Activity Report

Feb 1, 2017

(NEW) Thank you! Now, we can walk the road in rainy day without problems

The construction works for improving the 1.2 Km length farm road with Laterite coverage and for a new pond at Bosampor village, and for a new pond at Chirok village in North Western part of Cambodia where Good Earth Japan (GEJ) support, had been started November last year.
The work of Ponds for both villages have been completed by early January this year.
However, due to some delay of arrangement of required equipment, the 1.2Km farm road improvement with laterite coverage has been completed in last week finally, report from Cambodia said.

Now, the villagers are happy for the easier access to their farmlands without mud nor puddles on the road. Thank you, GEJ supporters.
Farmers assured of that they will maintain the road themselves as they had declared before the construction works had commenced.

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

1.Bosampor village









The farm road before Laterite coverage          Installation work of Calvert










Finished Laterite coverage work










                  Completed Pond in Bosampor village

2.Chirok village









                     Complete Pond in Chirok village

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Jan 23, 2017

(NEW) Will do our best to raise chickens successfully

After the excursion visit to the successful farmer of Chicken Raise, in Chrabveal village near Battambang City on December 28, in last year by 40 farmers from Otakon and Prahop villages who were attending the Chicken Raise Training organized by Good Earth Japan (GEJ) and Provincial Department of Agriculture, Battambang Province (PDA), as reported on January 6, the distribution of young chickens and chicks to those framers as for the prize of full attendance was taken place on January 20.

The training lessons of how to make the hen house, how to prepare the good feed, the method of vaccination and others were carried out during the training period in house and at field, and the all program for Chicken raise training was finished by this distribution.

Chickens are the one of important income sources of farmers if it shall be well grown to marketable as well as their food of protein-rich. GEJ hope that chicks shall be brought up well and increase their numbers.

Mr. Hai Ngy had moved in to Otakon village in 2005, and he had been attending the training courses of Rice cultivation, Mushroom cultivation and Chicken raise for three years.
Before attending the Chicken raise training, he had a bitter experience of he lost many chickens by disease. However,since he received the Chicken raise training course by GEJ and PDA, he could raise them without big trouble, he could ship 50 chickens and earn about 280 US dollars in recent months as the result.

Chicken raise training is the one of GEJ’s Agricultural Training Program for farmers who live on the post minefield to become independent. As this training for two villagers were finished, the Agricultural Training Program of GEJ for this financial year was completed accordingly.

1.Prahop village











Looked back the courses and pointed out the improvement   Distribution of chicks












These are Chicks

2.Otakon village











Summarization                        Distribution of Young Chickens












Mr. Hai Ngy

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Jan 16, 2017

Adlay have gotten the fruits

The progress reports of the second attempt of Adlay cultivation had been issued a couple of times since sowing with the seed of it on September 6, 2016. Thanks to your pray for success, the Adlay grown good since then and threshing work was completed after harvesting and drying it successfully.

Following the request of Hakubaku Co., Ltd. who produces the grain food in Japan, GEJ had started the experimental cultivation of Adlay at a famer Mr. Phean in Slappan village, Battambang Province. The first attempt started from April, 2016 was a failure because of the insides of Adlay fruits were empty due to the exceptional drought in Cambodia. Therefore, GEJ made sure of every steps of cultivation having fine contact with Mr. Phean. As it was covered with water when the flood, GEJ had worried about poor crops but finally it could reach the threshing work and had gotten the fruits weighed about 16 Kgs.
Now, Hakubaku Co., Ltd. will decide whether it can be feasible to start its larger scale cultivation or not by studying the quality, harvested amount and others of Adlay fruits in detail.

In cooperation with PDA (Provincial Department of Agriculture) in Battambang Province in Cambodia, GEJ support farmers who live on the post-mined field to become independent through the Agricultural Training including Rice growing, Mushroom cultivation, Chicken raise and backyard vegetable gardening. GEJ is also challenging to cultivate the Adlay which could be the new income source for farmers there.










Bundling up the Adlay                   Drying carefully










                 The yield of about 16 Kgs. after dry

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Jan 6, 2017

A day trip for training was held

On December 28 last year, about 40 farmers from Otakon and Prahop villages who were attending the Chicken Raise Training organized by Good Earth Japan(GEJ) and Provincial Department of Agriculture, Battambang Province(PDA) have made a excursion visit to a successful farmer of Chicken Raise, Mr. Eurn Sareun, in Chrabveal village near Battambang City. It was an hour and half one way trip by cars to the village.
The farmers listen the story of many hardships of Mr. Eurn in the past and inspected the every corner of the chicken farm.
Especially, the full scale, wide and clean chicken farm with hatching facility of eggs was interested and breathtaking.
Mr. Eurn started to raise 10 chicks in 2007 studying the method of how to raise them on his own, and gradually expanded his business overcoming numerous troubles. Now, he ships chickens to the market in Battambang City and is earning approximately US$250 per month from it.
According to him, keeping the hen house clean always, give the fresh water and the nutritious feed to chicken are essential for success.
Farmers realized the importance to follow the 5S (“Seiri (Sorting out)”, “Seiton (Setting in order)”, “Seisou (Cleaning)”, “Seiketsu (Cleanliness)”, “Shitsuke (Discipline)”) too.

One of the participants from Prahop village, Mr. So Phath had tried to raise chicken several times before attending the training course but all the time chickens had dead by diseases and others. He, now, is very eager to do another attempt for success following the all instruction given during the training course.












Listen the explanation in a shade            The hen house was clean,












sorted out and setting in order.             Young chickens were growing well












Was very interested in to the hatching facility of eggs and chicks house












Mr. So is very eager to succeed by preparing the henhouse of 3m by 4m at his home

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Jan 5, 2017

We found our goals!      Home Vegetable Gardening Training

Good Earth Japan(GEJ) in conjunction with Provincial Department of Agriculture, Battambang Province (PDA) had started the Home Vegetable Gardening Training to the farmers who live on the post minefield at villages of Boursankrea and Korsvay in Battambang Province northwest of Cambodia in May last year.
The training was the one of Agriculture Training Program for them to become independent and it was becoming the final stage of follow up course.

