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Deal with China to boost farming skills

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Officials shake hands to seal the deal. KT/Mom Sophon

The Labour Ministry has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences in order to train farmers in the agriculture sector.


Labour Minister Ith Samheng welcomed yesterday’s MoU signing and said that CATAS was fulfilling a requirement set by the Cambodian government to increase knowledge in the sector over the next five years.

“It is a great partnership between Cambodia and China – we are making more progress,” Mr Samheng said, noting that the agreement is also part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Laov Him, director-general of the ministry’s technical and vocational education department, said yesterday the goal of the MoU is to increase the ability of farmers and promote sustainable development between Cambodia and China.

“Trainers from China will come to Cambodia to train our trainees, while our trainees will get training in China,” Mr Him said.

He added that the creation of training centres throughout the country has made it easier for Cambodian farmers to attend short training courses on how to optimally grow their crops.

However, Mr Him noted that he is unsure which farmers will attend the training with CATAS.

“We do not yet know how many people will receive the training because CATAS is still studying the project,” he said.

CATAS vice president Liu Gaodao said that CATAS is China’s biggest tropical research institute.

“We want to train farmers in Cambodia on how to gain knowledge on agriculture,” Mr Liu said, adding that he will work with the ministry to select which farmers will train with CATAS.

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