Agriculture Minister Receives American Profs to Discuss Cassava Research Cooperation

Cambodian Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries H.E. Veng Sakon received here early this week visiting Prof. W. Ronnie Coffman and Prof. Max. J. Pfeffer from College of Agriculture and Life Science (CALS) at Cornell University.

The meeting touched on cooperation on cassava research called Next Generation Cassava Breeding Project to develop disease-resistant and high-yielding cassava.

On the occasion, H.E. Veng Sakon voiced his support to the research project and recommended the American profs to continue working with the Cambodian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), the Royal University of Agriculture and the ministry's General Department of Agriculture.

H.E. Minister also informed his guests about the country's potential for agricultural crops, including cassava which is planted on about 670,000 hectare of land areas with the annual yield of around 14 million tons.

For his part, Prof. Ronnie Coffman said he wanted to learn about varieties of cassava and challenges of cassava cultivation in Cambodia.

According to him, Next Generation Cassava Breeding Project started in 2012 and has been piloted in Africa and America.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press