On December 27 last year, GEJ and PDA have organized the visit of successful farm with vegetable cultivation in Tasei village located about 50Km away from those villages.
The farmer called Mr. Nob Nun, is the one trainee of the Home Vegetable Gardening Training organized by PDA in 2007. He had started to grow vegetables on 12m by 12m square land carrying the water necessary for his garden from the pond located in distance. But, since then, his hard work was rewarded gradually, and he became big farmer with a big farm land and cultivate various kind of vegetables.

The 53 farmers who participated the visit have been determined that their effort can be realized to become successful farmer like Mr. Nob in the future. Don’t give up.

Mr. Nob explained the following points which are essential to consider for growing vegetables successfully from his experience. Farmers were listening very carefully and some were taking note.  Well soften the soil
Good selection of compose and fertilizer
Water control
Good selection of seeds
Quick and appropriate measures against disease and harmful insect
Others

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












Detailed explanation by Mr. Nob. Question and answer time was held too.












Shown throughout of the farmland            The helpers were employed












Watering by the water sprinkler

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Dec 15, 2016

Had interacted with farmers and seen the their real situation in Cambodia

In December, the chairman of Good Earth Japan (GEJ), Mr. Sumioka has visited the rural area of Battambang Province in Cambodia where GEJ support the farmers there and had interaction with them, and confirmed the necessity of continuation of support and strengthen the ties with counter partners who jointly support the farmers.
As GEJ’s activities of supporting the farmers who live on the post minefield to become independent through agriculture training, improving living environment, and improvement of infrastructure etc. marked ten years anniversary this year, the visit was to make sure of the current activities and to study of feasibility of the future projects.

Although it was short and busy trip, the summary report of the visit to the GEJ supporters is made as below.

1. Visit of the head quarter of Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC)
As CMAC is not only acting to remove the mines but also extend the support to farmers living post mine area which is the same direction of the GEJ, CMAC is the counter partner of GEJ’s activities in Cambodia.
This time, Mr. Sumioka had a meeting with Mr. Heng Ratana, Delegate of the Royal Government in charge as Director General of CMAC for discussing the current and future activity plans of CMAC, and agreed upon to maintain the relationship and strengthen it.
At the time of meeting, Mr. Ratana expressed the sincere thanks for GEJ’s 10 years continued contribution to Cambodia, and on behalf of farmers and nation presented the Royal Order of Sahametrei ,Mahasena which is conferred primarily on foreigners who have rendered distinguished services to the King and to the people of Cambodia.












Lectured the activities of CMAC                  Presented the Royal Order of
                                       Sahametrei ,Mahasena












Royal Order of Sahametrei ,Mahasena

2. Meeting with Government officials of Battambang Province
Mr. Sumioka had meeting with the Deputy Governor of Battambang Province and other Officials of PDA(Provincial Department of Agriculture), PDRD(Provincial Department of Rural Development) and PDE(Provincial Department of Education) which have been working together with GEJ.
As the 20 villages which GEJ support are all located within a Battambang Province, GEJ has the firm and the best relation with those Department for finding the real requirements and the improvement of situation.
On behalf of villagers, Deputy Governor presented the letter of appreciation to GEJ.












The letter of appreciation was handed over      The letter of appreciation

3. Visiting the Roads, Ponds and Schools GEJ constructed, and Mine clearing site of CMAC
He has visited the villages and seen the real situation of there in detail, and have met and talked with villagers and children interacting with them.
Furthermore, experienced the hard work of clearing the mines in the field where the Mine detectors of CMAC were working.












Checking the GEJ road                  At Slappan Hitachi-kenki Primary Schoo












Experienced the hard work, and expressed the appreciation and encouraged their work












Had inspected the condition of Adlay Pilot Farming at Otakon Village

4. Participated the handover ceremony of the new Pond at Bosampor Village
During the visit, there was the handover ceremony of the GEJ built new Pond which was completed at the early December to the villagers.
In total of about 160 people including 90 villagers and 60 children were gathered and cerebrated the completion of the new Pond.
The Chief of the village expressed the thanks and declared that the maintenance work of Pond should be done by themselves.
It was a friendly and creative meeting with farmers and children for having good relation with them eating together the Khmer noodle.











Tape cutting ceremony                   In front of the Pond












At ceremony                         Vegetables and fruits were exhibited












Together with children                   Had Khmer noodle















Thank you GEJ’s member and other supporters!   We shall maintain the Pond ourselves.

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Dec 8, 2016

Let’s do cleaning our school and keep it clean!

In last month, Good Earth Japan (GEJ) have distributed the cleaning materials such as Shovel, Dust Bin, Dust Pan, Broom and others which were bought from the funds of contribution by GEJ members and donations to the GEJ built primary schools.
Although GEJ had distributed the same before but they had been used for the daily cleaning of the class rooms and playground as a duty of the schoolchildren and especially to cultivate the aesthetic sentiments of newly joined schoolchildren, those tools supplied before were tore and broken. Therefore, GEJ distributed new ones this time.
GEJ wish those schoolchildren who shoulder the future of Cambodia will accustom to clean those facilities themselves.
GEJ support farmers who live on the post minefield to become independent through agriculture training, improving living environment, and improvement of infrastructure.

1.Slappan Hitachi-kenki Primary School      Total School children: 62 Teachers: 4











Although the small school, they are highly motivated

2. Prey Preal GEJ Primary School      Total School children: 221 Teachers: 7











Instructed the importance of cleaning to the school children in morning session












The lower grade school children need to be trained more……












The upper grade children is already quite at home with the cleaning work

3.Russairo Kiesel Primary School      Total School children: 258 Teachers: 11











5S: “Seiri (Sorting out)”, “Seiton (Setting in order)”, “Seisou (Cleaning)”, “Seiketsu (Cleanliness)”, “Shitsuke (Discipline)” =the line up is also very important.

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Dec 6, 2016

Please wait for a while

The construction works for improving the 1.2 Km length farm road with laterite coverage and for a new pond at Bosampor village, and for a new pond at Chirok village where Good Earth Japan (GEJ) support, has been started.
New pond at Bosampor village should be constructed merging two existing small and shallow ponds into a bigger one for villagers of 444 people. As the existing ponds were in use for living , it was desperate to have new one quickly.

