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Chicken processing plant a boon to more than 5,000 families

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A chicken processing plant is part of the project “Khmer Chicken Processing Enterprise for the National Pride of Cambodia” to develop and promote a market for Cambodian farmers. AGRICULTURE MINISTRY

Chicken processing plant a boon to more than 5,000 families

Kampong Chhnang provincial authorities and Heifer International Cambodia (HIC) plan to establish a chicken processing plant in the province, which is expected to benefit more than 5,000 families.

The project will be established in Rolea Ba’ier district and is projected to cost nearly $1.5 million.

This chicken processing plant is part of the project “Khmer Chicken Processing Enterprise for the National Pride of Cambodia” to develop and promote a market for Cambodian farmers.

HIC country director Nhem Sareth told The Post on July 27 that the project will raise the living standards of at least 5,000 families. It will provide better livelihoods by creating jobs, higher incomes, securing food and sustaining people’s well-being.

He said people in five communities in the province will receive training in raising chickens. Other benefits of the project will be the development of an agricultural community market or agro-business cluster – an agricultural product collection centre where all kinds of Khmer agricultural products can be bought.

The project will also provide vehicle services, equipped to transport agricultural products.

“This project is good for our people and farmers to raise chickens by following technical standards. This project helps support the chicken market and promotes the government’s chicken raising effort,” he continued.

He said his organisation had established this project, which will operate for five years from 2021 to 2026, with the aim of seeing Cambodians produce Khmer farm chickens and supply the birds to the domestic market.

“This project has a large scope for Khmer farmers and the $1.3 million is a small part of the whole project. This money is only for buildings and technical equipment for processing chickens,” he said.

Kampong Chhnang deputy governor Sun Sovannarith said HIC will provide the budget for the project, while the provincial administration will grant more than 3ha of land in the district for building the processing plant. The project could start to take shape next week after the administration approves the request.

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