Hard Work and Self-motivation Make a Successful Extension Worker

Mr. Ly Sytha has been involving with CRDT since 2006 when CRDT started to implement the sustainable livelihood projects in Andong Kraleng village in Mondulkiri province. Demonstrating talents for practices and knowledge transfer among his peers after joining trainings on agriculture techniques, Sytha was selected as an Extension Worker (EW) to work with CRDT under the project called “Sustainable Development for Ethnic Bunong Communities in Protected Forest Areas” funded by the Australian Development Aid Program (AusAID) from 2012 to 2014.

Under this role, he involves with the project staff to facilitate with other local beneficiaries during the agricultural training courses and practices particularly on vegetable and chicken raising techniques. Sytha is respected by the local people because he is friendly and helpful to them. For example, during the monthly monitoring and data collection, he usually provides consultations for all beneficiaries who encountered problems in their farming activities. In addition, he is a very responsible person; he collects all beneficiaries’ data regularly for the project staff.

As always, he is improving his vegetable garden to be a demonstration for all beneficiaries to follow. He is doing chicken raising and vegetable growing very well. He follows all techniques that CRDT provided coupled with his own experience to make the most of his farming activities. Showing his potential built by involving with CRDT, he has now been approached by another local NGO- Centre d’Etude et de Développement Agricole Cambodgien / Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture (CEDAC) – to join as an agricultural trainer in its project.

By Meas Viphou, Project Manager at Mondulkiri project site

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