According to the report of December 3 from Cambodia, the excavator from CMAC (Cambodian Mine Action Center) was in full use and work for digging and making slope were almost finishing, and the steps for drawing the water were put in to the places. The pond of 59m length, 37m width and 4m depth pond is almost completing.










September, Merging two small ponds           November 26, Full use of Excavator










November 26, Dug out to the planned size       December 3, Soon to be completed

On the other hand, the harvesting of rice was finished and the digging work of a new pond at Chirok village has started.










September, The site of new pond

            December 3, Digging work has just started

GEJ will pay attention to the progress of construction work avoiding any delay till the completion.
GEJ support farmers who live on the post minefield to become independent through agriculture training, improving living environment, and improvement of infrastructure.

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Nov 30, 2016

The farm road and Pond at Otakon village were finally completed

Although the construction work of improvement of Earth road of 3.4 Km with Laterite, new 1.2 Km Earth road and a Pond were started in July this year were delayed due to the delay of Culvert placement work and heavy rains. They have been finally completed.
As the convenience was greatly improved with the Earth road, prevention of the road from the flood was done by the culvert, and the level of water at the Pond become higher , the voice of thanks from farmers are arrived.

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











The Earth road is completed











Oct. 23 Culvert placement to the earth road    Improvement of earth road with Laterite was done












                              Pond is completed

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Nov 22, 2016

The Adlay is growing well but ……

Further report of dated November 20 for the growth of the Adlay has been received.
The Adlay is growing well since the report on October 27 in WEB site.
The height of the Adlay became acceptable level and it is bearing many fruits now. It can be expected to have good crop soon.
However, although it will not be affected much but the field is covered by water caused by the recent rains.
Mr. Phean who is cultivating the Adlay is busy to keep the water in the optimum level.

Good Earth Japan will keep eye on the progress praying the success of this trial.












Grown bigger                         Many fruits












The field is covered by water               The waterway nearby flooded

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Nov 21, 2016

Was good! Better result than expected!

On November 20, harvesting rice at some of rice field of Ou Tanhean village at Battanbang province in Cambodia where Good Earth Japan (GEJ) support has began.
Due to the severe drought in Summer in the area, there was doubt of good crop of rice this year.
However, fortunately, the long awaited rain started around the middle of September which was in time for ripen of rice.

At first, staff of PDA(Provincial Department of Agriculture) conducted the lecture of how to ascertain the time of harvesting rice, and how to select the good rice in the husk for the next season and the way of storage.
Some of the rice field were selected for harvesting and farmers mutually supporting together were started to harvest them.
The crop of these rice field were better than expected as no affection of the drought was encountered and the good instruction by PDA.

GEJ support farmers who live on the post minefield to become independent through the Agricultural Training Program and others.












The lecture by PDA’s staff












Harvesting mutually among farmers           Ears of rice












Farmers were satisfied












Dry in the sun

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Nov 9, 2016

Thank you for your understanding and donation

On November 6, Sunday, Good Earth Japan (GEJ) have participated the Festival of Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. which was held at their Tsuchiura Factory in Ibaragi Prefecture for promoting the activities and asking support.
Thanks to the fine weather and good organization, the Festival was very successful with about 5,000 visitors of local residents and people from the northern parts of Japan.

There were so many visitors dropped in to GEJ booth and listened the explanation of the GEJ’s activities in Cambodia with the photo panels, and donated to support people there.

As visitors could see and touch the construction machinery at this Festival, encountered so many children with their parents and grandparents have visited.

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 to become independent through agriculture training, improving living environment, and improvement of infrastructure.












Long queue at the entrance














Overview of the GEJ’s booth











Explanation of GEJ’s activities using photo panel etc.











Have gotten a gift in return of donation         Thank you for your support!











Which gift in return of donation should I select?











Long queue for Cambodian Coffee            Please down it more, Grandma!











Keep it up!                           Thank you for your donation.











Performance of Brass Band and Japanese Drum at Main stage    Queues for exhibition corner

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Oct 27, 2016

Pray for success of the second attempt of Adlay cultivation

GEJ (Good-Earth-Japan) support farmers who live on the post-mined field to become independent through the Agriculture Training for cultivation of Rice, mushrooms, home gardening and Chicken raise apart from the construction of infrastructure such as School, Road and Pond etc.
Following the request of Hakubaku Co., Ltd. who produces the grain food in Japan, GEJ had started the experimental cultivation of Adlay at a famer in Slappan village since March this year, hoping the Adlay cultivation could be the new income source for farmers there.

The first attempt started from April was a failure because of the insides of Adlay fruits were empty due to the exceptional drought in Cambodia.

This time, the second attempt has started in September in the rainy season with the expectation of the success.
As it is the rainy season, the Adlay is growing well so far.
GEJ support Mr. Phean who is cultivating the Adlay as trial at the village and is looking forward for having good result with many fruits of it.










September 1, Making the ridges             September 6, Sowing

 










September 16, Sprouted                  October 6, Growing










                 October 26, Growing well

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Oct 13, 2016

Chicks were arriving “Chicken Raise” Training

On October 6, the closing ceremony of the follow up training for Chicken Raise Training which was conducted at the second year of the training was held at Phnon Khpos village.
Since the follow up training had started, the training for establishing know how of how to prepare the good henhouse and feed, and how to prevent Chickens from disease with practice of eye drops and vaccine injection to Chicken were carried out.
Now, it was completed and the 6 chicks each for 26 farmers were distributed for them to raise chickens.

Chickens are the one of important income sources of farmers if it shall be well grown to marketable as well as their food of protein-rich.
GEJ (Good Earth Japan) hope that chicks shall be brought up well and increase their numbers.
Chicken raise training is the one of GEJ’s Agricultural Training Program for farmers who live on the post minefield to become independent.












Closing ceremony                       Chicks were distributed












Let’s raise chicks well!

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Oct 6, 2016

Have gotten cheers of “Keep it up!” from many visitors  Global Festa

The Global Festa Japan was held on both days of October 1st and 2nd at the Center Promnade of Odaiba in Tokyo. The theme of the Festa this year was “ for the first step toward to new target.”
According to the organizer, 269 organization participated and had more than 100 thousand visitors for two days.

