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Agricultural sector almost 100 percent mechanized

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Farmers are now using machines to plough or harvest their land. KT/ Chor Sokunthea

Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon today said that the Kingdom’s agriculture sector is almost 100 percent mechanized, with only a small percentage of farmers still using cattle to cultivate their land.

Issuing the ministry’s report at the close of the ministry’s annual conference, Mr Sakhon said that last year the use of cattle in the agriculture sector fell to 3.2 percent and more than 96 percent of farmers are now using machines to plough their land.

“The evolution of mechanization in the sector is improving,” he said. “Last year the use of machines to plough land reached 96.86 percent.”

Mr Sakhon also said that last year 3.34 million hectares of land was used for rice cultivation across the country, which surpassed the ministry’s target for the year.

He said 2.75 million hectares was cultivated during the rainy season and 590,000 hectares during the dry season.

“The land area used for cultivation increased by about 4 percent compared to 2017,” Mr Sakhon noted. “Rice production, both during the rainy and dry seasons, increased by about 1.66 percent compared to 2017.”

Full story in Friday’s paper

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