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Nine communities join contract farming scheme

Chea Vannak / Khmer Times Share:

Nine more agricultural communities in Kampong Thom province have joined the government’s Boosting Food Projection Programme, entering a contract farming scheme with local exporter Amru Rice.

The communities have recently signed agreements with Amru Rice, agreeing to supply a combined 8,000 tonnes of paddy rice to the local firm starting next year.

Hean Vanhan, director of the General Directorate of Agriculture, said the deals are part of the Boosting Food Projection Programme, a government-led project to enhance local agricultural production and reduce the country’s reliance on imports.

“The signing on these agreements will help the communities reduce costs, increase production, and strengthen their position in the market,” Mr Vanhan said.

Amru Rice’s CEO Song Saran said the company expects to get other communities on board in upcoming months.

“We are now negotiation with other agricultural communities who would supply about 5,000 tonnes of paddy rice per season,” Mr Saran said.

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