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MAFF launches information platform to assist farmers

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Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon speaking at the launch of the website. KT/Sok Chan

Farmers, traders and relevant stakeholders can now find updated information on agricultural and commodity prices and other information related to agriculture with the Agricultural Market Information Service website (AMIS) accessible through the Ministry of Agriculture’s main portal.

AMIS provides information to help farmers and traders in their information search. It was launched yesterday.

It will help users find the latest available information and various other resources related to agricultural commodity prices, online market, business networking, and other price reports from the office of agricultural marketing.

The European Union in Cambodia and the World Food Program supported the development of the website with both technical and financial support.

The Agriculture Market Information Service will offer a fast and trusted source of information to famers, traders and relevant stakeholders around the country. It will also display agricultural commodity prices outsourced from markets in twenty-five cities and provinces.

Hean Vanhan, secretary of state of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), told Khmer Times yesterday the information available on the Agricultural Market Information Service website will also help guide farmers on production capacity.

“This is the platform where the farmers or traders will decide whether to sell their products in the market. “When we have all commodity price information from all the markets across the country, we can compare the prices on the market. It will be a way to find out which market is offering high or low prices.

“We have prepared the tools for the dissemination of information to all provincial agricultural departments across the country as well as the technical teams, so they can now promote the site to farmers and traders,” Mr Vanhan said.

Speaking at the launch of the website, Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon said Cambodian farmers are transforming their habit from producing for consumption to producing for sale on the market as there is increasing demand. The agricultural community will be the catalyst to boost this change in the Cambodian rural area.

“Officials must provide information on the website as well as its workings and processes in order to increase the added value and income for the various stakeholders, particularly the smallholder famers.

“They must improve the agricultural marketing system and help the smallholder famers and traders in order for them to take advantage of the technology in terms of crop mapping, potential soil, market demand, quality and quantity.

“Agriculture officials must send SMS to the users to inform them of the prices on time. The website will contribute to achieve the government’s digital economy aim,” Mr Sakhon said.

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