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Rice seeds aid Stung Treng flood victims

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Stung Treng authorities have provided nearly seven tonnes of rice seeds to families in Sdov commune affected by recent floods.

Nhem Sari, deputy Stung Treng governor, said that on Sunday authorities brought nearly seven tonnes of rice seeds and vegetables to 134 families in Sdov commune who lost crops during the floods.

“The rice seeds are very useful for planting to earn income after flood damage,” he said. “They should not sell these seeds, they should keep them for crops.”

Sem Sophat, a villager in Sdov commune, said his crops were destroyed by the floods, leading to difficulty supporting his family.

“Now we got rice and vegetable seeds for planting,” he said. “When my crops were destroyed, I had to leave my village to find a job elsewhere. Now I can come back to plant my crops again, as my family depends on the crops for support.”

Last month, the Agriculture Ministry said it would distribute 3,000 tonnes of rice seeds to farmers affected by floods across the country.

According to Keo Vy, spokesman for the National Committee for Disaster Management, recent floods hit 23 provinces across the Kingdom, leading to 63 deaths and damages to 105,013 hectares of rice fields.

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

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