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Small-scale farmers to get help

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Un Sokkea, a banana farmer in Kandal province’s Prek Thmey commune in Chbar Ampov district. KT/Chea Vannak

Amru Rice yesterday announced it would join hands with the SNV Organization to start a Warehouse Receipt System to help small-scale farmers.

Song Saran, the CEO of Amru Rice (Cambodia), said the venture was a new project aimed at helping the kingdom’s many farmers who only had small plots of land and produced small amounts of goods.

“The project will start from Kampong Thom, Preah Vihear and the provinces that grow agricultural products that can be stored,” Mr Saran said.

Agricultural products that can be stored are rice, cassava, cashew nuts and some others items, according to Mr Saran.

“Amru Rice has a partnership with SNV to implement the Warehouse Receipt System for at least 1,500 farmers and 5,000 tonnes of products produced by low income farmers will be stored, creating collective marketing and financing to smallholder farmers,” said Mr Saran.

“The project focuses on helping them have warehouses built, collecting their products as a whole to be sold and financing them for agricultural accessories and fertilisers, but not money,” he added.

“We have the funds from Sweden to create this project and the fund is for technical assistance to the farmers.

“Together we can help them have a market to sell their products because previously there were many farmers who sold their products at low prices due to the lack of warehouses and a market.”

Amru Rice Cambodia is also keen to partner with a Singapore investor to set up a processing factory for organic cassava in Oddar Meanchey province.

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