The Cambodian government has introduced an organic agriculture policy to boost production and export, according the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The private sector expects the policy to help boost local markets and curb vegetable imports from neighbouring countries, said the ministry.
The regulation aims to raise confidence among producers and consumers and ensures quality, safe food products in line with organic standards. This will give a competitive edge to and promote local food products on the domestic and export markets.
“At the same time, it [the policy] also encourages the participation of farmers, agricultural communities and the private sector in promoting the organic agricultural practices. This will contribute to environmental protection, health care, safety and citizen welfare.”
“The prakas contains 16 articles covering the scope of organic agricultural practices in the production and processing of initial food crops and commercial organic agricultural products, including fruits, vegetables and other food crops. It will encourage farmers, farming communities and members of the private sector who grow food crops to commercialise their food products through educational services.”
“It will adjust the implementation of Cambodian organic agricultural rules to ensure that all food products are of good quality and safe for human consumption and animal feed,” said the ministry, adding that those caught using counterfeit or deceptive labelling of food crops would be punished under applicable laws.
Cambodia exported only 38.63 tonnes of vegetables in the first three months of this year to France, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands, a ministry report said.