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Farming just got more technical

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Cambodian farmers harvest water mimosa, a popular vegetable dish, at a farm in Phnom Penh on February 13, 2019. (Photo by TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP)

The International Fund for Agricultural Develop- ment (IFAD) and Ministry of Agriculture will launch a farmer app, called “Chamka” this month to help farmers in agricultural products development, according to IFAD’s country manager.

Meng Sakphouseth, IFAD’s country programme officer to Cambodia, said the app will be launched this month, which in now it already developed that can be found on Andrio’s play store and Apple store.

He said the Chamka app is to help farmers to receive and improve their technical knowledge and selling agricultural products.

“The app will allow farmers to report issues with their farming techniques to experts and the problem will be solved by the guideline provided by via the app,” he said. “It provides technical assistance related to farming and crops to farmers. The app is a market place for farmers.

“We are now trying to recruit agriculture experts and bring input suppliers to the platform first before we release it to farmers next month. We will push hard to reach this deadline.”

According to Sakphou- seth, farmers will be able to benefit from it starting from the first week of June.

To respond to the spread of Coronavirus. IFAD is now working with the government to implement it to support farmer groups and value chain partners.

According to IFAD, travel from the capital and large urban centres have been restricted but greater autonomy has been granted to provincial staff, who are providing direct support to farmers.

Extension services to existing and returnee farmers are also being delivered through online and tele-based services.

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