The Wildlife Friendly Ibis Rice program has begun purchasing a new crop of rice for the coming year. The first 7 tons of paddy (out of a total of about 120 tons for 2011) was procured last week. Participating farmers were paid a premium of 100 riel per kilogram above middleman prices for their rice.
Sansom Mlup Prey (SMP) oversees the procurement, working with the village marketing network (VMN) committee. Committee members verify that the six farmers who sold an average of 1.12 tons of paddy each have not broken the rules and therefore are in good standing and qualify for the wildlife friendly scheme.
SMP will continue this process, until the aim of buying 30 tons from each of the four pilot villages is met. The villages are Tmatboey, Dangphlet, Prey Veng and Narong, located in the province of Preah Vihear, Cambodia.