Cambodian government lends a hand to local durian growers

The Cambodian government is working on policies to expand durian cultivation as the fruit garners increasing support on the domestic market. Officials are mapping out a long-term export strategy to pursue in due time. Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sakhon has 29 said that durian cultivation is booming in Cambodia, buoyed by an increasing recognition for the fruit. The ministry is also preparing plans and a set of objectives to expand the cultivation of durian and other fruit with commercially viable domestic and international markets.

He added that the government will develop the necessary infrastructure to facilitate processes at all stages of production for durian and other fruits, and organize farmers' cooperatives to boost production in line with market standards and requirements.

"Nowadays, some people cultivate durian in accordance with the agriculture ministry's guidelines, especially small- and medium-scale farmers, because they have the ability and budget for investment as real commercial businesses," he told phnompenhpost.com, adding that other farmers merely grow durian for family consumption or for leisure, without consideration for the proper techniques.

Sakhon said the government will also encourage the private sector to increase investment to boost production chains and increase supply to the domestic market and for export, and set up the Cambodian Agro-Industrial Federation to support, encourage and promote agricultural development, agro-industry and agribusiness in Cambodia.


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