A new MoU signed between the government and a Korean firm will enable the application of advanced information and communication technology in agriculture, particularly precision agricultural mapping.
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The agreement was signed on Monday by Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon and by the chairman of Korea Land and Geospatial InformatiX Corporation, Ahn Jong-ho, and seeks to boost local agricultural production through land use mapping.
Korea Land and Geospatial InformatiX Corporation (also known as LX Corporation) is a company that specialises in the procurement and management of spatial information.
“This MoU is very important for the development of the agriculture sector, which is one of the government’s priority areas,” Mr Sakhon said.
“Mapping crops can yield vital information for investors and farmers. They technology allows them to know the best crop for each particular type of soil.”
Hean Vanhan, director general the General Directorate of Agriculture, said the technology can help investors appraise the economic potential of certain terrains, and will provide guidance to government officials when deciding what areas to develop.
“The Korean company will work with us to select the best areas and to choose the right crops,” Mr Vanhan said.
“With this technology, farmers will now what crops are the most profitable.”
Chan Sophal, director of the Center of Policy Studies, said the new MoU will help enhance agricultural yields and ensure that products fetch fair prices in the market.
“Planting the right crop for the existing natural conditions, will help increase production and enhance our competitiveness in the international market.”
However, Mr Sophal said it may be difficult to convince farmers to change crops.
“Changing farmers minds will be hard. If they want to grow mango, but we tell them they should be growing cassava, they might not listen to us,” he said.