Good Earth Japan (GEJ) had also participated at RED Area(development of Agricultural area, income improvement, fare trade and others) of the Festa for introducing the activities of GEJ as a NPO and for asking the support.
The first day was slight rain unfortunately but many people visited GEJ Booth. Staff of GEJ were very busy for explaining the negative inheritance like Land mines, restoration works at villages and support to farmer in Cambodia using Panels and brochures.
Visitors listen the explanation carefully with questions, and some of them had 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.











The entrance gate of Festa                Colorful balloons were released when opening














Overview of GEJ’s booth












Elder brother represented to donate!          Visitors listen the explanation carefully











Going to visit GEJ’s office in Feb. next year for their study  Which return gift should be taken?












Thank you for the support, family!            Explained the activities in detail











The passage in front of GEJ’s booth       Interested in to the models of Land Mines at first











People of NACEF (the Nursing Action for Children's Energetic Future, volunteer circle organized by student of Japanese Red Cross Collage of Nursing) visited for cheers.


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Sep 29, 2016

Presented GEJ’s activities at Igarashi Junior High School in Niigata City

GEJ was invited to present its activities in Cambodia by Igarashi Junior High School in Niigata City located on the Sea of Japan’s shoreline for their commemoration ceremony of 40 years establishment on 23rd September, 2016.
Having audience of over 500 students and other participants like teachers and distinguished guests, the secretary general of GEJ explained about disgusting negative inheritance of Land mines in Cambodia and GEJ’s support to farmers who live on post mine area to become independent.
Using slides and DVD, the activities like Agriculture training, improvement of infrastructure (road and pond) and educational support by constructing of primary school and others were explained in detail.

GEJ has received a donation from the school for the purpose of supporting GEJ’s activities with thanks.

Thank you again, people of Igarashi Junior High School!












The gate of the school                   The ceremony started with the play of Koto
                                  (Harp-like Japanese musical instrument)











      Explained the activities in Cambodia in detail

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Sep 26, 2016

Had some rain!!    Rice cultivation training

On August 29, GEJ reported that the severe drought was experienced in June and July this year in Cambodia.
Although there was some rain in August, it was not enough for rice cultivation still. Especially, it was reported that the area of Banan and Bavel District in Battambang Province where many of villages with support of GEJ after demining were located, the most of Rice Field were dried up, and it should be expected the poor crops this year.

Since then, there was some rain in the area.
When the follow up training on September 16 at Bosampor village in Banan district which was organized by PDA (Provincial Department of Agriculture) and GEJ confirmed that although some of Rice field had been affected by the drought still but some were recovering from it and rice was growing well.
Furthermore, it was evident that the in lines planting which GEJ trained for more crops was better growing than the traditional direct sowing.
The follow up training of this time was concentrated in to the frequent checking on water, weeding and the measurement on diseases/harmful insects by lecture and practice.

GEJ continue to monitor the situation with the special attention in those areas.











     Rice growing well by in lines planting












Traditional direct sowing                  Lecture by instructor of PDA

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Sep 20, 2016

It is so quick! Today is the last day in Cambodia.   GEJ Study tour No.7

August 12 (Fri)
Today, have visited the remains of Angkor which is the one of the famous world heritage.
There was a request of visiting the Angkor Wat to view it in a morning glow but as the most of member was nearly exhausted, have asked to give it up this time. (Might be next year?)
After the visit, passed by the Old Market in town and checked out the Hotel.
Left Siem Reap Airport in the evening for Japan via Hanoi Airport in Vietnam. At Hanoi Airport,
the group was divided in to two for their final destination of Narita and Chubu Airport.

Thanks to the cooperation by farmers, staffs of the related organizations and family of GEJ staff,
the tour had finish so successfully and safely.
The most important thing was that tour group was blessed with good members.

Members have experienced the many GEJ’s activities supporting farmers who live on the post minefield to become independent in details contacting many people and visiting many places during the tour in Cambodia.
GEJ thank them for their kind attention and understanding.

・Angkor remains
 Among many tourist from all over the world, have visited Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Prohm.
According to the tour guide, it was necessary to have minimum 3 days to enjoy the Angkor remains. But made it in a very quick tour of the most attractive spots at the remains.
Seen many reliefs, the third corridor and bathing pool at Angkor wat, faces of Bodhisattva at Bayon, and overwhelming power of nature at Ta Prohm. Everything was very memorable.
It was no rain but was very hot.











After west Tower gate at Angkor Wat          Many kind of reliefs











South gate of Bayon (Angkor Tom)            In front of Bayon











Overwhelming power of trees at Ta Prohm       Ta Prohm, Face of goddess in a root of tree

・Old market
Shopped souvenirs to Japan based on the experience of negotiation and judgment from Night market last night.










Part of the Old market

・Light meal @Red Piano
The last meal in Cambodia was Pizza and Spaghetti.










Red colored Piano and statutes

・@ Siem Reap Airport
There was a small problem of the scheduled flight was cancelled but could managed to board the next flight which had ample time for connection flights at Hanoi.










The flight was cancelled                  Waiting for check in











Chum reap leah, Cambodia, See you again!

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Sep 15, 2016

It was really very hard work – Land Mine clearing   GEJ Study tour No.6

August 11 (Thu)
Today’s main event was to visit and observe the Land Mine clearing work which the normal tour might not be able to organize.
After realizing the very severe work of the very special task, a headed to Tonle Sap Lake near Siem Reap City for boat cruising.
Took dinner at Koulen 2 restaurant watching the ethnic dance of Apsara with buffet followed by the visit of Night Market.

・Visit of Land Mine clearing site
It was very frightening to watch the real Land Mine so close.
There was a unit of CMAC probing the Land Mine with heavy protectors using heavy detective instrument.
The work was so severe under very intense heat with the risk of their life. Had really admire them for their work.
Attended the disposal work of Tank Land Mine and was surprised its power.

They said it would take by year 2025 to clear off the Land mines at the area already known as suspected area only. If included the area still not investigated should take tremendous time.

Tour members hoped such time of the all Land Mine and Unexploded ordnance (UXO) cleared and calm and peace time would come at the rural area of Cambodia as soon as possible.











Observing the detection work               A lady detector of 21 years old











Handed the detector. It was heavy. Total weight of gears including protectors, detectors etc. should be near to 20 Kgs!











