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Farmers cash in on race success

Two boat crews which won four races at last month's Water Festival in Phnom Penh

have each been awarded $100 from the Italian NGO Manitese.

"It's a goodwill gesture," says the NGO's coordinator, Giorgio Vecco.

"Most of the oarsmen are farmers benefiting from our project and it enhances

the successful relationship we have with them," he told the Post.

At a ceremony at Wat Kean Svay Krav in Kean Svay district, Kandal, the oarsmen from

Wat Ampaworn in the same district lined up alongside their red pirogue to receive

the award from Vecco.

This is the second year that Manitese has supported teams at Phnom Penh's annual

water festival and for many in the two crews it was their first race.

"I haven't rowed since the old Sihanouk days," said Lim Oung.

"We only practiced for three days. Of course, I got tired, but the cheers of

the crowd kept me going."

Manitese has worked on the Sre Ampil irrigation scheme which has irrigated 3,400

hectares of land, ensuring rice production for 7,000 farmers.

With a budget of $1 million for a three-year project, it has donated nine tractors,

built garages and offices at the site, and trained 25 local staff.



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