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ADB farming aid sought

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Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon has asked the Asian Development Bank to consider new programs to help Cambodia’s agriculture sector with crop zoning and climate change projects.

On Tuesday, Mr Sakhon met Jiangfeng Zhang, director of the environment, natural resources, and agriculture division for ADB in Southeast Asia.

He said two projects would be important in attracting investment and enhancing management and development of crops and researching new crops that were resilient to climate change.

The remark was made ahead of the end of the existing project supported by ADB.

This has run from 2014 and finishes at the end of this year. ADB officers are planning new projects to continue to help Cambodia’s agricultural sector from 2019 to 2021.

Mr Jiangfeng said that because of Cambodia was leaping forward in competing in agro-business, ADB was at the consultation stage and would like to hear from the Cambodian side over programs that ADB can help with in the 2019-2021 projects.

He said the bank was checking what support was possible in response to cropping demands in each area in Cambodia because ADB had found that the agriculture sector, rural development, and natural resource management in Cambodia were priorities in driving economic growth.

In February, the Agriculture Ministry and Korea Land and Geospatial Informatix Corporation, a South Korea-based firm, reached a deal enabling the application of advanced information and communication technology.

This technology, particularly precision land use mapping, seeks to boost local agricultural production.

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