Village Chicken Farming Champion

Name: Amedio Kaikai

Location: Vanapa, Hiritano Highway, CP, PNG

Amedio is a local farmer at Vanapa in Central Province (CP). He grew up in the area, went to local primary school, and was fortunate to be offered a place at De La Sale College at Bereina in CP. While at college he developed a passion for agriculture and carpentry. The basic skills he learnt at college gave him the confidence to establish himself in the village – making gardens, building houses and helping others to improve their homes and gardens in the village.

Working and living the subsistence lifestyle in the village is a challenge, a challenge that he understands very well. Amedio participates in community activities, taking part in Doura Primary School parents’ working group and church groups, and helping the youth groups to develop the local sporting and community activity plans.

Amedio is a hardworking family man, always making sure his family has a decent roof over their head and a balanced diet, living a healthy and happy life. He made a choice to grow some village chickens in his backyard to maintain a consistent supply of protein to add to the fresh vegetables and greens harvested from the gardens he established. Although he had no prior knowledge of village chicken farming he challenged himself to learn about it. He did his research by talking to other local farmers, sourcing information from school libraries and when possible research via internet.

I caught up with Amedio in the village when conducting awareness of the Village Chicken Farming (VCF) program. He approached me after the awareness session, and enquired how in depth the project would be, and when and how quickly the program would start in the village. He was mostly curious about the training and skilling programs that were planned for locals to assist them in improving chicken farming and general agriculture. He saw the benefits of the support that the VCF program sponsor Kyeema Foundation from Brisbane Australia would bring to his local area.

Kyeema Foundation had agreed to build a VCF in Vanapa approximately 500 metres from his place, and Amedio offered his services to assist me to develop the farm. He showed up almost daily to assist to build the perimeter fence, and he worked tirelessly on the farm designing and building chicken houses and nesting boxes. He did everything he could to make sure that the farm was up and running as soon as possible. He donated hens and a rooster to add to the variety of chicken breeds that was already selected for the farm.

In January 2020 he was given the opportunity to meet the CEO of Kyeema Foundation Ms Celia Grenning and Ms Robyn Alders, the Chair of Kyeema Foundation Board. He took advantage of their visit by showing them his backyard farm and providing fresh fruit and vegetables from his garden for lunch. Amedio is a key member of Vanapa VCF program. He has been engaged in conducting baseline surveys and collecting data in the region for Kyeema Foundation’s monitoring and evaluation system. His farm has been approved to be part of the VCF network in Central Province as part of the development of the village chicken sector.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank Amedio for his input in the development of the village chicken farm hub at Vanapa in Central Province. I hope to strengthen this partnership and look forward to supporting his endeavours.

Ali Ume

Project Manager PNG (Volunteer)

Kyeema Foundation

Leron Farm Markham Valley, Morobe Province

Leron Farm is located in Markham Valley in Morobe Province of Papua New Guinea (PNG). The farm is set up in an Agri industry concept. The farm started off as a hobby farm to grow fruit trees, vegetable gardens and run some livestock. Leron Farm is gradually becoming a family run business and is employing a number of locals.

The family have recently turned to Village Chicken Farming. The initiative was encouraged by Kyeema Foundation who recruited the current farm manager as an intern while she completed her business studies in Brisbane, then sponsored her to attend Village Chicken Farmer training in Fiji in 2019. The farm was then established when she returned to Markham Valley. Leron Farm is a network of Village Chicken Farms setup in  Central and Morobe Province in PNG.

Vanapa farm – ducks

Images Courtesy of Fred Aku – recently renovated chicken house. and ducklings

While facing the challenges of starting a poultry farm, we have included ducks in the mix. After losing a few ducklings and the only male duck being stolen by some opportunists, we are fortunate to have 2 ducklings and a number of eggs yet to hatch. Hoping that we will have a couple of males amongst them so we will continue to increase the numbers.

I would like to thank Fred Aku for taking the time to drop in at the farm to take these photos to update me on the progress there. Was a nice surprise to open my message and find these. Thank you Kura 😊👍