The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry will continue to cooperate with the private sector to strengthen partnerships and improve investment opportunities in Cambodia’s animal product sector.
Speaking at the official opening ceremony of Cambodia’s International Livestock Industry Exhibition 2018 last week in Phnom Penh, Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon said the exhibition is very important to showcase products, new techniques and strong cooperation between the public and private sectors.
“We are still working closely with the private sector to ensure a strong partnership, involving the state, private companies and the community, to create opportunities for more investment in the animal product sector in our country in the future,” Mr Sakhon said.
The expo drew more than 6,000 visitors, including farmers, millers, feed producers, veterinarians, processors, integrators and others to view the latest products, equipment and machinery from major international companies including Big Dutchman, Buhler, Valli, Agco GSI, Atluntas, Salmet and Nutricomm Asia.
Richard Yew, regional vice president of AMB Tarsus Events Group, the expo’s organiser, said he was happy to organise the event.
Mr Yew said the event was an exhibition and conference aimed at providing a platform for professionals in the livestock industry to develop business networking in Cambodia.
He noted that the exhibition was aimed at attracting valuable investments and opening up greater trade opportunities for Cambodia.
“I hope that many local industry professionals here will capitalise on what the expo has on offer to improve themselves and their businesses,” he noted. “By doing so, they will contribute to Cambodia’s developing agriculture sector, paving the way for many more exciting opportunities in the future, which we will be pleased to facilitate.”
During the event, Mr Sakhon also called on feed producing companies to use local raw materials rather than importing them from overseas.
He said that importing feed products from overseas costs more than $200 million per year, and if the feed producing companies use local materials, it will benefit the companies and also farmers.
“When the companies use local raw materials, we will not worry that our farmers cannot find a market for their products,” he said, adding that while he encourages companies to buy local raw materials, he cannot ban imports from overseas.
Kim Heang, raw materials purchasing manager for GreenFeed (Cambodia), said she supports the minister’s call for companies to use local materials.
She noted that her company uses 50 to 60 percent of local raw materials and imports the rest because they are not available in Cambodia.