Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Dith Tina instructed local authorities to work together to promote the development of the agricultural sector in all seasons, and warned ineffective agricultural cooperatives that they would be dissolved and replaced with new management.

Tina gave the instructions during an April 4 meeting to review the implementation of the government’s Rectangular Strategy Phase IV and political programmes, held at the Cheung Prey district hall in Kampong Cham province.

At the meeting, he told local authorities that they should have a clear understanding of the difference between party-based and government-based work.

“To conduct government tasks, commune chiefs must focus on the sector and prepare to introduce policies that offer practical solutions to meet the needs of the public,” he said.

Tina advised the local authorities to review existing policies that have not yet been implemented and ensure they are introduced as soon as possible.

He also instructed them to thoroughly evaluate the work that is underway, to ensure that people’s livelihoods are economically sustainable.

Following the meeting, he inspected a canal in the district.

Earlier in the week, ministry secretary of state Yang Saing Koma met with commune agriculture officials in the district to review their work and discus plans for an agricultural fair in Cheung Prey district.

An agriculture ministry social media post explained that the Rectangular Strategy will promote the growth of the agricultural economy.

“Village and commune chiefs should also report on the implementation of agricultural policies and any challenges that arise so the ministry is aware of them and can resolve them,” it said in the April 4 post.