Farmer groups in two provinces are expanding their organic crops and markets - thanks to financial assistance from the Government of Japan through a humanitarian group, International Volunteers of Yamagata (IVY).
Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia H.E. Kumamaru Yuji officially signed the funding provision of US$338,963 late last week at his embassy here in Phnom Penh.
The assistance will focus on the work in Svay Rieng and Preah Vihear provinces.
According to IVY Country Director Ms. Ayumi Matsuura, as cited in a local media report, her group is empowering farmers with necessary technical agriculture knowledge, networking and market information.
In the previous year, she added, farmer groups in Svay Rieng supplied an average nine tons of organic vegetable to the markets with a total annual income of about US$63,000.
Based on the same source, H.E. Kumamaru Yuji appreciated the work of IVY and is optimistic that the funding assistance will not only further improve the livelihood of Cambodian farmers, but also promote organic vegetable supplies in the country's market.