Kandal province could face a shortage of 34,530 tonnes of rice this year because
rice output in the both the rainy and dry seasons reached only 176,200 tonnes,
according to the provincial agricultural service's estimation.
service said the figure of rice production was not able to meet the demand for
the 850,620 population of the province.
In the last rainy season, the
farmers in the province planted rice on 45,230 hectares and achieved an average
yield of one and half tonnes per hectare.
For this dry-season, farmers
have so far cultivated 12,300 hectares of short-term rice, or percent of the
To cope with such the situation, the provincial authority
provided pumping machines, petrol to the local people and helped them restore
the irrigation network in order to accelerate and increase dry-season rice
Meanwhile the World Food Program (WFP) in Cambodia announced
plans to provide 40,000 tons of rice to the country this year.
pledge of assistance by the WFP will be done in accordance with an agreement
signed here on Feb 2, by WFP representative, Mr Scott Leipar, and Cambodian Red
Cross Vice President My Samedy.
The 40,000 tons to rice will be provided
to the Cambodian repatriates, war displaced people, needy families and victims
of natural calamities in the country.
Last year, Cambodia received 70,000
tons of rice from WFP.
Cambodia, once self-sufficient in rice and a major
rice exporter, has wrestled with shortfalls for over twenty years.
Regaining self-sufficiency in rice production is a one of the most
important objectives for the new government.