The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology, Kingdom of Cambodia and WAPCOS Limited, a Government of India enterprise jointly organized a workshop for the project “Study of Groundwater Resources of Kong Pisei and Basedth District of Kampong Speu Province, Cambodia on 7th June, 2018 at Hotel Cambodiana in Phnom Penh.
Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India has extended its support to Royal Government of Cambodia for conducting the Study of Groundwater Resources in Kong Pisei and Basedth district of Kampong Speu Province in Cambodia. The Study is aimed at assessment of groundwater potential of the area and developing a groundwater management strategy leading to revival of the rural economy. WAPCOS a specialized agency in groundwater studies and development was entrusted with this study project. WAPCOS has been working over a span of more than 3 years and has carried out detailed studies, investigations and groundwater exploration. It has devised a mathematical model exclusive to the area. Based on hydrogeological considerations, subsurface resistivity data, ground water exploration and model studies, it has recommended feasible projects that shall usher in an improved lifestyle for the people of the region.
The work of WAPCOS was widely appreciated by all participants. During the workshop close interaction between the officials of the Government of Cambodia and WAPCOS experts has been held. These interactions helped finalization of the project. Accordingly, the report would be finalized by incorporating the deliberations and decisions of the workshop.
Experts from WAPCOS presented the studies undertaken in Kong Pisei & Basedth District. The objective behind the Study was to assess the available ground water; future prediction of groundwater availability of the annually renewable resource through mathematical modelling; transformation of essentially monocrop agriculture (rain fed crop) to multi-crop with assured water availability during lean period for development of leguminous (pulses) crop; and enhancement of cropping intensity through development of second crop. These measures will lead to rapid development of agriculture and the rural economy.
Development of Water Resources has been a priority area for the Government of Cambodia. The assessment of water resources along with its proper planning and management is a must to cater for present and future needs of agriculture. Due to limited number of rivers with perennial flows in the region, it is very important to explore potential aquifers for creating groundwater irrigation infrastructure. Acknowledging the Study, H.E. Mr. Bun Hean, Secretary of State, MOWRAM appreciated the efforts put in by WAPCOS.
Participating at the workshop, the Indian Ambassador, H.E. Madam Manika Jain hailed the shared culture and heritage between Cambodia and India. She assured that the Government of India will consider positively any request for partnership in future projects identified in the Study. She said India is a reliable partner in Cambodia’s development process.