Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon has urged his officials to carry out reforms to respond to the needs of national economic development, improve living standards and reduce poverty.
At an internal meeting to check on the progress, challenges, strategies and reforms in the agricultural sector at the ministry on Saturday, Mr Sakhon praised subordinates who had made efforts to fulfil their roles and responsibilities.
However, the agricultural sector still had many challenges that required resolution, he said.
Reforms in all sub-sectors needed to be better, more effective and in a timely manner to respond to the needs of economic development, improvement of living standards and poverty reduction.
Improvements were needed in the agricultural market in terms of quality, safety and standards, he said.
Mr Sakhon told officials to encourage investment in production, processing, packaging and exports.
Use of farm machinery should be expanded to ensure quality and safety, he added.
“We have to increase cooperation with development partners and the private sector to contribute to the development of the agricultural sector to further enhance economic growth and food security,” he said.
For the sub-sector of animal health and production, Mr Sakhon told subordinates to complement domestic demand to reduce imports, and strengthen and expand the dissemination of good manufacturing practices.
They should increase monitoring of the quality and safety of meat and animal products to ensure public health, he added.
For forestry and fishery sub-sectors, Mr Sakhon told officials to strive to reform and enforce strict laws to ensure the effective implementation of national policy and strategic plans.
“In general, all sub-sectors have to continue to strengthen and expand the use of information technology in response to the needs of all agricultural-related challenges for farmers,” he said.
Prey Veng province farmer Peng Kea said he supported having more attention paid to agricultural sectors.
He called for additional agricultural products for farmers as well as training in agricultural techniques, processing agricultural products and help finding markets for farmers.
“If the ministry follows the principles set out, I believe the agriculture sector will improve,” he said.