MAFF advisory on expected heat wave

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Mr Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture (wearing glasses) visits a stockbreeder family. Facebook/MAFF

Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, ordered all provincial departments to monitor the health conditions of livestock during the upcoming hot season.

He issued the directive on Thursday (Feb. 21) detailing measures to reduce the drought’s impact on farm animals and prevent the spread of disease.

“The increasing heat may cause a lack of food and water for animals, which is a risk factor because it may cause them to suffer from epidemics, and even die.”

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He said that, to reduce the impact of drought, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) advised its departments and the General Department of Animal Health and Food Production to monitor the health conditions of all livestock and immediately intervene if there is an outbreak of disease.

“They must have the manpower, medicine, veterinary equipment, and all other relevant things ready to take on the issue in time; and they must explain to farmers and stockbreeders how to properly care for their animals in order to prevent/manage such an eventuality.”

Minister Sakhon advised cattle owners have keep them near a water source, be it a pond or river, and supply them with enough fodder.

The Ministry of Environment issued a forest fire alert in January urging its provincial officials to be watchful because fires can start naturally or through human activity.  They’re also instructed to educate people in the prevention of forest fires.

The Kingdom will be indirectly affected by El Nino that will cause temperatures to rise to 40-42° Celsius in April and May.

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  1. People set fires deliberately on the slopes of Bokor Mountain every dry season. Some of the fires went out of control and actually reached the mountain tops near the Andong Khmer Commune in previous years. This year started with deliberately set fires on the already erosioned mountain slopes. I could never find an answer to why people would set the mountain on fire but as some suggested Bokor Mountain may be a Volcano ! Joke beside there seems to be no recognition of the problem by the local authorities in Kampot so the fires keep going. For the past week massive fires with huge smoke plumes went up along the railway tracks, again near the Andong Khmer/Toedab Village Commune.

    Landclearing causes many more fires and the air is sometimes so polluted by smoke that it makes breathe difficult. Ontop of that many burn their plastic rubbish which releases poisonous Dioxin right in the middle of housing areas. I cannot believe how many ignorant Westerners follow this trend because they are simply too lazy to carry it to the Kampot Riverside Trash Cans or pay the Trash Collection Truck to pick it up. That includes Resorts !