They took out the second loan last year to install an irrigation system. Thanks to this system, Kimsuor and his wife can save a few hours every day. They can now enjoy spending that saved time with their children. This saving of time enabled Kimsuor to work as a taxi driver in addition to working on the field. A job that gives him great satisfaction.
Kimsuor’s cousin not only grows mint plants in her field, but also buys them from Kimsuor and other farmers and then sells them in the local markets.
1 tonne of mint
The first harvest of the most recently planted mint plants occurs after about 35 days. The second, third and fourth harvests take place after sixty days. After the fourth harvest, new mint plants must be planted. The mint farmers do this by making cuttings of the plants, i.e. increasing the number of plants by inserting cuttings from them into the soil. Each harvest generates a yield of about 1000 kg of mint plants. Mint farmers earn about KHR 4,000 to 5,000 (USD 1 to 1.20) per kg, which amounts to USD 900 to 1,000 every one to two months. For Kimsuor, this is enough to support his family and be happy.