Found Land Mine?                      Land Mine was there











Disposing work of Tank Land Mine            Exploded at distance of more than 100meters











The efficiency of clearing improved tremendously with the machine  Truck to transport CMAC staff

・Lunch @Red Chili restaurant
Had lunch on the way from Land Mine clearing site to Siem Reap City.










・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・                   Explaining Bamboo rice

・Cruising at Tonle Sap Lake
It was like a big sea and have enjoyed cruising with cool breeze on boat.
There were many Vietnamese living on the water who worked for the fishing at the lake.
The lake is connected to the land of Vietnam through the Mekong River.











Primary school for people living on the water         It was like a sea










Imposing figure of a tour member











Vegetable sales boat

・Dinner @Koulen 2 restaurant
Took dinner at Koulen 2 restaurant watching the ethnic dance of Apsara with buffet.










Thanks to the wonderful move, GEJ tour member could have good position for photo taking











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・Night Market
After the dinner, visited Night Market riding Tok Tok and shopped some souvenir with a hard negotiation.










Riding on Tok Tok                      Neon sign of Night Market











Negotiating the price


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Sep 13, 2016

Thank you!  Now, can play at the playground even after the heavy rain

Kiesel primary school in Russairo village was suffering from the flood at playground and access path to the class rooms often.

There had been a request of filling them by the school master.
Now, as the full-scale of rainy season to come soon, the school master strongly requested to do the filling to avoid the effect on classes urgently.

Considering the situation, GEJ had decided to do the filling work in conjunction with PDRD (Provincial Department of Rural Development).














Playground and access path to classes were covered by water!









Survey work                          Filling work

  The access path just after the School gate       Playground had been raised


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Sep 12, 2016

It was very busy but very fulfilling day GEJ Study tour No.5

August 10 (Wed)
Today, visited Kiesel primary school in Russairo village and helped the sanitation teaching by NACEF (the Nursing Action for Children's Energetic Future, volunteer circle organized by student of Japanese Red Cross Collage of Nursing) to school children at there.

Also visited the Pond and Road in Otakon village which were constructed by the help of GEJ, and a farmer who was receiving the Chicken raise training.

Furthermore, have experienced Mushroom Cultivation training which is the one of Agricultural Training programs for farmers who live on the post minefield at Bosampor village under the severe heat with the strong sunshine.

Tour members were impressed by the school children who had been receiving the sanitation teaching so seriously with their eyes shining.
Also realized the necessity and importance of those road and pond. Participating to Mushroom Cultivation training at Bosampor village was so hard and understood how farmers who live on the post minefield were trying to become independent.

・Helped the sanitation teaching at Kiesel primary school
Due to the bumpy dike road of manmade lake “Kamping Puoy” which were built during Pol Pot administration period, took more than scheduled time to get to the school.

At school, the youth of NACEF have been playing with children at playground.
Talked with a child of upper grade who was watching the play. He said, as no school nearby, he has to wake up at five o’clock in the morning and walk almost an hour and half to come to school every day.
The sanitation teaching by NACEF contained emergency treatment, health care and menstruation etc. One of tour member participated as injured person to help.
At last, children left school with bread and mineral water given by tour members and others after listening the explanation of good manner by Mr. Sambath.











The bumpy dike road                    Arrived at the school











NACEF youth playing with children           One is taking an hour and half to come











Teach of emergency treatment              Watching seriously











Playing Ohajiki(finger flicking game) with rubber bands  Delivery of Bread and Mineral water











Group photo with so many                Finish the class

・Observed GEJ road and pond, and others
Visited and observed the Pond and Road in Otakon village which were constructed by the help of GEJ.











Road constructed by GEJ












Visited the farmer who participating Chicken raise training  Handmade cage for chicks











Full of water in Pond

・Lunch(lunch box) @ local Pagoda











Under the big tree                      Pork meat with rice. Taste was good.











Everybody busy with lunchbox

・Mushroom Cultivation training
At first, there was an explanation of how to avoid disease on rice as the follow up training of Rice cultivation training by the instructor of PDA.
After that, moved to the Mushroom cultivation training field by foot but keeping away from bull shits.
Experienced how to prepare the straw bedding and planting Spores of Mushroom under the scorching sun.











Under floor assembly place                Explanation of how to avoid disease on rice











Storage hut? But there was a hammock.       Briefing on preparation of Mushroom bedding











Straw pillows were loaded for sitting well        Planting spores of Mushroom











Placed another row of straw pillows and covered it by dry straws

・Dinner @ HOC Cafe
Had a get-together with people of NACEF、CMAC、PDA and PDRD at Café restaurant operated by Ms. Iwata who administrate HOC (Hope Of Children).
People were singing song and danced.
After the hard day work under the in strong sun shine, could cool down and enjoyed Japanese taste and good atmosphere.











HOC Café                           Japanese taste for the first time in a week











Japanese song by GEJ tour member          Of course song by local people too

Dance led by the youth of NACEF


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Sep 7, 2016

Home Vegetable Gardening training had come to the end

At villages of Boursankrea and Korsvay in Battambang Province the training of Home Vegetable Gardening which is the one of GEJ’s Agricultural Training Program in cooperation with PDA for farmers who live on the post minefield to become independent had started from the middle of June.

On August 9, the Agri Fest which showed the result of training was held at Boursankrea village.

The training for these two villages covered twelve times lectures and practices had come to the end at the first stage by the end of August.
As to confirm the understanding of farmers, the paper test and the visit of the gardens were carried out by instructors of PDA and GEJ.

From now on, the follow up training should be carried out periodically for establishing the result of training.











Final lecture and paper test at Boursankrea village    Same at Korsvay village












Visit of garden: Sponge Gourd               Visit of garden: Long green bean












Visit of garden: Long green bean too           Visit of garden: Big Pumpkin!


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Sep 6, 2016

Started with the call of “The rice is cooked well!” GEJ Study tour No.4

August 9 (Tue)
First thing in the morning, have checked whether the rice prepared last night in the rice cooker cooked well or not, and have prepared it with vinegar for Sushi rice.

Tour members participated in the Agri Festa at Boursankrea village in Battambang Province which was the one of the main event of this tour.

It was very busy day but as members could have many contacts with farmers who were supported by GEJ activities there, they were very satisfied.

