Kandal province on Monday inaugurated the “Vegetable Shipping Centre”, a facility that boasts a food safety laboratory and that will supply the market with safe and quality agricultural goods.
The centre, hailed as the first of its kind in Cambodia, has been built with funds donated by the government of Japan through its project ‘Kusanone’.
Japanese Ambassador Hidehisa Horinouchi said in a press release that the centre is a contribution from the government of Japan to provide safe and reliable agricultural goods to Cambodian consumers.
“This is Cambodia’s first shipping center. It has a small laboratory to check for pesticides to ensure the food that reaches the market is safe.
“Our hope is that this shipping centre will help spread a culture of food safety and become a symbol of the friendship between the people of Japan and Cambodia,” he said.
Presiding over the centre’s launch, Minister of Agriculture Veng Sakhon said the facility represents an important step in improving the quality of local agricultural goods.
He thanked the government and people of Japan for their contributions in improving food safety in the Kingdom and highlighted that the Cambodian government is implementing a comprehensive programme of reform to modernise the country.
He said Cambodia has enjoyed strong economic growth – averaging 7 percent – during the last 10 years, and said this growth allows farmers to adapt their production practices to serve their needs and the demands of the market.
“Our agricultural community has become a major force that has made a positive difference in our society.
“People are changing their eating habits and seeking out high-quality and safe food, especially vegetables and fruits. With the increase in tourist arrivals every year, the demand for healthy food continues to rise. Meeting these needs requires that all stakeholders work closely together,” the minister said.
Mr Sakhon pointed out that the ministry has introduced a new set of standards for the local agriculture industry called ‘CamGAP’, and added that a set of standards for growing organic produce will soon follow.