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Villagers face rice paddy water woes

Villagers face rice paddy water woes

Time is running out for 300 hectares of rice fields in the Baray district of Kampong Thom facing water shortages from a poorly repaired canal, according to affected villagers.

The Ministry of Water Re­­sour­ces took two years to restore the more than 30 kilometre-long canal with help from priv­ate donors, completing con­struc­tion in January.

Lim Phal­la, the deputy district governor in Baray district, said the water shortage was not caused by the canal, but the lack of initiative from villagers to in­­stal pumps that will route the water to crops.

“It is not due to the construction, but the resid­ents,” said Phalla.

Villagers in the Baray district are calling for assistance from the gov­­ernment because they can­not afford the expensive equip­ment to pump the water into their rice fields.

To contact the reporter on this story: Phak Seangly at [email protected]

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