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Water from Cambodia’s irrigation canals accessible by 62% of total farm land

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A well irrigated paddy field. Phen Rattanak

As of mid-2020, Cambodia’s irrigation systems have been accessible by about 62 percent of the total 2,957,400 hectares of farm land throughout the country.

This was said by Lim Kean Hor, Minister of Water Resources and Meteorology recently, who added that the coverage is expected to further increase when 12 big irrigation development projects are completed in 2023.

In 2019, irrigation water covered 1,835,422 hectares of farm land across Cambodia, including 537,077 hectares for rice growing in the dry season, and 1,298,345 hectares for rice growing in the rainy season, continued the minister.

If compared to irrigation coverage between 1967 and 2019, the accessibility rose by 81 percent.

The minister also underlined the Royal Government of Cambodia’s efforts in rehabilitating and developing Cambodia’s irrigation system to support and expand the country’s agricultural development. Lim Nary – AKP

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