicken disease no treatment no vaccine, when the chicken disease most of my chickens died, through the training trainer teach how to raising chicken to be success:
- Make the chicken house if farmers available
- Chicken house shall be high from the ground at least 1m make shelf for chicken sleep
- Provide enough water and vitamin energy food
- Protection before chicken disease such as eye-drop, injection of cholera
During training step by step and practiced my chicken is OK no one disease yet, I have 60 chicken now. I hope this year will success for chicken raising.
Thank to GEJ/PDA for supporting Boeng Sangkae village and next training farmers want mushroom cultivation

Ms. Arl Touch, Otakon village











My name Arl Touch living in Otakong village since 2005, I used to participate all training such as Rice, Mushroom, Home garden and chicken raising.
I used to raising as traditional but the chicken effect the disease when disease coming no solution most chicken are died.
But from last year after training understand the way how to protect, protect disease of the chicken is very important, because chicken contagious disease very quick and die.
Now I have about 200 chicken at my house for selling and food. The cost of the chicken $3/Kg, average one chicken 1.5Kg -1.8Kg.
This year Chicken follow up, today happy to received 8 Chick from GEJ. Thanks to GEJ for supporting Otakong village.
In my village received 2 ponds, one line laterite road and this year one line of earth road.

Mr. Po Pich, Prahop village











My name Po Pich living at Probherb since 1998, I used to participated the training with GEJ such as: Rice cultivation, Mushroom cultivation, Home garden cultivation and chicken raising. About the chicken raising before and after training 2 way different:
- Risky raising some year success some year fail, when chicken disease no solution wait until
  chicken died.
- After training have the solution when chicken disease.
Last year after training, I follow the method my chicken are OK. I have 200 chicken at my house now, this year follow up more understand how to protect the chicken before disease coming.

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Jul 11, 2017

Here too, repair work of the road was carried out.

At the end of June, the road between villages of Andok Dammuoy and Kokchou in Battambang Province, Kingdom of Cambodia which was constructed by Japanese Government fund with the involvement of Good Earth Japan (GEJ) in 2012 had the roughness, holes and small damages of its shoulder. Farmers of both villages have worked hard for repairing those damages.
As those farmers had been trained for the repair method by Provincial Department of Rural Development (PDRD) and had received the tools for repair work from GEJ in the past, they have repaired damages efficiently by themselves this time too.

Around this time of the before rainy season come in full –fledged, for avoiding the damages become bigger, such work of small repairs were carried out as for the road maintenance here and there.












Japan aid road                        Shoulder was collapsed












Had holes












Carry the Laterite supplied by GEJ            Spread Laterite and compact












Already quite skilled                     Slope of shoulder was also repaired












The work was completed                Branches of tree were placed for the sign of work

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Jul 7, 2017

Had a good sweat by repairing road

On June 21, the small repair work on the 3.4 Km community road of Otakon village in Battambang province northwest of Cambodia which was built in 2015 by Good Earth Japan (GEJ) was carried out by villagers.
Although the damage of road was not so serious, the repair work was done before the damage become bigger by heavy rains in rainy season to come soon. More than 20 villagers had worked under instruction of GEJ’s local staff.
The importance of the repair before the bigger damage and how to were explained before the work, and villagers started to work step by step using the tools supplied by GEJ. Consequently, villagers can act for repairing the damage immediately after they find damages by themselves in future.

GEJ support farmers who live on the post-minefield to become independent through agriculture training, improving living environment, and also improvement of infrastructure. Beside, GEJ is instructing farmers to do such things themselves if it can be done in cooperation with neighbors.












They were shallow dips still!               Instruction of importance and how to












Step 1: Digging out the damage              Step 2: Spray water












Step 3: Fill the soil                      Step 4: Compact

 










Step 5: Spread Laterite on the surface and compact   Step 6: Put the branch of tree for avoiding
                                    something run over the repaired area












Step 7: Store the tools after clean














Completed the work with full satisfaction

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Jul 4, 2017

Will raise them without fail!

Chicken raise training and its follow up training were completed at the end of June, and the chicks for practicing the instructions were delivered.
The Chicken raise training is the one of Agriculture Training Program which Good Earth Japan (GEJ) provide to farmers who live on the post mine-field in Battambang Province, Cambodia for them to become independent in conjunction with Provincial Department of Agriculture (PDA) of Battambang.

