Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Kampot assists drought-hit rice farmers with emergency water

Kampot assists drought-hit rice farmers with emergency water

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Kampot provincial authorities pumping water to save 200ha of rice in Kampong Trach district. SUPPLIED

Kampot assists drought-hit rice farmers with emergency water

Kampot provincial authorities have assisted 204 families by pumping water to them to rescue their rice fields in five villages covering 195ha as they are facing water shortages due to a drought in Kampong Trach district.

District governor Oun Khorn told The Post on July 5 that the 10-day drought had affected 195ha of rice fields in five villages – Prey Pruos, Derm Svay, Leak Chea, Koh Ta Kov and Prek Kroes – but the provincial authorities had already prepared to pump water to rescue the families’ rice fields.

He said the prolonged drought had affected rice fields almost across the entire district, particularly in Prek Kroes commune.

“People reported through the village-commune authorities to the district administration about the problems caused by this drought. The district administration also relayed the reports to the provincial governor, the provincial department of water resources and meteorology and the provincial agriculture department,” he said.

Kampot provincial governor Cheav Tay said at a water pump handover ceremony in July that the authorities are working to address the problems in a timely manner.

“The Kampot Provincial Administration, in this phase, cannot leave the rice crops to be damaged so we have helped to rescue the rice crops of the people who have encountered these recent water shortages,” he said.

He also requested that local authorities and relevant specialists and departments continue to cooperate to monitor the situation in their localities. He urged them to help pump water into the rice fields that need it in a timely manner.

But citing a forecast by the water resources ministry, Tay said that over the next few days there could be rainfall but not in an amount that would make the rice crops in the area suffer from negative impacts or damage.

MOST VIEWED

  • NY sisters inspired by Khmer heritage

    Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Cambodian-American sisters Edo and Eyen Chorm have always felt a deep affinity for their Cambodian heritage and roots. When the pair launched their own EdoEyen namesake jewellery brand in June, 2020, they leaned heavily into designs inspired by ancient Khmer

  • Schools drawn into Manet degree row

    Prime Minister Hun Sen stepped into the Hun Manet-Sam Rainsy war of words over the validity of Manet’s degree from the US Military Academy at West Point, set off by Rainsy’s claims that Manet had received a “second-class degree” or “honorary degree”. Hun

  • Cambodia records first Omicron community case

    The Ministry of Health on January 9 reported 30 new Covid-19 cases, 29 of which were imported and all were confirmed to be the Omicron variant. The ministry also reported 11 recoveries and no new deaths. Earlier on January 9, the ministry also announced that it had detected the Kingdom's

  • The effects of the USD interest rate hike on Cambodian economy

    Experts weigh in on the effect of a potential interest rate expansion by the US Federal Reserve on a highly dollarised Cambodia Anticipation of the US Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike in March is putting developing economies on edge, a recent blog post by

  • PM eyes Myanmar peace troika

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has suggested that ASEAN member states establish a tripartite committee or diplomatic troika consisting of representatives from Cambodia, Brunei and Indonesia that would be tasked with mediating a ceasefire in Myanmar. The premier also requested that Nippon Foundation chairman Yohei Sasakawa

  • Kampot tourism quay ‘90% done’

    Construction on Kampot International Tourism Port – a 4ha quay in Teuk Chhou district about 6km west of Kampot town – has fallen off track, reaching 90 per cent completion, according to a senior Ministry of Tourism official last week. The project is now planned to be finished