Promoting Home Grown Vegetables in Cambodia’s Markets

Cambodia consumes almost one million tons of vegetables annually, and the government is promoting the home grown ones.

According to a report released by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, annual demand for vegetable in Cambodia is 0.93 million tons � of which 44 percent are locally produced.

The rest 54 percent of vegetables supplied in Cambodian markets, added the report, have been imported from mainly Thailand, Vietnam and China.

H.E. Hean Vanhorn, Director General of General Department of Agriculture, told reporters after a recent workshop here in Phnom Penh that the Royal Government of Cambodia is working hard to push up the volume of local vegetables.

Specialised departments of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries � he continued � have formulated vegetable producer groups that fit with their respective localities in order to enhance productivity.

In addition to the promotion of home grown vegetables, many concerned government bodies including the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries are looking seriously into quality management of the products.

As emphasised by the FAO's report, the volume of local vegetable supplies is stable between March and November � while waters along rivers are retreating allowing fertile soils to grow the vegetables.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press