World Bank asked to help improve meat and fish production

The Cambodian government has asked the World Bank to help Cambodia improve its meat production and fish farming to ensure safe products for consumers.

In a meeting with World Bank Country Director Mariam Sherman yesterday, Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon asked the World Bank to help the Kingdom improve its meat production and fish farming to ensure safety and quality that will meet consumer demands.

“Improving these products will help vulnerable low-income people living on social land concessions improve their incomes,” Sakhon said.

In response, Sherman thanked the Minister and her team for raising the point, and assured her that she would prepare a response corresponding to the needs of the Cambodian people in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sherman also spoke highly of the ministry’s efforts to implement the World Bank’s Land Allocation for Social and Economic Development (LASED) I, II and III projects.

“The World Bank Country Director spoke highly of the progress made by the Ministry in implementing various projects aimed at improving livelihoods, incomes and boosting agriculture in the country taking into account competitiveness and inclusiveness,” the ministry said in a statement.

According to the ministry, the LASED II project was funded by the World Bank and runs from 2016 to 2021. This project cost a total of $1,082,776. It has helped 5,091 households in Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Speu, Kampong Thom, Kratie and Tboung Khmum to have their own land to build houses, plant crops and raise animals.

LASED III is funded by the government and the World Bank from 2020 to 2026, at a cost of approximately $107 million. $93 million will be provided by the World Bank, the remaining $14 million by the government. This project will construct irrigation systems in the provinces of Kratie, Tboung Khmum, Kampong Thom, Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Speu, Mondulkiri, Ratanakiri, Preah Vihear and Stung Treng. A total of 15,000 households will benefit from this project.

A third agricultural diversification project in Kampong Chhnang, Battambang, Siem Reap, Preah Vihear, Steung Treng, Ratanakiri, Mondulkiri, Kratie, Tboung Khmum, Kampong Cham, Kandal, Kampong Speu and Phnom Penh is underway for a cost of $101, $67 million, $91.67 million from the World Bank and $10 million from the government, began in 2019 and is expected to be completed in 2024.

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