For about 3 months since early April, 12 sessions for 7 newly participated villages and 9 sessions for 2 villages attended the follow up training were conducted during the period, and the chicks were handed to farmers at time of the final training in June.
Although it was the intense training for lecture and practice, there were a little drop out farmers and is expected the good result for raising the chickens.
10 chicks for newly participated farmers and 8 chicks for others were handed over.
Everybody was very eager to raise them successfully and increase the numbers for getting eggs and meats for their own consumption, and to get cash through selling them in the market.

In addition to the above, GEJ and PDA have organized to bring farmers to the successful farmer of raising chicken at suburb of Battambang City to encourage the motivation and confidence of them.

Delivering Chicks

With attendance of the vice department head of PDA, Mr. Mony, the chicks were handed over after the final lecture.

  Andoung Neang Village












The final lecture by Mr. Mony of PDA         The group photo

  Bung sangke village











Final instruction too                    Some farmers were out of this photo

  Prahop village











Exchanging opinions about training with Mr. Sambath of GEJ. After the meeting, chicks were handed over.

  Otakon village Group 1 and 2











After the instruction, the chicks were delivered individually


Visit of successful farmer with chicken raise

On June 29 and 30, 2 groups of 148 farmers from 5 villages who attended the training have visited the chicken farm of Mr. Mab at the suburb of Battambang city for the objective training and observation of the facilities.
Mr. Mab started to raise only 10 chicken and became such successful chicken farm like now. He commented it is very essential to keep chicken cage clean and tidy always beside the work to prevent chickens from the decease, good feeding and watering.
Some of farmers declared that they will become like Mr. Mab with their strong effort.












Disinfection before entering the chicken farm     Gazing on inside of the chicken cage












Cage was very clean and in order             Oh, it is huge and clean!












The comments of Mr. Mab was very interested and useful       Large hatching facility of eggs

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Jul 3, 2017

Home Vegetable Gardening Training is on schedule

The Home Vegetable Gardening Training which is one of the Agriculture Training Program, Good Earth Japan (GEJ) extend the support to farmers who live on the post mine-field in Battambang Province, Cambodia for them to become independent is on the schedule.
The training program was studied and put into practice in conjunction with the Provincial Department of Agriculture (PDA) which is the counter partner of GEJ in Cambodia.
Farmers were assembled at the model farm of each village and received the inspection of growth of vegetables and insects by instructor of PDA. Instruction to prevent vegetables from disease was given also.
Furthermore, planting, watering and giving fertilizer were practiced. Although they are called farmer, some are inexperienced and the most of them work with their own way of farming.
As the training is very effective for their improvement, farmers listen very attentive and practice accordingly.

Korsvay village












Lecture at the meeting place               Instruction at the field of Model farm












As the ground was too dry, insect attacked       The idea of how to prepare natural insecticide
                                    was given

Otakon village, Group 1









Instruction of how to plant was given and practiced

Phnom Khpos village












Started with the lecture too












The garden of one of farmer attend the training    Inside of the fence to prevent shoots from
                                   cattle

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Jun 26, 2017

The opportunity of introducing GEJ’s activities was given

The lecture of introducing the background and support activities of Good Earth Japan (GEJ) for farmers who live on post landmine field in Cambodia have taken place to the members of Toukatsu Business Kyogikai(TBK) at the meeting room of Garden Hotel, Kashiwa-no-ha Campus, Kashiwa City in Chiba Prefecture on June 20.
TBK is a self governing body and was established in 2001 for the purposes of establishing the relationship, interchanging the information, business corporation among member companies and to contribute local community.
Currently, it has member companies of over 60.
This time, thanks to the intermediary of Mr. Ohguro of Ohguro Diesel Ltd. who is the member company of GEJ as well as TBK, the lecture was realized.

At the meeting , the brochure of introducing GEJ’s activities were delivered to the audience and the presentation of introducing the GEJ’ activities was carried out by using of Power point and video for about 50 minutes and the audience listened earnestly.
Furthermore, the donation from TBK was handed over to GEJ at the meeting too.

Thank you members of TBK!












