I want to be an expert farmer

I want to be an expert farmer

9 Phun Rattana

M​any young people wish for a position in an office with air conditioning and a good environment, but few want to work in the field under the hot sun all day.

Nonetheless, Phun Rattana, 23, decided to leave Banteay Meanchey province to pursue a bachelor’s degree at the Royal University of Agriculture in Phnom Penh and is hopes to be a successful farmer.

“After I graduate, if it is possible, I want to grow vegetables such as lettuce on a five hectare farm,” said Rattana.

He added that he has wanted to be a farmer since he was young. He said that compared to jobs at garment factories and other companies, growing vegetables can make a lot of money.

Besides studying at university, Rattana researches the market, technical information and new ideas of growing vegetable. He is not a fan of nonnatural fertilisers and pesticides.

“If we work hard and provide good quality vegetable without chemicals, our products will be sold at high standards.”

He added that he has done some experiments on growing vegetables on 10- to 20-square-metre plots and has studies how to cultivate successfully with his friends.

Even though farming is very tiring and complicated, Rattana still wishes to fulfil his dream as a successful farmer some day in the future.

MOST VIEWED

  • Stock photo agencies cash in on Khmer Rouge tragedy
    Stock-photo companies selling images from S-21 raises ethics concerns

    A woman with short-cropped hair stares directly into the camera, her head cocked slightly to the side. On her lap is a sleeping infant just barely in the frame. The woman was the wife of a Khmer Rouge officer who fell out of favour, and

  • US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

    A US think tank on Tuesday warned that spreading Chinese investment in the Indo-Pacific follows a pattern of leveraging geopolitical influence at the expense of the nations receiving investment, including Cambodia. The report looks at a sample of 15 Chinese port development projects, noting that the

  • Defence Ministry denies weapons in smuggling case came from Cambodia

    After a Thai national was arrested last week for allegedly smuggling guns from Cambodia to Thailand, Cambodia's Defence Ministry has claimed the weapons seized during the arrest are not used in Cambodia, despite the fact that both types of rifle seized are commonly found in

  • More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

    A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES' information was based on a report from the