- Farmer From Kampung Bawang
- Made use of his surrounding land by turning it into a plantation site
- Taking the opportunity of learning to become a farmer while also making some side income to sustain his livelihood
Mr. Sunau, a farmer from Kampung Bawang, is blessed with the land surrounding his house. He made use of that land by turning it into a plantation site, taking the opportunity of learning to become a farmer while also making some side income to sustain his livelihood.
Mr. Sunnau's Plantation Side
Mr. Sunau has his plantation site divided into two different areas. For the front area, during land clearing, he slashed and used weedicide to control the weed. For the backyard part of the house, he slashed and used the open burning method to clear the land. Burning of crop residue causes damage to other microorganisms present in the upper layer of the soil as well as its organic quality.
With a 4 acres of plantation site, Mr. Sunau plants different kinds of crops such as kacang ceper, sayur cangkuk, sawi especially for his own consumption. Other crops that he plants that are for sell are pisang emas, pisang embun, pisang keling, pisang tanduk, pisang berangan, papaya, guava, strawberry, terung asam, coconut, halia bentong, dabai, rambutan, durian, roselle, pineapple paun, pineapple moris, and petai. Throughout their farming experience, the only issues they faced were snails eating the leaves of their vegetables and squirrels damaging their fruit plants. They solved this problem by using fungicide to reduce the fungi attraction.
Mr. Sunau uses NPK green for his fruit plants as a fertiliser and gold coin malathion for fungicides. He does not use any animal manure as he uses soil mixture, topsoil and peat soil. He uses ornamental trees as a windbreaker for his plantation site. A windbreak (shelterbelt) is a planting usually made up of one or more rows of trees or shrubs planted in such a manner as to provide shelter from the wind and to protect soil from erosion.
Mr. Sunau plans to farm more on tilapia merah, sultan, and keli in the nearest future. It is admirable on how Mr. Sunau handles these dreams of his alone, with pure will and determination.
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. Sunnau 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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