It was 16th regular meeting               The head organizer Mr. Kodama introduced GEJ












The lecture by Secretary-general of GEJ       Audience listened earnestly












The donation was handed over to GEJ

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Jun 20, 2017

We can concentrate into teaching now

The dormitory of teachers of the Primary school at Prahop village in Battambang Province, northwest of Cambodia has been completed.
Due to the poor conditions of road and transport, there was a difficulty to commute teachers from their houses to the school every day.
Then, it had been decided teachers to occupy one of the classrooms of school bringing their beds, cookware and other utilities in to the room.
The request by villagers to construct the teacher’s dormitory for opening up the room for school children, and improve the life of teachers for them to concentrate their teaching work had been passed to GEJ since some time ago.
The request had been realized with the fund based on the donation from three companies of Hitachi Construction Machinery Tierra Co., Ltd., Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. and Hitachi Construction Machinery Japan Co., Ltd. And construction work had started in April. (Please refer to the article Everybody hope early completion of the dormitory for teachers dated May 8, 2017.)
The construction work went well and it was completed.
It has 4 bed rooms and a small kitchen at the back. There are no electric nor water supply as same as the village houses. The living water shall be depended by rainwater. Teachers will use the toilets of the school.

Teachers can concentrate to their teaching work now.
Thank you, Hitachi Construction Machinery Tierra Co., Ltd. and others.


GEJ support farmers who live on the post minefield to become independent through agriculture training, improving living environment and infrastructure, and improvement of education for the children.










Left side: Small kitchen                   Right side: Pots for rainwater and toilet
                                  at the back










Completed dormitory                    The board of commemoration

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Jun 15, 2017

Now, can avoid the walk in the water

As you may know, in Cambodia, it has very severe weather like in rainy season with flooding and in dry season with drought so often. The villages in Battambang Province where Good Earth Japan (GEJ) support farmers who live on the post landmine field to become independent also have been affected such disasters frequently.
Due to the flooding by small canal along side of the Prey Preal GEJ Primary School in Prey Preal village, the school ground and access path have covered by the water often too.
Although some improvement was made on the canal stream, because of the poor drainage, even with the small rain causes those places covered with water still. As a result, school children were having difficulty for accessing to school building so often too.
Therefore, there was a strong request of assistance to fill up the ground and access path from school master to GEJ from some time ago.

Recently, they had a budget from Government for the cost of filling up which could cover only 15 % of the area, then GEJ decided to bear the cost of the rest of area, and the filling up work was started under supervision of Battambang Provincial Department of Rural Development (PDRD).

School children and teachers are happy with this improvement and thank GEJ.

Russairo Kiesel primary school was the same situation and the filling up work on the ground and access path was done in September last year.
















The flood around the gate                  The ground and path were under the water












Under supervision by PDRD, the survey and filling work were carried out












The filling up was completed in early June

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Jun 12, 2017

I am proud of that I was appointed as the model farmer.

As reported on May 15 on this website, 2 villages of Andoung Neang and Anlongsvay among 21 villages in Battambang Province in Cambodia where Good Earth Japan (GEJ) support not been offered the real support for these 7 years.
For those 2 villages, GEJ started to carry out the Chicken raise training which is one of the Agriculture training in conjunction with Provincial Department of Agriculture, Battambang (PDA) from this budget term.

To make farmers understand better and keep their interest, it is decided to have Mr. Pheach Lean who lives in Andoung Neang village since year 2011 as the model farmer for this training in this village which 32 farmers participate.
He has been raising chickens in his own way and lost many chicken by diseases before. Since he started to participate the lectures and practices, he has realized his way might be wrong and strongly appealed to continue to receive the sessions.
Therefore, considering his eagerness and agreement of PDA and other participants, GEJ decided him to be the model farmer of this village for the training and presented 20 chicks to him with the hope of villagers.
From now on, his henhouse shall be the place of practical training of how to prepare the best henhouse to prevent chickens from foreign enemy and cruel weather, how to prepare and give good feed, how to give vaccination and other training related to chicken raise accordingly with the growth of chicks.

Mr. Pheach Lean said; Thank you for giving me a chance to challenge. I shall do my best.












