Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Import bans to shore up aquaculture

Import bans to shore up aquaculture

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Agriculture minister Veng Sakhon (centre) says authorities are encouraging investment in feed production for the aquaculture sector. Photo supplied

Import bans to shore up aquaculture

Industrial players in the aquaculture sector applauded a government decision to temporarily suspend the import of some species that are most commonly produced in Cambodia, hoping to curtail overall imports and instil more confidence in farmers to raise fish.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on January 8 issued a press release announcing the suspension.

Minister Veng Sakhon said that in their mission to shore up aquaculture, the authorities are also encouraging investment in feed production for the sector.

He said: “The decision to suspend the imports now is to boost the domestic market, but we will reinstate them once demand is high enough.”

Besides boosting the income of aquaculturists, he posited that the perks of added aquaculture investment would extend to rice millers and other factory owners, whose products are raw materials for feed manufacturers.

Cambodian Aquaculturist Association (CCC) president Sok Raden told The Post on January 10 that the suspension would be a boon for local marine farmers.

He said: “On behalf of the CCC, I am very pleased and supportive of the decision as it is a part of ensuring food security for the country.

“What’s more, local aquaculture products are of superior quality because they are given high-grade feed that is properly formulated, while it is unknown if some of the stuff that’s imported has undergone on-site inspections or has been given decent feed.”

In addition to the move, Raden called on border authorities to increase inspections, citing a perceived recent increase in illegal imports.

He added that increasing government intervention through low-interest loans from the Agricultural and Rural Development Bank of Cambodia (ARDB) was also making significant headway in promoting local aquaculture – especially fish and frog farming.

With family and business aquaculture now on a rising trend, Raden says Cambodia is also keen on international investment in the production of fishmeal and other feed.

He said: “I truly would like to see more people invest in Cambodian animal feed production, because spending money on feed from abroad doesn’t provide revenue for the Cambodian economy.”

Song Seyha, owner of a fish farm in Tbong Khmum province’s southernmost Ponhea Kraek district, said curbing imports of Cambodia’s most farmed fish would boost farmers’ confidence and increase investment.

“Suspending imports can give local farmers a degree of confidence in the market,” he said. “Raising also stands to enjoy acceleration in growth.”

Aquaculture output surged 27.79 per cent to some 400,000 tonnes last year from the 307,408 tonnes posted in 2019, data from the ministry show.


  • Hong Kong firm done buying Coke Cambodia

    Swire Coca-Cola Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Swire Pacific Ltd, on November 25 announced that it had completed the acquisition of The Coca-Cola Co’s bottling business in Cambodia, as part of its ambitions to expand into the Southeast Asian market. Swire Coca-Cola affirmed

  • Cambodia's Bokator now officially in World Heritage List

    UNESCO has officially inscribed Cambodia’s “Kun Lbokator”, commonly known as Bokator, on the World Heritage List, according to Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona in her brief report to Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of November 29. Her report, which was

  • NagaWorld union leader arrested at airport after Australia trip

    Chhim Sithar, head of the Labour Rights Supported Union of Khmer Employees at NagaWorld integrated casino resort, was arrested on November 26 at Phnom Penh International Airport and placed in pre-trial detention after returning from a 12-day trip to Australia. Phnom Penh Municipal Court Investigating Judge

  • Angkor Beer, 30 Years of Prestige and Still Counting

    Let’s celebrate 30 years of prestige with Angkor Beer. In this 2022, Angkor Beer is 30 years old and has been staying with Cambodian hearts in all circumstances. Head of core beer portfolio, EmYuthousaid, “We have been with Cambodians for three decades now. We, ANGKOR Beer, pride

  • Sub-Decree approves $30M for mine clearance

    The Cambodian government established the ‘Mine-Free Cambodia 2025 Foundation’, and released an initial budget of $30 million. Based on the progress of the foundation in 2023, 2024 and 2025, more funds will be added from the national budget and other sources. In a sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen

  • Two senior GDP officials defect to CPP

    Two senior officials of the Grassroots Democratic Party (GDP) have asked to join the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), after apparently failing to forge a political alliance in the run-up to the 2023 general election. Yang Saing Koma, chairman of the GDP board, and Lek Sothear,