Cambodia Spends Over US$100 Million a Year on Meat Import

Cambodia imports over US$100 million worth of meat annually to supply local demand, Cambodian Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries H.E. Veng Sakhon said here on Aug. 1 while presiding over the Releasing Ceremony of Law on Animal Health and Production.

Of the total meat import value, some US$45 million are spent on fish import, said H.E. Minister, adding that the amount of meat import is estimated to increase to 314,000 tons a year by 2020 to supply the increased population of more than 17 million people as well as 7 million foreign tourists in Cambodia.

H.E. Veng Sakhon called for the expansion of family animal husbandry and encouraged private partners to invest in Cambodia's livestock so as ensure local supply, price stability and reduce meat import.

The minister also asked relevant officials to strictly control the quality of meat import and to develop vaccines and produce animal feed from existing raw materials in the country.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Press