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Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries

2017: A good year for fish

Cambodians can expect up to 14,000 tons of fish caught from the Tonle Sap, Mekong and Bassac rivers this year, a 5,000 ton increase compared with last year, which will be sufficient to meet all local demand, said the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries yesterday. ...

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Slowing rice export growth ‘worrisome’

An Agriculture Ministry official said on Sunday that slowing growth in Cambodian milled rice exports—increasing just 0.7 percent last year—was the result of outdated policies and was a concerning trend. ...

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Cambodia’s rice exports fall sharply

Cambodia’s milled rice exports only grew by a dismal 0.7 percent last year compared with 2015 and this was the lowest since 2014, according to government figures released yesterday. “Last year Cambodia only exported 542,144 tons of milled rice and the lowest exports were in the first quarter of the year and December,” said Hean Vanhan, director-general of the agriculture department at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. ...

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Rice farmers bracing for droughts, floods

Though the rice-planting season has started and nationwide rice cultivation this month has been higher than planned, farmers are worried that adverse weather events caused by climate change will ruin their crops. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ planning and statistics department, the total area planted with rice in Cambodia reached 2.54 million hectares last week. This, the department said, was higher than the 2.47 million hectares cultivated during the same period last year. ...

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Government to push fish farming

The government has set an annual target of producing 1.2 million tons of fish in farms within the next three years to support high local demand and to reduce the flood of imports from neighboring countries, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. ...

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Ministry announces ELC tax revenue

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said by the end of the first half of this year, it had collected about $600,000 in taxes from economic land concessions (ELCs) from 21 of the 223 private companies that received ELCs from the government, according to a ministry press release on Monday. ...

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Old habits put crops at risk: study

A new academic report has urged farmers in the northwest of the Kingdom to change their planting ways if they want to mitigate the detrimental impacts of climate change on their crops. ...

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Trade officials aim for bigger bite of China’s market

Cambodian trade officials are urging their Chinese counterparts to boost imports of Cambodian rubber, cassava, sugar and pepper to narrow the trade imbalance between the two countries, officials said after a meeting last week. ...

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Illegal fishing busts up 150%: ministry

Fishing crime busts rose 150 per cent during the first nine months of 2015, compared with the same period last year, while anti-forestry crime actions dropped 13 per cent. ...

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Difficult rainy season ends

As a fickle rainy season that has seen areas of the country plagued by drought draws to a close, Cambodia’s rice production remains nearly on target, though food insecurity is still a problem for individual communities, according to the World Food Programme.

The season’s slow start affected 234,695 hectares of rice seedlings and destroyed 15,954 hectares, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Much of the affected areas have been re-planted, the WFP said yesterday. ...

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Yields from fishing take a dive

Exports of fresh fish and fish products fell significantly during the first nine months of the year, raising concerns about businesses and families operating in the Kingdom’s fisheries sector.

Fresh and frozen fish export shipments fell 21 per cent during the first nine months of the year to 7,100 tonnes, down from 9,000 tonnes during the same period in 2014, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said in its latest data release. ...

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Rights group asks for land data sharing

Rights group Licadho has called on the government to make available statistics on the full extent of economic land concessions (ELCs) in response to data collected by the organisation over five years. ...

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Drought batters 13 provinces

Amid what some meteorologists have dubbed a “Godzilla-like El Niño”, drought conditions during Cambodia’s scheduled monsoon season have significantly worsened from what last year were termed historically bad levels, a new report from the Ministry of Agriculture shows. ...

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ELCs to be taken from firms that break rules

Companies that transfer their land holdings to another firm in violation of government policy will have their concessions stripped from them, the Agriculture Ministry has said.

But the ministry added that in such an event a “partner” firm may be sought to develop the offender’s economic land concession (ELC), providing a potential loophole to any crackdowns on abuses of the law. ...

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Lifespan of ELCs slashed by gov’t

The government has declared leases on plantations will be limited to 50 years, slashing the length of some existing concessions in half, though neither ministry responsible for overseeing the move would confirm the legal basis for doing so.

The decision was announced in a press release issued by the Ministry of Environment yesterday, with its chief of cabinet, Srun Darith, saying the policy would be implemented on new and already- existing economic land concessions (ELCs). ...

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Minister calls for ban on chainsaw imports

A ban on the importation of chainsaws into Cambodia could be in the offing, after agriculture officials this week called for a nationwide crackdown on the illegal logging trade. ...

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Fishing busts up, penalties lag

The first half of 2015 has seen a nearly 50 per cent increase in illegal fishing busts, though the vast majority resulted in no punishment for offenders, a new report from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries shows. ...

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In search of export market for mangoes

Cambodia is seeking to export its mangoes to South Korea, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Contacted yesterday, deputy MAFF director Hean Vanhorn said that a ministry representative would meet with a South Korean agriculture delegation today to discuss the possibility of exporting mangoes there. ... ...

Ministry warns Pursat officials about fishing

The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has urged authorities in Pursat province to take action against illegal fishing in the Tonle Sap after a video posted online showed a group of men hauling in huge catches from the former Fishing Lot 6, an important conservation area in the river. ... ...

Cambodia agrees agro-industrial framework

The government has agreed to a new framework to increase the competitiveness of its agricultural sector in line with the recently launched Industrial Development Policy, state news agency AKP reported on Monday. ... ...
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