(KPL) As public awareness of that health benefits organic crops can bring to them is increasing, chemical-free crop farming is seeing an increasing trend.
Mr. Bounyong, 69, most known to residents of Non Tae village as phoh tou Bounyong (uncle Bounyong) in Xaythany district has practiced crop farming as the bread and butter of his family since 1974.
In 2006 his family with four manpower decided to abandon conventional agriculture, of course with chemical use, and opted to chemical free crop farming on almost three rais (1,600 sqm equal one rai). The organic crops fetches his family a good amount - two million kip per week, on average.
"Since joining the organic crop producers group, our family has changed significantly in the way we plant, using few manpower, less production cost, smaller farming land, but getting higher profit. It is also friendly to environment and good for health of our family members, without chemical use and is needed by consumers," said Mr. Bounyong.
Mr. Bounyong's family practices its organic crop farming all year round with different crops chosen according to their growing seasons.
"We currently plant cabbages, Chinese lettuce, roselle , custard apples and bitter gourds. With technical assistance from district authorities and relevant officials, we also make ourselves organic fertilizer and organic pesticides," added Mr. Bounyong.