Agriculture Minister Receives AFD Country Director in Cambodia

Cambodian Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries H.E. Veng Sakhon received here yesterday a visiting group of rice specialists and advisors led by Mr. Philippe Steinmetz, Country Director of the French Development Agency (AFD) in Cambodia.

According to the ministry, both sides discussed work related to Cambodia's agricultural development strategy, especially the development of rice production at present and in the future.

On the occasion, H.E. Minister expressed thanks to the French government for its support, via AFD, for the agricultural development in Cambodia. He informed his guests of the royal government's agricultural development policy aimed at increasing the value added of agricultural products, in addition to rice.

H.E. Veng Sakhon emphasised the importance of the rice sector, which ensures food security, promotes economic growth through exports, enhances local production, creates jobs, increases incomes, and alleviates poverty.

The working group has been on an eight-day visit in Cambodia, from Feb. 26 to Mar. 5, to carry out a study and an evaluation on the rice field, in particular the production chain and supporting infrastructure such as irrigation system.

The Cambodian agriculture minister highly appreciated the working group's mission and is confident that the outcome of the mission will help further develop Cambodia's agricultural sector.

He also sought AFD's support for the development of production of vegetable, fruit, maize, cassava, livestock, and fish farming in Cambodia.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press