Japan Supports Irrigation Infrastructure in Cambodia

AKP Phnom Penh Japan has been supporting Cambodia to promote water infrastructure to further boost the country's agriculture � a backbone of its economy.

According to a press briefing organised late last week by Japanese Embassy in Cambodia, Japan focuses the assistance on both technical capacity building to Cambodians and construction and rehabilitation of irrigation facilities.

Chief Advisor to Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Mr. Manabu Masuo, a speaker at the session, outlined that following a targeted water usage assessment, Japan is restoring six key irrigation reservoirs in the provinces of Battambang, Kampong Chhnang and Takeo.

The rehabilitation work of two of the six irrigation reservoirs has been completed, he added.

Another speaker, technical official from Cambodia's Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology Mr. Tang Sophat considered the assistance indispensable, adding that access to water during rainy season � from late May to November � is not a problem; but areas in the country lack of water in the dry season.

Second Secretary of the Embassy of Japan in Cambodia Mr. Toshiki Fujimoto, who was also present during the press briefing, implied that with sufficient irrigation facility and skill, Cambodia's agriculture will rise leading to less migration to other countries.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press