More than 5,000 sugar palm trees will be planted at an ancient historical site in Kampong Cham province’s Srei Santhor district in an effort to turn the area into a tourist attraction.
Provincial Governor Kuoch Chamroeun and his officials met with Water Resources and Meteorology Minister Lim Kean Hor on Monday.
“We will plant 5,252 seeds of the sugar palm tree in the middle of March along the banks of the Veam lake dam,” said Mr Chamroeun.
He said he wanted to plant sugar palm seeds because he thought the trees would make the scenery there more beautiful.
“It is our goal for the future. We want this area to become a tourist destination,” he said.
“The sugar palm tree is representative of the national identity and has many benefits.”
Mr Chamroeun said that when the tree grew big, its roots could prevent the dam from flooding. Its leaves could also be used to make mats, hats and other things, its fruit could be eaten and palm sugar could be made from its juice.
“It can provide benefits for 15 to 20 years in the future,” he said.
Mr Chamroeun added the area was a historic location of the regime of King Khorn, who briefly ruled the country in the 16th century.
Srei Santhor district governor Sim Kong said he supported the provincial governor’s idea to attract more tourists.
Mr Kong said the Veam lake dam was built between 2016 and 2017 and the reservoir was eight kilometres long. “I think it will become a popular place for tourism and will help the people who live near the area in the future,” he said.