Tomato breeding efforts and seed distribution: 2 March: The Department of Agriculture has been developing high yielding and weather resistant varieties of vegetable crops, such as 13 varieties of tomatoes, to be used by farmers. Yields of the tomato varieties average from 40-50 tons per hectare up to 50-60 tons per hectare. In 2020, the Department of Agriculture distributed 31.88 tons of vegetable seeds, equivalent to 524,838 packages to 104,478 families affected by floods in 17 target provinces, including Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Kratie, Pursat, Oddar Meanchey, Siem Reap, Preah Vihear, Prey Veng, Takeo, Kandal, Stung Treng, Pailin, Kampot, Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Thom, Svay Rieng and Kampong Speu provinces. Read original story in Khmer here
Officials praise ‘safe vegetable’ production in Senmonorom: February 2021: Having completed inspections of agriculture production sites in Kampong Thom, Siem Reap and Mondulkiri provinces, central and local government officials were impressed after inspecting vegetable cultivation site on an area of 6 hectares in Sen Monorom city of Mondulkiri province. The site included mostly cabbage and potato, and was appreciated as a model site for the cultivation of ‘safe vegetables’ with high market potential. According to the MAFF reports, “growing and providing good crops can return a high source of income, ranging from US$5,000-8,000 per year”. Read original reports here and here.
Chum Kiri farmers complain about low price of vegetables: 28 January, 2021: Vegetable growers in the Sre Cheng commune, Chum Kiri district, Kampot Province are struggling to realize returns due to low prices of vegetables linked to an oversupply, and the high overheads for production. They have requested intervention by relevant officials to intervene. Read original report here.
Yellow watermelon variety in Mondulkiri sells well: 6 February: One farmer has reported success with a yellow watermelon variety he has cultivated in the Pu Chrey commune, Pichreada district of Mondulkiri province for four years. According to the 44-year-old farmer the yellow watermelon has a wide market and sells well. According to the farmer, there are no other serious growers of yellow watermelon in his area. The variety is reportedly a Japanese one that has a growth cycle of about 65 days, is sweet and can fetch a price locally, and in the Cambodian capital of about 4,000 to 5,000 riel ($1 - 1.23) per kilogram. Aside from the watermelon, he also grows vegetables on his 12 hectares plot of land, including cabbage, kale, carrots, onions, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and potatoes. One hectare is exclusively for watermelon. See original report here.
Setting New Standards in Phkar Romduol rice seed production: A rice-growing community in Moung Ruessei District, Battambang Province, was acknowledged by Mr. Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, for its quality of ‘Phkar Romduol’ rice seed production. The community of 121 families currently farms 800 hectares of rice fields, with 45 hectares for seed production with the support from the Climate Resilient Rice Commercialization Sector Development Program (Rice-SDP), that aims to promote high quality rice seed that produces export quality rice. See original story here.
Minister of Agriculture inspects Mega First plantation in Mondulkiri: A plantation in Mondulkiri Province owned by MegaFace Company was recently visited by Mr. Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The plantation currently has over 6,419 hectares under production including 700 hectares of fragrant coconut, a variety imported from Malaysia with a large fruit, that is ideal for producing coconut water and coconut oil. Read original report here.
Seeking mosaic virus resistant cassava: January 2021: The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has instructed farmers to select cassava varieties that are healthy and of good quality, resistant to climate change, resistant to diseases and pests. For higher yields. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, KU50 and 81 varieties are good choices for farmers to grow high yields without disease and especially those resistant to mosaic virus disease According to a report by the General Department of Agriculture released on December 29, 2020 states that there are currently 656,868 cassava plantations nationwide. Hectares, which yield an average of more than 12 million tons per year. Read more here. As well in this article which mentions specific details of various cassava trials.