Cambodia Expected to Catch Over 140,000 Tons of Freshwater Fish in 2017

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) has recently estimated that Cambodia could catch more than 140,000 tons of freshwater fish this year, up some 5,000 tons a year earlier.

According to the MAFF’s news release, the total freshwater fish yields, including those from fish farming and family fishing would reach over 500,000 tons in 2017.

This estimation was made after H.E. VengSakhon, Minister of MAFF, visited fishing communities along the Tonle Sap, the great lake and the main food source in Cambodia.

Fish is a major source of protein for Cambodians. According to a research study of WorldFishorganisation in cooperation with the Freshwater Fisheries Development and Research Institute of Cambodia’s Fisheries Administration, each Cambodian household consumes some 5.3 kilogrammes of fish five times a week and 63 percent of rural people have jobs related to fishing.

Beside fish, Cambodian people also consumed about 3.4 kilogrammes of pork; 2.2 kilogrammes of eggs; and 0.4 kilogramme of chicken per family per week.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press