80% of the population are farmers. The Government
own all land and people rent the land from
the Government on a 20 year lease.
A typical farm is 1200 sq metres. The primary
crop is rice with some corn. They also grow
their own vegetables. They breed pigs, chickens
and ducks for food and for sale. They get
their income from selling the excess rice,
selling pigs and selling wood from the forest.
One of the small farms we visited (and had
tea) had 1000 sq m and produced one ton of
rice a year (one harvest). The farmer earned
about $2000 a year ie about £1200.
He had to feed his wife and 3 children.
The village people seem to eat almost anything
they can catch. Every morning they go out
hunting (for flies, snakes and vermin).
To put that into context – a dinner
with beer and water would cost us around
£3 – clearly something that they
could not afford. The food is typically Asian,
except not very spicy. Rice is heart of the
diet and that’s what most farming is