The Agriculture Ministry has issued measures for farmers to follow to boost crop cultivation during the upcoming rainy season and fill food reserves.
Minister Veng Sakhon in a statement Friday said COVID-19 continues to affect the world, including Cambodia.
“Regarding this case, the ministry has advised all subordinate units; capital and provincial agriculture departments; to take necessary measures to reserve enough food for locals and stabilise the prices of products,” Mr Sakhon said.
He added the measures include the promotion of quality crop development, meeting market needs, acquiring pest control, seed distribution and the increase of livestock and fish yields.
Mr Sakhon said capital and provincial departments must instruct farmers to be prepared for the upcoming rain season so they can increase food production.
He noted departments must collaborate with other sub-national bodies and local authorities to identify water sources at the beginning of the rainy season.
“All relevant departments under the ministry must cooperate with sub-national administrations, the private sector and development partners to implement this guidance effectively,” Mr Sakhon said.
Chhim Vichara, director of the Battambang provincial agriculture department, said he received the ministry order, noting his department has been cooperating with other departments and local authorities to collect data on cultivable lands.
Mr Vichara said his department’s goal is to start the process early in May.
“The department will also strengthen the cultivation of rice and other crops,” he said. “We are prepared to resolve food issues and maintain food security as the world, including Cambodia, encounters the spread of COVID-19.”
According to a Water Resources Ministry statement in January, this year’s rainy season will start in the second week of May, where there will be average-to-moderate levels of rainfall.