- Farmer From Kampung Serumah
- Plantation as a daily hobby, side income and own consumption
- Investing his interest in farming for about 6 years with his own hands and efforts
From farming chicken and ducks, to plantation as a daily hobby, side income and own consumption. Mr. Jipo, an ambitious farmer from Kampung Serumah, Padawan, has been investing his interest in farming for about 6 years with his own hands and efforts.
Mr. Jipo's Farm
Mr. Jipo has his own yard for him to plant his produce. He plants sawi, rambutan, coconut, pineapple, pisang kepok and keling, and durian. He gets his seedlings locally, mostly from his friends and neighbours. Mr. Jipo implements the tillage method in his farming specifically for vegetables only. Tillage is the method of agricultural soil preparation that requires different forms of mechanical agitation, such as digging, stirring, and overturning.
Mr. Jipo utilises companion planting, or known as mixed planting, for his farm. In gardening and agriculture, companion planting refers to the planting of various crops close together for a variety of purposes, including pest control, pollination, providing shelter for beneficial insects, maximising space, and increasing crop productivity. He uses nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (NPK) fertilizer for his vegetables, while fruiting fertilizers are also being used for other crops. Chemical fertilisers raise crop yields, but their excessive usage has hardened the soil, reduced productivity, increased pesticides, contaminated air and water, and emitted greenhouse gases, raising health and environmental risks. Therefore, a sustainable farming method will be introduced to Mr. Jipo to reduce the usage of chemical products on the farming goods. Mr. Jipo uses chicken manure for his sawi plantings. He also makes use of the organic waste from his farm such as dung by the ducks, as they will be a compost to the soil. Duck manure is an excellent source of nitrogen for plants.
Duck Salted Eggs
Normally, Mr. Jipo would sell his goods to the intermediaries or at the market. Most of his customers would demand for pineapples. He also sells salted eggs produced from his duck farm. Mr. Jipo shared his opinion that after discovering our organisation, he does not need to search for ways to promote his produce as we will be the one to market his produce instead.
Little By Little, Little Becomes A lot
“Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bonds.” ― Thomas Jefferson. We look forward to collaborating and assisting Mr. Jipo and his family in sustainable farming and marketing more of his products and attracting more potential customers for his product through Farmily. Stay tuned for more updates on his journey towards sustainability!
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