Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Emergency seeds set for farmers in flood zones



Emergency seeds set for farmers in flood zones

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Flood-ravaged areas in Banteay Meanchey province’s O’Chrov district. Supplied

Emergency seeds set for farmers in flood zones

Prime Minister Hun Sen announced the distribution of non-seasonal rice seeds and six types of vegetable seeds to farmers whose crops were affected by flooding.

Each family will get 100kg to restore family viability after floodwaters receded.

Hun Sen made the announcement while visiting flood-ravaged areas and distributing first aid to families in Banteay Meanchey province’s O’Chrov district on October 24.

He urged local officials to collect statistics on cultivated areas of rice and cash crops that have been damaged by floods.

“The government has prepared 2,000 tonnes of non-seasonal rice seeds to provide only to families whose rice has been damaged, with each family receiving 100kg. For those who do not grow rice, the government will provide six types of seeds to grow crops,” he said.

The government keeps 10,000 tonnes of rice seeds, 5,000 tonnes of rice and 50 tonnes of vegetable seeds in stock to be ready for disaster responses to floods and droughts.

The prime minister urged relevant ministries and institutions to pay close attention to the rehabilitation of flood-damaged infrastructure, including national roads, provincial roads and irrigation systems, after the flood situation eases.

Ministry of Public Works and Transport secretary of state Pal Chandara told The Post on October 25 that the public works department’s road repair team is inspecting and assessing the impact of the floods.

“The work ahead is to intervene to dig canals to release water from flooded areas as soon as possible to prevent more damage to roads,” he said.

Chandara said officials are cooperating to dig canals to release water from Battambang town and other sections of some national roads, including provincial road number 1TK1 in Takeo province, part of provincial road number 2PVH2 in Preah Vihear province’s Choam Ksan district, and part of National Road 4 in Kampong Speu province.

A plan is also in place to open a floodgate on National Road 6 in Kampong Kdei commune, in Siem Reap province’s Chi Kraeng district.

According to the National Committee for Disaster Management flood data released on October 24, the floods resulted in 40 deaths, with the most, 23, in Banteay Meanchey province.

Nationwide, 545,768 people were impacted by the floods and 47,352 people had to be evacuated to safety.

Floodwaters also inundated 925 schools, affecting the education of tens of thousands of students and inundated 305 pagodas. More than 270,000ha of rice and 88,779ha of cash crops were damaged. Floods also damaged 2,301km of national, provincial, and rural roads.

MOST VIEWED

  • Municipal hall releases map detailing colour coded Covid risks by commune

    Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng released an official map detailing the red, yellow and dark yellow zones within the city under the new lockdown orders for Phnom Penh announced on April 26. The designation of red, dark yellow and yellow corresponds to areas with high,

  • Inter-provincial travel ban lifted; Phnom Penh and Takmao not exempted

    The government on April 25 decided to lift the inter-provincial travel ban and the closure of tourist attractions across the country, effectively immediately. The travel ban and closures of all resorts were imposed on April 6 and 17 respectively in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19,

  • Phnom Penh unveils rules for post-lockdown transition

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration issued a set of detailed guidelines for the seven days to May 12 after the capital emerges from lockdown at the onset of May 6. In the 14-page document signed by municipal governor Khuong Sreng released on the evening of May 5, the

  • Phnom Penh, Takmao lockdown extended for another week

    The government late on April 26 announced an extension of lockdown in Phnom Penh and adjacent Takmao town in Kandal province for another seven days – or longer if residents do not comply with Covid-19 preventive measures and the community outbreak does not subside – until May 5. According

  • Gov't mulls extension of Phnom Penh, Takmao lockdown

    The Inter-ministerial National Commission for the Control and Enforcement of Lockdown held a video conference meeting on April 25 to review a draft document on the extension of lockdown in Phnom Penh and adjacent Kandal province’s Takmao town. The meeting was chaired by Minister of

  • Gov’t issues guidelines as lockdown nears end

    The government has issued a five-page set of instructions to be enforced when the three-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Takmao town in Kandal province ends on May 6. According to an announcement signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on May 4, the instructions cover a