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Prime minister asks for cooperation to bring down costs for rice farmers

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A female rice farmer working in the field. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Cambodian prime minister called yesterday on the public, private and non-profit sectors to work together in bringing down the cost of growing rice to help struggling farmers throughout the country.

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Speaking at a graduation ceremony yesterday at Koh Pich Convention Center, Mr Hun Sen suggested government agencies, companies and development partners cooperate to reduce interest rates for farmers that take out loans, and make fertilizers and pesticides cheaper and more accessible.

“Please try to find a way to lower down the production costs of farmers but make sure the quality of the rice remains the same,” Mr Hun Sen said. “Cambodian rice is famous all over the world.”

Taing Sokkhy, a local rice expert, told Khmer Times that to reduce costs and boost the competitiveness of their crops, farmers must change some basic elements of their farming approach.

“They should use high quality seedlings,” he said. “Following current trends, they should also use less fertilizers.”

Last year, rice exports increased by 17.3 percent, reaching 635,679 tonnes, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.

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