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Chinese experts begin study on agriculture

Chea Vannak / Khmer Times Share:
A Cambodian farmer holds a bundle of rice plants. KT/Mom Sophon

As part of a deal signed between Cambodia and China, a group of officials from the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture has started a study on improving the modernisation of the local agricultural sector.

Local officials said the study is in line with the national strategy to modernise the local agriculture industry and meet demands from international buyers.

As agreed on a memorandum of understanding signed earlier this year, the Chinese team will conduct studies in 12 Cambodian provinces with the support of local agriculture officials.

“The chosen provinces are areas that have particularly high potential when it comes to exporting to China”, Hean Vanhan, director of the General Directorate of Agriculture, said yesterday.

The results of the study will be made available by the end of the month, he added.

During a meeting yesterday with Chinese officials, Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon said the implementation of the MoU is important to move forward with the 2019-2030 national strategy for the development of the agricultural sector.

“The MoU that we agreed and signed is for cooperation with the Chinese experts to help upgrade and further modernise Cambodia’s agriculture.

“They will not focus on specific crops. Rather, we will work on how to get better results from our agricultural production and how to achieve higher capacity,” he said, adding that the project was important to successfully reform the sector, particularly when it comes to training local officials.

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