Difficult rainy season ends

October 30th, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

As a fickle rainy season that has seen areas of the country plagued by drought draws to a close, Cambodia’s rice production remains nearly on target, though food insecurity is still a problem for individual communities, according to the World Food Programme.

The season’s slow start affected 234,695 hectares of rice seedlings and destroyed 15,954 hectares, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Much of the affected areas have been re-planted, the WFP said yesterday. …

Igor Kossov

Yields from fishing take a dive

October 28th, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

Exports of fresh fish and fish products fell significantly during the first nine months of the year, raising concerns about businesses and families operating in the Kingdom’s fisheries sector.

Fresh and frozen fish export shipments fell 21 per cent during the first nine months of the year to 7,100 tonnes, down from 9,000 tonnes during the same period in 2014, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said in its latest data release. …

Cheng Sokhorng

ELCs to be taken from firms that break rules

August 31st, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

Companies that transfer their land holdings to another firm in violation of government policy will have their concessions stripped from them, the Agriculture Ministry has said.

But the ministry added that in such an event a “partner” firm may be sought to develop the offender’s economic land concession (ELC), providing a potential loophole to any crackdowns on abuses of the law. …

Pech Sotheary

Lifespan of ELCs slashed by gov’t

July 29th, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

The government has declared leases on plantations will be limited to 50 years, slashing the length of some existing concessions in half, though neither ministry responsible for overseeing the move would confirm the legal basis for doing so.

The decision was announced in a press release issued by the Ministry of Environment yesterday, with its chief of cabinet, Srun Darith, saying the policy would be implemented on new and already- existing economic land concessions (ELCs). …

Taing Vida

In search of export market for mangoes

July 9th, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia is seeking to export its mangoes to South Korea, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

Contacted yesterday, deputy MAFF director Hean Vanhorn said that a ministry representative would meet with a South Korean agriculture delegation today to discuss the possibility of exporting mangoes there. …

Sok Chan

El Niño raises drought fears

June 16th, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia is looking at a delayed onset of the rainy season, with experts and government officials having raised concerns of a prolonged dry season affecting agricultural production, as the Pacific weather pattern El Niño threatens to bring drought-like conditions.

Ngin Chhay, director of the Rice Department in the Ministry of Agriculture, said that farmers across the country were concerned about the lack of water and the delay in planting crops this season, which traditionally runs from May to November. …

Chan Muyhong

Program aims to boost rice resilience to climate change

June 9th, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

As climate change increases the severity of droughts and floods across the Kingdom, a push is being made for farmers to adopt more resistant rice varieties.

The Philippines-based International Rice Research Institute launched a USAID-financed project in Phnom Penh yesterday in a bid to “accelerate the adoption of stress-tolerant rice varieties by smallholder farmers”.

The project will last three years and be implemented in both Cambodia and Nepal, with each country allocated $3 million. …

Khouth Sophak Chakrya and Charles Rollet

Cassava-run biomass plant closer to fruition

June 3rd, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

A planned biomass plant run on cassava in Battambang province looks ever more likely after a trial period with 100 farmers was successfully completed.

Idemitsu Oil & Gas signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Cambodia Mine Action Centre (CMAC) in 2012 to explore the development of biofuels in Cambodia. …

Chan Muyhong

PM calls for a halt to collusion

May 5th, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

Prime Minister Hun Sen urged provincial governors yesterday to stop government officials from colluding with traders to fix agricultural commodity prices, giving farmers no choice but to sell their products at below-market rates.

The PM’s call comes a day after the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries released an announcement stating that an investigation would be launched into the possible scheme. …

Chan Muyhong