The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (Unido) will contribute to infrastructure development in the fisheries sector by implementing one component of the European Union-funded Capfish-Capture programme.
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Capfish, a $98 million project to support the Kingdom’s fisheries sector, was announced late last year and will run until 2023.
Dr Shetty Seetharama Thombathu, Unido’s chief technical advisor, told Khmer Times that his agency will be responsible for implementing part of Capfish.
“One component of the Capfish programme will focus on improving the quality of post-harvest infrastructure facilities in the fisheries sector. This will be implemented by Unido.
“In addition, the project will support the private sector by helping to improve knowledge on post-harvest management, including improving hygiene and food safety,” Mr Thombathu said.
He stressed that the Kingdom is currently unable to meet the food safety requirements of many importing countries due to a lack of quality infrastructure.
“We need to improve the legal framework, official controls, inspections, testing and certification along the whole value chain from farm or sea to plate. Once we do so, we will be able to harmonise our food safety systems with the importing countries and be ready to export,” he said.
In December, George Edgar, the EU ambassador to Cambodia, said the programme will focus on the Tonle Sap river and its resources.
“This programme is very important for the nutrition and food security of Cambodians. It will help develop fisheries and aquaculture in a sustainable manner,” he said.
The US recently unveiled the Commercialization of Aquaculture for Sustainable Trade (CAST) programme, a $17-million project to boost local production of freshwater fish, the main source of protein for Cambodians.