Igor Kossov, The Phnom Penh Post
Fri, 30 October 2015
As a fickle rainy season that has seen areas of the country plagued by drought draws to a close, Cambodia’s rice production remains nearly on target, though food insecurity is still a problem for individual communities, according to the World Food Programme.
The season’s slow start affected 234,695 hectares of rice seedlings and destroyed 15,954 hectares, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Much of the affected areas have been re-planted, the WFP said yesterday.
Though this year’s rice crop may not reach last year’s record of 9.4 million tonnes, less than 1 per cent of the crop was destroyed, and food supplies will be sufficient for the country at large, according to WFP country director Gianpietro Bordignon.
“However, those communities without sufficient capacity to replant or access short-growing varieties of rice could be more affected than others,” he said. “Don’t discount the local effects of the late rainfall.”
WFP identified 12 provinces that may have communes facing such food insecurity. These include Preah Vihear, Banteay Meanchey, Oddar Meanchey, Prey Veng, Kampong Speu, Battambang and others. (more…)