Food Stockpile Increase Urged for Domestic Demand amid COVID-19 Pandemic
AKP Phnom Penh, April 11, 2020 --
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has urged for an increase of agricultural cultivation to ensure food stockpile in response to the fatal COVID-19 pandemic.
In its recent directive, the ministry called on all relevant general directorates to increase production of rice and vegetable, livestock, and fisheries and make a report predicting the food demand in 2020.
“General Directorate of Agriculture has to estimate the amount of rice paddy and milled rice in the stockpile –rice milers, agricultural communities, and farmers to make prediction for specific balance in 2020 as well as conduct a study on potential cultivation land for vegetable and additional production amount which can keep stable food…”, said the statement signed by H.E. Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
Prediction of demand for meat and fish is also required to ensure the efficient supply to domestic demand with stable prices.
The move was made after Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia has ordered to ban temporarily the export of rice paddy and white rice, as well as fish to ensure domestic food supplies amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
By Chea Vannak