Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Rice seeds provided to farmers

Rice seeds provided to farmers

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The government has provided more than 1,000 tonnes of rice seeds for people affected by flood and drought. SIEM REAP PROVINCIAL HALL

Rice seeds provided to farmers

The government has provided more than 1,000 tonnes of rice seeds for people affected by flood and drought to help them restore their livelihood. The aid was given through the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM).

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries spokesman Srey Vuthy told The Post on Monday that drought and flood this year affected a total of 403,978ha of paddy fields, of which 83,020ha was damaged.

He said as of October 9, the government, through the ministry, provided 960 tonnes of rice seeds to farmers affected by natural disasters so that they can replant their 19,760ha of rice fields.

While the river water level has gone down, he said there was still enough water in various reservoirs including lakes, creeks and canals which can supply the farmers’ crops during the dry season.

“So, we hope farmers in areas facing drought would hurry to grow their crops and restore their land to avoid a lack of water in the future,” Vuthy said.

According to Vuthy, rice seeds provided to farmers in drought-affected areas were of the type that could be harvested in three months and 10 days.

NCDM spokesman Keo Vy told The Post that every year, the government prepared 10,000 tonnes of milled rice, 2,000 tonnes of rice seeds, and 50 tonnes of various vegetable seeds to support families affected by national disasters including storms, droughts and floods.

Obviously, over the past three days [from October 11 to 13] the NCDM provided more than 565 tonnes of rice seeds for farmers affected by drought and flood in five provinces – Kampong Cham, Tbong Khmum, Kratie, Kampot and Siem Reap.

He confirmed that the NCDM is continuing to assess water levels in areas affected by floods to ensure people in those areas can replant before delivering rice seeds to them.

Besides rice seeds, the NCDM and relevant authorities, especially the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, provided hundreds of vegetable seeds for those affected farmers so that they can grow again to restore their livelihood.

MOST VIEWED

  • NY sisters inspired by Khmer heritage

    Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Cambodian-American sisters Edo and Eyen Chorm have always felt a deep affinity for their Cambodian heritage and roots. When the pair launched their own EdoEyen namesake jewellery brand in June, 2020, they leaned heavily into designs inspired by ancient Khmer

  • Cambodia records first Omicron community case

    The Ministry of Health on January 9 reported 30 new Covid-19 cases, 29 of which were imported and all were confirmed to be the Omicron variant. The ministry also reported 11 recoveries and no new deaths. Earlier on January 9, the ministry also announced that it had detected the Kingdom's

  • The effects of the USD interest rate hike on Cambodian economy

    Experts weigh in on the effect of a potential interest rate expansion by the US Federal Reserve on a highly dollarised Cambodia Anticipation of the US Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike in March is putting developing economies on edge, a recent blog post by

  • PM eyes Myanmar peace troika

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has suggested that ASEAN member states establish a tripartite committee or diplomatic troika consisting of representatives from Cambodia, Brunei and Indonesia that would be tasked with mediating a ceasefire in Myanmar. The premier also requested that Nippon Foundation chairman Yohei Sasakawa

  • Kampot tourism quay ‘90% done’

    Construction on Kampot International Tourism Port – a 4ha quay in Teuk Chhou district about 6km west of Kampot town – has fallen off track, reaching 90 per cent completion, according to a senior Ministry of Tourism official last week. The project is now planned to be finished

  • Demining rat ‘hero’ Magawa dead at 8

    A landmine-hunting rat that was awarded a gold medal for heroism for clearing ordnance from the Cambodian countryside has died, his charity said on January 11. Magawa, a giant African pouched rat originally from Tanzania, helped clear mines from about 225,000sqm of land – the equivalent of 42