In a bid to reduce the number of villagers from migrating to Thailand to seek jobs, Prey Veng provincial authorities said that locals should boost agricultural production.
Speaking at a press conference on the progress of Prey Veng province at the Council of Ministers yesterday, provincial governor Chea Somethy said that out of the 1.2 million people in the province, 220,000 or 20 percent of them migrated to other provinces and countries to find work.
He said about 170,000 migrant workers from the province have worked across the country and more than 50,000 worked in Thailand, Malaysia and South Korea.
He said he usually visits villages and encourages farmers to produce more vegetables and meats to supply to the markets.
“The agricultural sector in Prey Veng is growing. When they need workers, our people are available to work for them. This could reduce the migration both locally and abroad,” Somethy said.
Prey Veng has agricultural potential, with the province ranked number one in the agricultural sector for two consecutive years, 2019 and 2020.
The people planted 357,000 hectares of rice, or 112 percent, more than the planned 325,000 hectares of rice and more than 800,000 tonnes of rice were exported to Vietnam.
“We plan to increase and expand irrigation system for crops and paddy rice and help mitigate natural disasters,” Somethy said.
He said that provincial officials have also encouraged local farmers to rear fish and poultry.
Ouk Samnang, director of the Prey Veng Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries department, said farmers do not only grow rice, vegetables and agro-industrial crops, they also raise livestock.
He said farmers are now aware of market demands.
“We have developed a strategy now for the farmers by recruiting a group of 20 to 50 to look for markets. Now they can export about 20 tonnes of their vegetables per day to Phnom Penh,” he said.
Somethy also called on investors to invest in the province, especially in agriculture.
“Now we have got a company to invest in the province and one more company from China,” he added.