Mr. Pheach Lean                       Handed chicks in front of other participants












Chicks were put in the cage












The old henhouse of Mr. Pheach                   Nest for laying eggs

 










House of Mr. Pheach


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Jun 8, 2017

Yes. I could do also!     Chicken raise training

The Chicken raise training and its follow up training had started in early May this year for 9 villages in Battambang Province, northwest of Cambodia where Good Earth Japan (GEJ) support farmers who live on the post landmine field.
Since then, the trainings scheduled between GEJ and Provincial Department of Agriculture (PDA) has been carrying out here and there accordingly.
In late May and in early June, the instructors of PDA have been visiting villages to instruct how to do the injection and to give eye drops of vaccination to chickens for preventing them from diseases.
Farmers who had been raising chicken with their own way had bitter experience of losing many chickens due to the disease and others. At the sessions, farmers have realized the necessity of such vaccinations to prevent their chicken from diseases.
As farmers did not have any experience of handling those syringe and dropper, they practiced them fearfully.

Let’s hope the chickens grow healthy.

GEJ support farmers who live on the post landmine field to become independent through like this agriculture training, improving living environment, and improvement of infrastructure.

Korsvay village









At first, explanation of the reason why, effect and how to .   Injected actually. It looks painful!

Boursankrea village











                          Practicing eyes drop












Miss. Chan Tra. It was the first time for her to have a syringe. But could manage somehow. 

Anlongsvay village









Giving instruction                      Practicing eye drops

Andoung Neang village











28 farmers attended                     Instruction of how to use syringe
                                   and apply eye drops

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Jun 6, 2017

Pumps have been repaired. It makes our daily work easier.

There are 8 Hand Pumps for pumping up water of Pond and/or groundwater at villages of Battambang Province, Cambodia where Good Earth Japan (GEJ) support farmers who live on post landmine field there.
Those pumps had been installed in 2007 or 2008 when GEJ just started the support activities in Cambodia.
Since then, they had been maintained and repaired sometimes for use. However, because of the wear of valves and/or broken handles etc., the most of Pumps have been not in use for these years, and farmers and school directors have been asking the repair.
For the area, it is essential to have Pond for the drought but the Pump is also important for drawing up the water.
This time, GEJ ordered to repair 7 Pumps either to replace or repair. At the same time, GEJ instructed farmers to improve their handling method of them.

GEJ support farmers who live on the post landmine field to become independent through agriculture training, improving living environment and infrastructure.

Prey Preal GEJ Primary School












March, 2016 : Pumps were broken            The elder school children go to get water












Carrying water with buckets                Watering to plants at the school yard










May, 2017: One pump was replaced, the other was repaired  Confirming the function after repair

Russairo village












May, 2017: Before the repair work            Under repair












Confirming the function after repair

Russairo Kiesel Primary School












May, 2017: One was just functioning. The other was broken.          Under repair












Both maintained and repaired. Function OK.

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Jun 1, 2017

The second Pond has been completed at Bosampor village

The construction work of the second Good Earth Japan (GEJ) Pond with the size of 30m width x 60m length 4m depth at Bosampor village which is the 31st Pond in Battambang Province, had been in its final stage to complete before the full rainy season to come, and it is almost completed now.
Although the village is located at the southern part of Kamping Puoy manmade lake but it is not enjoying the benefit from it and been having difficulties of water supply.
GEJ constructed a Pond at there last year but because the village is widely spread and big population, it has been requested to have the other one strongly.

The second one was constructed at about 2.5 Km in distance from the first one but villagers are quite happy for the improvement.

The construction work was carried out by Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) under the supervision of Provincial Department of Rural Development of Battambang Province.












May 4: Just after the work started            May 12: Under the construction











                         May 23: Almost completed




For your information: This kind of work for carrying
water in long distance could be reduced




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May 30, 2017

Home Vegetable Gardening Training has started too

The Home Vegetable Gardening Training which is one of the Agriculture Training, Good Earth Japan (GEJ) provide to farmers who live on the post mine-field in Battambang Province, Cambodia for them to become independent has started.
This year, 3 villages of Phnom Khpos, Otakon and Ou Tanhean participate as new target, and other 2 villages of Korsvay and Boursankrea receives the follow up training.
The Home Gardening Training is well accepted by the farmers there as they can get into the activities and it can be one of their daily foods. If the quality of the vegetable is marketable and the yield is more than their consumption, they can bring them to the market for their income also.

On both days of May 26 and 27, the farmers at villages of Otakon, Phnom Khpos, Ou Tanhean and Korsvay have received the trainings by Instructors of Provincial Department of Agriculture, Battambang Province (PDA) which is a counter partner of GEJ.

