The Ann Kway people were the heroes who develpoed rural areas. They opened up then and turned this wastelands into vegetable and poultry farms. Kway Choe, 95, a farmer said that the two greatest fear of vegetable farmers are firstly, a countinuous period of dry weather, where there will be insufficient water for the vegetable and secondly, pest. During the early days, rural areas had no tap water supplies. Farmers had to rely on well water to grow vegetables and to keep livestock. And the situation was improved after tap water was available. Next, pesticides were sprayed on the vegetables to kill pests. However the amount of pesticides must be controled to prevent people from being poisoned.
Kway Choe also touch on livestock trade. Most Chinese farmers reared pigs as pork is still the main type of meat eaten by the people.
Pigsties must be kept clean so that pig will not be infected by diseases. The most unfortunate thing to happen to pig farmers is that the sows they keep turn out to be unproductive, bearing three or four piglets a time. The greatest fear is that the pigs they rear may be infected with contagious diseases. Once a pig is infected with the diseases, normally all the other pig were also be infected. Gradually, all the pig they rear would die.
Rearing chickens was important ecomomicativity for Singapore villagers. The most important thing in chicken rearing is the availablity of lightings and the prevention of chicken pest. Chicks have to be fed continuously. The more often they are fed, the faster they will grow. The main purpose of rearing hens are for their eggs and their meat. The more eggs the farmers collect, the more money they earn.
However, as Singapore have limited land, land for farming purposes is becoming lesser and lesser. Trades involved in livestock and vegetable farming are fast dying out, but there is nothing anyone can do about it.