Dear Fellow Donors,
Hi. first of all, let me brief you a little bit about myself. I'm Peter, 45, from Sabah (The Land Below The Wind), Malaysia. I fell into serious financial difficulty when I had a divorce in 2017, but still lucky enough to meet my current wife 15 months later, and we both share a same interest - farming.
Knowing that my in-law has a small piece of abandoned rice field after visiting the family in the village (Kota Belud), and since I have picked up the hobby in hydroponic and home farming few years back, I see the opportunity to venture into agriculture. Luckily, my in-law agreed to lend me his empty land. So I am going with cili padi (Bird's Eye Chili) plantation with both fertigation and aquaponics setup.
However, every project needs capital fund, and fertigation farming is no less. With the lack of income support, I'm not eligible for any bank loan to fund the project, and my age falls out of the Ministry of Agriculture plantation scheme aid age group.
I did receive a start up fund from a former classmate (A BIG THANKS TO HIM), and I was able to kick start a 1000 plants project. However, a full-scale fertigation setup alone on an acre land can costs up to RM50-60K in this part of the world. Thus I come online hoping to be able to get some funding help from some kind hearted people.
The initial phase of the project will mainly focus in setting up and operation of the chili farm with fertigation system, which may content 4000-5000 plants on an acre land, and a proper seedling greenhouse. It then may include the following in the later stage:
- Chili sauce and/or sambal production;
- Smart farm controller;
- An aquaponics system setup, to run in conjunction with the fertigation system;
- Fish pools for Tilapia and Java Barb production;
- Small scale goat and rabbit farm;
- Simple solar system on farm site to reduce electricity bill and to counter power outage.
Through this agriculture project, of course, with future farm site expansion, the aim is to become one of the main chili suppliers in town. But in the mean time, for me to generate income revenue, to support my family especially my wife and our newborn baby, and provide some farm jobs to the villagers.