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Draft law on Cassava National Policy 2020-2025 approved

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Farmer collecting  Cassava chips in Ratanakiri. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Council of Ministers, chaired by Prime Minister Hun Sen, has approved the “Draft Law on Cassava National Policy 2020-2025, according to the result of the Council of Ministers meeting.

This policy is being enacted to enable the modernisation of agriculture to be one of the most important priorities, especially to transform  family-owned cultivation to manageable agro-commercial production.

“Aagriculture and agro-industrial development can generate additional income for the people and connect the various sectors that create the interconnectivity of the economy and increase the excellence of Cambodia’s exports to the world market,” according to the draft policy.

The rapid growth of cassava cultivation areas in recent decades has made cassava the second most important crop after rice production. Cassava accounts for between 3 and 4 percent of the GDP. Each year, about $300 million is invested to grow cassava on more than 600,000 hectares, according to the government report.

The report shows that while the country’s most exports are fresh cassava, dried cassava slices are worth about $728 million. More than 90,000 rural families in 13 provinces are engaged in cassava cultivation.

Cambodia exported 3.29 million tons of cassava in 2019, an increase of 27 percent from 2018’s 2.59 million tons, according to the ministry of agriculture’s report.

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