Chanmony urges support for local farm products

Chanmony urges support for local farm products

PIch Chanmony, spouse of Prime Minister Hun Manet, Saturday called for support to promote Cambodia’s agricultural products.

Presiding over the launch of the two-day ‘Khmer Agricultural Village’ exhibition, Chanmony encouraged food service companies, chefs’ associations, tourism associations and restaurants to collaborate with Cambodian agricultural associations and cooperatives to promote local agricultural products.

The exhibition was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) from June 1 to 2 in Phnom Penh to promote and seek support for home-grown agricultural products.

Dith Tina, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, officials from relevant ministries and institutions, businesses and investors joined national and international participants at the launch event.

In her opening speech, Chanmony also encouraged farmers and agricultural cooperatives to enhance productivity, sustainability and environment-friendly practices to strengthen the trust with consumers.

Tina said that the exhibition was held to promote Cambodian agriculture products more widely for the benefit of the people and farmers.

“At a time when the world is experiencing crises such as climate change and the Russia-Ukraine war, Cambodia is not only able to ensure complete food security for people across the country but also managed to export the products,” the minister noted.

Last year, Cambodia exported some 8.4 million tonnes of agricultural products such as rice, cashew, pepper, banana, mango and rubber to various foreign markets earning $4.3 billion.

Long Meng, a representative of Tropicam, a local agricultural firm, while sharing his views of the exhibition in promoting local products to local consumers, commended the initiative of MAFF.

“The event provided a platform for local agricultural firms to showcase their products and also allowed customers to taste and know the local products,” Meng said.

Srey Touch, a Phnom Penh resident, who was among the people attending the exhibition, said she was happy to find plenty of local products, mostly made from agricultural raw materials at the exhibition.

“I’m impressed with local products which are high in quality and packaging. This made me think that Cambodian farmers and producers can compete with imported products,” Touch said.

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