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Farmer shifts to animal corn feed

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A farmer in Tbong Khmum province is joining the provinces bordering with Thailand to grow more corn to supply the animal feed industry.

The four main corn-growing districts, Krouch Chhmar, Memot, Ou Reang Ov and Tbong Khmum have combined total of corn farm land of 10,790 hectares with total of 56,750 tonnes in yield annually, according to a figure from the Ministry of Agriculture.

Currently the province supplies four kinds of corn seed to the market that is mostly exported to Thailand for animal feed processing.

Cambodia’s corn production is mostly

cultivated in provinces bordering Thailand.

“Farmers now have changed from their traditional way of farming to a more business approach by adopting new technically-based cultivation that is resistant to climate change and that experiences increased output every year,” the ministry said. At the same time, the farmers are using more machinery for farming.

The harvest season in the province lasts from February to April for the dry season and from July to September for the rainy season.

With the increase in yield, the province is also facing a lack of dry warehousing. Currently there are seven corn storage facilitiess, five in Krouch Chhar district and two in Tbong Khmum with a capacity of dry corn of 1,500 tonnes to 3,000 tonnes a year.

The figure from Ministry of Agriculture shows that Cambodia exported a total of 119,993 tonnes of maize in 2019, a decrease of 204,184 tonnes in 2018.

The country shipped 35,636 tonnes of corn during the first five months of this year, down 29 per cent over the corresponding period last year.

The ministry said that the decrease in corn exports is not a problem for farmers: It is because the food has a high demand in the local market.

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