Svay Rieng Farmers Increase The Production Of Rain-fed Rice For More Than 95%​

A Cambodian women is holding bundles of harvested rice.

According to the Svay Rieng Provincial Department of Agriculture, the farmers have planted more than 95 percent of rain-fed rice on more than 100,000 hectares of land.

Sok Sotheavuth, Deputy Director of Svay Rieng Provincial Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, told National Radio of Cambodia that rice cultivation covers a total area of more than 100,000 hectares of arable land, including light and medium rice. For instance, heavy rice occupies more than 5,000 hectares yielding approximately 4 tons per hectare. He also added that this year’s sufficient precipitation helps to fasten the cultivation. 

The department has instructed and provided farmers with cultivation techniques to prevent pests and other harmful factors by adopting new practices that are resistant to climate change. Adopting these techniques will proliferate productivity and save farming time. 

Mr. Sotheavuth noted, “ We have the Aspire program, a government’s program that works with farmers in all target communes except Bavet and Svay Rieng. In these districts, there are district agriculture officials who collaborate with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment. We also have an agency responsible for promoting the work. In our monthly meeting, farmers are encouraged to visit these presentations. There is no free time for this agricultural work; we have to go down to the base and guide them personally.” 

The Deputy Director of the Department encourages all farmers to take on suitable agricultural practices to get high yields. He urges farmers to visit their farms more frequently to ensure that there are no insects and to report back to the relevant officials if there is any destruction done.

By: Pon Lorngdy