GEJ hope farmers will grow many and good vegetables which can be marketable.

1. Otakon village, Group 1
27 farmers were trained for how to prepare the organic fertilizer and the natural insecticide.
The natural insecticide is prepared by the effective plants grown in the village, chopped in to small and boiled with 3 litter of water. The chopped plants boiled till the stock become a litter.
It will be used to spray the vegetables after diluted 18 times by water.












Lecture before the practice                Prepare the organic fertilizer with
                                  wasted Pineapple












Insecticide: Collect the effective plants         Insecticide: Chop them into small












Insecticide: Boil plants well                 Insecticide: Boil the stock to become a litter

2. Otakon village, Group 2


29 farmers received the instruction
of how to plant





3. Ou Tanhean village


41 farmers had a lecture on how to
prepare organic fertilizer and
natural insecticide first







4. Phnom Khpos village


21 farmers been instructed how to
prepare the organic fertilizer





5. Korsvay village


26 farmers reviewed how to
prepare the organic fertilizer


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May 15, 2017

Thank you for coming back to us!

Good Earth Japan (GEJ) support farmers of 21 villages who live on the post minefield in Battambang Province, North West of Cambodia.
However, 2 villages of Andoung Neang and Anlongsvay among them had not been offered the real support for these 7 years.
The trainings of Rice cultivation, Frog raising and bag Mushroom cultivation in 2009 and 2010 for the farmers of Andoung Neang village was the last.

Both villages and Bung Sangke village which is newly added for the support have started to receive the Chicken raise training which are the one of Agriculture trainings which GEJ and Provincial Department of Agriculture (PDA) provide.
Recently, GEJ received the thanks message from the village chief of Andoung Neang village.





Village chief











I am Mr. Soun Buncham living in Andoung Neang village since 1997 moved from Sangke district, Battambang Province.
I have been appointed as the village chief of this village in 2002 and since then I was working with agriculture as same as the other farmers in the village.

I had experienced to receive the training of GEJ in 2009 and 2010 for Rice cultivation, Frog raising, and Bag mushroom. In case of Frog raising and Bag mushroom cultivation, farmers could not continue to work them because of difficulty of finding the material for them around the village , and stopped.
This year, GEJ came back to train farmers of this village again, and 47 farmers of young and others newly moved in to the village started to participate the Chicken raise training. (Please refer to the article of dated April 11, “Checking their spirit and knowledge level at first” of this WEB site.)

Myself was used to raise the chickens with the traditional way but it was not successful, and lost over 100 chickens by disease in last year for example.
Through a few time training already received, new method of chicken raise that all the farmers in this village never thought including how to make the chicken feed and use of the medicine when chicken get disease etc. shall be very effective, I think.

We hope that we will succeed with chicken raising for improve our life in this year.
We have a very good luck of that GEJ came back to this village which still need the support.
On behalf of the villagers, thank to GEJ for the support. We will do our best.

GEJ support farmers who live on the post minefield to become independent through like this agriculture training, improving living environment, and improvement of infrastructure.

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May 9, 2017

The actual training was stared Chicken raise training

With the article in this WEB site dated April 11, it was reported that application and registration of the training and follow up training of Chicken raise had been started at 9 villages in Battambang Province northwest of Cambodia where Good Earth Japan (GEJ) support.
Since then, in the late April, 4 villages of Chirok, Bosampor, Boursankrea and Korsvay among them have received the first actual training by the instructors of Provincial Department of Agriculture (PDA) which cooperate with GEJ.
The sessions included the instructions about how to make good cage to protect chicks and chickens from severe climate, animals and disease, and easy access to care them.
Furthermore, how to prepare the good feed considering nourishment element for the health growth.
The most of farmers had been raising chickens with their own way but they realized the instructions given at the session were new for them and found very useful and practical.
As you can seen in the photos below, many farmers attended, listened the instructions very carefully and made notes.

GEJ support farmers who live on the post minefield to become independent through like this agriculture training, improving living environment, and improvement of infrastructure.

