Joint authorities in northeastern Stung Treng province have spotted black rice paddy � Cambodia's rice species currently rare and domestically called Neang Khmao rice � in its Thala Borivath district and urged for conservation assistance.
To date, according to the Director of Provincial Department of Tourism Mr. An Porsoeun, his officials along with those from other concerned departments in the province have erected fence around the black rice paddy for conservation purpose.
The effort, he added, intends to preserve the rare rice species as Cambodia's heritage beneficial for both cultural and tourism promotion.
With the discovery, Stung Treng's Thala Borivath will add the black rice paddy into its list of tourist destinations, including famous ancient Preah Kor Temple and beyond.
On behalf of the local authority, Mr. Ouk Bunthan, Deputy District Governor of Thala Borivath, supported tourism and cultural objective which will also economically contribute to the locals.
While carefully conserving the black rice, the two officials also call for national support to bring the conservation to another level.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press