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Pursat province to strengthen agriculture sector

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Mao Thonin at a press conference at the Council of Ministers. KT/Khem Sovannara

The Pursat provincial administration is encouraged to continue strengthening the management and improving the quality of agricultural products, businesses, trade and tourism sector to better improve the living conditions of people, especially disabled people.

Pursat provincial governor Mao Thonin outlined the progress and direction of the administration during a press conference at the Council of Ministers.

He said there are more than 490,000 people in the province, of which 75 percent are farmers and another 25 percent are businessmen, traders and civil servants.

Mr Thonin added that due to the large population, agriculture is a major sector to support the development, enhancing the livelihoods of the people, which needs to be strengthened further.

“People have been very active in the agriculture sector with harvesting and cultivation efforts, with most of the rice in the province being grown without using chemical fertilisers which increases the quality and taste of the rice,” he said.

According to Mr Thonin, the province currently has about 150,000 hectares of agricultural land, with an annual rice yield of between 380,000 tonnes and 420,000 tonnes. In addition to rice crops, he said people in the province also grow oranges on 12,000 hectares.

He added in addition to the agriculture sector, there is also a huge potential for the tourism industry to improve people’s living conditions.

He said the province currently has a total of 34 tourist destinations, such as the Tonle Sap Lake, covering 86 kilometres, tourist attractions in the district, city and mountainous areas which attracted about 610,000 local and international tourists last year.

Commerce department director in Pursat province, Chhun Sereyrath, also said in the press conference the yield of rice, a priority in the province, which has exported an average of about 23,500 tonnes per year.

In addition, the province also has some other products such as oranges, cassava, corn, mango, marble sculpture handicrafts and products made from palm trees and palm sugar.

“The provincial administration will continue to strengthen the agricultural sector and promote these agricultural products in local and international markets by participating in trade fairs,” she said.

According to the provincial authorities, in addition to strengthening agriculture and tourism as the priority sectors, it will also strengthen other sectors such as water resources, energy, trade, rural development, health and road infrastructure to further fulfill the needs of the people.

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