- A 71-year-old resident of Kampung Git
- A family man with 5 children
- At the ripe age of 40 that he found his true calling in rearing ducks
Pak Cik, a 71-year-old resident of Kampung Git and a family man with 5 children, had a smile flash across his face as he reminisced about the humble beginnings of his duck farm. Prior to starting this family owned business, he had done many odd jobs in transport as well as construction. It was only later at the ripe age of 40 that he found his true calling in rearing ducks.
How he started
He first started with some ducklings he bought from the local market and some land on a hill near Gunung Kom. Today, there are about 800 ducks across 13 acres of farmland which he rears specially for their eggs. Pak Cik would begin each day by releasing the ducks onto the open field, allowing them to waddle freely as he and his assistant collect the freshly laid duck eggs. During the day, the ducks are free to graze the fields but follow a diet of pellets to supplement the nutrients that they cannot find in the wild. At night, the ducks will return to their resting hut under solar powered lights to stimulate and enhance their egg laying capabilities.
Aside from ducks, Pak Cik also dedicates a part of his farm to rearing other kinds of livestock as well as growing crops. He built three ponds to rear Sultan fish and tilapia. Spread out around the farm is an impressive variety of crops which includes but is not limited to black pepper, Sarawak pineapple, mango, cangkok manis, durian, corn and guava! In fact, 10 acres of his land was allocated for a banana plantation.
Challenges and difficulties
Throughout his years of farming, however, there are times when things did not go so smoothly for Pak Cik. He recounts a period where he used open air agriculture while he was rearing chickens. “Sometimes there are eagles catching chickens, we can only sigh, because eagles are fast catchers,” he said with a wry smile. There were also other times where wild animals would hinder his farming. Monitor lizards used to eat a species of the ducks he used to rear. Squirrels are also a constant problem as they would eat the fruits that he plants, leaving him with destroyed crops and a smaller harvest.
Despite the hardships faced in the farming business, Pak Cik, an experienced and determined farmer of many years, is not going to falter but instead expand his farm! Pak Cik’s most recent addition to his crops is coffee, following a visit to his farm by Arabica Coffee. He has newly allocated some of his land for coffee cultivation after local government had organized this new project. Seeing a farmer so passionate about his work, and overcoming these odds is truly awe inspiring and we believe everyone can learn a thing about following your passion from Pak Cik.
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. Kidai 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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