The Jakarta Post
As many as 486 farmers from four villages in Sikka regency, East Nusa Tenggara, are being introduced to chicken farming through a program dubbed “Improving Ecosystem, Management and Livelihood” around Mount Egon.
The program was jointly tailored by Wahana Tani Mandiri (WTM) and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) with the aim to improve farmers’ livelihoods.
“We teach farmers about the best practices in raising chickens. We also giving each farmer two hens and one rooster, so they can start their own [chicken farm],” program coordinator Herry Naif told The Jakarta Post on Monday.
Participants have learned how to build cages, ways to prevent avian diseases and even various marketing strategies. Herry added that the program had also donated 202 chickens through two farming groups, Rulaling and Hewer Limang.
Rulaling head Sensimus Bajo praised the program, saying that it was a positive gesture from both organizations in their attempt to empower local farmers.
“I wish there will be a continuation of this program, as it can inspire other villages to follow the same path,” he said. (dic)