Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Joint project on agri-tech launches in Mondulkiri

Joint project on agri-tech launches in Mondulkiri

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Agriculture minister Dith Tina (right) and US ambassador W Patrick Murphy during the launch of the USAID-funded Agricultural Technology Park in Mondulkiri province. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Joint project on agri-tech launches in Mondulkiri

The Centre for Excellence on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Nutrition (CE SAIN) – a joint development effort by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the Royal University of Agriculture, Kansas State University in the US and the US government’s USAID development agency – inaugurated a new Agriculture Technology Park in Mondulkiri’s Sen Monorom district in order to promote research in the agriculture sector.

The launch event took place on January 26 and was presided over by agriculture minister Dith Tina and US ambassador to Cambodia W Patrick Murphy. Also in attendance were representatives from the ministry and both universities connected to the project as well as officials from USAID Cambodia.

A statement from the agriculture ministry said that the Agriculture Technology Park was established with the purpose of facilitating field studies by farmers and relevant stakeholders including the private sector. It will also be a place for research with a robust internship programme to provide training to Cambodia’s next generation of experts in the field.

The park is located in the compound of the provincial Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The operations of the Agri-Tech Park aren’t fully up and running yet as the institution is still in the process of organising itself internally before setting out on its mission to provide a convenient place to serve the needs of agri-development in the Kingdom.

The US embassy in Phnom Penh said on January 26 that USAID had provided the funding for the preparation work on this new project. The park was established in cooperation with the “Feed the Future Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab (SIIL)” located in the US at Kansas State University.

The park was established to promote new innovation in the private sector on agriculture research and training along with capacity building for state and private sector human resources in agriculture through cooperation and knowledge sharing, with a particular focus on food safety and nutrition.

“I am proud of the US support and the offers of land to establish this park to use for presenting innovative technology which will promote agriculture production, and finally upgrade the livelihoods of many farmers,” said Murphy.

The ambassador applauded the launch in a tweet late on January 26.

"I was pleased to launch the latest USAID Cambodia-funded Agriculture Technology Park, this one in Mondulkiri, with Agriculture Minister Dith Tina.

"Our partnerships with Cambodian and US academic institutions [like Kansas State University] support agriculture education, research and extension," he said.

Ngo Bunthan, Rector of Royal University of Agriculture, applauded the work done by CE-SAIN in transferring and expanding the Kingdom’s technology for the agriculture sector.

“We thank USAID for its financial support, as well as Kansas State University for their facilitation role. We also encourage relevant stakeholders to provide their integration, support and input for future projects,” he said.

Since 2017, CE SAIN has organized 28 agriculture technology expos in the Kingdom that have attracted thousands of visitors.


  • Joy as Koh Ker Temple registered by UNESCO

    Cambodia's Koh Ker Temple archaeological site has been officially added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, during the 45th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on September 17. The ancient temple, also known as Lingapura or Chok Gargyar, is located in

  • Ream base allegations must end, urges official

    A senior government official urges an end to the allegations and suspicions surrounding the development of Cambodia’s Ream Naval Base, now that Prime Minister Hun Manet has addressed the issue on the floor of the 78th UN General Assembly (UNGA 78). Jean-Francois Tain, a geopolitical

  • Cambodia set to celebrate Koh Ker UNESCO listing

    To celebrate the inscription of the Koh Ker archaeological site on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, the Ministry of Cults and Religion has appealed to pagodas and places of worship to celebrate the achievement by ringing bells, shaking rattles and banging gongs on September 20. Venerable

  • CP denied registration documents by ministry

    The Ministry of Interior will not reissue registration documents to the Candlelight Party (CP). Following a September 21 meeting between ministry secretary of state Bun Honn and CP representatives, the ministry cited the fact that there is no relevant law which would authorise it to do

  • Manet touches down in Beijing for high-level meetings

    Prime Minister Hun Manet arrived in Beijing on September 14 for his first official visit to China, where he is slated to attend the 20th China-ASEAN Expo and meet other leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping. Upon his arrival, Manet laid a wreath at the Monument

  • Cambodian diaspora laud Manet’s UN Assembly visit

    Members of the Cambodian diaspora are rallying in support of Prime Minister Hun Manet’s forthcoming visit to the 78th UN General Assembly (UNGA 78) in the US’ New York City this week. Their move is an apparent response to a recent call by self-exiled former