・Agri Festa
The Agri Festa was the gathering for celebrating the result of Agriculture Training which was given to the farmers living at post mines field for them to become independent by GEJ and PDA. There were almost 270 people attended the Festa including farmers supported by GEJ living nearby and staff of PDA, CMAC, PDRD(Provincial Department of Rural Development) and children from the orphanage of Hope Of Children(HOC) which is administrated by Japanese lady.

All members of GEJ tour was so busy to prepare the Sushi as Japanese taste which should be provided to farmers today, and examination of agriculture products and handing over the prize to farmers who get the higher ranks by evaluation.

Although many people came to get those Sushi etc. in rush, thanks to a member who was very skill to put the que in order, the jamming could be avoided.

Some of the tour member visited the model farmer who was receiving the training of Home Vegetable Gardening training conducted by GEJ and PDA near by the place of Agri Festa.

During the Festa, the letter of appreciation for the support activities extended to Boursankrea village and vicinities by GEJ was handed over to GEJ by Kheleang Meas Commune chief. Kheleang Meas Commune covers the villages of Boursankrea and others.

In addition, children from HOC showed some Japanese dance and livened up the Festa.

When the Tour members was leaving the venue, farmers on the carriage of cultivator who were going back to their homes greeted waving their hands with smile. It also made tour members happy and led them on to the Bus with the satisfaction and some fatigues.

On the way back to the Hotel, have passed a vegetable garden which was prepared by a farmer who was receiving the Home Garden cultivation training.

Took dinner at Cold Night Restaurant lively together with Mr. and Mrs. Sambath and their second son who were the strong helpers of the Agri Festa.











Tent was full of people and vegetables         Farmers were waiting the start of performance











Variety of vegetables was more than before     Japanese dance by HOC children











Almost finishing Inari-Sushi                 The next was Futo-maki (Thick rolled sushi)
(Fried bean curd stuffed with sushi rice) to make











Is it Ok?                         A girl from HOC(second from the left) also joined











Male members also helped for making Hotdogs    The appreciation letter was handed over











Evaluating vegetables with serious look        Evaluation meeting











The first prize was Water Pump             Second was Water Tank, Third was Water purifier











Forth was Agriculture sheet                Fifth was Agriculture net











Visited the model farmer who was receiving the training of Home Vegetable Gardening training











Farmers leaving on the carriage of cultivator

・Visited a vegetable garden of the Home Garden cultivation training










It was really Home Garden like              Pumpkins, green beans and corns etc.











The Pumpkins grown big

・Dinner @ Cold Night Restaurant










Speech of impression on Agri Feasta and cheers     Together with Mr. Sambath family


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Sep 1, 2016

Take an overwhelming time to clear Land Mines off GEJ Study Tour No.3

August 8 (Mon)
Today, went to visit GEJ Phnom Penh Office and CMAC (Cambodian Mine Action Centre) Head quarter. After had a lunch at Santa Café, headed to Battambang City in north of Cambodia.

・GEJ Phnom Penh Office
The office was located at the residential area next to Phnom Penh Airport.
Have received the lecture of the local activities and problems experienced by Mr. Sambath, Deputy Manager at GEJ Phnom Penh Office.
Some of tour member asked how to support the farmers living at post mine land and what effect encountered?
Mr. Sambath explained the effect showing the example of the increased rice harvest by Rice cultivation training which is one of the Agriculture Training program conducting in cooperation with PDA (Provincial Department of Agriculture, Battambang Province.)











Tour members listen with serious attitude

・CMAC Head Quarter
Have visited CMAC Head Quarter nearby the GEJ Office.
After received a warm welcome from Mr. Heng Ratana, Delegate of the Royal Government in charge as Director General of CMAC at the entrance of the building, took a tour of the Exhibition Hall of wreckages of Land Mines and Unexploded ordnance (UXO), and had explanation of the damages to human lives and CMAC activities to cope with such situation.
According to CMAC, to clear off the Land mines at the area already known as suspected area only, it would take by year 2025.

At the meeting with CMAC, Mr. Heng Ratana commented that more visitors would be welcomed for knowing the situation in such post Land Mine area and bring those situation back to their home land for increasing the supporter.
Mr. Kamiyama who is Director of GEJ and member of the Tour responded that it was an honor to have CMAC as counter partner in Cambodia for the activities, as Cambodia could not achieve the progress of development without the activities of CMAC for clearing Land Mine and developing the farm land etc.











Received a welcome from Mr. Heng Ratana       At the Exhibition Hall

 









Had lecture of remaining numbers, accidental explosion and clearing situation of Land Mines and UXO in Cambodia.











At the meeting with Mr. Ratana and others       Speech by Mr. Kamiyama











CMAC hats were given as a memento

・Lunch @ Santa Cafe
Most of members were waiting this lunch.
This was the 6th meal since arrival to Cambodia but Mrs. Sambath did well aware of Japanese favorite taste through her husband, and it was really matched.
Everybody enjoyed the lunch very much.

Mrs. Sambath had joined to go to Battambang City with cooking utensils for helping preparation of Japanese taste at Agri Festa tomorrow.










            They were so happy and busy to eat

・6 hours by Bus
Headed to Battambang City by bus.
It took almost 6 hours of long journey to reach there with two breaks at Michi-no Eki (Roadside service area) which was constructed by Japan aid and gas station.











“Pursat Michi-no-Eki”

・Dinner @ Hotel in Battambang City
It was Western cuisine, anyway.
Small variety of food found and took fairly long time to get served. Members took Steak and/or Hamburger at there.










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Aug 30, 2016

Deeply touched the tragic past        GEJ Study Tour No.2

Yesterday was the arrival day at Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Because had a limited time, took a dinner at Chinese restaurant next to the Hotel.
Had advises on the trip in Cambodia from Mr. Sato who already had joined the GEJ Study Tour five times.

The member cheered for safe and successful journey with Angkor Beer.











Advises by Mr. Sato

August 7 (Sun)
・Killing Field
Today is the first day of activities in Cambodia.
At first, have visited the Killing Field where the bodies of mass slaughter were thrown in to ditches and dips at the time of the civil war.
It was the true evidence of massacre as the negative inheritance.
Tour member offered the burning incense stick and flowers at the Memorial Tower which was full of human bones.

