The National Assembly Oversees Problems in Siem Reap​

His Excellency Loy Sophat, Chairman of the National Assembly for Agriculture, Rural Development, Environment, and Water Resources Investment Commission, urged the Siem Reap provincial leadership to develop a master plan to attract investors in tourism, agriculture, and agro-tourism. The push was made during a meeting between the National Assembly's Planning Committee and the Siem Reap provincial administration, which took place on July 29, 2020, in Siem Reap Provincial Hall. 

During the meeting, H.E. Tea Seiha, Governor of Siem Reap Province, reported to the National Assembly's Expert Committee on the current situation and general progress, as well as the accomplishments achieved by the Siem Reap Provincial Administration. H.E. Tea Seiha also brought up the on-going challenges and solicited intervention from the Third Committee of the National Assembly to find the solutions. 

H.E. Tea Seiha identified numerous existing issues. Firstly, farmers lack proper techniques and training for using fertilizers. Additionally, our substandard irrigation system supplies insufficient water during the summer, limiting crop production. Furthermore, the management of garbage collection and landfills is not per technical standards, which gives rise to the encroachment of forest land and flooded forests (swamps). He also mentioned that deforestation in the Kulen ridge brought detrimental consequences on the environmental conditions and agriculture in the area. 

Addressing the occasion, HE Loy Sophat praised the Siem Reap provincial leaders and stakeholders for their hard work so far in serving the people and encouraged them to continue providing their attentive services. H.E. Loy Sophat encouraged the provincial authorities and departments to emphasize technical training for farmers on the safe cultivation of organic vegetables to reduce imports. He also urged the local authorities to open more job opportunities to minimize migration. On the bright side, he hopes that tourism in Siem Reap can sustainably grow after Covid-19 is over. 

By: Pon Lorngdy