Chirok village; 30 farmers












Bosampor village, Group 1; 28 farmers












Bousampor village, Group 2; 31 farmers












Boursnkrea village, Group 1; 25 farmers












Boursankrea village, Group 2; 19 farmers












Korsvay village; 21 farmers











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May 8, 2017

Everybody hope early completion of the dormitory for teachers

The construction work of teacher’s dormitory of Primary School at Prahop village in Battambang Province where Good Earth Japan (GEJ) extend the supports have started.
This Primary School was built by a Spanish NPO in 2010. However, the NPO had withdrawn from their activities in Cambodia 5 years ago.
Due to the poor road condition and the transport, there was a difficulty to commute teachers from their houses to the school every day. Then, it was decided teachers to occupy one of the classrooms of school bringing their Beds, cookware and other utilities in to the room.
The request by villagers to construct the teacher’s dormitory for opening up the room for school children, and improve the life of teachers for them to concentrate their teaching work had been passed to GEJ since sometime ago.

Now, the request was realized with the fund based on the donation from three companies of Hitachi Construction Machinery Tierra Co., Ltd., Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. and Hitachi Construction Machinery Japan Co., Ltd. The construction work started in last month.

Thanks to above contributors and others. Let’s hope the work will be completed soon and teachers can concentrate better on their teaching.

GEJ support farmers who live on the post minefield to become independent through agriculture training, improving living environment and infrastructure, and improvement of education for the children.


The beds, cookware, tables and other utilities were brought in to a class room


















The material for foundation               Bricks for the walls












                    Construction work was started

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May 8, 2017

A first Pond by GEJ at Bousankrea village

A couple of photos informing completion of the first Pond have been constructed by Good Earth Japan (GEJ) at Bousankrea village in Cambodia has arrived.
Villages are surprised with the outstanding joint work and cooperation between GEJ, Provincial Department of Rural Department (PDRD) who administrate the work, and Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) who construct the Pond actually for the planned Pond at the village.
Furthermore, as it was completed before the Rain season and they can store the enough water for their agriculture work and for other consumptions overcoming the next Dry season to come, they say.

Thank you, members and other supporters of GEJ.

GEJ support farmers who live on the post minefield to become independent through agriculture training, improving living environment, and also improvement of infrastructure.










The digging work was finished            The concrete steps for drawing water were installed

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Apr 20, 2017

Runners enjoyed the beautiful weather Kasumigaura Marathon

On April 16, Kasumigaura Marathon and International blind people Marathon were held at Tsuchiura and Kasumigaura Cities, Ibaragi Prefecture.
Good Earth Japan (GEJ) participated to the event setting up a booth for promoting the support activities for the farmers who live on the post minefield in Cambodia.
Same as the last year, more than 23 thousands runners were there.
The themes of the Marathon for this year were “One sky. Same light, wind and thought”. As the themes, it was blessed with good weather from beginning to end.
Many people cheered for the marathon runners from the roadside with cherry blossom.
From Cambodia where GEJ is in action, two runner were invited through NPO “Heart of Gold” which Ms. Yuko Arimori (Famous Marathon Runner) is representing, and they participated in the 10 miles and 5 Km marathons.

At the GEJ’s booth, many men and women of all ages visited and listen the explanation about the situation of Cambodia especially damages and recovery from the landmines, and deepen their understanding on the GEJ’s activities there. Many of them had donated from their allowances too.

Thank you who donated and encouraged us.
GEJ continue to support farmers who live on the post minefield to become independent.












Runners rushing to starting area             Children also donated!












Thank you for your agreement              Thank you for your kindness












Running under the cherry trees             Cheered by the sound of Drums...












Explaining the area where GEJ work           Mr. Fujita, the silver medalist of the
                                  Rio. Paralympic game visited us












Cambodian runners also!                The Miss. Japan 2017 Grand prix Ms. Takada also!


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Apr 13, 2017

The work is progressing.    New Pond at Boursankrea village

The construction of length 30m x width 20x depth 3m Pond for Boursankrea village in Battambang Province at Northwest of Cambodia which is one of the new project in this new financial term by Good Earth Japan (GEJ) has started. As the progress of work is so good, it can be completed around the beginning of May.
In addition, the gathering of villagers to discuss about the other project of improving the roads to commute to school with Laterite was held too.
32 villagers have attended the meeting and discussed how to maintain the roads etc.

GEJ support farmers who live on the post minefield to become independent through agriculture training, improving living environment, and also improvement of infrastructure.












Good progress                        The gathering

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