Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - More than 30K palm tree seeds planted near Lao border in Stung Treng



More than 30K palm tree seeds planted near Lao border in Stung Treng

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Some 30,000 palm tree seeds were planted along a 10km stretch of National Road 7 in Stung Treng province. press news

More than 30K palm tree seeds planted near Lao border in Stung Treng

Some 30,000 palm tree seeds were planted on Monday along a 10km stretch of National Road 7 leading to the Cambodia-Laos border in Stung Treng province.

The seeds were planted on both sides of the road between post markers 040 and 042, the Stung Treng provincial administration’s Facebook page said.

Some 500 provincial officials, the armed forces and students, led by Stung Treng provincial governor Mom Saroeun and provincial council chairman Chheang Lak, assisted in planting the 30,000 seeds.

Provincial officials said on Tuesday that this was the third occasion in which palm tree seeds had been planted along the road. The first planting occurred in 2016 – in which only 70 per cent of seeds successfully grew – with a second planting ceremony occurring in Kampong Cham province last year.

In total, 40km of the road has had palm trees planted over the three ceremonies, with officials planning to cover 153km of the Cambodia-Laos border road, said Stung Treng provincial hall spokesman Meng Kong.

Palm trees are a famously versatile crop that has been used in Cambodian society in a multitude of ways for millennia – from harvesting their fruit to extracting their oil and using their wood in construction.

Saroeun said palm trees are part of Cambodia’s national identity and have been a feature of the country’s landscape since ancient times.

“Planting palm trees is a historic activity in the province and celebrates the culture and identity of the nation. It encourages the younger generation to love their country,” he said.

Deputy Chair of the Border Committee Koy Pisey said there had been no instruction by the government to plant palm trees along the border, but the border committee supported any province that wanted to do this.

“We support the planting of not only palm trees, but any trees. I support planting trees along the border and if palm trees are planted on the existing border markers, it would be good,” she said.

In August 2017, Cambodia and Laos engaged in an armed confrontation after Lao soldiers entered a station in Stung Treng province’s Siem Pang district, as the two countries had not finished demarcating the border.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Kingdom one of safest to visit in Covid-19 era’

    The Ministry of Tourism on January 12 proclaimed Cambodia as one of the safest countries to visit in light of the Kingdom having been ranked number one in the world by the Senegalese Economic Prospective Bureau for its success in handling the Covid-19 pandemic. In rankings

  • Kingdom accepts Chinese vaccine, PM first to get jab

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said China would offer Cambodia an immediate donation of one million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by the Sinopharm company. In an audio message addressing the public on the night of January 15, he said Cambodia has accepted the offer and

  • Reeling in Cambodia’s real estate sector

    A new norm sets the scene but risks continue to play out in the background A cold wind sweeps through the streets of Boeung Trabek on an early January morning as buyers and traders engage in commerce under bright blue skies. From a distance, the

  • Hun Sen: Lakes filled in for national developments

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced continued operations to fill some lakes in Phnom Penh to create land for developments, though he is against the unrelated practice of damming rivers or blocking waterways. Speaking at the inauguration of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport

  • Koh Preus upgrades 70% complete

    Initial construction of a nearly $30 million tourism infrastructure project on Preah Sihanouk province’s Koh Preus Island is “about 70 per cent complete”, according to an official with the developer. Heng Thou, construction site manager of Angela Real Estate Co Ltd (ARE), told The Post that

  • Local media loses a giant, and The Post a great friend

    Cheang Sokha, a gifted and streetwise reporter who rose to the highest ranks of Cambodian media and was beloved for his sharp intelligence, world-class humour and endless generosity, died on Friday in his hometown of Phnom Penh. He was 42. His wife, Sok Sophorn, said he