Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday donated hundreds of two species of fish to the Agriculture Ministry’s Fisheries Administration so that it can dole them out to farmers.
Eng Chea San, director of the Fisheries Administration, said yesterday that Sutchi catfish and tilapia were raised in Mr Hun Sen’s house compound’s pond for years in Kandal province’s Takhmao city.
“The Prime Minister allowed the Fisheries Administration to catch those fish and relocate them to the Samdech Techo Aquaculture Research Institute in the province’s Sa’ang district and they will be given to the people to raise and breed,” he said.
Chea San said the fish pond in Mr Hun Sen’s residence compound in Takhmao city were full of fish originating from natural lakes and rivers.
“These Sutchi fish weigh between eight and 12 kilogrammes each while tilapia weighs between one and two kilogrammes each,” Chea San added.
Bun Tounsimona, director of Kandal provincial agriculture department, said he has not yet received such an information.
“I have not yet received the news the Prime Minister handed over fish to the Aquaculture Research Institute in Kandal province,” he said. “But I am waiting to accept it.”
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Hun Sen has urged farmers to raise fish, frogs, lobsters, chickens, ducks, pigs, as well as grow vegetables to ensure food security and improve their livelihoods.
He also asked the Fisheries Administration to distribute fish fry, animals and vegetable seeds to farmers and that agriculture experts should help them in cultivating.