The Chinese government, through an agricultural investment company in Cambodia, donated 100,000 doses of Foot and mouth disease (FDM) vaccine for cattle to Cambodia via the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

Tan Phannara, director-general of Animal Health and Production, said on April 22 that the pledge was made during recent discussions between the ministry and Chinese investors on cattle product exports.

"We are now working closely with the Chinese side to organise the production and export of Cambodian cattle products to China in the future. Through this cooperation, the Chinese side has decided to provide FDM vaccine for our cattle," he said.

According to Phannara, Cambodia currently export only agricultural and cattle products to Vietnam, in an average of between 5,000 and over 10,000 animals per year.

"With the 100,000 doses of FDM vaccine, we will vaccinate our people's cattle free of charge," he said.

Phannara said that through good cooperation between the two nations last year, the Chinese also provided 100,000 doses of Bovine measles vaccine and 200,000 doses of foot-and-mouth disease vaccine to Cambodia.