Time is running out for 300 hectares of rice fields in the Baray district of Kampong Thom facing water shortages from a poorly repaired canal, according to affected villagers.
The Ministry of Water Resources took two years to restore the more than 30 kilometre-long canal with help from private donors, completing construction in January.
Lim Phalla, the deputy district governor in Baray district, said the water shortage was not caused by the canal, but the lack of initiative from villagers to instal pumps that will route the water to crops.
“It is not due to the construction, but the residents,” said Phalla.
Villagers in the Baray district are calling for assistance from the government because they cannot afford the expensive equipment to pump the water into their rice fields.
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