Visually-impaired villager makes a success of quail breeding in pandemic


Differently abled: Kow is determined not to let his disability stop him from working and providing for his family, through his quail egg business in Batu Pahat, Johor. — Bernama

BATU PAHAT: Losing his eyesight in an accident 25 years ago has not kept Kow Meng Soon from becoming a successful quail breeder in Kampung Sri Gading here.

The 60-year-old now has 5,000 birds and is able to sell about 2,000 eggs daily to wholesalers.

Kow said he and his wife Disianti Lee, 30, had been breeding the birds ever since he was catergorised as a person with disabilities (OKU).

“Before this, I worked in Singapore and I was determined to breed quails despite having no experience. I used my savings from my previous jobs for capital. It is better than not having any job.

“I need to work hard, moreover

I have three children between six and 15 who are still schooling, ” he said when met by Bernama.

However, Kow said the Covid-19 pandemic had reduced his income by half in the first 10 months of the movement control order.

“During that time, I had to dispose of almost 10,000 quails besides giving them to friends and neighbours.

“Now after three months of reviving the business, I am happy and grateful that the eggs are still marketable although not as much as before the MCO, ” he said.

Village head Sharuddin Abu Bakar said he was proud of Kow, whom he described as very patient and resilient despite his disability.

“Hopefully, his story will inspire the other villagers, ” he said. —Bernama

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