According to the instruction, people who were sentenced to death transported from Tuol Sleng Prison to here and been massacred with every kind of killing methods.
There was a tree called Killing Tree which beat babies to kill by hands still remain. It was so sad that the executers were children too.
At the exhibition hall, watched the movie about the massacre.
















Memorial Tower with full of human bones











Dips of digging out the human bones everywhere   Killing Tree (form WEB site)

・Tsubasa Bridge
All the member left Killing Field with very depressed.
Now headed to the Tsubasa Bridge with the hope. The bridge which was rope suspension type bridge of total length of 5.4Km was completed in April, 2015 with the aid of Japan.
Had a lunch at restaurant near by the wharf originally busy with ferryboats before the completion of the bridge.
Near to the restaurant, there were street stalls selling unconventional food like flied grasshoppers, diving beetles and many other insects.
It was sure that somebody buy and eat them as the source of protein.











Tsubasa Bridge (from WEB site)             The magnificent view of Mekong River











Mountains of fried insects                 Memorial of the bridge completion

・Aeon Mall
Returning to the city, visited Aeon Mall which is operated by Japanese Aeon.
It was so difficult to compare the market in town which observed this morning and Aeon Mall, but the mall was air-conditioned, wide and very clean.
Local people visiting here were looked wealthy but their buying power was lack something still.
It was deep in thought the gap of living life between here and the rural area in Battambang Province where GEJ is supporting, and would visit in the latter half of the week.












Front of the local market near to Hotel           Outside of Aeon Mall











Inside of Mall. Many customers were with empty hands.

・Royal Palace
Next was to visit the positive heritage of Royal Palace.
They said that the original construction was by logs but modified like current structures by French architecture around 1919.
Inside and Buda statutes of the Enthronement Ceremony Palace, Silver Pagoda and others were very gorgeous with gold, silver and jades. There were many tourist from all over the world.

The GEJ Tour member were very fine still.











It was banned to take photo inside











After visiting Silver Pagoda. A compatible couple

Spring in the Royal Palace. It was believed that the problem on body could be cured by wetting with the Spring water. Almost all the member wet their head.










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・Dinner @ Romdeng
The dinner was at Romdeng Cambodian Restaurant where it was staffed by former street youth and their teachers.











At the pool side table

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Aug 29, 2016

Still, the affect of drought continues….

In Cambodia, the severe drought was experienced in June and July this year.
Although there was some rain in August, it was not enough for rice cultivation still.
Especially, it was reported that the area of Banan and Bavel District in Battambang Province where many of villages with support of GEJ after demining were located, the most of Rice Field were dried up, and it shall be expected the poor crops this year.
As self-evident in the photos below, some of Rice Field had the cracks due to the severe drought.

As is unknown that how the long-awaited rain will come, it is very difficult to tell what will happen.
GEJ continue to monitor the situation with the special attention.












Rice grow in spots                      No water in Rice Field












Ground with many cracks












Growing not healthy                     Here was the same…

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Aug 23, 2016

Seeing was believing! It was very beneficial and enjoyable Study Tour.

GEJ (Good Earth Japan) has organized the GEJ Cambodia Study Tour this year too.

In total 12 member departed Japan on August 6 heading to Phnom Penh City in Cambodia via
Ho Chi Ming City in Vietnam.

The group realized and deeply worried about negative inheritance of remaining Land Mines and Unexploded bombs, and the evidences of massacre during the civil war.
Tour members have also experienced the effort of supporting farmers who live at the post land mines area to become independent.
After, visited the positive heritage of Angkor, all member returned home safely at early morning of August 13.

This time, although it was a hard trip under very hot condition, thanks to the cooperation and support by staff of of CMAC (Cambodian Mine Action Centre) and staff of PDA (Provincial Agriculture Department of Battambang Province), local staff of GEJ including his family and others, the group could have the valuable experience concerning the real situation of rural Cambodia and spent a good time with the children and farmers there.

As this is the first issue of the tour reports, reporting the activities showing group photos mainly as a summary version.
After this, as we would like to share our valuable experience with you, GEJ is going to report the event day by day.


August 6 (Sat)
Members assembled at Ho Chi Ming Airport in Vietnam after departed from Narita and Chubu Airports in Japan, and headed to Phnom Penh Airport in Cambodia.

















The first group photo at Narita Airport

August 7 (Sun)
Today was the first day of the tour.
The tour started with visiting Killing Field, Tsubasa Bridge and Royal Palace in Phnom Penh City.
Members have memorized the evidences of massacre at Killing Field as negative inheritance, also studied the supports by Japanese Government through the Tsubasa Bridge which was built with Japan aid, the ODA activity map in Cambodia and other material provided by JICA.
The Royal Palace was beautiful and gorgeous.











This was Killing Field                      Have prayed in front of the Memorial Tower











At the top of Tsubasa Bridge               Buildings of Royal Palace were too big

August 8 (Mon)
Today, at first, have received the lecture of the local activities and problems had experienced by
Mr. Sambath, Deputy Manager at GEJ Phnom Penh Office.

After the office visit, have visited the CMAC head office where could observe the remains of mines and unexploded bombs together with the explanation of damages caused by them.
According to CMAC, there are so many mines and unexploded bombs still remain in Cambodia as the negative inheritance.
At the meeting with CMAC, Mr. Heng Ratana, Delegate of the Royal Government in charge as Director General expressed the thanks of visit.

GEJ completed 10 years of the activities for supporting farmers at post land mines where CMAC cleared off the mines to become independent.

After having lunch at Santa Café which Mrs. Sambath runs, headed for Battambang City in North.











Mr. Sambath explained the activities of GEJ in Cambodia











At CMAC, observed the remain of land mines etc. with lecture. Group photo with Mr. Heng Ratana

August 9 (Tue)
Have participated the Agri Festa at Boursankrea village.
Almost 270 farmers were gathered and enjoyed to participating the Agriculture fair, competition, speeches by representatives, and Japanes taste prepared and provided by tour members.
The details shall be reported in other issue but the members were so busy for the preparation and delivery of Sushi and others under the extremly hot condition.
Futo Maki, Inari Sushi and Hot dog were well accepted.

After the event, on the way back to Hotel, have passed through a vegetable garden which was prepared by a farmer who was receiving the Garden cultivation training near by.











