The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has provided catfish and frogs to roughly 300 families in six of 11 targeted provinces.
Minister Veng Sakhon said the Fisheries Administration has provided 133,000 catfish and 58,400 frogs to people in Oddar Meanchey, Preah Vihear, Mondulkiri, Ratanakkiri, Kampong Speu, and Kampot.
“Implementation is in line with the direction of the Prime Minister to encourage the people to raise fish and frogs to ensure the supply of food stock while the country is in the covid-19 situation,” he said.
The Fisheries Administration has also provided tent fabric for fish ponds and fish feed to 190 families that received 700 catfish each and 146 families that received 400 frogs each.
Sakhon said the administration will continue to provide fish and frogs as soon as possible before the rainy season to promote and improve food safety for the people in each province.
Baset district fish farmer and trainer Kaen Heng breeds five varieties of catfish. He told The Post he has a successful business on 1.75ha. He raises 50,000-60,000 fish per month and profits around $970-$1,200 a month.
“The profit from fish and frog farming has improved my wellbeing a lot. I have money to purchase land and for my children’s education. And best of all, I don’t have to borrow money for my family expenses like before,” he said.
Heng also breeds frogs to expand his business.
According to a report from the Kampong Speu Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, the province has three fish breeding and four frog breeding stations.