Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Agriculture training blocked

Agriculture training blocked

Officials stop an agricultural training session hosted by the NGO CCFC yesterday in Svay Rieng province.
Officials stop an agricultural training session hosted by the NGO CCFC yesterday in Svay Rieng province. Photo supplied

Agriculture training blocked

Svay Rieng officials on Saturday prevented a local farmer coalition from conducting a workshop on raising chickens on the grounds it had failed to get permission from district and provincial authorities, a possible sign of increased scrutiny of NGOs working in the provinces.

The refusal to allow the workshop in Romeas Hek district follows a Ministry of Interior directive asking provincial governors to ensure NGOs notify local authorities three days prior to performing any activities. If an organisation does not do so, officials can bar the activity.

Despite the directive, the Law on Associations and NGOs does not spell out any such requirement. Though the Law on Peaceful Demonstrations requires notification of a planned event, it does not empower officials to prevent the activities except in extreme circumstances.

The Coalition of Cambodia Farmers Community was conducting the workshop for 25 families when Ampil commune authorities and police told them to stop, said Chhem Kosal, a project coordinator with the NGO.

“I informed them that we had informed the commune chief already, and the commune chief also permitted [it]. But they still required me to ask for permission from district and provincial levels,” he said.

He said such actions would make it difficult for his coalition to conduct their projects, intended merely to help local farmers.

Svay Rieng Deputy Governor Pich Sara said the group could have conducted the workshop had they followed the directive requiring prior notification.

“I am saying it is not political. I am happy to be able to teach our people how to raise chickens, but please respect the law,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Prince injured, wife dies after accident

    THE wife of former First Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh, Ouk Phalla, 39, died while the prince was “severely” injured following a road accident in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nub district on Sunday morning, officials said. Rananriddh, who is also the president of the Funcinpec

  • Bun Heang mocks US, threatens its citizens in scathing open letter

    After being hit with sanctions from the US Department of Treasury, Cambodian General Hing Bun Heang said he would retaliate against any US national who does not respect his country’s sovereignty, has ambitions to invade Cambodia or incites “traitors” in the Kingdom to do

  • Police warn boycott FB group involved in the “Clean Fingers Campaign”

    Police said on Tuesday that they will pick up members of a Facebook group involved in the “Clean Fingers Campaign” that promotes a boycott of next month’s national elections. However, police merely planned to “educate” the group for now, but warned that if the

  • Ranariddh 'seriously injured', his wife dies in accident in Preah Sihanouk

    THE wife of former first prime minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh has died. Ouk Phalla succumbed to injuries sustained in a traffic accident on National Road 4 in Preah Sihanouk’s Prey Nub district this morning. She and the prince were immediately rushed to the Preah Sihanouk