Rice and Agricultural Crop Harvests and Impacts of Flash Floods
AKP Phnom Penh, October 17, 2020 —
Nationwide rice cultivation reaches over 2.75 million hectares, equivalent to 106.42 percent of what was planned, and the harvests have been completed in 20 provinces, before the flooding.
H.E. Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries shared the update during the World Food Day 2020 held in Sotr Nikum district, Siem Reap province yesterday, adding that the harvest in the remaining five provinces will be done soon.
Nearly 800,000 hectares of land, or about 92.11 percent of the planning, are being used for industrial crops, including corn, cassava, bean, sesame, sugar cane, tobacco, etc., he pointed out.
According to the minister, on-going flash floods are inundating agricultural crops in 14 provinces – including 190,017 hectares of rice and 59,515 hectares of short-term industrial crops.
A total of 14,214 hectares of crops, including 6,514 hectares of rice and 7,624 hectares of short-term industrial crops, were damaged, he said.
As of the third quarter of 2020, Cambodia exported nearly 6 million tonnes of agricultural products formally, including 488,775 tonnes of milled rice (an increase of 22.6 percent compared to the same period in 2019), and over 2.6 million tonnes informally to international markets.
(Photo: Ministry of Agriculture)
By Chea Vannak