Singing national anthem of Cambodia and Japan    At the stage, there were representatives











Preparation of Japanese dishes and Hot dog by tour member  The long queue

August 10 (Wed)
Members helped and participated the sanitation teaching by NACEF (the Nursing Action for Children's Energetic Future, volunteer circle organized by student of Japanese Red Cross Collage
of Nursing) to school children at Kiesel primary school at Russairo village.

After the school event, have visited the road and pond around Otakon village which were built by GEJ.

Further, have visited and experienced the one of Agricultural Training Program for farmers who live on the post minefield and have joined Mushroom Cultivation training at Bosampor village under the severe heat with the strong sunshine.











A tour member participated as the injured person   Mr. Sambath explained the good manner











At Otakon village. Observed the GEJ road and Pond   Could not believe the drought in recent











Participated Mushroom cultivation training      It was so hot!

August 11 (Thu)
Have visited the Land Mine clearing site near Toulsnul village and observed the mine detection and destruction work.
After the site visit, had a cruise experience at Tonle Sap Lake.

Due to dangerous and hard work under very hot condition with minimum pay, there are no many people willing to be a mine detector, they said. Under such circumstances, there was a lady detector of 21 years old working at site. Say, it was really life-threatening work, we think.

At Tonle Sap Lake which was like a big sea, have enjoyed cruising with cool breeze on boat.











Heavy protectors with helmet               Experienced the detection work











In front of demining machine               Observed the destruction work of Tank land mine











Sweat went calm down

August 12 (Fri)
Today was the last day of trip and have visited the remains of Angkor which was waited for.

After the remains, visited the Old market in the city and left the hotel for Airport after quick shower.

Leaving Siem Reap Airport to Japan via Hanoi Airport in Vietnam.













In front of the reflected Angkor Wat            The steep steps at the third corridor











             Bayon and Ta Prohm

August 13 (Sat)
Leaving Siem Reap Airport at night and tranferring at Hanoi airport in Vietnam in the midnight, headed to Narita and Chubu Airports in Japan. Everybody arrived home safely.

















At Hanoi Airport. This was the last group photo.

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Aug 2, 2016

Achievement Test of “Chicken Raise” training Otakon Village

At Otakon Village, the “Chicken Raise” Training had started on May 19 this year.  Since then, 9 times of the lecture and practice trainings by instructors of PDA (Provincial Department of Agriculture, Battambang Province) were conducted.

This time, as the summarization of trainings, attended by the local staff of GEJ (Good Earth Japan), the achievement test to confirm the understanding of farmers for the lecture and practice which had been given during the training was carried out.
The paper test contained all the aspects of the past training of how to prepare the clean and convenient henhouse, how to maintain it, how to make the chicken feed, and also how to and when vaccinate for preventing chicken from disease.

After the test, everybody who received the test were led to the Model firm of “Chicken Raise” training for observing the Henhouse.

Based on the results of examination, GEJ and PDA shall improve the teaching methods, and use those information for the follow up activities to be followed.

“Chicken raise” training is the one of GEJ’s Agricultural Training Program for farmers who live on the post minefield to become independent.












Achievement Test                      Remembering the past training…












Cage of Chicks                        Clean and wide Henhouse












Fences were netted

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Jul 29, 2016

Let’s have vegetables grow well.  Training of Home Vegetable Gardening

At villages of Boursankrea and Korsvay in Battambang Province the training of Home Vegetable Gardening has been continuing since middle of June.
Farmers have been learning the method of how to prepare the compost and the seed bedding and how to sow etc. from the instructors of PDA (Provincial Department of Agriculture, Battambang Province) with lecture and practice.

In July, farmers received the seed of Cucumber, Long Egg Plant, Long bean, Pumpkin and Pakchoi from GEJ. After sowing, the sprout of them came out and their seedling were replanted to ridges, and they are growing. Now, it is necessary for taking care of preventing those plants from disease and harmful insect, and sever climate there.

As the Agri-Festa shall be held early in August at Boursankrea village, farmers are very ambitious and busy for growing good quality vegetable for gaining the first prize at the fair.
GEJ hope that farmers can get vegetable for their own consumption and also to have marketable quality which can ship to market.
(This report contains the instruction of how to prepare the organic insecticide which are good for environment.)

Home Vegetable Gardening training is the one of GEJ’s Agricultural Training Program in cooperation with PDA for farmers who live on the post minefield to become independent.

1. Boursankrea Village
1-1  July 7   Planting seedlings of Cucumber and Long Bean and preparing organic fertilizer









Organic fertilizer                       Giving fertilizer










Ridges are ready

1-2  July 14    Preparing organic insecticide and inspection of damages by harmful insects
           Organic insecticide: Chop in small the Ginger, Chili, Lemongrass,
           Skin of Custard Apple and others, and mix well with water.
           Use the top clear layer of the liquid.









Material for insecticide                   Farmers working together










Chopping material in small                 Mixing material with water










Checking the damages by disease and insect     If harmful insect is there, exterminate

1-3  July 25   This time also how to exterminate the harmful insect
            First-aid insecticide : Mix 5 spoon of Frying oil, 3 spoon of powder soap and
            5 litter of water.











Discussion on issue and resolution            Checking the damages by harmful insect












Long bean was damaged by harmful insect       Infected with plant lice?












Prepare first-aid insecticide                Spraying from Plastic bottle












Long bean, overcrowded                  Cucumber, overcrowded as well

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Jul 29, 2016

Now, it is easy and safe to access the Ponds

In 2010, GEJ constructed two water pond at Russairo village.
To commute to Ponds it was necessary to pass the hands made wooden bridge or the log bridge. Therefore, farmers of Russairo village have been requesting the improvement of access for increase the usage of the Ponds and safety.

GEJ decided to put culvert on the water ways for easy access to those Ponds in corporation with PDRD (Provincial Department of Rural Development, Battambang Province) and farmers there.

Now, farmers are happy with great improvement of convenience and thanked to GEJ.

Pond No.1











GEJ Pond is right side of this water pass        A log bridge used before










Farmers helped the works










Culvert have been constructed               Now cultivator with trailer can access too

Pond No.2











Before it needed to pass this small bridge        Farmers helped the works too










Constructing the culvert                  Construction work was completed










Now, easy and safe to commute to the Pond

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