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Posts with label 'Intercropping'
Malee Pasae, Lisu woman, explained about crop diversification that she is applying in her plums plantation. (Photo Cr. Ienkate Saenghkaew/DAI)

“I used to grow only rice and corn and never earned enough,” explains Kamron Nguaya, a Hae Ko village leader and farmer who, despite his sizeable farmland, until recently had to supplement his income through day labor. He added, “I could harvest only once a year and the cost of chemical fertilizer was high.” Over the last few years, Kamron introduced additional crops on his land that eventually gave him a steady, varied source of income so he could stop working as a day laborer. However, many others in Hae Ko, a Lisu hill tribe community in the Chiang Rai highlands, still grow “monocrops” of rice, maize and groundnuts, making them highly reliant on predictable weather patterns for their income.

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