Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Officials destroy cashew farms in Kampong Thom

Officials destroy cashew farms in Kampong Thom

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
About 100 families had protested at Boueng Leav commune, Santuk district after a forestry administration official in charge of the northern Tonle Sap area decided to cut the land for a forest recovery area in the commune. Supplied

Officials destroy cashew farms in Kampong Thom

Kampong Thom provincial governor Sok Lou said he would investigate a land conflict in Boueng Leav commune, Santuk district, where villagers have accused an agriculture official of destroying their cashew farms. The official claims it was the villagers who illegally occupied the land.

The governor said on Tuesday he could not yet judge which side is right or wrong.

“I will go down to see the place, but I just want to say for now that the location was a protected area and no villagers lived there before.

“Recently, the Ministry of Agriculture regarded the location as a forest recovery area. But villagers claimed it is involved in a conflict which requires a solution. So, we cannot just believe one side,” Lou said.

Local media reported that about 100 families had protested at the location after a forestry administration official in charge of the northern Tonle Sap area decided to cut the land for a forest recovery area in the commune.

The media reported that villagers had asked Prime Minister Hun Sen to intervene because they were threatened with beatings and imprisonment during an April 18 protest, during which two gunshots were fired.

Kampong Thom provincial forestry administration chief Teb Nhata said the 100 families were not residing in the area but were from Kampong Cham and Tboung Khmum provinces. They just came to plant cashews in the forest recovery area, he said.

He said the provincial authority and state land management committees will evaluate the land use.

Nhata said the villagers had entered the area to build plantations without the permission of the village chief, the commune chief or the local authority. He said he had previously filed a court order against three people but they did not present themselves.

According to his inspection, he said no villagers were living in the conflict area. There were only four buildings that were quietly built and without walls.

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

  • Omicron patients can stay home: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has given the green light for anyone who contracts the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron mutation or any other variant to convalesce or receive treatment at home or in any other reasonable non-healthcare setting. The new decision supersedes a restriction on home care for

  • 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

  • Cambodia’s first ever anime festival kicks off Jan 22 at capital’s F3 centre

    Phnom Penh's first ever Anime Festival will bring together fans, artists, shops and other local businesses with ties to the Japanese animation style for cosplay competitions, online games, pop-up shops and more on January 22, with Friends Futures Factory (F3) hosting. F3 is a project that

  • 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