Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday urged authorities and people to conserve water for cultivation and daily consumption as dry season sets in.
Speaking yesterday at the inauguration ceremony of a cement company in Kampot province, Mr Hun Sen said there is now little rainfall as rainy season has finished.
“I want to appeal to everyone to retain water in the rice fields, canals, ponds, reservoirs and whatsoever that can store water, not only in Kampot province, but all provinces across the Kingdom,” Mr Hun Sen said.
He said that authorities and people must be aware of possible water shortages during the dry season which runs from November to May.
Chan Youttha, spokesman for the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology, yesterday said that rainy season came to an end a few days ago.
“Even though the rainy season is over, it does not mean we do not have some rain. The rain may still fall some time, but not very much,” Mr Youttha said.
Mr Youttha said that so far, no provinces have faced water shortages as all reservoirs remain full of water.
“The main thing is that we have to keep water in the rice fields to avoid water shortages. Now the rice is nearly harvested,” he said.
Mr Youttha said that the ministry, local authorities and citizens must take care of water sources such as reservoirs, lakes, and irrigation systems so that they can be used for farming and households.
Earlier this year, Mr Hun Sen urged local authorities to advise farmers to cultivate dry-season rice only once due to a dry spell and water shortages.
In February, the dry spell hit six provinces: Prey Veng, Preah Vihear, Battambang, Koh Kong, Kampong Thom and Oddar Meanchey.