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Rice seeds to be distributed to flood victims this weekend

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Thousands of hectares of crops have been destroyed by recent floods. KT/Mai Vireak

The Agriculture Ministry will distribute about 3,000 tonnes of rice seeds to the farmers affected by floods across the Kingdom, an official said yesterday.

Ngin Chhay, director general of the ministry’s general agriculture department, said the ministry has prepared about 3,000 tonnes of rice seeds to aid farmers whose crops were destroyed by floods.

This weekend, the ministry will transport and distribute 200 tonnes of rice seeds to farmers in Kratie province, he said.

Mr Chhay added that the ministry has already transported rice seeds to the provinces of Stung Treng, Kampot, Preah Sihanouk, Koh Kong and Banteay Meanchey.

“So far, we transported and distributed about 500 tonnes of rice seeds,” he said. “We plan to transport more rice seeds to other provinces, including Battambang, Kandal, Kampong Cham and Prey Veng.”

Kratie provincial authorities will distribute the rice seeds to 2,264 families on Sunday in four districts hit by floods, he said.

According to a report from the Provincial Hall, 3,600 families have been affected by floods in Kratie, leading to 2,149 hectares of farmland being damaged.

The report added that authorities have already once distributed rice seeds to farmers in Chet Borei, and will do so next for Chhloung, Prek Prasab and Sambour districts, as well as Kratie city, this weekend.

A provincial official said the distribution of rice seeds will help rehabilitate damaged paddy fields.

“The number of seeds to be distributed to each family is determined by their request to local authorities,” the official added. “The number of rice seeds distributed this year is higher than previous years.”

Keo Vy, a spokesman for the National Committee for Disaster Management, said floods have hit 23 provinces across the Kingdom, leading to 61 deaths and damages to 105,013 hectares of rice fields.

Mr Vy added that 134,857 families have been affected by the floods, including 12,012 that were forced to evacuate their homes.

Of the 105,013 hectares of rice fields flooded, 51,495 hectares were completely destroyed, he noted.

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